Ava DuPree
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  • Tennessee, Texas
  • United States
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The Jazzcowgirl Lives Here

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Where are you located?
Los Angeles
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Vocalist, Educator, Freelance Writer
Tell us a little about your background...
I'm a singer/songwriter/actress. Originally from Knoxville, TN, I now reside in Los Angeles. I love jazz, blues, gospel, and country music. I branched out several years ago into using music to teach English to kids. It works. Now if someone has a way to use music to help me with math, I'll be cooking with gas! :) I'm blessed to be able to do what I love and make money too. Can't beat that!http://www.myspace.com/avadupree
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Larry Washington
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist, Percussion
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.avadupree.com

Poetry Corner



Do you know jazz?
Many claim to be a friend, then argue over something as simple as the gender

A fast paced tapping by the drummer keeping time
A trumpet wailing mournfully of a love lost - or –
Pos si bly blo wing out joytones in threes

The bass can go a walking all up and down the strings
Only to pluck you into a world of funky fun and revelry
Then bow Yeah

So you know Jazz?
Then you’re aware of the function of the black and whites

Taking you to a place of dreams beyond compare
I know. I been there and wanna go back
Cuz the pianny is for many, at the forefront of making the music swell

And then there’s always someone asking for more cowbell

Humph! You think jazz is your buddy?
When was the last time you tried sax?

Did-you-hear-it-with-a syncopated ear?
Or were you afraid___ of having all that power so near?

Now enter the singer with a word to the melody so sweet.
Saying the things, you’d only thought in dreams, but could never speak

It’s sweet and hot, it’s cold and fast or slow.
It’s old. It’s new. It’s borrowed and sometimes blue

But it’s always jazz


WHAT IS JAZZ © 2009 Ava DuPree - Eclectic Cowgirl Productions



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Want Different Results? Do Something You've Never Done

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 9:57am 4 Comments

And where was I this past Saturday at 4pm? I was taking my first salsa dance class. I let a couple of girlfriends talk me into it. They've been going for months and I've been watching them lose weight, relax, and seemingly just be in more of a chilled place. WOW! I loved it!!!! They said there were cute boys at the class, but I hadn't understood. I was in what seemed to be a room full of straight, handsome, Black and Latino men. Pay dirt. Okay I've done other kinds of partner dancing before,… Continue

When is it no longer Jazz?

Posted on February 19, 2008 at 10:27am 14 Comments

Well I seem to be forging right along with my questions of the week, so here we go. I work with a lot of jazz 'purists' on the trad scene. Some of them even insist that 'scatting' takes away from the tunes of the Great American Songbook. I do a lot of blues, but I feel that jazz and blues are holding hands so that's okay to me. However, now that Real2thebone has raised the question of What is Smooth Jazz, I'll take it further and ask, "When does it stop being jazz?". Is there a beat or phrase… Continue

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At 10:45am on October 25, 2011, frank dupree said…
Ava need to add piano and flute to her list of instruments! Ah'm jes say'n...
At 12:44pm on July 14, 2011, frank dupree said…
Hey you, founding member!!  lol,,,fdupr
At 12:24pm on June 30, 2011, Mike Johnson said…
The indelible Jaijai Jackson...founder of TJNW...posted it on your profile ")
At 12:30pm on June 27, 2011, Mike Johnson said…

P.S. Didn't know you were one of the "Original Members" of TJNW...

You are very SPECIAL!!!

At 12:27pm on June 27, 2011, Mike Johnson said…

Hi Ava...here we are sharing the same networks..kindred spririts+

Love your music and can't agree with you more...the best music covers the gambit of gendres and inspires creativity!!! Have a great week and thanks for connecting here at Jaijai's awesome network!

At 4:01pm on November 09, 2010, frank dupree gave Ava DuPree a gift
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Think'n 'boucha...
At 7:21am on September 22, 2009, Artur Bayramgalin said…
hi,
I am glad to announce the release of my debut CD called "Interro Island". This is my first solo project, which includes original tunes composed and arranged by me. I hope you will enjoy my work!
Artur Bayramgalin: Interro Island
available on CD Baby now!
At 10:28am on August 14, 2009, Dr. Von said…
Will do. Why were you up at that hour??? Without me??????
At 4:45am on August 14, 2009, Ava DuPree said…
It's time to redecorate my jazz house, ain't it?
At 3:31pm on February 14, 2009, Ava DuPree said…
Happy Valentines Day to all my Jazz peeps!!!!!!!!
 
 
 

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