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Darcy Cooke

Jazz Lover Darcy Cooke is a classically trained jazz vocalist who has been performing nearly all her life. As a regular in DC area jazz bars, piano lounges, music venues, and private events, she has enjoyed performing with many of DMV’s great musicians such as Chris Grasso, Wayne Wilentz, David Jernigan, Harry Appelman, Keith Butler, Jr, Wade Beach, and more. Additionally, she has shared the stage with many of the area’s top vocalists. She studied music, voice, and theater while attending the Shenandoah Conservatory and has trained with multiple vocal coaches and top jazz singers in the DMV area. With a love of jazz and a background in theater and stage performance, Darcy’s repertoire is expansive, ranging from jazz standards of the Great American Songbook to blues, to show tunes to cabaret and pop

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Kenny Kirkwood

Kenny Kirkwood is a Juno award-winning Canadian musician who has toured internationally in a career spanning three decades. He has worked with Gord Downie, Kim Mitchell, Jacksoul, Kevin Breit, NOJO and Paul Reddick. Kenny has also opened for James Brown, Al Green and performed for Quincy Jones. Kenny spent his childhood in Zambia, experiencing traditional Bemba and Nyanja music, language and culture, and hearing local folk and pop groups and church choirs. These experiences deeply ingrained in him the value of the communal and spiritual aspects of music, song and dance in everyday life. Over the last decade Kenny has collaborated with Indigenous people on Turtle Island and worldwide in working towards reconciliation

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Blue Rainbow

The project was born in March 2020, during the lockdown period, from an idea of ​​three musicians from the Marche region: Pierfrancesco Ceregioli (piano and keyboards), Tonino Monachesi (guitars, bass and flute) and Roberto Bisello (drums). The trio's mission is to embark on a new artistic path where distance is not an obstacle to creativity, stimulated by the challenge of recreating interplay in an unnatural situation such as distance. Knowledge and conscious use of technology is therefore a fundamental professional requirement for the contemporary artist. The idea is to recreate, despite the objective difficulties, an open ensemble thanks to the communicative, technical and expressive potential that the new technological means make available. The name of the project comes from the mixture of all these uniqueness: the presence of several artists, the blue intended as a primary color of the rainbow that mixes with the others in infinite shades of styles and sensations, the blue of the variable pitch notes of the blues (blue note), the main theme of the record work, re-proposed in a kaleidoscope of colors.

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Larry Wolf

Veteran singer and character actor Lawrence (Larry) Wolf was born in New York City, studied acting with Stella Adler and is best known as an ensemble member of filmmaker Robert Downey Sr.’s legendary catalog of satirical films. The two most notable, Putney Swope and Pound, are avant-garde and shocking today, perhaps even more so than in the febrile artistic ground of the 1960s and 70s when they were created. In Pound, he was Robert Downey Jr.’s acting partner in the five-year-old’s first onscreen speaking role, Wolf’s anguished Mexican Hairless lamenting to Downey Jr.’s not-so-innocent puppy in a film in which clothed and unmasked humans play canines languishing in a dog lockup, waiting to be gassed that night

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Ryan Anselmi

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Ryan Anselmi is a saxophonist living and working in New York City. He was born in Paola, Kansas, close enough to Kansas City and its rich musical heritage that he couldn’t shake wanting music to be a part of his life.

At the age of twelve he began taking saxophone lessons from Charles Kessinger and working professionally with the Twin Rivers Jazz Band from Osawatomie, KS. Folks like Twin Rivers Jazz Band, David Basse & The City Light Orchestra, and vocalist/pianist Jay McShann heavily influenced and inspired Ryan during this time.

In 2000 Ryan moved to Wichita, KS to study music at Wichita State University where he was a student of Tom Fowler, Craig Owens, Jean Lansing, Dr

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Amaury Faivre

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Amaury Faivre is an acoustic blues artist, celebrating a 20 years of career on more than 800 stages, in a dozen of countries and 3 different continents. Born in Besançon (France), he blows for the first time in his father’s harmonica at the age of 8. This funny instrument never left him, and he naturally started playing the music of the blues pioneers. This is how he manages to escape from the Spice Girls, listening to artists like Robert Johnson, Mississippi Fred McDowell or John Lee Hooker... He makes a life-changing meeting with Denis Naegely, who raises a very young generation of talented musician

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Gregg Young

Gregg, originally from San Francisco, was signed to a major label recording contract when in his teens and had an "NFL or NBA" musical experience while touring and recording. Gregg has been in shows that included such acts as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Linda Ronstadt, Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly, Eric Burden, War, Jose Feliciano and others. Gregg has had the privilege of having guitar great Carlos Santana as a friend and mentor, and learned a great deal while playing with Bo Diddley and Sly Stone. He was granted former resident status of Alcatraz due to an overnight stay (to make music) during the Indian occupation. In 2018, Young released a solo steel string guitar album, Alcatraz, which was considered in 2 Categories for a Grammy in 2019 for "Best Roots Performance" & "Best Contemporary Instrumental Album"

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Blues

Label: Blue Mood Records/Grappa
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blues Spirit; Blues for Spann; Blues De Lux; Blues Melancholy; Blues in Stride.

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Jason Whatley

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Jason Whatley is a jazz pianist and composer based in Tasmania, Australia. His compositions admit the unmistakable influence of great jazz modernists like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and Wayne Shorter. He leads a quintet featuring fellow Tasmanian musicians Michael Woods (trumpet/flugelhorn), Damon Warner (saxophones), Hamish Houston (bass) and Beau Thomas (drums). He has released two albums with this lineup, Newfound Cool (2013) and On the Beak (2020).


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