Musical Artist, Producer, Vocalist, Manager, Publicist, Clinician, Music Director, Arranger, Composer, Jazz Presenter, Jazz Club, Jazz Festival, Recording Studio
Tell us a little about your background...
I was born into the entertainment world. My parents were Adagio Dancers who entertained audiences throughout the United States and Cuba. At the early age of three years old, I along with my two brothers performed a tap dancing and acrobat routine on the same stage as my parents. I started playing trumpet at the age of 12 and professionally at the age of 16. I played in the Air Force Band then played Trumpet and Drums in the Mid-West. In Detroit I worked with Jimmy Wilkins Big Band and Motown Recording Studio. I also played Drums and Percussion with The Larry Steel Review and Maurice King at the Flame Show Bar, backing some of the top entertainers in the country.
My parents settled in Detroit MI and later opened a Theatrical Booking Agency, which helped many young entertainers get their start in show business. Upon the untimely death of my Father my Mother headed the agency alone. Upon leaving the Air Force I helped her with the agency. After a while I left Detroit for Los Angeles CA.
In California I began working with Red Holloway, Papa John Creech (violinist), and the Roger Spotts Big Band to name a few. I was an educator for 31 years and received B.A. & Masters in Music Education and Multi-Cultural Education. My Wife and I open a Jazz Club called the R.A.P.A House West and I formed my own group
"Visions". Returned to Detroit where I retired From teaching and formed a
group called "Global". Now I am still giging and writing.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
A friend Rita Graham Vocalist
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist, Drums, Percussion, Trumpet
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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."