Hello and welcome.John Eric Booth, or “J-E-B” as he is fondly referred to, possesses an X factor that fascinated one of the most celebrated entertainers to ever walk the planet... Latin jazz percussionist Pete Escovedo. During a sold-out performance of Escovedo’s band near the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Escovedo, smiling, invited him to stand and greet the energized crowd. “I want you to meet my friend. His name is John Eric Booth and he’s recorded an album I want you to hear,” he said. For Booth, this music is more than just a showcase of his talents and an expression of his passion. He considers it as a reflection of his attitude in life. “The Great Standards... are total COOL. The swinging rhythm, mindful lyrics and incredible arrangements put a smile on your face and warms your soul,” he says, grinning. “It owns a lighthearted vibe. Music that keeps your heart young… It’s definitely not simply what I do onstage…. it's part of my life. It’s a lifestyle — I live it, breathe it, love it.” In the past 6 years, his career has soared from singing with background tracks, to performing with some of the most revered musicians in Los Angeles, Hollywood, New York City and Las Vegas. Within this same span of time, he has also gained avid fans from far away countries such as Hungary, Germany, Ireland, Japan and England. The reality of Booth's career has continued to enjoy escalation with the July 2014 release of his critically acclaimed music video for the Bobby Troup/Neil Hefti penned classic “Girl Talk” (see below). The full-production video produced by Digital Eye Studio in Los Angeles positioned Booth overlooking the beautiful seaside town of Laguna Beach, California. "I want to bring the party back to the genre. If there is ever a time to inject a lighthearted vibe into life and society... that time is now. We take ourselves much too seriously. Let's face it... this music is TOTAL COOL. It puts a smile on your face and warms your soul, and I am glad to be of service (grinning). THIS is what I do. This infectious swinging sound is with me all day long. It’s not just what I do onstage… it’s a LIFESTYLE. I live it, breathe it, love it."
I began noticing and listening more closely to the greats, along with the modern-day standouts, and I suddenly realized that this music wonderfully filled an empty place. I embraced it joyously.