Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
Let's be audacious, my friends!
Take your broken heart and turn it into art... ~ Carrie Fisher Funny I hear that as I celebrate the 9 year anniversary of The Jazz Network Worldwide. I do hope that it was a work that has been looked at as my art and contribution to jazz and its forward movement. I won't stop now, I'll continue to create with no negatives Dad...
2017 is filled with wonder and integrations that will make sense, not just a platform to fill with everything other than jazz. I know I can't do it alone which is why I just integrated a new network under The Jazz Network Worldwide umbrella.
The Not Just Jazz Network, where we will find the best of the best in all genres that would like to integrate their artistry with jazz. I can't do it alone, much to do and create so its done with class and dedication for an art form that deserves more love.
Only through my heritage do I get my fuel, I need for those of you from other genres that would like to be a part of this quest to join us in the 'great place to hang' and share who you are...
That is my quest for 2017 and beyond so Jazz Festivals will be just that, where it honors the artistry of all who improvise their hearts before the world and were inspired by Jazz.
Featured This Week On The Jazz Network Worldwide: International Songstress Phyllis Blanford with her acclaimed debut album ‘Edgewalker’.
One unique quality about Phyllis Blanford is her innate ability to fuse musical genres with the foundation of jazz on her new CD “Edgewalker”.
No doubt the global audience that Phyllis Blanford has been performing to will be pleasantly surprised how this ‘once shy’ songbird stretched her wings right to the core of your musical heart. Taking creative steps as she approached each song on her latest release “Edgewalker”.
Vocalist Phyllis Blanford has a broad vision for her music. She lushly fills the corners of her art is color and edges with her band including multi-reedist Don Braden, guitarist Vic Juris, and drummer Winard Harper and vibraphonist Stefon Harris. These are percussion-rich songs softened with delicate horn arrangements, all increasing the buoyancy of Blanfords assertive vocals. ~ C. Michael Bailey, All that Jazz
Blanford is an African-American vocalist well-known in Italy, especially for some of her collaborations with great Italian musicians like Tullio De Piscopo and Pino Daniele. ~ Il Giornale, Italy
Blanford is known for exploring the avenues of overcoming the barriers that are often found when integrating different genres in your musical presentation. She explores blending poetry, blues, rhythm and traditional American and Mediterranean blues songs with the intention for a multi-faced musical dance in song.
“This is the album I always wanted to make.” It is “pure, raw, real. My heart, my soul. Expressed. Out loud. Unapologetic.” Phyllis Blanford
She’s participated in several European jazz festivals and music tours with Tulli D’Episcopo, Enzo Avitabile, Roberto Ciotti and James Senese.
Phylis is no stranger to the various levels of artistry, whether it be television, theatre productions or upsetting live crowds with her high-energy performances of tunes she entitles “Rock-Jazz”, hinted with a perfume of fusion underneath.
Blanford takes great pride in being heard around the world & across America, with spins in Washington, Germany, Italy, UK, NewYork, Bermuda & more.
Excited about her future, Phyllis is setting her sites on jazz festivals worldwide and is passionate about finding the best musical settings in Israel to perform.
“The Jazz Network Worldwide is proud to feature an artist who forged forward tackling the voices in her head telling her she wasn’t ready to walk on stages with confidence. What I admire most about Phyllis Blanford is her undying desire to believe in herself and to overcome her fear by painting a vocal landscape that speaks directly to your heart. “Endless” is her polished mantle-piece, with an impeccable selection of musicians for this cohesive unit, which is right on point” says Jaijai Jackson of The Jazz Network Worldwide
To learn more go to www.phyllisblanford.com. “Edgewalker" is now available on Amazon, CDBaby.com, iTunes and more.
Chubby Jackson helped popularize the the 5-string C bass, was responsible for bringing be-bop jazz to schools all over the country, and also had the first American jazz band to tour Europe after WWII. He appeared in numerous movies and TV shows featuring the grand masters of Jazz.
Chubby performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Barnet, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gilllespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Red Norvo, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker,Terry Gibbs, Ben Webster, Raymond Scott, Bill Harris, JJ Johnson, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, just to name a few.