Born 1954 in North Carolina. Vietnam-Electronic-Era-Air-Force-Dependent-PK-Trouper. Obscure. Minimalist. Recluse. Visual artist, journalist and writer. Among my youthful teachers and influences were Lord Eric Sugumugu, Dudu Pukwana, BURNING SPEAR, OSIBISA, Danny Thompson, Bill Molan, Irish Charley Money, Lol Coxhill, Al Ellis, D*** Heckstall-Smith, Annette Peacock, Bobby Jones, Bobby"NAPPY PATCH"Fowler, David Amram, Joyce and Carey Moyer, Dorothy Carter, Billy Martin,... formal training at U. South Carolina where I studied bass violin, piano, music theory and composition; Erskine College, Due West, SC, founded, 1839 by Ebenezer Erskine Pressly; (my dad John Ebenezer Jr.was ARP seminarian there, class of 1947.) U. Maryland, Munich GDR, (while a Tarpin, influential meeting with Mingus tenor and clarinet player, GDR expat. BOBBY JONES at the Club Domicile and on campus rehersing at the Rec. Center, McGraw Kasern) College of Santa Fe and U. New Mexico where I graduated 1989 with degree in Fine Art Photography and other stuff, under PATRICK NAGATANI, ROD LAZORIK and THOMAS BARROW, BASIA IRLAND, JOHN WENGERT, BOB LAWRENCE, JIM FISHER and EUGENIA JANIS.
My dad was a preacher and my mother, a spiritualist. Early interest in gospel, jazz and 20th Century Modernism. On the English scene, 1974-1994: Almost immediately met LORD ERIC SUGUMUGU at RAF Bentwaters Serviceman's Club gig, who invited me to London and introduced me to OSIBISA, including Greg "Kofi" Brown, Prince Jenot Mendique and Teddy Osai. Met REBOP who was playing with TRAFFIC. Frequented DINGWALL'S in Camden Lock and The CHALK FARM DRUM FACTORY where I heard BABEL; also CHALK FARM ROUNDHOUSE, where I met ANTHONY BRAXTON, LEO SMITH, regularly sat in with Mick Hanson's CHEMISTRY SET, with Nigel Virley, John Hilyard, Ben Foster, Rod Foster; JAZZ at the CLOPTON CROWN, including DANNY THOMPSON, Geoff Tarlton, basses, Danny Pitcher, tenor, Dave Radford, cornet, Tony Dockerell, clarinet, John King, guitar; First variation of Richard Everitts' KING BIZKIT BLUES BAND, including, D*** Heckstall-Smith, Al Ellis, Tony Vines, Adam Clarkson, Ben Weston, Ben Foster, Paul Gill, Roger Kemp, Tim Mower; Ipswich-based Al Ellis' funky jazz OVERDRIVE, with Tony Moore, bass, Hayden Dodge, drums, Dave Wright, tenor sax, Peter "Hank" Hancock, guitar. Also with Saxmundham-based TSUNAMI, later COBRA (1981 UK Battle of the Bands Ipswich regional finalists) with Brian Brewer, Logie Campbell, Steve and Robbie West, Dave Colthorp; associated with RUPERT HERRIES and ROGER ENO, Woodbridge, Suffolk; sax with ALL SAINTS' STAR BAND and KOINONIA BAND, including Richard Moles, (who made it possible God-Bless-Him,) also James and Peter Holloway, Alan Smith, Richard Pele, "Saint" Richard Gibbons, bass and Andy "AFTER THE FIRE" Piercy; appearances with ASSB included 1977 Greenbelt Festival. Played sax and keyboards with two incarnations of CRUISER, including Tony Mowles, bass, Gene Perry, John De Costa, guitars, Chris, Angie, Jackie and Twink Connelly, vocals, Reg Seward and Tim Mower, drums. With Nick Dows' SQUEALING PEACHEY; CAPTAIN SWING, with John Harrington, Jim Kenlock and Alan. Alto sax with Ipswichs' own SOUL SURVIVORS, including Dave Wright, tenor, Roger Kemp, keyboards, Graham and Vanessa, Jackie Perry, Kim, Mike and Neal"Buster" Roper. ZIGZAG, with painter Charles Beauchamp (Gimpel) on drums, Mick Beech, tenor sax, Dave Wright, Kevin Croom; Driver for Ipswich punk group THE ADDICTS, later MOTHER AND THE ADDICTS. Sax and keyboards with RAF Bentwaters yard bands RAW FUNK and NRG including Steve Folan, Albuquerque Johnny Martinez, Rick Claveau and Mike Fosberg.
Dropped out of Erskine College, where I associated with Jim Lauderdale, Jack Hineson and Leroy Stewart, to play Southern funk club circuit with SCIENTISTS' OF SOUND BAND AND SHOW, Honea Path, SC, thanks to Leroy! "Get that Head." As only whiteguy in band and in the club, I was welcomed and accepted in this singular unit. I thank God and Leroy Stewart for that, and the guys in the band, who were magic: Otis, Jeff, Lonnie, Woody, Chris et al. With two UNM JAZZ BANDS, sat next to Lee Taylor and Dr. Bill Wood. Albuquerque's VOODOO REVUE, with Forrest Evans, Bill Brodsky and special guest of WALKING RAIN, with Vietnam poet and drummer Jim Hagerman. Sax and percussion with James Lascelles' IT'S A SMALL WORLD BAND during his New Mexico years, including Mario De la Huerga, Mike Fleming, Jeff Sussman. Played once or twice with Stan Hirsch, Dennis Soto, Tom Guralnick, Jefferson Vorhees, Chuck Hawley, Allison Stienman, Nicole Carjori, SAHA WORLD TELEGRAPH, Kieran Bahm, John Truitt, John Blackburn, Tom Blackburn, John Griffin, Pete Ahmal, Ayo Ademi, Wendy Beach, Lisa Lopez, Zimbabwe N' Kenya, Charlie May, David Silverman and Steve Figueroa, Greg Zuni, Ron Lipton and Roy McCurdy. Auditioned for Steve Silver's WIND AND SILVER, with Chuck Coulter, trumpet and TRAVELLER, with Tim Pierce, guitar. Brief association with an original NEW MEXICO JAZZ WORKSHOP act including Jack Leoffler, Jay Peck,Steve Feld, trombone, and Sherman Rubin piano.
Influential visits, gigs and residencies in Japan, England, North Africa, Greece, France, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Northern Ireland, Southern American States.
Former piano player with KEBAR RIVER BAND country gospel group with George Thomas, Novi Kieth and Paula Wharton, and with Rand Wagner's GLOBAL FUSION ORCHESTRA, including David McCreary and Glenn Miezlesh. Recently composing, practicing, home recording, studying, making custom instruments and rare public appearances. Hmmm. Oh yeh. KUNM guest radio host for James Lascelles' GLOBAL TRIBAL MUSIC. Brief stint teaching percussion for Ed Torres of Albuquerque Boys' Choir at Public Academy for Performing Arts. Formerly with VSA ARTS OF NEW MEXICO, NORTH FOURTH CENTER FOR THE ARTS, teaching my own SOUND and VISION and "Global Tribal Music," influenced by James Lascelles. Worked with Kimm Rogers and Trina Brilhart, Trumpeter-KUMN intern and VSA documentarian Ryan Montano. "There are many musics and I hear them all. I accept them all, but when God gives me the chance to play for somebody, somebody will hear that high lonesome sound. It doesn't matter if it's a country music context, in Nashville, New York jazz, classical, punk, hymn tunes or folk, hillbilly, Celtic, LSU Tiger gospel, New Orlean, Hip Hop or any of the other musics across the planet and in the space surrounding us - they're all related anyway - somebody will hear that high, lonesome sound, like a wolf howling on the hill-top, because that's me' essence, whether it's one note or a thousand notes. Many musicians have an essence. Mine is not intellectual. It's soul I guess but closer akin to country because I'm a white boy from North Carolina. Try as I might, I never have felt comfortable in a white man's jazz context. It's a competition. On the other hand, with musicians of color - well, I'm not giving away any secrets. When Miles Davis went on T.V. and said, 'There's no more jazz. It's social music,' he was not just shucking and jivin'. "
2009, met Tracey O'Donnell, manager and booking agent for Undiskovered. Warm, spiritual, personal and musical connection with Italian beauty: ELI, Indian classical singer, tampura accompanist, member of RANJ and other Italian music groups. HUGE influence on the moment's music. Recent association with singer JOE SAIS.
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Timing is everything if you think about it. I'm a procrastinator, and that really affects when, how and IF an event in my life happens. But I've also learned that sometimes the extra time I've taken before making a 'move' has actually been exactly when it needed to be!
I am very pleased that my popping in to say 'hi' was at a moment of worth for you. It sounds like the timing was perfect.
We all get discouraged in our careers... and usually it disappears with just one strange moment of acknowledgement... until the next time we start doubting. But trust that there is always going to be someone, somewhere to deliver that moment.
You are talented and there are many of us who know it.
Keep making your dreams come true,
Hi Jack, welcome! i wanted to share with you that your music must be in the mp3 format in order for the site to play it, you will have to take it down and convert it so that it plays with no problems. Sorry. Can't wait to be able to hear what you have uploaded!
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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