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Legendary Record Founder Phil Ranelin Concludes 40th Anniversary Celebration
By Sentinel News Service
Published November 29, 2012


Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance featuring Pablo Calogero – Reeds, Jacob Sesceny – Reeds, Mahesh Balasooriya – Piano, Aneesa Al-Musawwir – Bass, Don Littleton – Drums, and Tribe Records Co-Founder, Phil Ranelin – Trombone – will perform Thursday, December 13 at Little Tokyo’s The Blue Whale.


       This performance concludes Ranelin’s  year-long celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Tribe Records.  He will be performing music from his 1970s album VIBES  FROM  THE  TRIBE.   In the 1970s, Detroit’s legendary Tribe Records joined other indy Jazz artists’ collectives by taking charge of their own music and producing, performing and distributing their creative products themselves.  The record industry was not interested in what it considered to be too revolutionary, too avant-garde and basically, just too Black for the entertainment industry!  Ranelin and other Jazz leaders believed their music was for all people and that their messages about love, unity, family, freedom, justice and peace were universal messages that the world needed and would understand.


Today they have all been proven correct because young people all over the world seek out these rare recordings and these indy Jazz gurus like Ranelin because they are looking for authenticity in all levels of their beings – socially, politically and spiritually.  Whether it was the Collective Black Artists (CBA) in New York, or the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago, or the UnderGround Musicians and Artists Association (UGMAA) in Los Angeles, leaders such as Reggie Workman, Richard “Muhal” Abrams and Horace Tapscott, like Ranelin, were confident in the spiritual value of their music and they invested time, money, and immense creative energy in producing their music for the youth of that time and for posterity.


       Cover Charge is $15 (21 & over ID required).  Early Reservations are highly suggested.  There will be 2 Sets: 9:00PM and 10:30PM.  The Blue Whale is located at 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka Street, Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  For more information call:  (213) 620-0908 or visit: and




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