I've been swinging for over 20 years. I've always been fascinated with music, but I really delved into Jazz and music while marching in the Marching 100 at FAMU. I'm in the lab mixing up some really underground mixes of Straight-ahead Jazz, Soul, and Hip Hop!! I'm recording and performing with some of the funkiest cats around the states who can swing like crazy as well! We call the music...DIRTY JAZZ!! WYCLIFFE GORDON AND I WILL RELEASE THE FIRST CD ON OUR BLUESBACK LABEL in 2009!!
The vocal techniques of Nat King Cole, the tonal fluidity of Johnny Hartman, the ability to personalize a composition like Louis Armstrong, the soulful inflections of Marvin Gaye, and the ability to delicately dance around the notes of a melody like Sarah Vaughn are all goals that London continuously strives for. Also, like Jay-Z, the ever-evolving state of mind to lace chord progressions and intricate beats with meaningful and provocative lyrics that are infused with the experiences and life lessons about the maturation of a young hustler who has evolved into a spiritual businessman will always be present in his music. The desire to make the listener feel the composition as if the lyrics are autobiographical is what London’s goal is each time he sings. The willingness to ride the ebb and flow of a composition’s chord progressions into the uncharted land of improvisation is an adventure that he will readily set sail for every time the tune leaves the dock on a musical expedition. That exploration is what he lives for.
Playing the trombone during his formative years gave London the affinity for the warm, strong, and soothing tones that are present when he sings. The richness of a well played trombone is the benchmark that this vocalist strives for with each note that is heard by the audience. His fascination with Marvin Gaye’s infatuation with being a crooner has made him delve into soulful interpretations of classic jazz standards while still maintaining the classic framework of those compositions as would Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole or Frank Sinatra. His playfulness and his ability to connect with the audience give you the same feeling that one may get while watching footage of Louis Armstrong during one of his performances. He creates such a companionable atmosphere and the audience seems to become friends with him and the music by the end of the show.
Being under the guidance and tutelage of composer/musician/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon has afforded this vocalist a wealth of knowledge and opportunity. London Arrington has performed with some of the top musicians in the world. His experiences with veteran and acclaimed musicians like Gordon, Reginald Veal, Herlin Riley, Marcus Printup, Scotty Barnhart, Chris Crenshaw, Winard Harper, Alvin Atkinson, and several other musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra and around the world have given him the knowledge and confidence that is needed to lead the band, as well as, the humility to follow that same band to a musical utopia. London’s goals are to strive for the level of excellence that his influences achieved, ultimately find his own style and interpretation of the classic jazz and pop standards, and compose originals that will stand the tests of time. His mission is to preserve the integrity and elegance of jazz and to make the music comfortable and entertaining for those who are visiting the art form for the first time. Welcome to the music…
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Performing at STAR in Atlanta
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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."