Featured This Week On The Jazz Network Worldwide: “Intervention”, the latest Gospel Jazz release by Saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr.

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Art Sherrod Jr. gives us a glimpse into what defines him as a man – his love for the Lord, his family and music. “Intervention” features 13 spiritually enriched tracks that highlight Art’s roots in Gospel, Jazz, R&B and Funk.

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I am so excited and can't wait for my Smooth Jazz and Gospel listeners to put their ears on this project. It's going to be life-changing!

The genesis of this jazz project began long ago in the church.  Art credits gospel music for his appreciation for all styles of music.  Music that inspires, heals and praises is the “Intervention” that is needed when we go through tests in life. Art describes, “Intervention” as, “… my most personal CD project yet because it speaks to those moments when your faith is being tested and your back is up against a wall.  We've all been there. This is why I believe that “Intervention” is such a powerful CD.  Everyone is going to be able to benefit and relate to the message within each song.  I am so excited and can't wait for my Smooth Jazz and Gospel listeners to put their ears on this project. It's going to be life-changing!”

David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright and Kim Waters all influence Art’s sound, which can be heard in his sophomore project, “Seasons”. Still a crowd favorite, “Seasons”, features several industry superstars including Will Downing, Chuck Loeb, Gerald Albright, Frank McComb, Tracy Hamlin, Marcus Johnson, U-Nam, Alex Al and others. 

Never forgetting the foundation of his love of music, it was a natural progression for Sherrod to bring his signature sound to gospel jazz.  Art assembled another great group of artists to complete his vision for this inspired project. “Intervention” features the soulful stylings of Incognito’s lead female vocalist, Maysa Leak, on a very funky arrangement of Edwin Hawkins' Oh Happy Day.  The album also includes traditional Gospel songs like It Is Well, He Looked Beyond My Faults, My Soul Has Been Anchored and a funky horn section infused arrangement of Walter Hawkins’ Going Up Yonder.  The contemporary side of Art is revealed as he interprets Vashawn Mitchell's Nobody Greater and William McDowell’s I Give Myself Away, Chris Tomlin’s How Great is Our God featuring guitarist Alan Scott, How Excellent featuring world renowned bass guitarist, David Dyson, and Donnie McClurkin’s mega hit Stand.  By no means is “Intervention” your ordinary Gospel jazz project, as it also features some nontraditional songs like Frankie Beverly’s I Wanna Thank You and Sam Cooke’s A Change Gonna Come.

“Intervention” will keep you immersed from the first to the last song.  With one listen, it is clear to see that Art Sherrod Jr’s passion is to connect to the hearts of diverse audiences with an “Intervention”of love and spiritual healing. This project is his living testimony.

Art is currently booking jazz & Gospel festivals for the 2016/2017 calendar and has a strong national press and radio promotion campaign currently underway.  

“The Jazz Network Worldwide is proud to get behind Art Sherrod Jr.’s “Intervention”. After listening to all of the tracks on his CD I found that not only was it easy to tap into his musical history of heart which is Gospel but it had all the flavorings of every genre he’s been inspired by.  It’s a soulful offering at best”, says Jaijai Jackson, of The Jazz Network Worldwide.  

To learn more about Art Sherrod, Jr., “Intervention” and all of his musical projects go to his official website at http://www.artsherrodjr.com and to purchase you can go to iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble and F.Y.E.

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