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Pam Brennan

I was witness as a little girl to the Beatle's invasion of America. Thank you God for my being born at that time. I often wonder what it is like for people who missed the phenomenon. Music was a big part of my formative years. My Parents were both very talented Lindy dancers, so we grew up listening to Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and of course, Frank. On many a magical Saturday evening I watched my Parents gliding out to their dance, my Mother’s Emeraude lingering ever so gently. I vaguely remember being 3 or 4 as my Mother sang her favorite, Embraceable You to us. Many years later she would play us the reel to reel tape and there I was cutting her off so that I could sing

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Rob Mullins

2018 UPDATE: New Rob Mullins Trio Record released Nov. 8, 2018 "The Nearness of You" the 35th album by Rob Mullins.

“A classic acoustic trio set, Rob Mullins at his best.” – Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian

During his productive career as a pianist, composer, bandleader and educator, Rob Mullins has performed in many different settings and styles. His versatile approach has allowed him to erase the artificial boundary line between "contemporary" and "traditional" jazz, sounding like himself in all idioms. Mullins' discography is very diverse and is best viewed release by release rather than song by song or sub genre

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Rebecca Faiola

Rebecca is originally from Dallas, Texas and studied music from a young age. As a young singer, she became expert at harmonies singing with her musical mother and in choirs. Her first instrument was piano where she learned the basics. From there she studied classical clarinet for years up through high school onto University of North Texas on a clarinet scholarship. She was also performing in bands singing and doing musical theatre. Moving to SF, she created many groups including the "Spoolie Sisters" who toured and ran in a 2 year run of "Nashional Anthem" an original musical at the 1177 Club atop Nob Hill winning a SF Cabaret Gold Award in the show! She is a mom and sings with her husband Frank, in a band JetBlacq and continues to perform in musical theatre and film

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Brandon Tomasello

Brandon Tomasello was introduced to the performing arts at a young age. In the year 2000 , when the charter school boom in Philadelphia began its ascent, young Brandon entered the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School as a third grade student. Even in the school’s first year in existence, it enabled Brandon’s unique voice a place to be discovered. While he had always been naturally talented, Brandon’s love affair with music began when he was in the fourth grade. There was nothing unordinary when Brandon came home from school one particular spring day. As he entered his home, his grandmother was busy fixing dinner and was enjoying music as she worked

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Judy Chamberlain

New York City native Judy Chamberlain began singing professionally at the age of 13, shuttling between Manhattan and Coastal Connecticut to work with and learn from musicians who had honed their skills during the early days of jazz, swing and rock n’ roll. Moving to California in 1980, she brought the spirit of dinner dances at The Plaza Hotel along with her. During a three-decade career on the West Coast she led her all-star band, produced offsite concerts for Pacific Public Radio’s K-JAZZ FM and was a busy music director who put top talent into legendary Southern California hotels, jazz clubs and restaurants

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Ed Saindon: The Great American Songbook

Read "The Great American Songbook" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Ed Saindon’s approach to the vibraphone is said to be “pianistic,” and he lists as his models James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Fatha Hines, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson, among others. Still sounds like vibes to me — which isn’t by any means displeasing. On the contrary, Saindon is a marvelous technician ...