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  • 7/18/2019 ~ Jessy J

    Jessy’s connection to her Latin heritage runs deep, as her father is originally from Mexico and her mom hails from Texas. Born in Oregon and raised in southern California, Jessy grew up in a home full of big family get-togethers, Mexican feasts and lots of Latin, jazz and pop music. Her musical influences include Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington, Jr., Sergio Mendes,
    Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan. She is grateful that her Hispanic fans have been inspired by her love of these musical roots, which has sometimes helped foster connections with their own family heritage.
    Jessy’s European fans may not connect with that side of her in a personal way, but they have long embraced the exuberant exotica she brings to her style of contemporary jazz.
    After graduating from USC with a degree in jazz studies, Jessy’s equal passion for pop led her quickly into recording sessions with artists like Michael Buble, followed over the years by tours with Jessica Simpson, The Temptations and Michael Bolton. In 2004, Jessy joined the cast of the off-Broadway show “Blast!” and drew on her multitude of skills as an actress, singer, dancer and sax player as she performed throughout the U.S., in London and Tokyo. Even while working with pop and Latin artists, she put together her own band, performing at such L.A. hotspots as The Jazz Bakery and, through her work with the Henry Mancini Institute and Orchestra, performing on their twice Grammy nominated album
    Elevation in 2006.
    In addition to her airplay and chart success, tours with smooth jazz greats like Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Euge Groove and Peter White, and her own international tours everywhere from Cuba, Nigeria and Malaysia to the Philippines and Japan, Jessy has performed on the hit television competition shows “American Idol”, “The Voice” and “Dancing With the Stars." The year Steven Tyler was a judge on “Idol,” he was so impressed with her performances that he invited her to play on Aerosmith’s 2012 album Music From Another Dimension.
    “I’m so excited and thankful to perform at the Branford Jazz Series this year! Thanks for having me !!,” said Jessy.
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