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!
Backdrop artwork courtesy of Jeff Laibson
Featured This Week On The Jazz Network Worldwide: “Intervention”, the latest Gospel Jazz release by Saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr.
Art Sherrod Jr. gives us a glimpse into what defines him as a man – his love for the Lord, his family and music. “Intervention” features 13 spiritually enriched tracks that highlight Art’s roots in Gospel, Jazz, R&B and Funk.
The genesis of this jazz project began long ago in the church. Art credits gospel music for his appreciation for all styles of music. Music that inspires, heals and praises is the “Intervention” that is needed when we go through tests in life. Art describes, “Intervention” as, “… my most personal CD project yet because it speaks to those moments when your faith is being tested and your back is up against a wall. We've all been there. This is why I believe that “Intervention” is such a powerful CD. Everyone is going to be able to benefit and relate to the message within each song. I am so excited and can't wait for my Smooth Jazz and Gospel listeners to put their ears on this project. It's going to be life-changing!”
David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright and Kim Waters all influence Art’s sound, which can be heard in his sophomore project, “Seasons”. Still a crowd favorite, “Seasons”, features several industry superstars including Will Downing, Chuck Loeb, Gerald Albright, Frank McComb, Tracy Hamlin, Marcus Johnson, U-Nam, Alex Al and others.
Never forgetting the foundation of his love of music, it was a natural progression for Sherrod to bring his signature sound to gospel jazz. Art assembled another great group of artists to complete his vision for this inspired project. “Intervention” features the soulful stylings of Incognito’s lead female vocalist, Maysa Leak, on a very funky arrangement of Edwin Hawkins' Oh Happy Day. The album also includes traditional Gospel songs like It Is Well, He Looked Beyond My Faults, My Soul Has Been Anchored and a funky horn section infused arrangement of Walter Hawkins’ Going Up Yonder. The contemporary side of Art is revealed as he interprets Vashawn Mitchell's Nobody Greater and William McDowell’s I Give Myself Away, Chris Tomlin’s How Great is Our God featuring guitarist Alan Scott, How Excellent featuring world renowned bass guitarist, David Dyson, and Donnie McClurkin’s mega hit Stand. By no means is “Intervention” your ordinary Gospel jazz project, as it also features some nontraditional songs like Frankie Beverly’s I Wanna Thank You and Sam Cooke’s A Change Gonna Come.
“Intervention” will keep you immersed from the first to the last song. With one listen, it is clear to see that Art Sherrod Jr’s passion is to connect to the hearts of diverse audiences with an “Intervention”of love and spiritual healing. This project is his living testimony.
Art is currently booking jazz & Gospel festivals for the 2016/2017 calendar and has a strong national press and radio promotion campaign currently underway.
“The Jazz Network Worldwide is proud to get behind Art Sherrod Jr.’s “Intervention”. After listening to all of the tracks on his CD I found that not only was it easy to tap into his musical history of heart which is Gospel but it had all the flavorings of every genre he’s been inspired by. It’s a soulful offering at best”, says Jaijai Jackson, of The Jazz Network Worldwide.
To learn more about Art Sherrod, Jr., “Intervention” and all of his musical projects go to his official website at www.artsherrodjr.com and to purchase you can go to iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble and F.Y.E.
REST IN PEACE OUR DEAR FRIEND
Daily Affirmations by
(We are living in a time when confusion is hovering over our land, our world. At times we feel empowered to help bring change where there are needs to be met.
There are other times, when we feel helpless, uninspired and dismayed,
concerning the road on which we are to turn.
Prayer is one powerful language of believers.
I will prepare myself and be still, yet effective. I will pray.)
I Will Pray
Today, I will ask my spirit to pray for specific things
I will pray for peace to clothe all who are awakened by God
I will pray for peace in those places, where darkness seems to dwell, And lives are being sacrificed for no apparent good of mankind
I will pray for peace in those families
Where abuse has become a way of life
I will pray for the children who feel hopeless and confused Asking the Holy Spirit of God to provide the Comfort they require
I will pray for the hungry to be fed, and the homeless to be sheltered
I will pray that nations receive God’s revelation
And lay distrust to rest
I will pray for consciousness of community and positive building of purpose
I will pray for total healing, for all who are afflicted and suffer, for any reason
I will pray for friendships to be sustained
I will pray for Love to become the language of our world Spoken with the breath of truth and carried in the Light of Hope
I will pray for myself, and those whom I love
I will pray for understanding in mind, heart, and spirit So when God calls my name
I will hear it
I will pray for abundant Joy with great expectation
Knowing that we are the heirs of a Divine promise I will find my way in prayer, to rest in His care Secure in God’s welcoming arms and loving embrace
"Armsted touched many lives, each one as unique as his own, he is a special member of The Jazz Network Worldwide and gave of his time to nuture its business plan for its educational growth. We will implement the ideas he gave us so graciously to keep music in our hearts. You will forever be in ours, you will be sorely missed...by us all.
RIP Armsted, the fight is over...you are in the arms of God.
Joining forces with producer/arranger, pianist Geoffrey Keezer for a fourth consecutive recording, Find a Heart features an all-star cast of musicians, including: Brazilian guitarist, Leonardo Amuedo, bassist Carlitos del Puerto, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith and a special guest appearance by trumpeter Chris Botti. The recording includes music written by Sting, David Crosby, Beck, The Yellowjackets, Brenda Russell, Donald Fagan and the rock band Journey. “I think we made some great selections, she states, I wanted to find songs that hadn’t been covered much before and I think we selected some great music to introduce to jazz fans.”
Denise has recorded five albums to date … ‘Soul Shadows’ (2012) received a GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and ‘When Lights are Low’ (2010) received 2 GRAMMY® Nominations … one for Best Jazz Vocal Album and one for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist. She recorded two previous albums, ‘What Lies Within’ (2008), her first Savant release and ‘In the Company of Friends’ (2005) on the Jazzed Media label.
Described as a “musician’s singer” by saxophonist Phil Woods, Donatelli was raised on the East Coast and has been trained as a classical pianist. She turned to singing jazz and eventually moved to Los Angeles where she immediately found a home in the community of well-respected musicians.
Denise has headlined in recent years at Jazz At Lincoln Center, has performed at numerous jazz festivals and universities across the country where she has conducted vocal master classes. Her innate musicianship and pure tone have won her spots singing for television episodes of The Simpsons and numerous TV promos including Turner Classic Movies. Her on-camera work consists of national and international commercials for such brands as CNN, Hyundai, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz.
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.