Saxist/composer Jackiem Joyner takes the accessibility of smooth jazz and adds a bit of kick in the pants on this latest collection of tunes. He brings together some impressive compatriots including Keiko Matsui/p, Gerald Albright/ts and multi instrumentalist Matt hamel, while he himself does the strings, programming, piano and reeds. Continue…..
While he continues searching for an inner musical calm, Jackiem Joyner’s also imagining a science-fiction world in distant outer space.
Joyner, a jazz saxophone player who grew up learning music in church, writes more than eclectic jazz tunes that resist convenient labeling.
There’s also “Zarya.” She’s the principal character in a sci-fi novel Joyner’s been crafting for two years while he’s built a 13-year musical career by touring the earthbound world and recording five albums.