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Ms Jaz / Bio

Smokey and smooth are the words used to describe her vocals. Ms. Jaz has received recognition on an International level and, continues to “wow” audiences everywhere she goes.

Named among the "Top Ten Jazz Albums" in British Columbia in 2003, “Top Ten Jazz Albums” in Ottawa, Canada in 2006, and named by Cincinnati's Citybeat Magazine as one of the "Top Local Artists to Produce a CD on A National Level". Ms. Jaz grew in popularity with her 2002 CD release "Chances". In February 2009, she was named #1 on the Australian Independent Record Charts with her track “Guess Who I Saw Today”, performed on her “Me Too Live” CD.

A Cincinnati based vocalist and writer; she has performed in various cities across the nation. Many have compared her vocals to Phyllis Hyman and Anita Baker. Ms. Jaz performed background vocals live in concert for Phil Perry, Windham Hill's hot vocalist at Cincinnati's Aronoff Center and opened for National Recording Artists Regina Belle, Bobby Blue Bland, Marion Meadows and Pieces of a Dream. In 2004, she performed for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) as the featured artist on a Benefit Cruise.
Her musical influences are that of the great Jazz artist Nancy Wilson, Anita Baker and Phyllis Hyman. With a vocal range of three octaves, Ms. Jaz has the ability to perform a variety of styles and genres, ranging from smooth and Smokey Jazz ballads to belting out strong R&B.

Ms. Jaz also performs Percussions with Cincinnati's own "JAMSET". As the back-up band for all Ms. Jaz performance , JAMSET is a group comprised of session and touring musicians who have played for and opened for such acts as Millie Jackson, Roy Ayers, Jean Carne, Ronnie Laws, Pieces of a Dream, Phil Perry, Regina Belle, and most recently Bobby Blue bland.

Jaz is no stranger to live theatre. She performed in numerous live plays as a member of The Amethyst Ensemble. She received several leading roles in theatre productions, playing the part of fictional and non-fictional characters.

Discography
1st single “Sometimes I Wonder Why”
Released December 15, 2001
Essence of Now Record Label. (Received national airplay)

CD "Chances"
Released June 23, 2002
D’Mar Entertainment Record Label.
(All Tracks continue to receive airplay in the US, Australia, The Netherlands, Germany, British Columbia, Canada and London.)

CD “Me Too”, Ms. Jaz Live
Released July 1, 2006
D’Mar Entertainment Record Label.
(All Tracks are receiving airplay in the US, Australia, The Netherlands, Germany, British Columbia, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, and France.)

Single: "Taxes"
JAMSET CD
Released January 2012
D'Mar Enterainment Record Label

General Info

Band Members
Ms. Jaz
Artist Name
Ms Jaz
Profile Page
https://www.reverbnation.com/msjaz
Active Since
05/98
Genres
Jazz / R&B / Smooth Jazz

Contact Info

Location
West Chester, OH
Manager
Sharla Major-Day

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