Jon Seiger (Trumpet, Piano,Vocals) studied with Jimmy Giuffre, John McNeill, and trumpet great Roy Eldridge, is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, and is one of very few performing deaf musicians. Jon has played with such notables as The Drifters, The Shirelles, Ella Fitzgerald, Doc Cheatham, Marty Napoleon, Joe Muranyi, D*** Katz, Chuck Folds, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Eckstine, Arvell Shaw, Panama Francis, Joe Williams, Bob Haggart, Oliver Jackson, Bobby Pratt, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Gap Mangione, Nancy Kelly, Jimmy Maxwell, Jimmy McPartland, Sammy Price, D*** Oakley, Ken Peplowski, Sol Yaged, Fred Raulston, Ed Polcer, Stephanie Nakasian, and many others. In 1988 he performed at Carnegie Hall with the Hi-Tops . Jon was the house bandleader at The King Cole Room at The St. Regis Hotel in New York City for 3 years. Although Jon is deaf, he swings with many bands, including the All-Stars , the Metropolitan Stompers, the Hi-Tops, and the Rhythm Aces, and has played with several surviving members of Louis Armstrong's band. Jon has performed in England, France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Lichtenstein, and Spain. Jon performs several times a year in Argentina, Jamaica, Canada, and many other places in the United States and around the world.
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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."