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Alli Bean

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Victoria, BC, Canada's Alli Bean is a multi-award-winning Canadian powerhouse blues/jazz/pop- influenced songwriter and vocalist. Drawing influence from a list of artists including Wynton Kelly, Horace Silver, Fiona Apple and Amy Winehouse, her compositional style leans toward the bluesy funky side of the street, with a twist of jazz and a dash of sass for good measure. Since her start in classical piano in the 90’s, Bean has explored diverse popular styles of music from country and rock to R&B, as well as attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. Currently on the roster of Indie Entertainment, she has experience in multi genre bands and ensembles

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Katia Cardenas

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Katia grew up in a musical family. Her mother, Janis Kelly, is an accomplished vocalist, who sang with Maurice White and the Emotions, and opened for Rufus & Chaka Khan, Tower of Power and Carole King. Her father, Mark Cardenas, is a professional keyboardist, and a Platinum and Gold recording artist, whose credits include Prince, Morris Day and the Time, Janet Jackson, and The Song Catchers (featuring Charles Neville). From an early age, she was raised on a strict diet of funk, soul, and r&b. She received a Waldorf education, which taught her a deep appreciation for the arts, and a passion for singing

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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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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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Kiku Collins

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"Ms. Collins plays trumpet and flugelhorn like a twenty-first century Miles Davis" Derek Ansell - Jazz Journal International

"...one of the best out there on the current trumpet community. Your section playing, tone, control, and solo chops, outstanding!!" Eric Miyashiro

"Her phrasing, sound and lyricism remind me of great singers. For me, that is one of the best compliments that I could give to any trumpet player!" Mike Vax

Classically trained at Manhattan School of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy, Kiku brings professionalism to every job in every style, with her sense of humor and sense of adventure that leads her to play and sing with a diverse group of artists.

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Javier García

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Javier García (Buenos Aires, 1969). He began to play the guitar in a self-taught way at age 13. Then, he conducted formal studies in various areas with the following teachers: Ricardo Pellican (1986/87): jazz guitar Sergio Liszeswski (1987/88): guitar & harmony Walter Malosetti Superior Jazz School (1989/90): jazz guitar Francisco Rivero (1990/99): harmony, improvisation & composition. He attended different workshops, including especially "Music & Technology Course" taught by Pedro Aznar, which was an important trigger and motivation for the use of different technology elements applied to musical creativity both live and in the recording studio

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George Pandis

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Mike Shapiro

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Mike began studying with Charles Perry at 8 years old. Through the years he studied with various musicians including David Garibaldi, Michael Carvin, Saul Goodman, Roland Kohloff, Morris Lang and Buster Bailey. Mike has a degree from The Juilliard School. Some of the artists he has worked with include: 50 Shades The Musical, Todd Rundgren, Marcellus Hall, Forever Dusty The Musical, John Hall, Richard Julian, Genya Raven, Dakota Staton, Evidence, Wynton Marsalis, Zubin Mehta and Pierre Boulez. He has played venues from C.B.G.B.'S to Carnegie Hall in the U.S. and Europe. Mike uses Vic Firth Drum sticks.

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Michael J Thomas

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It’s beginning to look a lot like…after the locked down Christmas of 2020, this year is shaping up to be a whole lot more wonderful as we finally get to travel freely, reconnect and spend time in person with cherished family and friends, deck those halls and trim those trees the way we did pre-pandemic. A celebration time like this needs the perfect festive soundtrack – and #1 Billboard charting saxophonist Michael J Thomas and Grammy nominated vocalist Maysa are ready to start the party. Joining creative forces for the first time, the two deliver the ultimate contemporary urban jazz holiday delight with their infectious new single “It’s Christmas.” Penned by Thomas and Maysa and produced by Thomas, Raymond Darius Jackson, Trammell Starks and Carl Griffin, “It’s Christmas” is 2021’s answer to Donny Hathaway’s timeless and much covered “This Christmas.” It’s a burst of joyful, sensual R&B/jazz funk that soulfully captures every aspect of the season – the great anticipation, the spirited gatherings, the love behind the gifts exchanged, the boughs of holly, the fireplace and the hot cocoa, with Santa fully on board and Nat King Cole making a special nostalgic appearance

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Andy Lutkoff

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Andy Lutkoff has been performing in SW Florida for over 25 years. He has performed with many of SW Florida’s top musicians including Joe Delaney, Jay Heavilin, Kevin Mauldin, Trimble McCullough, Doug Kirschner, Mickey Basil, Dave Morgan, Michael Baer, Tim Goodman, Brad Brown, and David Sarchet. In addition to leading various trios and quartets with the musicians above, Andy has lead the groups Straight Ahead and Saxdance. Both groups have been featured at Lee County Alliance of the Arts as well as at many venues in SW Florida. Andy is originally from NYC, but grew up in Richmond, Virginia


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