I returned to my birthplace and decided to pursue a professional music career. Most of my family on both sides sing and/or play an instrument. My maternal Great-Grandfather, Walter Bowie, organized the Bartonsville Coronet Band back in the early 1900's and he encouraged his brothers to join the band including W. Lester Bowie, father to trumpeter Lester Bowie (Art Ensemble of Chicago), Joseph Bowie (Defunkt), Composer and Multi-Reed Player, Byron Bowie and Guitarist Jonathan Townes (Live Art). And that's just to name of few. On the paternal side of the family most of the women sing and play for the church and several of the men are professional musicians, including Scott Ambush (Spyro Gyra) and Pianist Allen Ambush. I was exposed to all types of music but most of the professional musicians in the family perform some form of Jazz and Gospel. I was raised in York, Pennsylvania but spent my summers in Frederick and the seed was planted to share life through the love of this art.
My first full CD, REVERENCE, is due for release during Christmas 2010. I have two original composition, All I Want is a gospel and inspirational tune and the jazz tune Reverence is dedicated to those who have inspired me over the years.
Keep Jazz aLIVE!
See Dave Nathan's All About Jazz review.
Iva has a unique sense of phrasing.
Bro. Yusef Lateef Legendary reed player, composer, teacher
Billie Holiday and Mabel Mercer are smiling down from heaven at you...
Charles Ellison, Trumpeter International teacher and artist
I'm passing you the baton to carry on my work....
Ernie Andrews, jazz vocalist
YEH! he said and bowed as acknowledged and accompanied me through two songs.