History

Mr. Armstead

Over four decades have passed since the formation of Yellow Go-Rilla Productions Ltd. on 4th April 1975.  At that time there weren’t many Black Production companies working with Jazz in New York.  Due to the help of two prominent impresarios, Ron Delsener and the late Sid Bernstein, the dream came alive.  The first function was held in June 1975 @ Town Hall in New York City, with artists Ray Barretto and Roy Ayers Ubiquity.  We went on to work with Alan Douglas of Douglas Records representing the first radical Rap Group, The Last Poets

Moving into personal management, Yellow Go-Rilla went on to represent Hugh Masekela, at the time of his hit ‘Grazing In The Grass’.  At his suggestion, we went on to represent Miriam Makeba, travelling all over the world with live performances starting in Malmo Sweden and performing for many African Presidents.   In the late 1970’s we built an association with Black Music Department at CBS Records, now Sony Records, headed by the late LeBaron Taylor.  This led to the first of Yellow Go-Rilla’s biggest fundraisers for the Louis Armstrong Memorial Project “Satchmo 1976” at the Beacon Theater in New York, in April 1976.  This fundraiser headlined Lou Rawls, Freddie Hubbard, Robin Kenyatta, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, hosted by Marian Etoile & Ed Williams.  Dr George Butler, then running CBS Jazz Department, invited us to join Special Events to promote new artists signed to the company, the first being Makoto Ozone, (Japanese pianist) and then later, working with the Doctor to put together a Tribute to Alberta Hunter. 

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