XANADU: Jackson Bell and Clinton Greenlee

Here come the big guns, folks…

I met Jackson Bell and Clinton Greenlee while playing together in the band Couvo (singer/songwriter Josh Couvares) where we clicked and gelled into a highly versatile combo that led to us being friends and working together in new projects.

Jackson is simply SHRED-ALICIOUS. Wise beyond his years, he is an abstract thinker, and old-man-type storyteller full of random knowledge, and a monster musician. His playing doesn’t just speak for itself, it grabs you and tells you a weird story you can’t predict with a serious depth of sonic ability and a boldness to explore.

Clinton is a super-solid and incredibly proficient bassist, using his own style and steady strength for producing a truly beautiful sound in every note, and grooving waaayyy into the beyond and back from beat to beat. As gentle, reserved, and quiet as he may be perceived, his music skills are expressed completely without inhibitions.

These dudes play together a lot in many different projects, they are both independent teachers, Jackson graduated at Berklee College of Music and Clinton at George Mason University. It’s always a great privilege to jam with them and move through styles and sounds like we’re recapping our time apart and sharing what we have been feeling musically.

Here we gathered and just conversed in sound, as it’s been a while since we’ve been able to connect in-person. With no indication of where we’ll go, we always seem to just enter these jams fully trusting we can find each other throughout the journey, listening and reacting together down to the millisecond. Always such a great pleasure to play with them both.

Thank you Jackson Bell & Clinton Greenlee for your expertise, great energy, and love for playing!

A true SOUND Adventure! This Episode of XANADU is ALL Live Jazz Trio all the way through, featuring Jackson Bell on Guitar, Clinton Greenlee on Bass, and jojoSOUL on Drums & Percussion

First Movement is 0:00 – 20:20 minutes
Second Movement at 20:20 – 42:00 minutes
Final Jazz Jam 42:00 – 53:51 minutes to end

Behind the Mix + Interview

Follow Us on IG!
Jackson Bell – @jgbellmusic Clinton Greenlee – @clintongreenlee jojoSOUL – @jojoSOUL

Thanks to Agave L’amour for the photos and videos and to Daphne Always for the wine and love!

Here’s a video from our Trio project’s beginning in 2019

Recording Studio: Sessions with Josh Couvares and Marc Smith at New York Vocal Coaching

Marc Smith and Josh Couvares wanted to check the drum recording capabilities of Marc’s new recording space at New York Vocal Coaching, where they’ve been recording Josh’s new album in Midtown.

Great session, and can’t wait to hear it finished.  Josh’s songwriting choices and playing sound excellent, and Marc’s recording knowledge sculpts, adds, and deepens the songs’ sonic qualities.  Very excited to be a part of these recordings.

Soundcheck with Josh Couvares and Marc Smith at New York Vocal Coaching from jojoSOUL on Vimeo.

 

1/15/18- Marc Smith Music LIVE at Pine Box Rock Shop

After excellent rehearsals this week, I’m so excited to share this work!

Don’t miss Marc Smith and his new band LIVE in Brooklyn!

Monday 1/15 9:30pm

Pine Box Rock Shop

12 Grattan St, Bushwick

Marc Smith is an expert songwriter and sound engineer. His originals are all sonically complex and emotionally poetic. Marc’s music draws from reality, and is a beautifully emotional expression. Don’t miss this chance to see it performed by his masterfully selected, extremely talented band. 😁

Musical Reunion! Performing with Matt Dallow at No Pants Subway Ride 2018

Thanks to everyone who bravely dropped their pants for the #NoPantsSubwayRide2018!

Sunnyside Social Club played in the Union Square platform as pants-less dancers boogied to the music.  We then marched the party upstairs and out to the street to the afterparty at Bar 13 as the trumpet valves and the accordion player’s fingers began to freeze!

I am especially excited to have had the opportunity to perform with Matt Dallow, accordion-man/multi-instrumentalist, songwriter/performer, entertainer.  I met Matt about 15 years ago near our hometowns on Long Island.  Matt’s band “Space Robot Scientists” performed regularly at what was called “Saints and Sinners“, where I had my first few DJ gigs spinning underground house and hip-hop on vinyl and CDs, making barely enough money to drink for the night.  The memories immediately conjure visions of theremins, strange art exhibits, Jameson, and DJing indoors with a cigarette in NY.

Fast-forward to present day- Matt and I have recently found our paths crossing as performers at Club Cumming, where he has a weekly residency performing Monday evenings.  He has also connected me with contacts via Facebook posts looking for musicians to cover gigs, which led to me working with Zachary Clause.  I’ve also enjoyed playing in recent gigs in vintage trains and subway platforms with Matt’s band, Sunnyside Social Club.  

It is inspiring for me to see life’s paths cross this way, and gives me an unexpected opportunity to thank Matt as a respected peer and artist, and to acknowledge the longtime efforts of a couple of simultaneously occurring weirdos from Long Island.  Cheers, old friend!  Getting to perform together and being a fan of your journey reminds me how important it is to me that we are out here navigating this world with our instruments.  Here’s to being a couple of weirdos in Brooklyn, fighting and surviving each day to entertain NYC and beyond.  And thank you to everyone along our paths, for shaping, fueling, and supporting this weirdness.  😉

Go check out Matt Dallow Music and be sure to tip the accordion man when ya see him!

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Friday 7/12/13: Must-See Live Music/Comedy/Poetry/DJ in Crown Heights!

This Friday- July 12 at 739 Franklin Ave (between Sterling and Park Place), Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Open Mic Extravaganza hosted by RG and Sneeze!

LIVE Performers- Sneeze (hip-hop), Knockey (hip-hop), Gioel Severini (sax),  jojoSOUL (djembe), James “J.I” Issac (comedy), and more…

DJ jojoSOUL on the decks

No Cover – Starts at 9pm

Drink Specials

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Listen in and “Spread the JAM” + highlights from LIVEatFIVE!

(*Explicit Language/Lyrics)

Now that LIVEatFIVE has moved to the 8pm time slot, RG & jojoSOUL are excited to “Spread the JAM“!

We’re continuing our wide-variety of music, artists, remixes, and special guests providing live music, comedy, poetry, DJs, MCs, freestyles, and more…

January 21- Special Guest Saxophonist Yael Ben Natan, new music from LaToya Smith, the TRIO jams to MLK- Black America vinyl, and more… our maiden voyage on primetime!

To listen, click the Mixlr Player on front page of jojoSOUL.com.

If you have an interest in joining us on the air, please email jojoSOULaudio@gmail.com.

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