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"Up Close & Personal" with Latinjazzy is my creation that materialized from my passion and love affair with music. "Up Close & Personal" (UC&P) is an internet broadcast ALL about the world of JAZZ, the artists and their fans. UC&P is meant for it to serve as another platform for Jazz artists to have so they can showcase their artistry. "Up Close & Personal" will bring you the best of the best in Contemporary, Smooth, Traditional, Classical, Latin Jazz and World Jazz., one show at a time... UC&P will bring you the respected trendsetters who have paved the way for so many ... The hottest of Artists in the Jazz scene today and will shine the spotlight on the new upcoming and rising stars of tomorrow. The Jazz genre is Limitless, as will be my efforts to explore and bring something fresh each and every week. Up Close & Personal is for everyone! I invite you to join me in this musical journey. through my Cosmic World of Jazz...where you can hear music that makes your heart melt, your ears groove and your soul sing!!! Tune in, sit back and enjoy.. I will be waiting for YOU!! "Up Close & Personal" will not only do interviews, but listening parties as well as some other projects that are still in the works....so stay tuned. Up Close & Personal is under the umbrella of my Keepin' It Smooth Management & Promotions Company.

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Profusely talented and highly gifted.Born and raised in Rochester, NY, John was surrounded by music that helped shape his particular style of playing. John credits his early influences to his father. John's musical journey started when he was eight years old. John gives credit to other heavy influences aside from family members such as Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, John Patitucci, Nathan East, Fred Hammond, and Joel Smith. They drove his growth, resulting in a deeper love and dedication to the art of being a bassist. When asked about his greatest influences, John's response is always: ?Too many to name and enough to keep me humble and always practicing.? Whether John is playing electric, acoustic (upright) bass, or key bass, John can be found holding the groove on local stages in Charlotte, NC, his hometown, or performing on main stages across the country with national recording artists. In his career thus far, he has worked with gospel artist Lejuene Thompson, musical director for Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Stephanie Mills, contemporary jazz artists Brian Simpson, Matt Marshak, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Walter Beasley, Nick Colionne, Marc Antoine, and Four80East. Additionally, John has earned Grammy certifications for his performances on EMI gospel projects ?Oh Happy Day,? an All-Star Celebration (Best Traditional Gospel Album) and Heather Headley's ?Audience of One? (Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.) They were both won at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
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