Bay Area Jazz Society
MUSICIAN FUND THE CORONA VIRUS
The Higher Power Project: I've lost a father, a brother and a nephew over time to alcohol and or drug addiction. Many of us especially from minority communities know people including loved ones who have experienced a similar fate. Over seventy thousand people have already died this year from a chemical overdose, also partly due to the Corona Virus. What has been left out of this equation is all the thousands of people who have died or whose health has been impacted because of tobacco addiction. My father was a musician, a hard drinker and Chesterfield cigarette smoker. Musicians have always been exposed to the party life a possible disadvantage. They also mostly have no job security and often have had no control of their monthly income, yet many remain dedicated to their craft and to making people happy through music. A pension and social security have been unattainable for most Artists who have spent a life time making people happy through music.100% of the sales of the Higher Power Project CD go into a special fund in support of Musicians & Artists that find themselves seriously struggling in today's economic climate. Thanks to a signed & notarized agreement with Chump Change Records BAJAZZS, a nonprofit 501-C-3, has been provided complete authority over the promotion, publication, dissemination and profits of the Higher Power Project CD. We'd like to thank each and every individual who receives this CD, listens to it , loves it and who understands the goal of the Bay Area Jazz Society's effort to create a special fund for our musicians & artists as something you would like to support. If you are able please consider contributing at least a twenty dollar minimun or more to our special BAJAZZS fund, especially if you have received the Higher Power Project CD for free. Because of the Corona Virus it is more difficult to purchase physical copies of the CD at this time. You can email us at Bayjazzs@gmail.com or call 510-697-7130 to purchase a physical copy. You can also make a donation by going to PayPal using Bayjazzs@gmail.com. The address to mail a loving contribution is P.O box 3578 Berkeley Ca, 94703. Please tell your friends that they can purchase the CD on line digitally at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, etc.
PAUL TILLMAN SMITH, Executive Director: Bay Area Jazz Society
Bay Area Jazz Society Mission Statement
BAJAZZS is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting the historical contributions Jazz Music has made to American Society. We fulfill our mission by promoting programs and projects which educate the public about this rich musical history and how it has impacted our country in positive ways. We are also committed to presenting a wide range of indigenous music reflecting the variety of music forms here in the Bay Area including, Cool Jazz, Latin Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Zydeco, Blues, R&B and spoken word.It is our goal to work hand in hand with our Schools and Community Colleges to create educational programs that feature teaching workshops and performances by some of our wonderful local artists. In today's economic climate it is crucial that we help our local artists find steady employment as teachers and performing musicians. BAJAZZS is also dedicated to providing music development opportunities for under-served youth. We are currently in a partnership with Oakland Schools and have co-sponsored the purchasing of musical instruments for Frick Middle School students in East Oakland and also purchased a top tier Mackie 32 channel mixing board to help kick off their planned recording studio. Bajazzs has also donated sound equipment and music instruments to the historical Prescott Elementary School, the first African American publicnschool in West Oakland. Lastly Bajazzs looks forward to creating a fund to help send professional musicians that are recording engineers into the schools to work with the students, many who are eager to learn about the music business. Our music in the school's program is designed to enhance self-esteem and character, teach student discipline, promote independent learning skills, e.g., computer skills, studio recording and performing techniques, while developing and meeting student personal goals.
100% of the sales of the Higher Power Project CD go into a special fund in support of Musicians & Artists that find themselves seriously struggling in today’s economic climate.
100% of the sales of the Higher Power Project CD go into a special fund in support of Musicians & Artists that find themselves seriously struggling in today’s economic climate. Thanks to a signed & notarized agreement with Chump Change Records BAJAZZS, a nonprofit 501-C-3, has been provided complete authority over the promotion, publication, dissemination and profits of the Higher Power Project CD.
We’d like to thank each and every individual who receives this CD, listens to it , loves it and who understands the goal of the Bay Area Jazz Society’s effort to create a special fund for our musicians & artists as something you would like to support. If you are able please consider contributing at least a twenty dollar minimun or more to our special BAJAZZS fund, especially if you have received the Higher Power Project CD for free. Because of the Corona Virus it is more difficult to purchase physical copies of the CD at this time. You can email us at Bayjazzs@gmail.com or call 510-697-7130 to purchase a physical copy. You can also make a donation by going to PayPal using Bayjazzs@gmail.com. The address to mail a loving contribution is P.O box 3578 Berkeley Ca, 94703. Please tell your friends that they can purchase the CD on line digitally at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, etc.
PAUL TILLMAN SMITH, Executive Director: Bay Area jazz Society
LETTER FROM THE PRODUCER
On the average 60,000 American souls perish each year from a drug overdose. We are talking about human beings that were once beloved little babies held in the loving arms of caring mothers, fathers and their families.
The Higher Power Project CD has taken a long time coming to fruition. I can’t believe God has allowed me after all these years to create this beautiful CD consisting of fourteen truly meaningful songs. I am 73 years old. Usually by this time most artists are relaxing in a rocking chair, if they are lucky, and definitely not on the road still trying to make a living. This is why I have decided to give the rights to this music to the Bay Area Jazz Society to use to raise money to help my fellow musicians and other artists young and old that find themselves unmercifully struggling in today’s economic climate.
I started my career as an 18 year old Black Hippie in Berkeley in a band that also included Rock & Roll legend Steve Miller. The band was called the Second Coming and two of its members lost their minds taking LSD, that scared me to death. I tried LSD once and cut the tab in half when nobody was looking. It was already emotionally challenging enough for me being the only Black man in the band and living in a completely White environment for the first time. All my friends before that were Black and grew up in East Oakland. After that experience I left for New York where I starved for half a year as an Avant Garde Jazz musician. I did get to play with a lot of famous New York Cats. I then came back home and started my songwriting career , playing Jazz on the side with anyone who would hire me including John Handy & Bobby Hutcherson and attending U.C. Berkeley.
My career has been filled with many nearly successful experiences. I have done a lot of writing and performing but was never able to make a sizable amount of money. That has not stopped me from pursuing my craft even into my seventies. I guess I qualify to be called a true artist and God knows I have been lucky enough to be able to continue recording on a level that under any other circumstance would be financially out of reach for most. This has been made possible through the help of many loving musicians and vocalist whom have performed for me way under
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1. PAUL TILLMAN SMITH 2. BARBARA TAYLOR 3. JIM COLLINS
4. BEN FLINT 5. JON BENDITCH 6. YOLANDRA RHODES 7. DENNIS JEFFREY
AGREEMENT / Chump Change Records
and The Bay Area Jazz Society
It is hereby agreed that Chump Change Records is giving full control of the Higher Power Project Cd consisting of thirteen original songs and one cover song to the non-profit 501-C-3 Bay Area Jazz Society to be used throughout the United States and abroad from this date June 20th 2020 for the next five years until June 20th, 2025. This agreement includes.
A. Ownership of all profits excluding royalties for writers and their publishers.
B. Keeping records of all sales physical and digital.
C. Will have the right to make vinyl records if needed.
D. Will oversee all financial partnerships that may arise and funding for the promotion of the Higher Power Project CD.
E. Be responsible for all humanitarian giving and scholarships to identified parties consisting of no more than a board vote of a maximum of 5 elected board
members to a minimum of 3 elected board members.
F. Chump Change records and its investors agrees to forego the 120 thousand dollars for the creation of the HPP CD until after the completion of this agreement at which time will receive 50 percent of all profits forever into the future based on their mutual agreements established by law.
The Higher Power Project Songs
1. Higher Power 2. Music Land 3. Darkness to the Light 4. Running 5. Someday We'll All be Free 6. Travelin' 7. Love From a Woman: 8. Morning Star 9. Beautiful Heart 10. Wishes 11. Heavens Paradise: 12. Steps: 13. Precious Song: 14. The Power:
Chump Change Records: President
“The Higher Power Project”
The Bay Area Jazz Society Presents, “The Higher Power Project” featuring former American Idol finalist Donnie Williams and special guests. Donnie Williams was positioned to win the 2004 American Idol contest when he was removed from the show. He later would reach out to the AA Twelve Step Program for help with alcohol addiction. Donny is now seeking to help those who may be struggling with addictions of all types. He is looking forward to performing his music especially for those who will appreciate hearing it..
Many have called the song Higher Power the National Anthem of recovery. Higher Power was recently named the inspirational song and video of the year by a national contest sponsored by Tyler Perry, B.E.T, Lions Gate Films and Pastor Marvin Winans. Pastor Winans proclaimed that HIGHER POWER “was the winner by far!”. The video was produced by BAJAZZS Executive Director drummer / songwriter Paul Tillman Smith and longtime Prince sideman guitarist Levi Seacer Jr.
THE CORONA VIRUS
One hundred percent of profits from the “Higher Power Project” go into a special fund to help Musicians and Artists of all ages and who have also been impacted by the Corona Virus. Consequently, we are seeking partnerships or funding for this important project in order to help carry its message across the country with hopes of reaching those individuals who will benefit from hearing the music’s message.
Part of the BAJAZZS mission is also to provide a helping hand to those musicians who have dedicated their lives to making people happy through music but have no personal retirement or pension for their later years and who may need help with housing, food and health care.