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Hudson River Jazz Collective

Hudson River Jazz Collective features vocal soloists accompanied by a single archtop guitar, modeled after the style of Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald. The music is classic: Selections from the great American songbook. Our vocalists are some of the finest jazz singers from Hudson Valley.It is such a pleasure for us at Hudson River Jazz Collective to announce the addition of Elli Fordyce to our list of singers. Originally from Manhattan, Elli is a highly accomplished vocalist as well as actress. She's performed all over the New York Metro area and throughout North America. Ms Fordyce’s Cd’s have been widely acclaimed and received pre grammy attention in six different categories

Bill Cash

Retired music teacher, Bill Cash is a North Country native, born and raised in Plattsburgh, New York. He received a BA in music from Plattsburgh State then his MM in music from Crane School of music. His major instrument was trumpet and performed professionally for three seasons with the New Hampshire Symphony, before becoming a full time instrumental music teacher. For thirty-three years, he taught high school instrumental music, twenty - seven of them in Catskill NY. In 2006 while teaching jazz band, he was inspired by a fantastic high school guitar player who played solo jazz

Bright Dog Red

Bright Dog Red (BDR), an improvising collective from Albany, New York, fuses free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music into a proliferation of beats, bars, and blasts of sonic energy. In early 2018, BDR signed on to release an album with Ropeadope, a Philadelphia based record label. The band’s first full-length album, “Means to the Ends,” was released in October of 2018. Ropeadope, long at the nexus of jazz, hip hop, and electronica, seems a natural home for BDR’s “innovative and psychedelic mesh of jazz, hip-hop and electronica” (The Alt Weekly). “Means to the Ends” follows two independently distributed EPS, 2017’s “Bullet Proof Shoes” and 2015’s “Teasers.” BDR’s initial forays prompted bloggers Peck and JT to declare, "Put Albany’s Bright Dog Red on your radar as this jazzy psychedelic hip hop posse has potential for some progressive golden era goodness." The UK's Emerging Indie deemed the band’s “extemporised psychedelic jazz-hop” worthy of repeated listening." BDR’s regular performances at New York destination venues like ShapeShifter Lab, Nublu, and Spectrum, have garnered the ensemble comparisons to “Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Digable Planets” (Paul Schulman), “electronic Ahmad Jamal,” (Don Lucoff), and to other psychedelic, jazz fusion, and hip hop luminaries. Founded by drummer and composer Joe Pignato, BDR features core members MC Cully, electronic musician Cody Davies, trumpeter Jarritt Sheel, saxophonist Mike LaBombard, and bassist Anthony Berman. The group’s music, all improvised, has its roots in a series of marathon jam sessions

Joe Pignato

Joe Pignato leads Bright Dog Red, an improvising collective, from Albany, NY that fuses free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music. “New York’s experimental outfit Bright Dog Red breathe life into their music, evolving with each subsequent sonic experiment… Get lost in Bright Dog Red’s latest offering, ‘Bullet Proof Shoes,’ and revel in musical metamorphosis.”-Masked Faces In addition to leader Joe Pignato, drums and concepts, BDR features MC Cully, Electronic musician Palemen, Trumpeter Jarritt Sheel, Guitarists Zak Westbrook and Mike “MK” Kemmlein , and Bassist Anthony “The Colonel” Berman. BDR also features a rotating cadre of affiliated members, players that occasionally augment the core ensemble

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Clifford M Brucker

Clifford M. Brucker Cliff Brucker, Drummer-Percussionist, Pianist, Keyboardist, Composer, Producer, Arranger and Educator. Cliff has a B.M. in Music from The Crane School of Music at Potsdam State College and a M.S. in Music from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Cliff has been performing as a professional musician for over 40 years!  As a well-respected musician by his peers, Cliff has worked with some of the finest talent in the Capital District including the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Capital Region Wind Ensemble, and the Empire Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed with a variety of internationally known jazz and pop artists including Aretha Franklin, Buddy Greco, Rex Richardson, Bob Mintzer and Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack. Cliff is also an award-winning composer and producer of advertising jingles and multimedia production

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Kaitlyn Fay

Kaitlyn Fay is an educator, jazz vocalist, flutist, and baritone saxophonist, holding a M.M. in Jazz Voice Performance from William Paterson University and a B.S. in Music Education and Classical Flute Performance from Elon University. As a jazz vocalist, Kaitlyn has performed in venues across New York City, New Jersey, Westchester County, the Capital Region of New York, as well as the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany. As part of the 35th Annual Jazz Room concert series at William Paterson University, Kaitlyn opened for jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli with her Ella Fitzgerald Tribute Ensemble, and opened for the Count Basie Orchestra with the WPU Vocal Jazz Studio

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Stuart Quimby

Stuart Quimby has at any one time been a Classical and Jazz Composer, and Professional Musician (flute, vocals, most of the baroque wind instruments, the Balinese gamelan instruments suling bali, saron, and reong, the blues harp and chromatic harmonica, the trumpet, various keyboards (esp. early synths), and several experimental instruments of his own design). In addition he’s been a Music Educator, Network Analyst and Designer, Security Consultant, Geometer, Lecturer on Childhood Education, Applied Mathematician, Toy Manufacturer and Designer, Chef, Programmer, Restaurateur, Mechanical Engineer,and General Fool. Quimby has studied with Richard Davis, Paul Robeson, Les Thimmig, Roscoe Mitchell, Robert Dick, Doc Cheatham, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Frans Brüggen among many others

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Elliot Spero

Tenor & Soparino Saxophones, Percussion, Flutes Elliot Spero / E. C. Spero Productions - Musician /Producer/ Manager/ Booking Agent/Teacher. San Francisco City & State Collage From Forest Hills, Queens N.Y. has been in the music profession for 40 years. West coast in the bay area of San Francisco and then back to the NYC metro area. Started on piano at age 8 in NY and than on to playing Tenor sax in high school band at age 13 in Clearwater FL. Influenced by his older brothers Roger and Buck's love of jazz, musicians themselves, up from the basement of his house as a kid in Forest Hills Gardens NY came the sounds of Miles, Mingus, Coltrane & McCoy

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Teresa Broadwell

Vocalist and jazz violinist Teresa Broadwell is formally trained, holding a BM from the Crane School of Music, and an MA in Jazz Studies from the College of St. Rose. Her vocal influences include: Lambert, Hendricks and Ross; Eddie Jefferson; King Pleasure; Sarah Vaughan; Betty Carter; Ella Fitzgerald; and Anita O'Day. On fiddle, she draws from Stuff Smith, Joe Venuti, Matt Glaser, and Stephan Grappelli. Other past recordings include: "Sunny Side of the Street," with the "New Moon Swing Band," (a group that performed on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show) and "Everything's Jake," featuring her swing band “Thrivin' on A Riff." Broadwell moved to the Capital Region in the early ’80’s , where she formed her own groups, performing at concerts, festivals, radio and television shows, and jazz clubs in the greater Northeast


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