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News: Performance / Tour

Latin-Infused Jazz Duo Ariella Announce October 1st Virtual Tour Via Veeps

Latin-Infused Jazz Duo Ariella Announce October 1st Virtual Tour Via Veeps

With a fervor for blues, jazz and vintage soul, enigmatic duo, ARIELLA, passionately transcend boundaries, transporting listeners to the heart of what makes music timeless. It’s a fluid daydream, seeping. With elegant vocals by the charismatic Ariella McManus, a singer with emotional depth and a songwriter rich with breadth, she eloquently combines stunning melodies with infectious ...

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News: Recording

Soulful Jazz Duo Ariella Open Hearts And Minds With 'Terrified'

Soulful Jazz Duo Ariella Open Hearts And Minds With 'Terrified'

With a fervor for blues, jazz and vintage soul, enigmatic duo, ARIELLA, passionately transcend boundaries, transporting listeners to the heart of what makes music timeless. It’s a fluid daydream, seeping. With elegant vocals by the charismatic Ariella McManus, a singer with emotional depth and a songwriter rich with breadth, she eloquently combines stunning melodies with infectious ...

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ARIELLA

Ariella is a talented artist with a passion for blues, jazz and soul.

Hailing from Sarasota Florida, this charismatic singer and songwriter manages to combine stunning melodies with infectious grooves and great beats, in order to create a catchy, yet direct and edgy sound. She teamed up with Nicolaas Kraster, a talented musician from Fredonia NY, in 2009. The pair set the bar high with excellent music and live shows. They have performed at iconic venues, such as NYC’s Blue Note, as well as international dates throughout Canada, the USA and the UK.

Ariella’s recent releases are a great example of her sonic vision, marking a unique step forward for this artist, whose sound is becoming increasingly more personal and defined

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Nicolaas Kraster

Guitarist/ Composer Nicolaas Kraster has been performing for over twenty years. He has toured throughout North America, Europe and Central America with his award winning World Music group The Lotus Fire. Born and raised in New York by parents in the entertainment field he was raised knowing that being a musician is a demanding job that requires dedication and determination. The hard work he has put in has lead to performances at festivals, concert venues, clubs and a performance for the President of the United States. He has shared the stage with Willie Royal (Willie and Lobo), Gumbi Ortiz (Al deMeola), David Alsina (Ricky Martin, Shakira) and, most recently, Victor Wooten (Bella Fleck and the Flecktones). He is currently the lead guitarist in the Jazz and Blues fusion group Ari and the Alibis and the guitarist in the duet ARIELLA.

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robert fors

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professional bass player. 40 years experience. prefer duo, trio quartet quintet settings. Have backed many singers.

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Synia Carroll

Synia Carroll ( sin-‘nī-ah ) Music has loomed large in Synia’s life since her childhood in Philadelphia. As young as four years old she was writing her own songs and by the age of 12 she was singing for a variety of audiences, while accompanying herself on folk guitar. Synia earned a full music scholarship to Chestnut Hill, nearby woman’s college, however she opted instead to attend Wesleyan University in Connecticut. where her music experienced expanded to include classical, latin and gospel music as well as work at local recording studios. Shortly after college, Synia moved to New York where her smooth, clear vocals were soon recognized, leading to session work with a number of performing and recording artists including Curtis Hairston, Cookie Watkins, and jazz harmonica player Will Galison It was vibraphonist Jay Hoggard who first encouraged Synia to step forward to pursue a career as a lead vocalist. Synia’s developed an affinity for “Soca Music” also known as the soul of calypso, and worked with groups lead by Bernard Liburd, Designer, and Lord Nelson

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Robbie Rose

Pianist Robbie Rose was born in Michigan. A child prodigy, Rose began composing original tunes at age 13. He attended the legendary music and art High School Community High in Ann Arbor and honed his jazz skills working with the great Detroit players of the 1970s. From 1980-82 Rose attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, studying with Fred Hersch, Tom McKinnley, and Miroslav Vitous. Rose has appeared with Cab Calloway, Gil Evans, George Russel, The Rascals, Kenny Garrett, Jerry Bergonzi and David Mann, among others. He composed and recorded many commercial jingles and TV themes, including the theme for “Zoo Life Magazine” which is still airing in Europe. Rose has lived and worked in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Paris, and now resides in Sarasota, FL with his wife and son.

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James C. Williams

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Played semi-professionally since 1960 with three or four swing/jazz ensembles, dixieland groups, and solo piano bars, etc. in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2013 played with a country/rock group in Matlache, a country trio in Venice, and formed All That Jazz, a quintet that has played in Venice since 2015.

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Rick Costa

A recent transplant from Boston Massachusetts, drummer/percussionist Rick Costa has quickly become a fixture in the Southwest Florida music scene. Graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a Masters of Music in Percussion, Costa can be seen performing weekly with local and international performers throughout the west coast of Florida. Costa was recently appointed to perform at the prestigious Fort Myers Repertoire Theater in December for an extended performance of "Tenderly," a musical tribute to the life and music of Rosemary Clooney. During the day, Costa is a general music teacher in Sarasota County.

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Tom Ellison

Reed player Tom Ellison is a native of the Rochester NY area and now lives in Venice, FL. He performs with area combos and big bands. As a freelance woodwind artist, Tom has performed with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, John Denver, Henry Mancini, Andy Williams, Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Lou Rawls and many other top name artists. Currently Tom leads the modern jazz quintet Hip Pocket and plays in the Naples Jazz Orchestra for their popular Monday Night big band concert series at Cambier Park, Naples, FL.


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