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Name: Jerald Daemyon
Skills: Player, Soloist
Phone: +1 770-330-0899
Address: 4479 Gilhams Rd, Roswell, GA 30075, United States
Links: Website     E-mail
Once thought of strictly as a classical instrument best suited to small chamber groups or large orchestras, the violin has seen an evolution in recent years, becoming a formidable lead voice in urban music, and contemporary jazz as well as world music. The refining of its distinctive capabilities, however, could only proceed with the emergence of violinist and artist, Jerald Daemyon a young innovator willing to expand on music history and incorporate modern ideals, fusing the past with the present in a creative synthesis of styles to achieve a vibe that’s wholly original. On his rhythmically diverse debut CD “Thinking About You”, the Detroit native draws upon masters of Noel Pointer, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stuff Smith and Stephan Grappelli. Daemyon forges a unique sound all at once tender and percussive, complementing his masterful melodic performances with exciting landscapes from the R&B, hip-hop, funk, and contemporary traditions. Year 2004, fans can expect the same smooth operation with the release of the new self-title CD “JERALD DAEMYON”, picking up where the hit “SUMMER MADNESS” left off. Lots of funk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Old School, Contemporary and Latin Jazz, Reggae and of course mellow and hip vocals will bring new music flavor and trends for all of Jerald Daemyon fans to enjoy. Jerald makes a multi-faced production debut, displaying his talents of singing, music production and lyric writing in R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop and Jazz genre. Daemyon also plans to release a live concert DVD and CD that blends R&B, Latin, Jazz, Classical and Hip-Hop with his unique urban style titled “THE MATADOR” later this year.

“Though I am classically trained, my intent is take the violin into a Renaissance phase, a rebirth period where I incorporate a little of everything, sort of like a pot of gumbo where everything smells good mixed in,” says Daemyon, who has played professionally since age 13. “I’m trying to lead a movement towards change in music, as well as how the violin is perceived in music today…My mix of R&B and Jazz with Hip-Hop and funky rhythms incorporates music of the mind, body, soul and people. It’s about making people feel new things. I try to keep things fresh and hip, develop my own style and set new trends by using different genres of the musical vocabulary, while also making my own concepts work.” “SUMMER MADNESS”, whose widespread urban radio airplay success throughout the U.S. and Chicago area helped bring Daemyon to GRP Records President, Tommy LiPuma and Universal Records attention, is a fresh, hip and funky, take on Kool & The Gang’s early Seventies, feel good smash. Once again, his frenzied violin winds darkness through light tenderness, shifting dynamics while dancing above the rolling synth sounds captures the vibe.

Jerald began studying the violin in the fourth grade in Detroit Public Schools, and was soon spending his weekends in a program at Wayne State University. At thirteen, he started his professional career in a be-bop setting with Detroit Saxophonist, Donald Walden and the Detroit Jazz Orchestra, and later formed his own band. While listening to everything from the R&B of Prince and Patti Labelle to Duke Ellington, Daemyon complemented his formal training studying with Dr. Morris Hochberg, of Michigan, Former principal violinist of the Cleveland Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also studied under Peter Michalicia, renowned Czechoslovakian Concert Violin Soloist. He took Master Classes with the internationally renowned Concert Violinist Isaac Stern and attended the famed International Music Camp at Interlochen School of Performing Arts. And he has also studied Jazz Studies and Music Performance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Jerald has appeared with Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Bernie Mac, Brian McKnight, legendary jazz vocalist Joe Williams, Roy Ayers, Nancy Wilson, Vesta Williams, Ronny Laws, Jon B, Dee-Dee Sharp, The United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra and various other symphony orchestra across the country and has been a guest performer several times on the nationally syndicated radio program “The Tom Joyner Morning Show”.

He is a recognized member of the National Academy of Recording Artists & Sciences (The Grammy Awards), has received the 3M Award of Artistic Innovation, Billboard Magazines, Best Contemporary Jazz Album 1997, “The Spirit of Detroit Award” and, at sixteen received the State of Michigan Certificate of Outstanding Achievement, and numerous honors for his community service across the country. He has also held the honor of membership in the International Orchestra of Windsor Canada, the Detroit Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Tabernacle Chamber Orchestra, and in 2001 formed his own orchestral ensemble “The Linwood Symphony”. The big-sounding “THINKING ABOUT YOU” was released independently on Jerald’s own label Jazzestra Records, before making its way around the urban radio market in the United States and world, where his urban sound was an instant airplay request and sales smash. It gave the R&B and contemporary jazz world a lot to think about achieving national recognition as a chart topping smash on Billboard’s Magazines Urban and Contemporary Jazz Charts earning “Best Contemporary Jazz Album, 1997”. Jerald’s dream or achieving, like his idol Duke Ellington, the love and respect of all people as an ambassador of music to the world comes much closer to reality with the new self titled release “JERALD DAEMYON”. It’s guaranteed to blow you away take the violin where no violin has ever gone before.



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