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(New York Times)
"Mr. Petty manages to
turn up the charisma factor..whenever he takes up his guitar
and faces an audience from behind a microphone..Petty rises
to the occasion time after time." - Bruce Weber
"A Celtic Christmas"
recreates the joy
& innocence of an Irish night-before-Christmas
By popular demand, Jason Petty RETURNS
with a new and exciting show!
Rekindle the flame in the
stories, dance and song
...born in North Carolina,
shared with the world!
"THE SWINGIN' COWBOYS"
TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF THE GREAT AMERICAN WEST
WESTERN SWING BAND
Jason Petty's newest creation is called "The Swinging Cowboys"
and is a tribute to the music of the Great American West. This
trip down memory lane consists of songs from Stephen Foster to
the Singing Cowboys to Western Swing.
An authentic western set along with some of the best musicians
in the USA will make for an unforgettable night. Jason narrates
the history of the early pioneers who brought the popular songs
of the day westward with them.
The first cowboys in the west used these songs to help soothe
the herds of cattle and keep them from stampeding. The music
became a staple of early saloons and was eventually recorded by
the first stars of the silver screen such as Gene Autry and Roy
Rogers. Around the same time as the singing cowboy craze came
another American original...Western Swing music.
Band leaders such as Bob Wills and Spade Cooley turned western
swing into America's dance music in the 1930's and 40's with
such hits as 'San Antonio Rose' and 'Shame, Shame On You', among
many others. Some of the songs included in this show are: Home
On The Range, Streets Of Laredo, Cattle Call, Don't Fence Me In,
Back In The Saddle, Take Me Back To Tulsa and many, many more.
It will bring back many memories for listeners of all ages. It's
a good, fun western-themed evening of music, stories and humor
for the entire family. If you've ever seen one of Jason's other
shows, you know you won't be disappointed.
There will plenty of chances to sing along with Jason and whole
gang as they take you back in time to the Great American West in
"The Swinging Cowboys."
"A Celtic Christmas"
recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a
farmhouse in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntain in the
west of Ireland, when the neighbors gather around the fire to
grace the long wintry night with the laughter of their stories,
the joy of their music, and dances they always said they were
much too old for.
This year, Tomáseen
A Celtic Christmas
features Marcus Donnelly from Co. Galway, one of the most
exhilarating, truly creative Irish dancers performing today.
Internationally acclaimed master of the steel-string guitar
joins in, along with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist
from Co. Mayo (and world-champion level Irish dancer), and
on uilleann pipes, whistles and flute (also a world-champion
level Irish dancer).
. . . . . . . . . . .
“In the tradition of the great Irish
Tomáseen Foley is a master of the Irish narrative and a keeper
of the flame for a priceless piece of Irish culture.”
Tom Horan, Rego Irish Records
“Foley . . . is doing what
his ancestors have done for years long before "The Nutcracker"
or "It's a Wonderful Life." He is carrying on an ancient
tradition.. . for the audiences that pack theaters across the
United States every winter to see it.”
Mail Tribune, Medford OR
“. . . it's such a joy to
experience “Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas,” a unique blend
of master story-telling, traditional music and dance that
captures the heart and soul of Ireland in an evening of
nostalgic holiday memories as only the Irish can share.”
Times-Standard, Eureka CA
"Like a pint of Guinness,
A Celtic Christmas is going down rich
and smooth with . . . another packed
house . . . at the Keith-Albee Performing Art Center. ”
The Herald-Disbatch, Huntingdon
The Giannini Brass
was formed in 1989 and named after the founder of the North Carolina
School of the Arts, composer and educator Vittorio Giannini.
Currently, members of the Giannini Brass perform in nearly all of
the professional orchestras in the Carolinas, and have toured and
performed with orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the
United States and Europe.
The ensemble has been
the recipient of grants from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Arts
Council for developing innovative educational programs such as "The
Science of Sound," and "Brass Under the Big Top," and has performed
in a variety of unusual and interesting performance settings,
including multi- media planetarium concerts, with symphony
orchestras, and on radio and television.
For several years the
Giannini Brass was the brass ensemble-in-residence for the UNC
School of the Arts Musica Piccola summer music program. From 1999 to
2001 the Giannini Brass were radio artists-in-residence on Classical
89.9 WDAV, the classical music radio station for Charlotte, NC.
Giannini Brass is a Yamaha Performing ensemble.
The ensemble has
released five recordings which are available on CD Baby:
Summertime, Big-Shot Brass, Christmas with the Giannini Brass,
Baroque Banquet and Mit Freuden zart (With Tender Joy): Moravian
Chorales for Brass.
"Classic record that you never get tired of and
wish you could sound like."
(even the new, "hip" pop-star musicians recognize Jaimee's
Vocalist Jaimee Paul, sings of love, loss and the blues. Nice set"
WVST; Viginia State Univ.
"What a beautiful songbird!"
"What a beautifully authentic voice!" -Melinda Doolittle
"Sultry and sizzlin’!"
Voice Coach to the Stars
"Paul is blessed with a glorious voice (indeed, there’s significant
evidence of [Aretha] Franklin'’s raw majesty), one that deserves to
travel under its own powerful steam..." -Christopher Loudon "Jazz
Click on album picture
BELOW to go to Amazon
and listen to clips from some of Jamiee's albums:
In the summer of 2008, Jaimee Paul was working as a backup singer
for country music legend Wynonna Judd, and they
happened to be doing a gig in Alaska (no, they did not get to meet
Sarah Palin). Jaimee was sitting in her hotel room when the phone
rang, and on the other end was Nashville music impresario Bill
Gaither. “Get your music over to Green Hill,” Gaither told her. Less
than six months later, At Last, the most remarkable debut album by a
major new jazz-and-standards singer, is being released. A collection
of signature songs associated with the great female icons of jazz
and pop, At Last features the distinctive sound of Ms. Paul backed
by Nashville’s own jazz piano icon, Beegie Adair, and her trio, as
well as a sumptuous string orchestra arranged and conducted by Jeff
Steinberg. Between Jaimee’s big, soul-drenched voice and Jeff’s big,
classically informed orchestrations, At Last is an over whelming
"At Last" was a very personal experience,” says Jaimee
Paul. “All the great lady singers that we saluted were inspirations
to me, and all of the songs we selected are among my innermost
Some of them I have a very long histor y with: my grandfather was a
WW2 veteran, and his favorite song ever was ‘Sentimental Journey,’
and we used to listen to it together.
Difference A Day Makes’ always gets me thinking about my wonderful
husband, Leif (Shires), and the incredible day that we first met. On
the other hand, ‘Stormy Weather’ never fails to start me thinking
about all the lousy relationships I’ve been through – that we’ve all
been through. ‘Whatever Lola Wants’ shows that ever y girl, I think,
has a little Lola – the bad girl – in her.” She adds, “For me to
sing live with Beegie’s trio and the incredible string arrangements
of Jeff Steinberg, was just more than I ever could have asked for.
This record was a dream come true.” It took less than half a season,
from Summer to Winter, for At Last to be planned, conceived,
produced, recorded, mixed and released, but it has taken the better
part of a lifetime – albeit one that has not been particularly long,
so far – for Jaimee Paul to get where she is and for this album to
“I was always involved with music,” the fair-haired Southern
Illinois native reports. Her parents are both musical: her mom
taught music and piano in the public school system for 30 years, and
her dad studied music in college before deciding on a career in
engineering. “I like to think I use both sides of the brain,” she
says, “mathematics and science from my dad and music and art from my
Jaimee’s love of music was instigated by her parents and then
cultivated equally in both the church and school. At the age of five
she began studying classical piano for almost ten years, and from
the third grade on she also played the French horn in school bands
(both the marching and the stationar y variety). For all these
years, she also sang in both school and church choirs. Jaimee was
also attracted almost equally to two kinds of music that are not as
different as some people imagine: gospel and jazz. Both have a
tradition of individual interpretation and embellishment, not to
mention a strong rhythmic drive, which appealed to Jaimee at an
In the eighth grade, Jaimee, who has lived with Type 1 Diabetes
since she was seven years old, was given a solo with her church
choir. In order to distinguish her performance from what the other
kids were doing, she decided to change a few notes, in a way that
was inspired by the soul singers she heard on the radio. Her solo,
innocent as it was, literally shocked some of the more conservative
church ladies. “It was a more hand-clappin’, knee-slapping, visceral
performance style than they were used to,” she says. It was the
first and last time she sang solo on a Sunday morning ser vice;
however, she was permitted to follow her own star and sing the way
she liked in the Sunday evening rituals.
Jaimee was also learning jazz standards and show tunes. “When I
played in the school bands, the music I always liked best were the
swing-based numbers,” she says, and she also played “Adelaide,” the
female lead in her high school production of Frank Loesser’s Guys
And Dolls. Ironically, although she was primarily singing, all of
her music training was in theory, French horn, and piano – she never
took formal voice lessons. By high school, she was teaching music as
well; when her mother had more private students than she could
handle, the teenage Jaimee began giving lessons. She attended
Belmont University in Nashville. “I didn’t need a degree to prove
that I could sing,” she says, “plus, I really loved the business
side of music, so I decided to get my degree in that.” In addition
to majoring in music business, she continued to pursue both gospel
and jazz, participating in Belmont’s Gospel Showcase. She also
interned for many music business companies in Nashville, including
Sony Music (where she worked with the marketing team that helped
“break” The Dixie Chicks). Jaimee also sang backup for a band led by
Benjy Gaither, whose father, Bill Gaither, would later play a major
role in her career. Jaimee was given an opportunity to audition for
Bill Gaither at the age of 19, but she declined, feeling that she
wasn’t yet ready. “I told him, ‘It’s not my time yet, but someday
you’ll hear me.’”
After graduating Belmont in 1999, Jaimee worked part-time for two
venerable music business institutions, BMI and CCM Magazine, while
steadily working as a backup singer on recording sessions. At one
point, her college music professor arranged for her to have an inter
view with a famous Nashville gospel label. When she called to talk
to her contact at the company, he asked point blank if she was
black. Stunned, Jaimee had to admit that she wasn’t. The voice then
told her, “Well, if you’re not black, then stay out of our industr
y. There’s no way we could ever sell a white girl to our audience.”
(The employee who delivered this pronouncement was fired a short
time later.) Jaimee was shocked, but she decided it was God’s way of
encouraging her to follow her other major passion, jazz and the
Great American Songbook.
In addition to her ongoing jazz gig, which began at Ellendale’s
restaurant in 2004, she was working more and more as a session
singer on countr y and pop dates, eventually reaching the point
where she devoted herself full-time to her music. That same year,
she met and fell in love with Leif Shires, a Nashville-based
first-call session trumpet player. They were married in 2007, and
continue to work together as often as they can, usually at
Ellendale’s. Jaimee also self-produced her own album, Angel Like
You, that intermingled jazz standards with three original songs,
including the title track. She has performed with such luminaries as
Lyle Lovett and Wynonna Judd, and, as mentioned above, she was
touring with Wynonna in Alaska when Bill Gaither called and
instructed her to present herself to Green Hill Productions.
This past summer has been a whirlwind of activity for Jaimee. In
short order, just as the Judd entourage was returning home to
Nashville, she met with Greg Howard of Green Hill. By the next
weekend, Greg came to catch her at Ellendale’s, and he wound up
signing both her and her husband to their own individual contracts.
Their albums were produced in near-record time – amazingly quickly
for such high-quality productions – and January 27 is the official
release date for both. In 2006 Jaimee signed a songwriter deal with
Warner/Chappell Music, publishing home of many of the Standards on
her album. “I can’t wait to see what God has in store for Leif and
me. For He has given us a future and a hope; a hope that something
will eventually pan out in this silly music industry, if it’s in His
will, of course. After all, God is the ultimate creator of great
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