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Fifth Element

In classical thought, the four elements are earth, water, air and fire. The fifth element, quintessence or spirit, is captured in the music we love to play. A jazz quintet featuring Dave Coules, Dale Scaife, Ron Johnston, Glenn Anderson and Nina Richmond.

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Nina Richmond

Nina has been passionate about singing her whole life, performing in genres from musical theatre and pop to jazz and blues. During her many years practising law and raising a family, Nina was the featured singer with the Advocats Big Band and the Tokyo Giants, R & B band, as well as the swing band, Atomic Cocktail, and many other smaller formations. She has performed at high-profile events such as the Beaches International Jazz Festival, Eat to the Beat for Willow, the Angel Ball for Providence Centre, AidsBeat, as well as at weddings, parties and book launches. She has appeared at many venues around Toronto, including, The Rex, The Duke Live, The Old Mill, Seven44 Restaurant & Lounge, Gate 403, the Rivoli, Revival Bar, The Pilot and more

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Sparky Koerner

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Sparky is a trumpeter and leader of the “Jazz Express” www.sparkysjazzexpress.com performing in the Galveston/Houston Texas area. He performs regularly with Trio Du Jour at The Tremont House in Galveston. He is also a member of the group “Jazz Sunday” which performs at various churches in the area. When not performing or directing jazz you can find him in the principal trumpet chair of the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, and he has performed in the pit orchestras during the summers at the Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals or College of the Mainland’s Biggest Li’l Theatre in Texas. Sparky Koerner, professor of music, has been director of Jazz and Instrumental Studies at College of the Mainland (COM) located in Texas City, TX since 1983

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Gemma Sherry

Subtle, precise, engrossing and delightful, accomplished Australian vocalist, Gemma Sherry pours her heart and soul into her music. Her interpretation of jazz standards is unique and refreshing.

Since moving to the U.S. eight years ago to study music in NYC, this soul-jazz singer, songwriter & saxophonist has released a number of house music records on various European record labels and is about to release her debut jazz album “Songs I Love” on her label Tunley Records. The album is a collection of her favorite jazz songs not just lyrically, but also melodically. Recorded in England with her trio, and reminiscent of the simplicity and pureness of music in the 1940s, “Songs I Love” is Gemma’s tribute to deep love for jazz.

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Deelee Dube

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Deelee Dubé (pronounced Doo-beh, accented “é”) made history by becoming the first British Winner and recipient of the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and is one of today’s foremost gifted vocalists to have emerged from the London scene in many years. Embodying a stellar African musical lineage, the eclectic tastes of a London upbringing and a deep love and respect for the jazz tradition, Deelee possesses what Jazz Times called ‘a warm tone, genuine blues feeling and easy rhythmic authority.’ Deelee’s late father was the famed South African jazz pianist Jabu Nkosi; her grandfather another legendary figure from the country’s music scene, saxophonist and bandleader Zacks (Isaac) Nkosi

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Pam Brennan

I was witness as a little girl to the Beatle's invasion of America. Thank you God for my being born at that time. I often wonder what it is like for people who missed the phenomenon. Music was a big part of my formative years. My Parents were both very talented Lindy dancers, so we grew up listening to Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and of course, Frank. On many a magical Saturday evening I watched my Parents gliding out to their dance, my Mother’s Emeraude lingering ever so gently. I vaguely remember being 3 or 4 as my Mother sang her favorite, Embraceable You to us. Many years later she would play us the reel to reel tape and there I was cutting her off so that I could sing

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Rob Mullins

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Rob Mullins has built his musical reputation in the Hollywood world with a solid string of releases in the contemporary jazz field over the past 30 years. His rise to international acclaim as a composer and performer began with his "Soulscape" project, which earned him a Grammy Nomination for composition. Since that time, Rob has gone on to record 33 CD's of his music, three of which went Billboard Top Ten. His latest releases include "Only in Venice" (July 2017) "Over the Rainbow" (March 2017) and "Wistful Thinking" (released on iTunes and Amazon March 20, 2018). Starting out on drums at age 11, Rob became a touring professional with a California Big Band by age 12, doing his 6th grade homework on a tour bus

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Rebecca Faiola

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Rebecca is originally from Dallas, Texas and studied music from a young age. As a young singer, she became expert at harmonies singing with her musical mother and in choirs. Her first instrument was piano where she learned the basics. From there she studied classical clarinet for years up through high school onto University of North Texas on a clarinet scholarship. She was also performing in bands singing and doing musical theatre. Moving to SF, she created many groups including the "Spoolie Sisters" who toured and ran in a 2 year run of "Nashional Anthem" an original musical at the 1177 Club atop Nob Hill winning a SF Cabaret Gold Award in the show! She is a mom and sings with her husband Frank, in a band JetBlacq and continues to perform in musical theatre and film

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Brandon Tomasello

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Brandon Tomasello was introduced to the performing arts at a young age. In the year 2000 , when the charter school boom in Philadelphia began its ascent, young Brandon entered the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School as a third grade student. Even in the school’s first year in existence, it enabled Brandon’s unique voice a place to be discovered. While he had always been naturally talented, Brandon’s love affair with music began when he was in the fourth grade. There was nothing unordinary when Brandon came home from school one particular spring day. As he entered his home, his grandmother was busy fixing dinner and was enjoying music as she worked


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