*“To take it to another level,” said living legend Paul Jackson, Jr. (Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Dru Hill) about his role as guitar player in the three-some band Jazz Funk Soul, which can be heard on their fourth recording project on the Shanachie Entertainment imprint titled “Forecast” and on the project’s first single “Hustle.” “I want a lot more people to hear our music so there’s a desire to see us perform…and continue to build a catalog of great music.”
The Jazz Funk Soul band also consists of Grammy Award-winning pianist Jeff Lorber and Grammy nominated saxophonist Everette Harp. Collectively the musicians have earned 50 #1 Smooth Jazz hits. Jazz Funk Soul was founded by legendary Jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb in 2014 with Jeff and Everette. Paul Jackson, Jr. joined the band in 2017 after the passing of Chuck.
“Paul and Chuck are top-level guitar players,” said Jeff when asked. “I know Paul more. Joining Jazz Funk Soul was the first time with Chuck. Paul, we go way back. We even had a little band…studio sessions, I hired him, and he hired me.”
The “Forecast” album also features Gary Novak (drums), Mononeon (bass), David Mann (sax), and Marcus Miller (bass). The album offers ten tracks, two of which are dedicated to Chuck Loeb and David Sanborn.
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“There are two songs we played live before the album came out, ‘Hustle’ was one of them and the other was ‘forecast.’ So, we felt either one would make a good single,” Harp said when I asked about who picks the current and future singles. “We let the record company pick the singles.”
Paul is also a composer, producer and session/studio musician who have worked in the studio or on stage with Michael Jackson on “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Dangerous” and “HIStory,” Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle and Elton John. As a solo musician, he has recorded eight albums. Jeff Lorber is also a composer and producer who has worked in the studio and on stage with Karyn White, Dave Koz, Eric Benet, and Herb Alpert. He founded and is a member of The Jeff Lorber Fusion band (13 albums released) and as a soloist has released 13 albums. Everette Harp’s “Jazz Funk Soul” album, which garnered him a Grammy Award nomination, was produced by Chuck Loeb and Jeff Lorber. As a musician, he has worked in the studio or on stage with Teena Marie, Anita Baker, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Kenny Loggins, Marcus Miller, Chante Moore, Brenda Russell and Luther Vandross. As a solo musician, he has released nine albums. www.Lorber.com www.EveretteHarp.com www.PaulJacksonJr.com
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