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Figure the KARAMU CONCERT ENSEMBLE Radio, Concert and Recording Artists Broadcasting Regularly SUNDAYS 8:15 A.M. (E.S.T.) CBS RADIO NETWORK — Program Originating Station WGAR EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT: THE DIXIE BUREAU, DALLAS, TEXAS M. C. TURNER, President — 601 Wilson Building J. HAROLD BROWN Composer, Arranger and Accompanist THE KARAMU QUARTET was organized in 1941, and has continued to maintain a high standard of musical performance throughout the years. One of the high spots in their career was the invitation from the CBS radio network to give a series of broadcasts. This honor, begun in April of 1951, has continued uninterrupted ever since, and radio fans from 34 states and the Province of Ontario have expressed unsolicited written approval of the quality of their performance, the unique blending of voices, and the choice of selections. The Karamu Quartet is under the musical direction of J. Harold Brown, who holds the A.B. degree in music from Fisk University; Mus.B. in Music Composition from the Conservatory of Kansas City; and the A.M. degree in Music from Indiana University. Mr. Brown has served as Director of Music at Florida A and M. College, Southern University, and Cleveland's Karamu House. He is also the arranger and accompanist for the Quartet. Members of the Quartet are Chas. W. Tomlin, 1st tenor; J. Edward Cooper, 2nd tenor; Roy J. Lockett, baritone; and Joseps L. Boatner, bass. Each of these men has had considerable vocal training and experience. The Quartet has been featured on convention programs of organizations such as the National Lawyers' Guild, The National Association of Settlement Houses, The National Federation of Republican Women's Clubs, The Triennial Convention of YMCA Secretaries of the U.S.A. and Canada, and the Baptist World Alliance. Oberlin College, and many other colleges, high schools, and social and fraternal organizations have presented two or more concerts by the Karamu Quartet. In fact, several organizations include in their schedules each year an appearance of the quartet. The Karamu Quartet presents a well-balanced concert repertoire that will please any audience, and yet delight the music critics. Every Sunday morning at 8:15 (EST) the Karamu Quartet may be heard over the CBS radio network. the KARAMU QUARTET WGAR THE WGAR BROADCASTING COMPANY STATLER HOTEL CLEVELAND We are proud to present the Karamu Quartette on the CBS Radio Network each Sunday morning. These gentlemen bring new meaning to the word harmony. It is a pleasure to give them my highest recommendation. Reginald P. Merridew Reginald P. Merridew Program Director Comments from our Radio Audience I heard the excellent program given by the Karamu Quartet on your station Sunday. It was wonderful. Mrs. S. S. Sutton Wichita Falls, Texas I did not know there was a quartet anywhere that could render such an excellent type of performance. The blending was perfect. Mrs. Emil M. Brudno Noted Cleveland concert promoter Although we have been listening to your grand singing at 8:15 every Sunday morning for some time, this is the first opportunity we have had to write how much we enjoy listening to you over WCBS. Mabella and Wm. Manns New York, New York Your most excellent program comes to us every Sunday, and it truly starts off our day on the right step. Not only the choice of your program numbers is excellent, but your renditions are so artistic. Elta H. Blanchard Asheville, North Carolina The Karamu Quartet on your station program was truly soul-satisfying and ear-pleasing to listen to and enjoy thoroughly. Marie L. Feirer Corona, Long Island We enjoy your delightful concert every Sunday morning, and we thank you for this great uplift and inspiration. Miss Florence S. Goodenough New Rochelle, New York Can't you make your program last an hour? Those guys can sing as well as Pinza. George C. Taylor Albuquerque, New Mexico Hereafter I plan to arise in time each Sunday morning to enjoy this musical treat, where voices blend ho harmoniously and where the selections are worth listening to from beginning to end. Mrs. R. W. Hoffman Springfield, Missouri Every Sunday morning we enjoy your broadcast, as each number is a creation in itself and outstanding. The arrangements are so unique. We particularly enjoy all the Spirituals. Bishop R. Roy Martin Gary, Indiana The harmonies used for the opening and closing of the program are unsurpassed. Arthur H. Redall Long Island, New York The Karamu Quartet closed its broadcast by singing to the last line, which they hummed, the beautiful composition 'Finlandia' by Sibelius and, as with everything they sing, it was perfectly rendered. John W. Truempy Gillette, New Jersey Your 'Spirit Flower' yesterday morning over CBS was particularly good. Tone, blending, and shading were excellent. O. W. Ponder Biltmore, North Carolina Two things I shall never forget: one…; and the other was the rendition by the Karamu Quartet of 'Eili, Eili,' a Jewish folk chant, in the original tongue, with as much fervor and feeling as any Jewish singers could have put into it. Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver Internationally renowned Jewish leader Excellent music, with which everyone was very much impressed. President Wm. E. Stevenson Oberlin College Swiftly becoming one of America's most popular quartets. The (Radio) Dial — 11/52 Swell choral quartet. The Cleveland News (Elmore Bacon — 4/27/51) Congratulations and thanks for your fine program. Am listening to your perfectly beautiful performance of 'O Southland' this minute. Bravo. Harriet J. Young New York City I want you to know how much we enjoy and appreciate the lovely concerts of the Karamu Quartet. M. S. Ehrgott Rochville Center, New York I would like to tell you how much we enjoy your program every Sunday morning over the CBS network. Miss Lottie Guthrie Gallatin, Tenn. I have found your songs so very appealing and delightful. Beautiful harmonies. Mrs. Charles Wood Philadelphia, Penn. Your selections have something that choirs often lack, and that is the spirit of exhilaration. Mrs. D. A. Jamie Seffner, Florida Thank you very much for your beautiful Sunday morning programs. We especially enjoy the Negro spirituals you sing. Mrs. M. Crapullo Flushing Queens, N.Y.C. Without question, a rich and harmonious blend of voices. The Cleveland Plain Dealer (Geo. E. Condon, Radio-Television Editor) 12/19/51 Management: DIXIE BUREAU, 601 Wilson Bldg., Dallas, Texas
|Title||The Karamu Concert Ensemble: radio, concert, and recording artists|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||
African American musicians
|Personal Name Subject||
Tomlin, Chas W.
Cooper, Edward J.
Lockett, Roy J.
Boatner, Joseph L.
Brown, J. Harold
|Corporate Name Subject||Karamu Concert Ensemble|
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