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Gaucho

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Gaucho is a masterful Bay Area band that combines the influence of gypsy jazz of 1930’s Europe with the rhythmic drive and collective improvisation of New Orleans swing music, gutbucket blues and elements of ragtime. Their sound, a uniquely American concoction, blends instrumental acuity and lighthearted humor that keep their audience coming back for more. As founder, guitarist, and main composer Dave Ricketts says, the band is “in love with the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Jimmie Rodgers, as well as the stories, the life styles and the foot steps of hundreds of other great jazz, blues, country and rock musicians that created the sound of American Music from roughly 1900-1950’s”

Led by eminent guitarist, Dave Ricketts, the group has been a San Francisco mainstay for over fifteen years, and one of the busiest bands in the bay area playing 5 to 10 gigs a week

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Ben Bilello

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As one of the most in demand freelance drummers in New England, Ben Bilello can be seen at numerous clubs, concert halls and festivals with a wide variety of artists. Originally from Narragansett, Rhode Island, Ben began playing the snare drum in his elementary school band. As time passed, Ben became interested in learning the drum set, acquiring his first kit at age fourteen. His first significant exposure to jazz occurred around this time and he made the decision to study music at a formal conservatory. After graduating from Narragansett High School in 1995, Ben moved to West Hartford, Connecticut to begin college

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Teri Roiger

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Teri Roiger has been making music all her life (since age 5!) and over the years her music has taken many exciting twists and turns. Teri is a jazz vocalist, but also plays piano, composes music and writes lyrics. She has been sharing her knowledge and inspiration with her many students at SUNY New Paltz for several years. The depth of her experiences and love of jazz is apparent when she brings all of her talents to a live performance, the recording studio, and in her compositions. Her latest recording, her most personal and powerful to date, was released by Dot Time Records in 2017, and is her fourth release as a bandleader – GHOST OF YESTERDAY: Shades of Lady Day — a heartfelt tribute to Billie Holiday, to coincide with Lady Day's 102nd birth year

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Ryan Berg

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Ryan Berg was born into a musical family. His parents were musicians. His grandparents were musicians. He has made himself a staple on the New York jazz scene and has traveled throughout the world. Some of the musicians Ryan has played and/or recorded with include: Gregory Porter, Mark Whitfield, JD Allen, Stacy Dillard, George Burton, Tim Warfield, Josh Evans, Lenny White, Rashid Ali, Anthony Wonsey, Gerald Clayton, Sullivan Fortner, Lindsey Webster, Bruce Williams, Marquis Hill, Roy Hargrove, and many others... In addition to this, he has played on many albums, been a band member for a television show produced by Kelsey Grammer, and played as a member of the broadway shows “Jersey Boys”, “Hadestown”, and “Summer.” He is currently a member of The Brianna Thomas Band, Frank Lacy Sextet, and leads his own group along side members Stacy Dillard, Jeremy “Bean” Clemons, and Craig Magnano

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Jackson Cotugno

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Jackson Cotugno is a saxophonist based in Seattle. Jackson can be seen playing in many of Seattle’s venues as both a leader and sideman. Venues such as Tula’s, Boxley’s, The Royal Room, Studio 7, The Sea Monster, Egan’s, The Angry Beaver, and others. He has studied with Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Jeff Lederer, David Sanchez, and local legend Brian Kent. Jackson has been spending his time during the pandemic learning how to repair instruments and will be graduating from Renton Technical College in 2022.

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Morris Nelms

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Morris Nelms, pianist/vocalist, grew up in Frederick, OK, discovered Jazz at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, and was instantly hooked. He completed a Bachelor's degree at the University of Oklahoma in 1978 and a Master's degree in Composition at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX in 2000. Currently, he teaches at Texas State University. He has taught and played Jazz for many years. In addition, he has taught and, in some cases, is teaching: Introduction to the Fine Arts, Aural Learning, Improvisation/Combo performance, Big Band Performance, Jazz History, Jazz Appreciation, Jazz Piano, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Voice and University Seminar. He hopes you will buy the CD he recorded in 1999 with Cullen Offer, The Best Thing For You Would Be The Cullen Offer Quartet, on Progressive Records (PCD 7114). He can also be heard to good advantage on Ken Slavin's latest CD I'll Take Romance. Noel, the latest CD by the band Small World, is his most recent studio recording. Faculty pianist: Clark Terry International Institute of Jazz Studies 1994-1997. Performances with: Snooky Young, Marshal Royal, Louis Bellson, Ed Shaughnessy, Clark Terry, Plas Johnson, Red Holloway, Butch Miles, Kenny Washington, Al Grey, Sonny Stitt, Kris Kimura, Jim Cullum Praise Band leader since 2005, Buda United Methodist Church, Currently performing at Perry's at La Cantera in San Antonio from 6-10 Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Perry's in Austin from 7-11 on Saturdays, and every second Wednesday with Baker's Dozen Big Band from 9:30-1:30 at the Elephant Room in Austin.

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Ben Wilcock

Born in Hamilton, New Zealand, Ben Wilcock is most well known as a band leader for the jazz trio The Jelly Rolls[1] and his work as a sideman with New Zealand soul singers such as Bella Kalolo, Aaradnha and Louis Baker, specialising in jazz and soul. After graduating from the New Zealand School of Music in 2001, Wilcock toured with the theatre company Indian Ink as pianist in the show The Pickle King. After a season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2003 he relocated to London where he worked as a pianist in nightclubs and hotels. From 2004-2007 he lived in Cambridge, UK with his wife Fiona Wilcock. In 2008 Wilcock returned to New Zealand where he worked on the faculty at The New Zealand School of Music in Wellington as a jazz educator until 2014, when he relocated to Rotorua. While living in Wellington he recorded and toured extensively with singer Bella Kalolo, including performances at Glastonbury, AWME, City of London festival, and the Java Jazz festival

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Jocelyn Gould

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Jocelyn Gould has been called "a leader in the next generation of great mainstream jazz guitarists" by Howard Paul, CEO of Benedetto Guitars. Her joyful energy has captivated audiences around the world and her passion for music is infectious. She has absorbed the influences of the jazz guitar greats and has woven them into an exciting personal sound. Her unique ability to connect with audiences always leaves them wanting more. Jocelyn Gould has performed internationally in the groups of Grammy nominated vocalist Freddy Cole, Trumpeter Etienne Charles and DownBeat Rising Star trombonist Michael Dease

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Marilyn Chadwick

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Gracie and Lacy

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With rave reviews in New York City, and hailed as "one of the most celebrated teams" in the Lowcountry (Lowcountry Today), sisters Gracie & Lacy bridge the generations, proving that CLASSIC never goes out of style. The award-winning vocal and dance duo have appeared on stage and screen, including NYC's legendary 54/Below, NASA's Apollo Saturn V, Charleston Gaillard Center, Forte Jazz Lounge, Powell Symphony Hall, the St. Louis MUNY, Mar A Lago, HBO, NBC, FOX and ABC. Performing together for over two decades, the dynamic duo got their start in show business when their childhood "Broadway On The Driveway" shows began drawing large crowds, causing traffic jams and a visit from the local police...read more Gracie & Lacy are resident artists at Charleston, SC's premier jazz music venue, Forte Jazz Lounge


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