|Posted by C.K. Ramiscal on October 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM|
As a lover of jazz music and it's culture, it is very important to me that jazz stays alive. In order for that to happen, there must be a commitment from generation to generation to pass on the music and it's rich history. As a jazz journalist, I am always looking to spotlight individuals who share this same mission. With that said, I would to introduce my new jazz friend, Mr. JB Baretsky, to Jazz On My Mind. First I must tell you that JB is a member of the upcoming generation of jazz performers. His 24 years old and has already joined the fight to keep jazz alive. Born in Long Island, JB aspired to be a performer at a young age. His parents enjoyed watching him entertain family and friends at gatherings. In fact through his short career, JB's parents and family has been his greatest inspiration. With a tremendous amount of natural talent and ability, JB started singing jazz seriously while in high school. His musical inspirations are legends Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Patti Page, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Billy Holiday who's hit, 'I'll Be Seeing You' is one of JB's favorite tunes. Mr.Baretsky has learned something from each of these great performers and has applied it to his own musical soul, a soul that is committed to being the best jazz vocalist of our modern time. In speaking to JB I could feel his deep passion for the music and his desire to tell us a story with his talent and love for the songs he sings. JB has performed at several major venues on the east coast with his most memorial being his performance at New York's Lincoln Center earlier this year of 2011. Until you can witness JB live, we invite you to check him out on his you tube channel, JB Baretsky. You can also like him on Facebook. There you can see him perform standards like, 'Fly me To The Moon', 'That's Life', 'Luck Be A Lady' and others. You will also see his vocal creativity as he sings a jazz rendition of Taio Cruz's hit , 'Dynamite' and the very moving, spiritual song, 'Hallelujah', a song JB dedicates to his cousin, Army Spec. Russell Carter', seriously injured in Afghanistan. He also sings this song for the moms who's sons are fighting over seas, that they all may return safe and out of arms way. I think this song really displays JB's ability to sing us a story, and how he uses his talent to convey his feelings through jazz music. JB is currently working on his new cd entitled, 'Less Is More', which will be released this fall. It will be a combination of his new music plus some of everyone favorite standards. I must admit that I am very impressed with this young man as a person, as a performer, and I truly believe in his commitment's to keep jazz alive. I also believe that we must support upcoming talent such as JB because of their desire to continue a tradition made famous by jazz legends who are a part of American history. Greats like Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lena Horne, Betty Carter, Quincy Jones, and many others. So Mr.JB Baretsky, on behalf of all the jazz lovers around the world, we welcome you and we thank you for your passion and dedication to preserve this music and culture established by the legends. Thank you for keeping jazz alive. God bless.
Richard F. Blackwell