Jessy J returned to the studio for her fifth major album — and second on the Shanachie Entertainment label — and international tour, setting the mood for all those smooth jazz lovers out there dying for another sensual fix of her wrap-around saxophonic groove. Scheduled for a May 26th release, My One And Only One is Jessy J’s version of some well-known and melodically magical covers, as well as originals. With the help of a few of her Grammy-winning industry friends (guitarist/co-songwriter Paul Brown, keyboardist Gregg Karukas) in her corner, Jessy J takes the reins as producer, arranger, and writer of the 10-track album.
On My One And Only One, Jessy J gets to play around with some of her favorite styles and with some of her favorite musicians. She describes this project with love and excitement on the “News” section of her website: “My One And Only One is a cross-cultural album that reflects my loves; the rhythms of Africa, sounds from Cuba, beauty and romanticism of Latin America wrapped together with pop-grooves and a deep appreciation for traditional jazz. This CD has everything, you’re going to love it!”
Some of the covers will surprise you. Jessy J puts her own smooth jazz spin on Toni Braxton’s “You’re Makin’ Me High,” the Brothers Johnson’s hit “Strawberry Letter 23,” and The Cure’s “Lovesong.” Not only that, she brings out the true intention of these cover songs and bypasses the intrinsic style excesses of the original artists. Braxton’s thirsty begging and pleading take on a more seductive, relaxed stance in Jessy J’s slow burn, heart dug in, and fully in control.
After the album release, Jessy J will kick off a major American summer tour at Seal Beach, CA’s Spaghettini Jazz Club June 6, before taking off for the International version throughout much of the fall. She’ll hit some important jazz festivals, too, including the Cancun Jazz Festival September 3-6, Aruba’s Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival September 26, and Palm Springs’ Women’s Jazz Fest October 10.
Born in Portland, OR, the now California-based, Mexican-American jazz saxophonist Jessica Arellano has steadily been building a name for herself with her appearances and performances, solo and with established artists such as Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Paquito D’Rivera, and Norman Brown and Brenda Russell (Summer Storm Jazz Tour of 2010). Her songs have also charted well, “Tequila Moon” hitting #1 on Billboard’s jazz chart. She’s appeared on the 2012 "American Idol" and "The Voice," as well as "Good Morning America" and "The View" in 2006 with Jessica Simpson.