"A powerful young performer blessed with
Lena Horne's biting enunciation, J'ai sometimes sounds as pure
and creamy as Ann Hampton Calloway, other times embraces the
earthy integrity of Nina Simone." -- The Jazz Times
“In Los Angeles, we have one singer in particular who seems
destined for greatness, Sweet Baby J’ai. I advise all jazz and
blues fans to go out of their way to see haer in concert.”
-Scott Yanow, Music Conection Magazine
“Music lovers will be hard pressed to determine if Sweet
Baby J’ai is a jazz or blues singer - she does both with great
aplomb. Her voice is part cream, part honey and all soul....Baby
J’ai is definitely a rising star.” -Glen Starkey, New
“J’ai has a strong sound and delivers her material with
conviction...” -Leonard Fether, Los Angeles Times
Sweet Baby J'ai got her start under the guidance of her mentor,
the legendary Phil Moore. Shortly thereafter she could be found
performing in jazz clubs in Paris. Back home in the U.S., she
benefited early on in her career from the support and direction
of working with legends, saxophonist Teddy Edwards and guitarist
Sweet Baby J'ai is a critically acclaimed vocalist and
songwriter who has toured the world with her distinctive sound.
She and her band have also performed extensively in the U.S.,
and have been featured at numerous festivals, clubs and
benefits. She has shared the stage with such luminaries as The
Jazz Crusaders, Patrice Rushen, Red Holloway, Etta James, Joe
Sample, Koko Taylor, Frank Capp & the Juggernaut, Sheila E.,
Stanley Turrentine and the late Eddie Harris, to name a few.
has been heard on radio and television both nationally and
internationally. With her deep, powerful, sometimes playful and
sensuous voice, and her acclaimed songwriting style, Sweet Baby
J'ai is provocative and impassioned, combining her infectious
personality and original style with the influences of Carmen
McRae and Joe Williams.
Some critics describe her as a "jazz singer", others as a "blues
singer", but all agree that this versatile singer-songwriter is
a "storyteller". Sweet Baby J'ai's debut release, The Art Of
Blue, and latest release, Evolution on the Sunset Music label is
a wonderful collection of blues, jazz and spoken word. She
tackles diverse social issues, lost love and pays tribute to
divas of the past.
Baby J'ai grew up in a city rich with musical history, Kansas
City, home to legends like Big Joe Turner and Charlie "Bird"
Parker among others. At only five years old, she was already
writing songs and by the age of eight, sneaking in the backdoors
of clubs on 18th & Vine to watch her father play with top jazz
musicians. Her uncle, Vernon Gower, played bass with Billie
Holiday and Lionel Hampton and her cousin Michael Howell, played
guitar with Dizzie Gillespie.
Her style is rooted in the Kansas City sound. Sweet Baby J'ai is
a versatile performer and an unconventional musician. She takes
the washboard, an instrument usually reserved for Cajun or jug
band music and puts a jazz spin on it, claiming it as her own "Jazzboard"
sound. Whether singing a swinging version of a standard, a
soulful blues ballad or a haunting original, she weaves her
special magic through songs
seemingly tailor-made for her intimate style.
demonstrates many talents on her new CD. Evolution finds her
wearing multiple hats including producer, composer and arranger.
She serves up a multi-hued palette of original compositions that
highlight her warm, velvety tones; and manages to breathe new
life into classic songs with her innovative, sometimes
unexpected, often sophisticated interpretations. She swings,
whispers, shouts and caresses every song like telling a personal
Evolution takes you on an extraordinarily vivid journey and
features some of the finest musicians on the scene today,
including legendary saxophonist, Teddy Edwards and renowned
trumpeter, Oscar Brashear, all of whom, according to James
Jannise, Program Host of KLON, 88.1, America's #1 jazz
station,"play up to the level that each of them are known and
I can say with authority that this collection of works has
elevated Sweet Baby J'ai from songstress to Diva." Call her a
renaissance woman - she's also a playwright, having co-written
the acclaimed play, "3 Women: A Dramatic Tribute to The Divas of
Jazz and Blues", as well as being an actress, novelist, and
Sweet Baby J'ai is one of the brightest rising stars in jazz.
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P.O. BOX 10782, BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90213
PHONE: 323-660-1016 FAX: 323-660-0667
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|Live at the Playboy Jazz
Festival / Baldwin Hills - June 2002 - Photo by Warren
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Sweet Baby J'ai is available for...
Festivals, Concerts, Corporate Events, Special Affairs, Holiday
Parties, Benefits, Educational Workshops and Clinics.
You can make arrangements not only to book
concert, club and festival gigs, but to have Sweet Baby J'ai's
very own brand of jazz and blues for your corporate party or
special celebration too. Sweet Baby J'ai's band, which she often
refers to as The Dream Team, is comprised of some of the best
talent on the scene today; top professional, studio and touring
In addition to touring both nationally and
internationally with Sweet Baby J'ai, they have worked with top
talent such as Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Dizzy
Gillespie, Benny Carter, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Burrell, Pharoah
Sanders, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Etta James, Dr. John,
and many others.
Sweet Baby J'ai can tailor the size of her full nine piece band
to fit your needs and budget. For a more mellow sound, the Sweet
Baby J'ai Blue Quartet, Trio or Duo is available upon request.
Contact Collin Artists for "The
Perfect Fit" to customize the size to fit the special
needs for your dream celebration!
P.O. Box 10782
Beverly Hills, CA 90213