Souler Energy Management
Two time Grammy Award-wining bassist Jerry Jemmott was one of the pre-eminent session bassists of the late 1960s and early 1970s, working with an impressive cross section of the era's finest soul, jazz and blues artists. He grew up in a family of Civil Rights activist, in the Bronx, New York and honed his skills during the struggle that continues on to this day.
His legendary body of work illuminates the times both then and now when he joined forces and created memorable bass lines to support their brilliance in the recording studio.
“He never does anything just because it’s right to do; he likes to do it because it feels good doing it. He would come up with things that fit…Quincy Jones has a way of working with people where he’ll get them together and say ‘Okay, get into something. Jerry was the same way….Jerry was very concerned.” - - B.B. King
You can see Jerry a staring role in the new feature film, Jaco; the life story of his legendary disciple, a cameo solo performance in the film “Mitchellville and “Four Founders” an upcoming feature film documenting the contribution of seven seminal players who brought the bass to the fore front through their prolific work.
In addition he has developed a universally recognizable ColorSound Learning System that he teaches at his Clinics and Workshops.
A survivor of drug addiction, Jerry knows the value of clean honest living and credits his desire to practice True Buddhism as the rope that pulled him through the darkness and back into the light.
Through Souler Energy a nonprofit corporation he and his associates are taking a stand for the sake of all life on the planet. They employ the voice of music, art, education and technology to deliver a global message of unity through diversity and preventive solutions.
Frank Melli is a TV Broadcast Engineer, Producer, Editor and Media Manager. Frank is a co-founder of the Souler Energy, Inc.
Frank spent most of the last three decades working for New York-based TV broadcast operations. Now he is also focusing his lens on the Sustainable Agricultural aspects of communities and rural scene. Meet The Farmer TV, (now in 120th episode), which Melli founded with farmer Michael Clark, showcases the stories of local growers and other food producers, chefs, organizations and the markets they serve.
In the 90's Melli pioneered a series of interactive town hall meetings involving viewers in debates. Participants Jimmy Carter and Al Gore noted the influence these broadcasts had on influencing the Bush administration by keeping them from further watering down the international treaties of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Melli also partnered with Global University System and the NYC Board of Education to demonstrate e-learning.
He is also an award winning producer for his work on environmental issues with EnviroVideo awards for documentaries “Three Mile Island Revisited” and “Nukes In Space.” Frank also work with homeless children at Sidewalks of NY Productions helping these children to win video festivals, get internships, jobs and even scholarships. Frank has lectured at Queens College and taught media literacy and live video production at I.S. 5 in NYC.
In 2002, Frank Melli co-produced “One Child One Voice.” In affiliation with the United Nations, Melli coordinated international satellite distribution, broadcasting the program globally 8 times for the United Nation’s Johannesburg Conference on Sustainable Development. Frank also coordinated the marketing and distribution of these broadcasts to over 3,000 TV stations in over 110 counties. In 2003, this program was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a total of 39 awards altogether.
Work with the natives defending the Brazilian rain forest is an ongoing long term process to which Melli continues to dedicate his life. He created a Kayapo Legal Defense Fund and a Kayapo Scholarship Fund in which, the 1st Kayapo law student graduated this year (2015) and is moving forward towards becoming the first Kayapo attorney.
Frank was the technical director / director and edited 62 yoga videos in India to show the medical benefits of yoga and continues to free- lance with Integral Yoga Institute and as a TV broadcast engineer/ technical director, and TV News/Creative Services editor for WPIX/Tribune in NYC."
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James Savoca is a writer, director and producer of independent films. Prior to starting his own production company, he founded the theater group Big Head Productions. His first full length play Talk To Me , which he wrote and directed, sold out audiences at Tom Noonan’s Paradise Theatre. He followed up with several Off Off Broadway productions, then assembled a sketch comedy group called The Guilty Players, performing weekly at New York’s Under Acme in Greenwich Village.
His first short film Revelation made its broadcast premiere on The Sundance Channel. Through his own production company, James made his feature debut, Sleepwalk, which premiered at SXSW Film Festival. The Independent Film Channel showcased Sleepwalk as part of IFC's Next Wave Films where it ran monthly for 3 years. His most recent film Around June played festivals around the world and was theatrically released in 2012, and is currently airing on Showtime.
Firmly believing in low budget, independent cinema; James wrote his first book How To Make A Feature Film For Under 25K, which is available on all digital platforms. He is on the directing faculty at USC and is currently developing his next feature; Four Fathers a documentary on the electric bass and some of its greatest players.
Pascal Nabet Meyer
Pascal has over thirty years experience in the music entertainment industry as a composer, producer, Pascal is a self-made Ethnomusicologist who studied Polynesian Music in Tahiti. Pascal is well known for his work with ''The Tahitian Choir" that remained on the top of the Billboard World Music Charts in 1993 for 36 weeks.
From his extensive resume of artists he has worked with Rick Braun, Steely Dan, Rickie Lee Jones, Victoria Williams, Daniel Lanois, Billy Bob Thornton, Steve Buscemi, David Lynch, just to name a few! Pascal brings his expertise and wealth of knowledge in streamlining and creating successful projects . He is The Founder and CEO of GRIOT.tv and has a great passion to bring healing to the World through music entertainment and humanitarian / philanthropic endeavors.
Marva Jemmott is a veteran of stage and screen; and a disciple of Josephine Baker; former “Ikette” from the Ike & Tina Turner, Revue in addition to backing up Elvis Presley, as one of his “Sweet Sensations”.
In later years she ran the highly successful “Margo’s Flower Factory” before entering the medical profession as a Physicians, Assistant.