Archive for August 25th, 2010

The JT Jazz Project – Good Times (limited edition)

Because of an exceptionally creative home environment, JT‘s interest in music began at a very early age. He began playing the saxophone in the fourth grade and continued to play through elementary school, high-school and college, accumulating several awards and accolades. Throughout his music education, JT studied under some of Chicago-land’s most renowned musicians.

JT’s interest in writing and production began at age sixteen, when he (and his soul band) stepped into a recording studio for the first time. In JT’s late-teen years, his affinity and talent for music production developed tremendously. He and a close friend built a 5′ x 5’ closet-like “studio,” equipped with an old Roland keyboard and a four-track cassette recorder. JT would spend hours upon hours in this studio creating hip-hop, RnB, pop, rock, funk, gospel, and all types of grooves.

After high-school, JT chose practicality over ambition and attended the local community college as a pre-vet major. That path was short-lived however. Because JT’s heart just wasn’t in it, his academic performance left much to be desired. Then, the inevitable happened… JT decided to pursue a musical career. He went on to receive a BS in Music Performance with a minor in Business Administration from Millikin University.

During his last year in college, JT interned at the Chicago Recording Company (CRC), Chicago’s premiere recording studio. At CRC, JT honed his production and technical audio skills while working with high-profile clients like R. Kelly, Three 6 Mafia, Phil Collins, Liz Phair, and countless movie and commercial projects. One year later, JT accepted a position at Streeterville Recording Studios, which was at one time the premiere recording studio in Chicago. JT continued to work at Streeterville with clients like Kanye West, Marvin Sapp, Tori Amos, Melissa Ethridge, Orbert Davis, and John Madden, until the studio went out of business.

These days, JT keeps busy by producing projects for Jevon Music Group (JMG) and by performing with his band, The JT Jazz Project. The latest album from The JT Jazz Project, titled Good Times,  is a sexy fusion of neo-soul and jazz (in the vein of Maxwell or Sade) and features Chicago-land’s most talented musicians and vocalists.

Good Times now at CDBaby.

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Susie Hansen – Representante de la Salsa

For 20 years, violinist Susie Hansen has led one of Southern California’s more popular Latin bands. She and the gang “aim for the feet” with Representante de la Salsa on Jazz Caliente.

The band consists of Hansen on electric violin and vocals; George Balmaseda and Kaspar Abbo on vocals; David Stout on trombone; Tim Messina on tenor sax and flute; Joe Rotondi on piano; Rene Camacho on bass and background vocal; Jimmy Branly on timbales; Joe De Leon on congas; and Ricardo “Tiki” Pasillas on bongo and hand percussion. Co-producer Erich Bulling also appears as background vocalist.

The title song starts things off. Balmaseda sings lead, with ample backing by Hansen, Camacho and Bulling. After a few rounds of the voices, Hansen solos on the electric violin. She then blends with the horn section on the middle break. The percussionists contribute to the Latin flavor.

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