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Cheryl Richards

Vocalist Cheryl Richards moved to New York City in 2000 and has been singing jazz and improvised music since 2002. She studied with the great jazz pianist and improviser Connie Crothers for more than 15 years. In the last several years, she has performed at venues throughout New York including the 55 Bar, the Stone, Greenwich Music House, Why Not Jazz Room, Cornelia Street Café, and Zeb’s in Manhattan as well as iBeam, Roulette, Galapagos Art Space, The Drawing Room, Mirror Teahouse, and Cafe Orwell in Brooklyn. Her newest CD, If Not For You - featuring guitarist Adam Caine and alto saxophonist Nick Lyons - was released on New Artists Records. Cheryl began singing at age 11 when she joined the award-winning Seattle Girls’ Choir

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Sadiki Pierre

Sadiki Pierre is a talented upright bass player who is uniquely capable of playing and fusing almost any style of music including classical, jazz, latin, reggae and R&B. When he first started playing the upright bass, he had no interest in actually learning the instrument and instead was only looking for a way to get out of his sixth grade class. Fortunately, he chose the right distraction from his schoolwork. It soon became apparent that he was quite musically adept. Although his parents could not initially afford to buy him his own instrument and pay for private lessons, he was still chosen to perform with the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Orchestra in addition to performing with another prestigious student orchestra throughout Europe. Despite the encouragement of those closest to him to study at a school like Juilliard or Berklee to become a full-time musician, Sadiki chose to attend an aviation school called Daniel Webster College in order to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a professional pilot

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The Blue Dahlia ~ Dahlia Dumont

Dahlia Dumont, leader of The Blue Dahlia: vocals, ukulele-player, singer-songwriter. Brooklyn-girl, but a nomad at heart, Dahlia Dumont traveled the world from an early age, always absorbing the cultural and musical influences in her path. Her Eastern European heritage and her years as an anthropology student and teacher in France and Senegal shaped her musical palette, and in 2012 she created her project The Blue Dahlia. The Blue Dahlia: Lyrics in English and French, French and Mexican accordion, klezmer violin, warm and joyous rhythms of reggae, ska and Latin America, the sensual voice of jazz and French chanson

Hiromi Kanda

For Hiromi Kanda, today is all about Days of Yesterday. That is the title of the sophomore album from this elegant, charismatic vocalist, to be released fall 2011 on the Music Gate label and distributed by the Warner Music Group company, ADA. Days of Yesterday pays tribute to the timeless American classics that Hiromi came to love while growing up in Japan. Although, physically, she was thousands of miles from the source of her inspiration when she first heard the songs of the now-iconic popular music craftsmen of the mid-20th century—the body of work we now refer to as the Great American Songbook—always spoke directly to Hiromi. “I have enjoyed that sound and style all my life,” says the Nagasaki-born Kanda, who recently settled in Hawaii, where she and her husband, the prominent composer/producer Yusuke Hoguchi, have long owned a home

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Richard Conrad Morgan

Born in Eastbourne, England, in 1956, Richard Morgan grew up listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In 1981, he put away his turntable before going off to study in Canada and he only took it out again twenty years later in Switzerland. Re-inventing himself as a singer/songwriter in 2005 was therefore something of a surprise. A warm voice, melodies that swing, witty lyrics: Richard Morgan's songs remind one of the standards of the Golden Age of jazz. Also a documentary film-maker (www.invisipics.com) Music available:
"Letting Go," an EP of four jazz songs, 2007;
"The Less You Do," an album of 12 jazz songs, 2010;
"Mist," instrumental single, 2011;
"Popcorn," experimental instrumental single, 2014;
"Je me débrouille," jazz single, 2014;
"My Titanic," an album of 12 pop/experimental songs, 2016;
"Same Mistake," pop single, 2018.

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Maud Hixson

Hailed as “gently virtuosic” (All About Jazz), Maud Hixson is a devoted exponent of great songs, ranging from the classic Great American Songbook to the often unsung or forgotten compositions awaiting rediscovery. Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Maud is the co-founder of the continental jazz sextet French 75 with clarinetist Tony Balluff. She made her Guthrie Theater debut in the Noel Coward revue Coward’s Women, and has also appeared in Park Square Theater’s The Soul of Gershwin. She teamed with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in 2012 for the long- running Midtown at Midday concert series at Saint Peter’s in Manhattan and debuted her show Skyscraper Wits in London and New York in 2015. Maud is the recipient of three Artist Initiative grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, one of which supported the research for her album “Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away”, comprised of compositions by Broadway composer Michael (Mickey) Leonard

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V. Shayne Frederick

V. Shayne Frederick is a pianist, vocalist and poet. He began his formal musical study at Dartmouth College, and then later in a local Jazz ensemble in Philadelphia led by the legendary organist, pianist, composer and vocalist Trudy Pitts. His informal musical study, however, began at birth. V. Shayne was born in North Carolina to musician parents— his mother, a pianist and vocalist, and his father, a saxophonist. Even still, music would come later than childhood for him. As a self-taught pianist and vocalist, his craft has been honed at jam sessions, on bandstands, in concert halls, and behind pianos at a multitude of venues over the last decade: Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, SugarHouse Casino, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Resorts Casino, Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia Clef Club for Performing Arts, the African-American Museum in Philadelphia, and Art Sanctuary, just to name a few stages

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LaVon Hardison

LaVon Hardison sings jazz standards, originals, and her own eclectic and compelling arrangements of popular songs. She is equally at home at jazz clubs, corporate events, private parties, and sacred settings. Her background in musical theater, opera, and jazz provides a solid foundation for her accessible, joyful, and engaging musical explorations. LaVon is beyond versatile. She brings her glowing, open heart to every performance and has thrilled audiences all over the world. “I try to make music that delights me,” LaVon says. “When I first started singing jazz I felt that I had to do it a certain way

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Hetty Kate

"Charismatic and technically gifted" (All About Jazz, USA) jazz vocalist Hetty Kate has "a stage presence only matched by the clarity of her voice.." (James Morrison, AU). Raised in both England and Australia, and now living in France, Hetty has released nine albums and graced stages large and small from New Zealand to New York. "Hetty's truly one of the best swing-style vocalists (I’m talking 1940, Benny Goodman style 4/4 swing) on the current scene..” Will Friedwald : Jazz Critic & Author (USA) A genuine entertainer, Hetty really swings; and her natural musicality, pitch and vocal purity ensure her voice is instantly recognisable


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