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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Delivering a sound thats a throwback to the class and swank of the crooners of the 1940s, yet with a freshness thats today and all his own, Michael is a traditional jazz vocalist. His repertoire encompasses everything from original compositions to Cole Porter and Duke Ellington, exuded in a style that stirs those unfamiliar with the music and those who grew up with it.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Michael grew up listening to all of the great vocalists from Nat King Cole to Sarah Vaughn and Mel Torme.
Although his roots are in jazz, Michaels experience covers an eclectic array of musical genres and influences including Doowop, pop and R&B and hes sung a number of national commercials. In the 80's he was a member of the duo "Sly Fox" having had a top ten single and top forty album throughout the world. .Michael also has a background in the theater and Independent film work as an actor.
Michael has surrounded himself with a renowned cast of musicians of whom are the likes of Frank Wess, Billy Hart, Paul Bollenbeck, John Hart, Randy Johnston, Edsel Gomez, Francois Moutin from the Moutin Reunion Quartet and Joe Cohn, the son of the late Al Cohn. In a business of would be, so called jazz singers this guy is the real thing. The tradition of Hartman, Joe Williams lives on.
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hi michael, how have you been..? when you have time, check out my few new songs on: http://www.myspace.com/petracaramela
cd is ready but longer songs versions still to come. lots of work but fun!! and i have a great bassman playing there..
take care, P