Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Eames, JaRon, Eames, JaRon K., vocalist, archivist, journalist b. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 21 December 1953. He's the youngest of 6 children, 5 boys and one girl. His late father, Louis L. Eames (d.1990), started the first black bank along with 4 other men in Baton Rouge La. in the 1950s and turned it into the 7th largest black savings and loan in the country. Louis was included in Who's Who in Black America, and Who's Who in banking. His mother, known as Cookie, retired from telephone communications at Southern University and lives in Baton Rouge.
JaRon attended Southern University's lab school and graduated in 1971. He attended Southern as a college student for one year, then moved to New York to start his music career in 1973.
From 1974 to 1977, Eames worked for Japan Air Lines. After travelling around the world, he decided to quit and devote his life to his music. He formed JKE Productions Enterprises Inc. with Norbert Bogner as vice-president, to bring what is termed "saloon singing" or "entertainer" back in style and to keep Jazz and Blues alive.
Eames has sung with pianists Harold Maeburn, Lloyd Mayers, Michael Wolff, Dorothy Donegan, and in Barry Harris's workshops since 1981. He performed in many jam sessions with trumpeter Doc Cheatham and Sol Yagat, and appeared on the Steve Allen Radio Show in 1985 (WNEW).
Margrit Jacobson in Berlin has helped tremendously with introducing Mr. Eames' Jazz and Blues style to Germany. He lived in Berlin from 1990 t0 1992, and performed at a number of gigs there and has returned many times to perform at club dates. Around 1998 he hosted, with Ms. Torrie McCartney, the first Billie Holiday Jazz festival, held at the Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn New York and organized by Ms. Alma Carroll, wife of the late singer Joe Carroll. Performers for the festival included Houston Person, Etta Jones, and "Little Jimmy Scott."
In December, 1994, Eames began to produce and host his own weekly television show, "The JaRon Eames Show." It is televised on Manhattan Cable's community Channel 34, and seen worldwide on the internet. On the show, Eames has done in-depth interviews with Oscar Peterson, Nancy Wilson, Little Jimmy Scott , Anita O'Day, Hank Jones, George Wein, Art D'Lugoff, Pheobe Jacobs, Joe Williams, John Levy and many others. It is now the longest running weekly jazz television show in history.
Mr. Eames is writing a book entitled "Jazz Conversations," based on transcriptions of his many hours of interviews with jazz legends, and is also in talks with a film maker to produce a documentary of the same title. A DVD of interviews from the show, the "Best of Collection DVD," is housed in the library of Jazz at Lincoln Center, as part of the Rodgers and Hammerstein collection.
Mr Eames has performed for 3 years in Japan, and performed at the Nagoya World's Fair in 2005.
Suddenly (1994); Sounds Good To Me (1996); Caught in the Act,"Live" 2001, Romantic Classic -JaRon Eames sings, Emme Kemp Plays (2004)
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