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496 West

Since debuting in 2008, the band "496 West" has opened for a number of unforgettable and inspirational artists including: the legendary Kirk Whalum, soulful balladeer Phil Perry, jazz stalwarts Nick Colionne, Grammy- nominated Gerald Albright, saxman Euge Groove, smooth jazz guitarist Tim Bowman and international Grammy- nominated keyboardist, Bob Baldwin, the electrifying saxophonist Eric Darius and jazz guitarist/entertainer Nick Colionne. On Valentine's Day they had a ball opening for Larry Braggs, former lead vocalist for Tower of Power. Performing their own brand of contemporary smooth jazz, R&B, soul, a sprinkling of the blues and of course, gospel jazz, 496 West provides instrumental performances with a variety of combo’s including–music for relaxing, music for listening, and party music–from slow to jam.

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Kirsi-Marja Harju

Kirsi-Marja “Kiki” Harju (27.01.1993) is a diverse professional musician from Finland. Through Porvoo Area Music Institute, Sibelius High School and Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory in Finland she has found her way to study jazz music in Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She will graduate as Bachelor of Arts in 2019, jazz trumpet as her main subject. Harju has studied trumpet playing with Ruud Breuls, Jan Oosthof, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Jan Wessels, Alex Sipiagin, Terrell Stafford, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tero Saarti, Mikko Karjalainen, Tero Lindberg, Leo Kylätasku, Raimo Korhonen and Reijo Ruokonen

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John and Kelly Fumo with Fumosonic

Fumosonic is the culmination of 20+ years of marriage and collaboration between John and Kelly Fumo. The vision of these two musician/composers from Los Angeles, CA is a transformative musical experience that draws upon John’s jazz influences and Kelly’s love of music. The pair met while doing a recording session for singer Delaney Bramlett and had an instant connection. Their journey began with the first song they created called “Shut Up and Go Home!”, which showcases the unique formula of a heavy beat, Kelly’s strong vocals and some free jazz improvisation by John. John’s trumpet playing may be heavily influenced by Miles Davis and the free expressions of jazz music, but he has worked as a side man with the likes of Neil Diamond, James Brown, Beck and Brian Setzer

Miss French

Of European decent, Miss French was born in New Zealand to a musical family who fortunately decided to quit the rat race and move to Laingholm, a place with beaches, bush and lots of space in the Waitakere ranges. Here she would immerse herself in the magical world of native New Zealand bush, a world of day dreams and adventures. Her father, a jazz enthusiast, was not only a player of many instruments including trumpet and double bass, but he built instruments. Performing with the family at 10 years of age and later in Auckland bands, influenced by Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Billy Holiday and Joan Armatrading, she began writing songs from her own unique perspective

Bob Roden

Bob came from a family of musicians and became a full-time professional himself at age 20. He toured for over a decade, starting out in Holiday Inn lounges and working up to top showrooms such as Harrah’s in Reno/Tahoe and the Sahara in Las Vegas. Bob took a brief hiatus from professional music to have a career as a technology and entertainment lawyer, but is delighted to be back at it now. In 2011, as a member of the band “Sidro’s Armada,” Bob was inducted into the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also is an actor and writer; more at www.bobroden.com.

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Randall "Big Daddy" Webster

Randall "Big Daddy" Webster's Bluesography Growing up in Wheaton, Illinois (also home to Jim and John Belushi), he snuck into the Windy City’s most notorious Blues clubs. They soaked in the music of Muddy Waters, Otis Span, Junior Wells, Big Joe Turner, and other Blues legends holding school on stage. Webster would often jump the “L” (elevated train) to Maxwell Street where itinerant Bluesmen plied their trade on the corner. Webster’s first guitar, a Harmony Stratatone, came from Duke’s pawnshop north of the old market. He scavenged record bins for vintage vinyl from his new Blues heroes

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Maria Quintanilla

Maria Quintanilla, originally born in Lima, Peru, is a multi-award winning vocalist, composer, and producer based in the heart of New York City. Her insatiable curiosity has enabled her to perform and record in a wide spectrum of styles that range from classical to jazz, funk to pop, soul to latin. Despite her young age, Maria Quintanilla has toured all over Europe, North and South America, and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with award winning artists such as mentor Jon Faddis, John Benitez, Steve Turre and Tia Fuller, amongst others. She has been recognized as a performer with poise far beyond her years and with having an exceptional ear for raw vocal expression

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Johanna Sillanpaa

Music has always played a major part in the life of Johanna Sillanpaa. She is described as “a bluesy Erykah Badu with a marvelous voice that begins in the smoky lows of Norah Jones and effortlessly climbs into the powerful, confident ranges of Lisa Stansfield”. She has become quite well known in Western Canada as both a solo artist, and through her band ‘Sillan & Young’. Most recently, Johanna’s solo debut album ‘Good Life’ was nominated for a 2007 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Urban Recording. Johanna originally began singing as a young girl in her hometown of Boras, Sweden

Iris P

Born in 1985, in New Orleans, Catherine Poree' aka IRIS P, discovered her talent when she received her very first instrument, a violin, at the age of 6. From there she went on to perform in orchestra concerts and a host of plays, but most of all enjoyed singing with her mother, the late Marilyn J. Etienne, also known as LADY GOSPEL. In 2010 IRIS P started her mission to "save the world" by performing her original songs written from her extravagant poetry debuting a plethora of songs from her Underground EP "I Got Issues". IRIS P shows style like no-other with Jazz Melodies when she played "Billie Holiday" in "Dryades Street Divas Review" in the summer of 2014, held at Ashe's Cultural Center