Bands for Hire ~ Jazz

Kenny Stahl & Bob Burnett

Jazz
http://kennystahl.com


Kenny Stahl is a jazz flutist, seasoned recording artist & composer, and one of the hottest jazz flute performers today.

He has worked with Stevie Wonder, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Cal Tjader, Richie Cole, Herb Jeffries, Paul Horn, and many others.

"Kenny Stahl thinks jazz flute is an appropriate vehicle for solidly phrased lines, masterful solo statements that build, swing, and drive, and that produce a whole range of timbres, tones, colors, and moods - and by god he’s right." Sherrie Tucker - Jazz Now magazine

Raised in Chicago, Kenny has studied and performed many forms of jazz, from the mysteries of Monk to the preludes of Bach, with stops along the way for Latin, be-bop, Brazilian and Contemporary. He has received performance degrees from the Universities of Alabama and Nevada. Kenny has played principal flute in the Miami and Reno Symphonies. Kenny is a seasoned recording artist as well, and can be heard on numerous CDs, including Jeff Linski’s "Angel Serenade" on Concord Picante, and his own recordings "Kenny’s From Heaven", "Scentuality", and his latest release, "Mpingo". Kenny has been featured with such notable artists as: Stevie Wonder, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Cal Tjader, Richie Cole, Herb Jeffries, Paul Horn, Jeff Linsky, Helcio Miilito, Weber Iago, Claudia Villela, Pierre Bensusan, Lee Greenwood, and Roger Glenn. He was seen on the cover of "Jazz Now" magazine in August 1999 with a feature story. Bob Burnett`s musical odyssey has landed him on stage at San Jose Jazz Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Utah Arts Festival, Alaska State Fair, Oregon Country Fair, Maui Steel Guitar Festival, Kuumbwa Jazz Center and major SF venues Slims and Great America Music Hall. Burnett has shared the stage with Google Co-founder Larry Page, Emeril, David Lindley, Tony Curtis and Bruce Willis and was a regular on Kid’s Clubhouse KTEH TV. He is also featured in “Pele Voodoo Live!: A Rockumentary”, the Annie Steinhardt book based on life on the road with popular Santa Cruz all-women world beat band Pele Juju.

Infinitee & The Jazz Cats

Jazz
www.myspace.com/infiniteeband

photo by Kevin Jewell
Infinitee & The Jazz Cats play the Monterey Peninsula, and they play the greatest music in the world. Jazz Standards, sexy Bossa Nova, blues, & a jazzy re-imagination of The Beatles. Sultry, lilting & inviting vocals by Susana McGuire Jewell, backed by the musical acrobatics of Patrick Ryan on Guitar, Capt’n Jack on Bass, and John Tallon on drums. Surprise guests may appear...
www.infiniteeandthejazzcats

Kenny Stahl

Jazz
http://kennystahl.com


Kenny Stahl is a jazz flutist, seasoned recording artist & composer, and one of the hottest jazz flute performers today.

He has worked with Stevie Wonder, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Cal Tjader, Richie Cole, Herb Jeffries, Paul Horn, and many others.

"Kenny Stahl thinks jazz flute is an appropriate vehicle for solidly phrased lines, masterful solo statements that build, swing, and drive, and that produce a whole range of timbres, tones, colors, and moods - and by god he’s right." Sherrie Tucker - Jazz Now magazine

Raised in Chicago, Kenny has studied and performed many forms of jazz, from the mysteries of Monk to the preludes of Bach, with stops along the way for Latin, be-bop, Brazilian and Contemporary. He has received performance degrees from the Universities of Alabama and Nevada. Kenny has played principal flute in the Miami and Reno Symphonies. Kenny is a seasoned recording artist as well, and can be heard on numerous CDs, including Jeff Linski’s "Angel Serenade" on Concord Picante, and his own recordings "Kenny’s From Heaven", "Scentuality", and his latest release, "Mpingo". Kenny has been featured with such notable artists as: Stevie Wonder, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Cal Tjader, Richie Cole, Herb Jeffries, Paul Horn, Jeff Linsky, Helcio Miilito, Weber Iago, Claudia Villela, Pierre Bensusan, Lee Greenwood, and Roger Glenn. He was seen on the cover of "Jazz Now" magazine in August 1999 with a feature story.

Tamas Marius

Jazz
http://reverbnation.com/drtsjazzconnection

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Started out playing the flute, then the alto sax, and soprano, and then with the blues came the tenor as well! Music has been always there and with the help of my brother ’Bro-Hood’ was created! And more!

The Short Band

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SHORT BAND - JAZZ FUSION - INCREDIBLE! br>A local group formed by Pacific Grove native, keyboardist Gene Short. The SHORT BAND plays Gene’s original compositions and arrangements, as well as other energetic Jazz Fusion music. br>His two sons, Nate, a Senior at Carmel High School, and Gene III, join him to make this a family adventure. Nate plays Alto & Soprano Saxophones, and Gene III is the band’s Drummer. Randy Uchida, well known Bass Guitarist, completes the quartet.

Many know Gene as “Mr. Short”… who has taught music at Tularcitos Elementary School in Carmel Valley, for the past ten years. Tularcitos is where Nate got his start on saxophone.

Gene Short: Keyboards, Composer/Arranger

Nate Short: Soprano & Alto Sax

Gene Short: Drums

Randy Uchida: Bass

Cathy Segal Garcia, Kenny Stahl & Ross Garren

Jazz
www.cathysegalgarcia.com

photo by Cathy Segal Garcia
Once you’ve heard this incredible jazz singer, Cathy Segal Garcia, you won’t forget her voice. So rich and warm, she will be filling the room with her round sound of vocal power and dynamic. She will also be giving a vocal workshop while in town details forthcoming.

Cathy first moved to San Francisco, and then to Los Angeles in late 1975, where she settled and still resides. One of the things that impressed many colleagues, fans and critics over the years, is that she has consistently worked at her craft. Performing with literally hundreds of musicians, some of the more well known are: pianist Russell Ferrante (The Yellowjackets), drummer Tom Brechtlein (Robben Ford, Chick Corea), bassist Marc Johnson (pianist Bill Evans, John Scofield), bassist Gary Willis (Scott Henderson), ledgendary guitarist Ted Greene, guitarist Jeff Richman, guitarist Mike Miller (Chick Corea), drummer Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Stan Kenton, Steeley Dan), pianist Kei Akagi (Miles Davis), drummer Joey Barron (Bill Frisell, John Scoffield), studio pianist Mike Lang, Diana Krall, drummer John Robinson (Quincy Jones), pianist David Benoit, pianist Billy Childs, drummer Joey Heredia (Scott Henderson, Tania Maria), flautist Sam Most, Pianist Carl Schroeder (Sarah Vaughn), trumpeter Bill Berry, pianist Dave Mackay, guitarist John Pisano...the list goes on and on and on. Their style ranges from bebop to modern jazz.

Her singing and professionalism attracted much notice over the years resulting in international demand … for clinics, private teaching, her jazz compositions, live performances and studio recording. In the release of Michele Weir’s “Vocal Improvisation” book put out in 2001 by Advance Music, she is quoted along with 20 other illustrious vocalists, including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bobby McFerrin, Jay Clayton, Jon Hendricks. In Los Angeles she’s created and continued monthly workshops since 1996, which include clinicians from L.A. as well as visiting artists from out of state or out of the country…such as Barbara Morrison, Carmen Lundy, Rebecca Paris, Jay Clayton, Julie Kelly, Madeline Eastman, Judy Neimack, Kate McGarry, Nancy King, Ruth Price, Michele Weir…etc.

Besides her large private student roster, Cathy teaches currently at CSULA (Cal State L.A.), and Occidental College. She has taught at M.I. (Musician’s Institute), LAMA (L.A. Music Academy), Creative Global Entertainment studios, UCLA, and USC. Her first booklet on vocal technique, “Basics For Vocal Techniques”, is available through her website, and she is presently having her second book on technique published. She is also currently co-writing a book with guitarist Les Wise.

At this time Cathy runs a popular weekly jazz jam session in Los Angeles, which has been running since March 2001. This session has added a tremendous enhancement to the jazz community, and is internationally known…it’s regularly featured in The L.A. Jazz Scene newspaper, and has been featured in music magazine, Brass Bulletin, published in Switzerland in 5 languages.

In L.A.’s music magazine, Music Connection, she was voted #3 in 1995 in “The top 10 hottest unsigned acts.” She’s listed in the “All Music Guide to Jazz”, and her singing performances have won multiple times on cable’s BET (Black Entertainment TV) performance contests. She’s delivered several vocal clinics at the famed IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) conventions. Winner of the 1997 JAZZIZ Magazine contest of Composer/Artist, to be a part of their 1998 Sampler, magazine article and winner of equipment. Endorsed by EV (Electro-Voice), and performing for the Mark V booth at the 1996 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA and in the 1996 show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ms. Segal-Garcia is the founder of jazz vocal group “Alone Together”; which is a 4 person group of high level jazz vocalists, along with top trio musicians...performing solo pieces, duo’s and quartet pieces, and scatting. Members have included recording artists and Grammy nominees ... Julie Kelly, Stephanie Haynes, Tierney Sutton, Kate McGarry, Cheryl Barnes, Michele Weir, Alison Wedding, and Jimmer Bolden. . This group has now morphed into “Octet In Jazz Language”, which has added spoken-word artist Michael C. Ford, and has featured jazz vocalists Stephanie Haynes, Julie Kelly, Cheryl Barnes, and Sherry Williams. Performing live in clubs and concerts and on television in the U.S.A. and South America; this group is highly entertaining to fans.

The co-founder of two organizations, Cathy is currently the President of The California Pop and Jazz Council www.capopandjazzcouncil.org in Los Angeles, and the past Jazz Vocal Coalition www.jzvoc.org …both groups dedicated to the education of singers and musicians, and, by bringing credibility to pop and jazz, creating a demand in the marketplace.

Always the world traveler, Cathy has traveled to Europe, South America, Canada, and considers Japan her second home…having traveled there every year since 1985. Having been to the Chaco Province near Buenos Aires several times, to be the only United States jazz singer in their annual Jazz Festival, and to teach at a week-long clinic, the 2nd year her vocal group was invited, along with such International artists as Pedro Aznar, Hermeto Pasqual, Peteco, Eduardo Lagos and Chango Gomez.

To date, besides singing on CDs, films and commercials, Ms. Segal Garcia has 6 CDs out in the marketplace under her own leadership...the earliest is titled “POINT OF VIEW”; featuring a varied group of musicians including Russell Ferrante, Gary Willis, Tom Brechtlein, John Heard, Rick Helzer, Clay Jenkins, Wayne Johnson, Loren Pickford. This record is almost completely original music, with timeless arrangements by San Diego-based pianist and educator Rick Helzer. Gary Jackson, a writer for the last 30 years, wrote for the trade magazine ‘Black Radio’... “Cathy Segal-Garcia sounds like no other vocalist. Her unique and warm vocal style evokes a spirit and empathy in such a way that the listener longs to hear more.”





Raised in Chicago, Kenny has studied and performed many forms of jazz, from the mysteries of Monk to the preludes of Bach, with stops along the way for Latin, be-bop, Brazilian and Contemporary. He has received performance degrees from the Universities of Alabama and Nevada. Kenny has played principal flute in the Miami and Reno Symphonies. Kenny is a seasoned recording artist as well, and can be heard on numerous CDs, including Jeff Linski’s "Angel Serenade" on Concord Picante, and his own recordings "Kenny’s From Heaven", "Scentuality", and his latest release, "Mpingo". Kenny has been featured with such notable artists as: Stevie Wonder, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Cal Tjader, Richie Cole, Herb Jeffries, Paul Horn, Jeff Linsky, Helcio Miilito, Weber Iago, Claudia Villela, Pierre Bensusan, Lee Greenwood, and Roger Glenn. He was seen on the cover of "Jazz Now" magazine in August 1999 with a feature story.


Performing on Friday, August 10th from 7-9 at the New Plaza Linda is the returning Jazz Queen of Vocals, Cathy Segal Garia, along with flutest, Kenny Stahl and pianist/composer Ross Garren to make some musical magic for the village. Cathy Segal-Garcia has had a life-time career, mostly in the jazz field, as vocalist/educator/producer/composer. She has 7 recordings, some which feature famous jazz musicians, such as pianist Ross Tompkins (Tonight Show), drummer Peter Erskine (Weather Report), pianist Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets). Known as a musician’s singer, her reputation for creative projects and high quality is known world-wide. “A model of warm, exquisitely focused jazz vocalizing...sensuous voice and cool harmonies.” Don Heckman…Los Angeles Times.

Kenny Stahl is a jazz flutist, seasoned recording artist & composer, and one of the hottest jazz flute performers today. He has worked with Stevie Wonder, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Cal Tjader, Richie Cole, Herb Jeffries, Paul Horn, and many others.
"Kenny Stahl thinks jazz flute is an appropriate vehicle for solidly phrased lines, masterful solo statements that build, swing, and drive, and that produce a whole range of timbres, tones, colors, and moods - and by god he’s right." Sherrie Tucker - Jazz Now magazine

Raised in Chicago, Kenny has studied and performed many forms of jazz, from the mysteries of Monk to the preludes of Bach, with stops along the way for Latin, be-bop, Brazilian and Contemporary. He has received performance degrees from the Universities of Alabama and Nevada. Kenny has played principal flute in the Miami and Reno Symphonies. Kenny is a seasoned recording artist as well, and can be heard on numerous CDs, including Jeff Linski’s "Angel Serenade" on Concord Picante, and his own recordings "Kenny’s From Heaven", "Scentuality", and his latest release, "Mpingo". Kenny has been featured with such notable artists as: Stevie Wonder, Jaco Pastorius, Ira Sullivan, Cal Tjader, Richie Cole, Herb Jeffries, Paul Horn, Jeff Linsky, Helcio Miilito, Weber Iago, Claudia Villela, Pierre Bensusan, Lee Greenwood, and Roger Glenn. He was seen on the cover of "Jazz Now" magazine in August 1999 with a feature story.

LA-based pianist, composer, orchestrator, and harmonicist Ross Garren was raised in the small agrarian community of Warwick Maryland. Isolated and with a township of only 200 people, Ross turned to the woods, reading, and the family piano as a source of entertainment, writing his earliest compositions while still in grade school. As a young teenager, his family relocated to Monterey California where through the influence of the vibrant local community and the opportunity to attend and perform at the Monterey Bay Blues and the Monterey Jazz Festivals, Ross developed a deep love for American musical traditions. Deciding to pursue a career in music, Ross enrolled at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where in addition to studying jazz piano and composition with such luminaries as Russell Ferrante, Vince Mendoza, and Alan Pasqua, he majored in classical composition, receiving both the Outstanding Graduate in Composition and Discovery Scholar Awards, and gaining a deep respect for architecture, nuance, personal expression, and innovation in music.

A gifted harmonicist, Ross has had the opportunity to perform alongside legends such as James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Lee Oskar, and Mark Hummel. Having studied with blues harmonica educator Dave Barrett, Dave eventually hired Ross to help teach masterclasses around the US, design curriculae, and do transcription work for publication while Ross was still in high school. Committed to keeping traditional American music at a high level as well as incorporating folk elements in more contemporary contexts, Ross is very active in the LA studio scene and performs regularly with his duo partner, Sasha Smith. Ross is a proud Seydel Harmonicas endorsee.

As a composer, Ross has received numerous commissions and won numerous awards from such organizations as ASCAP and Downbeat Magazine. With a keen interest in texture and form, Ross has forged a unique style informed by his love of improvisation, American folk idioms, classical technique, and electronic soundscapes. Ross is currently composer-in-residence for the Symbiosis Chamber Orchestra and was thrilled by their 2011 premiere of his work "Melts Away" for orchestra + jazz ensemble.

In addition, Ross has enjoyed using his composerly sensibilities to enhance the music of others through orchestration. 2011’s projects have included orchestral and jazz big band arrangements for BB King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Kenny Burrell. A fondness for the intimacy and delicacy of chamber music has led to a particular interest in writing small chamber ensemble arrangements to enhance and highlight the songs of singer-songwriters.

Kangaroosters

Jazz


Kangarooster was formed in 2011 and performs original music drawing from many different influences including Funk, Jazz, Latin, and Fusion. The eclectic group features Heath Proskin (bass), Jenn Schaaf (drums), Ben Herod (sax/flute), and Dave Holodiloff (guitar/mandolin). Relying on the strong improvisational abilities of each member, the quartet blends their diverse individual backgrounds and unique talents into a fresh new sound that is all their own."





This band is a treat - you will love them! Dave the mandolinist for this band (and Microtonic Harmonic) just put some tracks down for me on my new CD - it sounds like...crazy wonderful! Thanks Dave, you are so solid, fast and limber on that mandolin.

Robert Turner & The Monterey All-Star Band

Jazz
http://myspace.com/rogereddyband


Roger Eddy- Sax

Robert Turner - Grand Piano

Michael Lent- Guitar

Dennis Murphy & Bill Bosch Bass

Skylar Campbell - Drums- (plus special guests) Kenny Stahl - Flute Ellen Cooper - Vocals Richard Bryant - Vocals Scotty Wright - Vocals THIS SHOW IS NOT TO BE MISSED - FILMED AND RECORDED LIVE in front of a audience - Get your tickets in advance.

Tree Top Trio

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I love these guys - if you want some feel good music, they deliver some pretty pleasant stuff. The mandolin player, David ’holadilove’ is what I call him - played on my CD, he’s the best and so is his band. Talk about easy on the ears.

Tree Top Trio is Ben Herod (sax/flute/percussion), Dave Holodiloff (mandolin/guitar/vocals), and John Klein (bass).

Tree Top Trio Bio - Formed in Monterey Bay during the Summer of 2011, Tree Top Trio brings a bounty of fresh and exciting energy to the acoustic jazz scene. Influenced by the “gypsy swing” style of jazz typified by European guitarist Django Reindhart, the group often plays many of Django’s original compositions, American jazz favorites, and traditional Gypsy classics ornamented with their own splash of instrumental wizardry and youthful exuberance. Fusing the considerable talents of Ben Herod (sax/flute/percussion), Dave Holodiloff (mandolin/guitar/vocals) and John Klein (string bass), the trio weaves together an impressive sonic tapestry of rhythmic interplay and dazzling improvisations. United with a passion for upbeat swing tunes, silky smooth ballads, Latin rhythms, and everything in between, Tree Top Trio boasts an immense repertoire, perfect for dancing, dining, weddings, and other special occasions. Their unforgettable rhythmic and melodic ambiance conjures up visions of a Parisian café or nightclub of an era long past. Though still in its humble beginnings, Tree Top Trio is fast becoming a high demand act filled with sizzling sax solos, deep thumping bass lines, and tantalizing mandolin tremolos that will delight the ears and satiate the soul. Most importantly, Tree Top Trio’s unique style and instrumentation provide a refreshing welcome to both rookie and seasoned lovers of hot club swing alike.

Scotty Wright Jazz Jam

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Jazz vocalist-songwriter Scotty Wright has been a fixture on the Peninsula music scene since the 1970s. Armed with a relaxed, full-bodied voice and a warm,self-assured presence, he has charmed audiences in twenty countries with his unique jazz singing. His vocal style features harmonic sophistication, a playful rhythmic approach and insightful phrasing of the lyric.


Don’t miss a delightful evening of several truly seasoned jazz musicians - you will LOVE THEM!

Scotty is a veteran musician with over 30 years experience. One can hear the entire spectrum of jazz singing in his performances.
With a warm, rich-toned voice and relaxed delivery, Scotty possesses a unique sound that is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. His style features harmonic sophistication, a playful rhythmic approach and insightful phrasing of the lyric.


His first recording, ’Too Much Fun!’, was listed among the best jazz albums of the year in USA Today and the New York Daily News, earning Scotty a place in the DownBeat magazine’s critics’ poll, as a Talent Deserving Wider Recognition.
Scotty is also an accomplished songwriter, with over seventy songs to his credit, covering a wide stylistic range: swing, ballads, blues and latin.
In addition to having performed in 20 countries around the world, Scotty shares his passion and knowledge by teaching privately, presenting master classes and workshops, and writing for websites and magazines.
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...about Scotty Wright...
“This West Coast singer has it all- a full-bodied and supple voice that can dip into the low range or scat at 60mph, great rhythmic sense, taste, and technique to spare. And can he swing!”
W. ROYAL STOKES- JazzTimes Magazine
“...be clear on one thing. When Scotty’s in charge of the gig, then there’s gonna be some great music and you’re gonna remember in a heartbeat why it was you loved jazz in the first place. Scotty lives and breathes the spirit of jazz, and he delivers the fine music jazz has to offer with style and musicianship and heart and soul.”
ZEN DELTA - acmenews.iwarp.com, jazz website, Bangkok Thailand
“Scotty Wright is becoming one of only a handful of authentic jazz singers...He is a solid improviser...Whom does Wright sound like? Surprisingly, no one...the most gifted new jazz singer in decades.”
HUGH WYATT- New York Daily News
“Wright is a strong, yet easeful singer with a natural between-tunes rap...He sang ‘Easy Living’ (hanging behind the beat, leisurely, as if designing the song, its pace, according to his needs)...Wright is also a fine instrumental vocalist...one who invents his own syllables - rich ones - based, he says, on his perception of ‘the sounds of the instruments: a musician’s way of speaking in tongues’.
“That only works if you hang around with, and listen to the right sort of players, and it was clear...Wright took on the timbre, taste and invention of the musicians who surrounded him.”
WILLIAM MINOR - Jazz Writer, Monterey CA
“What impresses me most about his singing is that he never messes around with a tune just for the sake of doing something different; he always has an artistic reason for what he does. Perhaps he has discovered another kind of beauty in an old song or he wants to paint a different emotional coloring from the one normally associated with a tune...Always he has a sense of the dramatic, so that solos build to a climax and end decisively at the right moment.”
ROBERT TATE - JazzNow Magazine
“The very promising Scotty Wright displays a deep, full-bodied voice with fine projection, rhythmic surefootedness, surprising strength as a composer, and a deft touch as an interpreter of would-be, perhaps should-be, standards...”
GENE KALBACHER - Editor/Publisher, Hot House, NYC
“Vocalist Scotty Wright is obviously comfortable with a wide range of jazz material... displaying a remarkable command of the material and of the stage...
“This is an artist who can really attack a song, scat at a furious up-tempo, and then lay back with a wonderfully resonant ‘In a Sentimental Mood’...”
MICHAEL HANDLER - Contributing Writer, Down Beat Magazine
"Wright can be enthusiastic, but he doesn’t need enthusiasm to mask any shortcomings in his voice. His rhythm is impeccable, his range remarkable...listening to the 50-year-old makes you wonder whether most vocalists aren’t phoning it in..."
ANDREW HIRANSOMBOON - Managing Editor, BK Magazine, Bangkok Thailand
“The leap from competence to excellence is a long one that requires work and courage. The leap from excellence to the magical is longer still -- and the breakthrough cannot be bought, forced or willed. It comes as sheer gift. Always.
Such a breakthrough occurred just the other night when Scotty Wright, jazz vocalist, and top-drawer musicians played...”
JOHN DETRO - Jazz Critic and Broadcaster, Monterey CA

Joe Lucido

Jazz
cibo.com/joe.htm


Joseph Lucido’s music is an electric blend of Jazz, R&B and World Beat Influences. It representes the essence of what is called (in the contemporary scene) "Smooth Jazz". Combining acoustical guitar with percussion, his music is both romantic and passionate. Joseph Lucido is recognized as the "Peninsula’s Premier Jazz-Pop Guitarist".

Whether displaying virtuosity, sensitivity or just playing in the groove, "One always enjoys
the versitility of this great musician!"

Bob Burnett & Laura Devine

Jazz
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-lADzWnOfs



Video
Vocalist and dulcimer player Laura Devine and Bob Burnett on 7 string guitar play a combination of styles including jazz, folk, gospel and pop. They are featured in the documentary Hearts of the Dulcimer which premiers at film festivals Spring 2013.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZgTRIJwlco

They have also performed at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Testarosa Winery. Joni Mitchell Tribute Show, Roaring Camp Railroads, and on Community TV Santa Cruz.

Laura with her former group Dulcimer Girls has performed at the American River Music Festival, Don Quixote’s Music Hall, and Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Their youtube video Old Ways has over 30 thousand views.

Bob’s musical odyssey has landed him on stage at High Sierra Music Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Utah Arts Festival, Alaska State Fair, Oregon Country Fair and major SF venues Slims and Great America Music Hall.

Bob Burnett
www.bobburnettmusic.com
BOB BURNETT: As a popular sideman, seven string guitarist Bob Burnett has supported among others, Doobie Brothers bassist Tiran Porter, Jazz Steel Pan player Andy Narell, World Beat stars Pele Juju, Nigerian Afro-Beat All-Star Danjuma Adamu, Kenny Stahl, and children’s musician Bob Reid. Burnett was also a regular on Kid’s Clubhouse KTEH TV and has shared the stage with Emeril, Tony Curtis and Bruce Willis.

Bob also founded the band Haven Terrace which included members Jeff Ballard, Kenny Wollesen and Andy Connell. His other original project, Loops and Lines, released a CD and played the Kuumbwa Jazz Center and San Jose Jazz Festival.

Bob’s musical odyssey has landed him on stage at High Sierra Music Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Utah Arts Festival, Alaska State Fair, Oregon Country Fair and major SF venues Slims and Great America Music Hall.

Most recently, Bob played for Rupert Murrdoch at his Carmel Valley Ranch. During the event, the guest speaker flew in by helicopter. It was Google Co-founder, Larry Page.

Steve Abrams Trio

Jazz
www.latinbit.com

Steve Abrams Trio
The Steve Abrams Trio is a dynamic, powerful and unique group, featuring some of the finest jazz musicians in the Bay Area, playing a wide range styles, from hard bop and swing, Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz, blues, soulful ballads and boleros, to ethnic jazz from Cuba, Puerto Rico and South America, and original compositions. The group features pianist/flautist/arranger Steve Abrams, bassist Heath Proskin and drummer Olaf Schiappacasse.
Steve Abrams has been a mainstay on the jazz and Afro-Cuban music scene in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Besides leading the Steve Abrams Trio and Quintet, he was also the leader of Midnight Mambo, a powerful 8-piece Latin jazz ensemble, and played with the salsa group Orquesta Gitano for many years. His groups have performed at many venues, including the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the San Jose International Jazz Festival, Monterey Live and Blondini’s Jazz Café in Wellington, New Zealand. His New Zealand Latin jazz sextet, Pleasure Point, performed at the Nelson International Jazz Festival (New Zealand) in 2010 and 2011, and the Tauranga National Jazz Festival in 2012. Steve also spent 15 years as musical director and accompanist for Mountain Community Theater and Little People’s Repertory Theater in Ben Lomond. He has a B.A. in Music from UCLA, with an emphasis on arranging and African drumming, and teaches piano and flute at his home in Ben Lomond.
Heath Proskin is a first-call bass player in the Monterey area and has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival, as well as numerous venues throughout the area. Raised in New York, he received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music and worked with many of the finest players in the Boston area. After six months gigging in the Caribbean, he moved to California, completed a doctorate at UC Santa Barbara, and relocated to Monterey, where he resides today.
Olaf Schiappacasse has been playing professionally for over 40 years, since first joining the Santa Cruz Musicians’ Union in 1970. Through the 70’s he played in many local bands including Warmth and Rain of the then-popular Cooperhouse scene, in addition to working the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe club circuit. The 80’s and 90’s found him touring the world with a show band playing many corporate events, and backing up performers such as Chuck Berry, Donna Summer, Ben E. King, the Coasters, the Platters and many others. He continues to freelance around both the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Area, playing all types of gigs from jazz trios to big band and R&B soul music.

Robert Turner

Jazz
www.robertturnerpiano.tk



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ROBERT TURNER -

Robert is a well accomplished pianist with many credits to his name. His style is like Erroll Garner, Gene Harris and Keith Jarrett. He plays many Jazz standards and popular tunes in his own style. Robert’s roots are Gospel piano chops from the Baptist Church. This is where Robert cut his teeth as a pianist. Along with this he got his technical training from LA City Collage and Sac State University.
Robert has been very blessed to have worked with: Chico Debarge, Stevie Wonder, Jon B, Ronnie Laws, Loose Ends, The House piano player for The "Steve Harvey Talent Show" in LA., Ndambi, Jaguar Wright, Nobility, Nikki Gilbert, Lena, Nysa Shaney, Glenn Lewis, Slum Villiage, Roshawn Patterson, Amel Larrieux, Charles Owens, John Heard, Alphonse Mouzon, Janet Du bois, Un wrapped all-stars, Kevin Toney, Ron Brown, Kharon Harrison, D-Notes, Ryan Cross, Stokely of Mint Condition, Madame D, Natalie Cole, Jazzzone and Byron Miller. Robert is now playing at the Melting Pot restaurant in Shanghai China (www.288meltingpot.com) and teaching at “JZ’s” school in Shanghai China.

• jz jazz fest big stage 2012 (video available on request)
• mao live house 2012 (video available on request)
• wai tan yuan summer music fest 2012 (video available on request)
• recorded a jazz version of "my girl" with the temptations (available on request)
• new cd’s "soul piano" and "china piano" available april
• Christmas cd now available on itunes (usa) "robert turner silent night"
• featured artist for shanghai symphony (solo piano concerts)
Robert Turner is one of the most requested piano players in Los Angeles. He’s also well versed with Neo Soul, 70’s Soul, Jazz, Gospel, and Fusion. He is a real warm musician who enjoys music and loves the Lord.

Edo Castro Trio

Jazz
http://www.ghsstrings.com/artists/edo-castro



submitted by GHS Strings Featured Artist
Edo Castro Trio Featuring Bassist/Composer Edo Castro, Guitarist/Composer Michael LaMacchia and Percussionist/Composer Jim Bove The music created by this trio is contemporary but not without it’s acknowledgments to what came before in this tradition. You’ll hear compositions from the Beatles, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, James Taylor as well as originals and some name sake traditional artists from the jazz Genre. There’s no shortage of improvisation and these explorations are bound to leave you amazed. This perhaps is the strongest suit of this trio is there ability to let go, stretch-out musical boundaries and not worry about where it is going. It’s the edge they seek. What is unique to their approach is that they leave bread crumbs of subtle sonic hints to keep the listener engaged; Fragments of the melody can be heard, melodies from other songs drift in and out. At times they just drop what they’re doing and do a complete 180 degree musical about face and forge a new composition. 7 string Bassist/Composer Edo Castro, a native San Franciscan, is steeped in musical history growing up in the Haight-Ashbury during the 60’s he couldn’t help but be influenced the sounds of local rock scene. But it was through his uncle, Remote Pioneer recording engineer Reice Hamel, that Edo was introduced to Jazz. “My uncle Reice gave me my first jazz Albums at the early age of 9 or 10 and I was smitten. I sought out everything I could that had the sound”—That was the catalyst for Edo’s evolution to playing bass. Edo has played on over 25 album projects and has released 3 under his own name with Passion Star Records. He’s also released a self published book of his own compositions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edo_Castro http://www.edocastro.com/ Guitarist/Composer Michael LaMacchia who hails from Kenosha Wisconsin is a long time transplant to the Bay Area. Like Edo, Michael was taken by the sounds of the SF’s own Grateful Dead and other rock bands emerging from that scene. It was the sounds of Pat Metheny that drew Michael into the jazz scene. Taking his roots of rock and pop, Michael has seamlessly melded that into his own unique sound. Michael is also musical director and catalyst for marin county’s “CrossRoads Music school” Since it’s inception he has helped many in the community reach their musical aspirations through classes and performances. http://www.crozzroadzmuzic.com http://michaellamacchia.com Drummer/Composer/Engineer Jim Bove has been a long staple of the Bay Area, also a composer, Audio engineer, he’s involved with many musical projects. In the last 3 years he’s been an essential part of Edo’s trio as well as many other artists in the bay area. His ability to cross pollinate musical genre is seamless. His ear is phenomenal. He can quote a drum riff from a list of songs exactly as they were recorded. https://www.facebook.com/jim.bove.14 https://lucidculture.wordpress.com/tag/jim-bove-drums/ Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edo_Castro http://www.mtv.com/artists/edo-castro/biography/ Reviews http://www.indiemusicdigest.com/Edo%20Castro%20CD%20Review%20on%20INDIE%20MUSIC%20DIGEST.htm http://quartz.he.net/~beyondch/news/index.php?itemid=8671 http://ventsmagazine.com/phoenix-by-edo-castro/ http://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/edocastro http://www.criticaljazz.com/2011/11/edo-castro-sacred-graffiti-passion-star.html http://skopemag.com/2014/05/14/edo-castro-no-boundaries http://beyondchron.org/the-seven-stringed-wonders-of-edo-castro/ http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=795323 http://schedule.noisepop.com/event/2014/06/28/free-edo-castro Book he published http://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2014/01/edo-castros-jazz-compositions-for-small-ensemble/ Record Label he`s with http://www.passionstarmusic.com/edo-castro.html Other websites http://www.conklinguitars.com/artists_edo_castro.html http://www.genzbenz.com/?fa=artist&id=964 http://www.notreble.com/buzz/tag/edo-castro/ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/edocastro

Bob Burnett

Jazz
http://www.bobburnettemusic.com

Bob Burnett`s musical odyssey has landed him on stage at San Jose Jazz Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Utah Arts Festival, Alaska State Fair, Oregon Country Fair, Maui Steel Guitar Festival, Kuumbwa Jazz Center and major SF venues Slims and Great America Music Hall. Burnett has shared the stage with Google Co-founder Larry Page, Emeril, David Lindley, Tony Curtis and Bruce Willis and was a regular on Kid’s Clubhouse KTEH TV. He is also featured in “Pele Voodoo Live!: A Rockumentary”, the Annie Steinhardt book based on life on the road with popular Santa Cruz all-women world beat band Pele Juju. Bob Burnett www.bobburnettmusic.com

Patt Casion

Jazz



Jazz, Blues, Soul - Patt Casion and her jazz band deliver the goods. With new staff, chef, servers - they are ready for the big crowds - bring it on.

Mont. Jazz Fest. All Star Alumni

Jazz



MJF All-Star Alumni Combo: Robert Papacica, guitar (U. of Miami) Ayana Bradley, piano (Wlliamette Univ.) Akili Bradley, trumpet (CSUMB) Isaac de Vera, guitar (UCLA) Ari Freedman, bass (Univ. of Chicago) Marina Panzetta, alto sax (UCLA) David Twohig, trumpet (MPC) Paul Contos, MJF Education Dir.

The Next Generation Jazz Band

Jazz



Next Generation Jazz Orchestra About the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (NGJO) Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival brings together 21 of the most accomplished high school jazz musicians from across the country to form an all-star touring jazz orchestra. The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra meets each summer to rehearse with Education Director Paul Contos before embarking on a domestic or international tour that includes performances at several well-known jazz festivals. The program culminates in a main stage performance in September at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the annual Artist-In-Residence.

Roger Eddy

Jazz