Take Five With Joy Divine

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Meet Joy Divine:

The power of music is my inspiration. The simple truth is, I love to sing. Anyone who knows me would say, I'm a passionate advocate for keeping music alive, no matter what. Anyone who knows me would also say I am a passionate advocate for keeping music alive in your life, no matter what.

I've been singing since before I could walk. Though I've had the opportunity to sing and play with a multitude of talented musicians, it has been an honor and a privilege to work with my dear friend, Scott Dercks, an extraordinary guitarist and remarkable musician. We performed together as a jazz duo from 2004 to 2008 in all of the hottest Minneapolis jazz venues, and countless private events. Thank you, Scott, for your mentorship.

I now live in Chattanooga, TN, and enjoy singing jazz locally with David James, a talented guitarist and singer from the South. With a Chet Atkins and Les Paul sound and a voice like Elvis, David has been crooning and tuning for 50 years.

Humble, and Southern as the day is long, you'll not find a more genuine, more loving, kind, and vivacious an individual as David. Through his vast musical experience and creativity, you're certain to share in a truly memorable moment, with an unforgettable man.

Instrument(s):

Vocals, bass guitar, piano, violin.

Teachers and/or influences?

Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
1917 - 1996
vocalist
, Scott Dercks, Eva Cassidy, Julie London
Julie London
Julie London
1926 - 2000
vocalist
, Stephane Grappelli
Stephane Grappelli
Stephane Grappelli
1908 - 1997
violin
, Django Reinhardt
Django Reinhardt
Django Reinhardt
1910 - 1953
guitar
, Hoagy Carmichael
Hoagy Carmichael
Hoagy Carmichael
1899 - 1981
piano
, Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
, Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
1901 - 1971
trumpet
, Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
1915 - 1959
vocalist
, Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan
1924 - 1990
vocalist
, }}Nat King Cole}}, Nina Simone
Nina Simone
Nina Simone
1933 - 2003
piano
, Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington
1924 - 1963
vocalist
, Etta Jones
Etta Jones
Etta Jones
b.1928
vocalist
, Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
1930 - 2004
piano
, Etta James
Etta James
Etta James
1938 - 2012
vocalist
, Harry Connick, Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr.
b.1967
piano
, Diane Schuur
Diane Schuur
Diane Schuur
b.1953
vocalist
, Lena Horne
Lena Horne
Lena Horne
1917 - 2010
vocalist
, Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
1927 - 2008
vocalist
, Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones

vocalist
, Fats Waller
Fats Waller
Fats Waller
1904 - 1943
piano
, Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
1907 - 1994
composer/conductor
, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
1915 - 1998
vocalist
, Vanessa Rubin
Vanessa Rubin
Vanessa Rubin
b.1957
, Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
, Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
, Jimmy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey
Jimmy Dorsey
1904 - 1957
composer/conductor
, Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey
1905 - 1956
trombone
, Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
1909 - 1986
clarinet
, Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller
1904 - 1944
trombone
, Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
1920 - 2012
piano
, Chick Corea
Chick Corea
Chick Corea
b.1941
piano
, Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
, Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
1928 - 2006
trumpet
, Thad Jones
Thad Jones
Thad Jones
1923 - 1986
trumpet
, Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
, Scott Dercks, David James.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

I started singing before I could walk. Everyone thought it was "cute" but said I was too young. So I kept singing—and will sing until I can't anymore.

Your sound and approach to music:

Evocative of another time and place, where passion was abundant in the beautiful jazz music of the early 1900s, I sing from my heart.

With deep respect and admiration for the unequalled Ella Fitzerald, and equally stunningly powerful, contemporary Eva Cassidy, my ears are always open—listening, inextricably drawn to the swing and story of jazz standards.

Your teaching approach:

Everyone has music in them. Your speaking voice is a part of your singing voice, even if you don't know it. If you're willing to try, and practice, we all can sing! It's natural, personal: good posture, a few techniques, (and practice), you cansing. Often your biggest obstacle, is you. Get out of your way, and anything is possible!

Your dream band:

I absolutely enjoy a small ensemble, whether a duo, trio, quartet, sextet, the intimacy of the sound experience of a minimal group allows the music to shine. That's what it's all about, to me.

We all bring our unique talents, experiences, perspective, passion—and share it all in our mutual musical expression.

I've enjoyed singing with a big band, Sweet Georgia Sound; I'll never forget it, and always say, "It was like being a female Michael Buble
Michael Buble
Michael Buble
b.1975
vocalist
!" Fun.

Improvisation is at the heart of jazz. Knowledge of chords, scales, repertoire, jazz changes, and a myriad of other things culminate in an authentic musical expression—Jazz. I find jazz to be a universal language. Everybody loves. Everybody laughs. Everybody hurts. Everybody can relate to jazz, whether or not they think they like it.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?

Almost anything by Eva Cassidy, Madeleine Peyroux .

The first Jazz album I bought was:

Ella Fitzgerald, The First Lady of Song.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?

I am a passionate advocate for keeping music alive in your life, no matter what.

Did you know...

I love to stack rocks just to stack them.

CDs you are listening to now:

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra , Central Park North on Forever Lasting: Live in Tokyo.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?

Keep listening to jazz, playing jazz, seeking it out, talking about it, promoting, celebrating and teaching jazz!

What is in the near future?

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