Zero to 60 is Jae's 14th recording as a leader and marks his return to straight up jazz featured in the classic jazz quartet setting – tenor saxophone, acoustic piano, acoustic bass and drums. Zero to 60 also showcases the growth of the composer with nine original compositions by Jae and one classic standard, Never Let Me Go. The musicians joining Jae for this session are saxophonist Ralph Bowen, pianist Allen Farnham and bassist Hans Glawischnig. Each is an accomplished band leader, in-demand sideman, and all are tremendously respected by their contemporaries. They are the perfect complement to Jae's swinging, musically soulful, rhythmically hip-shifting drumming.
The music on Zero To 60 presents each musician unique harmonic, melodic and rhythmic challenges. What makes this music stand out though is within this complexity, you can walk away remembering what you've heard. Melodies you can hum and remember. Then there is the swing beat. Wow! Zero To 60 swings as hard as any swinging jazz you've ever heard over the past 30 years! There is incredible passion in this music and it's balanced with beautiful melodic continuity over advanced layers of harmonic and rhythmic textures. The music invites you in to join it. Like a warm friend you enjoy spending time with and getting to know.
Every song on Zero to 60 stands out. Not a weak link in the bunch. Each has its own compositional uniqueness. Something for every mood. Then there is the sonic quality of the recording. Masterfully engineered by Bob Dawson and mixed by the great Rob Ulsh. They're two of the best in the business.
Jae Sinnett is a musical visionary and a man of extraordinary talent. He is a consummate drummer, composer, and band leader who has produced 14 recordings – the first of which was released in 1986. His most recent recording – Zero to 60 – was released in February 2016.
Jae has written over 250 compositions. He has also scored music for five documentaries – one of which (John Biggers: Stories of Illumination) was aired on PBS. Jae's dream of having his trio perform with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra was realized on Oct. 10, 2014. The performance was met with outstanding reviews.
Jae's other professional life places him as approaching his 27th year as jazz producer/host for NPR affiliate WHRV-FM 89.5 in Norfolk, VA. Jae hosts the popular jazz show Sinnett in Session Monday through Thursday evenings from 9 pm to 1 am and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 pm. He also hosts The R&B Chronicles, heard Friday evenings at 7 pm. Both shows can be heard on demand.
Jae is a prolific fundraiser for his commercial-free radio station. In 1998, he was nominated for the Gavin Jazz Programmer of the Year award by his peers in the industry. As a jazz educator, Jae taught history, theory and percussion at the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA for eight years. He also directed the GSA Big Band and Jazz Combos. He was an adjunct drum set and jazz ensemble instructor at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. Jae attended Norfolk State and Old Dominion Universities as a music education major. His instruments of choice are Sonor Designer and Delite Series Drums and Sabian Cymbals. He is a veteran clinician and educator.
Jae's quartet for Zero to 60 consists of saxophonist Ralph Bowen, bassist Terry Burrell, and pianist Allen Farnham.