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 at jefflaibson.com
Throughout his past two decades as a recording and performing artist, Dadon has surrounded himself with some of the finest exponents of the art of contemporary jazz Australia and the world has to offer. Among his Australian collaborators, he has shared his vision with the aforementioned Joe Chindamo, drummers Andrew Gander, Tony Floyd and Darren Farrugia, percussionist Alex Pertout, saxophonists Tony Hicks and Rob Burke, and bass players Jonathan Zion and, perhaps most importantly, Melbourne-based Australian-Greek Cypriot bass player and composer Evripidis Evripedou, with whom Dadon has performed for more than a decade and who accompanied him onto the international stage in 2012 with the recording of Dadon's first release for the prestigious Enja records, *Long Way*, under project name Albare iTD (International Travel Diary). That album maintained its place on the national Jazz Week Chart for an impressive 18 weeks. His next, 2013's *The Road Ahead*, sat in the US Top 50 jazz radio charts in the US for 16 weeks.
"Traveling and meeting people from different horizons is something I have done all my life. I was born in Morocco, and grew up in Israel and France before moving to Australia at the age of 27. Spending my youthful years in such challengingly diverse places meant that from a young age I was able to adapt to any human condition. Naturally, I am always attracted to what humans have in common – the shared experience.
When I was growing up the trend was for the world to unite; we were looking forward to a planet without borders. Eventually, but perhaps not as we imagined at the time, that happened, becoming a reality with globalization. Today we realize that there is a place to celebrate our differences and traditions, and this is easily observed in Australia, a multicultural cornucopia in which many people of considerably different origins prosper together in peace. Living in Melbourne means you can be in Turkey, or Italy, or Greece, or anywhere in Africa in minutes; it’s delicious and the warmth of the place nourishes our souls.
This album is a vibrant musical celebration of the common ground that makes us human. And the music within – like the land in which it was made – was born of an equally multicultural ensemble: my fellow musicians, although most live in New York, come from Venezuela, Cuba and Italy. I would like to acknowledge their talent and thank them for their extraordinary dedication to this project: Pablo Bencid plays the drums, Yunior Terry is on acoustic bass, Axel Tosca Laugart is on piano for all titles except Hotel Royal on which you will hear the talented Phil Turcio, my musical companion of these last 20 years and co-composer of many of the tracks.
This album represents our first project on ALFI RECORDS, and is ALFI’s first release. I hope you enjoy this music as much as we did making it."
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.
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