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Born and raised in Baton Rouge / New Orleans La. JaRon attended Southern Univ. for one year then moved to NYC in 1972. From 1974-1977 Mr. Eames worked for Japan Air Lines. After traveling the world he decided to quit and devote his life to his music. JaRon Eames, President and Norbert Bogner, Vice President formed JKE Productions Enterprises Inc., with the goal to bring what is termed "saloon singing" or "entertainer" back in style and to keep Jazz and Blues alive. Margrit Jacobsen, JaRon Eames' manager in Europe has helped tremendously with introducing Mr. Eames' Jazz and Blues style to the people of Germany.
Mr. Eames has worked with extraordinary pianists such as Harold Mayburn, Lloyd Mayers,Benny Green and Barry Harris. When Mr. Harris founded and headed a Jazz workshop in 1981, he also worked with leading bassists such as Earl May, Reggie Workman,Bob Cummingham, and Jamil Nassar. He was also a member of Universal Jazz Coalition, headed by Cobi Narita, Executive Director.
He has also performed many times in Jazz Jam sessions with the legendary trumpeter, Doc. Cheatham. Other highlights were when he performed with the great pianist Ms. Dorothy P.Donnegan, at Tavern On the Green... she was very pleased with the performance. Quote-"you really can swing a room". Or when he dined with the great Mable Mercer at the Playboy club in London.
JaRon has performed at several Jazz Clubs in New York, including the legendary and world famous Apollo Theatre(one of the last amature nights hosted by the legendary Ralph Cooper). Other clubs include : The famous Harlem night spot Small's Paradise, Sweetwaters, Rodney Dangerfield's, Rupperts, Sheraton Russell Hotel, Cajun's. La Belle Epoqe and ,Dec.2002 Dannys Sky light room,For JaRon's Nancy Wilson 50th Anniv. tribute. He also appeared on the Steve Allen Radio Show in 1985 (WNEW). In 1986 he had the pleasure of working with Michael Wolff, Music Director for the Arsenio Hall Show, and the for many years the musical director and accompanist for the legendary Ms.Nancy Wilson.
In Berlin, where lived and worked for two years, performed at many popular jazz and blues clubs including: Blues Cafe, Lowmeyers, Champussy, Ewige Lampe, Chez Alex and Kultur. In 1991, performed at the Hotel Sylter Hof for a swinging New Year's Eve Show. During the Black History Month festival in Berlin, he performed at the Bebop in Kreuzberg. He also performed in the jazz clubs Badensher Hof and Franz Club. In 1991 took part in the Wilmersdorfer Jass Festival, organized by Franz de Byi. In the summer of 1993, went back to Europe for a tour that included BLUE MONDAY, the famous blues club in Freiburg.
Upon returning to New York, performed at The Sign of the Dove The Shark Bar Saint Peter's Church( when the wonderful John Gensel was in charge), as well as a hot New Year's show in Long Island at Stefano. In December he returned to Berlin to promote his new CD, "SUddenly", which was very well received in Germany by jazz radio personality, Jan Fritz at KISS FM, whom after hearing Eames' CD and seeing him live performing at a night club, called him the "Emperor of Swing". While in Berlin, Eames performed at several jazz clubs, gave radio interviews and was booked for a private gathering at A.G.B.C. (American German Business Club).Eames performed his usual swinging New Year's Eve show in Berlin in 1994 and the following week performed at a jazz and Gospel concert at the Tempelhofer Church.
Returning to New York in February 1995 to several radio and television interviews, and the continuation of the promotion of his magnificent first CD "Suddenly", which garnered wonderful reviews in such prominent periodicals such as Jazz Times, Livingm Blues, Blue Suede News and a rave review in Cadence Jazz Magazine. Eames continues to perform in night clubs, private parties, galas and all functions where a sophisticated, swinging jazz and blues Performer/Entertainer is needed.
In the summer of 1996 Eames released another CD "Sounds Good to Me" which Jazz Times magazine reviewed with the most glowing of adjectives: "phrases expertly ... swings righteously ... warbles dynamically" etc. By all accounts, this new release should give Eames' career the exposure he has earned after performing in clubs for over 20 years. His mission in this business of music is to keep what Eames calls swinging,saloon singing alive. The third CD entitled "JaRon- Caught in the Act" recorded live in NYC.
In January of 1994 ventured into television by producing and hosting his own cable T.V. show, "The JaRon Eams Show". It's a swinging Jazz and Blues talk show format with various guest artist each week. Recent guests have been, the legendary Ms Nancy Wilson, Little Jimmy Scott and the great Joe Williams. Past guests include Mrs. Sammy Davis Jr., John Hendricks Soupy Sales,Oscar Peterson, and many many more. Visit TV page.
If you would like the JaRon Eames Show in your city please contact us. Check local public access for dates and times.
Mr. Eames hosted (along with Ms. Torrie McCartney) the first Billy Holiday Jazz festival, held at the Billy Holiday Theater in Brooklyn New York and organized by Ms. Alma Carrol, wife of the late singer Joe Carrol. Performers for the festival were Houston Person, Etta Jones, and "Little Jimmy Scott". It was major success....This years festival 1999, was just as successful, with Ms. Irine Reed and Ray Shinnery.2004 Mr Eames continues to perform in night clubs here and in Europe and Asia. The better part of his time is spent archiving the legends of Jazz&Blues on his weekly TV Show-The JaRon Eames Show.
"The biggest celebrities are those who have defined themselves, and then set to work elaborating upon there image" annon..... JaRon Eames
Born and raised in Austria, Mr. Bogner attended culinary school then moved to England where he learned to speak english. He lived and worked there until getting an exciting job as a waiter on an international cruise ship. After several years traveling the world's most exotic locations, Mr. Bogner landed in New York City- and this is where he calls home.
After a few years in New York, Mr. Bogner married and began to adjust to his new life in NYC. Soon after he landed a job working for the world famous "Diet Dr. Stephan Gullo", who's patient list consists of many of the worlds "movers and shakers in society."-working there part time, has afforded him the luxury to spend much time traveling and enjoying nature, mountain climbing, meditation, spiritual calmness, good wine, good food,good friends and good cigars.
JKE Productions Enterprises Inc. is deeply greatful for all of the support, financial and otherwise from V.P. Norbert J. Bogner.
A school teacher in one of the better schools in Berlin, who became my booking agent in Berlin. Margrit kept me working in Germany especially in the early 90's more than I worked in the US. Because of her my career has flourished there. A music and English teacher, jazz lover, and dear friend Margrit is deeply special to me.
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