Jessy J

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Not to be confused with Jessie J, Jessie James, or Juicy J.
Jessy J
Portrait of Jessy J
Jessy J in 2008
Background information
Birth name Jessica Arellano
Born (1982-12-20) December 20, 1982 (age 32)
Origin Portland, Oregon, US
Genres Contemporary jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments
  • saxophone (tenor, alto, soprano, baritone)
  • flute
  • vocals
  • keyboards
Years active 2001–present
Labels Peak
Heads Up (Concord Music Group)
Associated acts Gregg Karukas
Paul Brown
Website jessyj.com

Jessica Arellano (born December 20, 1982), better known by her stage name Jessy J, is an American musician in the contemporary jazz music genre.

Biography[edit]

Jessy J was born Jessica Arellanois on December 20, 1982 in Portland, Oregon and raised in Hemet, California.[1][2][3] Of Mexican-American descent, her father is from Mexico and her mother is a native Texan. She began playing piano at the age of four.[4] At the age of 15, at the Béla Bartók Festival,[5] she won the Piano State Championship.[4] She also played saxophone in state honored bands, such as the Grammy Band, and played internationally in festivals like the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Earning a scholarship to University of Southern California,[6] she obtained a degree in jazz studies and was named the "Most Outstanding Jazz Student". After graduating from USC, she worked in the studio with Michael Bublé.[7][8] She toured with The Temptations, Jessica Simpson, Michael Bolton, and Seal.[7][9] Jessy J also performed as a member of the Henry Mancini Jazz Orchestra.[4][7]

Prior to being a studio musician and touring as a jazz artist, Jessy J performed on the cast of the Off-Broadway play Blast! She performed not only as a saxophonist and singer but also as an actress and dancer. Touring with Blast! led her across the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Japan.[10]

Jessy J's recording career began after producer/guitarist Paul Brown listened to her demo and gave her a spot on his tour. She soon began making solo appearances. Her first major solo performance was at the Catalina JazzTrax Festival in 2006.[11] Soon afterward, she and Paul Brown were in the studio recording her first album, Tequila Moon.

Since beginning her career, she has toured with other jazz artists, such as Jeff Lorber,[12] Jeff Golub,[13] Euge Groove,[14] Paul Brown, and Gerald Albright.[15] In 2008/2009, she toured as a part of the Guitars & Saxes tour. In 2010 she Toured with Norman Brown[16] and Brenda Russell in the Summer Storm Jazz tour.[17]

Jessy J has built up a Latin following, lending her hand in Hispanic music programs and performing with the Hispanic Musician Association Orchestra.[18] Jessy J had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall with Paquito D'Rivera as part of the Latin Jazz Project.[4] She has also worked in Mexico with artists Gloria Trevi[19] (known as the Madonna of Mexico), Armando Manzanero (whom she calls "the Mancini of Mexico"), Grammy Nominated singer Cristian Castro,[20] Rock of Ages star Diego Boneta, and Sheila E.[21][22]

Her song "Tequila Moon" hit the #1 spot on the Billboard chart for Jazz.[23] Her song "Tropical Rain", from her 2009 release, reached the top of the Groove Jazz Music[24] chart and also took the #1 spot on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown,[25] as well as the R&R and Billboard Jazz charts.

In 2008 she was named Radio & Records "Debut Artist of the Year". She also received the "Contemporary Jazz Song of the Year" award from R&R and Billboard for her song "Tequila Moon".[26]

In 2008 Jessy J was featured on the cover of the May issue of Jazziz Magazine.[27] In 2009, she was on the October cover of Saxophone Journal and Latina Style Magazine.[28]

In 2011 Jessy's Album Hot Sauce debuted at #1 on Billboard Jazz and was featured in People Espanol and Latina magazine. The album includes performances by Jazz Legends Joe Sample, Harvey Mason, and Ray Parker Jr.[29]

Trivia[edit]

The "J" in Jessy J stands for JAZZ. Wanting to find a name that people could easily remember, and after fiddling with the names Jessy and Jazzy, she and producer, Paul Brown, decided on the name Jessy J.[30]

Awards[edit]

2008 #1 Song of the Year, Tequila Moon, Billboard Magazine, Radio and Records

2008 Debut Artist of the Year, Radio and Records, Jazztrax

2009 #1 Song Tropical Rain, Billboard

2010 ASCAPlus writing Award (ASCAP), American Society of Composers and Publishers

2011 ASCAPLUS writing Award (ASCAP), American Society of Composers and Publishers

2011 #1 Album Hot Sauce, Billboard Jazz charts

*ASCAPLUS AWARD is a monetary award given to writers that are early on in their career, recognized as being leaders and innovators in the area of writing, performing and giving back to the community. The process of selection includes an in depth application listing all musical works created, performance schedule, and community involvement. Then a panel of Judges in New York evaluates the material submitted and selects the winners.[31]

Charities[edit]

In addition to being an active song writer and performer Jessy also takes time to participate in events that give back the community and was featured as a Rising Star Jazz Clinician at Disney's Jazz Celebration in Florida this year as well as serving on the board of directors for the "Young Musicians Project" in Los Angeles.[31]

"I feel that it is important to give back to the community as a clinician and mentor. So many people have been gracious to me throughout the years and now I feel like it's my turn to give back."[31]

Television performances[edit]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jessy J, by Thomas Erdmann, Saxophone Journal Magazine Jan/Feb 2010" (PDF). Jessy J, Official Homepage, Press. 
  2. ^ "Smooth jazz with Jessy J". AZStarNet.com. 
  3. ^ "Jessy J | Tequila Moon". Allaboutjazz.com. April 7, 2008. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Jessy J". Smooth-jazz.de. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Jessy J; VLOG: Growing up in Music- Bartok Piano Competition". YouTube.com. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ a b c "Jessy J" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-19. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Jazz Jazz News – Saxist Jessy J Touring with Michael Bolton@". Jazzreview.com. May 9, 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  9. ^ "Saxist Jessy J Touring with Michael Bolton". JazzReview.com. 
  10. ^ "Jessy J Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  11. ^ "Jessy J Biography – ARTISTdirect Music". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  12. ^ "Jeff Lorber with Guitars & Saxes: Jessy J & Jeff Golub in Sacramento". YouTube.com. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  13. ^ "Jessy J performs Sin Ti in NC". YouTube.com. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  14. ^ ""Cut The Cake" (guitars and saxes concert jam)". YouTube.com. 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  15. ^ "Guitars & Saxes 2008 at the Playboy Jazz festival-Jeff Lorber". YouTube.com. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  16. ^ "Jessy J plays "Tequila Moon" w/NORMAN BROWN". YouTube.com. 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  17. ^ "Jessy's bio". JessyJ.com. 
  18. ^ "Latinas in the Jazz World". LatinaStyle.com. 
  19. ^ "Gloria Trevi "La Primera Vez" Live Valentines Day Concert". YouTube.com. 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  20. ^ "Cristian Castro w/saxophonista Jessy J". YouTube.com. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  21. ^ "Jazz Monthly Reviews – Jessy J". Jazzmonthly.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  22. ^ "Backbeat: Bill Cosby Helms His Last Playboy Jazz Festival | Billboard". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  23. ^ "Music Charts, Most Popular Music, Music by Genre & Top Music Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  24. ^ "Groove Jazz Music". Groove Jazz Music. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  25. ^ "The Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown with Allen Kepler(tm)". Smoothjazztop20.com. September 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  26. ^ [2][dead link]
  27. ^ "Rising star Jessy J – featured on the cover of Jazziz Magazine World Music Issue May, 2008". JessyJ.com. 
  28. ^ "Saxophonist Jessy J Lands on the Cover of Jazz Magazine". SmoothJazzNetwork.com. 
  29. ^ "Jessy J - Hot Sauce [Behind The Scenes". YouTube.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  30. ^ "The Smooth Jazz Network". The Smooth Jazz Network. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  31. ^ a b c [3][dead link]
  32. ^ [4][dead link]
  33. ^ "YouTube". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  34. ^ "YouTube". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  35. ^ "Team Cee Lo Green Flashes Back for Performance of Motown Hit ‘Dancing in the Street’ on ‘The Voice’". Popcrush.com. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  36. ^ "YouTube". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  37. ^ "Michael Bolton - When A Man Loves A Woman (From "Live at The Royal Albert Hall")". YouTube.com. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  38. ^ "Jessy J peforms Tequila Moon on T.V.". YouTube.com. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  39. ^ "Jessy J on Telemundo". YouTube.com. 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  40. ^ "Jessica Simpson on Good Morning America". YouTube.com. 2004-08-11. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  41. ^ "Jessy J Albums and Discography – ARTISTdirect Music". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 

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