Musical Artist, Producer, Record Label, Publisher, Arranger, Composer, Recording Engineer, Recording Studio, Production Coordinator, Jazz Historian
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I can't imagine the World without Jazz.
I want more Jazz Artists to come to Honolulu. I appreciate what Norman Brown, Kenny G, Dave Koz and my Frat Brother, Ramsey Lewis "Legends of Jazz" are doing to ensure our communities are acculturated to Traditional and Smooth Jazz.
Honolulu lost its' Jazz radio station about 20 years ago. Some say, Honolulu was not sophisticated enough. We now have KORL 101.1 FM on satellite and KIPO 89.3 FM (Public (HPR)) with Don Gordon. Even in view of the current economic situation, businesses are beginning to advertise, which will provide another resource for the getting word out about Smooth Jazz events. Further thanks to Johnny Myro, David Booth, Michael Paulo and Roy Dakerman and all the die hard Hawaii Jazz fans.
Winton Marsalis, Rick Bruan, Larry Carlton, Dave Brubaker, Chuck Mangione, Earl Klugh, Lee Rit have all performed with the Honolulu Symphony or at the "Guitar Under the Stars" venue. This venue has since stopped. We have smaller venues and could accommodate two shows for artists performances. Jazz artists are bypassing Oahu and going to Maui. But, with the right venue (liquor and food), Honolulu is primed and hungry for smooth jazz.
I believe Jazz/Smooth Jazz is sophisticated, classy, and a positive cerebral stimulant that attracts some of the most wonderful people inside and out.
I am a Songwriter/Musician/Producer all genres. Primary instrument Piano. YuuKenGoh Music (BMI).
I have a very passionate approach to songwriting. First, I write from the heart. I hear a sound or groove in my mind, and then I try to craft those sounds and rhythms into an emotion. In my music you will hear influences from many artists, such as, Joe sample, Bob Baldwin, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, George Duke, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Ronnie Jordan, Bob James, Larry Carlton, George Clinton and Prince. Other favorite artists are Tony Toni Tone, Earth Wind and Fire, Dave Hollister, Will Downing, George Benson, Jill Scott, R Kelly and Teddy Riley.
I don’t believe Jazz, traditional, modern or smooth, however you classify it, is cooked up from theory. Jazz is not how many sub dominants, tritones or chord-degrees one can write in a song. To me it’s the same persona that separates an engineer from a physicist or painter from the canvas maker. Without the creative impulse, energy and ideas the music is nothing but organized theory.
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What Instrument do you play?
Piano, Bass, Drums
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Terry, no problem - we've had a really good vacation with lot's of nice music. I sat at the Jazz Mine last Saturday night. That was a happening place! Other than that, we've just been chillaxin', as the kids like to say. If you come to San Diego, give me a holler and i will show you around and introduce you!
Greetings from the chilly but friendly Toronto area, Terry;
Thanks for the friend request. Enjoying the grooves on your page - I love funk! All the best to you - I wish I lived where YOU do, right now ;-)
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."