Some of the Jazz Musicians available directly from Crazy Wolf EntertainmentJazz Blues Booking Agency
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The Satin Doll Trio is an elegant ensemble renowned for their excellence in the intimate "supper club jazz" style that was popularized during the early 1950's by artists such as Julie London, Sarah Vaughan, and Peggy Lee. Their musical interests are firmly rooted classic American standard jazz songs of the period. They have appeared on the stages of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Corcoran Gallery's Armand Hammer Auditorium, and have made television appearances on the BET Jazz programs "Jazz Central" and "Impressions". Since forming the group in 1997 they have remained consummate performers making more than two hundred appearances annually at prestigious venues throughout the Washington D.C. area and Eastern United States. The group has received exceptional reviews from the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and from JazzReview.com.
Satin Doll Trio's vocalist Patrice Ferris's greatest strength lies in her innate ability to connect with her material and communicate that intimacy with the listener. In a review of the trio's second release "I'm Glad There Is You", the Washington Post wrote that, "she always places her considerable talent at the service of the song, making the words count and the moods linger", while JazzReview.com called her phrasing "spot-on and creative" as Patrice puts her own personal stamp on songs like "Easy Street", "Nevertheless", and "Rock Me To Sleep". Patrice has graced the cover of Washington Flyer magazine, as the magazines pick for "Best In Show", and most recently, the front cover of Volume V of THE WORLD WHO'S WHO IN JAZZ, CABARET, MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT, who called her the best trio singer of 2007.
Patrice is solidly accompanied by guitarist Ken Kilpatrick, a native of upstate New York, and bassist Fred Ferris, a Washington D.C. native, who have both been part of the D.C. areas music scene for the past twenty years. While attending American University guitarist Ken Kilpatrick studied music theory, jazz improvisation, and was a member of the American University Jazz Band. He has spent his musical career studying the guitar styles of guitarists such as Oscar Moore, Charlie Christen, Barney Kessel, and Howard Roberts. Bassist Fred Ferris studied engineering at Johns Hopkins University but also jazz improvisation, music theory, and has trained with well-known bassists such as John Previti and Myke Lyons.
NOTABLE PAST PERFORMANCS: BET on Jazz Television The KC Jazz Club The Cosmos Club John F. Kennedy Center's Mark Twain awards The Hammer Auditorium, Corcoran Gallery of Art The Stifel Center for the Performing Arts Copeland's of New Orleans Jazz Festival The George Mason Center for the Performing Arts Liquid Jazz Festival
For the eyes of a man...for the hearts of a woman...for all to hear. Mahogany is going to captivate you with all she has to offer. This artist is a very talented vocalist, arranger, songwriter, producer, and musician. These are qualities not often found among WOMEN in the music industry.
Candace "Mahogany" Miller was born in the heart of Texas. She was raised in a God fearing family where music was an intricate part of everyday life. Mahogany has been a musician all her life. She has been trained in several areas of the performing arts including vocal, theatrical, dance, and instrumental instruction. Because of her strong focus, business mind and creative talent, she has been blessed with the opportunity to work with some of the industry's finest and most successful producers and songwriters. Mahogany recently featured with the Slumpmasters (Dallas, Big Aziz and Mr. Massivo) on the sound track for movie You Got Served. She has opened for and shared stages with artist ranging from Jazz Saxophonist David Sanborn, to neo-soul artist Eryka Badu, and even pop sensation JC Chasez.
Mahogany's sound is unique. She is currently exploring the world of jazz and is developing what she calls “The New Swing”. Hip-hop be-bop in 5/4 and ghetto big band tunes has created a dashingly attractive spin on the standard style jazz of the Greats. Her vocal arrangements and writing are designed to bring you into the song and carry you through to the sweet end. As a writer/producer, Mahogany has embraced all ends of the musical spectrum. She has successful written and collaborated on pieces ranging in styles such as Gospel, Country, Rock, Hip-hop Pop, R&B and Jazz. Her love for all music brings a slightly different texture to her sound. You may find a lot of soul, a bit of a laid back jazzy swing, and even folk in her music.
The Mayne Groove
Red Clay has played together for many years, perfecting their groovy, soul funk, new age jazz sound! (while still paying homage to the legendary jazz greats!!!) Our band has lots of experience playing, dances, sexy clubs, theatres, luxurious resorts, private parties, corporate events, birthday parties, and you guessed it...cruise ships!!!!! This band is very energetic and interactive with the crowd. As showband musicians, we are familiar with being in the spotlight and know the level of professionalism it takes to deliver a high calibre performance. We are 4 dedicated musicians....piano/keys, drums, female bassist, female vocalist. We primarily operate as a jazz trio, but can add a lead singer, extra horns, sax, guitar at the drop of a hat! Book Red Clay for your next party!!!!!
The Porterhouse Trio makes a great background for your cocktail and dinner hours, playing standard jazz classics in an unobtrusive manner, but with great skill and professionalism. Later in the evening, they can entertain your guests in a more lively fashion as featured performers if desired.
A smooth, relaxing threesome (Bass, Sax & Guitar) the trio is expandable to a full ensemble including a singer, pianist and drums. Our group might be just the "touch of class" needed to take your event to heights never to be forgotten by a single guest!
Billy Jones Bluez
Kari Taylor is a beautiful and talented solo Artist. Her impeccable style combines a smooth but dynamic, jazz vibe, with a soulful vocal. Kari's experience consists of works in the studio and live performances. She has worked on demo projects and with famed Artists, musicians, and producers in studio and on tours. Not only is Kari a hot performing artist, she is also a melodious lyricist. .
Richman Jazz Ensemble
James can do an amazing show for you. He can bring his own pianist/combo or he can do it with tracks to fit any budget. He has performed around the world as a solo artist singing everything from Pop to Opera. Residing in Southern CA, he is able to travel to any event. Drop him a line for more information.
Grammy award winning writer, Bob Blumenthal describes Julie Hardy as "...a singer with admirable intonation and time, excellent taste, and feeling well beyond her years." Julie is a vocalist who is on her way to becoming one of the most important voices in today's jazz scene. With a voice that contains an element of romance and a hint of seductiveness, she delivers a diverse program of timeless standards and creative arrangements of pop classics.
Julie Hardy is "...a singer well equipped to handle everything modern jazz vocalism demands: candlelit standards ("My Romance"), repurposed pop hits ("And I Love Him"), effortless improvisation and a strong writer's pen,” proclaims Time Out New York. She carefully chooses repertoire based on a strong, personal connection and her goal is to tell a story. "My music is from the heart and I care about the lyrics, so when people hear me, I hope they feel this and are touched." With a warm demeanor and timeless beauty, she captivates and enthralls audiences nationwide.
Julie is backed by a spectacular collection of some of New York's best young jazz talents including Jaleel Shaw (alto saxophone), John Ellis (soprano and tenor saxophones), Randy Ingram (piano), Matt Clohesy (bass), and Kendrick Scott (drums). Collectively they have performed with jazz luminaries such as Roy Haynes, Terence Blanchard, John Scofield, Charlie Hunter, Christian McBride, Maria Schneider, Nicholas Payton, and Dianne Reeves.
In 2005, Julie’s debut release "A Moment's Glance" (Fresh Sound New Talent) opened the ears of jazz fans around the world to Julie's potential and captured the attention of the jazz world’s most respected critics. Jazz Times says, "..ingenious covers...and perspicacious originals...Hardy lives, like [Kurt] Elling and [Bobby] McFerrin, in a musical world of her own, and it is a marvelously dynamic place." Julie celebrated this disc’s release with a full house at the Jazz Standard in New York City in April 2005. Later that year, she was selected to perform at the Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center. In addition to the Jazz Standard and Jazz at Lincoln Center she has performed at Sweet Rhythm, Birdland, Smoke, Cornelia Street Café, and 55 Bar among others.
Julie grew up in Fremont, New Hampshire and started to sing at a very young age, improvising and writing her own songs. She began to study classical piano at age 9. She was introduced to jazz in high school and attended the University of New Hampshire, where she studied both classical and jazz composition as well as piano and voice. She received a scholarship to attend the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, which allowed Julie to expand her musical horizons even further. She received her Masters in Jazz Performance in 2001.
Vibhas is a multi-instrumentalist who has created a unique style of music. Classical training in Germany in piano and flute, studies in Latin percussion and soprano saxophone, and many years playing Native flutes in India and America have all been influential in creating the original sound he plays today. His travels around the world brought him to Sedona, Arizona where he was introduced to the haunting sound of the Navajo Indian flutes. Playing them to a background of Jazz harmonies and Latin rhythms creates a trance-like atmosphere of relaxation and well being.
Vibhas strength is versatility. He plays his original piano solos with a classical touch, his fingers running over the keys like a soft cool breeze in summer. With the keyboard accompaniment, Vibhas is free to play haunting melodies on the Indian flutes, or smooth jazz arrangements with the soprano sax.
Vibhas is available to play for dinner parties, weddings, and special events.
JAY COHEN (DRUMS) - A recent transplant to Charlotte and a drummer since the age of 14, Jay has played all styles of music (growing up in South Florida) including hard rock with "Gypsy Queen", Top 40 with the "September's" house band and "Your Majesty", Irish music with "Fire in the Kitchen"... all some of the most popular bands in the area. Jay was also in the house band/jazz trio at "Charlie's Crab" restaurant, played big band music with the "Brass Cats", performed with the Drifters, Al DiMeola, Howard Hewitt and other name artists. Since moving to Charlotte, the majority of Jay's playing has been on Djembe with "The Merrows", an Irish trio, having performed at various clubs and events in the area including the Renaissance Faire as well as his own original recording project with a fellow South Florida transplant. MIKE ZINNA (GUITAR) - Mike's been playing since the age of ten, some 45 years; a professional musician since the age of 15. Basically a product of the great blues revival of the 60's until he was exposed to jazz and eventually wound up studying with the great Joe Monk in N.Y. thru the 70's and early 80's. Mike spent three years on the road in show & r&b bands and has played gigs at the Waldorf Astoria, Bitter End and all up and down the east coast and parts of the midwest. Mike played for 15 years with "Blues Therapy", a local blues, jazz and r&b band under Johnnie Riles and was a co-founder of the Jazz Survivors, which was and still is a well known straight ahead jazz group in the Ft. Lauderdale-Miami area. Mike has been living in the Charlotte area for a year, from South Florida, and has done stints in both jazz and blues at the Jazz Cafe, the Double Door and Pucketts. NEIL ALEXANDER (BASS) - On Neil’s 12th birthday he received his first bass guitar. Soon after that, he entered the Fine Arts Center and studied jazz theory under Steve Watson. There, he became engrossed in jazz and also Jaco Pastorius. Later, he went on to Winthrop University where he studied with Tom Hildreth. Neil has performed with many of the regular jazz musicians in the Charlotte area. You can also find him playing with his other groups Capital Culture and Alexander & Poore.
The Professors of Soul is a 7 to 10 member band that specializes in 60's, and 70's Classic Soul, R+B, Beach, Funk, Blues, and Disco. The Professors features Soul Legend, vocalist, Sidney Barnes(Rotary Connection, Motown and Chess Staff Writer). The Professors are willing to travel and have a PA/Lights system up to a 2000 person event.
DESCRIPTION LatinAmour is a self-sufficient Trio of Percussions, Guitar and Bass which performs renditions of Brazilian and American Jazz Standards. This is the core unit and can be altered to add singers, horn players or whatever the Client desires.
CREDITS The following Special Event designers have placed their trust in LatinAmour and used their services in the past:
The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, four years in a row during his annual Reception given to some 130 U.N. countries’ Representatives **
Condé-Nast High ranking Executives, during the Official Nomination Dinner at the New York Yacht Club
The French Consulate in New York and “La Maison de la France” during their official Medal Award Party at Tribeca Rooftop
GQ Magazine and David Yurman at the presentation of their new Collection of diamond necklaces
GQ Magazine and Ralph Lauren during the unveiling of the new fragrance “Purple Haze” at Saks Fifth Avenue, nyc
Les Armagnacs de France for their annual Dinner/cruise around the island of Manhattan
NY Wine School during their Event for G.E Healthcare in Ossining, Ny
Kaplan C.E.O. during his personal engagement Party
Christie’s and Louis Vuitton during and Auction and exhibition of L. Vuitton Classic Sports cars at Rockefeller Center
Cetelem, France, for their Holiday Season Executive Dinner Party in Paris. (Cetelem is a top credit card provider in Europe)
** Ref: Sandy Steinberg, Head of Protocol U-S LAURENT MEDELGI- EVANDER MUSIC RECORDING ARTIST Currently employed on Broadway Productions such as Rent, Hairspray, Altar Boyz, Jersey Boys… ASCAP Member and Local 802 Member, American Federation of Musicians.
If the mosh pit has no appeal, but you’re way too young for accordion music at the community center, then the dangling success is for you. Its music that will inspire you to enjoy life! Smooth intoxicating saxophone melodies, mesmerizing guitar grooves and foot-tapping, backbeats result in an electrifying performance! If you were looking for that special show, then that show has finally arrived.
Chances are you have already heard some of the musicians who play in the Dangling Success, as they have been making music for years with acts like the Isley Brothers, Don Mclean, The Shirelles, John Platania, Bernard Purdie and Guilherme Franco.
“Dangling Success blends smooth saxophone melodies with passionate guitar grooves and foot-tapping, danceable backbeats.” The Poughkeepsie Journal
“ as people sat … listening to the music, they were transported away, even if only temporarily ... It was certainly the best place to be that night.” The Lincoln Eagle
“Your music and rhythm was so delicious and infectious that I literally was compelled to get up and dance! Thank you for a wonderful evening.” Deanie Gordon, Keltic House, Fishkill
Rick DellaRatta is now considered by many to be one of the finest Singer/Pianists performing today and one of only a handful of Jazz Artists who can make a successful musical presentation to a large audience without having to abandon the true art form of Jazz. Through his life long endeavor to help advance people to their highest potential through the understanding of Jazz as well as spreading peace worldwide through his "Jazz for Peace World Tour", Rick DellaRatta is considered to be an innovator and a visionary. His unique and original piano playing and composing has been compared in print to Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett, Joe Zawinul, Horace Silver, Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk while his signature vocal sound and style has been likened to Chet Baker, Billy Holiday, Joao Gilberto, Ivan Lins, Michael Franks and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Dr. Billy Taylor put Ricks impact in perspective when commenting on Ricks "Thought Provoking CD - he said: "Rick DellaRatta is one of the people who is taking Jazz to the next level".
Kenny "International" Walker, began his career in his native Milwaukee, Wisconsin hometown elementry public school music class. He and brother Donald formed the largest funk band in the world"The New Breed Orchestra". While touring Kenny acted in a motion picture with the number one singer in Thailand, Angela Pou. Kenny has played on many talk shows. Kenny played as extra in Doc Hollywood, for The Boys, In To The Sun, Shannons's Deal, The Richie Vale Story, Tales From The Crypt, Mombo King, Mr Baseball, Baywatch, The Wonder Years, The Little Richard Story and other movie credits. During his career Kenny toured with isaac Hayes and became one of the Stax family. Kenny has been an incomparable saxophonist for the creator, the emancipator, the originator of Rock and Roll Little Richard for over 20 years. When Kenny is not touring with Little Richard he continue working with his Kenny International Walker Band.
MITCHELL W. ENDICK is a freelance musician living in NYC. He has performed various shows, venues and recordings.
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