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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I'm a guitarist. I'm a product of The Newark Community Center Of The Arts. I got my start in jazz playing with Dr. Aaron Bell, as a teenager. Later, studied with Ted Dunbar at Harlem Jazzmobile in high school. Played with musicians from Ornette Coleman to Joe Newman to Stone City Band (Rick James). Just finished up an 11 year stint with The Boys Choir Of Harlem. Currently playing with The "B" Swingers big band. Here is the link on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sk_AjB5vGE
I'm looking for help in booking this act. This is a celebration of the music of Billy Ekstine starring Steve Butler. It features horn section with players from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Cab Calloway Orchestras.
OK, I know name dropping is corny, but the business end is harder than most of us musicians realize. :-)
I play everything from solo to big band, straight jazz or "here it comes" SMOOTH JAZZ.
Also playing with Nu-Jazz group MADD FLOW featuring myself on guitar/vocals, and Robert Landham on alto saxophone. The CD, released on 08/16/08, is entitled, "Dawn Of A New Day". It's available on CD baby at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/maddflow
Band website is www.artists1st.com or www.maddflow.com
Looking for help in booking this act also. We are a newly formed band. Basic setup would be 7 pieces. Our next gig is at Dover Downs Casino in Dover, Delaware on Oct. 28th This will be 5 pieces. Basically cocktail hour. 4-8 pm.
I'm available for live performances and recording collaborations. I can read, arrange, and program
midi (if necessary).
So to wrap up this long-ass " a little about you", I could use some help from any booking agent and/or musicians in securing bookings.
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