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Peter Hostage

New Hampshire-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Hostagehas a wealth of talent, among the rare artists who can croon as coolly as Frank Sinatra while dropping a funk riff that could smoke the dance floor. His latest album, Uptown, is an homage to his undying affection for jazz and blues icons like Ray Charles and Nina Simone.

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Kira Martini

In few year, the Copenhagen-based vocalist & songwriter, Kira Martini, has become a strong and wellknown character on the danish jazzscene. With her positive energi and frank ways; her warm, true voice; and a broad repertoire of different styles, she is unlike any other singer on the scene. "It can not be said more simple and truthfully, than this: The danish singer, Kira Martini, sings in every minute, in a way that really makes you feel something!" (Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan, Sweden, dec. 2018) "Some places you feel instantly welcome. A special feeling of being seen, heard, understood and appreciated, and you never wish to end your stay

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Jan Leder

A born-and-raised New Yorker, Jan Leder decided to pursue her love for improvisation after twelve years of studying classical music. She studied for three years with the late pianist Lennie Tristano and then continued her jazz studies with pianist Connie Crothers for over ten years. A self-styled course of study in jazz history at SUNY Purchase led to her compilation of the first comprehensive history of women in jazz entitled Women in Jazz: A Discography of Instrumentalists 1913-1968 (Greenwood Press 1985). Ms. Leder has enjoyed teaching jazz improvisation, although teaching has not figured prominently in her career. In 1999 Jan recorded Nonchalant (A-Records 2000), a collection of mostly original melodies

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Natalie Hanna Mendoza

LA bred and based musician NATALIE HANNA MENDOZA is an award winning jazz vocalist and songwriter. She performs many vocal genres including POP, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Motown and Classical. With a broad range of vocal stylings, Natalie is lead vocalist in several groups including The Fabus Four, Natalie and Shane, and the acoustic Americana band, The Frogtown Serenaders. She can be found performing tirelessly at venues throughout Southern California such as Herb Alpert’s Vibratos Grill Jazz, Disneyland, Clifton’s Cafeteria, The Escondite, the Mint, Vitellos, the Federal Bar (Long Beach and North Hollywood), the Beverly Hills Penninsula Hotel, and many more

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Diane Nalini

Diane Nalini’s new album, 'Kiss Me Like That,' is a collection of 13 songs celebrating humanity's fascination with the sky. From the title track's infectious rhythms, to ‘Cuando sale la luna’ - Diane’s sultry ode to the moon, her original compositions on this album are all influenced by the wonders of the sky and stars. Her six original songs are perfectly complemented by classic jazz standards chosen carefully for this project, like "Stardust", "Skylark", "They All Laughed", as well as her intimate interpretations of folk & pop songs such as James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" and Sting's "Valparaiso." Songs from Kiss Me Like That have already attracted considerable interest in the media, being previewed nationally on CBC Radio's "The Sunday Edition", "Fresh Air", "As It Happens", "Metro Morning" and CBC Radio Two's documentary programme, "Inside the music." It has also garnered praise and airplay on Radio-Canada's "Espace Musique." Maclean’s Magazine, Canada's national news magazine, also did a full-page article on her recently. Singer/songwriter Diane Nalini's previous album put a uniquely modern spin on the words of William Shakespeare

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Suzanne Cloud

Suzanne Cloud started her career in regional theater in the Philadelphia area appearing as the lead in productions both musical and dramatic including Pajama Game, Silent Night, Lonely Night, an original musical version of Bell Book and Candle, touring with The Fantastiks, Carousel and South Pacific and finally Sex Tips for Modern Girls at the Society Hill Playhouse. Cloud also appeared on television in the PBS movie A Woman of Spirit about early feminist Lucretia Mott and was chosen to sing on the talent segment of NBC's Fantasy Show. In the late 1970s, Suzanne Cloud toured the East Coast with a Top 40 disco band while recording jingles for local banks, retail stores, Armstrong Floors, Comcast Cable and the tune "Come Fly With Me" for the production show at the Playboy Casino in Atlantic City. By 1980, Cloud had switched from cover bands and jingles to jazz while indulging her love of songwriting

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Jennifer Lee

Nine years is a long time between albums, but Jennifer Lee has been busy taking her music into rarely explored emotional terrain. My Shining Hour, the third album by the esteemed Bay Area jazz vocalist, guitarist, and pianist, reintroduces an artist long known as a gifted interpreter of the American and Brazilian Songbooks. But with her ensemble the Ever-Expanding Universe and a stellar cast of special guests, including trumpet legend Randy Brecker, bass master Bob Magnusson, Grammy Award-winning violinist Mads Tolling, and percussion maestro John Santos, Lee has emerged as a songwriter with an unusual gift for evoking uncanny experiences, hard-won wisdom, unbridled joy, and liminal states of consciousness

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Tom Smerk

I have been a professional entertainer since 1965. I have played with recording artists, appeared on TV and radio, and have had articles published in newspapers and magazines. I am currently teaching guitar for the San Diego Community College District (since 1988) and have a music degree from Mount Aloysius College with concentration on Music Ed and guitar performance. I am available as a music producer. I have a good ear for what sounds good and what sounds bad, and I will work with you or your band to record a dynamic CD that captivates rather than falls short. I am available for session work and for last-minute sideman work (guitar) in the San Diego/Southern California area