The most celebrated jazz networking site that honors the legends, features new artists, promotes music education and live jazz worldwide!
The Jazz Network Worldwide is comprised of all the subsets of the industry worldwide from managers, agents, publicists, venues, festivals, radio stations, studios, musicians, vocalists, etc. and of course fans. You can use it as a database by utilizing the tool bar for what you seek to connect and network with.
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!
This year we celebrate the 9 year anniversary of The Jazz Network Worldwide! I do hope that it is a work that has been looked at as my art and contribution to jazz and its forward movement. In dedication to my father "Chubby" Jackson, you won't find me stopping anytime soon for I'll continue to create with no negatives as my father would say.
I just integrated a new network under The Jazz Network Worldwide umbrella.
The Not Just Jazz Network, where we find the best of the best in all genres that integrates their artistry with jazz. There is much to do and create, so its presented with class, dignity and an innovative flare in keeping this art form moving forward.
I’m looking to open our horizons, be a place where festivals come to see what is new and exciting in the world of jazz and its booking capabilities. Its up to us to show the marketplace what a real jazz festival can be with talent that makes sense to be on a jazz stage. I’m all for variety music festivals, showcasing the various genres, but what I don’t stand for is other genres booked on these festivals that have nothing to do with jazz, singing their R&B hits from the 90’s. Wrong.
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…let’s hear your musical integration of jazz your way!
That is my quest for 2017 and beyond so jazz festivals will consider just that, where it honors the artistry of all who improvise their hearts and were inspired by Jazz.
The Jazz Network Worldwide would like to thank Jamie Glaser
for creating the music for the NOT JUST JAZZ promo.
Featured this week on The Jazz Network Worldwide: Multi-Woodwind Instrumentalist, Mario Lamar Hunter and his Laid Back Jazz Ensemble: Powerful Jazz Winds.
Mario Lamar Hunter is the founder, music director and award-winning woodwind artist that offers his ‘signature sound’ on his new release Mario Lamar Hunter and his Laid Back Jazz Ensemble: Powerful Jazz Winds.
‘Mario Lamar Hunter and his Laid Back Jazz Ensemble: Powerful Jazz Winds project is a unique blend of Jazz Standards that offer the listener a nostalgic musical experience through Mario's interpretations that sound like a natural choice for his soulful expression" says Jaijai Jackson of The Jazz Network Worldwide.
His diversified artistry spans genres of music as he is no stranger to international stages over his 35 years in the music industry. During the span of his career, he performed with The Coasters, Charo, Anna Gesteyer, Tommy Tune, Nat Jones and Isaiah "Ike" Oakley from the James Brown and the JBs' bands, Samuel Ramey of The Metropolitan Opera, as well as performing with Ray Charles and his world-renowned Ray Charles Orchestra and with Aretha Franklin in the Aretha Franklin Orchestra as well as the Orchestras of Jerry "The Iceman" Butler and Gene "The Duke of Earl" Chandler. While in Las Vegas he appeared at The Mirage Hotel and Casino, The MGM Grand and Scores Las Vegas performing during Grand Opening Celebrations alongside of performers from the famed Cirque Du Soleil.
As a well-disciplined educator, he is accustomed to assembling great combinations of musicality and many of his students have gone on to become fine musicians, scholars and highly creative professionals. Hunter has taught saxophone at both private and public institutions including colleges throughout the United States.
Hunter is known for appearing as a clarinet-soloist with symphony orchestras and has held the principal clarinet positions with Maryland’s Salisbury and Goucher Chamber Symphony Orchestras and has performed within the clarinet sections of the North Carolina and Maryland Symphony Orchestras.
" I am extremely thrilled to have been signed to Centaur Records by its President Victor Sachse and look forward to a long lasting relationship with the label. This recording project has allowed me to offer my personal renditions of some of my favorite tunes written by some of the greatest Jazz Composers of all time. Simultaneously, I am able to further expose the wonderful talents of the musicians that perform along with me on the album whom are thriving musically in the region of my birthplace. It is my desire that the music will blow powerful (but beautiful) jazz winds towards Jazz Musicians and Music Lovers across the globe, thus creating a force that is enjoyable and certain to be reckoned with.” ~ Mario Lamar Hunter
Not only is Hunter looking to be booked on jazz festivals worldwide for their upcoming seasons with his new band, he continues to work as an on-call Freelancer with Musical Theatre productions, Symphony Orchestras and Stage Bands throughout the U.S.A.
Be sure to tune into his feature on www.thejazznetworkworldwide.com this week as well as stopping by his soundcloud page http://soundcloud.com/mario-hunter-reeds/ to hear more of his latest release Mario Lamar Hunter and his Laid Back Jazz Ensemble: Powerful Jazz Winds and more.
Lovely songstress Lori Jenaire has been influenced by several legendary divas Anita Baker and Angela Bofill, but the comparisons always most often parallel her to Phyllis Hyman. An accomplished songwriter/arranger/performer, with several CD’s to her credit, including “Within Reach” and “Fruition,” Lori has consistently kept the memory of Phyllis Hyman alive with her CD releases. A statuesque entertainer at 6 feet tall, Jenaire even bears a striking resemblance to the late chanteuse as well.
“As You Are” Jenaire’s most recent release and cover of the of 1978 Pharoah Sander’s classic featuring Phyllis Hyman, will solidify her once and for all as the new successor to the Phyllis Hyman throne. The track not only bellows vintage love soul power, but also masterfully echoes the deeply rich vocal nuances of the original song.
“As You Are” was recorded with all live instrumentation. In addition to Lori on lead vocals, several music legends in the game joined her to stir the magic including Patrice Rushen on Fender Rhodes and solo, Freddie Washington on bass and percussion, James Gadson on drums; Aaron Lindsey on acoustic piano, Gregory (G Moe) Moore on guitar; Eyvonne Williams on tambourine and Dorian Holly and Shannon Pearson on background vocals.
Not only an accomplished songwriter/ arranger, Jenaire is also a talented musician, playing guitar, bass and piano. Her resume also includes several national advertising jingles, for Coca-Cola, GE, and United Way, as well as soundtrack work for television and films.
Check out Lori Jenaire at www.LoriJenaire.com
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.