Jessie Primer III
This month we welcome back Jessie Primer III to Fusion Coffeehouse for another visit on the "Jazz Spot" with host Raphael Semmes and some of the area's finest musicians. As expected, a lot has been going on with Mr. Primer...wait... make that DR. PRIMER (more on that later).
Yes, Jessie has been one active cat. In addition to taking care of a busy list of gigs (most importantly as a husband and dad), JP3 has managed to complete his Doctorate and is now teaching at prestigious Tougaloo College. And as for gigs, he's everywhere playing with everyone from the B.B. King Band to the Cap City Stage Band. He has also recorded CD's as well as been a featured artist on the televised "Battle of the Saxophone" concerts on WJSU television.
It's easy to see why he's so popular. With "smooth jazz" being the rage, Jessie has become one of the Metro's premier purveyors of the genre. And he is a skilled instrumentalist on both tenor and soprano sax. Says Raphael, "Jessie puts the smooth in 'Smooth Jazz,' but at Fusion, he also stretches out into some bebop and even classic standards." Adding, "Jessie also has a distinct bluesy feel in his playing that he came by honestly." Meaning that he inherited his bluesy feel (and his million dollar smile) from his father, renowned blues guitarist and performer Jessie Primer, Jr. (Maybe he'll stop by!)
November is bringing in the cool weather and there's no better way to spend a late Autumn afternoon than listening to live jazz and warming up with the best coffee in the Metro right here at Fusion. And it's also a great way to kick off your holiday season. Maybe Jessie and the band will give us a musical preview of the season's Christmas jazz!
Come early for best seats and remember we start promptly at 3:30 with one continuous show till 5. And while you're waiting on some great live jazz on the 25th, stay tuned to "Cool and Current" WJSU 88.5 on your dial.
We hope to announce the 2019 festival date before the end of the year. Stay tuned!
Our most successful festival yet!
Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed an incredible day of music, food, and fun! We had an impressive turnout for our stellar lineup. Mr. Benny Golson and his quartet were incredible, as were Astral Project, Russell Welch, Aurora Nealand, the Vamps, Southern Komfort and more. Here are some scenes from the day...
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