My Favorite Memory of Biz Markie and Cuba Gooding Sr.

This year, one of the legends of hip hop passed away, BIZ MARKIE. “You Got What I Need” was my favorite of his hits. I have many memories of Biz, but my favorite happened on a cruise ship off the coast of Puerto Rico.

The SOULTRAIN CRUISE 2013 was a once in a life time event. Two thousand party goers, Patti LaBelle, The Spinners, George Duke,Jeffrey Osborne, Jody Watley, Biz Markie, Cuba Gooding & The Main Ingredient and me. Sun, sea, fun and funk. What a grand time we shared.

I was the musical director for Cuba Gooding Sr. and The Main Ingredient and after our set we decided to hit the night club/bar to celebrate our successful performance. The room was packed and jamming. I shook hands with the master himself, George Duke and everything was alright with the world. The featured DJ was Biz Markie, who I had not seen since 1986-87. I turned to Cuba and said Biz was my student back in the day. Cuba laughed out loud and said you always say you know someone. He made a beeline to the DJ booth to check the validity of my boasting. As he whispered to Biz my claim, the music stopped abruptly.

Biz shouted “Hold Up!! Wait A Minuet!! MR ABEL!! My High School music teacher is IN THE HOUSE!!!! Where is he!!!!” The expression on Cuba Gooding’s face was priceless.

May they, George Duke, Cuba Gooding Sr. and Biz Markie REST IN PEACE!

 

Me and My Trumpet

Hey, my name is Ronnie Buttacavoli, I play trumpet and I am an original member of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band.

Speaking of playing the trumpet, my weapon of choice is a CANNONBALL, Stone Series, 725 Bb, Black Nickel Plated trumpet. Great sound, easy to play and works in any setting. Live concerts and shows, in the studio, large or small orchestras or bands, it just works. Check em out…you’ll be surprised. See the link to Cannonball below.

A while ago I was asked what the bulk of my work has consisted of over the years. Several things came to mind. Touring, recording ( jingles, film scores, record projects) live gigs in clubs, concert venues and Broadway shows, to name a few. B’way is an interesting test of many things to a musician. You play the same music, at the same time, the same way, 8 times a week. What I learned from veteran players and on my own, was to treat each show as if it was my first time in. Tryin’ to keep it fresh….

There is a project I have been involved with for more than 30+ years that I’d like to hip everyone out there to. …THE ED PALERMO BIG BAND. I’m extremely proud, yes proud, to be associated with Ed and the band. Playing Ed’s original compositions, his re arrangements of the music of Frank Zappa and many, many other artists, has been a natural ball. Please check out the link below to Ed’s web page and you’ll see what I’m talking about. If you love music, you’ll love this band. And watch out for his newest cd, “I’VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU”, THE MUSIC OF EDGAR WINTER. Killin’.

So, like, that’s all I got….for now.  😎    Please check out the links below and turn up the volume !!!   Peace

Welcome Funky Friends!

Fever Cover ImageIt’s been a long time in the making but we’re here! LARB in the 21st Century!

Thanks for dropping by and taking a look around. Be sure to check out our Something Old Sumthin’ New Album and our BRAND NEW SINGLE “FEVER“!

A Funky Jazz cover of the iconic Fever with the Hot vocals of Frank Abel surrounded by the sublime Trumpet of Ronnie Buttacavoli. You’ll find the music video there too!

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LARB