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The Jordan Downs Project - Interview

Chicago, IL (December 2021): Jordan Downs the Jazz band was established in California around the summer of 2014, they began to jam together just for fun; and on one of their jam sessions / performances the idea came up about them working together.


We had a chance to speak with one of the band members and this is their story regarding how the band was formed and how they created their self-titled album “The Jordan Downs Project” which is scheduled to be released in May 2021. Their debut Single “Jordan Downs” is available now.


Dayvid: “We played together one summer day in the backyard pool area of a friend who invited a nice crowd to have a fun time. As we were playing and enjoying ourselves, we all noticed the chemistry and cohesiveness that we had, even as a group that never played together before. So, as we all went back to Darwin Teals’ house, we began to recall all the crazy and interesting things that happened during our performance. Our saxophone player, Delmar Young, goes through the audience playing a solo and comes back with a shoe missing, Dayvid Fitzpatrick, walks to the other side of his keyboard and starts playing piano backwards. The whole group was locked in rhythm. Naturally, we all began thinking, “What if.” What if we took this group and recorded original music? If a group with this amount of glue and musical intel were to come together and record, first off how we could make it happen and then what would be our goal. The four of us had a discussion – Darwin Teal, William Waples, Michael Meyers, and Dayvid Fitzpatrick. We came up with the logistics of the how and when. One main issue was that Dayvid Fitzpatrick lived in Los Angeles, Michael Meyers and William Waples were in the bay area near San Francisco and Darwin Teal, in whose studio we would be recording, is in Modesto. Those logistics were not easy but still, based on what we heard, we all set up the time to come to Modesto.



We also talked about the type of music we wanted to do. One earlier experience we had in recording was William Waples recommended Dayvid Fitzpatrick on a project that a jazz guitarist was putting together. The name of that was Boiling Point. Everyone worked well on the project however the final mixdown was horrible.

William's amazing drumming was buried under the percussion player and so that went nowhere. At William's house, Darwin, Dayvid and William recorded an original song, on camera. The camera focused on William and his drums. That got tons of YouTube views and a sponsorship for William. Two songs from that recording are now on the Jordan Downs Jazz Project album.


As we talked, we wanted the music to be melodic and expressive.

Darwin and Dayvid would work on some grooves, Michael worked on grooves and we all had a plan for Williams drumming. So, the question came up; how were we going to record his drums? We took one of the rooms at Darwin's house and padded it exactly right so that the sounds would not reflect and then we miked his drums. We had him play on all the tracks. William played so much that at the end, he was upset. However, we got what we wanted which was his great drum sound. He was miked right, and all the music could then be mixed to flow around him.


During that session fifteen songs were recorded, and they were then taken to Los Angeles to Dayvid Fitzpatrick studios to be mixed. That whole mixing process involved telephone calls and critiques mainly between Dayvid and Darwin. Dayvid also called saxophonists Randy Henderson and Stephen Richard to bring out some of the melodies and solos. And Dayvid added top layers that made it flow nicely.


The core members of Jordan Downs are William Waples on drums and percussion, Michael Meyers on keyboards, Darwin Teal on bass and keyboards and Dayvid Fitzpatrick on keyboards, bass, vocals, and guitar. With saxophonist Delmar Young also on the track “Phillian”, the album project took shape. The band did what it set out to do, which was to make music that amazed us and touch those who hear it”.


The Jordan Downs Project album contains the following songs:


01.“Progressive Illusion”
02. “Urban Traffic”
03. “Sierra Leone”
04. “Jordan Downs”
05. “Little Ethiopia”
06. “A Day At The Races”
07. “Sarcosis”
08. “Midnight Oil”
09. “Ultrasound”
10. “Phillian”

11. “Phermented Phunk”

12. “Case In Point”

13. “Rockafeller”

14. “Sierra Leone” Ext



For more information, please visit www.JordanDownsJazz.com.

Media contact: Gregory Coleman Rych Kydd Entertainment Management:

gnc1452@yahoo.com 213-810-9886 


Points of purchase for the Single: “Jordan Downs” Available Now!

iTunes: https://apple.co/3cKoIBb

Apple Music: https://apple.co/3mfVWv9

Amazon: https://amzn.to/31JjLCh

Deezer: https://bit.ly/39JuUpv

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3dyRu72


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A Brief History Of Jazz

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime. Since the 1920s Jazz Age, it has been recognized as a major form of musical expression in traditional and popular music, linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, complex chords, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions.

As jazz spread around the world, it drew on national, regional, and local musical cultures, which gave rise to different styles. New Orleans jazz began in the early 1910s, combining earlier brass-band marches, French quadrilles, biguine, ragtime and blues with collective polyphonic improvisation. In the 1930s, heavily arranged dance-oriented swing big bands, Kansas City jazz, a hard-swinging, bluesy, improvisational style and gypsy jazz (a style that emphasized musette waltzes) were the prominent styles. Bebop emerged in the 1940s, shifting jazz from danceable popular music toward a more challenging "musician's music" which was played at faster tempos and used more chord-based improvisation. Cool jazz developed near the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, smoother sounds and long, linear melodic lines.

The mid-1950s saw the emergence of hard bop, which introduced influences from rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues, especially in the saxophone and piano playing. Modal jazz developed in the late 1950s, using the mode, or musical scale, as the basis of musical structure and improvisation, as did free jazz, which explored playing without regular meter, beat and formal structures. Jazz-rock fusion appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s, combining jazz improvisation with rock music's rhythms, electric instruments, and highly amplified stage sound. In the early 1980s, a commercial form of jazz fusion called smooth jazz became successful, garnering significant radio airplay. Other styles and genres abound in the 2000s, such as Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz.

Sound and Music Effects The Body

Sound healing is believed to enable the brain to produce more of these neurotransmitters. PTSD patients often respond to low-pitched or slow music which help bring a state of deeper relaxation to enable the body to regenerate and heal. Sound therapy can also retrain your brain to relax, cooling down your fight or flight response.


How does music heal the body?

The faster the music, the faster the heart will beat; the slower the music, the slower the heart beats, all within a moderate range. As with breathing rates, a lower heartbeat creates less physical tension and stress, calms the mind, and helps the body heal itself. Music is a natural energizer.


How does music affect your health?

Results showed that music increases an antibody that plays an important role in immunity of the mucous system, known as immunoglobulin A, as well as natural killer cell counts, the cells that attack germs and bacteria invading the body.



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