San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Live Wire: The JB Ultimate Roundtable
Bassist Christian McBride’s dream of performing with James Brown was realized just months before the Godfather of Soul passed away in 2006. McBride convenes this panel of JB “alumni”—musicians and associates- to discuss the music and legacy of the “hardest working man in show business.”
Scheduled to appear:
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis - Legendary saxophonist and former musical director of The James Brown Orchestra from 1966-1969. Co-writer of songs such as "Cold Sweat", "Mother Popcorn" and "Say It Loud-I'm Black and I'm Proud".
Alan Leeds - co-author of "The James Brown Reader" and former road/tour manager for JB from 1969-1974
Danny Ray - Emcee and "Cape Man" to James Brown from 1964 until 2006.
Fred Thomas - Former bassist with James Brown from 1971-1982, then again from 1991 until 2006.
Robert "Mousey" Thompson - Drummer with James Brown from 1993 until his death.
Harry Weinger - VP of A&R for Universal Music's catalog group, NYU adjunct professor and producer of the Grammy-winning James Brown box set "Star Time."
Join in on the discussion! Tweet us your questions at @ApolloEd using #ApolloLW and someone may answer them during the event!
About Live Wire:
Live Wire Discussions focus on topics pertinent to the Apollo Theater’s history and/or events that advance knowledge and appreciation of the Theater’s role in shaping American arts and entertainment. Discussions are linked to Apollo’s larger performing arts series and events, the Apollo Archives initiative and Apollo Hall of Fame inductions. Live Wire discussions are recorded and podcasts created in order to extend the audience reached through these events and for inclusion in the Theater’s archives.
When & Where
Apollo Theater Education Program
About the Apollo Education Program
The Apollo Theater Education Program extends the Apollo’s commitment to enhancing the life of the community. The Education Program focuses on four distinct areas of learning and engagement: residencies, workshops and tours for schools; curriculum materials aligned to state and national learning standards and study guides derived from the Theater’s history; career development for teens and adults through the Apollo Theater Academy; and discussions and lectures for the public that highlight the history of the Apollo and its impact on American art, culture and entertainment.
About the Apollo Theater
Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has played a major role in the emergence of innovative musical genres including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul and hip-hop. Based on its cultural significance and architecture, the Apollo Theater received state and city landmark designation in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.