Tug of Love
Jaissón (pronounced Hy-son) began his musical journey at the tender age of three, when he demonstrated an instinctual ability to capture rhythms and sounds quickly. As he developed, his efforts went into perfecting these skills as a percussionist, singer, songwriter, and producer. Jaissón toured relentlessly for many years around the world including China, Japan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, and eleven different African countries (Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, and Morocco, to name a few). Jaissón worked for the Department of Defense entertainment division, offering music to American troops and NATO allies throughout his career. He further polished his craft through festival and concert appearances with many artists like Bill Withers, Al Green, Tina Turner, Freddy King, Santana, Jean Luc Ponty, The Staple Singers, Scatband, and others through the 70's and 80's. In the 90's, Jaissón became a founding member of the dance band Hot House, who performed as the house band at the popular night spot, The Levee, for ten years. At the same time, he produced, "Well Alright!" with Little Hatch and the Houserockers. Under Jaissón's management, Little Hatch and the Houserockers toured Belgium, playing dates with Gatemouth Brown, Honeyboy Edwards, and Larry Garner. A two-year hiatus from Hot House led Jaissón to teaching, where he focused on African culture and music, and jazz history at the University Leadership Academy charter school (a University of Missouri-Kansas City affiliate). During this same time he toured with Joe Louis Walker and reggae favorite Az-One. Jaissón has furthered his commitment to youth by teaching drums and percussion with Leon Brady and becoming involved with the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. He has participated as the music instructor/percussionist in every Ailey Camp but one since 1995. He continues his work with children to this day, performing and providing clinics in Kansas City area schools with the Traditional Music Society. Recent work includes a long standing engagement at Lindsey Shannon's BB's Lawnside Barbecue with Pacific Blues Recording artist, Lee McBee and the Confessors. Lazy Lester and Aerosmith's Joe Perry are some of the artists that have stopped in to jam. Concert and club dates include appearances with recording artists Scott Ellison, and D.C. Bellamy.