SPICE was formed in 1988. The experience and musicianship of this band has an appeal that has earned them recognition from music lovers and contemporaries alike. Their style is simplicity, accuracy and uniqueness. Every performance is executed with such precision that even the most critical ear would be appeased. No matter the genre of music they play, audiences will be astounded by the quality of the sound and professionalism of this accomplished unit!
Jesse was born September 1951 at Ft. Eustis, VA. He is the oldest of four siblings and the father of 5 wonderful young adults and the grandfather to seven even younger super beings!
Jesse's professional musical career began in 1971 upon volunteering to join the U. S. Army as a professional euphonium and trombone player. Shortly after joining the Army, he taught himself to play the electric bass in 1973 in an attempt to help complete the band's stage band. Other areas of experience in his military career includes serving as a Human Relations specialist, which would later be called, Equal Opportunity.
Jesse's music education includes completing the basic and advanced music courses at the JOINT EXPEDITIONARY BASE, Little Creek-Ft. Story, Virginia Beach, VA. It is through this education, combined with years of experience that shaped his ability to arrange and compose music.
Jesse served honorably in the U.S. Army dedicating 34 years of continuous service on active duty. The first 15 years was spent serving in various Army bands. Then in 1986 Jesse joined the prestigious special Army band, the U. S. Army Field Band, from Washington D.C., serving under the In Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA), Washington, D.C. where he served for 19 years up to his retirement.
Today, Jesse continues his musicianship while taking it upon himself to relentlessly perfect the canon of musical literature that all of the masters before him have successfully embraced. The result; a successful musical career and numerous musical tours to include performances in every state in our great union (including Alaska and Hawaii), and abroad in Portugal, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
Truly, even with all the challenges in this world, and depending on where you choose to live, life, is what [you] make it! Your personal happiness is [your] responsibility. So look in the mirror and make it happen!
Percussion/Trombone. School of Performing Arts (Montclair, NJ); New York School of Music (New York, NY); School of Jazz Mobile (Harlem, NY). Studied under Charlie Persip, Freddy Watts, and Carl Wolf.
Johnny has performed with various well know musicians throughout his musical career such as: Roy Ayers, Ronnie Laws, Gary Bartz, Dizzie Gilespie, Jimmie Magriff, Mulgrew Miller, John Patton, Charlie Mason and Leo Johnson. He has opened for George Duke and Rachelle Ferrell.
His unique talent and experience has allowed Mr. Jones to be exceptional as a performer and as an accompanist.
He has performed with Visions/Jerry Gordon Quintet, Spice and O'donel Levy, Blue Note Jazz Ensemble, Aesthetic Police and C.C. Rogers & Co. et al. He has toured Europe, Iceland, Germany, France and Holland for the Dept. of Defense. Recordings include Eric Howard, ANIMA The Spirit, The Soul, THe Life-Force, THE FORCE OF LIFE, Jerry Gordon, Soft and Warm Saisaa, Saisa Live et. al. Versatile in all styles of music.
DAWOUD SAID, keys
Dawoud is a world class pianist/keyboardist with both the tools and the talent. He plays impeccable grooves that audiences demanding a good musical foundation could appreciate.
Dawoud has played with groups such as Walter Beasley, Marion Meadows, Angela Bofill, Najee, John Scofield, Kenny Lattimore, Michael Henderson, Joe McBride, MeShell Indegeocello, The Graingers, Stacey Lattisaw, Marcus Johnson, MSP, Spur of the Moment and a host of others.
His alluring style gradually captivates, while his voicing and technique open your mind to all the subtle colors and emotion music has to offer. His diverse background has allowed him to have the flexibility to not only play, but also compose in many different and varied styles of music.
Dawoud was born in Baltimore, Maryland. About age four, his journalist father moved the family to the Washington, DC, area, where Dawoud and a younger brother were raised. His father and brother, as well as his interior‐designer American mother live in Washington, DC. Born in America, Dawoudʹs multi‐ cultural African roots, through his father, stretch from Kenya to Ethiopia and Somalia. He has visited the Continent in his teens.
He has been playing the piano since the age of seven, and has played professionally since the age of fifteen. He was formally trained in Classical and Jazz Piano. His training began with private instruction in Classical Piano. He attended High School at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he received further Classical instruction.
Dawoudʹs influences are a derivative of many of todayʹs great jazz artists, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Bob James, Jeff Lorber, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Camilo and Joe Sample. Type your paragraph here.
VIC FRIERSON, vocals
Born in Louisville (KY), Vic Frierson is 6’, 8”, 280 pounds of smoo-o-o-th! In a career that has spanned more than 2 decades, Vic has amassed an impressive résumé that includes regularly appearing at the finest hotels, supper clubs, and entertainment centers from New York to Florida, and throughout the southern United States.
Vic’s debut CD is appropriately entitled, Th'owback*. Th’owback features nine songs written and composed by Vic, as well as, uniquely original renditions of Brenda Russell's venerable classic, Get Here and the timeless gospel standard, His Eye Is on the Sparrow. The album has enjoyed rave critical acclaim in the U.S. and abroad, earning for Vic an honorable mention as vocalist of the year from veteran music critic Howard Dukes (see soultracks.com/vic-frierson-tho-back), and for the album the Akademia Music Award for Best R&B Album (http://www.theakademia.com/january2016_bestalbum_rbsoul2.html).
*- “Th’owback” is available for purchase at BigVix.com.