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Jazz Raycole

Jazz Raycole plays Lyric Ballentine in TV Land's newest original sitcom, The Soul Man, premiering Wednesday, June 20, at 10pm ET/PT. The show revolves around Reverend Boyce 'The Voice' Ballentine (played by Cedric 'The Entertainer'), an R&B superstar-turned-minister who relocates to St. Louis with his family to preach in his father's church.


Born in Stockton, California, Jazz Raycole started performing at the age of 22 months. It was at her mother's dance studio that Jazz developed her onstage skills, studying an array of dance styles. She then began acting at the age of four, when her mother took her to a workshop in Beverly Hills, and quickly progressed from there. By five years old, Raycole had booked her first commercial and by age six, she had booked both her first pilot and her first movie role, appearing as Angela Bassett's daughter in the classic film Waiting to Exhale. But her big break came at the age of 13, when she won the role of Claire Kyle on ABC's hit sitcom My Wife and Kids opposite Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell-Martin.


After departing the show, Jazz returned to her first love: dance. She went from the Boston Ballet to the School of American Ballet, and then to a full scholarship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she danced with the first company. During her stay at Ailey, Raycole won a spot at a company in South Carolina, where, at 16 years old, she was its youngest soloist. During these years, Jazz kept busy with multiple guest appearances on television in addition to her education, graduating two years early in the top five percent of the country's high school students.


Shortly thereafter, Jazz returned to acting full force. She has guest-starred on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Monk and Without a Trace, and has held memorable recurring roles on The Office (as Stanley's daughter), Everybody Hates Chris and Jericho. She will also appear on an episode of TNT’s new drama, Perception.


Jazz continues to divide her time between acting and dancing professionally. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, painting, reading, writing and art in all forms.

The Soul Man TV Schedule

Monday
September 29
9:30pm
Get Thee Behind Me
When a new church policy calls for Boyce to undergo a physical, he's extremely confident he's in great shape until the doctor reveals one of his test results could be serious. Meanwhile, Lolli's sister, Kim, moves to town. Guest star: Kim Wayans
TV-PG
Tuesday
September 30
9:30pm
My Brother's Keeper
As Boyce and Lolli begin to enjoy the perks of their newly empty nest, a fed up Barton decides it's time for Stamps to move out of his house... and into Boyce and Lolli's.
TV-PG
Wednesday
October 1
9:30pm
Daddy and Mommy Dearest
Boyce and Lolli's old friends Paul and Robyn come to visit, bringing along their brand new foster child. When Boyce and Lolli see their parenting skills in action, it's up to them to save the kid. Guest stars: Yvette Nicole Brown, Cedric Yarborough
TV-PG