Today's artists seem to have a deep appreciation for those that came before them. Especially these young artists coming from England and Italy. This singer-songwriter and guitarist reminds me of singer Jamiroquai in his mix of styles with a jazz vibe. Oscar Jerome is an artist to watch and so many are paying attention to this Norwich-born and London-based singer-songwriter/guitarist.
He studied at the same music conservatory(Trinity Laban) as legendary afro-beat saxophonist and singer, Fela Kuti. He plays with the jazz afro-beat group, Kokoroko and has played with such jazz artists as Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd, and others. His voice has a soulful yet folksy type of groove and although he grew up listening to jazz and funk at home his music leans more towards neo-soul but with a twist. He picked up the guitar by age 8 and is classically trained. He says he owes his love of the guitar to his dad who played guitar around the house. At 14 he started playing with bands and by 18 moved to London to pursue his career. Moving to London was the right choice for its a hotbed for a new generation of jazz artists. Last year he released his debut album, Breathe Deep which fuses Latin soul music to some remnants of Grant Green thrown in for good measure. His guests on that album are a who's who of the jazz world with Sons of Kemet, Kamasi Washington, and others. He just released his new single, No Need with producer, and beats master, Ben Hauke. We look forward to hearing more from this talented guitarist, singer-songwriter. Check out his music, you won't regret it. Support independent music and musicians worldwide. Happy listening!