Disciplined, professional and seriously driven are the hallmarks of smooth jazz guitarist Ralph Jennings and the various band configurations he leads. But none of this comes to mind when listening to Jennings’s music, because the audience typically is far too engaged and having a ball to contemplate anything that stands in the way its pure listening enjoyment.
Ralph Jennings was born in Bogart, Georgia in a family of 12 siblings, a family too immersed in the struggle for financial survival to consider a child’s request for a guitar. It was by way of the southern speakeasies and jute joints, trailing behind his father, that Ralph fell in love with music and, probably unknowingly, made music his one life commitment and passion.
As he crossed into early adulthood, working as a master carpenter, Ralph Jennings was finally able to afford his own guitar. Despite being too cash-strapped to afford private lessons, Ralph commenced to teach himself the basics of his instrument, advancing his ability to the inevitable brick wall. Eventually circumventing this and other obstacles, Ralph took lessons from Philadelphia guitar legend Calvin Harris who himself had been tutored by the Philadelphia master teacher Dennis Sandole, whose students included guitar wizard Pat Martino, tenor saxophone giant John Coltrane, and the unique bagpiper Rufus Harley. Envisioning both the demands of the present and the musical possibilities of the future, Jennings supplemented his limited private instruction with piles of books on music harmony and theory. Not a day passes that Ralph does not learn and add something new to his technical abilities.
As a personality, Ralph Jennings may accurately be described as a model of the level of humanity of which this world desperately needs more. Warm and readily approachable, a serious thinker yet not overly critical. Quick to smile broadly and laugh heartily, Ralph is disarmingly open about music and unhesitating in accepting new ideas from any source – just as long as the end product is something the audience thoroughly enjoys. Give a listen!
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What's up my brother. Thanks for the friend request. I use to work in Camden on Cooper. I will surely have to drop in and hear you play one of these Fridays. Also.... if you ever need a vocalist, please think of me.
You Gotta Love Him.. I know I do.. He is just an Absolutley talented individual with a very nice disposition. I would love to have him on one of my composition's.. Hey Ralph..You are SMOKIN DUDE!!
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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