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"EVERYBODY IS A STAR" CHOCLET W/MANUEL KELLOUGH
Manuel Kellough formerly played the drums for Graham Central Station and Billy Preston. Manuel “Manny” Kellough: bio
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Manny started playing drums
at the young age of (8) years old at “Pleasant Hill Baptist Church”. At
the age of thirteen he began playing professionally with many different
local bands and was fortunate to play with the “Ray Charles” band at
17. Over the past (53) years, He has been blessed to have worked with
some of the best artist around, such as the late great Billy Preston (25)
years as the original drummer, Barry White, Carmen McCrae, and Larry
Graham/Graham Central Station, just to name a few.
Throughout his career, Manny have received (5) Gold Records and (2)
*The Late Legendary Billy Preston (over 25 years)
*Graham Central Station
*Lou Ragland’s “World Famous” Ink Spot’s
*The Late Great Ray Charles
Patryce Choclet Banks, formally known as Choc'let of Graham Central Station, the Queen of FONK will be on air live with Joey Pinkney for this special, 'Welcome to the family broadcast'!
Patryce Choclet Banks is reviving the Fonkolution, as the TRIBE Family Channel' newest host.
"FONK-O-LUTION"... A revolutionary movement to restore Funk Music to the heights where it belongs in the history and evolution of music for people all around the world !
Stay tuned as we bring you updates about the Queen of Fonk!
Dr G started DJing in 1974 while a student at Howard University. He DJ'd parties all over DC and Md.
In 1975 he was a co- founder of Howard's AM radio station WHBC.
In 1978 he was the midnight host of Mann's Mind, a funk rock radio program at Howard's FM station WHUR. At WHUR he played Jimi Hendrix, Betty Davis, Graham Central Station, Sly Stone, Funkadelic, Frank Zappa, George Duke, EWF and much more.
Today he is still playing clubs and DJing all over DC and Md.
As one of Bette Midler’s infamous and legendary Harlettes for nearly a decade, Melanie Taylor has been seen twirling and singing on the Emmy Award-Winning HBO Special Diva Las Vegas, as well as a 6-week sold-out engagement at Radio City Music Hall, and in a millennium photo essay in Rolling Stone magazine. Melanie has been a featured vocalist on tours, TV, and shared the stage with such artists as John Mayer, Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder, Sarah McLachlan to Aerosmith’s Summer Tour 2012.
Melanie’s notable television credits as a vocalist and/or actor include Parenthood, The Voice, The Emmy Awards, American Music Awards, The 66th Oscars Governor’s Ball, MTV, American Idol, VH1, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Oprah, American Bandstand, Ally McBeal, The Guardian, Boston Public, Jag, and HBO’s Taxicab Confessions.
Born in New Orleans on New Year’s Day to a classical pianist mother and a family of artists, Melanie Taylor’s rich, eclectic musical heritage has helped guide and define her own artistry ever since. She is inspired by such diverse and unique artists as Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Donny Hathaway, and the poetry and writing of e.e. cummings, Pablo Neruda, Stephen King and Toni Morrison.
Besides touring with Aerosmith, John Mayer, Barry Manilow, Melanie has discovered many musical journeys with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Ashford and Simpson, Billy Preston, Chris Botti, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Ray Charles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald, Jackson Browne, Sarah McLachlan, Tears for Fears, David Foster, Donna Summer, Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Ronnie Spector, Jeffrey Osborne, Brian Wilson, Jim Belushi, Sheena Easton, Paula Abdul, Carole Bayer Sager, Dave Koz, Willie Nelson and Deepak Chopra.
Wayne Cobham has toured the world playing trumpet with such notable entertainers as Ben E. King, Cameo, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Four Tops, Ray Charles, Billy Cobham, Taylor Dane, Loredana Berté, Lou Reed, Kool and the Gang, Nancy Wilson, and Denise Williams to name a few. However, it does not stop there! His studio credits include Michael Jackson, Pieces of a Dream, Nancy Wilson, Deniece Williams, Patti Austin, and Billy Cobham. His production credits include Gwen McRae, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Dane, Billy Cobham, and Guy with Teddy Reilly among others.
Over the past five years and until the death of Wilson Pickett in 2006, Wayne was on the road touring with and served as the Musical Director for Wilson Pickett and his band, The Midnight Movers.
Currently, Wayne is working on his own CD, The Best is Yet 2 Come, scheduled for release in 2014
In the late 70’s Wayne found a new love that would bring him parallel acclaim to his prowess with his horn. Computer programming was in its infancy and Wayne became one of its pioneers. Wayne was a major part of the MIDI revolution, and fostered a productive business as, consultant, clinician, producer, and educator. Using his new-found computer skills, he provided consultation to many well known musicians who wished to incorporate the cutting edge tools of the trade. His computer skills were utilized over many different genres of music including but not limited to hip hop, R&B, rock and roll, jazz, pop and gospel garnering him 3 Grammys along the way, two for Michael Jackson’s "Dangerous" and "History" albums and as a trumpet player for Deniece Williams. These acknowledgements led to his membership and voting status with National Association of Recording Arts Sciences.
Meet Musician/Producer/Performer Robin Russell, of the 1970's R&B group New Birth and their counterpart, the Nite-Liters. You may have heard his drumming on such New Birth hits as "I Can Understand It", "Wildflower", "Dream Merchant", "It's Been Such a Long Time" and "Keep on Doing it". His drum beats have also been sampled by such R&B Hip-Hop artists as Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey, De La Soul, Fat Joe, Big Daddy Kane, A Tribe Called Quest, Master P, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Biggie Smalls and many, many more!
Robin is currently composing original works and gives private drum lessons. He has recently reunited with New Birth performing across the country. He also plays with various other artists, as well as solo performances.
JOIN CHOC'LET LIVE W/ JEANETTE MCGRUDER....
OOOOOOOOOOOOF THE "BRIDES OF FUNKENSTEIN"!!!
AIN'T N0BODY PLAYIN'....Y'ALL KNOW WHAT THIS IS!!!
Actor / Singer / Writer / Comedienne, Toronto, ON / Detroit, MI. Born: USA (became a Canadian citizen in 2008).
Satori Shakoor is a veteran of live performance. As a singer, she recorded and performed with The Brides of Funkenstein, as well as multiple Grammy Award winners David Foster, Sly Stone, Luther Vandross and George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic.
As a stand-up comedienne, she has opened for Joan Rivers, with appearances at The Improvisation, Comedy Store and at Yuk Yuk’s (Toronto).
Selected theatre, TV and film credits include, Intimate Apparel, Da Kink In My Hair (Toronto, San Diego, London, England), The Adventures of a Black Girl In Search of God, Boy Gets Girl, El Paso, Harlem Duet, The Hurricane and The Famous Jett Jackson Show.
Honors: Nominee, Dora Award (1997), for her self-written play, Who She Wasn’t; two nominations, Gemini Award, Best Writing/Best Performance, Thick ‘n Thin (1998); NAACP Award Best Ensemble Cast, Da Kink In My Hair (2007); Harold Award, Excellence in Theatre (2007); profile in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006).
JOIN CHOC'LET LIVE W/ SHIRLEY HAYDEN OF THE PARLETS!! Parlet is essentially a trio (two trios, actually -- one with Washington, Wright, and Franklin, the other with Washington, Hayden, and Evans) of backup singers from the P-Funk mob.
JOIN CHOC'LET LIVE W/ JIM GILSTRAP ...Born in Pittsburgh.....Texas that is!... a small town 100 miles east of Dallas. His family moved to California when Jimmy was in his teens. Jim was drafted into the service during the Vietnam war. When his stint with the Navy ended Jim came home and quickly landed a job with the U.S. Postal Service. But music was in his blood and it wasn't long before he began going to auditions. His first group gig was with The Doodletown Pipers, after leaving the Pipers he hooked up with The Cultures. The Cultures were popular behind the scenes and for two years (1972-1974) Gilstrap honed his vocals behind such luminaries as The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Barbara Streisand, Rod Stewart and many others.
Doing session work during the early 1970's led to his tenure with Stevie Wonder's Wonderlove. As part of Wonderlove he sang on four of Stevie's classic albums: "Music Of My Mind," "Talking Book," "Innervisions" and"Fulfillingness First Finale" as well as sessions with Syreeta Wright and Minnie Riperton, among others. Hanging on his wall is a platinum album, given to him by Wonder for his vocal work on "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life."
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