Try to describe JesseLee Jones, and you will find that this Brazilian-American is a combination of SO many things. He is a recording artist, singer, and successful honky tonk bar owner. He is an entrepreneur, author and collector. He is an ordained Reverend and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. Above all, however, JesseLee is an entertainer, deeply inspired by the big orchestra sounds of the 60s and 70s. To that end, and right alongside ALL the country music JesseLee has performed and nurtured over the years, he has finally been able to showcase that other side of his musical heritage — the impactful orchestra standards from a bygone era that have been so dear to his heart since he was a boy.
From sitting cross-legged on the floor of his childhood home in Brazil, committing all those liner notes to memory and always awed by his heroes behind the music, life’s serendipitous nature led JesseLee to befriend the most influential of those heroes, Joe Guercio, and together eventually make an album of the classic 60s and 70s hits that they both loved so much. It would become the last album Guercio made, and there is no doubt it was one of his favorites.
Now you, too, can be a part of this incredible journey as the Nashville Symphony’s Jim Gray joins JesseLee on stage with his orchestra, in celebration of this extraordinary album release. “BRINGIN’ IT BACK: IT IS WHAT IT WAS” is a brand new album that is the culmination of JesseLee Jones’ life-long dream to record these songs and do so with his hero — the late, great Maestro Joe Guercio.