I am a jazz vocalist in Kansas City. I also write poetry. I love jazz in every form. I really dig Count Basie. I love his swingin' style. Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Monk, Brad Mehldau, Keith Jarrett, Mingus,... I love jazz more than life at times. Jazz speaks to me of love, laughter, life and sorrow. It has a soul about it that other genres do not.
I have played in some of the best clubs in Kansas City, jazz festivals and other outdoor events. I really love singing in front of a live audience and I released my new CD on Nov, 23rd, 2008 at Jardine's Jazz Club. I am very passionate about jazz and would love to talk to people about jazz in any form with anyone that wants to talk about music or give me suggestions for listening.
You can buy the CD at http://cdbaby.com/cd/djsweeney2
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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."
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