4 Jax

4 Jax

 Republic, Missouri, USA
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2 time CBS Star Search Winner™ Jake Simpson is backed by some of the finest musicians out of the Midwest in Guitarist - Justin Ward, Bassist - Donnie Inman and Drummer - Bart Kelley. Having played together since their college days, 4 Jax is one of the most dynamic shows you'll find anywhere.


4 Jax

4 Jax began to take form in the fall of 1998. While performing in the funk band Clockwork, bassist Donnie Inman and guitarist Justin Ward were asked to find a replacement keyboardist. Inman had recommended keyboardist Jake Simpson, with whom he had jammed in an acid-jazz band. Jake arrived at the gig that weekend with “about 4 keyboards and a B-3”, recalls Ward. The vocalists in Clockwork were having a rough gig, and requested the rhythm section play an instrumental. Simpson announced he could “sing a little bit” and called out a Stevie Wonder tune. A little turned out to be a lot as Simpson blew the roof off the club with his unique style and incredible range. The addition of Simpson instantly made the group a huge draw in the Midwest.

In October of ’98, management at Springfield Brewing Company approached Inman. They were looking for a Band to fill Wednesday nights. Donnie approached Ward, Simpson, and their original drummer if they were interested. “We had always talked about the concept of an ‘80’s band. So now we had an excuse to check it out.” After 2 weeks of intense rehearsal, 4 Jacks and a Jill made their debut performance. “Our original name was in homage to Spinal Tap. The role of Jill was played by an inflatable sex doll mounted on a mic stand,” recalls Ward. “I figured we would make some extra money for Christmas and get fired”. Lines around the block started forming a few weeks later, and the group shortened its name to 4 Jax. “The sex doll had a hole punched in it, and I didn’t want to by another one”, said Inman. For the next two years, the group completely dominated Springfield, MO and most of Southwest Missouri with catchy tunes and stellar musicianship. The ensemble was made stronger with the addition of drummer Bart Kelley in 2000.

The band decided to call it quits in 2001, playing their farewell show in June. The breakup did not last long. The 4 Jax began playing shows again in November. Even though Simpson lived in New York City and Inman lived in St. Louis, the group played a full schedule through the beginning of 2003.

The Big Break:
Singer Jake Simpson was chosen to be a part of the revived talent show ‘Star Search” in February of 2003, and won the Best Adult Male Vocal category. A self-titled solo album released on Sony records followed his victory. Several high-profile gigs for Simpson and the rest of the Jax followed. A highlight was returning to Springfield and performing at SMSU (now Missouri State University), the group’s alma mater. They were also Grand Marshals of the Homecoming Parade. Simpson went on to another Star Search win at the end of 2004.

The 4 Jax took another extended hiatus at the end of 2005 to persue other personal and professional avenues. Jake toured with Jim Brickman and performed solo gigs in the LA area. Bart joined the Mark Chapman Band, who released a live CD in 2007. Donnie became a “gun for hire”, playing with some of the top acts in the St. Louis area. Justin joined Lost Highway, one of Southwest Missouri’s most popular acts.

In the spring of 2008, the Jax were back again! A reunion show at the Springfield Brewing Co. (where it all had begun) was a huge success. “We still have it”, said guitarist Ward. “The crowds were amazing and the band never sounded better”. The excitement and success of the show prompted the 4 Jax to reform again. Bart Kelley put it best, “We are back and better than ever!”

4 Jax are currently booking for 2012 so check the schedule and come out and see one of the best four piece bands in the land!

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4 JAX Live @ The Springfield Brewing Company
Star Search Winner: Jake Simpson
Star Of Wonder (Popular Christmas Songs)
My Song - Jake Simpson's Solo Album

Set List

4 JAX Cover Songs

Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Anyway you want it – Journey
Beat It – Michael Jackson
Billy Jean – Michael Jackson
Cars - Gary Neumann
Come On Eileen – Dixie Midnight Runners
Do I Do – Stevie Wonder
Don't Stop Believin’ - Journey
Driven To Tears – The Police
Every Little Thing she does – The Police
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Fight For Your Right - Beastie Boys
Good times - Chic
Head Over Heels – Tears For Fears
Hold the Line - Toto
Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran
I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free- Sting
Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
Lets Dance – David Bowie
Like a Virgin - Madonna
Message in a Bottle – The Police
New Sensation - INXS
Night Fever - Bee Gees
One Thing Leads To Another - The Fixx
Reflex – Duran Duran
Ride Like the Wind – Christopher Cross
Rio – Duran Duran
Rock With You – Michael Jackson
Roxanne – The Police
Rosanna - Toto
Separate Ways - Journey
September –