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Jaz James

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I grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by music and musicians in my family and lifestyle. I was brought up listening to the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. As a kid, I preferred to listen to Motown and Stax RnB from the 50's and 60's than what was on the 90's radio. At 12 years old, I found Billie Holiday and was turned on to jazz music. It wasn't until I took a jazz class at a vocal workshop that I discovered my voice and the freedom that jazz allows a singer. After that I started to sing with different musicians and groups doing jazz and bossanova standards. At 20, I left home to travel and first landed in Paris. There I joined a French Pop band and toured all over France as their singer. I moved on through Europe doing street performances with different musicians and artists. After spending sometime in India, I returned to California and continued to perform boss nova covers on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. It was in 2009, after a guy broke my heart, that I sat at the piano, and wrote my first song. From that night on, I was hooked on the musical therapy of songwriting. I spent the next two years to teach myself piano and write many more songs. In 2011, I recorded my first E.P produced and engineered by Scott Smith (Grizzly Bear, Weezer, Jose Gonzales) at The Village Recorder. The E.P. and my first video were released this spring on my label, Playtime Recordings. Today I am performing solo acoustic sets around Los Angeles and rehearsing with a band for upcoming shows this Summer.


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