The Blue Note Proudly Presents JEREMIAH
In Celebration of His Recording Debut Folktales of a Fatboy
Monday, October 4, 2004, 8pm & 10:30pm
Jeremiah (vocals); David Guidice (piano); Jason DiMatteo (bass); Lamont Taylor (drums); Parker Brown & Shae Fiol (background vocals).
In an industry driven by relentless hype - composer / lyricist / arranger / vocalist - JEREMIAH, needs none. Jeremiah fuses jazz and urban soul in a way that uniquely expresses his cultural identity and transcends categorization. With a five octave range, his nuances are reminiscent of Sarah, Nina and the great voices that have set the precedent. He has garnered the admiration of some of Jazz, R&B and gospel music's most well respected artists such as George Michael, Michael Bolton, Yolanda Adams, Amel Larrieux, Darryl Coley, Chuck Mangione and gospel group Commissioned.
Jeremiah has performed worldwide at festivals, venues and concert halls, including Jordan Hall and the Eastman Theatre, in addition to local shows at great New York venues such as The Blue Note, Joe's Pub, S.O.B.'s and the Village Underground.
Coming out of a musical family in Rochester, New York, Jeremiah's love affair with music started at the age of eleven, upon hearing Anita Baker. By 15, he had written three albums worth of material and was becoming widely known as a soloist and background vocalist. Jeremiah's mother, a pianist, was the accompanist for the late William Warfield, an operatic baritone of international renown. After attending the Rochester High School of the Arts, where he studied classical voice and piano, Jeremiah went on to the Eastman School of Music. He eventually received his Bachelors and Masters of Music on full scholarship from Syracuse University and the New England Conservatory of Music.
A 1997 release on the SUR recording label debuted Jeremiah's talents, earning him praise from Billboard magazine. The multi-genre SUR compilations Mosaic and No Cover Before Nine, included Jeremiah's jazz-infused tracks, eventually leading to his own 2002 live recordings, Beginnings and On Her Wings..., a tribute to Nina Simone, both received by great critical acclaim.
His latest recording, Folktales of a Fatboy (Native Son) is soul / jazz songwriting at it's best, where honesty and sincerity speak to what we all desire. As Jeremiah puts it, to be loved without question or pause." Inspired by his childhood, the songwriting sessions go from up tempo grooves to compelling instrumentation where Jeremiah's ability to text paint is THE rare gem he manages to capture vividly.
Jeremiah makes love music, the kind of music that was sculpted by Miles, crooned by Sarah, embellished by Nina. Each song is touched with jazz and saturated with soul. A complete song cycle of love.