Berklee graduate JaIrius Daigle was featured by MUSIC MADNESS ATX at Aussie’s Sports Bar and Grill and SXSW 2015. This was the 9th year in a row for the adjunct festival, started by Victor Hidalgo and curated by Norman Lucas of Elevated Minds Music.
Jairus began his journey into music as a violinist at a very young age of seven. As the son of one of Southwest Louisiana’s best jazz and rhythm and blues musicians, Chester “Choppe” Daigle II, Jairus inherited the feel for jazz music. Richly talented in his own way, Jairus brings to the table his artistry of musical forte. Jairus music is inspired by Jean Luc Ponty, Stephane Grappelli, and Noel Pointer.
Jairus studied classical violin through private instructions with Mrs. Lisa Hoffpauir of Lake Charles, Louisiana and Mr. Paul Redding of Lake Charles, Louisiana by way of Shreveport, Louisiana. Jairus studied classical violin at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts-NOCCA, New Orleans, Louisiana (June 2008, June 2009). He obtained his BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts in Spring 2014 where he worked with the Berklee Stage Crew as a stage hand with live sound and light engineering and violinist with the Berklee Film Scoring Orchestra. Jairus was also a part of Berklee’s Global Project, tutoring students in Cape Town, Africa via Skype on american jazz violin. As a Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipient, Jairus has had the opportunity to perform for the organization during their awards ceremonies in Philadelphia and Washington, D. C., performing along with artists such as Sy Smith. Jairus along with saxophonist Patrick Sheng (Director of Lake Charles Program), bass player Jay Ecker, pianist Chester Daigle II and special guest drummer New Orleans Drum Legend, Johnny Vidacovich were the jazz musicians to host the first Tipitina’s Sunday Youth Workshops in Lake Charles, July 2014.
Presently Jairus performs along with his father/pianist Chester Daigle II. He is a member of the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra. He serves as an active staff member of the Jazz In The Arts Foundation in Lake Charles as mentor, educator and performer. He is co-owner of Cold Armor Productions, Lake Charles, Louisiana.