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MY LIFE'S JOURNEY IS TO KEEP TRUE AND ORIGINAL

R&B MUSIC ALIVE!

JERRY BELL

Jerry Bell is a stylist in all facets of life, whether it's singing, martial arts, or acting. His passion for music emanates from early vocal training while growing up in Philadelphia in a musical family which has produced gold and platinum albums for two decades. One of his brothers is Archie Bell of Archie Bell & The Drells, which has the hits; "Tighten Up," "Showdown," "I Can't Stop Dancing," "Let's Groove," and many more. Also starting with his own group while still in high school, known as The Delusions. Jerry's vocal skills came from his mother, who was a church singer,  Jerry also had a band out of Miami Florida named the Miami Ocean Liners, who later became KC & The Sunshine Band. As life would have it, he would go back to Philadelphia and join forces with his best friends McFadden & Whitehead who were the top writers for Philadelphia International Records, recording such hits as "Ain't No Stopping Us Now," "Bad Luck," "Back Stabbers," "Cowboys to Girls," "For The Love Of Money," and many more.

Jerry would later move to California were he would become friends with Marvin Gaye and learned many vocal and stage techniques as well as singing background vocals for Marvin Gaye. Later he would team up with more of his friends such as James Baker, Austin Lander and Tony Churchill and began to sing lead and backup vocals for New Birth. After leaving The New Birth in 1979, he then would join up again with other friends, Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, Marlon McClain and become one of the lead vocalist for Motown recording artist Dazz Band. He has also recorded as a solo artist in 1980 on MCA Records, releasing his solo LP "Winter Love Affair".

Prior to signing with Motown, The Dazz Band was formerly known as Kinsman Dazz and includes the merging of Bell. In 1981, Jerry Bell was invited into the group as one of the vocalists by Ralph Johnson of Earth Wind & Fire. Jerry had a solo LP on MCA at that time, called "Winter Love Affair," but joined the group as well.

New Birth, originally called the The Nite-Liters, was formed by Tony Churchill and Harvey Fuqua. In 1975, Tony Churchill, James Baker, and Austin Lander asked Jerry Bell to join the group. Jerry sang for New Birth 1976 until 1979.

Jerry Bell has performed with the following: Archie Bell & The Drells, Roy Ayers, Bar-Kays, William Bell, George Benson, Frankie Beverley, Bloodstone, Blue Magic, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Cameo, Carl Carlton, Jean Carn, Chic, Chi-Lites, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Lyn Collins, Commodores, Norman Connors, Dazz Band, Delfonics The Dells, Detroit Emeralds, Earth, Wind & Fire, El DeBarge, Emotions, Enchantment, Fat Larry's Band, Roberta Flack, Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Harvey Fuqua, gap band, Marvin Gaye, Frankie Gaye, Gladys Knight And The Pips, Al Green, Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, Major Harris, Donny Hathaway, Isaac Hayes, Heatwave, Michael Henderson, Jimmy "Bo" Horne, Miki Howard, Phyllis Hyman, Isley Brothers The J.B.'s, Millie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Jacksons, Rick James, Al Jarreau, Brothers Johnson, KC & The Sunshine Band, Eddie Kendricks, Gladys Knight, Kool & The Gang, L.T.D., Pattie Labelle, Lakeside, Last Poets, MFSB, Main Ingredient The Manhattans, Teena Marie, Mary Jane Girls, Curtis Mayfield, George McCrae, McFadden & Whitehead, Buddy Miles, Moments, New Birth, O'Jays, The ohio players, Jeffrey Osborne, Maceo Parker, Ray Parker Jr., Parliament, Billy Paul, Freda Payne, Teddy Pendergrass, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Rufus, Patrice Rushen, Sam & Dave, Gil Scott-Heron, Bunny Sigler, Sister Sledge, Spinners, Edwin Starr, Sly Stone, Johnnie Taylor, Temprees The Temptations, Joe Tex, Leon Ware, Dionne Warwick, Fred Wesley, Whispers, Barry White, Vesta Williams, Bobby Womack, Stevie Wonder, Betty Wright, Val Young, Zapp & Roger, H20Flow...

Influences
Mother Mattie Bell, older brother Archie Bell, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, David Porter, John Whitehead, Kenny Gamble, Larry Graham, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Theodore Life, Al Jarreau, Bobby Womack, The Delfonics, The Moments, The Temprees, Bobby Harris, Reggie Andrews, Tony Churchill, Austin Lander, James Baker, Jimmy Bo Horn, The Miami Oceanliners.

Sounds Like
The Delfonics, Will Downing, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, The Unifics, The Dazz Band, The Gap Band, Marvin Gaye, New Birth, The Temprees, The Moments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE NEW BIRTH

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New Birth, originally called the Nite-Liters, was formed by Tony Churchill and Harvey Fuqua. In 1975, Tony Churchill, James Baker, and Austin Lander asked Jerry Bell to join the group. Jerry sang for New Birth off and on until 1979.

New Birth is known for its hits Been Such a Long Time, Wild Flower, and Coming From All Ends, and I Can Understand It.

New Birth has been signed to RCA Records, Buddha Records, Warner Bros., and later Ariola Records. Despite the turnover within the group, the members who flowed through New Birth remain some of the greatest players and singers. The classic soul sounds of New Birth are unmistakable, capturing a rare bracket of musicians and vocalists who will never be forgotten.
EVERYTHING TAKES TIME AND BELIEF WHEN OTHERS SAY YOU CAN NOT DO IT! AND WHEN HATERS HATE YOU TAKE THERE HATE AND TURN IT INTO POSITIVE ENERGY! NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY FROM YOU WHAT IS MEANT FOR YOU! YOUR LIFE HAS ITS OWN TIME ON IT AND YOUR JOURNEY IS YOURS NO ONE ELSE'S! THE CREATOR AND THE ANCESTORS LOOK AFTER ME AND MY FAMILY! SPEAK TRUTH AND KEEP A CLEAN HEART AND MIND AND THERE ARE NO ENEMIES THAT CAN HARM YOU! ALL MY FRIENDS AND FANS THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE! AND AS FOR THE HATERS THANK YOU AS WELL FOR IF IT WASN'T FOR YOUR HATE MY SUCCESS WOULD NOT EXIST! LOVE PEACE AND HARMONY! — Jerry Bell

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Jerry's next endeavor was with Motown's "The Dazz Band"; 1983 as one of the lead vocalists! Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson of Earth Wind & Fire. Bailey and Johnson produced the band's first album and knew the band needed another vocalist so they ask Jerry to join the band. Jerry's smooth, sensual vocals have helped to create these groups most powerful hits such as "Let it Whip", "Joystick", "Knock Knock", "Swoop", "Heartbeat" and "Invitation to Love."

Armenian Music Awards is an annual music awards ceremony first held at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, It was created and produced for the first eight years by Peter Bahlawanian who wanted to support Armenian artists and make Armenian culture more mainstream.

Pipeline Films Inc. holds the Trademark for the Armenian Music Awards. The awards consist of several categories of varying 20 to 30 from year to year. Numerous artists perform live throughout the evening.

 

The nominees and winners are decided by a panel of judges who listen to CDs or MP3s online compilations prior to the night of events. There are, however, some categories that are voted by the general public. Votes are cast through online voting locations. Also SMS voting has been introduced in 2007. The categories that are voted by public are Best Song of The Year, Best Duet Song of The Year, and Best Male & Female Artist of The Year.

The tenth annual Armenian Music Awards was at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live  

BEST MODERN INSTRUMENTAL Album of the Year (the Stepan Lousikyan Award) at the 5th Annual Armenian Music Awards  presented by Jerry Bell of The Dazz Band and Deborah Yazmajian. Produced by Peter Bahlawanian

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Nishio was born in Aomori Prefecture of Japan in 1927. He joined Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1951 and began to teach around 1955. Before aikido he studied judo (6th Dan Kodokan Judo), karate (5th Dan Shindō jinen-ryū), iaido (7th Dan Nihon Zendoku Iaido) and jōdō and also Shintō Musō-ryū jōjutsu and Hōzōin-ryū sōjutsu. Skills gained from them he managed to smoothly merge into his own specific aikido style where all techniques can be performed with the wooden sword bokken in hand as well as without weapons, and his weapon systems has few similarities to the more common system that derives from Morihiro Saito. He held the title of an Aikikai shihan and also created a new school of Iaido with forms from aikido, called Aiki Toho Iaido or Nishio-ryu Iai. In 2003 Nishio received the Budo Kyoryusho award from Japanese Budo Federation for his lifetime contribution to development and worldwide propagation of aikido. He died in March 2005 aged 77.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Muramasa Kudo was born in Japan, 1948. A multi-talented artist, his origins are in Japanese Calligraphy. In his teens he sought tutelage from a Calligraphy master and flourished winning three world titles. From his training he became a painter and a sculptor. Once he combined his masterful Calligraphy training with the breathtaking medium of Watercolor Art, the rest was history. Some major art collectors say he is one of few people in the world with a "surgeon’s wrist", he has a brushstroke which creates and even and consistent line that is very rare.

Life was great in Japan where he had become very popular not only as an artist but also with designing restaurants, working as a chef, racing cars, and managing the hottest nightclub. Yet although Muramasa had many career opportunities available to him, and an already established reputation, he wanted to create a brighter future for his sons. He believed that coming to America would be a great land of opportunity for himself and for his children. With a new son on the way, Takeshi Alexander Kudo born in 1980, he decided to make the move to sunny Southern California. This is when and where Muramasa Kudo began to make a real name for himself as an Artist.

Opportunity met talent. In the next ten years along with the guidance, love, support and management of his third wife Susan Kudo, Muramasa became part of the art boom in the 80’s. He was was a wildly prolific artist known for his exquisite watercolors of ‘healthy looking’ women. According to Muramasa many of his patrons are women.

He is a great entertainer who cooks, sings in Spanish, plays the Flamenco guitar and will gladly spend hours philosophizing about living a Zen life. Many people who meet Muramasa soon realize his personality is as great as his artistic vision, and they often remember meeting him as a special day. He has inspired the lives of many people and artists to stay focused and persistent on their dream. The talented famous guitarist Marc Antoine, openly thanks Muramasa for inspiring him.

Many of the most powerful and famous figures in the world have become collectors including Francis Ford Coppola, Whoopi Goldberg, Oliver Stone, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bikram & Rajashree Choudhury, Brad Pitt, Gary Lockwood, Lucille Ball, just to name a few. Collectors also include His Highness Jerry Bell Bey(Grandmaster)Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand, His Highness Prince Charles Antoine de Ligne of Belgium, His Highness Prince Homood Bin Saud of Saudi Arabia, and His Excellency General Chavalit-Former Prime minister Of Thailand and His Wife Khunying Phankrua.

His Highness Jerry Bell Bey as one of his private students for 10 years as well as teaching him the Japanese way of the sword.

 

Kudo is an active contributor to many charities, including the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, children's Diabetes Foundation, Heal the Bay, Venice Family Clinic, Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra Chorus, World Hunger Project, Angel Art, AIDS Project Los Angeles and The Los Angeles Children's Museum.

In 1992, the California Senate recognized Kudo for his contributions to the arts. Senator Art Torres, Chairman on the Pacific Rim committee appointed Kudo as California's Cultural Ambassador to Japan and the Pacific Rim.

Kudo has been exhibited across Asia, United States and Europe.

Muramasa’s vision and desire to be an artist was and always has been very simply to create beauty. He believes that creating art is a very important job because it creates culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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MURAMASA KUDO

MASTER YOJRO ISHIKAWA