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Judi Silvano is a singer, composer and artist. To date Judi has released 10 recordings in the jazz and healing meditation genres. Judi has been named Top 10 Vocalist four times in Downbeat Magazine, Best Jazz Singer in the Hudson Valley and has contributed articles to All About Jazz & Jazz Improv Magazine. Judi also paints in watercolor, pastel and oil, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the Hudson Valley were she resides. For more about Judi visit: www.judisilvano.com
DON'T JUDGE ME, BUT LOVE Me. now it’s time to share me with the world.” Quick Facts
Quintetta Samone Ausha Thompson aka “Queen” (born March 2, 1990) is a diversified American Songwriter, Vocalist, and Dancer. Thompson was born in Vidalia, Georgia. Vidalia is a city located primarily in Toombs County, about 172 miles southeast to Atlanta Georgia. Born to Anthony Thompson (Father), and Janet Daniel (Mother) Queen is the second oldest of six siblings; Brother: Johnathan Bell (25), Sister: Yasha Thompson (22), Brother: Anthony Thompson (14), Brother: Alexander Thompson (6), Brother: Gabriel Thompson. (10), and adopted Sister Kadessha Thompson (3).
Early Life and Heritage?Queen grow up in a single parent home from five years of age with her mother who previously worked in nursing; but is now a social worker, and an involved father who worked as a sensei and security officer. While growing up Queen’s grandmother Rosa Hogans would aid in her rearing to sing in Church, and be involved in the Summersett family tradition. The Summersett family is from Queen’s mother maiden family. Queen would be influenced by watching the Summersett family members perform and showcase their talents.
Royalty would be the true beginning of Queen’s music career. She would connect with her best friend Keaundra to write the hit song “Confessions of a Broken Heart”. A reunion with James Faison also occurred, and after rehearsing several songs they would record songs with Luther Wardlaw from the gospel group the Wardlaw Brothers. After taking notice of the talented group James sister Fern Johnson decided to manage the group under the name Royalty. The group immediately moved to Atlanta, GA to perform at the open mic Apache and Shed a
The Total Tutor Neil Haley will interview International Award-Winning French Jazz Vocalist Cyrille Aimee. She will discuss how she started as a Jazz vocalist, and the upcoming event in Pittsburgh on September 6th at 6:30 PM.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the award-winning, internationally recognized jazz vocalist and recording artist Cyrille Aimée will be the featured performer during the Cultural Trust’s Gala on Saturday, September 6, 2014, performance being held at the O’Reilly Theater located in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Ms. Aimée was born in Fontainebleau, France where she discovered a love of the gypsy’s language and music at an early age and comments, “I was hypnotized by this music which made me want to tap my feet. Swinging music makes me so happy. ” Ms. Aimée studied music at the American School of Modern Music in Paris and SUNY Purchase, New York. “The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is honored that Ms. Aimée will be performing at our annual gala event. Ms. Aimée’s performance will be a highlight of the evening and we look forward to hosting this outstanding and accomplished jazz vocalist as our special guest,” comments J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Flutist, vocalist, and songwriter, Ragan Whiteside is taking the Contemporary Jazz world by storm. With her unique style and soulful vibe, this triple threat is bringing the flute back into mainstream focus.
2014 has been an exciting year for Ragan, having won Flutist of the Year in the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Awards, and looking forward to the highly anticipated release of her 3rd studio album, Quantum Drive. This album pushes the boundaries of Contemporary/Urban Jazz and R&B even further and features collaborations with Bob Baldwin, Frank McComb, Althea Rene, and Patrice Rushen.
Bob Baldwin describes Ragan by saying, “She not only has THE silkiest and sweetest flute tone in the business, but her tenacity and desire to be recognized in Urban, New-Soul AND smooth jazz genres makes her a musical force to be reckoned with!! Mark my words!”
APRIL’s “Authors & Artists” MONTH is going to be a power-packed month!
Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 8:00 a.m., learn about indie recording vocalist, Sulena Olivia, as she shares about her work, and her newest endeavor, 3-D Vocalist: Divine. Discipline. Dynamic. Vocalist. Labeled often as a “true worshiper”, Sulena consistently leads audiences into the presence of God. Sulena currently focuses on educating others in vocal excellence through her personally designed 3D Vocalist (TM) Program and basic piano (for minors/children). “Can anything good come out of Nazareth [Havre de Grace]?” The answer is yes and something great has come! Experience the soulful sound of Spirit, Truth, and Worship through the musical sounds of Sulena Olivia!
Host Cyrus Webb talks with vocalist Ebony Ann Blaze on Conversations LIVE about her love of music and what it's been like to see the response to her single CHICAGO BLUE.
Wash. DC based jazz vocalist LOIDE (pronounced "Loy-deh") has roots in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau though born in France and raised in California. Serving up a mix of contemporary jazz and warm afro-lusophone rhythms, Loide's music is reflective of her own eclectic roots. An immigration attorney by day, she has spent the last 9 years honing her musical craft in some of the nation's hippest speakeasies and jazz clubs by night.
Loide serves up straight ahead jazz coated with lush bossa rhythms - an exquisite blend reflective of her own eclectic roots. She cites Sarah Vaughn, Cesaria Evora and Miriam Makeba as some of her greatest musical influences, but it is her Guinea Bissau and Mozambican heritage that has provided her with a fresh musical perspective, a unique sound, and her native tongue, Portuguese.
Judi Silvano is a singer, composer and artist. She relocated from Philadelphia to work in the New York City area as a modern dancer and jazz singer. As a progressive composer and arranger, Silvano has written over 45 pieces for jazz and chamber music ensembles incorporating improvisation with written material. She also champions the work of American Women Composers in her “Women’s Work” recording. Her chamber music songs have been recognized by the industry by being chosen for New York Women Composers, Vox Musica and Ars Nova concerts. To date Judi has released 10 recordings in the jazz and healing meditation genres. Judi has been named Top 10 Vocalist four times in Downbeat Magazine, Best Jazz Singer in the Hudson Valley and has contributed articles to All About Jazz & Jazz Improv Magazine. Judi also paints in watercolor, pastel and oil, drawing inspiration from the beauty of the Hudson Valley were she resides. For more about Judi visit: www.judisilvano.com
Jamie Kay, a guitarist, vocalist and song composer. Kay's style croses many genres. In 1979 while performing in Westport, Connecticut he was introduced to Darius Brubeck, son of Dave, the great jazz pianist. To follow would be recording sessions in Brubeck’s studio and shows in Greenwich Village, Kay has performed in venue from New Orleans to Portland, Maine. He has shared the stage with musical icons, Pete Seeger and Bo Diddley, crossing folk and rock boundaries. And has recorded with a host of other musical greats, such as Larry Hoppen of Orleans and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears.
The Charlotte Examiner writes:: “A lot has been written about Jamie over his 35 year career as a singer-songwriter. The fact that he has been an active part of American music for that many years speaks volumes about his talent.
Join us at Up Close & Personal as we help celebrate a milestone in the musical career of one of our fave guitarist Steve Oliver. With eight albums over the last 15 years, Steve's "Best Of so far" gathers multiple #1 Billboard hits and fan favorites including 2 brand new songs.
Have mercy, this powerful woman from Chilliwack, BC, is on fire! Bria Skonberg is her name - with ancient Swedish heritage and Dixieland in her veins. Trumpeter, Vocalist, Composer, Bandleader and benevolent contributer to the community. Ten percent of the proceeds from her 2012 release, "So Is the Day", has benefitted The Jazz Foundation of America.
So - with that knowledge - it comes as no surprise that good things are coming Bria's way. When one GIVES like that, they usually do :) This award-winning artist knew early in life that she wanted to play the trumpet. There she was, her first professional gig at 16, singing and blowing that horn - and blowing the audience AWAY! She hasn't looked back since then - having played at countless Jazz festivals around the world, both as bandleader and guest In 2010, Bria moved to New York City and there was an instantaneous connection. She had headlined at Birdland, Cafe Carlye, Dizzy's and The Iridium.
Those that she has met in her fascinating journey have been significant. Wycliffe Gordon has been one of those with whom Bria has felt kinship - and they have been involved in each other's projects. The Jazz Journalists' Association and Downbeat Magazine Critics' Poll have taken notice of the incredible creativity of this gifted musician - and have publicly acknowledged their admiration. Bria is the recipient of The New York Bistro Award for "Outstanding Jazz Artist." Once you hear her previous effort and her latest CD, "Into Your Own", you'll HEAR why. Combining her love of classic Jazz with World percussion, Soul and electronic effects, Bria delves into a different zone than anyone you'll hear. SO different that she had actually staged an event combining Jazz and Stand-up :)
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