BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY

We provide music development opportunities for under-served youth

Our fund helps send professional musicians & recording engineers into schools to work with students who are eager to learn

about the music business.

This Event is Happening Now and every Tuesday from 7-10 pm Great Music, Great Food, Great People!
Bay Area Jazz Society Mission Statement BAJAZZS is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting the historical contributions Jazz Music has made to American Society. We fulfill our mission by promoting programs and projects which educate the public about this rich musical history and how it has impacted our country in positive ways. We are also committed to presenting a wide range of indigenous music reflecting the variety of music forms here in the Bay Area including, Cool Jazz, Latin Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Zydeco, Blues, R&B and spoken word. It is our goal to work hand in hand with our Schools and Community Colleges to create educational programs that feature teaching workshops and performances by some of our wonderful local artists. In today’s economic climate it is crucial that we help our local artists find steady employment as teachers and performing musicians BAJAZZS is also dedicated to providing music development opportunities or under-served youth. We are currently in a partnership with Oakland Schools and have co-sponsored the purchasing of musical instruments for Frick Middle School students. We also purchased a top tier Mackie 32 channel mixing board to help kick off their planned recording studio. Lastly Bajazzs looks forward to creating a fund to help send professional musicians that are recording engineers into the schools to work with the students, many who are eager to learn about the music business. Our music in the school’s program is designed to enhance self-esteem and character, teach student discipline, promote independent learning skills, e.g., computer skills, studio recording and performing techniques, while developing and meeting student personal goals.

HELPING OUR YOUNG MUSIC STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO PLAY WITH THE PROFESSIONALS

 

 

THE BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS: CHUMP CHANGE RECORDS with support of the BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY (BAJAZZS), (a non-profit organization) and record producer PAUL TILLMAN SMITH recently completed work on a new CD entitled “STEPS”. The CD features former top AMERICAN IDOL vocalist DONNIE WILLIAMS and his sister TERRELL WILLIAMS. Also performing are special guests DENISE STEWART, formerly lead vocalist with Norman Connors, and Robert Flack’s lead male vocalist DERICK HUGHES along with the beautiful & talented TALITA LONG, who is the mother of actress NIA LONG. The STEPS” CD is currently available on line at CD Baby, iTunes and other online sites. The CD also features some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians. Along with PAUL TILLMAN SMITH are co-producer Bassist NELSON BRAXTON, a member of the Braxton Brothers and Michael Bolton’s band, former Mariah Carey’s Musical Director and currently the pianist for the Voice ERIC DANIELS, Lauren Hill’s pianist KEV CHOICE, Tony Toni Tone’s saxophonist VINCENT LARS, American Idol finalist Latoya London along with former Ledisi pianist Sundra Manning, keyboardist Jay Logan, Guitarist’s Carl Lockett, Erroll Cooney, Cedrick Dennis and Charles Spikes plus Bassist Troy Lampkin. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the “STEPS” CD minus thirty percent for publishing and production royalties are earmarked to help musicians and artists in recovery from afflictions of all types. This project also includes a CD Maxi Single entitled “THE POWER” and two wonderful videos, “HIGHER POWER” and “THE TWELVE STEPS”. This new body of work sponsored by BAJAZZS features inspirational and healing songs that should appeal to everyone but especially to those individuals who are in recovery from afflictions of all types and who follow one of the twelve step programs of recovery. Donnie Williams lost his chance to win American Idol when he was kicked off the program because of a DUI. Our mission is to provides a helping hand to lifelong professional musicians who have dedicated their lives to making people happy through music yet who have no retirement or pension for their later years and many need help with housing, food and health care, especially if they are unable to maintain an active work schedule. The song “HIGHER POWER” is called by some the “NATIONAL ANTHEM OF RECOVERY” and recently was named the inspirational song and video of the year by a national contest sponsored by TYLER PERRY / B.E.T, / LION’S GATE FILMS and Pastor MARVIN WINANS. Pastor Winan’s proclaimed that HIGHER POWER “was the winner by far!”. We hope you take the time to watch the “Higher Power” and 12 STEP videos available on our BAJAZS website. To donate to this project or purchase the “STEPS” CD please contact us at www.Bay Area Jazz Society.org, or send your donation to P.O. Box 3578 Berkeley, CA. 94703 USA. Phone us at 510-689- 3332 or 925-952-4585. Email: chumpchange@lmi.net. Or rhythms@comcast.net.
THE GUMBO BAND

 

 

 

 Over the years, with his groups Vitamin E, Bridge, and now Park Place, songwriter, producer, and drummer Paul Tillman Smith has featured some of the most amazing soul singers on the planet. They include Lady Bianca Thornton, Freddie Hughes and his son Derrick, American Idol finalist Latoya London,, Rosie Gaines and the late Bonnie Boyer (of Prince & the Revolution renown). His latest discovery is Donnie Williams.

 

 Smith didn't actually "discover" Williams, but did, in a sense, "rescue" the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-born, Livermore, California-based vocalist. American Idol judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson had given the then-20-year old singer his first national exposure by voting him into the 2004 season's top 32. Williams blew the opportunity, however. The night before he was to return to Hollywood for the next segment, he attended a celebratory party given by friends and was arrested for driving under the influence while on his way home. He was promptly booted from the show and replaced by George Huff.

 

 After achieving sobriety with help from Alcoholics Anonymous and its 12-Step program, Williams was asked by Smith to join Park Place. Just Like Magic, the singer's critically-acclaimed 2007 debut CD with the group, included "Higher Power," a gospel-imbued anti-substance abuse ballad written by Smith. Two years later, Williams entered a homemade video of himself singing the song in the "I Can Do Good Gospel & Blues Video Competition," a national contest held by BET in conjunction with the Tyler Perry motion picture I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Williams won first place.

 

 The singer delves even deeper into the concept of redemption through faith in God and belief in his own ability to resist temptation on this, his second recording with Park Place. "Your higher power will save your soul from the Devil," he wails on the churchy Smith composition "Morning Star."  "Hold your head up high to the sky and let God make a way," Williams advises on his self-penned "I Ran."  Even his stirring rendition of "Someday We'll All Be Free" by Donny Hathaway, who rivals Stevie Wonder as Williams' primary vocal influence, carries a similarly hopeful message. Also included is a reprise of "Higher Power," now     a softer, more jazz-influenced treatment. And, quite appropriately, the disc ends with track 12, "Steps," which contains a recitation of AA's 12 Steps.

 

 Steps offers further testimony to Donnie Williams' prowess as a singer. One of the most deeply soulful and technically accomplished vocalists of our time, he has integrated his natural tenor tones and his high falsetto to create, with seemingly little effort, a breathtaking style all his own. But, perhaps most importantly, Steps stands as proof of how, though belief in a higher power, one can fight against adversity and emerge triumphant.

 

     --LEE HILDEBRAND

 

(Hildebrand is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Post, East Bay Express, and Living Blues.)

 

 

 
Bay Area Jazz Society
BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY
This Event is Happening Now and every Tuesday from 7-10 pm Great Music, Great Food, Great People!
Bay Area Jazz Society Mission Statement BAJAZZS is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting the historical contributions Jazz Music has made to American Society. We fulfill our mission by promoting programs and projects which educate the public about this rich musical history and how it has impacted our country in positive ways. We are also committed to presenting a wide range of indigenous music reflecting the variety of music forms here in the Bay Area including, Cool Jazz, Latin Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Zydeco, Blues, R&B and spoken word. It is our goal to work hand in hand with our Schools and Community Colleges to create educational programs that feature teaching workshops and performances by some of our wonderful local artists. In today’s economic climate it is crucial that we help our local artists find steady employment as teachers and performing musicians BAJAZZS is also dedicated to providing music development opportunities or under-served youth. We are currently in a partnership with Oakland Schools and have co-sponsored the purchasing of musical instruments for Frick Middle School students. We also purchased a top tier Mackie 32 channel mixing board to help kick off their planned recording studio. Lastly Bajazzs looks forward to creating a fund to help send professional musicians that are recording engineers into the schools to work with the students, many who are eager to learn about the music business. Our music in the school’s program is designed to enhance self-esteem and character, teach student discipline, promote independent learning skills, e.g., computer skills, studio recording and performing techniques, while developing and meeting student personal goals.
Jazz in the Schools Program The mission of the Bay Area Jazz Society (BAJAZZS) is to provide music education to students in the Bay Area by offering seminars, workshops and music venues by local musicians for youth while expanding opportunities for local musicians to “give back” to the community. Jazz in the Schools is a program that teaches students about Jazz music’s important connection to the role of shaping a variety of forms of American music. It provides low income students with the opportunity to explore the world through music. (BAJAZZS) members are music instructors, performing artists, song writers, producers, recording engineers, music historians, and world traveled professionals. (BAJAZZS) musicians have a rich history in performing in local venues as well as national and international concerts. (BAJAZZS) hopes to inspire all students but especially at-risk youth with the opportunity to discover the rich music history of Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Hip Hop, Funk, Pop and Classical music and the artists that contributed to this history. There will also be a focus on the contributions of the musical giants whose roots are from the Bay Area. Educational Importance In its early stages Jazz was a commercially successful art form, popular at home and abroad. Currently Jazz’s popularity has diminished much of this due to the lack of educational opportunities for our school aged youth this coupled currently with minimal support for Jazz music from popular media. Jazz is not currently promoted in the mainstream. Though other forms of music have evolved on the popular market after Jazz e.g., Hip Hop and Rap, currently very popular with youth, none of this music requires the rigorous training that comes with mastering an instrument. We need to encourage our youth to pursue and develop the skills to play real musical instruments. We know that exposing young children to Jazz music along with other popular music and teaching them how this music actually developed during the early days of American society, is fascinating to young minds and helps them become more inspired to listen and learn. This also generates a strong desire to learn to play music. Mastering an instrument teaches students critical thinking skills and mental discipline while inspiring them to learn to read musical notes along with adapting instrumental fingering techniques. This also importantly, goes hand in hand with building self-esteem and character while also developing critical computer skills, studio recording and performing techniques along with how to perform with other musicians. Our program also promotes diversity and inclusion. Jazz in the Schools Program Jazz in Schools was initiated by the Bay Area Jazz Society in 1985 and provided jazz education and performances by professional musicians in Elementary and Middle Schools. The purpose of the project was to introduce young students to jazz as a uniquely American art form and to recognize the important contribution made to American culture by African Americans Jazz composers and performers. There exists a dire need for funding for arts in Bay Area Public Schools. This is especially true in the Bay Area where music classes are an underrepresented curriculum. Consequently, exposure to jazz is almost non-existent. Often the private funding for music programs comes from the wealthy neighborhoods those particular students live in. Music funding is not based on the economic disparities that are found to exist in poor neighborhood schools. Those schools that are in poor neighborhoods need special help.
THE BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS: CHUMP CHANGE RECORDS with support of the BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY (BAJAZZS), (a non-profit organization) and record producer PAUL TILLMAN SMITH recently completed work on a new CD entitled “STEPS”. The CD features former top AMERICAN IDOL vocalist DONNIE WILLIAMS and his sister TERRELL WILLIAMS. Also performing are special guests DENISE STEWART, formerly lead vocalist with Norman Connors, and Robert Flack’s lead male vocalist DERICK HUGHES along with the beautiful & talented TALITA LONG, who is the mother of actress NIA LONG. The STEPS” CD is currently available on line at CD Baby, iTunes and other online sites. The CD also features some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians. Along with PAUL TILLMAN SMITH are co-producer Bassist NELSON BRAXTON, a member of the Braxton Brothers and Michael Bolton’s band, former Mariah Carey’s Musical Director and currently the pianist for the Voice ERIC DANIELS, Lauren Hill’s pianist KEV CHOICE, Tony Toni Tone’s saxophonist VINCENT LARS, American Idol finalist Latoya London along with former Ledisi pianist Sundra Manning, keyboardist Jay Logan, Guitarist’s Carl Lockett, Erroll Cooney, Cedrick Dennis and Charles Spikes plus Bassist Troy Lampkin. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the “STEPS” CD minus thirty percent for publishing and production royalties are earmarked to help musicians and artists in recovery from afflictions of all types. This project also includes a CD Maxi Single entitled “THE POWER” and two wonderful videos, “HIGHER POWER” and “THE TWELVE STEPS”. This new body of work sponsored by BAJAZZS features inspirational and healing songs that should appeal to everyone but especially to those individuals who are in recovery from afflictions of all types and who follow one of the twelve step programs of recovery. Donnie Williams lost his chance to win American Idol when he was kicked off the program because of a DUI. Our mission is to provides a helping hand to lifelong professional musicians who have dedicated their lives to making people happy through music yet who have no retirement or pension for their later years and many need help with housing, food and health care, especially if they are unable to maintain an active work schedule. The song “HIGHER POWER” is called by some the “NATIONAL ANTHEM OF RECOVERY” and recently was named the inspirational song and video of the year by a national contest sponsored by TYLER PERRY / B.E.T, / LION’S GATE FILMS and Pastor MARVIN WINANS. Pastor Winan’s proclaimed that HIGHER POWER “was the winner by far!”. We hope you take the time to watch the “Higher Power” and 12 STEP videos available on our BAJAZS website. To donate to this project or purchase the “STEPS” CD please contact us at www.Bay Area Jazz Society.org, or send your donation to P.O. Box 3578 Berkeley, CA. 94703 USA. Phone us at 510-689- 3332 or 925-952-4585. Email: chumpchange@lmi.net. Or rhythms@comcast.net.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paul Tillman Smith Connie Tillman Barbara Taylor Jim Collins Ben Flint Jon Bendich
THE GUMBO BAND
BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY
This Event is Happening Now and every Tuesday from 7-10 pm Great Music, Great Food, Great People! Bay Area Jazz Society Mission Statement BAJAZZS is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting the historical contributions Jazz Music has made to American Society. We fulfill our mission by promoting programs and projects which educate the public about this rich musical history and how it has impacted our country in positive ways. We are also committed to presenting a wide range of indigenous music reflecting the variety of music forms here in the Bay Area including, Cool Jazz, Latin Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Zydeco, Blues, R&B and spoken word. It is our goal to work hand in hand with our Schools and Community Colleges to create educational programs that feature teaching workshops and performances by some of our wonderful local artists. In today’s economic climate it is crucial that we help our local artists find steady employment as teachers and performing musicians BAJAZZS is also dedicated to providing music development opportunities or under-served youth. We are currently in a partnership with Oakland Schools and have co-sponsored the purchasing of musical instruments for Frick Middle School students. We also purchased a top tier Mackie 32 channel mixing board to help kick off their planned recording studio. Lastly Bajazzs looks forward to creating a fund to help send professional musicians that are recording engineers into the schools to work with the students, many who are eager to learn about the music business. Our music in the school’s program is designed to enhance self-esteem and character, teach student discipline, promote independent learning skills, e.g., computer skills, studio recording and performing techniques, while developing and meeting student personal goals.
Jazz in the Schools Program The mission of the Bay Area Jazz Society (BAJAZZS) is to provide music education to students in the Bay Area by offering seminars, workshops and music venues by local musicians for youth while expanding opportunities for local musicians to “give back” to the community. Jazz in the Schools is a program that teaches students about Jazz music’s important connection to the role of shaping a variety of forms of American music. It provides low income students with the opportunity to explore the world through music. (BAJAZZS) members are music instructors, performing artists, song writers, producers, recording engineers, music historians, and world traveled professionals. (BAJAZZS) musicians have a rich history in performing in local venues as well as national and international concerts. (BAJAZZS) hopes to inspire all students but especially at-risk youth with the opportunity to discover the rich music history of Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Hip Hop, Funk, Pop and Classical music and the artists that contributed to this history. There will also be a focus on the contributions of the musical giants whose roots are from the Bay Area. Educational Importance In its early stages Jazz was a commercially successful art form, popular at home and abroad. Currently Jazz’s popularity has diminished much of this due to the lack of educational opportunities for our school aged youth this coupled currently with minimal support for Jazz music from popular media. Jazz is not currently promoted in the mainstream. Though other forms of music have evolved on the popular market after Jazz e.g., Hip Hop and Rap, currently very popular with youth, none of this music requires the rigorous training that comes with mastering an instrument. We need to encourage our youth to pursue and develop the skills to play real musical instruments. We know that exposing young children to Jazz music along with other popular music and teaching them how this music actually developed during the early days of American society, is fascinating to young minds and helps them become more inspired to listen and learn. This also generates a strong desire to learn to play music. Mastering an instrument teaches students critical thinking skills and mental discipline while inspiring them to learn to read musical notes along with adapting instrumental fingering techniques. This also importantly, goes hand in hand with building self-esteem and character while also developing critical computer skills, studio recording and performing techniques along with how to perform with other musicians. Our program also promotes diversity and inclusion. Jazz in the Schools Program Jazz in Schools was initiated by the Bay Area Jazz Society in 1985 and provided jazz education and performances by professional musicians in Elementary and Middle Schools. The purpose of the project was to introduce young students to jazz as a uniquely American art form and to recognize the important contribution made to American culture by African Americans Jazz composers and performers. There exists a dire need for funding for arts in Bay Area Public Schools. This is especially true in the Bay Area where music classes are an underrepresented curriculum. Consequently, exposure to jazz is almost non-existent. Often the private funding for music programs comes from the wealthy neighborhoods those particular students live in. Music funding is not based on the economic disparities that are found to exist in poor neighborhood schools. Those schools that are in poor neighborhoods need special help.
THE BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS: CHUMP CHANGE RECORDS with support of the BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY (BAJAZZS), (a non-profit organization) and record producer PAUL TILLMAN SMITH recently completed work on a new CD entitled “STEPS”. The CD features former top AMERICAN IDOL vocalist DONNIE WILLIAMS and his sister TERRELL WILLIAMS. Also performing are special guests DENISE STEWART, formerly lead vocalist with Norman Connors, and Robert Flack’s lead male vocalist DERICK HUGHES along with the beautiful & talented TALITA LONG, who is the mother of actress NIA LONG. The STEPS” CD is currently available on line at CD Baby, iTunes and other online sites. The CD also features some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians. Along with PAUL TILLMAN SMITH are co-producer Bassist NELSON BRAXTON, a member of the Braxton Brothers and Michael Bolton’s band, former Mariah Carey’s Musical Director and currently the pianist for the Voice ERIC DANIELS, Lauren Hill’s pianist KEV CHOICE, Tony Toni Tone’s saxophonist VINCENT LARS, American Idol finalist Latoya London along with former Ledisi pianist Sundra Manning, keyboardist Jay Logan, Guitarist’s Carl Lockett, Erroll Cooney, Cedrick Dennis and Charles Spikes plus Bassist Troy Lampkin. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the “STEPS” CD minus thirty percent for publishing and production royalties are earmarked to help musicians and artists in recovery from afflictions of all types. This project also includes a CD Maxi Single entitled “THE POWER” and two wonderful videos, “HIGHER POWER” and “THE TWELVE STEPS”. This new body of work sponsored by BAJAZZS features inspirational and healing songs that should appeal to everyone but especially to those individuals who are in recovery from afflictions of all types and who follow one of the twelve step programs of recovery. Donnie Williams lost his chance to win American Idol when he was kicked off the program because of a DUI. Our mission is to provides a helping hand to lifelong professional musicians who have dedicated their lives to making people happy through music yet who have no retirement or pension for their later years and many need help with housing, food and health care, especially if they are unable to maintain an active work schedule. The song “HIGHER POWER” is called by some the “NATIONAL ANTHEM OF RECOVERY” and recently was named the inspirational song and video of the year by a national contest sponsored by TYLER PERRY / B.E.T, / LION’S GATE FILMS and Pastor MARVIN WINANS. Pastor Winan’s proclaimed that HIGHER POWER “was the winner by far!”. We hope you take the time to watch the “Higher Power” and 12 STEP videos available on our BAJAZS website. To donate to this project or purchase the “STEPS” CD please contact us at www.Bay Area Jazz Society.org, or send your donation to P.O. Box 3578 Berkeley, CA. 94703 USA. Phone us at 510-689- 3332 or 925-952-4585. Email: chumpchange@lmi.net. Or rhythms@comcast.net.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paul Tillman Smith Connie Tillman Barbara Taylor Jim Collins Ben Flint Jon Bendich
THE GUMBO BAND
 
Bay Area Jazz Society
 
Bay Area Jazz Society
BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY
This Event is Happening Now and every Tuesday from 7-10 pm Great Music, Great Food, Great People! Bay Area Jazz Society Mission Statement BAJAZZS is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting the historical contributions Jazz Music has made to American Society. We fulfill our mission by promoting programs and projects which educate the public about this rich musical history and how it has impacted our country in positive ways. We are also committed to presenting a wide range of indigenous music reflecting the variety of music forms here in the Bay Area including, Cool Jazz, Latin Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Zydeco, Blues, R&B and spoken word. It is our goal to work hand in hand with our Schools and Community Colleges to create educational programs that feature teaching workshops and performances by some of our wonderful local artists. In today’s economic climate it is crucial that we help our local artists find steady employment as teachers and performing musicians BAJAZZS is also dedicated to providing music development opportunities or under-served youth. We are currently in a partnership with Oakland Schools and have co-sponsored the purchasing of musical instruments for Frick Middle School students. We also purchased a top tier Mackie 32 channel mixing board to help kick off their planned recording studio. Lastly Bajazzs looks forward to creating a fund to help send professional musicians that are recording engineers into the schools to work with the students, many who are eager to learn about the music business. Our music in the school’s program is designed to enhance self-esteem and character, teach student discipline, promote independent learning skills, e.g., computer skills, studio recording and performing techniques, while developing and meeting student personal goals.
Jazz in the Schools Program The mission of the Bay Area Jazz Society (BAJAZZS) is to provide music education to students in the Bay Area by offering seminars, workshops and music venues by local musicians for youth while expanding opportunities for local musicians to “give back” to the community. Jazz in the Schools is a program that teaches students about Jazz music’s important connection to the role of shaping a variety of forms of American music. It provides low income students with the opportunity to explore the world through music. (BAJAZZS) members are music instructors, performing artists, song writers, producers, recording engineers, music historians, and world traveled professionals. (BAJAZZS) musicians have a rich history in performing in local venues as well as national and international concerts. (BAJAZZS) hopes to inspire all students but especially at-risk youth with the opportunity to discover the rich music history of Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Hip Hop, Funk, Pop and Classical music and the artists that contributed to this history. There will also be a focus on the contributions of the musical giants whose roots are from the Bay Area. Educational Importance In its early stages Jazz was a commercially successful art form, popular at home and abroad. Currently Jazz’s popularity has diminished much of this due to the lack of educational opportunities for our school aged youth this coupled currently with minimal support for Jazz music from popular media. Jazz is not currently promoted in the mainstream. Though other forms of music have evolved on the popular market after Jazz e.g., Hip Hop and Rap, currently very popular with youth, none of this music requires the rigorous training that comes with mastering an instrument. We need to encourage our youth to pursue and develop the skills to play real musical instruments. We know that exposing young children to Jazz music along with other popular music and teaching them how this music actually developed during the early days of American society, is fascinating to young minds and helps them become more inspired to listen and learn. This also generates a strong desire to learn to play music. Mastering an instrument teaches students critical thinking skills and mental discipline while inspiring them to learn to read musical notes along with adapting instrumental fingering techniques. This also importantly, goes hand in hand with building self-esteem and character while also developing critical computer skills, studio recording and performing techniques along with how to perform with other musicians. Our program also promotes diversity and inclusion. Jazz in the Schools Program Jazz in Schools was initiated by the Bay Area Jazz Society in 1985 and provided jazz education and performances by professional musicians in Elementary and Middle Schools. The purpose of the project was to introduce young students to jazz as a uniquely American art form and to recognize the important contribution made to American culture by African Americans Jazz composers and performers. There exists a dire need for funding for arts in Bay Area Public Schools. This is especially true in the Bay Area where music classes are an underrepresented curriculum. Consequently, exposure to jazz is almost non-existent. Often the private funding for music programs comes from the wealthy neighborhoods those particular students live in. Music funding is not based on the economic disparities that are found to exist in poor neighborhood schools. Those schools that are in poor neighborhoods need special help.
THE BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTS: CHUMP CHANGE RECORDS with support of the BAY AREA JAZZ SOCIETY (BAJAZZS), (a non-profit organization) and record producer PAUL TILLMAN SMITH recently completed work on a new CD entitled “STEPS”. The CD features former top AMERICAN IDOL vocalist DONNIE WILLIAMS and his sister TERRELL WILLIAMS. Also performing are special guests DENISE STEWART, formerly lead vocalist with Norman Connors, and Robert Flack’s lead male vocalist DERICK HUGHES along with the beautiful & talented TALITA LONG, who is the mother of actress NIA LONG. The STEPS” CD is currently available on line at CD Baby, iTunes and other online sites. The CD also features some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians. Along with PAUL TILLMAN SMITH are co-producer Bassist NELSON BRAXTON, a member of the Braxton Brothers and Michael Bolton’s band, former Mariah Carey’s Musical Director and currently the pianist for the Voice ERIC DANIELS, Lauren Hill’s pianist KEV CHOICE, Tony Toni Tone’s saxophonist VINCENT LARS, American Idol finalist Latoya London along with former Ledisi pianist Sundra Manning, keyboardist Jay Logan, Guitarist’s Carl Lockett, Erroll Cooney, Cedrick Dennis and Charles Spikes plus Bassist Troy Lampkin. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the “STEPS” CD minus thirty percent for publishing and production royalties are earmarked to help musicians and artists in recovery from afflictions of all types. This project also includes a CD Maxi Single entitled “THE POWER” and two wonderful videos, “HIGHER POWER” and “THE TWELVE STEPS”. This new body of work sponsored by BAJAZZS features inspirational and healing songs that should appeal to everyone but especially to those individuals who are in recovery from afflictions of all types and who follow one of the twelve step programs of recovery. Donnie Williams lost his chance to win American Idol when he was kicked off the program because of a DUI. Our mission is to provides a helping hand to lifelong professional musicians who have dedicated their lives to making people happy through music yet who have no retirement or pension for their later years and many need help with housing, food and health care, especially if they are unable to maintain an active work schedule. The song “HIGHER POWER” is called by some the “NATIONAL ANTHEM OF RECOVERY” and recently was named the inspirational song and video of the year by a national contest sponsored by TYLER PERRY / B.E.T, / LION’S GATE FILMS and Pastor MARVIN WINANS. Pastor Winan’s proclaimed that HIGHER POWER “was the winner by far!”. We hope you take the time to watch the “Higher Power” and 12 STEP videos available on our BAJAZS website. To donate to this project or purchase the “STEPS” CD please contact us at www.Bay Area Jazz Society.org, or send your donation to P.O. Box 3578 Berkeley, CA. 94703 USA. Phone us at 510-689- 3332 or 925-952-4585. Email: chumpchange@lmi.net. Or rhythms@comcast.net.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paul Tillman Smith Connie Tillman Barbara Taylor Jim Collins Ben Flint Jon Bendich
THE GUMBO BAND