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LOS ANGELES, CA, April 12, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Established soulful Jazz and Blues singer Jody Jaress has been named a 2015 Jazz Living Legend, and will be celebrated at the 2015 JazZabration festivities presented by The Living Legend Foundation Inc. in partnership with the Duke Ellington Society, International Jazz Day 2015 founded and supported by UNESCO and The Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute.
Jody will be performing first at House of Music and Entertainment (H.O.M.E.) in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, April 16, 8-9pm as the featured artist. Her show was selected as one of the few Southern California events to participate in Jazz appreciation month worldwide. On the official International Jazz Day on April 30, Jody, as well as Multi-Grammy winner, Bili Redd Thedford and the other honorees, will be performing following the induction ceremonies into the Jazz Living Legend Foundation. The Red Carpet starts at 6:00 pm with dinner, ceremony and jammin' jazz and blues music until 11 pm, at the historic Leimert Park Village in Downtown Los Angeles at the Regency West Banquet Hall. Also, as part of the global event, famed jazz vibraphonist and band leader Terry Gibbs will receive the Life Time Achievement Award from JaZzabration and Living Legend Foundation, Inc. For more information on the Jazz festivities, please visit http://www.LivingLegendFoundation.com.
Jody Jaress is an undeniable charismatic performer and a favorite around the Los Angeles jazz, blues and cabaret venues. Not only has she shared Dual-Headliner billings with artists such as Multi-Grammy Winner Bili Redd, she has opened for Harry Belafonte, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Shore, and Janet Blair. She's played at numerous Jazz clubs in Los Angeles ranging from Tom Rolla's Gardenia in West Hollywood, and Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill to the Catalina Jazz Club. In her early career, she performed at the Riviera Hotel and the New Frontier Casino in Las Vegas. After singing "Stormy Weather" at a popular Hollywood jazz club, the iconic, award winning blues singer, Linda Hopkins, took her by the hand and said, "Honey, you sing the blues. You do. It's coming from your heart. I can feel it."
This lovely singer lends her talents and support to numerous charities including JAZZ Del Corazon-Music With A Purpose Enterprise, Actors and Others for Animals, Where Are The Children, The Angel Food Foundation in Hollywood, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. Jody is an active member of AGVA (American Guild of Variety Artists) and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild), SOS (Society of Singers) and serves on the board of directors to the International Student Film Festival Hollywood. For the past three years, Jody and Smooth Jazz singer Linda A. perform monthly at the NoHo Arts District Farmers Market in North Hollywood, CA where they bring their musical friends together to play and share their individual interpretations of jazz, blues, pop and country music.
The Living Legend Foundation, Inc., has a passion and a heart for Living Jazz & Blues Legends. Founder, Linda Morgan, created the foundation with the purpose of educating the youth about honoring and celebrating Jazz & Blues Legends and Greats over the age of 65. The foundation's goal and mission is to make sure that Jazz & Blues lives on in the heart and minds of the future generation. Living Legend's "JazZabration" was created to celebrate International Jazz Day and to annually select artists that have dedicated 25+ years of their life to Jazz or Blues.
"I believe everyone's unique talent(s) are meant to be shared, like a smile. The more we smile at one another, the smaller our societal gaps become. So my singing is my smile" says Jody.
For more information on Jody Jaress, visit http://www.JodyJaress.com. For Press Inquiries, contact: Gale Rosenberg at Web 'n Retail. Email: [email protected] Phone: 1.818.453.8777
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