August 17, 2017 | Sheryl Aronson | The Hollywood 360
on the Main Stage were the veteran musicians of Ndugu Chancler, drummer, Bobby Lyle, keys, Alphonso Johnson, bass and Craig T. Copper, guitar. They were joined later by the vocalists, Bridgette Bryant, Will Wheaton and Sangindiva Shannon plus other backup singers.
This hour of music energized the audience with the strong, heavy chops of Chancler, Lyle, Johnson and Cooper. Each one of these musicians have been at their craft for over 30 years. Ndugu Chancler has played with Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, and Weather Report. He has Gold and Platinum albums as well as Grammy Awards. On the drums that afternoon, he roared with superlative rhythm. Alphonso Johnson has played with Weather Report, Sergio Mendes, the Grateful Dead and now teaches at Cal Arts and USC. His bass playing flowed and bounced with graceful plucking. Craig T. Cooper on guitar has played with Barry Manilow, The O’Jays and the Crusaders. He brandished the guitar strings with flavorful soulful chops.
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(Featured Photo of Bobby Lyle at the 30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival by Sheryl Aronson)