On Wednesday, July 22, 2020 our beloved Burley J. Manor Jr. passed away. He had been battling several health issues over the past 5 months and was on his way to recovery. Unfortunately he succumbed to complications from Covid-19.
Burley was known in the Austin Music scene and considered by many as an Austin Legend. He was the bass player for a number of bands around the Austin Area. He also played the bass guitar for St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. Burley was loved by many and will be deeply missed.
The family is asking for assistance during this time to cover the cost of burial expenses. Anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.
Burley John Manor, Jr.
My deepest condolences goes out to Burley’s wife, family and all his friends. Burley will be greatly missed but not forgotten. I was so blessed to have known him through Soulman Sam and his Band. Also, I was able to have captured some great moments at the Skylark Lounge through my lens. Rest In Peace Mr. Burley, my friend. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Thanks for the great memories.
There is a Go Fund Me page link below, setup by his family to help pay for his burial expenses – Thank you for your donations.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, and alumnus of Stax Music Academy, James is an extraordinary old-school crooner on the order of Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson, and Donny Hathaway. His songwriting not only reflects his deep catalog of musical influences, it depicts his concern for the historical struggles and triumphs of Black men and women in America – sensibilities that grew from his life in Memphis.
After relocating to Austin, James has made a name for himself on the local scene performing with bands such as Temple Underground and The Bells of Joy, and he recently performed a concert with Sinbad the comedian. He is currently touring with Bobby Sparks, the master jazz/soul keyboardist of Grammy Award winning jazz group Snarky Puppy and late jazz trumpeter, Roy Hargrove’s band RH Factor. He has also been working with trumpet master Hannibal Lokumbe’s Healing Tones Jazz Workshop. He has performed at the Orpheum Theatre and New Daisy of Memphis, the legendary Bitter End and Rockwood Music hall in NYC, The Black Cat Jazz Club in San Francisco, and premier venues in Austin TX including the Continental Club, Stubbs, ACL , Antone’s and the Moody Theater. Throughout his career James has opened for Dwele (an international neo-soul singer), Blues legends Bobby Blue Bland and Bobby Rush, and rock & roll legendary band Living Color.
His music is influenced by a combination of jazz, gospel, soul, rhythm and blues, funk and alternative rock. He has been featured on albums by keys virtuoso Bobby Sparks, guitar legend Eric Johnson (EJ ) Singer Jennifer Warnes (“Another Time, Another Place”), jazz virtuoso Drummer Brannen Temple (New Dawn), Texas Gospel group The Bells of Joy, Hip Hop recording artist Free Sol (11:11), Trumpeter David Young (Silver Back), Smooth Jazz recording artist Kim Waters (Rhythm & Romance).
What made me get into music photography and photo art?
I was doing landscape, travel and family photography for my personal use and friends.
I got into music photography and Photography art, by going to the Skylark lounge by myself on Sunday to hear Soulman Sam sing R&B and taking pictures. I would send my cool photos to the musicians so they could post them on their multi media to help promote their career.I did a few pictures on Canvas to give to them or donating to a memorial fund or just giving them as a surprise present.
I figured that the musicians give their heart and soul into what they love to do and I figured I would give my heart and soul giving back to what I love to do. Through all of this I have made many new friends and I’m able to freeze the moment in time to give back.
We are all on this earth for a short period of time and what we do in between that time is what matters.
Musicians all over the world are not paid enough for their talented and hard work they do. I believe the State of Texas also other states and cities should do more to help their musicians for the revenue hotels, restaurants, bars and retail sales from the music Industry that it brings in.
Thank you Ryan Howard, I love you for allowing me to share your life with me to capture this beautiful music through my lens.
Thank you James Robinson for me to capture some of my greatest music photos and being my #1 supporter of my pictures.
I captured some great Bobby Sparks pictures at the One To One Bar in Austin.