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"From Chicago to Lillestrom"

From Chicago to Lillestrøm

The fact that Lillestrøm Jazz Club’s ‘Jazz on Saturday’ had to move from the Fagerborg Hotel to Klimt, certainly did not have an adverse effect on the audience’s mood when, under the summer sun, jazz/blues singer Sean Jamaal entranced them with his warm tones.

By Bente Damhaug

Meeting with jazz vocalist Sean Jamaal, a young and more modest version of Al Jarreau, left one wanting to hear more. From his extensive repertoire his interpretations proved that he posesses a great deal of musicality.

“At home I really don’t listen that much to music,” Jamaal says. – “Except when I am looking for something new. Often I only have to hear a melody once, and I create my own music from it. Maybe that is the reason why I am not influenced by too many impressions.”

Originally from Chicago, Jamaal lives in Amsterdam at present. He finds it interesting to use European influences, and he relishes the artist’s life among the Amsterdam canals. Apart from his musical career he is also an actor.

“How did you arrive here at Lillestrøm?”

“Through the net”, the singer says with a smile. He met base player Øivind Helseth through the Internet, and subsequently came over for a visit. Jamaal was accompanied by Helseth as well as a number of other excellent musicians, Eivind Sannes at the piano, Jan Inge Melsaeter, trombone, and Kristian Lund on drums. With a complement such as this the Lillestrøm Jazzclub will have no problems giving more performances!

Photo caption:
In Lillestrom last Saturday Sean Jamaal impressed the audience with his jazz and blues vocals, well complemented by Jan Inge Melsaeter on trombone.
- Lillestrom Daily

"Schadow Arkaden Düsseldorf"

Sean Jamaal, einfühler Sänger aus Chicago - powerfull und mit einer grossen Stimme Zwischen Blues, Gospel und Jazz - The Spirit of Jazz

"Caledonia Jazz & Bues Band returns to Buitenzorg"

Caledonia Jazz & Bluesband returns to Buitenzorg<br><br><br><br>EDE
– They have played here before in Buitenzorg, the gentlemen of the Caledonia Jazz & Blues Band from Brabant. The last time was in November 1998 and then, too, they made sure it was a wonderful jazz afternoon. Sufficient reason for Ellis Steens and Job Zomer to get us reacquainted, to everyone’s delight! If you were not there, you missed the boat! You know how it is with jazz, sometimes something very special can happen, and so it did on Sunday the 6th of February.<br><br>What’s nice about this band is its versatile repertoire and their modern handling of many standards. This makes everything sound rather different than it usually does. Professionalism and musicians enjoying themselves are foremost. We did not yet know of their wonderful talent for accompaniment. It is then that you discover the true talent of a real jazz musician. Because on stage that Sunday there unxecpectedly appeared an excellent jazz vocalist who joined in ‘to sing a few songs’. His first few notes of ‘All of me’ caused shivers of excitement among many in the audience. What was happening there on that stage in Buitenzorg? Were we listening to the new Al Jareau, Marvin Gaye, or a mixture of the two, plus a little bit of Sammy Davis? Well, no, it was 34 year old Sean Jamaal. Confused I certainly was, and I was not the only one. With some inquiry it appeared that this young man was born in Chicago and now lives in Amsterdam. He has been singing all his life, and has been listening very well to some of the great examples. In Amsterdam he is known as the top soloist of the Swing Society, and even in Germany he is already well-known. Thanks to Peter and Monica from Tiel, who were kind enough to bring him along to Ede, we were treated to a wonderful set, with excellent timing, and a beautiful, unique singing technique. I can only guess where Sean learned to sing like this, because when I asked he revealed to me that he has never had any lessons. So there!<br><br>The band’s members, leader trumpeter Tony van Kampen, saxophone player Stephan Lems, guitarist Paul Welling, drummer Jac Bogers, and base guitarist Gert Reintjes, all accompanied him excellently, so that we were able to enjoy jazz the way it should be: unprepared improvisation.<br>At the end of the afternoon there was another such moment, because there was a second unexpected surprise in the form of the singer Diana Burta, who was also in the audience. Upon request she took to the stage and gave us her best, so that the afternoon finished with a ‘Saint’ who did not come marching in, but accompanied everyone out. It was a memorable concert. You should try and remember this: some very special things are happening at Buitenzorg on the first Sunday of every month. Next time, on 5 March, Josee Koning and her band will set the stage. Quite a different number, but as sure as sure can be: another class act!<br><br>Jazzfanny<br> - Ede Stad - Cultureel

"Global Press Releases for Radio, TV and Internet Outlets"

For Immediate Release

NASHVILLE, TN – announces the latest winners of its International Song Competition. Winners were selected from contestants who entered the competition through the website ( In addition, SongPrize was pleased to welcome electronic entries from ( offers artists and songwriters from around the world the ability to submit their press kits over the internet. The quality of the “Electronic Press Kits” EPK™ entrants aided entrants in securing 1st and 3rd place in the International Song Competition in addition to receiving multiple “Honorable Mention” awards. The awards were as follows:

First Place Award goes to
JJ Soul Band
of Seltjarnarnes, Iceland
For their Song entitled “Cool Tonight”
(website is

Second Place Award goes to
Theresa Demarest
of Portland, Oregon
for her Song entitled “I’m Flyin”
(website is

Third Place Award goes to
Sean Jamaal Quintet
of Amsterdam, Netherlands
for his Song entitled “Love and Life
(website is

In addition, listings for 50 Honorable Mention Awards are posted at
1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners will be contacted with further information concerning their wins.
Honorable mention winners will be awarded with promotion for their act or themselves as indicated at the website through a series of press releases.

Press Releases may be found at or by visiting Press releases will also be distributed in various other outlets around the globe.

- Press


Blue 1998: received a "Certificate of Achievement" for placing as an "Honorable Mention Finalist" in the 11th annual (2006 2007) "Unisong" International Song Contest. "There were a lot of excelent songs submitted from around the world this edition (more than 90 countries), spread over all 19 Music and Lyric categories. So attainning this level of award was surely no easy feat. I hope you will proudly display this as the creative validation it is meant to be of your songwriting talent as judged by outside experts." -Alan Roy Scott, Co-Founder Unisong International Songwriting Contest.

Jazz at the Posthoorn, Amsterdam...Live

The Billie Holiday Songbook 2001
Just Jazzin' 2004



The Dutch-American Sean Jamaal, one of Hollands best kept secrets, was born and raised in Chicago, where he started singing and receiving awards at a young age. He frequently performs in the Netherlands with great success to both smaller and larger venues. Based in the Netherlands he tours in many countries both in and out of Europe.
Sean Jamaal, an all-round performer, sings blues, gospel and most of all jazz. He has been named a top soloist with the Amsterdam Swing Society. At the Spirit of Jazz in Düsseldorf, Germany, he was acclaimed for his "powerful virtuoso voice which exudes the essence of blues, gospel, and jazz". In the Norwegian Lillestrøm he impressed his audience with his extensive repertoire and "…his interpretations displaying remarkable musicality."
Sean Jamaal, a much sought after singers, frequently appears on national television. He has performed in Gordon Doorgedraaid, Paul de Leeuw, Barend & Van Dorp and many others. He has sung for André Haze on several occassions. and was seen and heard at the wedding of Prince Bernhard Jr. His voice is also used in radio jingles and German t.v. commercials.
Sean Jamaal performs with many different bands: the jazz/funk band SoulShaker, the gospel and soul choirs Loud & Proud and Heavenly Harmony, the Berget Lewis Gospel Train, his own jazz band, the Sean Jamaal Quintet, and of course as a soloist.