Bands for Hire ~ Jazzy Folk

Hannah Cooper

Jazzy Folk

Born and raised in Minnesota, Hannah Cooper is a singer-songwriter with a sound that truly defies categorization. In seeing her perform live, you will experience her years of jazz guitar training, her classical choral background, and fine folk storytelling delivered with brave theatrical flair. She can fluently paint scenery, evoke emotions, and tell complete stories with her sound. Careful listeners may hear multiple stories layered in her songs` chords, textures and lyrics. Evoking powerful subconscious emotions and layering on profoundly philosophical lyrics that speak to our consciousness, she is able to create music that is simultaneously about love and heartbreak, good and evil, reality and dreams. She uses this bewildering superpower to create songs that transport the audience into savored scenes of honest emotion and heightened senses. There, audiences are invited to ponder what gives their own lives sacred joy, morality and meaning. With every performance, her listeners who come expecting a "just another" singer-songwriter are simply blown away. Critically acclaimed artists and leaders in the music industry are delighted and amazed by Hannah`s courageous new sound. Cosy Sheridon writes "Hannah Cooper is a high wire artist working without a net. She is looking far beyond the boundaries of singer/songwriter music. It is a pleasure to hear her." Hannah has had her talent recognized in international and elite-class songwriting contests. She won Best Folk Song in the 2017 American Songwriting Awards with "The Hickory Tree." She also earned a nomination for Best Folk Song in the American Songwriting Awards and Hollywood Songwriting Contest for "The Colors You Make.”

The Jazz Cats

Jazzy Folk

Working as a duo, The Jazz Cats are Ed Kreps, Bass and Patrick Ryan, Guitar & vocals. They feature a mix of standards from the “Great American Songbook” and music from many genres including country, pop, show tunes. They have performed together in many venues in Monterey & Santa Clara Counties both as a duo and as “Infinitee & the Jazz Cats” in both trio & quartet formats. Ed spent 30 years as a music teacher & conductor in the Oakland Unified & Santa Rita School Districts. In addition to his work with Patrick, he has been a member of several symphonic orchestras and played in pit bands for both MPC Theater & Pac. Rep. Patrick has performed in bands in both Southern California and Monterey County. His musical experience includes pit and work for MPC Theater, Pac. Rep. and Ariel Theatrical. He has shared the stage with many local musicians including Bruce Foreman, Bob Phillips, George Young & Lee Durley.

Billy & Diana

Jazzy Folk

A wonderful jazz duo - we were so impressed with their CD - and they are coming down from Santa Cruz, I wouldn`t mislead you - well worth your time.