Class of 1987
Jerald began studying the violin in the fourth grade in the Detroit Public Schools under the guidance of Connie Miner and was soon spending his weekends in a music program at Wayne State University. At thirteen, he started his professional career in a be-bop jazz setting with Detroit Saxophonist, Donald Walden and the Detroit Jazz Orchestra, and later formed his own band. While listening to everything from the R&B of Prince and Patti Labelle and the jazz of Duke Ellington, Daemyon complemented his formal training studying with Dr. Morris Hochberg of Royal Oak, Michigan, former principal violinist of the Cleveland Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He has also studied under renowned Czechoslovakian concert violinist Peter Michalicia and took master classes with the internationally renowned concert violinist Isaac Stern, and attended the famed International Music Camp at the Interlochen School of Performing Arts. He has studied Jazz Studies and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mathematics, Secondary Education and Music Composition at Marygrove College, Detroit, MI and has developed general academic, computer science and music curriculums for secondary and collegiate institutions.
Jerald has appeared with Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Bernie Mac, Brian McKnight, Rachelle Farrell, legendary jazz vocalists Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Roy Ayers, Vesta Williams, Maysa, Silk, Amel Larrieux, Yolanda Adams, Ronny Laws, Lenny Williams, Jon B, Dee-Dee Sharp, The United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra and various other symphony orchestras across the country and has been a guest performer numerous times on the nationally syndicated radio program â€œThe Tom Joyner Morning Showâ€.
He is a recognized member of the National Academy of Recording Artists & Sciences (The Grammy Awards), has received the 3M Award of Artistic Innovation, The Spirit of Detroit Award and at sixteen received an award from the State of Michigan for outstanding achievement, and numerous honors for his work with children and community service across the country and is currently an Artist Endorser for the Barcus Berry Electric Violin Company and NS Designs.
â€œSUMMER MADNESSâ€, whose widespread urban radio airplay success throughout the U.S. and Chicago area helped bring Daemyon to GRP Records President, Tommy LiPuma and the Universal Recording Companyâ€™s attention, is a fresh, hip and funky, take on Kool & The Gangâ€™s early Seventies, feel good smash. Once again, his frenzied violin winds darkness through light tenderness, shifting dynamics while dancing above the rolling synth sounds captures the vibe. The big-sounding â€œThinking About Youâ€ was released independently on Jeraldâ€™s own label Jazzestra Records, before making its way around the urban radio market in the United States and world, where his urban-contemporary R&B sound was an instant airplay request and commercial sales success under the GRP/Universal Record label achieving national recognition as a chart topping smash on Billboardâ€™s Magazineâ€™s Urban and Contemporary Jazz Charts earning Best Contemporary Jazz Album.
Jeraldâ€™s dream or achieving, like his idol Duke Ellington, the love and respect of all people as an ambassador of music to the world comes much closer to reality with the new R&B-Urban Adult Contemporary release â€œNo Strings Attached...â€ and the Latin/R&B orchestral release â€œThe Matadorâ€ is guaranteed to blow you away and take the violin where no violin has ever gone before.
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