With a groove as smooth as silk threads in a kimono, producer and musician Jaee Logan knows how to lay it down: easy and light, airy and sweet, with a touch of funk. His song “Morning” infuses its catchy beat into anyone in reach, and the video shows Jaee moving and swaying and having a good old time. What a simple and beautiful message. Without using vocals, he tells us to live, love and laugh.
His band, Sun Rider, has a self-named song which might just well be its anthem. The groove, again, is like a stroll in the park, just ambling through life, easy does it. Another reminder – stop stressin’!
Jaee brings out the best in his musical clients and gives a boost to careers that are either just starting out or taking a new direction. The TLC that emanates from his music is the same quality he employs to help his clients shine through.
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
I always had a desire to be a musician since I was three years old but I started off wanting to be an astronaut, watching the NASA space movement. As I was a child I saw the Apollo mission blast off into space to the moon…but music was always my main desire.
What instruments do you play?
I am in multi-instrumentalist. My main instrument is piano and I have played guitar, trumpet, clarinet, flute, harmonica, bass guitar, drums and pretty much anything that can make a beautiful sound.
What was your music training like?
I was taught by my father who was a famous jazz musician, Giuseppi Logan.
I went onto high school band and then studied at San Francisco College of Music under the direction of Dr. Ross McKee.
How many CDs have you recorded?
I have worked and recorded on many CDs; I would say 15 or more.
Talk about the most recent CD, your favorite track on it, and the challenges of producing it.
The most recent CD is Jazz Sun Rider. My favorite track is “Morning Sissy,” inspired by some of my heroes (George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Bob James, Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire, Bill Summers and many more).
What do you like most about being a producer?
Working with different people from all around the world, and working with extremely talented artists. And the challenges of working with a budget and being able to come under budget with the project.
How do you learn about new artists?
I am a producer and a talent scout, so I’m always looking for talent. And sometimes the talent finds me.
What do you look for in an artist you are considering producing?
The main thing I look for is desire to succeed in this music business. You must be consistent and focused to be successful and have the willingness to take a chance.
Of all the artists you have worked with to produce, who’s been the most memorable?
This is a hard question because I have worked in almost every genre of music and each one is different. For now, I would say MC Hammer.
You truly look like you are enjoying yourself on the “Morning” video. You feel good about what you do?
It is always good to start your day off saying good morning because you brighten someone else’s day. Music is a healer and it sends good vibrations to the world.
What is the music scene like in San Francisco and Oakland?
There is much talent in the area. You can start with Sly & The Family Stone and then to the rock group Journey and Green Day. We have so much to offer to the music industry. It has been a joy calling this my home.
What are the major changes you have experienced in the industry from when you started to today?
One of the main challenges and changes in the industry today is how the consumer purchases music. We now buy digitally and download products or we purchase subscriptions to streaming music. This has changed the pay cycle for a lot of songwriters and as musicians we are learning how to embrace change.
Where would you most want to perform?
Madison Square Garden.
What is the biggest concern of indie artists today and how do you coach them?
Being persistent and don’t give up. Follow your dreams. I would encourage them to stay consistent and focused.
Right now, I am very excited about working with two young talented musicians, The Moore Twins and their album, and also Kymberly Jackson’s “Stone Soup” album.
I will continue to walk in the light and play good music. I like working with real music and real musicians who actually play instruments.
Never forget who helped you along the way because we all stand on each other’s shoulders and each other’s platforms. People make this world go ’round.
I see myself as a magical musician and humanitarian. Peace and unity to all.
For more information, visit www.jaeelogan.com.
Photos courtesy of and with permission of Jaee Logan.
(c) Debbie Burke 2017