Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
JAZZ is rhythm, freedom, connection. It has deep roots and it grows. "GENEALOGY" is new sounds from an old jazz family name.
JAZZ is rhythm, freedom, connection. It has deep roots and it grows. "GENEALOGY" is new sounds from an old jazz family name.
81 backers pledged $10,357 to help bring this project to life.

About

GENEALOGY - A Jazz Celebration in Song project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$10,357

81

WE'RE ON OUR FINAL STRETCH NOW!!
We still have 52 HOURS LEFT to take us to the completion of GENEALOGY!

Thanks to all my many generous friends, family and fans, we are in the final stretch. Fortunately, we continue to receive pledges and we're almost at $10,000. It would be amazing, if we could get there.

I'm so grateful for all the additional contributions that have brought us closer to our ultimate amount. This far exceeded my expectations and I'm very grateful to all who have contributed.

REWARD: ANYONE CONTRIBUTING BEYOND $7,500 and up to the $14,000 stretch goal amount will also receive a download of a special song sung by me.

STRETCH GOAL: $14,000 - WE CAN RECORD THE ENTIRE CD. Here's why we're striving for this stretch goal: This amount will allow me to record all 12 tunes and with all the musicians we need to fulfill the arrangements (horns, percussion, guitar, vocals, etc.). It will supply me with additional engineering, studio time, mixing and mastering, and pay the balance to producer and arranger for all of this incredible work. And the tunes will have the rich sound they deserve.

ANYTHING ABOVE $14,000 IS ICING ON THE RED VELVET CAKE!

ABOVE AND BEYOND STRETCH GOAL: $20,000 - PACKAGING, COVER ARTWORK and PR. This amount is my ultimate DREAM project. This amount also pay for cover artwork and design, CDs and PR to get my music out to a broader audience.

REWARD: ANYONE CONTRIBUTING BEYOND $14,000 and up to $20,000 stretch goal amount will also receive a download of a special song sung by me and their names printed on my website as "Special Patrons" of the project.

HELP US SHARE OUR JAZZ STORY...

Hi! Lila Ammons here. I'm a professional jazz and classic blues singer. Thanks so much for stopping in to check out my new recording project: "GENEALOGY". This is my tribute to the legacy of jazz music and to my family's jazz music legacy.

MUSIC WITH A CONNECTION...

“There are only two lasting things we can leave our children: One is roots, and the other, wings.” - Hodding S. Carter, II

Jazz connects people. It continues to develop and transform, but its roots - and my roots - are always there. My grandfather was boogie boogie piano great, Albert Ammons (first of two artists to record on the Blue Note Label), and my uncle was tenor sax titan, Gene Ammons. I feel their connection. We connect through the rhythm, the message, the mellow spirits of bluesy jazz.

I spent many years singing in choirs & musical theater, playing in orchestras, and acting in plays. Then I went to college, earned degrees in vocal performance and became a New York-trained singer. But, after 13 years of classical singing and after being mesmerized by the voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, I knew I had a different calling. I left New York and relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I woodshedded and began my jazz journey. While doing this, I worked full-time corporate jobs. It was tough trying to work on my craft during my off hours. I didn't know if I could make it. I felt discouraged. And there were times when I was sure I would just give up. But I didn't. Eventually, I began performing locally as often as I could and 11 years ago, I was able to say "goodbye" to the corporate world. I began touring internationally singing classic blues. And THAT'S how I found my jazz soul. Through touring I also discovered how passionate people were about jazz, and how it brought people together. That's what inspired me to create and share GENEALOGY. 

Axel Zwingenberger, Charlie Watts, Dave Green, Lila Ammons - photo by Nelson Onofre
Axel Zwingenberger, Charlie Watts, Dave Green, Lila Ammons - photo by Nelson Onofre

LET'S CELEBRATE...

GENEALOGY is my way of celebrating jazz. I'll record tunes written and performed by some of my favorite songwriters and musicians of yesterday and today. And since it's also about family, I'll include original music played by Albert, my version of one of Gene's signature tunes ("Canadian Sunset"), and an original tune co-written by myself and my amazing producer, Jeff Bailey, who has also assembled an eclectic group of talented A-list musicians for the project. However, in order to make this celebration of American music truly happen, we'll need your help. Record companies don't take on artists as they once did, so we have to bring it on ourselves! That's exciting too, because we can bring our own ideas to life. 

Together, we can pay for studio time, engineering, mixing, mastering, arranger, musicians, the producer, cover art work - and all that goes into making what we hope will be a classic recording. In return, you'll receive copies of our recordings, tickets to performances, voice lessons, and other fun contributor perks. You'll also know that this project happened because of YOU.

Along the way, you'll be updated on our progress. So far, we've begun recording the first three tunes and we're waiting for your enthusiasm and generosity to push us forward to complete all 12 tunes for the project.

CHALLENGES...

KICKSTARTER IS ALL-OR-NOTHING. IF WE DON'T REACH OUR MINIMUM GOAL AMOUNT, PLEDGES WON'T BE COLLECTED OR DISTRIBUTED and we won't be able to record our project. Once we've hit our required minimum we can move ahead, add the most exciting parts to the music, and complete our dream project. 

GOAL AMOUNT...

ORIGINAL MINIMUM GOAL: $7,500 - With this amount we can produce a barebones recording with 9 tunes and a trio.

THANK YOU!

YOUR heart and your help will make this a success! If you know someone who loves jazz and the jazz story, please pass this project on to them. We're looking forward to connecting with you. My website: http://www.lilaammonsmusic.com.

REVIEW...

"Not all legacies live up to their heritage, but ....Lila Ammons stands tall with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, John Pizzarelli and Marcus Gilmore. The granddaughter of Albert and niece of Gene “Jug” Ammons also proves that one can indeed make a successful leap from classical voice to jazz singer… and most of all, engage the listener with a classic sense of time, inventive phrasing, spot-on intonation, and emotive storytelling." - Jazz Police

FAMILY REFLECTIONS...

Albert Ammons - "Boogie Woogie Stomp"

Albert Ammons - Blue Note Label
Albert Ammons - Blue Note Label
Albert Ammons
Albert Ammons

 Gene Ammons - "Close Your Eyes"

Gene "Jug" Ammons
Gene "Jug" Ammons

Lila Ammons - So Danço Samba (from "Nearness of You" CD)

Lila Ammons
Lila Ammons
Cafe Society - New York City
Cafe Society - New York City

Risks and challenges

Delays can happen. If we encounter any delays along the way, you'll be notified. We'll do our best to take you along at every important step. Let's connect and make it happen!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    WORK SONG: The Foundation

    Includes:
    • I'll send you a personalized "Thank You" message!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    HOT JAZZ: NOLA's Gift

    Includes:
    • Copy of the CD
    • Digital download of the CD
    • I'll send you a personalized "Thank You" message!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    27 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    BOOGIE WOOGIE: Road to Swing

    Includes:
    • I'll post a special "Thank You" on my website
    • 2 tickets to my CD release party - so I can thank you in person
    • A CD, signed and personalized
    • Digital download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    23 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    SWING: Dancer's Paradise

    *OUT OF TOWNERS - Please let us know if you want an add'l CD in place of attendance to parties.

    Includes:
    • Digital "Thank You" recording SUNG BY LILA
    • 2 tickets to my release party - so I can thank you in person*
    • A CD, signed and personalized
    • Digital download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    BEBOP: Beyond The Limits

    Within 50 miles I'll travel to sing a personalized "Happy Birthday" to you or a loved one. Outside of metro area I'll send it digitally.

    Includes:
    • Sing Live Happy Birthday" in person
    • A special "Thank You" written on my website
    • 2 tickets to my CD release party - so I can thank you in person
    • A CD, signed and personalized
    • Digital download of the CD
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    COOL JAZZ: The Soft Touch

    *OUT OF TOWNERS - Please let us know if you want an add'l CD in place of attendance to parties.

    Includes:
    • A copy of my "Nearness of You" CD
    • 2 pre-release listening party passes (location TBD) w/yummy food*
    • A special "Thank You" written on my website
    • 2 tickets to my CD release party - so I can thank you in person
    • A CD, signed and personalized
    • Digital download of the CD
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    BOSSA JAZZ: South of the Border

    "Boogie Woogie Stomp" is a book written about my grandfather, boogie woogie great Albert Ammons, by Christopher Page.

    Includes:
    • "Boogie Woogie Stomp", signed by author Chris Page
    • A copy of my "Nearness of You" CD
    • 2 pre-release listening party passes (location TBD) w/yummy food*
    • A special "Thank You" written on my website
    • 2 VIP tickets to my CD release party
    • A CD, signed and personalized
    • Digital download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    SOUL JAZZ: Bluesy, Earthy Grooves

    "Boogie Woogie Stomp" is a book written about my grandfather, boogie woogie great Albert Ammons, by Christopher Page.

    Includes:
    • Voice lesson in person (or via internet outside 15 mi radius)
    • "Boogie Woogie Stomp", signed by author Chris Page
    • A copy of my "Nearness of You" CD
    • 2 pre-release listening party passes (location TBD) w/yummy food*
    • A special "Thank You" written on my website
    • 2 VIP tickets & reserved seats at my CD party
    • A CD, signed and personalized
    • Digital download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5,000 or more About US$ 5,000

    GENEALOGY: Road to Tomorrow

    "Boogie Woogie Stomp" is a book written about my grandfather, boogie woogie great Albert Ammons, by Christopher Page.

    Includes:
    • Executive Producer listing on CD liner notes
    • "Boogie Woogie Stomp", signed by author Chris Page
    • A copies of my “Nearness of You” CD
    • 2 pre-release listening party passes (location TBD)w/yummy food
    • A special "Thank You" written on my website
    • 4 VIP tickets & reserved seats at my CD party
    • A CD, signed and personalized
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)