The Jazz Network Worldwide is dedicated with love to my father,
jazz legend bassist "Chubby" Jackson for his contribution to jazz and entertainment.
~ Jaijai Jackson
The Jazz Network Worldwide is comprised of all the subsets of the industry worldwide from managers, agents, publicists, venues, festivals, radio stations, studios, musicians, vocalists, etc. and of course fans. You can use it as a database by utilizing the tool bar for what you seek to connect and network with.
"No negatives, we're creating" ~ 'Chubby' Jackson
Diane Hoffman is a multi-faceted talent - a jazzy, hard-swinging singer and an accomplished painter. Raised in Cambridge, MA, Hoffman earned a BFA from the California College of Art and later studied independently with famed painter Jacques Fabert in Erongarícuaro, Mexico (her works have been exhibited extensively in Mexico, Canada, and the United States). Hoffman’s singing debut was at the legendary Sonny’s Place, in Seaford, Long Island in the late nineties, and for years she has been igniting audiences throughout the Tri-State area and beyond with her emotionally charged singing. Her often unique repertoire is informed by her painter’s passion for narrative, tone, and balance, and she has been recognized for her rich-textured voice, keen rhythm and original phrasing, and natural feel for jazz and blues. Hoffman has recorded three albums as a soloist, Someone In Love (2000), My Little French Dancer (2007), and her latest release, Do I Love You (2018).
JAZZIZ DO I LOVE YOU The album’s title track moves with a refreshing uptempo swiftness, ushered forward by cartwheeling horn lines and Owens’ crisply kinetic cymbal work. But the overall mood is one of cool composure. The song exudes a relaxed energy, and Hoffman imbues the lyrics with a deep sense of swing, moving with grace and precision atop her rhythm section’s satin-soft accompaniment. — Brian Zimmerman
JERSEY JAZZ CONTEMPORARY FUSION DO I LOVE YOU The song that I chose as my personal favorite of the fourteen offered up proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that Ms. Hoffman “has it” in a big way… her performance on the upbeat & lively “Devil May Care” will have you snappin’ your fingers & toes as you dance ’round the room… if any song should be considered for a vocal jazz award – this is IT, people! — D*** Metcalf
MIDWEST RECORD DO I LOVE YOU A swinging jazz vocalist that owns it in the northeast dedicates a love song album to her new grandchild. Piloted by Ulysses Owens and his hand picked crew of New Yorkers that know the score, the work out on this set of chestnuts is right on the money throughout. Tasty stuff for jazz vocal fans that want it real. — Chris Spector
Oscar Peterson’s Drummer Alvin Queen Awaits the Wheels of Justice and Continues to Create America’s Music with Chart-topping New CD "OP" Dedicated to Peterson
Legendary drummer Alvin Queen continues to create America’s music with his new CD "OP", dedicated to Peterson, as he awaits justice for losing his right to enter the United States.
The wheels of justice are said to move slow but after a year, Alvin Queen’s 01B form continues to sit at The American Embassy. A sort of mute road marker for Queen who has given so much to America’s music.
Having served in a series of prestigious bands before moving to Europe he always combined the two worlds, the country where he came from and Europe where he flourishes. In addition, he also served as a U.S. State Department cultural ambassador, touring Brazil, Africa, and Japan. A similar role previously held by Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Despite the judicial hierarchy that Alvin Queen has endured this past year, his current CD entitled “OP”, dedicated to Oscar Peterson, shows that you can’t stop a master from sharing his talent with the world.
Queen, is a Swiss citizen, his growing reputation and experience allowed him to deepen his ties to the thriving jazz community abroad. Alvin made the decision to join the many expatriate musicians and eventually settled in Switzerland obtaining dual citizenship, which he held for thirty years.
Alvin had always paid his taxes before giving up his dual citizenship and chose to switch to a single passport to simplify his tax situation resulting in having to relinquish his American citizenship in 2016. Up until this time, Alvin had been issued six new passports over the past half a century with no issues arising and had traveled to the states several times.
As the current political climate evolved, Queen found that the new laws caused him to apply for a 01B work visa which became necessary permissions due to the new travel ban. A youthful offense from half a century ago was unearthed. These minor offense records were supposed to be sealed.
All of this information was uncovered when Alvin was asked to perform at a program sponsored by the French- American Cultural Foundation entitled “Jazz Meets France”. It had an impressive pedigree, with Wynton Marsalis serving as honorary chairman and sponsored by the French-American Cultural Foundation with The Smithsonian Institute’s Dr. David Skorton as master of ceremonies. The program was intended to commemorate the centennial of the United States entry into the first world war. The other important thing being commemorated in this cultural event were the Harlem Hell fighter’s appearance in France, (369th infantry regiment) band was also a large factor in the introduction of jazz to France. Also helping to spread this art-form was the American G.I’s.
Queen takes his musical history seriously and understands that with the new government in place in America that it may take some time to rectify.
In the meantime, Alvin moved forward by paying homage to his friend of many years Oscar Peterson, with his new CD 'OP' which is a sincere dedication to the many musical memories they shared along their journey together.
“Jazz has always been about freedom with unlimited possibilities and potential and that is why I keep traveling the world sharing its message” says Queen.
Alvin’s new CD and LP ‘OP’ has been climbing the jazz charts and is at #44 and growing. The project is distributed through Diskunion https://diskunion.net/jazz/ct/detail/1007833049 and can be purchased on Amazon.
To read an article that goes deeper into the history of Alvin Queen go to https://alvinqueen.com to learn more. In addition, to hear Alvin's positive attitude on being successful as a child coming up in America go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/alvinqueen.
To learn more go to alvinqueen.com.
This year we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of The Jazz Network Worldwide! I do hope that it is a work that has been looked at as my art and contribution to jazz and its forward movement. In dedication to my father "Chubby" Jackson, you won't find me stopping anytime soon for I'll continue to create with no negatives as my father would say.
I just integrated a new network under The Jazz Network Worldwide umbrella.
The Not Just Jazz Network, where we find the best of the best in all genres that integrates their artistry with jazz. There is much to do and create, so its presented with class, dignity and an innovative flare in keeping this art form moving forward.
I’m looking to open our horizons, be a place where festivals come to see what is new and exciting in the world of jazz and its booking capabilities. Its up to us to show the marketplace what a real jazz festival can be with talent that makes sense to be on a jazz stage. I’m all for variety music festivals, showcasing the various genres, but what I don’t stand for is other genres booked on these festivals that have nothing to do with jazz, singing their R&B hits from the 90’s. Wrong.
Only through my heritage do I get my fuel, I need for those of you from other genres that would like to be a part of this quest to join us in the 'great place to hang' and share who you are…let’s hear your musical integration of jazz your way!
That is my quest for 2017 and beyond so jazz festivals will consider just that, where it honors the artistry of all who improvise their hearts and were inspired by Jazz.
The Jazz Network Worldwide would like to thank
for creating the music for the NOT JUST JAZZ promo.
Chubby Jackson helped popularize the the 5-string C bass, was responsible for bringing be-bop jazz to schools all over the country, and also had the first American jazz band to tour Europe after WWII. He appeared in numerous movies and TV shows featuring the grand masters of Jazz.
Chubby performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Barnet, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gilllespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Red Norvo, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker,Terry Gibbs, Ben Webster, Raymond Scott, Bill Harris, JJ Johnson, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, just to name a few.