Ralph Jennings
  • Haddon Township, NJ
  • United States
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Welcome, Ralph Jennings!

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Where are you located?
new jersey
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Recording Studio
Tell us a little about your background...
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!
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
from a friend
What Instrument do you play?
Guitar
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.myspace.com/ralphjennings

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At 2:14pm on January 27, 2010, E. Groom Jr said…
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.

Peace
"E"
Songwriter/Vocalist
At 4:46pm on September 20, 2009, Russell Black said…
Writing on our wall young man.
At 5:03pm on September 7, 2009, Bonita said…
Hi there,

Not been here in a bit. Great guitar work. Would love to work with you sometime. I just added some songs to my page, original and cover. Have a listen ! Many blessings.

Bonita
At 1:21pm on May 20, 2009, Toni Washingtin said…
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!!
lOVE ya!
T.W.
At 1:22pm on April 25, 2009, Jiana Hunter said…
Hey Ralph! Thank you for the request. I'm sorry I haven't been logged on for a looooong time! Looking forward to getting reconnected! Take care, Ji
At 5:31pm on January 31, 2009, Norman Weeks said…
Thanks sir. Trying to be like you.
At 2:41pm on January 31, 2009, Special Blendz said…
Hi Ralph!

Ronell says of course he remembers you! Guy from Jersey he said! I will have to probe further and find out if you two got in trouble on the road!
:-) Have a great weekend!

Carole
At 11:25am on January 27, 2009, Bonita said…
Thanks for adding me. Nice guitar work. Stop by and listen to a few of my things. You are not too far, perhaps one day we can collaborate on some
original or standard work. Thanks and many blessings.

Bonita
At 10:50am on January 27, 2009, Amina Bennett said…
Hi Ralph, Thank for adding me. I love the music. Your opening song has a bit of a motown feel. I love it!
At 8:07pm on January 26, 2009, Rick said…
Hey! Ralph Man.. How You Been? Where Are You Guys Playing At These days?
At 11:12pm on January 22, 2009, Bill Fulbright said…
Ralph,

Thanks for checking me out and the add! Nice work here... good grooves!
At 3:47am on January 16, 2009, Esta B Daley said…
Hey there, thanks for passing by. Nice to make your acquaintance.
At 6:50pm on January 11, 2009, tony dane said…
thanx 4 the request great music you have there
At 4:26pm on January 10, 2009, Clifford Charles said…
Thanks for the connection Ralph. Nice music!!!
At 8:16am on January 7, 2009, Toni Washingtin said…
Hi Ralph,
Love your music.. Thanks for checking out the site. Are you coming to the free seminar that I am working on? It's in April I hope to see you there. Perhaps you will do a workshop.
Love YA!
At 10:10pm on January 6, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome
Thank you for joining the Jazz Network!
Have a Prosperous New Year!
Luiz
At 4:13pm on January 6, 2009, Martin Clay said…
The link works fine now brother, thanks for hookin' me up!...gotta go back to your MySpace and hear somemore.

later bro'

martin
 
 
 

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