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Sharel Cassity

Saxophonist, Woodwindist, Composer & Educator Sharel Cassity (pron. Shah-Relle) is a musician on the New York, Chicago, and international jazz scenes. Listed as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” in Downbeat Magazine for the past 11 consecutive years, Sharel has appeared on the Today Show, earned her MA from The Juilliard School under full scholarship, won the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award & has been inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Cassity has shared the stage with jazz luminaries including Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; as well as mainstream artists Aretha Franklin, Natalie Merchant, Vanessa Williams & Trisha Yearwood

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Beth Duncan

A treasure trove of melodic invention, distilled emotion, and vivacious wit, the American Songbook can also serve as a gilded cage, confining jazz vocalists to oft-interpreted material written during the first half of the 20th century. Sacramento jazz vocalist Beth Duncan has never been one to do things by the book, and her new album I’m All Yours exemplifies the ample creative rewards of grappling with the present moment. A collection of songs written by Oakland-based composer and lyricist Martine Tabilio, I’m All Yours is Duncan’s third release, and it’s a persuasively swinging project brimming with smart new songs that deliver many of the pleasures found in American Songbook standards

Hazel Mitchell-Bell

Vocalist Hazel Mitchell-Bell has become one of Washington, D.C.’s first ladies of jazz. With highly praised first album, Stronger than Ever, under her belt, and another album set for release in 2020, she appears on festival, concert and club stages, enjoying one sellout after another. Working closely with pianist and Music Director Vince Evans, she performs in a big band and smaller ensembles, stoking the fires of the D.C. jazz scene.

The two have worked together since being introduced in 2016. In 2018 they released the CD Stronger Than Ever, which includes standards from the Great American Songbook and R&B hits backed by an 11-piece orchestra

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Alex Boneham

Bassist Alex Boneham is one of the most in demand musicians of his generation, known for his versatility and relentless creative drive. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Alex has worked extensively worldwide with a wide array of artists from across the musical spectrum. After graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium with a bachelor’s degree in music in 2009, Alex spent several years performing, recording and touring in Australia and New Zealand with a who’s who of Australian artists and international touring acts including James Morrison, Mike Nock, Bernie McGann, Dale Barlow, James Muller, Greg Osby, George Garzone, Mike Moreno, Joel Frahm, Will Vinson, Sarah McKenzie, Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, and co-led group The Vampires. In 2014 Alex was accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble (now the Herbie Hancock Institute), a selective masters program where a group of musicians is hand-picked by a panel of living legends including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Burrell, James Newton and Herb Alpert

Portraits Jazz Project

Included in Karl Ackermann's Best Releases of 2019. Portraits featuring Adalia Tara was born in a coffeehouse in Sedona, Arizona, on a sultry summer evening in 2016. An impromptu coming together of local Sedona jazz talent behind the powerful vocals of Adalia Tara attracted a following that overwhelmed the capacity of the small venue by the second show. Performing thereafter at larger venues, resorts, and vineyards, the band was also featured in the the L’Auberge Summer Concert Series. Portraits has consistently filled rooms to over capacity. This album captures the spark and energy born of those early shows. Adalia is an extraordinary singer-songwriter talent, who began writing songs at an early age

Carl Bartlett, Jr.

Award-winning innovative artist, and native New Yorker, saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr. marked his arrival onto the Jazz scene with the 2011 release of his Critically Acclaimed debut CD, Hopeful. He has since emerged as one of the leading lights in the Post-bop/ Modern Jazz world, as both a player and composer. “A tone that only the greats have the ability to attain” raves All About Jazz, describing the profound sonic nature of Bartlett, Jr.’s rich alto sax sound, which uniquely blends alto and tenor sax timbres. Since achieving the high honor of becoming the 1st Place Winner in the USA (2nd in the world) in the prestigious 2015-2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Jazz Category, Carl Jr

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James Weidman

Pianist James Weidman is indisputably an essential addition to whatever bandstand he graces. A partial list of Weidman’s affiliations is staggering in depth & breadth: Max Roach, Woody Herman, Archie Shepp, James Moody, Greg Osby, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Jay Hoggard, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, MBase Collective, Cassandra Wilson, TK Blue (co-leader of Taja), Abbey Lincoln, Ruth Naomi Floyd (Producer), Kevin Mahogany (Music Director), Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and Ray Anderson. That list includes several NEA Jazz Masters, musical trailblazers, and great singers; relationships requiring both the skilled touch of an adept soloist as well as superior accompaniment expertise

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Richard Pavlidis

Richard Pavlidis is a jazz saxophonist based in Melbourne. Educated at the Victorian College of the Arts (2011), Richard has performed at major festivals around Australia and overseas including Splendour in the Grass, Manly Jazz Festival (Sydney), Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Bay of Islands Jazz Festival (NZ) and Europafest (Romania). Richard's debut solo album 'Without Within' was released in May 2019.

Fleur Stevenson

Described by her mentor Claire Martin OBE as “A wonderful singer with a great musical ear and natural jazz feel.'', Fleur Stevenson is one of the new breed of jazz singers, known for her velvet tone, imaginative improvisation and sparkling presentation. She enjoys collaborations with many of the UKs top musicians including Gareth Williams, David Newton, Brandon Allen, Frank Harrison to name a few. She performs at many prestigious venues across the UK, including the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 606 Club and Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho. Fleur's forthcoming album ''Follow Me'' features arrangements of well known standards, as well as jazz arrangements of some lesser known vintage pop songs

Wayne Wilkinson

Wayne Wilkinson is a headliner guitarist that performs and tours across the country and internationally. Throughout his over four decade career, Wayne has shared the stage with iconic jazz musicians, world class performers and a President of the United States.   An artist with Benedetto guitars and GHS Strings, Wilkinson is known for his high-octane melodic playing which world-renowned jazz trombonist Bill Watrous said “is the greatest guitar playing I’ve ever heard.” In addition to concerts; jazz clubs; recital series; jazz parties; jazz and swing societies and private venue events, recent performances have included the London, Tel Aviv, and Vail Jazz Festivals; a United Kingdom Tour, and Hawaii Tour


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