J. Anthony Brown has etched his place in the history of entertainment
*“Most comedians and rappers transition naturally into acting,” said J. Anthony Brown, comedian and co-host of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” about his acting roles in Think Like a Man, Madea Goes to Jail, Drumline, Mr. 3000, Triple XXX, State of the Union, How to Be a Player, and “The Rickey Smiley Show” on TV One. “In comedy you write your own material, direct yourself, produce (your comedy shows)…arrange… and you’re acting by the time you get in front of the camera. Like Kevin Hart he already had a following, and in movies that’s what we bring, an audience.”
J. Anthony Brown also writes comedy for others. The Columbia, SC native started in the entertainment business in 1972 as a comedian warming up the audiences for such sitcoms as “Martin,” “SisterSister” and “ROC”. He became a staff writer for “The Arsenio Hall Show” in the late ‘80s for five years. Then he went on to write for “The Parent ‘Hood,” and “Me and the Boys.”
As a stand-up comedian he performed on “Def Comedy Jam,” “Showtime at the Apollo,” “Evening at the Improv” and “Comic View.” His acting skills, even back then, awarded him roles on “Moesha,” “Living Single,” “The Parkers,” and “Like Family.” So it’s an honor for Radio One, I am sure, to have him on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” as co-host. The radio show is heard daily from 6 – 10 a.m. on Magic 102.3FM from Washington, DC. Brown has officially etched his place in the history of entertainment without a doubt.
“They put us in the movies based on our fan base,” J. Anthony points out. “I got on Tom Joyner 10-12 years ago as a guest. The producer was a fan of mine and suggested I call Tom. I called and said I’d come on for free! Free get you in the door close to people who make the decisions. If you do it for free it’s a career you love.”
Brown said before Tom Joyner he co-hosted for free for five years on another radio station so by the time he got on Tom’s show he knew what he had to do. J. Anthony also serves as the Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, and was honored as Entertainer of the Year by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in DC.
He also has his stand-up comedy tour “The J Spot” that is hosted at clubs across the country. He recently took the tour to Los Angeles, Houston, Raleigh, NC, and Gary, Indiana. It is a continuous tour where the demand for him will bring him there. Fans can visit his website at www.JAnthonyBrown.com and make their request.
If this all wasn’t enough Brown has launched a clothing line, merchandise, products and a new hot sauce called Hotter than a MoFo (www.HotterThanaMofo.com). In addition he is a creative artist with artwork that appears at a special exhibit in Washington, DC next to famed African-American artist Annie Lee.
“I have the ‘Four Wall Deal’,” J. Anthony said about his J. Spot Club Tour. “I produce my own shows in club rooms.”
About his involvement with the Diabetes Associates he said, “It’s an educational television program and website dedicated to people with diabetes. They help with dealing with it, and monitoring it. They’ve build a data base. I talk about my struggle with diabetes (on the shows).”
You can learn more about the legendary entertainer by visiting his websites, and following him on Twitter at @JSpotComedyClub and “like” his Facebook page at @J.Anthony.Brown.7.
Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp collaborate to release new project ‘Jazz Funk Soul’ on Shanachie Entertainment
*Collectively Grammy Award nominated pianist Jeff Lorber, Grammy Award nominated guitarist Chuck Loeb, and saxophonist Everette Harp are multi-platinum selling musicians in Contemporary Jazz. They are friends that have been featured on each other’s projects, who have come together to collaborate on a new album release on Shanachie Entertainment titled “Jazz Funk Soul.”
“All of us had a good time playing together,” said Chuck Loeb about the collaboration.
“I think we diffidently had in mind what we wanted to do,” said Jeff Lorber about the album’s direction. “To some extent…its inspired by each other…we just let it happen. The album is a nice variety.”
Jeff is a Berklee College of Music alumni whose latest release “Hacienda” received a Grammy Award nomination. Also a composer and producer Lorber has been a major instrumentalist in Contemporary Jazz for 30 years. He has produced for Dave Koz and Kenny G – to name a few. Chuck, also a member of the world-renowned group Four-Play (along with Bob James, Nathan East and Harvey Mason), is also a composer and producer. He too is a Berklee College of Music alumnus and received a Grammy Award nomination for his solo release “Silhouette.” As a producer he has worked for Keiko Matsui, Jon Lucien, and Kim Waters – to name a few. Everette is known for his trademark blend of Jazz, R&B, Funk and Pop. He has worked on the projects of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, Pattie Labelle, and George Duke – to name a few. He plays on the theme songs for such television shows as “Entertainment Tonight,” “Soul Train,” and “The Arsenio Hall Show.” He hosts his own radio show “Smooth Jazz Odyssey with Everette Harp” on WLOQ in Orlando, Fl. His latest solo album is titled “First Love.”
“You never have to be in the same places any more,” Jeff said about the recording process of the three.
Chuck said that it was the first time an entire album was record this way (every one recording separately, at separate times, in separate cities), yet so connected creatively.
Learn more about the “Jazz Funk Soul” collaboration, released June 24, 2014, by logging onto www.Shanachie.com.
(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Events: “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference arrives in Hollywood, CA Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Center, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)