Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Smooth Jazz Society of the Inland Northwest, President, DeeJazz Productions, LLC. We have 2 sides of the house, the non-profit side where we educate and promote all things Smooth/Contemporary Jazz, and involve ourselves in community events; and the profit side, where we promote Smooth Jazz artists, our local talent and host our own events so these artists have a place to perform. Our ultimate goals are to have a Jazz home (venue) in Spokane and to become the nucleus for Smooth-Contemporary Jazz in this region. We constantly reach out to the musicians and lovers of jazz in this region to come aboard and help this dream become a reality.
About Me? A transplant from Los Angeles, I have been involved in the Smooth Jazz genre since the begining; and began our Society with like-minded individuals up in the Northwest who also have a deep passion for this music and want to create a vehicle to fill the "jazz void" up here. We have been in exsistence for 5 years now and we are making great strides toward our mission. Our city of 250,000, knows that our Society is synonmous with Smooth/Contemporary Jazz. We are the ones who provide this genre in it's full integrity. I am glad to find this network and I hope you will join us whether you are part of the great Northwest or not! We have alot to accomplish and we could use some more passionate souls.
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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."
Mr. Smith’s biggest hit, “Walk Don’t Run,” became famous in covers by other bands, notably the Ventures. Mr. Smith, the writer of “Walk, Don’t Run,” gave up his career in 1958 to care for his daughter.