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Boyd Jarvis by Boyd Jarvis
In the beginning

I was always enthusiastic about synthesizers an have looked up to musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Chic Corea, George Duke, Tomita, who I consider my mentors. In 1981 I bought my first synthesizer which was a Yamaha CS-15 which is equipped with two oscillators, two envelope generators a white noise source. I did everything with this one machine for a long time until I could afford more synths. I used to carry my synth to Brownsville Brooklyn to Tony Humphries house to overdub mixes.
I used to carry it in a US canvas postal bag. I first took my synthesizer to a club that I used to work at called Melons where I used to decorate. The DJ was Derrick Davidson the crowd was blown away. That is where I met Timmy Regisford who heard me play. He told me that he had an audition for WBLS radio, and he would like me to overdub the set, so I complied and that was basically where my music career began. Out of hooking up one of the first original tracks that I created for the radio show was "One love" instrumental and then "The Music Got Me" instrumental which was known as "Stomp", which eventually became The Music Got Me. After the instrumental to those two cuts were made and we got so much of a good response from the audience we decided to take the tracks down to a club called Better Days. We play One love the dance floor was empty and when the track came on the crowd stormed the dance floor and that was a sign that we had something happening. So we proceeded to Prelude Records and played the tracks for Marvin Schlachter and told him of the responses that we were getting from the radio audience he was game and gave me my first record contract. Because of the radio show and those tracks Timmy and I began to get a lot of remix work as Partners. I was one of the first guys to discover and expose Colonel Abrams, Tammy Lucas of Hey Boy, Bille of Nobody's Business. A lot of these tracks were created in Timmy's bedroom as well as the mix shows for the radio sets Timmy had the technics reel to reel and a couple of technics turn tables along with a bosac mixer . I will never forget how excited we were when we finished a show. How we used to stay up after leaving the Garage and do the shows then wait to here them either Sunday afternoon or Friday and Saturday nights, Great memories and moments in time. Not actually realizing that we were making history.


  • Boyd Jarvis mixed the first release by Phase II records. The A-side is a new version of Footstompin' Music, the B-side is a down tempo, dim -the-lights kinda track by the title 'I Remember'.
  • Boyd Jarvis worked a couple of times with Timmy Regisford" They are responsible for the production of Visual's 'Somehow, Someway' and, 'The Music Got Me', both 1983 recordings on Prelude records
  • In 1986 they cooperated again on RY-011 Tammy Lucas' 'Hey Boy' on
    
    Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 17:35:05 -0500 
    
    From: Anthony 
    
    To: jahsonic@yahoo.com 
    
    Subject: Original Mutabaruka Not On Nu Groove 
    
            
    
    
    
     
    
    
    
    
    
    http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/1392/JoeClaussell.html
    
    
    
    Hello,
    
    
    
    The Nu Groove track referred to was produced by Bobby Kondors in which
    
    he samples the original accapella which came out in 1983 or 84 from
    
    Mutabaruka's album. The name of the LP escapes me so I'll have to get
    
    back to you on that. Anyway the original is an accapella. It's a spoken
    
    word piece about 4 or 5 min. with no instrumentation. Bobby Kondors
    
    uses only a small piece of it.
    
    
    
    Also, the flute solo on Joe's remix was done by Boyd Jarvis, a legend
    
    in
    
    his own right. He was Timmy Regisford's (The Shelter) keyboardist when
    
    Timmy was doing his Mastermixes for WBLS in the early 80's & helped
    
    define Garage during that time with his many collaborations with Timmy
    
    (Visual, Colonel Abrams) and others.
    
    
    
    I hope this helps. Thanks & I just want to say that you have the best
    
    site on the net for Garage Headz. Peace.
    
    
    
    Regards,
    
    Tony
    
    

    Hello Jahsonic
    
    
    
    First of all I would like to thank you very much for having information
    
    about my history on your web site. Again thank you, but unfortunately
    
    the information is extremely incorrect.
    
    
    
    No offense to you, I am getting a bit tired of the misrepresentation
    
    that I have been seeing on the internet overall not just your site but
    
    many many others, and I would just like if I may, to help to clear up
    
    the misrepresentation by providing you with some of the correct data.
    
    Straight from the man himself Boyd Jarvis "That's Me"
    
    
    
    I have been seeing everything from I was timmy's Keyboardist to I 
    
    played
    
    a solo on this or that etc. etc.
    
    
    
    First of all Timmy and I were Partners in the business we have done
    
    Many Many Many mixes together as a matter of fact we entered the
    
    business together! We started out doing the radio show for W.B.L.S
    
    together and  because of the radio shows began to generate numerous 
    
    jobs
    
    remixing records.
    
    
    
    Most of the Production that I did with Timmy were more than likely
    
    Produced and performed by Timmy & me. not just solo's mind you entire
    
    productions.
    
    
    
    Most sessions that I have done with Joe Clausell "Not all but most" 
    
    were
    
    more than likely Produced and or recorded in my personal studio and in
    
    most cases, I more than likely played most of the instruments and mixed
    
    and recorded them with Joe Claussell. As far as Muta Baruka is concern
    
    It was recorded in my Home Studio And every Instrument except some
    
    Percussion's. I played composed and performed remixed etc.
    
    And by the way we have done a few! and occasionally Joe hires me as
    
    keyboardist to play on some of his independent projects.
    
    
    
    Francois Kevorkian
    
    One Of my first experiences with Francois was playing on
    
    Wild style By Time zone
    
    Lets start to dance by Bohannon
    
    
    
    I met Francois at Prelude records in 1982/83 Francois was working 
    
    there.
    
    I was bringing Prelude the demo of the music's got me.
    
    
    
    Please pass this data on as much as you can, it will be highly
    
    appreciated and would help greatly to clear up some of the
    
    misinformation that is floating around. This Info is just partial
    
    If you are interested in more info or Bios feel free to contact me.
    
    
    
    Following this letter will be a partial breakdown and discography
    
    of my History.
    
    
    
    
    
    Thank You
    
    Yours Truly
    
    
    
    BOYD H. JARVIS
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    BIO
    
    
    
    
    
    MR. JARVIS   started his career as an intern for renowned professor of
    
    anthropology Pearl Primus training under Sandra Ross in theater 
    
    lighting
    
    and set design where he went on to do shows in lincoln center perry
    
    street theater, and riverside church theater. Training himself in music
    
    and applied synthesis architecture, Boyd has become a legend  within 
    
    the
    
    underground and commercial music industry. He is an award winning 
    
    writer
    
    and music producer and has been cited as one of the original creators 
    
    of
    
    what's now known as house music. Known as an innovator in music
    
    production & Remixing, he has worked with many of the recording
    
    industries icons, including Timmy Regisford, Merlin Bobb, Prince,
    
    Madonna, Herbie Hancock, Ah Ha and Boy George, discovered  Colonel
    
    Abrams just to mention a few. Boyd is currently working with some of 
    
    the
    
    top producer Dj's such as Joe Claussell, Louie Vega, Dave Morales,
    
    Francois Kevorkian just to mention a few. As a recipient of the
    
    prestigious Lions Award his list of international advertising clients
    
    have included, Maxwell House Coffee and Vivident Gum as will as 
    
    numerous
    
    others. Mr. Jarvis has 18 years of experience in diverse areas of the
    
    artistic and production process coupled with an innate expertise in
    
    marketing and sales.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    In the beginning
    
    
    
     I was always enthusiastic about synthesizers an have looked up to
    
    musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Chic Corea, George Duke, Tomita, who 
    
    I
    
    consider my mentors. In 1981 I bought my first synthesizer which was a
    
    Yamaha CS-15 which is equipped with two oscillators two envelope
    
    generators a white noise source. I did everything with this one machine
    
    for a long time until I could afford more synths. I used to carry my
    
    synth to brownsville Brooklyn to Tony Humphries house to overdub mixes.
    
    I used to carry it in a US canvas postal bag. I first took my
    
    synthesizer to a club that I used to work at called melons where I used
    
    to decorate. The DJ was Derrick Davidson the crowd was blown away.
    
    Thats where I met Timmy Regisford who heard me play. He told me that 
    
    he
    
    had an audition for WBLS radio, and he would like me to overdub the 
    
    set,
    
    so I complied and that was basically where my music career began. Out 
    
    of
    
    hooking up one of the first original tracks that I created for the 
    
    radio
    
    show was "One love" instrumental and then "The musics Got Me"
    
    instrumental which was known as "Stomp", which eventually became The
    
    Musics Got Me. After the instrumental to those two cuts were made and
    
    we got so much of a good response from the audience we decided to take
    
    the tracks down to a club called Better days. We play One love the
    
    dance floor was empty and when the track came on the crowd stormed the
    
    dance floor and that was a sign that we had something happening. So we
    
    proceeded to Prelude Records and played the tracks for Marvin Shlacter
    
    and told him of the responses that we were getting from the radio
    
    audience he was game and gave me my first record contract. Because of
    
    the radio show and those tracks Timmy and I began to get a lot of remix
    
    work as Partners. I was one of the first guys to discover and expose
    
    Colonel Abrams, Tammy Lucas of Hey Boy, Bille of Nobody's Business. A
    
    lot of these tracks were created in Timmys bedroom as well as the mix
    
    shows for the radio sets Timmy had the technics reel to reel and a
    
    couple of technics turn tables along with a bosac mixer .
    
    I will never forget how excited we were when we finished a show. How we
    
    used to stay up after leaving the Garage and do the shows then wait to
    
    here them either Sunday afternoon or Friday and Saturday nights, Great
    
    memories and moments in time. Not actually realizing that we were 
    
    making
    
    history.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    TELEVISION EXPERIENCE (partial list)
    
    
    
          KINO ADVERTISING, Athens, Greece
    
            Commercial Production/Lyrics/Voice over
    
          Maxwell House Coffee/Frappe  (Lion Award Winner)
    
          Club Cookies
    
          Vivident Chewing Gum
    
          NEW CHANNEL MUSIC VIDEO TV, Athens, Greece
    
            Writer/Producer
    
          Hideoki Corp. Tokyo Japan-Mono Clear Contact lenses
    
    
    
    RADIO EXPERIENCE
    
    
    
          W.B.L.S.
    
            Co-producer, Dance Music Show
    
          IONION RADIO, Athens, Greece
    
            Host, Dance Music Program
    
          Air FM Japan New York After Midnight Show
    
    
    
    RADIO COMMERCIALS
    
    
    
            CLUB GAULOISE, Athens, Greece
    
            Commercial Production/Lyrics/Voice over
    
            CLUB TANGO, Athens, Greece
    
            Commercial Production/Lyrics/Voice over
    
            CLUB STAVLOS, Athens, Greece
    
            Commercial Production/Lyrics/Voice over
    
    
    
    FILM & THEATER (partial list)
    
    
    
          Monte Verde Productions
    
              Film Dwarf
    
              Film Score Music Composition
    
          Pearl Primus (Theater)
    
            Stage Manager/Lighting
    
            Perry St. Theater
    
            Lincoln Center
    
            Riverside Church
    
            Village Gate
    
    
    
    SET DESIGN & INTERIOR DISPLAY
    
    
    
            Abraham Strauss, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Benhil Mens Shop
    
            Clubs, Studio 54, Bonds International, Melons, Pratt institute
    
    
    
    
    
    DISCOGRAPHY/PRODUCTION (partial client list)
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    Artist                            Song Title
    
    
    
      ATLANTIC RECORDS
    
    
    
    Miki Howard                   Come Share My Love/LP
    
    Levert                          Addicted To Love, Pullover
    
    Troop                            My Heart
    
    Ten City                        Where Do We Go
    
    
    
     COLUMBIA RECORDS
    
    Herbie Hancock              Beat wise
    
    Latoya Jackson              Rock You
    
    
    
     DANCE TRACKS RECORDS
    
    Boyd Jarvis             Elements EP Mood Swing/Guitar Space/Can't 
    
    Stop
    
    Me
    
    Tuphan better                late than never
    
    
    
     ESTEREO RECORDS
    
    Roland Clark                  Speak to me lord
    
    
    
     EMI/CAPITOL RECORDS
    
    Madonna                        SideWalk Talk
    
    Evelyn  King                   Stop It
    
    
    
     GUIDANCE RECORDS
    
    Chuck P                         Jazz Funeral
    
    Muta Baruka                   Dis Poem
    
    
    
     HALF MOON RECORDS
    
    On The Floor                  Tony Cook & The Party People
    
    I got A Song For You       Free Russell
    
    
    
     MCA  RECORDS
    
    Bobby Brown                  Dont Be Cruel
    
    Gerald Alston                 You Laid Your Love On Me, Activated
    
    Gladys Knight                 Lovin On Next To Nothing
    
    Kim Wilde                       Heartache
    
    Loose Ends                    Watching You, Life
    
    Crusaders                      AC/DC
    
    
    
     MOTOWN RECORDS
    
    Basic Black                      Nothing But A Party
    
    Desiree Coleman             To The Curb, Im Not That Kind Of Girl
    
    
    
     POLYGRAM RECORDS
    
    Johnny Kemp                   Dancin With Myself
    
    Reddings                         Call The Law
    
    John Whitehead                Body Move
    
    
    
     RCA RECORDS
    
    Johnny Gill                        Cant Wait Till Tomorrow
    
    Glenn Jones                      Finesse
    
    
    
     STRICTLY RHYTHM RECORDS
    
    Barbara Tucker                  I Get Lifted
    
    
    
     THE UNDERGROUND NETWORK RECORDS
    
    Pierre Salandy                   Love is the answer
    
    
    
     VIRGIN RECORDS
    
    Boy George                       Tell Me The Answer
    
    Adeva & F. Knuckles          Celebrate
    
    D-Note                              Lost And Found
    
    
    
     WARNER BROS. RECORDS
    
    Prince                               Tick Tick Bang
    
    Karen White                       Secret Rendezvous, Family Man
    
    Chaka Khan                        Life Is A Dance "LP"
    
    Ah Ha                                Touchy
    
    Rick James                        Wonderful
    
    
    
     YELLOW RECORDS
    
    Shazz                                Inner Side
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE (partial list)
    
    
    
    1998
    
    The Carlos Sanchez Movement   Flying High          Maxi Records
    
    Boyd Jarvis                               Alibokolijah
    
    Novus/Cisco
    
    
    
    1997
    
    Visual                              Its You
    
    LifeLine Records
    
    Nyles Jarvis Project         Tribal Juice                   Jazz Club
    
    Records
    
                                        A Tribute to Miles
    
                           
    
                                        We Can Work It Out
    
                           
    
                                        Roots
    
                           
    
                                        World Peace
    
                           
    
                                         Spell
    
                           
    
    
    
    
    
    The Carlos Sanchez Movement    Love & Respect      Maxi Records
    
    Boyd Jarvis                      Stomp
    
    Shelter Records
    
    
    
    1991
    
    Boyd Jarvis                      Boyd Jarvis At Last           Movin
    
    Records
    
    
    
    1987
    
    React                                Love Reaction
    
    Minimal Records
    
    
    
    1986
    
    Billie                                 Nobodys Business
    
    Fleetwood Records
    
    Level 3                             Central line
    
    Fleetwood Records
    
    Boyd Jarvis                       Ive Got The Music             Movin
    
    Records
    
    
    
    1985
    
    Tammy Lucas                   Hey Boy
    
    Supertronics
    
    Janice Christie                  One Love
    
    
    
    1984
    
    Circuit                              A Little Help Friends           
    
    4th
    
    & Broadway Records
    
                                            Release The Tension
    
    
    
    1983
    
    Visual                              The Music's Got Me
    
    Prelude Records
    
                                           SomeHow SomeWay
    
    
    
    
    
    

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