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Ira Sullivan

Sullivan is that rare thing, a true multi-instrumentalist, capable of improvising statements of worth on all his instruments. He was taught trumpet by his father, saxophone by his mother and played both in 50s Chicago with such seminal figures as Charlie "Bird" Parker, Lester Young, Wardell Gray and Roy Eldridge, garnering a reputation as a fearsome bebop soloist. After playing briefly with Art Blakey (1956), and mastering alto and baritone saxophone, Sullivan moved south to Florida and out of the spotlight in the early 60s. His reluctance to travel limited his opportunities to play with musicians of the first rank, but Sullivan continued to play in the Miami area, often in schools and churches

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Will Boyd

Multi-reed instrumentalist, composer, educator Will Boyd hails from soul sax tradition like artists Eddie Harris, David Newman, and Houston Person. Originally from Orangeburg SC by way of Queens NY, Will currently resides in Knoxville TN. He is a member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and currently has 2 solo albums “Live at the Red Piano Lounge” and “Freedom Soul Jazz”. Will also co-leads a group with Wife, jazz radio host, and founder of the Knoxville Women in Jazz Jam Festival Kelle Jolly.  Will was playing with professional local R&B groups before he was 18. He then received more training at the music program at South Carolina State University where he received BA in Music Business and met future wife vocalist Kelle Jolly

Sara McDonald

Sara McDonald is a vocalist/composer/arranger/bandleader/pianist/french horn player based in Brooklyn, NY. Her music fuses multiple genres including rock, pop, jazz, and electronica - which ultimately creates an ensemble sound that acknowledges the tradition of jazz as much as it sonically embraces experimental textures, arrangements, and harmonies. She is most well-known for her orchestral prog-rock project, 'The NYChillharmonic.' She has performed her large ensemble music at world renowned festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Perth International Jazz Festival, Keio University Jazz Fest (Tokyo), Moers Festival, The Take The A Train Festival, Mazzstock Music Festival, Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival, CU Jazz Festival, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Northside Festival, Nublu Jazz Festival, and The East Village Music Festival

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Antonio Loureiro

Antonio Loureiro never thought of doing anything other than music, as there is no other way. Son of musicians, at age 12 already performing gigs in Belo Horizonte, MG. He began to play the piano, but was left aside when he met the drums, his first instrument. He was reunited with the piano at the University of UFMG, in addition to having discovered the vibraphone, while studying classical percussion. At the age of 32, Loureiro is a respected composer and at the same time one of the most requested musicians in the current scene of Brazilian music. From jazz to popular music, the multi-instrumentalist and also singer, songwriter, arranger and producer has just released his third album, LIVRE (ybmusic)

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3Divas Jazz Trio

3Divas Jazz Trio Fiercely swinging on purpose, with purpose this powerhouse trio plays original, traditional and contemporary standards from all genres of music. Their unique style and innovative arrangements are always super-charged by their boundless musical joy. Sherrie, Amy, and Jackie met in May of 2014 at the Cleveland Playhouse while playing in The DIVA Jazz Orchestra as part of Maurice Hines’ award-winning show Tappin’ Thru Life. From their first shared downbeat, they became kindred-swinging spirits and the resulting musical synergy was fast and fierce...or as the New York Times said…"Blistering Hot!" Since its inception the trio has played at many of the country’s most prestigious venues including: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (NYC,) Mezzrow (NYC,) New World Stages (NYC,) Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NYC,) National Sculpture Gardens (D.C.,) Washington Women in Jazz Festival (D.C.,) the Cleveland Playhouse (Clvd, Oh) Tri-C Jazz Festival (Clvd, Oh,) Blu Jazz (Akron, Oh) The Bop-Stop (Clvd, Oh) Nighttown (Clvd, Oh.,)The Delaware Theater Company (Wilmington, DE,) True Blue Jazz Festival (Rehoboth Beach, DE.,) World Café Live (Phila, PA) Maple City Jazz Festival (Honesdale, PA,) The Deer Head Inn (DWG, PA,) COTA Jazz Festival (DWG, PA,) South (Phila, PA) and The Penn’s Landing Playhouse (Phila

Groove Alley

Groove Alley is a Chicago-based jazz combo that plays contemporary and retro groove arrangements. Their rhythms create a hip, funky vibe that’s good for the soul. For years, Groove Alley has been creating a lively, jammin’ jazz sound that pays homage to music masters such as Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, Marcus Miller, Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, The Crusaders and many others. Groove Alley will put you in a happy place with its blend of guitar, bass, drums, trumpet and alto sax instrumentation…all jammin' together to generate kinetic energy from their audiences. Sample our music here: https://soundcloud.com/sreebo/sets/groove-alley-demos

SUSS

SUSS is a new post-country, ambient Americana, boot-gazing, psychedelic band featuring Bob Holmes, Gary Leib, Jonathan Gregg, Pat Irwin and William Garrett.


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