Since 2007, with a collective of musicians from New York City, Louisville, Toronto, New Hampshire, and Atlanta, I have been creating music from my heart and life experiences, with an intention of sharing joy and power.
Audiences have most recently enjoyed live performances of my music throughout New York City at venues like Oculus World Trade Center, Brooklyn Public Library, Sing for Hope stage at Port Authority, Soul Motif at Tillys BKLYN, XChangeArtistBk, Brooklyn Live Sundays at Basquiats Bottle, One Mic Nite at Cheryls’ Global Soul, LIVE MONDAYS, The Gathering at Bronx Art Space, Restoration Rocks, and as part of the culminating performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater AileyCamp. The music has made its way to independent films like “MALOU,“ and “Little Brother,” and to television through a performance on Season 1 of BET APOLLO LIVE.
I have done over 250 shows, released an album “The Music of Transition,” and 20 singles on all major outlets. The Mountain-Funk-Jam-Sessions of the VON JERRYT & THE BEEZE Soundcloud page deserves a separate honorable mention! Click that link, and enjoy that goodness! And for EVEN MORE performances, jam sessions, interviews, and rehearsal antics you can click here!
Throughout the COVID–19 pandemic, I have kept my music alive by performing in At Home Concerts for Sing For Hope, the Center for the Peoples Health System 2021 Virtual Gala, Freeworld Music Fest, making regular appearances on SOUL MOTIF LIVE and filming 40 episodes of my YouTube series, “Songs from the Stairs.” Also, I am proud to say that my music has been featured on (3) 2021 episodes of NPR Invisibilia, in March 2020, May 2021 and October 2021.
My current focus with the music, is obtaining a commission to produce, present and sustain Songs of Joy and Power, a 75 Minute Music, Film, and Modern Dance Experience. Songs of Joy and Power will uplift, unify and entertain. The work embodies the experiences, relationships, mental health journey, healing and enlightenment of a Man who continues to shed internalized racism, inadequacy and shame, to deepen connections to others and wrestle with the good-bad-and-ugly of a beautiful-unjust-world. This words of this work, made up of my musical catalogue that I began building in 2007, are my lifemap through the cynicism and sadness of scrolling through the worlds’ atrocities, and-my-simultaneous-rose-colored-hopefulness. Marriage, Parenting, Middle Age, Loss and Trauma in a Pandemic, will also be chronicled.
When people ask me about the work I do in the realm of Public Health and Human Services, I tell them that I share leadership with doctors, scientists, lawyers, artists and advocates of various disciplines, to build and implement programs, that seek to help people improve their health, and quality of life.
Click the links below to learn more about work I am honored to have shared leadership in:
These days, most of my week is spent in the Community Affairs department of the NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where I am part of a team that brings hundreds of in-person and virtual health outreach events to thousands of community members each year. I am also proud to share leadership in coordinating convenings of the NYC Coalition to Dismantle Racism in the Health System and working with the American Medical Association Center for Health Equity on initiatives like Release The Pressure. These assignments involve shared leadership in the development and implementation of dynamic health education and outreach, as well as racial equity, and social justice, across New York City and across the country!
What fuels my drive to add value to programs, initiatives, and movements, that seek to enhance the quality of life for communities around the world is the mighty voices of oppressed peoples. It is my belief that these voices have never been louder, more sophisticated, more strategic, and more poised to overcome, than they are, right now.