Jazz For The President Elect
A jazz musician is trying to fulfill a dream by singing for the President Elect.
A Woodland Hills musician has written a song for President Elect Barack Obama in the hope of winning the bid to play during the Presidential Inaugural Ball.
Caesar “Jazz” Balladeer, 43, is hoping to get the chance to sing a song titled “Know You By Heart” for the President Elect and his wife at the 44th Inaugural Ball in January. The song was written by jazz legend Peter White, and White would perform with Balladeer if selected.
“It’s been a dream of mine to sing for the President,” Balladeer says. “If you think about the first dance at the Inaugural Ball, you can’t think of a more better song for the occasion.”
The Chicago native says he grew up just a few miles from Michelle Obama and would like to share his gift with the President Elect and the new First Lady.
Balladeer has preformed for the Santa Clarita Boys and Girls Club by performing at both the annual auction in June and the Festival of Trees in November.
The jazz singer has also toured with Julio Iglesias and attributes his sound to Nat “King” Cole.
Balladeer says he is trying to provide the youth of today with an alternative to the hip-hop sound by singing songs of love and life from an era in which the music is timeless.
He is asking for the publics help in getting him to Washington, hoping that strength in numbers will help sway the powers that be to allow him to play.
To hear “Know you by Heart” and for more information on how to help, visit Balladeer’s Myspace page.