Smooth Artist Interviews

Jarez
Jarez
Jarez
Jarez
Jarez

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of recording a new album?

The most challenging aspect of recording a new album is finding the right flow of songs. You may have good songs but collectively they may not flow together. So putting the right songs together is essential for making a great album.

What's your favorite non-music activity?

I love to snowboard, golf, and workout at the gym.

Who would you say has been the single biggest influence in your life in getting you to where you are now in your career?

I would say my parents. My father (James Posey) is a musician and was a big influence because he encourage me and supported me from the beginning. Also I have to to say Grammy Award Winner Coolio (also Coolio's manager) for taking me around the world for over ten plus years playing my sax along side him in some of the biggest venues.

What would be the most important piece of advice you'd impart to a young musician just starting out in the jazz/smooth jazz arena?

My advice would be to learn the business

If you were asked (and we are asking now!) for your advice as to what the Smooth jazz format could do moving forward to insure it relevance and growth, what would your suggestion(s) be?

I would suggest supporting new and younger artist.

What do you see as the biggest challenges to the growth of Smooth Jazz in the future?

The challenges are the lack of support for younger artist which creates a ripple effect within the smooth jazz industry. Every other genre flourishes from new talent. There's millions on people ranging from 7-22 years of age that are involved in music programs but have nobody to listen to on the radio that's relatable. To me this is a missed opportunity to cater to a younger demographic. There has to be new younger faces or the industry will eventually get smaller and smaller before going away. But the first person or company that's act on this will succeed I just hope I get some credit.