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 originally from Philadelphia, PA and was raised on the Philly Sound of the 60's and 70's. Daryl Hall (from Hall & Oates) and I sang together in our church choir growing up. I started singing jazz at the age of 17 with a group made up of some old jazzer's (friend's of my Dad's) The group name was "The Dons" (so Sopranos!) I studied jazz vocals at the Westport School of Jazz in CT and sang with the group "Masterpiece" out of Stamford, CT. I moved to NYC's Upper West Side. A building that was filled with incredible musicians! Beaver Harris (drummer) lived upstairs from me as did Chaka's brother Mark Stevens. The music was flowing out of 253 W. 72nd St.! I formed a band "New York Sound Exchange" singing soul,jazz,and pop. During the day I worked at WEA International for A&R/producers - the Ertegun brothers. I then went to ECM Records (Manfred Eicher's label) as an A&R assistant. That was my real introduction to improvisational jazz! I educated my ear by listening to test presses to make sure there were no defects in the mastering. Artists like Keith Jarrett, Pat Matheny, Eberhard Weber, Jan Garbarek, Jaco Pastorius, Don Cherry, etc. etc. Everynight I was either at a studio, a concert, or listening to the test presses of these amazing musicians. Thank you God for that gift!
In 1981 I moved to Los Angeles to be closer to the artists and musicians that I wanted to work with (Quincy Jones, Bobby Lyle, The Laws Family, and more). Four months later I was signed and recording my first of three albums with my group "St. Tropez". I also sang background vocals for many artists including Roy Ayers, David Benoit, Patti Labelle, Rockwell, The Tubes, Peggi Blu, Leon Ware, Mona Lisa Young,Motown Records, Mary Russell, plus song demos for many of the major songwriters of the 80's. I began to sharpen my skills as a songwriter. My first song recorded was produced by D*** Rudolph for a jazz singer Kimiko Kasai in Japan. I wrote and produced 4 songs for my dear friend and "sister" Cathy Rich ( Buddy's daughter) for MCA Records. I performed with Cathy and Buddy Rich and the Big Band on the SS Norway's Jazz Cruise along side Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson and more. That's when I met my dear longtime friend Jai Jai Jackson. Jai Jai and Cathy were absolutely amazing to work with as producers of the Carnegie Hall/JVC Jazz Festival Tribute to Buddy Rich in which they invited me to perform a 13 minute long vocalese version of "Channel One Suite" with Annie Ross (Lambert Hendricks and Ross), Dominque Allen, and Brenda Madison. I wrote music for several TV and Film projects (Police Academy/Ressurection/Whisper To A Scream) and in '88 I signed to Polygram International as a staff songwriter for several years and wrote the multiplatinum vocal song "I'll Be Alright" for Kenny G's "Sillhouette" album. I moved to Nashville, TN from Los Angeles in '94 with my husband Mark ( a studio designer and a drummer) and our son (who is off to college this Fall 08.) Who knows, I just might hit the road singing jazz again. :) Wanna go???
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Lyndie...what a truly wonderful track you've trekked, great accomplishments...well done , so far...I grew up nearby in Stamford (born in Greensboro NC)...got great music/jazz education there in HS (early 60's)...George Simon the Jazz critic for the NY Herald Tribune was my neighbor, I'd mow his lawn in trade for demo albums (what a deal!) went to Kent State U (yes that Kent State...) for my art degree....went into photography as a commercial photographer (made the shot of Sweet Emma Barrett/Preservation Hall in New Orleans in '74 ).....after 20years in the NYC area moved to Maine (19 years ago...) Got back into playing again...this is a great state for Jazz with a great collection of musicians of all...and I mean ALL ages...teens to 90's...and some fine Jazz venues here in the summer (make that warmer) moments...Bring your Jazz talents here sometime... All my best to you and all those in your life for this new year... be well and prosper...and continue your great work... always b
Hello Lyndie, your bio is very interesting and so is your idea for a forum in Songwriters, Arrangers, Composers group. Wish you many happy hours surfing on waves of jazz.. love this site! Greetings from Belgium, P
Welcome to the Jazz Network; great to have you here. What an incredible short list of achievements you've done in your career! Congrats!
I would love to strike up a professional relationship with you, as my father and I are interested in submitting great work to television, film, and possibly doing some studio work. Any chance you'll ever make it out to Denver? (: