Born: March 17, 1978
Music is something that should make you feel good. It has the power to transform one’s mood from gloomy to feelings of jubilation. Music always has been for me an outlet to express what I couldn’t sometimes say with words. Music has been a means to scream when I couldn’t, to laugh out-loud, and to cry without anyone knowing my pain.
I started out as a youngster playing the trumpet and performing in the school choir. I wasn’t a very good trumpet player and surely not a talented vocalist. Yet, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the thrill of performing. In the final weeks of 8th grade at Washington Polytechnic Academy something happened that almost never happens at a public school, two new instruments arrived. One was an alto saxophone and the other? You guessed it a tenor saxophone. The alto did nothing for me but that tenor? Well, it was almost as big as me•a then 6’0” awkward 13-year-old....
Feel good jazz is what we have here. That kind of laid back sound that wafts through the air on a Sunday morning… like the smell of a good brew of coffee and fresh baked goods, Jared Wilson’s jazz is strongly appealing. Easy, joyful jazz is the focus here on WORRY NO MORE. According to the artist, “Music is something that should make you feel good. It has the power to transform one’s mood from gloomy to feelings of jubilation.” A driven young talent from Pittsburgh, PA, Jared Wilson originally gravitated toward the trumpet before perusing the saxophone. But by the age of 13, he discovered the tenor sax and the rest, as they say, is history. Inspired by the greats: Grover Washington, Jr., Michael Brecker and Bob Mintzer... Jared Wilson & The Vibe have been laying down good feelings for more than a decade. The release of their debut CD WORRY NO MORE guarantees this musical offering will be received way outside of Pittsburgh as our global community of jazz enthusiasts discovers it here on SmoothJazz.com. In addition to the Vibe, the project features legendary organist Gene Ludwig throughout. The compositions range from straight-ahead jazz to funk to R&B. From the relaxing title track to a cool cover of “Cold Duck Time,” to the lovely and soulful ballad Jared wrote for his wife “Gia” with a similar feel to Coltrane’s “Naima,” to the SmoothJazz.com hit “Vibe Vamp,” WORRY NO MORE feels good from start to finish. ~SANDY SHORE - President Smoothjazz.com
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