TAMPA - Saxophonist and singer Jessy J returns with True Love as a featured performer with Guitars and Saxes at The Ritz Theatre on Oct. 3, 8 p.m.
Tickets are $35 to $75. The Theatre is located at 1503 E. Seventh Ave. in Tampa. For tickets. call 813-247-2518.
Radio and Records Debut Artist of The Year saxophonist and vocalist Jessy J follows up the 2008 Peak Records debut, Tequila Moon with a toss-back to her Latin heritage in the August 2009 release of True Love.
A featured performer for the popular all-star Guitars and Saxes tours, Jessy J can often be found as a sideman for Michael Bolton.
Again teaming up with Paul Brown as producer, True Love showcases Jessy’s love for both traditional and contemporary jazz.
Guitars and Saxes in its various configurations has always been the essential smooth jazz band. What you really get for the price of one ticket is four brightest jazz stars, a big dose of showmanship, and a wild ride through the greatest jazz hits.
With her sizzling mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms, instantly captivating melodies and model looks, this Mexican American saxophonist/singer proved quite the sensation with her debut CD Tequila Moon--earning her such accolades as Radio and Records “Debut Artist of The Year” and contemporary jazz song of the year by R&R and Billboard for the title track, which stayed perched at No. 1 for an incredible eight weeks.
Released on Aug. 4 on Peak Records, True Love was produced by mega contemporary and urban jazz hit maker, musician and guitarist and label mate Paul Brown.
Backed on most tracks by Brown, keyboardist Gregg Karukas, bassist Roberto Vally, drummer Sergio Gonzalez and percussionist Richie Gajate Garcia, Jessy puts her unique, multi-cultural stamp on an 10 track mix of vocals and instrumentals that draws from her rich Latin heritage and love for both traditional and contemporary jazz.
True Love opens with the sensual and exotic, soundscape kissed “Tropical Rain” to be followed by the laid back funk vibe of “Forever.” The title track is a balmy bolero where the Saxophonist shows her swinging jazz charms. Influenced by Prince, the late Michael Jackson, and Santana “Mr Prince” is true to form with a retro soul and rebellious side.
Originally the title track for the 1959 Portuguese language film Orfeu Negro, and later popularized in English by Frank Sinatra as “A Day In the Life Of A Fool,” “Morning of the Carnival” from Black Orpheus (aka “Manha De Carnival”) not only finds Jessy captures the cool essence of Astrud Gilberto but also paints an exciting, bustling scene.
“Somewhere in A Dream,” a balmy, ethereal tune whose melody goes round and round is followed by Jessy’s soaring sax melody and straight ahead meets old school soul jazz rhythms of “Jessy’s Blues.”
“Llegaste Tu” is an anthemic, richly percussive Spanish pop-folk anthem composed by Jessy with top Latin producer Pablo Aguirre and Paulina Aguirre. The elegant “Brazilian Dance” features a lush, soulful sax-voice duet between Jessy and the tune’s composer Sergio Aranda. No Jessy J project would be complete without a track that celebrates her Mexican-American roots. With its swirl of flute, guitar, piano and fiery vocal textures, “Baila!” makes it easy to respond to its command to get up and dance.
“After the success of Tequila Moon, it was inevitable that many fans would ask me, ok, so what’s next? My goal was to convey my True Love by putting 100 percent of my heart and soul into every note, every session and every song. As the journey of this new album unfolded, I discovered something amazing, a little secret I will now share: after all this romantic searching, I realize now that my True Love is actually my lifelong passion for music. It’s a joy and an honor to have the opportunity to share more and more of this with the world as the years unfold.