Today begins a three-day kind of a mini mini tour. Got up early to drive the trek from Las Vegas to San Juan Capistrano. That drive took about 4 1/2 hours. Tonight I'll be performing with SERPENTINE FIRE which is quite the spectacular Earth, Wind & Fire tribute. If ever you have the opportunity to see this group which features Tyriq Johnson, absolutely check it out. Serpentine Fire definitely does EWF proud.
First thing in the morning, I head back to Las Vegas to perform with Las Vegas' own NEXT MOVEMENT. Featuring Sam Thomas, Carnell Haywood and Earl Shelby this group is among the classic vocal groups. Their harmonies are on point, their dance steps are totally in sync, and each individual lead vocal is silk. My first gig with them Sam introduced me and without warning (or rehearsal), Sam asked me to 'play one of those (Switch) songs that I do'. I don't know why, but I started 'I Wanna Be Closer'. Audience went wild at the intro. I arranged the harmonies on that song back in the day, so needless to say, I'm pretty strict that the vocals are correct! Here it comes......"Girl, I'll be the man you want me to".......To my complete and utter shock, these three guys nailed it!! They are celebrating 47 years being together and it shows in their talent and total professionalism. Next Movement is the total package and an absolute class act! Oh, by the way, did I mention the awesome musicianship that makes up the band??
Finally, first thing (and very early) Sunday morning, I fly back to LA to do a gig with my SWITCH brothers.
Any chance to perform with my brothers, Gregory Williams, Phillip Ingram and Akili Nickson is never enough. I totally look forward to it.
Not done yet. As soon as that gig is over. I hightail it back to LAX to fly back to Vegas to do my gig that same night at Blue Martini where a special announcement will be made. A long time coming, but finally here. Alli Starr (vocals), Ken Young (vocals), Reggie Gonzalez (vocals), Walter Jones (bass), Joe Evans (guitar), Ken Logan (drums), Jay Sylvester (Saxophones and other sounds) and me (keys, MD). To be on stage with this group highlights my every Sunday night. Come on down for Sunday Funday. The best locale, the best food and drink, the best staff. Continuing music with DJ Nice and DJ LaRose and graciously hosted by Devin Moore.
Whew.....What a weekend!! Busy is my therapy!
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Musicians are often asked, "What is your day or real job?", "What do you do for a living?". And those questions are often followed by, "You look like you're having way too much fun up there!" Well, I am a self employed musician. Playing music of any genre is my job. I play professionally. It's not my 'hobby'. And it IS fun! I often tell my beginner piano students that playing music should be fun. I tell them there's a reason it's called "playing" music. Playing denotes fun.
I love playing classical piano. So much so, that I didn't want to 'taint' it by playing anything other than classical music on piano. All other music, I would play on trombone which I also loved. Well, that was the future plan anyway. I was crazy about the horn bands back in the day. At the time the deliberate separation of styles between instruments proved more difficult to me than I thought it would. The instrument of choice didn't matter. I just wanted to play. I could go into my whole introduction to music, but for now I'll save that for another time.
I love my job. Whether keyboards, trombone, writing, arranging, producing, whatever. I love what I do for a living. I love that there were those who fully supported me in this endeavor. It could have very easily gone the other way. You know, "Why don't you get a REAL job?" Admittedly, I had that "real" job for about eight years. I loved that job. I especially loved my coworkers. And though the job had nothing to do with music, it seemed to work for and with me! I was able to go to 'work' and still had a lot of the day left where I could do MY "real job". Fast forward 33 years, I'm still performing. I'm still playing. It's still fun to me no matter the gig (or the job, if you prefer). Sure I complain about certain aspects of my job. Who doesn't? In no way am I perfect and by no means do I profess to be. I've always considered myself fortunate and blessed that my phone still rings after all these years, that people still consider me relevant. In fact, I'm amazed that I'm still doing the job I love after well over 50 years.
I wish I could personally thank all the wonderful and super talented musicians/friends I've had the distinct honor, privilege and pleasure of working with. There are so many. Thank you all for allowing me that space on your stage. And thank you especially to those who gave of their time and talents to accompany me on MY musical quests.
I LOVE my JOB! It is more than what I do. It is who .... and what .... I am.
For years, I've had the honor of sharing the stage with a cavalcade of extremely talented musicians. And on Friday night February 23 at the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas, it will be no different. I mean, look at who is in this band. Las Vegas, you know them, you love them, and you can't live without them! Check them out! You just simply can't miss this! These people are amazing! I can't express enough my true gratitude and appreciation for what each one has brought to this project. Their attention to detail and their dedication to and true belief in this project was nothing short of awe-imspiring. I'll never be able to thank them enough. And now, Ladies and Gentlemen my band!
Alex Leon Jr, Percussion
Anthony Jordan, Bass
David McLaurin, Woodwinds
Francisco Cibrian, Drums
Jassen Allen, Vocals
Mark Laity, Trumpet
Michael Evans, Trombone
Nate Wingfield, Guitar
Nikki Logan, Vocals
and my friend, my partner, my brother for well over 40 Years & Counting, Phillip Ingram.
I gotta mention Larry Hall of HAS Productions who is making sure we sound awesome. Why am I mentioning him? Because he's that good!
Thank you, Raul Sanchez for the promo. I never had to ask much. You knew what I wanted and totally delivered.
And finally, a huge shout-out to Jaimee Moore, Rob Hathcock (DJ ROB) and the entire staff and crew at Silverton Hotel and Casino (3333 Blue Diamond Road, Las Vegas. 89139). Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
We 'bout to turn it up! Y'all don't want to miss this! We're gonna get down and funky and up and pretty! Be there!!
My story with Phillip continues to this very day. Phillip and I are from Akron, Ohio. We met at a band rehearsal/audition for the band he was with at the time, Raw Soul. I was there to audition for the trombone position. I had actually started learning to play about a year earlier. I think I was 17, and Phillip, 15. Phillip was a monster vocalist even at such a young age. Even though he was (and still is) extremely funny, he also had wisdom beyond his years that even I recognized at my young age. We were both kids in our young teens but we both already knew what we wanted.
Fast forward to today, Phillip commands a stage like no one I have ever seen. I used to be jokingly 'jealous' of the audience because they got to see him perform in all his glory, while I could only see him from wherever I stood or sat on stage with him. He's that good.
I'm immensely honored that we are still both friends and brothers. And that has continued for well over 40 Years & Counting..........
I wish to thank you all for visiting my website. I sincerely hope you continue to do so. Tell your friends. Bring them along. I wish I could personally thank each and every one of you, but the response to the site has been so overwhelming after barely 48 hours, it is difficult to do so at this time. And I absolutely love your responses! It is my goal to keep you updated on all things Eddie Fluellen. I've had a number of happenings over the years, and I've had the honor of sharing time and the stage with quite a few performing acts who have become personal friends as well (both local and national). I will most definitely be giving you their updates and also giving them their due props on this forum.
I'm extremely proud of this site and how it turned out for which I have to thank my son, Ian, the Builder immensely. But, I digress. I will thank him on a more personal blog which is very soon to come. I also want to thank photographer Bill Vaughn who took some pretty awesome photos, which I'll share later. And, his wife Pat (a wonderful assistant) who made me not only look natural with her make-up talents but also made sure my poses and postures were on point! The session was extremely relaxed and comfortable.
So, to you my Friends and Supporters, I'll try my best to keep you updated not only on music related items, but maybe some personal musings as well. Thank you, again. Meanwhile, stay tuned. More to come.......
My goal was to make an official announcement regarding my updated website on January 1, 2018. We made it!! I'll make this short and sweet for now. Welcome to eddiefluellen.com. I truly hope you enjoy it. And to my son, Ian who built this, an immensely huge 'thank you'! BRAVO!!
We are happy to announce our new website has officially gone live. Expect content to be presented on a semi-regular basis with hopes of keeping you up to date with our endeavors.