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"Jessy J reflects glamour & feminine strength"
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BIOGRAPHY

JESSY J

CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS VOL. 2

In 2016, top contemporary jazz and Latin saxophonist Jessy J released
her first ever holiday collection-- California Christmas. In 2022, due to
popular demand and her love for everything about the holidays,
especially the classic songs of the season, Jessy has recorded her
second album of holiday favorites - with a twist – California Christmas
Volume 2.


For California Christmas Volume 2, Jessy, who serves again as
executive producer for the Changi Records release enlisted some
longtime collaborators (Paul Brown, Jeff Lorber and Euge Groove) and
some exciting new additions. Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy) adds his
guitar chops to “Angels We Have Heard On High” and Jason Goldman
(best known for his work with Michael Bublé) provides two of the
arrangements with “Jolly Old St. Nicolas” and “Up on the Housetop.”
Long time band members joining in the holiday cheer are: Jay Rowe on
piano, Dave Anderson on bass, Trevor Somerville on drums, Andy Abel
on guitar and Richie Gajate Garcia on percussion. Other members
include Norman Jackson on keyboards, Frank Abraham on bass, Iajhi
Hampden on drums, Kayta Matsuno and Ash Jenga on guitars. Guest
vocalists include Mississippi soul singer Maurice Smith and the smooth
vocals of Brandon Wattz.
 

With her sizzling mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms and
sensuous, captivating melodies, Mexican American saxophonist and
singer Jessy J has had everyone swaying under the Tequila Moon,
contemplating the joys of True Love and Hot Sauce, and embracing the
possibilities of Second Chances and finding My One and Only One since
she broke onto the contemporary jazz scene in 2008. With her most
recent recording Blue, she tapped into her longtime love for the vibrant
soul and blues energies of the 60s and 70’s.


Saxophonist Jessy J® was born in Portland, Oregon, raised in Hemet,
California and is of Mexican-American descent. She began playing
piano at the age four and at 15 won the Piano State Championship.
Béla Bartók Festival. Earning a scholarship to University of Southern
California, she obtained a degree in jazz studies and was named the
“Most Outstanding Jazz Student” in her class. After graduating from
USC, she worked in the studio with Michael Bublé and in 2010 was
inducted into Disney’s Magic Music Days Hall of Fame. Jessy has toured
with The Temptations, Jessica Simpson, Michael Bolton, and Seal. She
has performed or recorded with Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Chance the
Rapper, Robin Thicke, Anita Baker, Andra Day, Maxwell, Joe Sample,
Harvey Mason and Ray Parker Jr among others. Known for her
trademark Latin tinged powerful horn playing she has garnered 12 top
singles and 6 chart topping albums.


To quote Jessy from her first California Christmas album release: “For
me, California Christmas (now Volume 2) is a special album for many
reasons. It gives listeners the feeling of being in a warmer, sunnier
climate during the holiday season. But most importantly, as an artist I
get to share the holidays musically with all my fans. Christmas is my
favorite time of year and I am so grateful for all of my blessings. Feliz
Navidad!”

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