Stories From Home - Jaymz Bee

Every week, we ask a different local artist to provide their unique perspective on the pandemic experience from a musician’s point of view. Through words, video and music, each musician will share their story, along with an audio or video sample of a recent project, and a link to purchase their music so that you can support their work.

This week, Jaymz Bee talks about being grateful despite the challenges, taking a new perspective on life and keeping the creativity flowing.

"The lockdown has affected everyone and while I might be hurting financially, I feel extra healthy. Wearing a mask and rarely going out - I haven't had a cough or sniffle this season! Since I've spent most of my life as a freelance artist, I'm probably more equipped for hard times than those with a day job - or those with kids at home full time. I'm not earning money, but still happy.

Aside from a few hours a week hosting "Jazz In The City" on JAZZ.FM91, all my other freelance work has dried up, including my beloved Jazz Bistro...I hope to be booking jazz there again by late spring but I also know better than to assume anything. I have a beautiful home with two roommates who are solid and positive. We all know how lucky we are!

The biggest thing I've learned is that I'm ok without non-stop parties. I spent over two decades going out five times a week - and while I miss the live music and comradery, I'm not cracking up...I'm actually drinking much less and I even learned to cook. Oh, and apparently I'm a born again virgin. (TMI?)

Vesuvius Music is my main focus these days. The President, Lorenzo DiGianfelice, has been putting out some terrific recordings by John Finley and The Tiki Collective, and has several releases planned for 2021. My first project for the new year is Spy Jazz - a recording with Jono Grant, Irene Torres and June Garber. Working on videos and promo during Covid is a bit challenging but we keep moving forward! Meanwhile, my dad recently released his autobiography "Where Was I? by Terry Doyle" and challenged me to write mine. This is a great time to look at old photos and diaries and work on my book when I'm not working on music.

Finally, I am working on a series of "shows" on YouTube to raise money for charity. There is one coming up 8 pm on Valentine's Day (February 14, 2021) to raise money and awareness for Unison Benevolent Fund. It's free to watch (donations encouraged) - you can catch it on YouTube)."

Support Jaymz by purchasing one of three Tiki Collective releases at thetikicollective.com.

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