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Lara Solnicki

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"She has emerged from the Canadian scene with a spellbinding voice... with boldly unique style and a vocal attitude of her own. Solnicki has been rightfully labeled a vocal purist, and naturally sings any jazz arrangement with relative ease. With exceptional tonal control and her mastery of inflection, Lara Solnicki has without doubt, charted her vocal journey, affirming her position as a world class jazz singer. " (−Everett. R. Davis, All About Jazz) Canadian vocalist, composer and poet Lara Solnicki is one of Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music artists. She enjoys a busy schedule, performing and recording with many of Canada’s finest musicians

Musician

Joyce Spencer

As an award winning saxophonist, based in Dallas, TX, Joyce Spencer is a force to be reckoned with as a multi-instrumentalist of saxophone (soprano, alto and tenor) flutist, singer, songwriter and composer. The best way to describe Joyce is flexible and adaptable, as she is also a multi-genre artist of traditional to contemporary jazz, R&B, funk, fusion, Gospel./Christian, blues and pop giving her an added gift to provide the spice of variety to each event or even cater to one genre depending on the demands of the venue. Joyce's prior performance experience includes orchestras, concert bands, wind ensembles, choirs, jazz bands, stage plays, musicals, etc

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Gretchen Elise

Gretchen Elise is a Philadelphia- based singer-songwriter whose passion for life and the unexpected engages listeners and audiences. Flirting with reggae, soul, hip hop and dance music while grounded in her jazz-based passionate, lyrical voice, her songs tell compelling stories guided by undivided attention to a good groove. Wawa (BMI/2020) ("soca-rific" - Dosage Magazine), Time & Space (BMI/2010) and Are You Ready (BMI/2004) deliver exactly what listeners crave: good music. Introduced to piano and elementary school vocal and bell choirs, Gretchen turned to dance, competitive gymnastics and choreography as her focus through college, but knee injuries encouraged her to pick a different career path and to re-embrace music

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Ellister van der Molen

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Born into a music loving family, Ellister van der Molen started out young at the special talent class of The Hague's Royal Conservatory. While initially starting as a classical player, through the years she has established herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres. Her CD “Smalls NYC” got critical acclaim, leading to invitations for major venues such as the prestigous North Sea Jazz Festival. Currently Ellister is a co-leader of the succesful soulful Hammond jazz band RED, that’s releasing it’s second album November 2020. Her sound – especially on her beloved instrument the flugelhorn – is remarkably warm, her melodies lyrical

Musician

The Red Rose Project

THE ARTISTS With performance ensembles in both Philadelphia & Seattle (& soon in Ottawa!) The Red Rose Jazz Project highlights the work of women composers and lyricists from the early 1920s to today with classic and contemporary Jazz interpretations of the standards, popular music, and their own original compositions. As an all women's collaborative, the project takes its name in honor of American Artist Violet Oakley and her "Red Rose Girls" who chose to live and work together in solidarity - focused on their art. We don’t live together, but do love working together and love playing great music written by women! Each exceptional Jazz artists in their own right, The Roses include many outstanding female Jazz musicians, poets, and dancers ~ performing in many creative formations - always interesting, innovative, emotional, and elegant. ​ Click here to learn more about The Roses here! ​www,tinyurl.com/redrosecombo The East Coast Roses are available for special concert performances and private events in the greater Philadelphia area, PA, DE, NJ, NY, MD

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Women In Jazz: New Book celebrates the women of music, shares their journeys and gives them voice.

Women In Jazz: New Book celebrates the women of music, shares their journeys and gives them voice.

Containing interviews and first-hand accounts, Women In Jazz is witness to the generosity, profundity and positivity with which women have responded and the energy they have put into their lives in overcoming challenges. The book tells the stories of the women in their own, unchanged words. It allows their voices to be heard and tackles head-on ...

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Lisa Maxwell's Jazz Orchestra

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Lisa Maxwell has composed, arranged, orchestrated, produced, and conducted music for small combos, horn sections, strings, big band and full orchestra. Part of the Emmy Award-winning music team for Warner Bros., Lisa was an orchestrator on all 52 episodes of Histeria! animated series, and Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish feature film. Her original music has been licensed for TV shows including: Sons of Anarchy, Person of Interest, Dexter, Burn Notice, Four Weddings, Gravity. Currently, Lisa is preparing to release her debut big band album, Shiny! Dedicated to legendary trumpeter Lew Soloff, it features Randy Brecker and an all-star band playing her charts. As a sax player, Lisa led the horn sections on the Guns 'n' Roses Use Your Illusion world tour and Spinal Tap tour

Album

Women In Jazz

Label: Slam Productions
Released: 2001


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