Sep. 4, 2016
Jaared Arosemena is no stranger to the music world. With 5 internationally released albums to his name under the name "Jaared", Jaared has received numerous musical accolades. With a "Best New Saxophonist Artist" nomination at the 2002 Smooth Jazz Awards, and also a five time pre-nominated Grammy Artist, Jaared caught the attention of not only millions of fans world wide, but also some of the industry's top artists. Jaared has performed with such notable names as Stevie Wonder, Robin Thicke, Angela Bofill, Freeda Payne, FrEddie Jackson, Robbie Dupree, Junior Marvin, and Martha Reeves just to name a few. Jaared has also had television experience when he was the leader of a band for the popular "8101 Talk Show", which interviewed many famous names such as Manheim Steamroller and Patti Austin.
What you may not know about Jaared is that he is also an Open Pro Pool Player. Jaared's love for the sport of pocket billiards started at the age of 8 thanks largely in part to his grandfather who is still to this day, a very talented One Pocket player at the young age of 91. Jaared recalls seeing Steve Mizerak in a Miller Light Beer commercial back in the late 70's. He loved that Steve was "just showing off" in the commercial, and from that point, became a huge Steve Mizerak fan. It was following his pool playing idol that changed his pool life forever, when in 1983, he saw an ESPN televised 9 ball event at Caesar's Lake Tahoe, pitting his idol against a pool player he'd never heard of...a 22 year old player named Earl "Little Earl" Strickland. Jaared recalls, "I had NEVER seen pool played that beautifully"...however, he wasn't talking about "The Miz"! From that day in 1983, to this very day, Jaared has been Earl "The Pearl" Strickland's #1 dedicated fan. But it wasn't until 30 years later, and after a very successful musical career, that Jaared had the opportunity to meet his longtime idol at the 2013 US Open. Jaared met Earl's friend Larry Ross and struck up a conversation. "The conversation", Jaared explains, "was simply to meet Earl Strickland". Jaared, whimsically says to Mr. Ross, "I wish I could learn the sport from Earl", to which Mr. Ross said, "You can! Earl gives lessons out of Steinway Billiards in Astoria Queens, NY.". That was the day that changed Jaared's pool playing life forever. Jaared immediately started taking monthly lessons from "The Pearl", and he hasn't looked back! Jaared is also a huge supporter of this great sport. Because of that, Jaared has had the opportunity to meet a majority of his pool playing pro favorites and commentators, and has performed and co-commentated at the 2015 US Open, and has co-commentated with his good friend UpState Al at the 2016 Super Billiards Expo. It was UpState Al who gave Jaared his pool moniker "The Jazz Man". Because of The Jazz Man's continued support of the sport, Jaared caught the eye of Joel Garrison on Facebook. Jaared was explaining to a forum member about the qualities of a Low Deflection Shaft, when Mr. Garrison reached out to him. Ever since that fateful night, Jaared and Joel have worked together to help spread the word about ON Tips Cyborg. However, it has only been recently that The Jazz Man's strong game has been noticed. With the teaming of Jaared "The Jazz Man" Arosemena and #TeamCyborg, this team is sure to hit the right notes together