My love affair with jazz started years ago! I have fallen madly in love with the art form, the artists, the musicians, and those who support this genre of music. Jazz fits perfectly into my creative and artistic disposition, which is in close proximity to fashion and the arts. These three facets of beauty have always played an integral role in my life. So falling head over heels for the true American art form of jazz was totally understandable. Yet, what surprises me is that I had no idea I would find my purpose in the process. We all have a divine purpose in life and some people know their purpose, while others struggle to find direction. I do believe that we have inner guides that help us navigate life’s obstacles, but we have to listen very closely to that inner voice.
Everything that has transpired since I started my jazz exploration feels right; the process, the people I have connected with, the feedback, the cause to advocate for, the growth of the company and the decisions I make ever y day. I have an overflowing plate in life and people always ask how I do it all? My mom chimes in to say, “It’s because you love it and if you did not love it you would never do so much.” This journey has been completely amazing to me and I get very emotional thinking about it. We are always asking the question, “What’s my purpose, why am I here, what is my calling, what am I suppose to do?” Many people make a living and never live their passion, fulfill their dreams, or realize their purpose. I feel tremendously blessed to have found my place on this path of life, to realize it and be fulfilling my dreams. The purpose that I have longed to find is now laid out, vividly, in front of M.E.E.to embrace.
And Then There Was M.E.E.
I should step back a bit and explain how this was all created. THE MELODY IN M.E.E.. and THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. are products of Multifaceted Exquisite Events Incorporated, which is the events planning company I created in 2010. I’ve always enjoyed planning and designing events and I established this company during a rejuvenation break from corporate America.
The name Multifaceted reflects the many dimensions and perspectives that I have to offer; passion, commitment, style, and organization, coupled with a love for fashion, the arts and music. I wanted to melt all of these loves into one, I wanted my events to be works of art; thus, Multifaceted Exquisite Events Inc. was born. I started out like most event organizers planning weddings, corporate functions and parties. The tides changed during the planning phase for my milestone birthday party. I wanted a saxophone serenade and was introduced to Dean James. I had no idea who he was at the time, but after being introduced to his music, I not only liked it, I loved it. It was the most beautiful instrumental music that I had ever heard. I could not stop playing his CDs. My favorite tracks to date are still “Love Takes Time,” “Skylight” and “Brighter Days.”
I started to learn about various types of jazz: bebop, smooth, latin, mainstream, straight ahead, traditional, jazz royalty and legends: Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltran, Ramsey Lewis, Cannonball Adderley, Grover Washington Jr., etc. and over the next weeks he sent me songs and played songs by different artists for me to listen to. I was smitten with Cannonball Adderley. Cannonball Adderley was a prominent jazz saxaphonist that played in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Even though I kept referring to Cannonball’s amazing tune “Mercy Mercy Mercy” as the Pink Panther song before I was familiar with it, Dean rolled with it. Dean did perform at my birthday party and was a major hit. From that point on my love affair with jazz grew and I wanted to know more. I started incorporating jazz musicians or artists into my events and quickly became a host, promoter, media outlet and advocate for jazz. I had found my niche.
The M.E.E. Network
Over the next few years the Multifaceted Exquisite Events family grew to include THE JAZZ IN M.E.E., THE MELODY IN M.E.E. and GLAM. We are now a national network of support for the jazz industry.
Multifaceted Exquisite Events Inc. (M.E.E.)
An events planning company completely dedicated to the creation of events as works of art! Specializing in delivering unforgettable, elegant, and creative events that bring your dreams to life.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E.
The News, Media & Marketing division that was created to
be a platform to showcase, support, advocate, market, and promote the love of jazz and the arts, the artists, musicians, enthusiasts and supporters of this magnificent culture and the events that are a springboard for its success.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine
The newest addition to the M.E.E. network; The Jazz In MEE Magazine includes dynamic cover stories, trendy Jazz Watch music reviews, boldly stylish CD releases, trend setting blog updates, enchantingly cool featured festival insights, informative “Inside M.E.E.” reports and other consequential jazz information.
The Jazz In MEE magazine was conceived after the success of In the Jazzy Limelight, an online article profiling various jazz artists. In the Jazzy Limelight has reached over 180,000 readers in 25 countries, with the highest international views in Japan, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, France, and the United Kingdom. The Jazz in MEE magazine targets an audience of devotees to jazz and the arts, as well as readers with a passion for jazz vacations, explorations and getaways. Topics that will continuously be expounded upon throughout the publication of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine
The goal of our magazine is to be an informative, inspiring and entertaining jazz style of living magazine where readers can find in-depth feature articles and columns pertaining to everything jazz with an artistic flair.
THE MELODY IN M.E.E.
A musical blog created to capture our musical discoveries, experiences and journey of the jazz genre across the USA. A creative and interactive avenue to report our experiences to our jazz followers and supporters.
Girls & Guys Love Arts and Music (GLAM)
GLAM is an organization for young girls and boys dedicated to the jazz and arts community. This non-profit organization’s goals include advancing education and exposure to innovative art forms, promoting musical and artistic performances, sculpting new audiences and developing a new fan base for jazz.
2012 was outstanding and the summer was explosive. We partnered with Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival to bring jazz enthusiasts to the official vacation destination of jazz. “When Jazz Goes on Vacation, It goes to Martha’s Vineyard.”
We hosted a San Antonio and an Atlanta meet and greet for our friends, partners and supporters. We landed in the Alamo City to cover the San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival and the blazing heat could not keep us away.
We held our 2nd Annual Chocolate Summer Night event and delivered an exciting poetic and musical experience that had everyone captivated.
We also interviewed and covered some of the most incredible jazz artists in the scene: Gail Jhonson & JaZz in P!nk, Jeff Lorber, Mike Burton, Elan Trotman, Warren Hill, Stephen Richard, Everette Harp, Michael Lington, Marcus Adams, Eric Darius, Dwan Bosman, Tom Braxton, Reggie Hines, Jackiem Joyner and Keiko Matsui.
We implemented Jazz Steps With M.E.E., a program that builds musical bridges and relationships with our jazz counterparts across the USA.
What to Expect from M.E.E. in 2013
We are very ecstatic for the arrival of 2013. We have several important projects in the planning stages and many to implement. We are rolling out our magazine and it has been a laborious but rewarding task to design and develop. Throughout 2013 our plan is to focus on the expansion of our media, public relations and booking divisions, cover more jazz festivals/events, increase our brand recognition globally, host a radio broadcast, roll out our nonprofit organization, enhance our artist services and build a more interactive artist and partner network.
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