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The Smoogies

What do you call a conglomerate of diverse, talented multi-instrumentalists and composers? You call them “The Smoogies” — a musical smoothie blended with a lot of culture, life experience and most certainly ‘a vibe’. The Smoogies band is comprised of Harvel Nakundi (drums/percussion), Dion Kerr (bass), Vaughn Henry (keys/vocals) and David Chiverton (drums), all formally trained musicians hailing from South Florida. Each member has served interchangeably as leader and accompanist to a variety of performing acts around the world with repertoires spanning across multiple genres. Harvel (J

Planet Smoogies

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pay Up; Violet; Blender Spaceship; Colorful Himalayas; Panera Bounce; Hope is Valid; Trapanova.

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All About Jazz Improves Album Content—Now Supports Leaders, Co-Leaders And Side Personnel

All About Jazz Improves Album Content—Now Supports Leaders, Co-Leaders And Side Personnel

All About Jazz greatly improved how we handle album personnel—making it easier for readers to discover “who played on what." To best illustrate how we (now) present personnel on an album, check out Pat Metheny's From This Place. Scroll to the personnel section to view the new look which includes the musician's name, their photo and ...

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Violet Featuring Nicholas Payton

Featuring the music of The Smoogies
Duration: 4:47

Miami-based, The Smoogies are Harvel Nakundi (drums), David Chiverton (drums), Dion Kerr (bass), and Vaughn Henry (keyboards). Planet Smoogies features trumpeter Nicholas Payton.

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Dion Kerr

Dion Kerr is a multi-dimensional artist (multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, songwriter, photographer, and videographer) born and raised in South Florida who currently lives and works between New York City and Miami. Kerr’s work reflects a broad range of influences and mediums. He has toured and recorded all around the world as both a leader and a sideman to a wide variety of groups spanning across multiple genres. Currently Dion can be seen at some of the most renown festivals, venues, studios and galleries with many great young and upcoming artists of all art-forms. Kerr has recently been a performing member of the Ignacio Berroa Trio, Godwin Louis Global, Shelly Berg Trio with Veronica Swift, Emmet Cohen Trio, Jean Caze Amédé, Tal Cohen Trio and the Tim Jago Quintet

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The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

Read "The GroundUp Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

GroundUp Music Festival 2019 North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage Miami Beach, FL February 8-10, 2019 An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine ...


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