Jere B has been making good thing come to LIFE in Youngstown, Ohio! No, he's not General Electric Man - but he's got the POWER :)
It's not enough that he is profoundly talented drummer, actor, bandleader, community activist and CEO of Tejai,LTD and Niayana Recordings - oh, and also an ordained Minister! Well, we'll add one more title to his already spectacular resume - Jere B is the producer of the Youngstown Jazz Fest. An annual event that has been the serious center of buzz - even way outside of Ohio!
Especially this year's show on July 14th - starring Kirk Whalum. This has been a long time coming, this plan. Jere was talking about this two years ago! Finally the space in a tight schedule was made - and the day is almost here.
Just a little background on our friend, B. SounDoctrine was created over ten years ago - with a debut project out in 2002. "Perseverance" piqued the interest of indie film maker, Art Byrd, who documented the making of "SounDoctrine Live" in 2003 - which resulted in a showing at the Black Film Festival in Hollywood. And culminated in "The Road to Perseverance" on DVD.
"Endurance" followed - with a cool addition to an already fabulous CD. Bob Baldwin re-mixed a track and it was enthusiastically received by The Weather Channel - which had already played two of SounDoctrine's offerings.
The group's latest album (especially useful here, that word - because it's like a book of good memories :) is called "Inspire." And the description that is often given to SounDoctrine rings truer than ever when you hear these songs: "George Duke meets Steely Dan on the way to Quincy's house while listening to David Benoit." Hah!
Think Kirk's gonna have a good time next month? You already know!
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