The Pulse of Entertainment:
Harlem's Celebrity Chef JJ Premiers Reality Show on New TV One
Network and Bob Baldwin Honors Beatles on New CD ‘Abby Road & The Beatles'
"You will learn how to cook watching the show," said Celebrity
Chef JJ Johnson to me, a non-cooker, about his new reality show ‘Just Eats
with Chef JJ" airing Saturdays at 12 noon on TV One's new lifestyle network CLEO
TV (Comcast Xfinity). "My Chicken Parmesan was unexpected. I cooked it as a kid.
Each show (dish) is different. I even had to adjust to someone's allergies."
JJ, a graduate of Culinary Institute of America, clients have included Jennifer Hudson,
Quest Love, Maria Carey, Steph and Ayesha Curry. He is a partner at The Henry by JJ located in the LIFE Hotel (19
West 31st Street) in New York, NY.
"I get up at 7:30am...take
a call. Roll out the house 10:30am. Take 1 or 2 meetings then I'm in the kitchen at Henry's. I end
the night in the kitchen recapping with the team. Then home to spend time with my wife,"
he said about his daily routine.
of "Just Eats with Chef JJ" will travel with Chef JJ and see all the surprises,
situations and issues that come up for the celebrity chef. The reality show premiered January 19, 2019, same day the CLEO
TV network launched, on Comcast Xfinity. The new network will also offer viewers shows
like "Living By Design with Jake and Jazz," a reality show of two siblings who
transforms living spaces; "Everything I Did Wrong in My 20's" series; "Unwritten
Rules" series; talk show "Sister Cycle"; sitcom "Girlfriends," and TV One
original movies. Celebrity guest on the show includes Laz Alonzo, Kimberly Locke, David Banner, Naturi Naughton,
and Koryn Hawthorne. www.MYCLEO.tv www.TVOne.tv
Jazz keyboardist Bob Baldwin honors The Beatles with his 25th album titled "Abby Road and The Beatles"
(City Sketches/Red River) featuring vocal assistance from CeCe Peniston and Lori Williams,
Euge Groove on sax and Ragan Whiteside on flute. The album offers 10 Beatles originals
(one, recorded twice, with a remix version) and a Bob Baldwin original, totaling 12 selections.
"I grew up with all kinds of music. My dad had Jazz...sister R&B...Soul.
I liked what The Beatles did with their compositions and the songs were happy. They played guitars,
bass and drums with no keyboard," Bob said.
So on "Abby
Road and The Beatles" Bob selected 10 originals and put his keyboard and Jazz twist to the world-wide hits.
He includes his own original "Abbey Road" featuring vocalist Lori Williams as
the cherry on the Beatle cake.
"I am known for taking original harmonies
and putting my own flavor," Baldwin pointed out. In the past his projects honored
Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. "I keep the melody intact. It's always a challenge
not really changing it...taking it to another point."
Road and The Beatles" is executive produced by Bob Baldwin, celebrating 30 years in the business, and Bob Frank.
It also features assistance from Tony Lewis on drums, Dave Anderson on bass and Dennis
Johnson and Café' Da Silva on percussions.
"The Beatles were embrace in American
and around the world," Bob said about why he honored the popular band from London.
"I tried to pick like 10 songs that felt good on piano."
I love The Beatles like everyone else and
know most of their songs so keeping the melodies are important to me too. My favorites
on "Abby Road and The Beatles" include #3 John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "And
I Love Her (Real Talk)" because Bob's sweet keyboard playing maintains the original melody to perfection; #5
John Lennon's "Imagine" featuring Euge Groove on sax because of its simplicity; John
Lennon and Paul McCartney's "Michelle (My Girl)" featuring Ragan Whiteside on
flute because I love the way Bob's keys are popping; #7 George Harrison's "Something
(In The Way She Moves) because Bob's sweet key playing keeps the melody and I love the Jazz flavor
he brings to it; #8 Paul and Linda McCartney's "My Love" featuring Lori Williams because again Bob
brings simplicity to The Beatles hit honoring them to the utmost, and #10 John Lennon's
"Yesterday" because of how Baldwin Jazzes it up. www.BobBaldwin.com www.NewUrbanJazz.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated
weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She
is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance
Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: "Uplifting Minds II," a Free Entertainment Conference held annually in Baltimore (Saturday
April 20, 2019), in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times
and Los Angeles (October/TBD). Offering an Entertainment Business panel and a talent showcase and competition (vocal,
songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes for each category. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.