Jackiem Joyner -][- CHURCH BOY – [Artistry Music, 2012] –
Born in Norfolk VA and raised in a single-parent household in Buffalo NY, Jackiem Joyner came through the church choir before taking up the saxophone in high school. After high school Joyner returned to Norfolk. There Bishop Michael Patterson of the World Harvest Outreach Ministries in Newport News made him head of the music department. Joyner not only sharpened his musical and production skills in this capacity, he also had a chance to play for audiences in Nigeria, Sudan and Kenya on a Missions trip in 2002. Continue reading
Greetings’ fellow jazz enthusiasts, it’s hard to believe August is here with an intricate canvas of what’s -cool- and maybe not so -cool- from a optimistic perspective we don’t usually find in the diet of the chromatic pop music culture. The origin of new music featured each week encompasses various branches of jazz, which exudes a wealth of complex and distinctive styles, insinuating textures, immaculate melodies, and relentless rhythms exalted by the definitive voices of creative artists serves up sounds to quench our immutable thirst for quality music.
“I consider Alex the future of music; he’s amazing, particularly for such a young musician, he has real soul.” Dave Valentin, flutist
Alex Brown -\\- Pianist – [Sunnyside Records, 2010]
Jazz pianist and composer Alex Brown is quickly establishing both a national and international reputation.
In 2007, Alex joined the group of ten-time Grammy-Award-winner Paquito D’Rivera. Alex has also performed with musicians including Jane Bunnett, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, the New York Voices, Terell Stafford, Gary Thomas, Dave Valentin, Miguel Zenon, and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
In January 2010, Alex was featured in Keyboard Magazine. Alex was also a 2010 Grammy nominee for his work as a part of Paquito D’Rivera’s 2009 release, “Jazz-Clazz.”
Alex has performed at a wide array of venues and events including Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, Birdland in New York, the Blue Note in New York and Tokyo, Carnegie Hall, the Heineken Jazz Festival, the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel, the Panama Jazz Festival, Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, the Curacao Jazz Festival, and Blues Alley in Washington, DC.
In 2007, Alex was a winner as a pianist in the Jazz Soloist category of Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards. In 2009, the group LaTimbistica, which he is a part of, won for best college group. He has also won four “Outstanding Awards” including one for his Latin-jazz arrangement of Kol Han’shama, a traditional Jewish folksong which is included on his CD, “Montrose Towing.” Alex had received the other three awards in 2005 for his piano and violin performances, and for his Big Band composition, “Superman.”
Recently in 2007, Alex received his second Honorable Mention from the ASCAP Foundation in their annual Young Jazz Composer Awards. In 2003, ASCAP awarded Alex with an Honorable Mention for his composition, “Take the T,” which was inspired by the Boston transit system. Subsequently, “Take the T” was performed in concert by the U.S. Army’s premier Big Band, the Jazz Ambassadors. In the fall of 2004, Alex was the youngest member ever accepted into the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop in New York City, which he attended for a year.
Read more about pianist Alex Brown by visiting http://www.alexbrownmusic.com
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Jackiem Joyner -//- Jackiem Joyner – [Artistry Music, 2010]
Jackiem burst onto the scene with his ‘babysoul’ on the tiny ARTizen imprint. His second, ‘Lil’ Man Soul’ on Artistry Music, exploded his pop/urban melodies across the breadth of contemporary jazz consciousness via two #1 singles (‘I’m Waiting For You’ and ‘Take Me There’) which have together logged at this writing a total of over 21 weeks at the apex of the charts. His newest, the eponymous ‘Jackiem Joyner’, boasts yet more radio friendly tracks including the single ‘Dance With Me.’ The young composer/producer also stretches into new territory with the Slash-like guitar burn of ‘Push’ and the synchopated marching band drum opening of ‘The Reunion’. All are sure to be favorites on the Joyner concert trail as he maintains double duty with both his bands as part of Keiko Matsui’s outfit.
As ever, Jackiem eschews the trends of big-name producers and guests stars, and does almost all of it himself – playing, producing and composing. There are a couple covers: Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ and the King of Pop’s own ‘Off The Wall’, and a guest guitar solo from Paul Jackson Jr. on ‘Turn It Up’ (which he captured while both were on tour in Reading, PA).
Release Date: 8/3/2010
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