DOUG EARLEY: saxophonist in collaboration with OFD
Welcome to One Floor Down Jazz Suite's (Sher and Keith) official Jazz Network music page. While the names Sher and Keith suggest individuality, the two are the ultimate compliment to each other in forming the music and voice of One Floor Down. As the music from One Floor Down makes it's way to ground level, you will hear many references to concepts like adoration, that one true love, breathing each other's air, climbing into each other's soul, and even "another kind of love." One Floor Down would like for you, the listener to their art, to find that level of love and inspiration in your life.
The music created by and offered by Producer, Keith Ham would still be welling somewhere inside him had the inspiration of Sher and her jazzy influence not come along. Keith is somewhat of a musical chameleon. While it began at age 9 with the mastery of a borrowed ukulele that his sister got for Christmas, his first guitar was just a few years away. He also learned drums and percussion while in school. Keith's love of vocals wasn't far behind and he was soon studying vocal technique and chorus conducting from professionals such as his friend and mentor, Dr. Greg Lyne, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Arizona State University.
Keith received two degrees, one in Journalism and the other in Elementary Education from SDSU. Keith writes and arranges, and is a life long student of music theory. Keith believes that songs are either rhythmic, melodic, or lyrical. As a percussionist and a choral director, Keith was surprised to find a mastery of the lyrical at this stage of life. He attributes that to his relationship with Sher. In the studio Keith moves fluently from lead guitar to keyboard, to drums and percussion, and to the microphone. Keith's experiences playing many venues in the upper Great Plains includes nightly shows and the renowned Sturgis Motorcycle Classic. They have shaped his style. His eleven years in church music ministry and worship leading allowed him opportunities for writing, arranging and orchestrating dozens of original works, including "A Celtic Christmas," a celebration of music and dance. The true meaning and purpose of Keith's music exploded when he met Sher, and now he is tapping into an inner jazz-electronic-downbeat persona that had laid dormant for many, many years.
"Let's-see-what-she-can-do...and watch them sit up in their seats!”
Sher is a complete package of music, story, life's experiences and an uncompromising love for what she does best...sing...perform! Sher knows her audience, she senses their feelings, she responds to their every reaction and turns it all back on to them with absolutely delightful results. She is in total audience and personal control. No matter the song, she tells it's story like it should be told. . . happy, sad, soulful, lonely, funky, funny, loving...whatever the emotion...it's all there...spilling over with a love for those watching and listening in the darkness.
Sher has performed in many venues, from jazz festivals to exclusive private events. Sher has spent many years honing her estimable skills, beautifully texturing her pure, sultry and smoky vocals with a sensual, jazzy musical style. California/New England based singer, Sher, continues to broaden her base of appreciative and passionate fans all over the world.
Coming to share a singular vision, Sher and Keith penned the songs that would launch their recording career on the newly released debut album, "One Floor Down Unraveled". The musical passions of both artists are very evident in their music. "What a Dynamic Duo! Their sound is exciting to the soul yet calming to the spirit. The dedication to their musicianship and the breadth of their experience are evident on every song." When two musicians of their caliber come together good things are bound to happen. So if you are looking for music that will bring your next event to life, One Floor Down Jazz Suite is your solution! If you are looking for musicians for live music for your next venue and the quality of sound and performance is a priority, One Floor Down Jazz Suite's music will be a perfect fit. One Floor Down delivers the full sound of a premium band. Specializing in superb music for upscale events (music festivals, benefits, corporate parties, trade shows, church events, weddings and more) One Floor Down Jazz Suite plays continuously, one great song after another of live music.
When you visit One Floor Down, you will find every lyric, every note of melody, and every beat of rhythm embraces meaning. As you listen to the music of One Floor Down, you may find "another kind of love" as well as another kind of jazz.
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OKOKOKOKOKOK...you "guys are having WAY TOO MUCH FUN.....now stop it!!!...just kidding..great myspace page with all the toys, sweet pics, and accoutrement....well done...love to network anytime, but you do it all....however if there's anything you need in imagry from an eastcoast op....my best to you both....always b
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
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