“Jarez”, Jarel Posey, born in Inglewood California on April 21, 1979. At age twelve he found his life’s passion and purpose, music.
Jarel’s first year in Junior High School, he was placed into Concert Band class. When it was time to tryout instruments he was drawn to the saxophone, the teacher was very impressed and raved about how naturally talented he was. In a few short months he would be come the only first year band member to be put into the Advanced Band, he accelerated to the top. By the end of his first year in Junior High School he had played in numerous concerts throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. His passion for music transpired into an intense love of Jazz. The summer of 1994 Jarel created a band with two friends called Crescendo, by now Jarel was heavily influenced by Jazz. His role model was his father, James Posey, who was and still is a successful and accomplished keyboardist. It was his father that inspired Jarel to become the musician that he has aspired to become. Besides Jarel’s father, some of his other influences are Kenny Garret, Dave Koz, David Sanborn, Grover Washington Junior, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Gerald Albright. By the time he left Junior High School he had played in over 45 concerts while being thought of as a remarkable musician. When Jarel reached High School he was involved in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and his own band, Crescendo. Jarel played a ballad called Georgia On My Mind which was the highlight of the 1997 Del Amo Jazz Festival. At the age of 16 Jarel and Crescendo got their first break at Choice's Restaurant where they serenaded the audience with Smooth Contemporary Jazz. From that performance they were requested to play at restaurants and nightclubs throughout Los Angeles, they were perceived as a hot young act to see. By the time Jarel graduated from High School he had played in over 120 events, featured in the school newspaper, received three outstanding awards, and two scholarships. Jarel later named JAREZ got his name from an award he received in which his name had been spelled wrong.