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 professional singer. I've sung classical, jazz and most recently, I'm touring internationally singing classic blues and boogie woogie! I've had the pleasure of singing with some heavy musicians, such as Onaje Allan-Gumbs, Steve Williams, James Weidman, Charlie Watts, Chris Jagger, Axel Zwingenberger, Eric Kamau Gravatt, Greg Vail and Mike Wimberly, to name a few. I look foward to the possibility of more exciting collaborations. Musical heritage: Pianist Albert Ammons - of boogie woogie fame - was my grandfather; Gene "Jug" Ammons, tenor sax titan, was my uncle. "Love to them both..I"ll do my best to carry the torch in my own way." Currently in the studio recording my Debut jazz CD.
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Lila...so glad you got to see Pinetop...he is a "classic" Bluesman indeed....I appreciate your views on any artist....your talents and skills are so appreciated....hope all is well with your family and friends...my best to you ....always b
Lila....finally got to your website page.....oh my be still my "old" heart...your voice is so marvelous indeed!...the timber and tone is perfect for the Boogie Woogie pieces...and the rendition of "The Nearness of You" just knocks me off my feet...well done! Thank you...always b
Lila...what a great honor for me to have your "friendship", and to know you're the grandaughter of Albert Ammons, and the niece of Gene Ammons...you come from the "royalty" of Boogie Woogie masters indeed...on of my favorite old records, (remember records...lol) has both Meade Lux Lewis and your Grandafther Albert Ammons on it doing two different boogie woogies, as a teenager I was memsmerized by your grandfathers fabulous stylings on the keys....it is an honor to meet you and make that connection....thank you for the kind reply...my best to you ...always b
ps from your grandfathers era of players , here is a picture i took in '74 at Preservation Hall New Orleans, "Sweet Emma" Barrett and her ensemble...wonderful musicians all....