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malcolm jamal warnerSmitty:  Oh yes, absolutely.  Speaking of that, how can people get this record?

MJW:  Ah, thank you for asking me.  (Both laugh.)  Because it’s a totally independent project, I sell it at live shows and I sell it off of my Web site,

Smitty:  All right, very cool.

MJW:  You need to go to or if your have readers who I’m sure are My Space heads, you can go to

Smitty:  Very cool, man.

MJW:  And then also, on both sides it also tells when we’re performing because I do a lot of out-of-town gigs.

Smitty:  Oh, cool.

MJW:  And again, because I don’t have a touring budget, when I go to different towns, I usually use pickup bands and use local musicians.

Smitty:  Oh, yeah. I know the drill.

MJW:  Which has been obviously cost-effective but it’s also really great for me as a musician because I get to go around the country and play with so many different cats, which obviously influences my playing.

Smitty:  Yeah, you get to stretch out a little bit and see some new stuff.  Yeah, man.

MJW:  Yeah, man, yeah, yeah.

Smitty:  So now I know with your live shows you also do a one-man show-type format.  Talk a little bit about that.

MJW:  Yeah, well, Love & Other Social Issues is the name of the one-man show and that’s a theatrical production and that show, a lot of that is based on the poetry.  There are some pieces that I take from the record that I use in the one-man show and a lot of stuff it’s just poetry that doesn’t necessarily work with music.  A lot of the record was poetry and was written and then I wrote music around it and put it to music.

Smitty:  Yeah.

MJW:  That’s probably half the record.  It started out as poems.  So the theatrical production is literally a full-on theatrical experience.  Like it’s not me at a mic doing poetry for an hour and a half; it’s literally there’s a set, there’s blocking, there’s music, there’s lighting changes, it’s a full-on theatrical production, and over the summer we did a six-week run here in Los Angeles and got really wonderful reviews.  Every single review that was written on the show was a great review, from L.A. Times to L.A. Weekly to Backstage to Music Connection.  Everyone really gave the show a lot of love.

Smitty:  Wow, so are we gonna see more of that?

MJW:  Yeah, we’re actually putting together and talking to some people to put it on the road. I did it two years at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem in 2003 and 2005, and this summer was the actual West Coast premier, so this summer was great because I did the one-man show, got great reviews, and we also played Playboy Jazz Festival this year as well. Which was really a blast.

Smitty:  Yeah, man, that’s always a tight show.  (Laughs.)

MJW:  Yeah, yeah, that was great.  We were an opening band for that and a couple of bands later Marcus Miller performed, and at the end of his show, he brought me on stage and gave me his bass.

Smitty:  (Laughs.)

MJW:  He strapped it on me and I’m playing Marcus Miller’s bass with his band.  (Laughs.)

Smitty:  Whoo!

MJW:  And he hears us playing and he goes and gets his bass clarinet and starts playing with his horn section.  It was awesome.

Smitty:  (Laughs.)  How cool is that?  That’s the kind of cat Marcus is, you know?

MJW:  Yeah.

Smitty:  He’s a cool cat, man.  I love that brotha.  Yeah, man.  Well, hey, man, that’s fantastic.  So we have that to look forward to and I know everyone that caught that show certainly would like to see it again, you know?

MJW:  Yeah, we’re definitely gonna put it back out there.

Smitty:  And that’s incredible.  Wow, Malcolm, man, you really got it together, man, and I applaud you for it.

MJW:  Thank you, Smitty.

Smitty:  Absolutely.  So go to his Web site, check out his My Space, and by the way, you’re My Space is tight.  Whoo!

MJW:  (Laughs.)  Thank you, sir.

Smitty:  Man, I’ll say to everybody, you’ve gotta visit his My Space because, man, when I logged onto your My Space, it was on!

MJW:  It is, that’s Kami.  Kami designed the My Space page and the Malcolm-Jamal Warner Web site.

Smitty:  Oh, really?

MJW:  Yeah.

Smitty:  Well, let’s give her some props, man.

MJW:  Yeah, man, she’s really dope.  People can check her out at  She’s really an amazing artist as well as Web designer.

Smitty:  Oh, very cool.  Well, Kami, we got you, girl!  (Both laugh.)  Absolutely.  Well, Malcolm, man, I wanna say thank you so much for spending some time with The Smitty.

MJW:  Hey, no problem.  I appreciate your interest, man.

Smitty:  Yeah, and I wanna say once again to music lovers, you gotta get out there, check out his live show, go to his Web site, find out where he’s appearing close to you, it’s well worth it, you’re gonna love it, and you gotta pick up this record because I’m telling ya, it’s not like any other record I’ve ever heard, and I’ve heard a few.  (Laughs.)  And you’re gonna love this because it’s so real and the grooves are amazing.  You gotta check this out.  It’s called Malcolm-Jamal Warner’s Miles Long Love & Other Social Issues.

MJW:  Yes, sir.

Smitty:  Hey, Malcolm, thanks so much, man. The best to you the rest of this year 2007 and 2008.

MJW:  Hey, no problem, Smitty.  Thank you, man.

Smitty: Let’s do this again, man.  Let’s get back together and do this again maybe sometime next year, and see what else is happening you.  .

MJW:  Sweet.  I’d love to.


Baldwin “Smitty” Smith