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Sharel Cassity

Saxophonist, Woodwindist, Composer & Educator Sharel Cassity (pron. Shah-Relle) is a musician on the New York, Chicago, and international jazz scenes. Listed as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” in Downbeat Magazine for the past 11 consecutive years, Sharel has appeared on the Today Show, earned her MA from The Juilliard School under full scholarship, won the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award & has been inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Cassity has shared the stage with jazz luminaries including Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; as well as mainstream artists Aretha Franklin, Natalie Merchant, Vanessa Williams & Trisha Yearwood

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Michelle Danette

An energetic and inspirational Gospel Jazz/Smooth Jazz saxophonist, songwriter, actress, film producer, author and entrepreneur. Michelle has released three albums internationally with the most recent, “Melodicsphere” receiving critical acclaim in the US, Europe and South Africa. Michelle’s music is a featured nightly on Studio 1G ‘s International Radio Program hosted by James Wingate; and WVUD, University of Delaware’s, Smooth Jazz Mood Program with Dr. Gloria James. A native of Delaware, USA, her music has been described by many as “energetic”, “powerful”, “healing” and “forth-telling”

Pernille Bevort

Tenor, soprano and alto saxophone (flute, clarinets), band leader and composer. Pernille Bevort was born in Denmark 1966. She started playing the recorder at the age of seven. When she was fourteen she changed to the soprano saxophone and a couple of years later she bought a tenor saxophone, which became her main instrument. Pernille Bevort was nineteen when she was first introduced to modern jazz, such as Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter. The following years her fascination with jazz increased with the characteristic creative element in this type of music. Pernille Bevort is educated at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark (1989-1993)


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