Don Blackman, he’s soulful, he’s cool and captivating. Blessed with a uniqueness all his own, Don has a charisma that is distinctively and unmistakably real and funky. His music will groove you and move you. It’s compulsive, it’s charming, it’s snazzy and fascinating.
Blackman, multi-keyboard wizard played with the biggest names in fusion music including Lenny White & Twennynine for whom he wrote and performed Billboard’s funky hit single Peanut Butter and ballad Morning Sunrise on the Best of Friends album.
As a leader and featured recording artist Don’s keyboard, vocal and composing talents all came to shine on his debut LP, Blackman on the GRP Arista record label.
Though you may not have been aware of it, you have probably already heard Don’s music plugging Coca Cola, Burger King, Martini and Rossi Asti, Coors Light, Gatorade, Donny Simpson’s Theme Song (Top Thirty), and Western Union, Bulldog Dozer, and Lego commercials. Don has been very active as a jingle writer, performer, producer and voice overs both for television and radio.
Special thanks to Charlie Drayton for mentioning Don to his father Bernard Drayton a partner at 3Tree Productions for introducing Don to the jingle business.
Don would like to thank the other partners, Nicholas Diminno Sr. and Jake Holmes; the staff, Milton Brooks, Jackie Buchanan, Nicholas Diminno Jr. and Paul Grassini; and engineers Jon Smith and Tom Greto (Who’s your brother?).
Many audiences young and old have enjoyed the versatility of this performer which range from the natural suaveness and sensitivity displayed in his ballads to his hard driving, funky dance tunes. He can be seen periodically as a member of the band playing keyboards at Natalie’s on the television show New York Undercover. As a writer and arranger of children’s music, Don can be heard daily on the T.V. show Gullah Gullah Island for Nickelodeon.
At his live performances, this singer has touched the hearts of many internationally who simply appreciate the sound of just plain good quality music.
He has toured around the world with his band and many other bands such as The Marcus Miller Band, The World Saxophone Quartet and Lenny White & Twennynine. Don has performed benefit concerts in support of AIDS for JAWS (Japanese Aids World Society) with jazz writer and bassist Tuero Nakamura.
You’ve heard him playing and /or singing with lots of important high energy players such as Parliament Funkadelic. His work on the acoustic piano and other keyboards was recorded on Mary J. Blidge’s, Feel Like A Natural Woman and Janet Jackson’s, That’s The Way Love Goes remix.
Haboglabotribin which was written by Blackman for Bernard Wright from the album Nard was sampled by Snoop Doggy Dogg entitled Hustlers “N” G’s. Holding You, Loving You was also a tune written by Don from the Blackman album which was sampled by Master P entitled What The Game Made Me from the movie soundtrack I Got The Hookup.
Don had the pleasure of recording with Sting earlier in the year of 1999. The record is to be released in October of 1999 entitled Brand New Day which Don played organ on the title track.
Don recorded a CD with the late Weldon Irvine entitled The Amadou Project where eleven of the songs were recorded at Don’s studio.
Don played keyboards and sang vocals on some of the tracks. The CD is written on and dedicated to Amadou Diallo.