Drummer/Vocalist/Sound Technician Hailing from Hampton/Newport News, Virginia residing in the Orlando FL area since 2004 with over 30 years experience in all types of music. Have performed in Plays, (Wait ‘til the Fat Lady Sings, Amen Corner), Beauty Pageants, (Miss Norfolk State University), Festivals, (Town Point Jazz Festival, Stockley Gardens Art Festival, Ghent Art Festival, Bay Days, Af’ram Fest, Umoja Festival, Chesapeake Jubilee, Suffolk Balloon Festival, Suffolk Peanut Festival, Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival, Winter Park Arts Festival, Kissimmee R&B Festival, WMNF Blues Blast) and hundreds of clubs, conventions, private parties and wedding receptions as well as military functions. Performed in such venues as, The Hampton Coliseum, Norfolk Scope, VA Beach Dome, Va Beach Convention Center, Richmond Coliseum, and The Orange County Convention Center just to name a few. Worked with various types of groups to include: Blues groups, (Hampton Roads Blues All Stars, Abingdon All Stars, Cloudy Dayz, Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Band, The Walker Smith Group, and Al "Coffee" McDaniel) Jazz groups, (Last Exit, Essence, 3-D, Against All Odds, As One, Kaat’n, Peaches & Company, Point Blank, The Jacqueline Jones Band, The Dr. Otto Band, Billy Hall & Friends, Ray LeSonn and Mixed Bag, and Street Level Jazz) Gospel groups (Swan, and The Chosen), Rock Bands, (Reminisce, Scott Yvonne and Unison), Top 40 and Variety groups (Swan, Showcase, R&B All Stars, The Showmen, The Squares, Gator Allmond & the Spice of Life Band, Midnight Love, Carlene Mitchell & Fusion, The Knightwalker Band, SoulXpressions and TAABOO). Excellent lead or background vocalist. Plays Gretsch drums, Zildjiian and Sabian cymbals. Classic "pocket " drummer.
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hi , my brother glad to see you on top of this music business .thejazznetworkworldwide.com give all of us a outlet plus network with artist an Booking agents record lables around the world I wish you the best RAY LESONN (PEACE)
Hey man! Joseph Wooten just left Hampton Roads with the Steve Miller Band. He gigged with Osmosis (Jacques, Larry, and I) before he left. Some of the members of the Steve Miller Band even sat-in. I posted some pics on my page. Peace out bro!
Ar Monterey this year I was able to hang out with Ralph Humphrey formally of The Don Ellis Band & Frank Zappa etc. plus I met Dave Krieger, another great drummer. I'll check out Beluga for sure..., can a Jazz-Blues guitarist sit in? best, John V.
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."