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"Give each beat its full value" ~ 'Chubby' Jackson
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
for creating the music for the NOT JUST JAZZ promo.
Featured this week on The Jazz Network Worldwide: Vocalist, Grace “Gigi” Smitherman debuting her original single “This Doesn’t Feel Like Love”.
Grace “Gigi” Smitherman is becoming among contemporary music's most stylish and sultry vocalists; while often-blending R&B and Jazz in her new original single “This Doesn’t Feel Like Love”.
Formally known as “Gigi” ~ “The lady with the fan” for she always has a beautiful handmade fan adorning her performances. Her female fans are known as her “fanistas”. Her cool, sensual singing style is geared toward the ‘senior set’ as her performances are reminiscent of days gone by when jazz standards were held in high regard in the music community. Gigi’s style and elegance upon the stage exudes confidence and reverence for a style of music that tells a story, from upbeat tempos to sensuous ballads. She developed her unique vocal and writing style through the influences of: Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn and Phyllis Hyman.
Gigi began singing again after a hiatus of running a large corporation in New Orleans and decided to get back on stage and allow the songs in her heart to be written and heard. Her performances are geared toward the contemporary senior community that loves to reminisce through legendary jazz music. In 2012, she took the jazz community in Lake Charles, Louisiana by storm.
Her writing style captures the imagination of the listener with a rich, full-bodied sound that soothes, delights and seduces her audience. A fan recently commented of Gigi: “Smooth as fine wine, she graces the stage with style and glamour along with adding a little sass to her performance.”
“I remember the day when Gigi reached out to me for promotion, she shared with me that she had accomplished much in her life and felt that the music that ran through her veins was going to have a platform. She noted that her age was not going to stop her from enjoying her God-given talents. She wanted to relate not only to a new audience but to give the “sophisticated audience” a place to listen to the jazz standards they know and love” says Jaijai Jackson of the Jazz Network Worldwide.
Gigi’s focus is to continue to compose original songs and to breathe life into the love of music she has in her heart. “This Doesn’t Feel Like Love” is just the beginning of the musical offerings being originated by this sassy chanteuse. The mature audience setting is where she thrives, with a purpose that no matter how old you are, you can enjoy America’s musical art form and have fun remembering just how nostalgic life can be through the musical presentations by “The Lady With The Fan”. Gigi seeks to perform for jazz societies, upscale fundraisers, senior communities and philanthropic events that support health, wellness and spiritual growth and is currently writing for her upcoming CD due early 2018.
Review of 'Moonlight' song:
A strong piano intro graced by the grainy, yet soft melodic tones open this piece commissions you to sit up and listen to the lyric, journeying to a message that was close to Randi’s heart. It’s all about finding the honor of love that takes one from survival mode to the “you are my Clair de Lune” visual of heart. It made me think of a 40’s-style musical that has angelic dancers, twirling to the tune of life and its soulful expression. How lovely a feeling. Clear vocals, soft sultry, playful accents paints a picture of radiant visuals of thought for the wonders of forever. The strings take you on a motion picture-like ride with the captivating piano solo complimenting the angelic, fantasy-like wonder lyrically, with hope for the future with this open-hearted original offering from the stunningly special heart/spirit of Randi Fay. ~ Jaijai Jackson, The Jazz Network Worldwide.
Review of the 'Moonlight' video:
Randi Fay will capture many hearts with the message of her “Moonlight” video. Such a beautiful, sensitive heart that lyrically expresses the highest level of love amidst the light in her eyes as the message shares, ‘only surviving’ until real love enveloped ones heart.
It shares the innocence of love, how it costs nothing and how that closeness creates a well-spring of wonder with no concern for the outside worlds chaos. The reference of the moonlight to-look-to with stars shining bright, that love awaits on the horizon of hope, lighting the way, rising and blooming like the moon.
The sense that love can be felt through the evolution of life and nature, the wonder of a gifted love, giving safety and security and resting in the knowing that home can be found in one’s heart when love is right.
This song shows the reverence to love and trusting in the love you find that speaks to one’s heart, as the natural flow of the moonlight shining upon us with rays of wonder and hope for a lasting oneness. The soulful theatrics adorning the lyrics resonates the complete message of this song. ~Jaijai Jackson, The Jazz Network Worldwide
The definition of “Chrysalis’ comes from the root of evolving, developing and maturing into one’s own thought provoking journey…hence the wings to fly aligned with beautiful colors. In listening to Randi Fay’s expression musically, melodically, poetically, emotionally witnessing hidden breakthroughs lyrically, to the quiet lullaby’s of a love song to a child that will live on ‘as them’ forever, I was completely entranced with the fusion of the story-telling, blended harmonies, personal characteristic of style embroidered seamlessly into different genres of music. The bellowing cellos gave a haunting yet rhythmic dance to the lyrical melodies of a harvested goal to achieve in life, love, self and family.
“Chrysalis" left me feeling at peace about my own journey, it made me capture my own essence within the brilliantly candid heart of Randi Fay. She shared her original compositions and history of thought and future steps toward dreams lyrically. It felt reminiscent to the days of listening to Joni Mitchell, when I heard Randi share her pleasing euphoric interpretation of integrating splashes of classical, pop, soft rock, and a shuffle-beat jazz groove, seasoned with a little reggae. ~ Jaijai Jackson, The Jazz Network Worldwide
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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