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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: Vocalist, Gordon Michaels with his new single “They call it stormy Monday”.
Gordon Michaels is a versatile artist who can lean from show tunes to jazz, pop, R&B, gospel and even country. His latest single “They Call it Stormy Monday” is a soulful rendition of this well known standard.
Entertainment has been in the bones of Gordon Michaels from a very early age, from his church's children's choir through his high school years. It seems that this foundation honed his personal expression developing his passion for performing. After attending New York City’s Music and Arts High School Michaels was afforded the opportunity to appear in the movie “Fame” as well as the soundtrack recording. This experience led him to a scholarship to the Boston Conservatory of Music for Opera where he discovered his passion for musical theatre and achieved a BFA.
Gordon’s versatility in shuffling genres with ease was the precursor to his musical prominence and was a driving force that managed to create opportunities worldwide with known singers; Patti Labelle, Jennifer Holiday, James Taylor, Aerosmith, Rod Steward, Cissy Houston, Keith Lockhart, Tramine & Edward Hawkins, Natalie Cole and a performance for Pope John Paul II.
Musical theatre is an avenue of expression that is close to his heart. He is known for successfully producing small dinner shows and cabaret events in local establishments in the Boston area. Gordon inspires his audiences with not only theater productions but offers his expertise to private functions, charity and corporate events choosing from any of the six cabaret shows in his musical repertoire. His shows consist of “Unforgettable - A tribute to Nat King Cole”, “I’m Misbehaving - Fats Waller Song I Never Get To Sing”, “Music of our great soul brothers”, “Journey through the decades”, “Black on Broadway” and “Listen to my heart” each with a definition of expression all their own.
“His darkly rich, soulful baritone and gregarious way with audiences earn this guy a gold star.” ~ John Hoglund, Backstage, Bistro Bits
Gospel music is a genre that runs through his veins whereby creating and hosting the popular Gospel Brunch at the original House of Blues in Cambridge, MA.
Gordon’s notable achievement was receiving the recognition of David Foster, when he became the Boston winner of the David Foster/Name Drop Singing Contest in 2009. In addition to first place in the Encore Silver Note Sing Off and the Best Male Vocalist for Jazz and Gospel by the Boston Music Awards.
“He has such a big personality when he gets up there. He’s much more than a voice”, says Charles Nazarian, Chairman of the Independent Christian Church in Cape Ann.” ~ Gaily McCarthy, Staff Writer, Gloucester Daily Times.
“Michaels simply radiated confidence, authority and joy of performance.” ~ Bryan VanCampen, The Ithaca Times.
“When Gordon reached out to me to let me know he was interested in performing on jazz stages worldwide, I immediately went to hear his music. I heard a very versatile artist that could fall into any musical setting and find his own authentic expression. Not only is he an actor, he is one that can truly ‘tell a story in song’ and capture the heart of his audience” says Jaijai Jackson of The Jazz Network Worldwide.
Gordon is a complete southern gentleman at heart and knows how to entertain leaving his audience wanting more.
Go to http://www.gordonmichaels.com to learn more and to purchase his new single “They call it stormy Monday”.
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.
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!