Yearly Archives: 2010

Over The Moon!

Nailah at the house after gracing me with her incredible voice!“One Step” for Jason Luckett’s 6th Album

I’m over the moon with all the support I’ve received for this new record — from those who’ve pledged ( and the team helping me to get it done.  You’ve made me feel very loved and emboldened!  We’ve passed the initial goal by $600, so at this point we’re about $400 short of my being able to do a full pressing and get the physical CD out to more people beyond those who’ve asked for the special edition.  I was talking to my mother this afternoon, and you know how mother’s have that way of asking the simply perfect questions. She asked, “Why didn’t you just ask for all you needed in the first place?”  All I could say was that I wanted to absolutely make sure I could get the music done and wasn’t really sure that I would be able to raise $3000 in an all or nothing proposition.  But you’ve all made me believe and now we’re so close!  If just two people decide to have a private concert in their home for $250, or if one person wants me to write a song and another wants to be on the list to all my shows for a year,  I’ll be able to do the full run and have the commercially available CDs ready in January.  That’d be the best start to a year for me ever! Think about it and know that every pledge helps and entitles you to beyond the value of a regular CD purchase or download.  But those special offers end at 4pm PST on Thursday.  So if you’re thinking about it, please contribute today.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!  It’s been such a boost of energy to feel this support!

Love and Peace,


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12/18: Holiday Show @ Genghis Cohen

Starts at 8:30 sharp | 1 set | new songs and faves!

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01/08: January @ the Cup, OC

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Nov. 14: Santa Monica – Love-In, 7pm – Free!

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One Step (Don't Neglect The Rest)

Call. Canvas. Vote. Keep progress in motion.

I wrote this a few months ago and bashed it out an hour ago in my studio. Just a quick guitar voice demo to hopefully inspire you to remember to vote and continue to act.

      One Step (Everything Your Heart Desires)

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
I heard that said out on campaign
We believed it
Tried to be it
Now I just hear us complain

Every little thing your heart desires
Every little thing that your heart desires
Starts with one step followed by the next

Door to door we called them out
We gave one man most of the clout
He is one man
We are many
The peoples power’s not in doubt

Every little thing your heart desires
Every little thing that your heart desires
Starts with one step followed by the next
Every little thing your heart desires
Every little thing that your heart desires
Starts with one step, don’t neglect the rest

It’s easy to think one season brings the change
(That) one nation or one man can get it done
(But) c’mon life ain’t easy
You’ve got more brains than that
It’s time we remember how to act

We are the ones we are waiting on
We did it before, let’s do it again
The tea ain’t gospel
The dream is possible
(For) health and dignity
Every woman
Every man

I laugh at egotism
Every man has many guides
The more the better
We’re better together
I hope you succeed
Don’t you wish the same for me?

Hold up, hold up, there are places where
I really hope you won’t succeed
I want no success with war
I want no successful exclusion
My energy’s in peace
My energy’s in love and fusion

(c) 2010 Jason Luckett / Lucky Masala Head

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Buddy Collette, 1921-2010

I’ve just heard that Buddy Collette has passed.

Buddy was my friend.  My last words to him were “I love you.”  And his to me were “I love you, too.”

It was just a random meeting at Ralph’s market across the street from where I’m sitting right now, at the Farmers Market.  I was in the produce section, squeezing oranges and this handsome elder gentleman came over to me and said, I bet you’re a musician.  I was in my early 20s, with a little buzz around me, ready to take the rock ‘n’ roll world on, so I was a little used to this sort of thing happening.  But this man had spark in his eyes. We spoke for a few minutes.  I felt very encouraged by him.  It felt sweet to be recognized by an elder.  I imagined myself in his place someday, encouraging another kid.  I wanted to be part of the tradition.  I’d always felt such a gratitude when older black men, who’d had to struggle so much, stopped to give me encouragement — a post civil-rights kid, half white and quite privileged.  It made me feel a little guilty.  Yet it inspired me to be part of the tradition of giving back, of encouraging young people to be the best they could possibly be, and to affirm that you, as an elder, recognize the value in their expression.

After the man moved on, a younger white couple approached me and asked if I knew who he was.

“He said his name was Buddy,” I said.

“That’s Buddy Collette!  He’s a jazz legend!  You’re a very lucky guy.”

A few weeks later I was in the Bob’s Big Boy near my apartment on Wilshire Blvd, and there was Buddy at the counter.  We said hello again and a friendship was born.

We never got to play together, but over the years I’d go to see him play or tell stories of the old days on Central Avenue, stories of him and young Mingus breaking bottles and stuff to give to Simon Rodia for the Watts Towers that were being built, or how he convinced Charles to give up the cello for the bass, and join his band.  They’d jump on the red line and play in the train cars for fun.  I loved hearing how he got the unions together, first through jam sessions and musical exchanges with the white classical musicians of Local 47, then the true amalgamation of the Unions.  It’s amazing how different the world seems now.  It’s hard to imagine my friend, in my city, not being able to join a group with other musicians simply because of his skin color.  But that’s what Buddy and this community of artists had to deal with and, mischievously at times, navigate.

Then later, after his stroke, Buddy started to show up at my events a little more.  It thrilled me when he came to the opening of a film I scored, or when I’d hear him talk up my talents and versatility to other people.  When he came to see me at Kenny Burrell’s birthday performance at Royce Hall, he told me I had what Nat Cole had with my ability to sing.  I should take that to heart more than I have.

One of my favorite conversations with Buddy was at a memorial for a dear friend of ours, Geri Branton.  He told me that he was playing piano with his right hand.  He was so excited by the voicings he was discovering.  He had the passion of student just getting the concepts that would open the entire world to him.

That delight in discovery along with his deep memory was what made Buddy so special.  His stories and music were so good because he was always attentive and curious.  My sister and I took him to dinner one night at Versailles’ Cuban restaurant after seeing a play by Roger Smith about Watts.  Again, he had a pouring out of memories and a delight in going to theater and us hanging out together.  He just brought so much joy to my life!  And he reminded me that there were always new discoveries to be had in our city and in our lives.

I’m also remembering the time sitting with him and Brock Peters at Geri and Leo’s 50th Anniversary party.  Seeing these two men meet for the first time showed me the humbleness and excitement the greats have.  They were passionate about each other’s talents and the growing each of them was still doing.

That spirit endures beyond the body, the spirit of affirmation, encouragement, aspiration and the desire to connect with other beings.  Buddy connected me to the past, present and a vision of a beautiful future of respect, love and possibilities.

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from [cref 810 mMix]

come by here we are holding hands
some say it’s outrageous but we do what we can
people are laughing and so am I
this is my kind of day light

leaves are falling
songs are rising
pacific ocean on the horizon
next year by Christmas
can we end all wars?
Mideast midnight twilights?

every man sing what you can
young boys in knee pants
women in pantsuits
shy catholic school girls
Pakistan’s Hindus
join this band stepping to yes we can can
Ahmad and Krishna
Siddhartha and Jesus
the list could go on
this is the big picture

you could be locked in two feet of snow
somewhere it’s summer
here hot winds blow
trial by fire,
or we could just try
this is my kind of good fight

glory on high
assalamu alaikum
shalom chaverim
we’ve chances, let’s take ’em
wish peace on earth
joy to the world
this is our time

join with the band
and sing what you can
every woman
every man…

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Aug. 27-28: Emmett Till Project – Santa Monica

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End of Summer Shows

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