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Jazze Pha

 

Jazze Pha

Jazze Pha
Birth name Phalon Anton Alexander
Born (1974-04-25) April 25, 1974 (age 40)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B
Occupations Record producer, songwriter
Instruments Keyboards, Vocals, Sampler, Percussion, Bass, Drums
Years active 1995-present
Labels Sho'nuff Records, Atlantic Records
Associated acts Ciara, Cee Lo Green, T.I., E-40, Too Short, Nappy Roots, Teyana Taylor

Phalon Anton Alexander (born April 25, 1974), also known as Jazze Pha (/ˌæzi ˈf/ ), is an American record producer and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Sho'nuff Records, which American R&B singer-songwriter Ciara was signed to.

Early life

Jazze Pha was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. His father is James Alexander, bassist for the Bar-Kays, an influential group on the Memphis soul scene in the 1960s. His mother is a singer named Denise Williams (not to be confused with chart-topping R&B and gospel singer Deniece "Niecy" Williams).[1][2][3] Pha was named after the late Phalon Jones, another member of the Bar-Kays, who, along with three other Bar-Kays members, was killed in a 1967 plane crash.

Career

Pha is known for announcing "Ladies and gentlemen" or "This is a Jazze Phizzle production!", both at the beginning and, occasionally, at the end of songs on which he is featured.[4]

One of Jazze Pha's first musical appearances was on Erick Sermon's 1995 album Double or Nothing. On the album, Pha acts in a skit and raps in a collaboration with Sermon called "Man Above".

Jazze Pha reached his first commercial hit as a producer in 1996, with Tela's club anthem "Sho Nuff." Pha also played synthesizer on the track. Pha later produced supergroup LSG's first album, "Let a Playa Get his Freak On," in 1997. LSG consisted of Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat, and Johnny Gill.

Pha has collaborated with a large number of other artists. These include Tupac Shakur, Aaliyah, Big Boi, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ciara, Eightball & MJG, Nappy Roots, MC Breed, Girlicious, Lil Wayne, Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes, Ludacris, Nate Dogg, Nelly, Young Buck, Notorious B.I.G, Petey Pablo, Ras Kass, T.I., Trick Daddy and U.G.K..

Pha helped Ciara begin her career as a performer. He produced her hit 2004 single "1, 2 Step" featuring Missy Elliott. Jazze Pha also produced Ciara's tracks "Thug Style", "Pick Up the Phone", and "Lookin' at You". In 2006, Pha produced her hit single "Get Up", featuring Chamillionaire. The two have not worked together since 2006.

Discography

  • TBA: Ladies And Gentlemen

Guest appearances

Year Song Artist(s) Album/Mixtape
2003 "Lets Get Away"
(featuring Jazze Pha)
T.I Trap Muzik
2007 "I Know You Want Me"
(featuring Jazze Pha)
Young Buck Buck the World
2013 "Worth The Wait"
(featuring Jazze Pha)
Louie V Gutta Worth The Wait

References

External links

  • Official Jazze Pha & Cee-Lo Green Website

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