Following the sizzling release of ‚ÄúOn Top of the World,‚ÄĚ R&B saxophonist Jarel Posey (AKA ‚ÄúJarez‚ÄĚ) will be touring in the States and overseas with hip hop music rapper Coolio.
Jarez‚Äôs tour dates are not the normal jazz venues and haunts you would expect either. He tours regularly on the hip hop scene, incorporating the smooth sounds of jazz into cutting edge beats. Jarez is perhaps one of the few jazz artists able to successfully blend the two diverse musical genres. In fact, for several years, Jarez toured with Coolio around the world, dazzling audiences unfamiliar with jazz with his playing skills and showmanship.
‚ÄúTouring in over 30 countries, the experience was an unforgettable one,‚ÄĚ explained Jarez. ‚ÄúPerforming is one of the most satisfying experiences because I have a spiritual connection with the audience when I‚Äôm playing. To have them feel what I feel ‚Äď well, it‚Äôs a divine connection. It is a double blessing and joy to be able to bring the gift of jazz to an audience not typically familiar with it, and yet have them embrace and welcome it.‚ÄĚ
Just as his touring schedule challenges the public‚Äôs perception of jazz, ‚ÄúOn Top of the World‚ÄĚ marks a strategic release for this entrepreneurial artist. While the music itself appeals to a broad audience base, Jarez desires to unite the younger generation with jazz. By adding a splash of urban groove with luxurious melodies, Jarez paints a musical tapestry that is culturally rich and brazenly accessible. It is music that inspires change within the contemporary jazz landscape.
The saxophonist‚Äôs commitment to America‚Äôs future includes having served as a spokesperson for Environmental Justice and Climate Change‚Äôs (EJCC) campaign, which served Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in an educational initiative regarding global warming. This opportunity also lent him a chance to develop his fan base even further with selections from one of his previous CD releases, ‚ÄĚ SAXOHOLIC ,‚ÄĚ providing the musical signature for the accompanying radio show, ‚ÄúJust Environment‚ÄĚ which broadcasted weekly on from Atlanta‚Äôs Clark University‚Äôs WCLK 91.9, ‚ÄúThe Jazz of the City,‚ÄĚ and live online at www.wclk.com.
His ability to expand his musical outreach to fans of all ages included multiple appearances on ‚ÄúCooking with Coolio.‚ÄĚ Jarez also assisted in the production of Coolio‚Äôs cookbook of the same name, along with ongoing management of various aspects of Coolio‚Äôs business operations.
For information on Jarez and to view all available tour dates, please visit www.jarezmusic.com.