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Nikki Kidd

Nikki Kidd is an International Jazz Vocalist with a palpable passion for music. Her musical style is the embodiment of classic and current jazz while her voice has the ability to transport you back to the days of speakeasies. Nikki was raised in the culturally diverse Miami Beach, Florida and started singing at the age of four. Being exposed to a melting pot of different cultures and a wide array of genres, has formed Nikki's unique sound. With a musical palette ranging from Jazz, Electronic Music, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Soul, and R&B. The diversity is very evident in Nikki's music. Nikki earned her Bachelors at the University of Miami in Studio Music and Jazz Voice as well as a Minor in Music Business

Errol Rackipov

About the Artist Jazz vibraphonist, marimbist, and composer Errol Rackipov holds a Bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and a Master's degree from the University of Miami. While in Berklee, he studied with the great vibraphonists Gary Burton and Ed Saindon. Along with his bands "Dream Hunter" and "Groove Culture" Errol Rackipov has performed throughout Europe and the United States with such greats like Terence Blanchard, Bob Moses, Herb Pomeroy, Marc Eagan, Kenny Werner, Ratzo Harris, and Paquito D'Rivera. He has been working as a professional musician, composer and producer in various styles of music from Jazz to R&B and has participated in numerous projects throughout the world


Marty Gilman

Graduate of Berklee College of Music. Skills include: reading, improvisation, arranging, band leader. Perform on Saxes, flute, piano/Hammond Organ and sometimes bass. Taught music at high school, college and graduate school levels. Music theory and Jazz history courses. Pro experience performing with Temptations, Platters, Tommy James, Ray Bloch and many more.

Donna Singer

Powerhouse performer Donna Singer has wowed jazz lovers around the world through her recordings and live performances at festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs. Her European concerts include dates in Paris, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy and Wales. She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera Guild Recital Hall in Lincoln Center, Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell and The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. She has engaged audiences in many U.S. cities including Phoenix, Miami and Nashville. Her U.S. festival appearances include the Nebraska International Jazz Festival, Bethany College Jazz Festival in Kansas and the Saratoga Arts Festival in New York

Scott Klarman

Scott Klarman has toured professionally all over the world. He has also played with Lou Rawls, The O'Jays, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, Frank Sinatra, and many more. Scott has recorded with renowned artists Melton Mustafa, Buddy Miles, Clockwork, and Nightfall.

Debbie Orta

Debbie Orta has a unique vocal sound, swinging hard, with echoes of the past and present; honey-dipped with a soulful edge. She incorporates Latin and Brazilian jazz into her vast repertoire, and sings in English, Portuguese and Spanish, with easy rhythmic delivery and impeccable taste. Her honesty and irony come across in her engaging stage presence. People find that they enjoy what she does and who she is, an artist and a friend. The release of her debut CD, Child’s Play, took place with a performance at WDNA radio station (88.9FM) in Miami, and features a stellar lineup of musicians and contributors


Melvin Quinones

Melvin Quinones, also known as Melvin Llord, started studying saxophone by age 11, with the idea of someday playing in the local church's band. He never made it to that group, but that didn't discourage him from his passion for music. By the age of 15, he was recording music with local bands and slowly gaining popularity as one of the best sax players in western Puerto Rico. At 17, his talent was discovered by Andrew Ruiz, one of the most popular band directors in Puerto Rico, who quickly extended him an invitation to play with international Latin star Wilkins. At a young age, he shared the stage with Puerto Rico’s finest artists, such as Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and Gilberto Santarrosa, among others. He joined the 248th Army Band at 19


Charles Carey

Charles Carey, Assistant Professor Contact Information Memorial Hall 006 Phone Number: 308-432-6321 Fax Number: 308-432-6071 [email protected] Education/Background MM, Florida International University BM, Florida Atlantic University AA, Musical Arts, Palm Beach Community College Presently pursuing Doctoral Degree at North Central University Teaching Areas Music Fundamentals Elements of Music Improvisation Guitar and Bass Studies Jazz Studies Professional Activities and Awards Endorser for Heritage Guitars and the Buzz Feiten Tuning system Led the groups CountItOff and The Swing City Wise Guys Campus Involvement Faculty Jazz Ensemble Research Interests Improvisational studies Musical analysis Composition and arranging Performance and clinics Recording Studio and theatre work Hobbies and Interests Basketball Weight Lifting Motorcycles Cars Background Charles Carey joined the Chadron State College Music Faculty in 2008 as the guitar and bass studies instructor


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