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Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Jere B!

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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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