Vernel Mack and Chuck Leonard performed with Robert in trio settings as well as with a larger ensemble called  PROOF POSITIVE. The rest of the ensemble included  JAZZ SQUAD members Cecil Johnson and John Kennedy. Chuck Leonard is the rare drummer who can play any style with brillance ( weäre not talking adequate ) with anyone and apparently under any curcumstances. His resume includes the Four Tops ( and all the top acts from Motown in 60äs and 70äs ) and Donald Byrd. Chuck and Robert still play together with frequency and it only gets better. They have play with artists such as:

  • Four Tops
  • Supremes
  • Nancy Wilson
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  • The Spinners,
  • Ben E. King,
  • Chi-lites,
  • Rueben Phillips and house band at the Apollo Theatre
and from the jazz world:
  • Joe Williams
  • Count Basie
  • Donald Byrd
  • Cleo Lane
  • Billy Eckstine
  • Tito Puente
  • Mongo Santamaria
and North Carolina standouts:
  • Eve Cornelious
  • Chip Crawford
  • Ray Codrington
  • Bus Brown
  • Brother Yusef
  • Robert's first band, 'ROUND MIDNIGHT

 

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