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SOUL

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Soul is phenomenally successful instrumentalist who is on the verge of changing instrumental music as we hear it today. Soul's sound has been a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz audiences, making him a household name. Soul is a fine player with an attractive sound (influenced by Kenny G) that often caresses melodies, putting a lot of emotion into his solos. Because he does not improvise much (sticking mostly to predictable melody statements), his music largely falls outside of Jazz and into Soul/R&B. However, since he is a saxophonist, he is classified as Jazz. Chris Mitchell started performing with professionals such as Kyle Turner and Dean James in 2005

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DIANARA

Who is Pattie Crawford aka DIANARA? She recently shot a scene with Orlando Bloom for his new movie "Red Right Hand," also staring Andie MacDowell. As an actress, she has had speaking roles, been a day player and background actor in movies with many other Hollywood stars including Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Kurt Russell, Nicholas Cage, Selma Blair, John Cusack, George Lopez, Kevin Sorbo, Frank Langella, Dakota Fanning, Taye Diggs, Rumer Willis, Robin Gibbons, Emma Dumont, Andrew Stevens, Leon, even Raquel Welch and Brian Dennehy and the list still goes on..... She's even on the cover of the book "Final Exit" praised by Master P and with Tim Reid to direct the film adaptation which she will co-star! Her image was placed on the side of a limited number of semi-trucks from Jasper Engines, a leader in the auto industry and recognized by Forbes magazine, and "the company received so many compliments on her that they ordered 100 more trucks with her image!" She has graced the covers of fashion magazines, toured with the Vogue models and walked down her share of runways! She has landed several commercials, including McDonalds! She is also a talented voice-over artist! She's even such a talented singer (DianaraMusic.com) that the founder of Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift/Garth Brooks) Scott Borchetta and his wife Sandi, follow her on social media, as well as Peabo Bryson, CeCe Winans, Selina Albright, Nick Sample, Bootsy Collins and a host of other musical icons. DIANARA has a sultry sound that could melt butter but is a multi-genre generating artist who can go from jazz and blues to commercial in a heart beat! With such a broad vocal range and being a voice-over artist, she has the ability to manipulate her voice to fit most styles of music, reaching multiple age groups. She is college-educated and her charismatic personality and professional demeanor is why she was chosen to host last year's Louisville WorldFest which attracted over 100,000 visitors! She is even known worldwide for her lead on a featured series on the TBN Network! "Why haven't you, perhaps, heard of her?" After her father died she put her career on hold to attend to her ailing mother

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Horace Silver on 'Soul!'

Horace Silver on 'Soul!'

In the late 1960s and early '70s, PBS aired Soul!, a performance and variety TV program that showcased Black music, dance and literature. In January 1972, Soul! featured Horace Silver with vocalists Andy and Salome Bey, trumpeter Lee Morgan and flutist Bobbi Humphrey. Also included were Harold Mabern, Jymie Merritt, Billy Harper, Bob Cranshaw and Cecil ...

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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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Stacy Brooks

Stacy Brooks is a powerful vocalist and exciting performer who is internationally known as DC’s Queen of the Blues. Stacy is a multi-award winner and has shared the stage with blues legends such as Kenny Neal, Billy Branch, Sugar Blue and many more. Stacy Brooks performs nationally and overseas with her own groups as well as a featured performer. Washington DC is not as well known as a Blues Town, but ask anyone in Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta and Europe when coming to DC, you must see Stacy Brooks. She has a musical residency at the world renowned venue Madams Organ. From 2013-2016 Stacy Brooks portraying some of her idols, Etta James and Koko Taylor, touring in the Broadway hit musical, "Ghost of The Blues"

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Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage18

A retro-soul sound, with whiskey-soaked vocals, Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage #18 deliver hard-driving blues rhythms. Vintage#18 has shared the stage with The Nighthawks, Billy Price Band, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Selwyn Birchwood, Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard, Vanessa Collier, and more.

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Juliana Lane

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Juliana is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Self-taught on the piano and ukulele, she wrote her first song at age eleven. At fourteen, it was clear songwriting was her passion, and by sixteen, she released her first album, Dance in the Rain. She has competed locally, nationally, and worldwide in various competitions for voice and songwriting and won several prizes and scholarships over the years. In 2015, she co-wrote her single "Diamonds" with Jimmy Needham. Juliana has a retro jazz vibe that will take you back to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald! Her acoustic version of "Blue" hit #1 on the FAB Chart in England, where she was runner-up for Artist of the Year, right behind Connie Talbot

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Anton DeFade

Nashville born, Pittsburgh raised Anton DeFade has established himself as one of the most in demand bassists in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. He is a full time member of the soul/rock band, The Commonheart, and when he's not touring the country with them he splits his time writing, arranging, and freelancing in his hometown of Pittsburgh. As a child, Anton was introduced to many different styles of music by following his dad, Ray DeFade Jr., around to his gigs from loud rock concerts to intimate jazz performances. A decade later at the age of 14, he began working as a professional musician performing in various rock groups, jazz gigs, and local productions of musicals

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Peter Archer: The True Inspiration of "Soul"

Read "Peter Archer: The True Inspiration of "Soul"" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Disney / PIXAR's jazz-flavored movie Soul has garnered rave reviews and buzz worldwide. That's because in addition to its spectacular animation and meticulous production values, there's an honest and accurate representation of jazz and jazz musicians. What's behind that is the fact that the film was inspired by a dedicated Queens music teacher, Dr. Peter Archer. ...

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Marc Nelson

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Welcome to the homepage of Marc Nelson! Marc is a Philly native and founding member of Boys II Men. He has had a stellar career in the R&B world with two successful solo projects (I Want You, 15 Minutes) and a group effort with a 90's band called Az Yet (Last Night). He is moving into the world of jazz with a beautiful cover of the 1968 Grady Tate classic, Sack Full of Dreams. He is accompanied by some of the best musicians on the planet including Ray Angry on Piano, Christian McBride on Bass, & Jerome Jennings on Drums. Marc has quite an interesting backstory. His high school days were spent learning everything from American History to Music Theory alongside Joey DeFrancesco, and Christian McBride, as well as the current bandleader on The Tonight Show, Questlove


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