VANESSA PEREA - SOULFUL DAYS
On her impressive ZOHO debut, New York-based vocalist Vanessa Perea sings with the mature phrasing, clear articulation, flawless intonation, and rhythmic assuredness that she may have absorbed through endless hours of listening to her heroines Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Anita O Day. The 26-year-old daughter of a Cuban mother and a Colombian father, Perea grew up in her New Jersey household with the sounds of salsa and cumbia music while also singing in her church choir. Credit Grammy®-nominated jazz singer Roseanna Vitro, Vanessa s teacher at New Jersey City University, with introducing her to the sounds of Ella, Sarah, and Anita. From bebop to bossa nova to a stroll through the Great American Songbook, Perea handles each tune on Soulful Days with an air of nonchalance and sense of confidence that belies her young age. Credit trombonist Rob Edwards, an accomplished improviser himself, with the creative arrangements. ~ Amazon.com
JESSE LAINE POWELL - ON THE EDGE
She has been called “a classic jazz voice”. Her smooth sound and delivery of her R&B and Gospel roots run deep. A preachers daughter, Jessie grew up singing the gospel music in her church, but it was jazz that began to capture her. Before long jazz and R&B began to dominate her musical tastes. Being heavily influenced by several people in the entertainment industry, Jessie packed up and moved to Hollywood. After a short time on the West Coast, Jessie found herself caught up with alcohol and pregnant. Jessie left the LA spotlight after a prophetic call from a close family member who warned Jessie that she would return back to Kentucky in a wooden box if she didn’t change her life. Taking heed of the warning, Jessie found herself heading back on a plane to Kentucky with a karaoke machine in one hand, a suitcase in the other, and a seven-month old baby inside of her. Unfortunately, that very same baby would pass away just three months later. Jessie found herself plummeting into a deep depression. In her pain, Jessie concluded that suicide would be her only answer and her way out. But as fate would have it, that attempt would lead to her rediscovering God and finding her new salvation. This would shift her life. While on the edge of life and death, Jessie found her way back to her roots of Gospel Music. She then began intertwining it with the Jazz she loved, creating a unique sound called Gospel Jazz. With her new-found sound, Jessie would meet and begin working with producer Eric Copeland of Creative Soul Jazz. This collaboration brought her new debut album“ On the Edge” in which she wrote many of the songs. Visit THE JAZZ NETWORK WORLDWIDE "A GREAT PLACE TO HANG" at: http://www.thejazznetworkworldwide.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
JAMES DEAN CLAITOR - PSEUDONYMS
‘Pseudonyms’ consists of 10 original jazz tunes performed by James Dean Claitor and friends. The first song “Gustavo” features Michel Martineau of Canada on clarinet. Michel is also featured on “Second Chance” which we’ve definitely heard and loved. “Buongiorno Baby” features Dave Panico on saxophone and Grant Jolly on drums. Saxophone was recorded by Joel Nanos at Element Recording Studios in Kansas City. Mastered by Joel Nanos at Element as well. And all songs composed and recorded by James Dean Claitor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. These relaxing instrumental jazz compositions soothe the soul, heal your heart and mesmerize your mind.