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Janet Evra

Janet Evra is a jazz vocalist, bassist, and composer from Gloucester, England now based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She blends traditional bossa nova, samba, and latin jazz with contemporary influences to produce a fresh sound. She perfroms across the United States and Europe.

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Fred Tompkins

Fred Tompkins was born in St. Louis in 1943. After high school he played tenor saxophone in and around his home town for several years before beginning the formal study of music at the St. Louis Insitute of Music, in 1964. By this time his strongest influences were jazz artists such as John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and the Jazz Messengers and the M.J.Q., and classical composers such as Paul Hindemith and Béla Bartók. His earliest compositions, as originally recorded on the album, Compositions of Fred Tompkins, showed a natural tendency to combine those genres into his own style. Some of the pieces tended to exploit a dramatic contrast between genres, but soon the transitions became smoother and the styles more synthesized

Kevin Bowers

Nova is the soundtrack to a movie starring Fred Astaire and Lena Horne, directed by Federico Fellini. (Which is a strong contender for the best movie never made.) It’s the kind of record, at least, you make as one of St. Louis’ most respected drummers, featured in Modern Drummer, fresh from releasing a well-received album with soul-punk band The Feed and then lately inspired by a deep & deepening trip through Spain. In other words, it’s intoxicating, it’s invigorating, it’s joyous. Like Kevin Bowers himself, it knows why secrets are whispered. And how to throw a party. Kevin’s sketch of Spain is the story of two lovers meeting near the Mediterranean Sea

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The Bosman Twins

Florida A&M University music scholars, Dwayne Bosman and Dwight Bosman are composers, arrangers, jazz artists and music educators. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dwayne’s and Dwight’s passion for jazz started at an early age. They grew up listening to the sounds of great jazz artists such as Earl “Fatha” Hines, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and their father Lloyd Smith, who was a well known businessman and a side man in Basie’s and Ellington’s orchestras. Paula V. Smith, the twins’ mother and the first African American Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division for the U.S

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Dwayne Bosman

Dwayne Bosman is one half of the jazz duo the Bosman Twins. Along with his brother Dwight, he has been exhilarating audiences since he was 14 years old. He and his brother began their careers backing St. Louis locals like Fontella Bass, as well as touring artists like Hugh Masekela. Dwayne has shared the stage with Roy Ayers, Freddy Cole, Branford Marsalis, and Curtis Mayfield, to name a few. He is a master of flute and saxophone. As part of his Emmy Award-winning group, he is a true ambassador of music, particularly jazz. Whether Dwayne is performing in a duo, with the Bosmans’ quintet, or accompanying jazz greats, his renditions of jazz, R&B, funk, and gospel have gained him international recognition

Eve Seltzer

Eve Seltzer's debut CD, Live at ShapeShifter Lab, showcases her interpretive abilities in communicating the story the within the song, and making standards fresh for audiences of all ages. Her singing is distinctive, blending polish and earthiness, and joyfully embracing the American jazz tradition. Eve started singing professionally at the age of eight, in the children's choruses of the St. Louis Symphony and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. From age eight to age 20, she listened to jazz and blues recreationally, and sang classically. Eve majored in classical voice in the joint program between the New England Conservatory of Music and Tufts University, before moving to New York. In New York, Eve continued studying music, and for many years could be spotted on the coffee house circuit singing original songs with her acoustic guitar

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Billy Peek

For nearly 30 years Billy Peek has rocked, rolled and duck-walked his way through the clubs and lounges of St. Louis and East St. Louis. When he asks the question "Can a white boy play the Blues?", you'll answer a resounding "YES". Billy can be found around town every weekend showcasing his guitar ability to his loyal following of local fans.

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Chuck Berry

Inspired by the electrified Delta blues of Muddy Waters, the wild showmanship of T-Bone Walker and Guitar Slim, the smooth crooning of Nat “King” Cole, and the storytelling of Hank Williams, Chuck Berry scrambled his influences and came out with a concoction that was uniquely his own. The screaming, overdriven guitar intro to “Maybelline,” Berry’s Chess Records debut, tells the story, walloped with the power of the blues, honed to perfection. Berry’s Chess sides sound fully formed, solid, the raw power of a band of incredible musicians led by a true musical visionary. Even today, they come howling out of speakers like pure energy. Loose, swinging, grooving, Berry’s songs are nearly perfect. The classics he penned are too many to mention

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