This month's Feature Artist Series introduces Music Beyond Measure's phenomenal mission and work to MSC and the Montclair community. Jazz sensations, The Jamale Davis Group, and jazz vocalist, Joy F. Brown, lead the performance which celebrates stories of love and redemption and highlights music written by trauma survivors.
Jamale Davis started studying bass in 2003 as a means of actively understanding what it takes to express oneself via the art of Jazz. His studies consisted of playing along to records and teaching himself to read music, but his best education was hanging at Smalls and Fat Cat, his musical home. These places inspired Jamale in the cultivation of his particular aesthetics to bass playing: the acoustic, non-microphone approach, gut string setup with a concentrated lean towards more straight-ahead bebop idiom translated in his repertoire and approach to everything musical. Jamale is known for his tenure and continued correspondence with unsung hero Ned Goold, where he's held resident bassist for many years while recording a number of albums. He’s played for many years at Smalls. Since 2012, he’s led The Jamale Davis Group throughout many venues in the NYC/NJ area, including playing with top musicians on the scene today. He released his debut album, Worker’s Comp, on Gut String Records in 2015, and second album, We Worked In The Bricks, in 2017.
Joy Brown received her initial musical training at the Pentacostal Church under the tutelage of her father, a singer and musician. She began singing solos at age five. It was in the church that Joy tapped into the ability to "feel the spirit" of a song. She attended Immaculata University where she concentrated on studies of Music Education and Performance. In 2016, she moved to New York City to study, perform, and pursue a career as a jazz vocalist. She's regularly performed in such venerable venues as Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Django, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Sag Harbor Music Festival.