Jairus Daigle Violin, Drums, French Horn, Saxophone, Piano
romantic, artistic, and vigorating sounds will definitely have you wanting to
kick back and relax, or even get your two-step on when you listen to this young
talented musician Jairus Daigle's
originality takes the jazz lovers across the board with a touch of contemporary
jazz, jazz fusion, rock jazz, jazz standards, and smooth jazz, which is
introduced on his debut CD, "It's My Time" released March 2009,
remastered in August 2013 and his second release, "Roam Around The City"
released February 2015. On top of being a performer, Jairus is a composer,
arranger, producer, engineer, studio musician, orchestra musician, and mentor.
Jairus began his
journey into music as a violinist as a very young age of seven. As the son of one of Southwest Louisiana's
best jazz and rhythm and blues musicians, Chester "Choppe" Daigle II,
Jairus inherited the feel for jazz music.
Richly talented in his own way, Jairus brings to the table his artistry
of musical forte. His expression o life
through his music lets you experience some of the old and some of the new feels
of music. He inspires many young and
old, with his desire to become one of the best with his art. He shares what he knows with young people of
curious nature and encourages them to also get involved in the arts. Jairus is
featured in the book "Images of America - Lake Charles" written by
Janet Allured, Jessica Hutchings, and Debbie Johnson-Houston (p. 102, Arcadia
Publishing, 2012). Among several artists
Jairus music is mostly inspired by Jean Luc Ponty, Stephane Grappelli, and Noel
classical violin through private instructions with Mrs. Lisa Hoffpauir of Lake
Charles, Louisiana and Mr. Paul Redding of Lake Charles, Louisiana by way of
Shreveport, Louisiana and at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts-NOCCA, New
Orleans, Louisiana (June 2008, June 2009).
He obtained his BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Professional Music from Berklee
College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts in Spring 2014 where he worked with the
Berklee Stage Crew as a stage hand with live sound and light, engineering and
also as a violinist with the Berklee Film Scoring Orchestra. Jairus served as a student instructor and
mentor as a part of Berklee's Global Project, tutoring students in Cape Town,
Africa via Skype on American jazz violin.
As a Horatio Alger
Scholarship Recipient, Jairus has had the opportunity to perform for the
organization during their awards ceremonies in Philadelphia and Washington,
D.C., performing along with artists such as Sy Smith.
Included in Jairus
discography is mezzo-soprano and jazz vocalist Erica Papillion-Posey's 2015
release "The Standards Reimagined, when jazz...", Moana A
Jairus was chosen
among 3,000 Reverbnation artists to be showcased at the Cutting Edge NOLA Music
Business Conference in August 2015 where he performed for the Katrina
Recognition Show at the Little Gem Saloon and in August 2014 at Sweet
Lorraine's Jazz Club. He also performed for the Music Madness ATX showcase
during the SXSW Music Festival on March 18, 20`15 at Aussie's Beach Bar and
Grill in Austin, Texas and is invited for a return performance on March 17,
2016. He's performed for the Ultimate
Louisiana Party Blues & Cultural Festival during Lundigras in New Orleans,
Louisiana on February 8, 2016.
After his return home
from Berklee College of Music, Jairus formed a back-up band of six members
called The Jairus Daigle Network. The
Network performs Jairus originally composed music and some cover tunes. He joined the Lake Charles Symphony and
performs with the Symphony and the Pops Orchestra. Jairus also perform
regularly with his father/pianist Chester Daigle II and jazz vocalist Grace
"Gigi" Smitherman at Latruffe Sauvage Fine Dining Restaurant,
L'Auberge du Lac Casino Jack Daniels bar and Grill Jazz Brunch and with the R
& B band City Heat of Lake Charles.
He serves as an
active staff member of the Jazz In The Arts Foundation-Lake Charles as mentor,
educator and performer, Assistant Coordinator/Jazz In The Arts Internship Program-Lake Charles, Horatio Alger Scholar
Alumni/Mentor, and Berklee College of Music Alumni 2014.
Grace "GiGi" Smitherman – ”The Lady With The Fan
Grace “Gigi” Smitherman
lived in New Orleans for several years before being displaced due to Hurricane
Katrina. She is a successful business owner who’s always had dreams
of being a jazz singer. Grace grew up listening to and singing jazz
from a very young age, but not professionally.
Born in Georgetown, Ga,
on New Year’s Day, Gigi grew up in
Pennsylvania; Gigi developed an early love for jazz and popular music on records
and the radio. Her first memory of music
was of Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee at the young age of 5 years. She started piano lessons at the age of 7 and
often played for the church choirs.
Gigi currently resides in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has been a wife, mother, is a successful
entrepreneur and has now turned her talents to performing as a jazz singer/song
writer. She became involved as a jazz entertainer after
being directed by her good friend Horace Henry, a fellow jazz lover, to a fine
dining restaurant called LaTruffe Savauge Fine Dining Restaurant knowing she
would love to hear a local renowned pianist, by the name of Chester
Daigle. As Chester played, Gigi chimed
in with song. That evening Chester and
his wife Patricia recognized her talent and invited her to join them and add
her vocal talents, and history was made from that meeting.
The Lady with the Fan is who she is. Gigi always carries a beautiful fan which has won her the tag “The
Lady With The Fan”, wherein her female admirers/fans are so uniquely named “Fanistas”!
Her music stylings have been influenced by such great
artists as Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn and Phyllis
Gigi brings to the audience a very rich, supple voice that possess
varied registers that soothes, delights and seduces the listening audience. A fan recently commented of Gigi:
“Smooth as fine wine, she graces the stage
with style and glamour along with adding a little sass to her performance”.
The music chemistry, synergy and Sympatico with
Chester, has developed and created stylings that draw a broad sector of
attention. Gigi has been able to absorb the richness of jazz refining her
conceptual song styling that emerged through time, focus and her personal feel
The Lady with the Fan is actively recording at
the Daigle atelier and performing jazz vocals with the noted pianist Chester
Daigle and jazz Violinist, Jairus Daigle.
Gigi’s music has found her
involved in and taking her talents to the community in a myriad of public and
private venues and has performed at Balls, picnics, weddings and the annual
“Women of Jazz” Concerts in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Additionally, Gigi is the founder and owner of KJUS978fm.com, an on-line Gospel radio
station where the focus is on supporting the unknown and untapped gospel
artists. She also serves on the Jazz In The Arts staff as a jazz vocal mentor to upcoming jazz vocalists.
Recent performances find her Tuesday evenings at
LaTruffe Sauvage Fine Dining Restaurant, an upscale in Lake Charles, Louisiana;
Jazz festival Showcase with Chester and Jairus on February 8, 2016 in New
Orleans, Louisiana. Gigi enjoys and has a love of singing
and writing songs, and is incessantly working on fresh material for a very
near-future release (stay tuned!).