Performer, producer, composer, recognized by Black Women In Jazz for her musical brilliance and life’s work
Online PR News – 24-February-2014 – Atlanta, GA – ATLANTA– The Black Women In Jazz Association (BWIJA) will present composer, producer, performer, Dolores "Deejazz" Jackson with the Lifetime Achievement Award her Publicist announced today. DeeJazz will formally accept the prestigious award at the inaugural, Black Women In Jazz and Fine Arts gala. The ceremony takes place on Friday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. EST, at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth Street NW.
"I am over here with tears of gratitude--eyes and nose, red," said a stunned DeeJazz after being notified. "I am speechless, grateful, and truly honored."
Gayle E. Dempson and Joan Cartwright, respectively, will also be presented with honorable achievement awards.
"The Black Women In Jazz & Fine Arts Association enthusiastically recognizes DeeJazz for her legacy of notable industry accomplishments, decades of dedication, contribution to community, merit and sheer talent," stated a representative from the organization. "She is proven, an outstanding leader, and a highly respected artist and individual as evidenced by her musical brilliance and life’s work. We are honored to present her as the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award."
Dolores "DeeJazz" Jackson is best known for her inspirational, message-rich lyrics and beautiful and spiritual/jazz backgrounds. Her voice is as readily remarkable to the human ear as it is definitively, distinctive.
When she was a youth, DeeJazz played popular songs 'by ear' brilliantly on the family piano. “As a teenager, I would play the piano for hours at a time,” she said.
Her uncle Charles Victor Moore, a well-known and respected trumpet player throughout Detroit and Canada, purchased her first piano for her. It was on that piano that her songs “Who Am I” and the anthem, “What it Means to be a Man” were composed along with many other original melodies.
"A Living Example" was her first single and ranked in the top-10 on the mp3.com Jazz Vocal charts. Two of her musical scores aired nationwide on the ABC-TV documentary, "Heroes, A Triumph of Spirit" featuring the life of famous neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson
All the instrumentation from her first CD, “A Musical Messenger”, was recorded on her keyboard. It was accompanied by her dynamic and impressive 8-octave range voice. After hearing the CD, Dr. Maya Angelou invited DeeJazz to New York. There, she sang for Dr. Angelou at Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar. Afterward, Dr. Angelou was quoted as saying, “DeeJazz is unique and impressive.”
Along with her sister Hattie Mae Pembrook, DeeJazz founded The Double Dose Sisters. The non-profit organization is committed to giving young performing artists “A Chorus in Miracles” venue to showcase their talents. She also produced the stage production, “A Chorus in Miracles”. It featured eleven of her songs accompanied by dancers, actors, musicians, and singers.
Dolores "DeeJazz" Jackson was born in Detroit, Michigan during the glorious Motown era and spent most of her life in the Motor City. She is a graduate from the University of Detroit, Mercy, graduating Magna cum Laude with a B. A. in Advertising. She currently resides in North Carolina.
ABOUT BLACK WOMEN IN JAZZ
The Black Women In Jazz Association, was founded in 2013. It was created to assist in meeting the needs of women in jazz professionals such as vocalists, instrumentalists, composers, and producers. The non profit trade association's mission is to advance the interests and promote the talents of artists. Through networking events, education, training, seminars, workshops, award galas, features, interviews, concerts and of the like, BWIJ strives to ensure that women are honored as a vital part of the past, present, and future of jazz. BWIJ honors the contributions that black female musicians and related industries, worldwide.
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