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Sunday, January 12th, 2014 7:55 PM

All Music Guide

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All Music Guide
by Matt Collar
 
"One couldn't hope for a better showcase for Jessy J's talent and Second Chances makes a great first impression."
 
"it's no wonder that J is a rising star on the international music scene appealing to both smooth jazz and Latin audiences."
 
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Saturday, January 11th, 2014 1:39 PM

The SAX Magazine (Japan)

 
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“The Hot New Heroine of Contemporary Jazz”
~The Sax Magazine
 
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Friday, December 6th, 2013 2:32 AM

Examiner.com

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Jessy J Second Chances
By Oscar Brooks
Sept 7, 2013
 
 
She has said that she likes to play music that people will recognize and connect to and be familiar with. She also wants to play music that is original and inspires people to create new memories. She has definitely done that on this project. I know I enjoyed what I head on Second Chances and I know that others will too."
 
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Friday, December 6th, 2013 2:15 AM

First Review

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by Hans - Bernard
 
"Entertaining from beginning to end Jessy unveiled her manifold qualities as a musician, composer, arranger and producer. Respect!"
 
» read more
 

Friday, December 6th, 2013 2:14 AM

Smooth Jazz Therapy

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Smooth Jazz Therapy
AUGUST 29, 2013
Jessy J Takes Her Chances


"Superb"
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, December 6th, 2013 2:13 AM

JazzCorner News

JESSY J Inspires With SECOND CHANCES, Her Debut Album For Shanachie Entertainment, Releasing September 10, 2013
(Published: September 09, 2013)


"Second Chances represents a new direction for Jessy as she purposely set out to meld her love for jazz and Latin rhythms with R&B grooves. The album title, Second Chances, developed out of the theme that it's never too late to try again and "getting a second chance to do something that you messed up on the first time."
 
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Friday, December 6th, 2013 2:10 AM

Jazzy Superstar

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Albuquerque Journal
By Adrian Gomez / Asst. Arts Editor, Reel NM | Fri, Aug 30, 2013
 
"I feel like music helped me become the person I wanted to become. Music was my voice and children should have the opportunity to release stress through music.”
 
>>Read More
 
 

Saturday, October 12th, 2013 8:11 PM

Jazz Monthly

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 8:06 PM

Smooth Jazz Magazine

Smooth Jazz Mag
Sept 10, 2013
 
Dana Arentzen
 
"you feel the music swirling around you and taking you for a relaxing ride"
 
"musical mastery"
 
"This album truly is amazing. It’s Jessy’s starting over time. A time to rethink and rebuild. To learn from the past and yet let go. A chance to find herself within her music and present us as the listener with the end result."
 
 
http://www.smoothjazzmag.com/information.php?information_id=444
Friday, April 13th, 2012 12:18 PM

Latina Magazine

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by Grace Bastidas
November 2011
 
"If you like Esperanza Spaulding, you'll love Jessy J"
 
"Jessy combines samba, bossa nova, and cumbia with floating melodies and delicious grooves." 


 » read more
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, March 16th, 2012 3:28 PM
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"Gotta Buy It!"
 
"Feeds Your Soul & Fills You with Goodness"
 
"Jessy J reflects glamour & feminine strength"
 
"Fusing Jazz & Latin Rhythms"
 
 
 


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Friday, March 16th, 2012 2:50 PM

Voice of America: Jessy J, Blends Jazz, Latin, Samba & Immigration Politics

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 Jessy J, Blends Jazz, Latin, Samba & Immigration Politics
 by Diaa Bekheet
Voice of America
Sept 28, 2011
Washington D.C. 
 
"The rising star, whose songs zip up the smooth-jazz charts, also promoted her new album Hot Sauce. The CD features a rich, sizzling mix of jazz, hot beats, Latin and samba tunes – among them: “Till You Make Up Your Mind”, “Rio Grande”, “Remember The Night”, and Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood”. Eight of the album’s 10 songs are original compositions."


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Sunday, November 6th, 2011 4:56 PM
Puerto Rico l Jessy J
El Nuevo Dia
August 11, 2011
Maria Cristina Moreno Villarreal
Puerto Rico
 
“Soy Una Mujer Picante!”
 
“My music has a message that you can do all the things that you dream of.. dreams can become a reality”
 
“Tambien tiene un mensaje de que puedes hacer todo lo que propognas…Los Suenos se hacen realidad”
» read more
 

Sunday, November 6th, 2011 10:32 AM
Las Noticias l Jessy J
Las Noticias
August 30, 2011
Antonio Flores- Lobos
Kingston, New York
 
Making reference to her hispanic roots, Jessy incorporates a Ballad on “Hot Sauce” called “Rio Grande”, and alludes to the river that naturally creates the frontier between Mexico and the United States of America.” “Haciendo alucion a sus raices hispanas, y/o texanas, jesst incorpora en “Hot Sauce” la balda “Rio Grande”, en alucion al rio que hace la frontera natural entre Mexico y Estados Unidos”
» read more
 

Sunday, November 6th, 2011 10:00 AM
La Movida l Jessy J
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Olivia Ruiz
August 17, 2011
 
Latina Jazz musician brings us "Hot Sauce"
 
"I love to be involved with Latino culture because it's my roots. The music is filled with passion and emotion and I feel that in the same way I try to capture that when I write my own music as well"
» read more
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 7:55 AM

Voice of America l Washington

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Jazz and Classical
August 15, 2011
New Jazz Releases Include Jessy J
Doug Levine | Washington
Jazz is in the air!
 
Three of today’s leading ladies of contemporary jazz have new releases. Saxophonist Jessy J has been a bright light on the smooth jazz scene since releasing her debut album three years ago. Her latest effort, Hot Sauce, taps into her Latin influences on such tracks as “Meant To Be.” It also includes Will Young’s pop hit “Leave Right Now,” Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood,” and eight originals. According to Jessy, who was born Jessica Spinella in Portland, Oregon, the “J” in Jessy J stands for Jazz. read more

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 7:51 AM

Smooth and Soul

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Hans-Bernd Hulsmann
Smooth and Soul
August 6, 2011
 
"With Hot Sauce Jessy J exhibits new musical elements in her performance like Latin music and soulful jazz appealing with her sensual diversity beyond the genre" read more

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 7:41 AM

Midwest Record l Illinois

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JESSY J l Hot Sauce 
Chris Spector
Midwest Record
July 23, 2011
 
"She’s proven herself mightily in the past but this outing ups her own game." Not to be confused with the vocalist of the same name, especially since this JJ was there first, the saxy lady really turns it up on this new release going for the fusion/smooth jazz parlay and bringing in the full compliment of hitters of the past who wrote the book and are still annotating the revisions.  Loaded with the kind of zip that moves smooth jazz out of merely pretty music and into the realm of something you want to be sure to take home, this set is right in the pocket and provides the groove that’s at home in the car, at work, working out, or, simply at home.  By all means, add this caliente to your musical stew ASAP.  She’s proven herself mightily in the past but this outing ups her own game.
 

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 7:27 AM

Smooth Jazz Therapy

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Denis Poole
Smooth Jazz Therapy
August 26, 2011
 
‘‘Rainbow Gold’ features Jessy on sax and vocals plus a Sample induced piano intensity that is out of this world. Later, when this stellar collective return for ‘Last Night’ they deliver a jazzy, soul drenched marathon that extends to fully eight minutes and seven seconds." read more

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 7:09 AM

Smooth Jazz Ride

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Ronald Jackson
Smooth Jazz Ride
August 27, 2011
 
"Hot Sauce. Could any music project be more appropriately named?  Young, beautiful, personable, and mega-talented saxophonist Jessy J is not only running true to form on her latest release, but she’s gone to another plateau with this one. While Tequila Moon, her tantalizing debut, and her sweet True Love follow-up were both more than enough to establish her as a comely force in this male-dominated genre, the lady has knocked it clean out of the park with this offering, her best to date." read more

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 7:04 AM

O's Place Jazz Magazine

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D. Oscar  Groomes
O's Place Jazz Magazine
August 2011
 
We welcomed smooth saxophonist Jessy J to the jazz scene with her strong sophomore release True Love. She's back with her third album Hot Sauce, a collection of soulful, smooth and Latin tunes. Jessy adds vocals to her sax attack for the light bossa nova of "We Kissed" written Stan Getz in mind. Saunders Sermons breathes warm vocals into Ellington's classic "In A Sentimental Mood". Jessy shows the influence by Grover Washington on "Remember the Night" with guest artist and co-producer Paul Brown (g). We get a little more salsa on "Rainbow Gold" featuring Joe Sample (keys) and Harvey Mason (d). The varied approach and contagious beats kept us engaged all the way through.


http://www.OsPlaceJazz.com

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 1:25 PM

Jazzy Superstar

Albuquerque Journal
By Adrian Gomez / Asst. Arts Editor, Reel NM | Fri, Aug 30, 2013
 
"I feel like music helped me become the person I wanted to become. Music was my voice and children should have the opportunity to release stress through music.”
 
>>Read More
Monday, April 4th, 2011 1:01 PM

Hector Saldańa:: Jessy J has Texas roots

Comparing Jessy J to most jazz saxophonists is a little like that scene in "Jaws" when Mayor Vaughn is explaining things to Sheriff Brody.


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Monday, April 4th, 2011 1:00 PM

Spring Jazz at the Falls presents Jessy J

Jessy J, just 31, has been playing the sax for more than 20 years. Always musical, she started playing the saxophone in band in middle school.

Even before she knew how verstaile the saxaphone was, Jessy couldn't put it down. While everyone else was out playing, J would practice - because she wanted to.


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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 12:21 AM

Jessy J headlines Tioga JazzFest

For saxophonist Jessy J, whose blend of Latin influences and contemporary jazz have infused smooth jazz radio like a proverbial whiff of fresh air, it all boils down to one single point: To connect.


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Monday, December 13th, 2010 11:56 PM

Sax Sensation JESSY J Wins ASCAPLUS Award, Signs with New Management & Returns to Studio for Third Album with Grammy Hitmaker Paul Brown

When singer/composer/saxophonist Jessy J sets her sights on a career goal, she follows through with laser-like precision. Two years and two albums after her auspicious debut on Peak Records/Concord Music Group, Jessy J has been selected by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for the prestigious ASCAPLUS writing award, announced new management and is returning to the studio with Grammy Hitmaker Paul Brown.
 
>>Read more



Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 7:35 PM
Montecito JournalSax Appeal
Jeanne Boyer
Inland Empire
Sept 2010
 
On True Love "The Music follows the rhythm of the city (Rio de Janero), the samba- it's sexy, dancing, rhythm, and the chords of jazz are so lush." 
 
>>Read Article
 

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 7:27 PM
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A Night of Smooth Jazz
Janet Shelton
St. Petersburg Times
Oct 13, 2010
 
 
 
 "Jessy J is a great sax player who can steal a show moments after walking on stage." 
» read article
 
 
 

Sunday, August 8th, 2010 8:03 PM
Montecito JournalJazz at the G
Erin Graffy de Garcia
Montecito Journal
Vol 16, Issue 28
July 2010
 
"Jessy J oozes Jazz. She looks stunning, she moves sexy, she sings smooth and she can really handsomely honk her horn; what's not to like?"
 
>>Read Article



Thursday, June 10th, 2010 7:20 PM
Latina Style Cover
Latinas in the Jazz World
Mark Holston
Latina Style Magazine
Vol. 16, No. 1 2010

"She’s Latina, and plays the sax and sings and dances, and has that particular passion and rhythm.’ It’s very rewarding to be the kind of artist that reflects what I really am: I am a Latina, and I’m very proud of my parents and where they came from and how hard they worked to provide opportunities for my sister and me.”  » read article
 

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 10:12 PM
ContempoJazziz
Jonathan Widran
Jazziz Magazine
Winter 2009
The Best of 2009 “Critics Choices and Other Voices”
 
“the Mexican-American saxophonist and Vocalist spins some multi-cultural magic on her latest release True Love
 
>> read article
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, May 15th, 2010 10:16 PM
The ArtsArizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star
Chuck Graham
May 28, 2010
 
“Jazz is always changing to whatever is in fashion…When I’m writing a song I’m thinking, ‘How will this sound 10 years from now?’” 
 
>> read article
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, May 1st, 2010 10:15 PM
On DiscJazziz
Jazziz Magazine
Spring 2010
Today’s Leading Ladies and the Stories Behind Their Music
 
Jessy J, “evokes the sun kissed shores of Bahia.” True Love, “further conjures moonlit fantasies of a romantic rendezvous set against a tropical backdrop”
 
>> read article
 
 
 
 

Thursday, April 1st, 2010 10:16 PM
Datebook
Scott Barker
Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
May 2010
Tucson Lifestyle
 
“her signature style-effortlessly smooth, sassy, Latin-flavored, virtuoso –is very much in evidence on tunes like “Tropical Rain”, “Forever”, and “Somewhere in a Dream”
 
“anyone that has seen her high- energy live performances knows that the young super star is always ready to go. From the downbeat, she is engaging..”
 
>> read article
 
 
 
 

jazzizJessy J –
by Thomas Erdmann, Saxophone Journal Magazine
Jan/Feb, 2010.


"Few musicians, no matter the musical genre, have made as powerful of an immediate impact as this talented multi-instrumentalist and composer."

And what do the critics think of her abilities? David Gibson, Editor of Saxophone Journal, who is notoriously stingy when it comes to certifying saxophonists as talented, recently wrote, “Jessy J is truly a gifted and talented artist. You’ll notice I didn’t say musician. Musicians are more numerous than artists… Art ists are human beings who demonstrate exceptional gifts and skills at what they do… Jessy does it all.” It’s just not possible to earn any higher accolade. >> read article


jazzizRising star Jessy J –
featured on the cover
of Jazziz Magazine
World Music Issue
May, 2008.

How High the Moon
Jonathan Widran

"Aside from bringing her luminous smile, sultry tenor -
and soprano-sax playing, and sensual singing to the mix,
Jessy is single-handedly expanding the demographic
boundaries of smooth jazz in two directions."

>> read article



People Mag



JAZZ REVOLUCIONADO

PEOPLE Magazine en Español
EdiciĂłn Especial

Los 50 Más Bellos

"Jessy J tenía 4 años cuando se subió a un escenario por primera vez e immediatamente el pánico se aponderó de ella."

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Music ConnectionJessy J - How She's Taking
Latin SAX Appeal to the Masses

Music Connection Magazine
by Jonathan Widran

April 2008

"When I first told people I wanted to make solo albums, some said I was crazy, because 'women can't play jazz.' "


>> read review




Year End charts 2008
Billboard: Year in Music and Touring

Dec. 20, 2008

"Tequila Moon" is the number one song of the YEAR!

>> PDF chart




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Tequila Moon - No. 1 — 2008: The Year in Music

Radio & Records — Smooth Jazz
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Billboard Magazine
August 22, 2009
True Love debuted at an impressive No. 3
on the Contemporary Jazz charts!  
 >> PDF


Currents
By Brian Soergel, Jazztimes
October 2009

"sweet... breezy... brings a bright twist to the classics"
"excellent saxophonist"

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Upfront - Celeb Profile
by Scott Barker, Tucson Lifestyle
Feb 2009

"...Wind-Playing Phenom Jessy J"

"Music has been a big part of my life since I was four...I started working as a musician in my teens, and then hit the road in my early 20's and I've never stopped. I enjoy what I do...I really love it."   >> more


Growing Up with Disney Magic Music Days
By Catherine Applefold Olson, Disney on Stage Magazine
Fall 2009

Jessy J credits Disney's Magic Music Days for elevating her dream:

"I saw entertainment on a larger scale. It rocked my world to think of entertainment as more than just playing music."  >> more


 

No. 1, Billboard Magazine
October 17, 2009
"Tropical Rain goes to No. 1" 
  >> more


 
Billboard Magazine
August 15, 2009
"Tropical Rain is the greatest Gainer"
The week before TRUE LOVE is released
"Tropical Rain" raced it's way up the charts!!
   >> more


Super Saxy
Jessy, sexy sax per Michael Bolton
La Sicilia

"Preferisco farmi ascoltare alla radio, cosi' sono apprezzata per come suono, non per come sono"

>> read article


Jessy J Wows Jazz Fans with 'True Love'
Doug Levine, Voice of America, Washington
02 December 2009

"Although the jazz world is calling Jessy J its latest arrival, the young tenor saxophonist and singer is anything but a newcomer."

>> read article


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By Jim Beal Jr.
San Antonio Express News

photo by Lori Stoll

"The flute´s loss was the saxophone´s gain."

>> read article



Smooth Jazz Therapy
The very best from the world of smooth jazz and classic soul.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

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"´True Love´ is already well on the way to emulating the success of ´Tequila Moon´."

"It opens with the handsome smooth jazz vibes of ´Tropical Rain´ that has already captured top spot on the Groove Jazz chart of most played on contemporary jazz radio. This recognition is a mark of the buzz that surrounds most everything that Jessy J now does"

"she evokes the cool essence of Astrud Gilberto"

>> read article


First Review
True Love l Jessy J

by Woodrow Wilkins, July 2009

"Her sax performance is sensationally enticing"
"Jessy's Blues shows the more edgy contemporary site of Jessy J"
"Very authentic and emotional"
"Jessy reveals her fresh and unspent vocals in combination with her sax skills"

>> read article


True Love
By Jeff Winbush, All About Jazz
Jessy J | Peak Records
September 09, 2009

""...expressive innovator busy setting trends instead of following them.""

>> read article


B - Jessy J_Photo By Lori Stoll_www.loristollstudio.com_8x10VENTURA COUNTY RECORD
Making a case for smooth jazz

By Erik Hayden
08/27/2009

"The emerging saxophonist/singer has struck a tenuous balance with both traditional and contemporary jazz. She professes love for both. And with her impressive live performances and vocal prowess, she´s captured a loyal following. "Improvisation is the backbone to jazz," she maintains. "[But] music is music. It doesn´t matter if you´re playing a harmonica or organ, as long as you´re engaging others and making people feel good."

>> read article


Saxophonist and singer Jessy J returns with True Love as a featured performer with Guitars and Saxes
TAMPA BAY newspaper
Sept. 28, 2009

"....brightest jazz stars"
"Jessy captures the cool essence of Astrud Gilberto "

>> read article


poolJESSY'S JOURNEY
By Bill Buckley, Soul and Jazz and Funk:
News (UK)

Take a dip with Jessy J
Tuesday, 13th October 2009

"hottest new artists on the jazz circuit"
"Jazz Breakout Star…"

>> read article


Super Saxy
Smooth-jazz vixen Jessy J is either a sax talent or a product of savvy marketing - or maybe both
Jazztimes, June 2008

"As a female musician I believe it's important to be feminine while allowing the power of my music to be heard."

>> read article


Jessy J
Jonathan Cunningham, Boward Times
May 29, 2008

"The sexiest sax player... ever."

>> read article


JazztimesJessy J – Tequila Moon
Jazztimes
By Brian Soergel
May 2008

“pleasing melodies, sexy-sultry sound, jazz instincts come alive… flawless… This new talent has staying power.”

>> read article


Tequila Moon – Jessy J
Joe Montague, Riveting Riffs
March 2008

"To say that singer, composer and saxophonist Jessy J is a gifted artist, almost seems like an insignificant statement, in light of her exquisite debut album "Tequila Moon." She woos you in Spanish as she coos the words... and she seduces you subtly with soft and tender chords from her tenor sax..."


>> read article

Tequila Moon
John Luciano, Contemporary Jazz

"Wow! What a discovery!... smoky, intense, throaty, complex, and sexy. On top of the blowing, this girl can sing as well! This just might be the best all around contemporary jazz release of the year so far."

>> read article


The Birmingham News
June 2, 2008

"A little rain can't stop the music at Preserve Jazz Festival. Saxophonist Jessy J and trumpeter Joey Sommerville make the music happen..."

>> read article

Jessy J stresses sax appeal
Katherine Timpf, Toledo Free Press

“I had always loved music,” Jessy said. “It was a very big part of my life. [Then] I heard a recording of Cannonball and Sergio Mendez playing with Brazil 66 — and I knew.”

>> read article

Jessy J – Tequila Moon
On Disc

“memorable vocal performances…”


JazzizJazziz
April 2008
By Michael Koretzky

>> read article

 

 


KSBR's Birthday Bash
Carol Archer
Radio & Records
6/13/08

"Copious jazz chops....like Charlie Parker"

>> read article


What's so Special about specialty Shows?
Carol Archer
Radio & Records
6/6/08

"Jessy met Jazz icon George Benson backstage...on tour promoting her debut
CD, "Tequila Moon"

>> read article


Timing is Everything for Celine Dion, Jessy J And Joe Nichols,
All Embracing A New Wave in Their Careers


rnr“A Diva, Tequila
and a Fresh Start”


Sound Decisions
Radio & Records
By Carol Archer
February 8, 2008

>> read article


 


Fresh voices, new influences enrich musical gene pool
Next Generation of Rising Stars


rnrRadio & Records
Janurary 25, 2008
Carol Archer
Smooth Jazz


“Jessy J is on the fast track to success
with Peak Records release of her
recording debut, Tequila Moon,
produced by Paul Brown."

>> read article


rnrBig Shots
Sax And The Single Girl

Radio & Records
February 29, 2008
Alexandra Cahill


“rising saxophonist Jessy J”

>> read article



Music ConnectionJessy J - How She's Taking
Latin SAX Appeal to the Masses

Music Connection Magazine
by Jonathan Widran

April 2008

"When I first told people I wanted to make solo albums, some said I was crazy, because 'women can't play jazz.' "


>> read review



TEQUILA MOON – Jessy J
Sounds of Timeless Jazz
by Paula Edelstein

March 4, 2008


"Jessy´s cool tones, her hot saxophone licks and her lovely laid-back vocals and overall sensuality, TEQUILA MOON is one heck of a debut. I'm lovin' it!"

>> read review
Tequila Moon
SmoothJazz.com
by Scott O'Brian


"The Jessy J sound is what will end up getting you. She soulfully caresses a supremely beautiful tone and feeling out of her instrument, whether it´s her tenor, soprano, flute or voice"

>> read review


Tequila Moon - Jessy J
All Music Guide
Review by William Ruhlmann


"...shows off an individual voice and a gift for melodic improvisation..."

>> read review


Music Review: Jessy J- Tequila Moon
BC Music
by BG
March 4, 2008


"A highly recommended new release, and a performer to watch..."

>> read review
Jessy J
The Urban Music Scene
Terrill J. Hanna


"This CD has a hot, exotic, latin feel to it & also provides us an in depth look into the talents of Ms. J!"

>> read review