Gritz & Jelly Butter featuring The Jimmy King Experience 2/26/20Wednesday, February 26 2020 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
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Gritz & Jelly Butter featuring The Jimmy King Experience 2/26/20
James attributes his involvement in music to his mother and older brother. When James reached middle school, he started music lessons offered by his school. Wanting to follow his brother, he picked up the trumpet and has since gained his own musical spirit.
Born in West Orange, New Jersey, James and his family moved to Stamford, Connecticut, and there he began performing with various ensembles in and out of school. He continued to excel in music and received the Musicianship and First Chair Awards consecutively in middle school and was selected to perform in the all-western Connecticut concert band.
James discovered his true love for the trumpet after taking a two year absence to play high school football and the drums. When he returned to the trumpet, he was introduced to jazz by his music director. “Jazz was the only genre in which I heard a commanding voice for the trumpet. In jazz music, you’re not boxed in and you are free to make your own interpretations,” James said. He began performing with the jazz ensemble in school that competed regularly at the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival. While a member, the ensemble placed 2 nd at the Norwalk Jazz Festival and performed at various events across the state. James’s presence in the jazz, symphonic orchestra and concert bands contributed to the one gold and two silver awards in the Heritage Festival, making it evident that he possessed a special gift.
James’ mother, a classically trained singer, recognized his musical ability, but was hesitant about her son pursuing music professionally. “She feared the possibility of me being a struggling musician, but I know that through God, all things are possible. What makes me happy is playing my trumpet,” he said. He received a B.A. in Music/Trumpet Performance from Morehouse College in 2006, where he performed in the Marching, Concert and Jazz ensembles. While there, he received a performance scholarship and was initiated into Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. He now attends Georgia State University where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies.
James has recorded and performed with many well known artist such as Mary J. Blige, John Legend, David Banner, Janelle Monae, Pj Morton, Algebra, and Monica. Residing in Atlanta, GA, James continues to teach, perform and record as well as finish his Master’s of Jazz Studies degree.
Gritz & Jelly Butter
Just one listen to the new and explosive Atlanta-based band, Gritz & Jelly Butter and you too will become a believer in 'the Revolution'. The musical revolution, that is. The trio of musicians and vocalists was formed by what they refer to as the 'natural mystic’ and is committed to sending a message of personal freedom through their unique style of music and creative expression.
Best consumed live, a standard serving of Gritz & Jelly Butter includes a mix of Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, and Classic Rock vibes delivered with a distinct & unique flair that is undeniable. At one moment, a sultry, well-formed ballad, delivered with gentle precision by the soulful crooner j.winston. Moments later your mood is suddenly interrupted by a raw and captivating jam session joint. Yep!
Be assured that the rhythmic combination of Live Keyboard, Drums, and proper thumpage pulsating on Bass will awaken your senses and delight your ears. Cover songs old and new gain new identities…while the band's impressive list of originals paves the way for a new brand of soul/funk music.
Listen to the tracks in the background as you do your You thing. You’ll find that you won't need to work too hard to feel or understand their message. In fact, if you're patient...the music will find you.
So go ahead why don’t ya? Go get you a lil some. Get you a big ‘ol bowl of that….Gritz & Jelly Butter!