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Anaïs Reno

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Anaïs Reno, a 17-year old Drama major at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in NYC, was born on November 29, 2003, in Geneva, Switzerland. Despite her very young age, Anaïs has been artistically very active, involved in the performing arts since age 8. After winning the 2016 Forte International Competition’s Platinum Award at Carnegie Hall, Anaïs won Second Place at Michael Feinstein’s Great American Song Book Academy competition in Carmel, Indiana in the summer of 2018, First Place at the Mabel Mercer Foundation competition, in New York, in March of 2019, and won the Julie Wilson Award in 2020. Studying voice and music since 2013 with Sarah Tolar as a recipient of the Renati-Kaplan Scholarship Program at the 92nd Street Y as well as with her father, a former opera singer, Joan Lader, and Lee Lobenhofer, Anaïs has had a rapidly growing career as a singer with a love for jazz and the Great American Songbook

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Brian Woods

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Brian Woods is an African-American pianist, vocalist, producer, songwriter, actor, and author. Brian’s musical roots are based out of the gospel church in Akron, Ohio where he has performed for most of his life, but his musical accolades expand far beyond that. Serving as a radio DJ for 88.9 “The Edge,” he began to broaden his musical tastes. In college, he also ran security for the national entertainment acts that were brought in. It was there that Brian saw his future. On a fateful evening working detail for Blessed Union of Souls, Brian saw one man playing a piano and singing and watched as it transformed the entire atmosphere

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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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Paula Maya

EDUCATION UFRJ Brazilian Federal University of Music - Classical piano; Conservatory of Music in Rio de Janeiro - Music Theory Program Certificate; UFF Brazilian Federal Fluminense University - First Medieval Music Program; Santa Úrsula University in Rio de Janeiro - Third Medieval Music Program; International pianist Luiz Medalha - Two years of Classical Piano Lessons; International pianist /arranger Luiz Eça - Two years of Improvisation/ Harmony; Composer/ Maestro Leonardo Sá - Composition; Maestro David Kyle (Seattle) - Voice; Steve Wall (Seattle Opera) - Voice; Margriet Tindemans & Seattle Medieval Women's Choir - Medieval singing; Mady Kaye (Zach Theatre Austin) - Voice; Herbie Hancock Masterclass - Jazz piano; AFFILIATIONS NARAS - voting member; LARAS - voting member; BMI; A F of M; INDIE COLLABORATIVE BIO Paula Maya is an award winning Brazilian pianist, keyboardist, singer, composer and recording artist, nominated Best Brazilian Musician living in the US

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Gillian Margot

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Following her acclaimed debut Black Butterfly, Toronto native Gillian Margot builds on her unique and emotive interpretations of American Standards with Power Flower, a deeply soothing homage to her influences in the Jazz, Pop, and Funk of the 70s and 80s. Margot spent two and a half years building the work; selecting seasoned titans Geoffrey Keezer, Billy Kilson, Seamus Blake, Ingrid Jensen, and Munyungo Jackson, and working the arrangements and recordings to her complete satisfaction. Included in the liner notes is the phrase ‘All vocals recorded without use of any pitch correction technology,’ which sums up the care and attention she has paid to Power Flower

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Maria Damore

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Andy Bey

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Singer Andy Bey is one of this country's best-kept secrets as an interpreter of the American songbook. Born on Oct. 28, 1939, in Newark, N.J., Bey was self-taught at the piano, and by the age of 3 could play by ear (he did receive formal lessons in piano and singing later on). In the early 1950s, Bey got his first real professional exposure with the television show "Startime," with Connie Francis. He was with the show for five years. During this time (1953), he sang with Louis Jordan at the Apollo Theatre in New York. With the name Andy and the Bey Sisters, he worked for 10 years with his sisters Geraldine and Salome, touring internationally. By the early 1970s, Bey was touring with the Thad Jones- Mel Lewis big band (for a year), and doing a fair amount of collaborating, singing in a number of different styles and genres

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Jenny Green

From Jenny's early love of pop music to big band, jazz and a capella, she has a wealth of knowledge, expertise, skill and experience. With her ever expanding repertoire, covering songs from the world of Jazz, swing, to soul, Latin and popular standards, Jenny is in great demand as a function singer either solo or with her top class musicians she is ideal for weddings and corporate events and offers a bespoke service according to the needs of her client. Never stopping for one minute, Jenny is a presenter for 107 Meridian FM and Broadcasts a Jazz program Tuesdays from 5pm - 8pm. On the show, Jenny often features tracks from up and coming jazz artists and gives out a gig guide and interviews guests live on the show.

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Griffin Brown

Griffin Brown is a composer, poet, songwriter+vocalist, drummer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn. His work collides—and sometimes exists wholly inside of—idioms like classical, jazz, electronic, experimental pop and rock, and improvised music. He has performed and had music debuted in a variety of concert halls, clubs, and basements: among many others, the Cornelia Street Café and Miller Theatre in New York, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Morse Recital Hall in New Haven, CT, the Trocadero and World Café Live in Philadelphia, La Schola Cantorum in Paris, the Baked Potato in Los Angeles, festivals like highSCORE and next year’s impuls Festival in Europe, and lots of houses in the path of the Northeast Corridor

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Staci Griesbach

Staci Griesbach (pronounced "STAY-cee GREECE bahk" / "Greece" "Bach") is a Los Angeles-based vocalist brings together her passion for jazz and country music as she interprets songs from country music's "Great American Songbook" in the style of jazz. Griesbach is currently celebrating country music icon Shania Twain and her 25th anniversary of the breakout album The Woman In Me with Griesbach's own interpretation of a selection of songs from that album. Griesbach's sophomore release is entitled "My Shania Twain Songbook" and will be on music platforms worldwide on December 18, 2020. Created during the 2020 global pandemic, the celebration of Twain's catalog was an opportunity to revisit music that inspired Griesbach in her formative years, a "coming of age." With covers of some of Twain's fan-favorite tunes like "Any Man of Mine" and "No One Needs To Know," Griesbach hopes to continue to find a bridge between her two most beloved genres of music. Griesbach's debut album is the first full-length recorded jazz interpretation of Cline’s catalog called My Patsy Cline Songbook


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