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Guitarist, Producer, Songwriter, and Programmer. Tom has lived and worked
in Nashville as an active musician for the past 29 years. Starting out in
Nashville in 1978 he soon became an active touring musician, backing
artists such as “The Imperials” and Amy Grant. His touring career has
evolved into a recording career as a studio guitarist/ producer/
Tom’s recording credits include artists:
Michael English, Kenny Loggins, former Doobie Brother Michael
McDonald, Amy Grant, Donna Summer, Vince Gill, Peter Cetera, Barry Manilow,
Faith Hill, Brian McKinight, Steve Winwood, Glenn Shorrock (Little River
Band), Michael W. Smith, BeBe & CeCe Winans, and many, many more. Tom’s
songwriting credits include songs recorded by artists: Amy Grant, Faith
Hill, Dionne Warwick, Hank Williams Jr., Bruce Carroll, BeBe & CeCe Winans,
The Gaither Vocal band, Michael English, and others.
Tom’s solo instrumental CD “Chasing The
Wind” is available for purchase!
You can hear audio clips
one a Dove Award for this project in 2004 which won “Instrumental Album Of
Review - "Chasing The Wind"
An amazing amalgam of jazz-flavored R&B layered over elements of Americana
and shot with tribal beats and world music influences. . . . Tom Hemby s
deft acoustic guitar pierces straight to the soul.- Mike Parker,
Tom's next instrumental project" In The
Moment" which is
nearing completion, is a electric guitar outing of great jazz fusion and
will feature a "who's who" list of famous guest artists and musicians! You
can preview audio clips of this new recording project
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Tom Hemby visit here!
been a prominent figure in the blues, soul, R&B and jazz circles for more
than 50 years. In addition to his work with the legendary Jimmy Smith,
Upchurch has performed and recorded with some of the music industry’s
biggest names. His talents have teamed him with musical legends such as
Quincy Jones, Bob Dylan, Julio Iglesias, Ray Charles, Ramsey Lewis, Carmen
McRae, George Benson, Donny Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Carmen
McRae, Marlena Shaw, Eddie Harris, Brother Jack McDuff, Joe Williams, Stan
Getz, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Grover Washington, Jr. and
Wynton Kelly, among many others.
A prolific guitarist whose distinctively funky,
blues-steeped jazz style has graced well over a thousand recordings across
the popular music spectrum, the legendary Phil Upchurch has also recorded
27 albums of his own leadership, as well as movie soundtracks. Jazz
enthusiasts love and respect Phil Upchurch for his singular approach to
composition. Phil is unusually versatile, moving from classical, jazz,
funk or contemporary just as easy as walking from one room to
2006, Phil Upchurch married actress/songstress Sonya Maddox and, for the
first time in his career, recognized his bride as his writing partner.
“The timbre of her voice and her style of language rings perfectly with my
intricate combination of chords,” he states. “Sonya completes me."
Sonya share a Christian Music Marriage Ministry, assisting gifted young
musicians in realizing their objective of studying music at a college of
their choice through the Jimmy Smith Foundation, which Phil founded,
partnered with The Jackie Robinson Foundation. Through their WONDERVISION
company they are also producing a book of Phil’s photography, a book and
documentary on his life, and a solo CD for Phil.
You can hear audio clips here.
More info on
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/philsonya2 Sonya Maddox (Phil's
Wife!) teams up with Phil on this CD!!
born in Bexleyheath, Kent, England.
Michael is a soulful and expressive musician and Producer with
over 25 years experience in the music industry. Michael plays
Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxes, Flute, Piccolo and a collection of
Indian Flutes as well as the WX7 Yamaha wind synthesizer.
Michael has performed and recorded with many top artists around the world
including Jeff Lorber, Peabo Bryson, Najee, Eric Marienthal, Marion
Meadows, Darlene Zschech, Ron Kenoly, Adlan Cruz, Andre and
Sandra Crouch, and just too many others to list here!
Michael shares that "... I have
played with some amazing musicians in Church where I received most of my
training playing alongside other more established singers and musicians at
concerts and functions."
Michael has released his solo recording project "Waiting On You". Joining with
Michael on this recording is keyboardist Luke "Duke" Smith, Joy Rose,
(lead singer of the band Incognito and currently working with Sting) and
other outstanding musicians. Serving up a feast of energetic, funky, and
soulful sax, Michael's CD covers unique arrangements of well known
up-tempo worship classics "Lord I Lift Your Name On High", "Ancient Of
Days", slower tempo moving renditions of the worship songs "As The Deer",
"Welcome Into This Place", as well as originals penned by Michael and
others from the group. Hear audio clips
Michael continues to work as a
session musician and producer working from his own studio "Talented
Productions" as well as host his own radio show on
Solar Radio. He has also been playing with Jeff Lorber and there is a
YouTube video with Michael and Jeff playing 'live' on
Michael's myspace website.
The list of venues where
Barbara has wowed audiences is as varied as it is long: the "Blue Note"
and the "Sweet Basil" in New York, "Ronnie Scott's Club" and the "Jazz
Café" in London and the "Blue Note" in Tokyo; Philadelphia, Berkley, San
Jose, San Diego; the Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, and Victoria
jazz festivals, as well as appearances all over Europe.
Her CD productions feature hand-picked line-ups of
prominent musicians versed in different styles; first rate musicians like
Ray Anderson, Antonio Hart, Mitch Watkins, Randy Brecker, Jeff "Tain"
Watts, David Murray, Howard Johnson, Frank Lacy, David Sanchez, Roy
Hargrove, Bob Berg and Dennis Chambers.
Swing, bebop, blues, soul, latin and funk - for
Barbara there are no rigid boundaries, only fluid transitions. Audiences
are captivated by her talent, her absolute mastery of the instrument, her
taste, and not least, her warm personality.
"Barbara is the only jazz organist
I know that can play jazz on a pipe organ in church and really pull it
off! You simply have to hear it to believe it! And she really "cooks" on
the Hammond B-3 as well..." - David Arivett (CJA Network)
Barbara is booked at churches all
across the US this summer playing jazz in church and other jazz concerts!
Check out Barbara's You Tube Video, JS Bach Improv
Toccata & Fugue:
"Spiritual Movement 2" is Barbara Dennerlein's
second solo CD featuring jazz on a church organ. It is her indisputably
unique artistry to make the powerful pipes, voluminous manuals, and
weighty pedals more tractable for the turbulent syncopations of
jazz...Hear audio clips
To hear more of Barbara's recordings with a
band visit her web site:
Richy Stano & Mindwalk
In his career guitarist/composer Richy Stano has
performed with Bo Diddley, Jimi Tunnel, Dan Toler, Producer/Songwriter
Stan Lynch, Chieli Minucci, Bob Welch, Andy Prieboy, All My Children's
Alan Dysert, Sister Hazel's Andrew Copeland, Joe Porcaro, and Steve
Bailey. As a composer, Stano's film & TV soundtrack credits and commercial
jingle credits include: "Problem Child II," "Lobster Man from Mars," "Mr.
Belvedere," "On the Television," AT&T, ESPN, CNN, Nickelodeon, Special
Olympics, FOX-TV, ABC-TV, CBS-Sports, and many many others.
Richy also served as Staff
Instructor at Hollywood's Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) and the
Curriculum Coordinator for the Musicians Institute (MI). While in the Los
Angeles area Stano worked with Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, Boney James,
Michael Lington, Mike Campbell & Benmont Tench of Tom Petty's
Heartbreakers, Rick Dees' Rockin' New Years Eve, and the pit band for The
Groundlings Improv Comedy Troupe.
Richy's group "Mindwalk" are
a five piece group representing a "talent
pool of diversity" rarely seen in the industry. From nationally recognized
albums, movie scores, jingles, award winning big band compositions to
recording engineering and sound design, Mindwalk and it's members deliver
musicianship at the highest levels and back it up with instrumental
virtuosity. Mindwalk's original music is artfully sprinkled with Fusion,
Bebop, Funk, Latin, Hip-Hop, and Smooth Jazz.
Mindwalk's live performances
include opening concerts for such prominent Artists as Spyro Gyra, The
Yellowjackets, Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters, Bill Frisell, Jon Secada,
Acoustic Alchemy, The Rippingtons, Richard Elliott, Joan Osbourne, BB
King, Steve Morse Band, Less Than Jake, Maceo Parker, Eric Darius, Larry
Coryell, Pieces Of A Dream, Greg Karukas, Daryle Singeltary, Les Dudek,
Pat Travers, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and many others.
"The five piece Mindwalk
amalgam of experienced musicians play an eclectic, unclassifiable style of
music best described by the band’s name - "Mindwalk." It’s a journey
through the uninhibited vistas of the mind’s expanded musical
consciousness, like a trip into the eye of a star, emerging on the other
side... In this realm of the free spirited mind walkers, time and space
are distorted by music with no boundaries or limited intervals" - Rick
Grant, Editor, First Coast Entertainer Magazine
You can hear audio clips
Nashville studio musicians know Sam Levine as one of
the busiest woodwind players in town. In one day he might play saxophone
for a country artist, flute or penny whistle for a gospel artist and
clarinet in a traditional jazz band. His playing has given color and
expression to a wide variety of artists' tracks, including Amy Grant, the
Neville Brothers, Vince Gill and Michael McDonald. He is known for his
reliable ensemble skills and his melodic, expressive solos.
Sam is the leader of several
different bands in the greater Nashville area and has served as music
contractor for performers as diverse as Henry Mancini, Bill Gaither and
Danny Gans. Bands include CITY LIGHTS, PHATJAZ, and BOURBON ST.
Sam has more than 10 artist CD's in
the smooth jazz and contemporary Christian
genres. He has been nominated three times for a Dove Award and played on
at least two Grammy Award winning recordings.
He is currently an artist with Village Square Music.
While music and the music business
dominate Sam's schedule, his family remains the foundation of his life. He
is married to Lee, Principal Clarinet of the Nashville Symphony, and they
have two teenage children. They are members of Westminster Presbyterian in
Nashville, a relationship that Sam says is a result of his life-long
spiritual development that began with his parents unique blend of Jewish
and Christian traditions.
Hear audio clips from "Smooth Praise"
born into a musical family (her father Frank was a baritone/tenor who sang
the lead in many productions for local light opera companies). Early on,
Anne’s parents knew they had a singer on their hands. Anne humorously
recalls “At age seven, I wanted to be Shirley Jones”.
After high school, Anne went on to attend Anna Maria
College where she studied voice and music therapy. She also attended
Orange Coast College, where she soon was invited to sing with the OCC Big
Anne furthered her education pursuing a Master’s degree in
music at Cal State Long Beach. There, she received voice training in the
‘bel canto’ art of singing with vocal teacher Marvelee Cariaga and sang
and studied opera. Being well versed in operatic singing as well as jazz
gives Anne a unique background and perspective to her vocals.
What really opened up new vistas for Anne was an audition
at Carmello’s in Southern California. There she landed the gig and this
was her introduction to Brazilian Jazz and the world of Jobim, Dori Caymmi,
Basia, and Flora Purim. “The experience of singing Brazilian music gave my
voice a freedom I had never known before.”
After receiving her master’s degree, Anne soon started
singing with a local jazz quintet, where she met her future husband
pianist Tom Zink. Presently, she sings at the Carpenter Center in Long
Beach, CA and other various clubs in the Southern California area,
Recently Anne collaborated with her husband Tom Zink on a
new recording project. It is a Brazilian jazz release “Pretty World”, and
it includes many outstanding musicians:
Vocals: Anne Walsh
Piano/Keys/Arrangements: Tom Zink
Bass: Brian Bromberg, Carlitos Del Puerto, Jerry Watts
Drums: Chris Wabich
Percussion: Tiki Pasallis, Rogerio Jardim, Joe DeRenzo:
Sax: Gary Meek:
Guitar: Oscar Castro Neves, Gannin Arnold
"With her debut
jazz CD ‘Pretty World’
Anne Walsh has sublimely captured the concept of this planet of ours as a
beautiful place to be. Her voice is as clear as a bell and as she joyously
interprets a range of songs that span the decades the entire collection is
blessed with a luscious string section and picture perfect production from
husband Thomas Zink. In fact Walsh navigates this wonderful amalgam
of buoyant Brazilian jazz grooves and poignant heart tugging ballads with
total aplomb..." - Denis Pool,
Smooth Jazz Therapy
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is a pianist, composer, producer, and engineer who
soundtracks for “Doug”, “101 Dalmatians” television cartoon series,
commercials, and feature TV movie “Treasure Of Dos Santos” (a complete
orchestral score). Tom owns and operates the
Ming Dynasty Studio
where he has also recorded many outstanding artists including Michael
McDonald, Richard Elliot, Brian Bromberg, Dave Koz, Peter Nero, Fernando
Ortega, Ronnie Laws and many others.
Tom has also recorded several
hundred projects for the Yamaha Disclavier, and Yamaha used his studio as
its main facility for recording audio disks for their PianoSoft Plus Audio
Disclavier series including projects with Joey DeFrancesco, Christopher
Cross, Michael McDonald, John Novello, Carol Welsman, and Judy Roberts.
Tom is also a member of the jazz
trio the "3&Band", an acoustic
jazz trio in the style of ECM featuring piano, guitar, drums and bass with
additional percussion and orchestral elements. The other two members of
the band include notable outstanding drummer
Chris Wabich and guitar whiz
"Beautiful, mellow, and warm, this CD has a spiritual energy that will be
sure to resonate and touch you deep within! The musicianship and writing
are absolutely impeccable" - David Arivett (CJA Network)
To hear the 3&Band new release
"American Folk Song" visit here!
is an internationally known jazz vocalist,
recording artist, writer, and composer. She has entertained diverse
audiences nationwide including performances at some of the finest venues
such as the 2008 Atlanta Jazz Festival, the National Black Arts Festival,
Lincoln Center Philadelphia Museum, Atlanta’s High Museum and New York’s
Historic Lenox Lounge. Kemba has shared the stage with the Zapp Band,
Midnight Star, Bernard Linnette, Don Braden, The Aaron Goldberg Trio,
Takana Miyamoto, Freddie Cole, Rene Marie, and other jazz greats.
Kemba shares that "I don't just consider
myself a vocalist but a storyteller. If I'm talking about
love, I convey that emotion to the audience."
In 2003, Kemba met trombonist Wycliffe Gordon who
invited her to sing with his ensemble as well as to appear on his album,
"In The Cross". Her relationships with Linnette and Gordon have exposed
her to new audiences, taught her the true meaning of hard work, and
provided her with an entrée to the jazz scene.
On her CD release "Shades of Kemba" she sings traditional straight ahead
standards while blending in and retaining her gospel roots. The "New
Orleans" jazz sound also shines through as Wycliffe Gordon leads an
ensemble in "When The Saints Go Marching In" and the "I Want Jesus
to Walk With Me." A stellar
group of jazz musicians contributed their musical expertise to the
recording including Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Marcus Printup,
Reginald Veal, Doron Johnson and Alvin Atkinson.
“Kemba Cofield has been on the jazz scene for years and delights her
audience with a masterful blend of straight ahead jazz with the influence
of her gospel roots.” –eJazzNews.comeJazzNews.com
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More information on Kemba Cofield here!
Da Silva was born in Meier, Rio de
Janeiro, in February 28th, 1967. DaSilva began his musical training at 12
years old. With only one month of piano lessons, Jetro was already playing
for his church congregation (Sao Joao de Meriti Baptist Church). When
Jetro turned 14, he started attending Escola Nacional de
Musica, the most respected classical school in Rio de Janeiro. Jetro
auditioned and was awarded a full scholarship.
At only 16, Jetro was the sole supporter of his family, playing both with
world-renowned musicians and for his Pentecostal church, Nova Vida da
Tijuca in Rio da Janeiro. After touring with several Brazilian artists
Jetro moved to Boston to extend his music education at Berklee College of
Music, majoring in Music Production and Engineering.
Because of his talent and experience in Brazil as a producer, performer,
arranger and songwriter, it didn't take Jetro very long for the music
community in Boston and LA to embrace him. Jetro now holds a position of
Professor at the ensemble department at the prestigious BERKLEE COLLEGE OF
MUSIC in Boston, Ma. Jetro lives in East Greenwich, RI with his wife
Rhonda da Silva.
Jetro’s experience, training as keyboardist/producer/arranger has
increased his opportunity to work with people such as: Whitney Houston,
Jamie Fox, Patti Labelle, Pastor Andrae Crouch, Earth Wind and Fire, Chaka
Khan, The Pointer Sisters, Gladys Knight, Brandy, Sheila E., Namie Amuro,
Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Kem, Celine Dion, Patti
Austin, Emilio Santiago, Monica, Mary and Mary and many others.
On Jetro's CD release "Live" the dominant sound is
smooth jazz mixed with Brazilian, R&B,funk, and a touch of classical. The
compositions range from well chosen covers, Miles Davis' "All Blues",
Milton Nascimento's "Nothing Will Be As It Was", Caetano Veloso's "Voce E
Minha", and a classical piece, "Conciertode Aranjuarez", by Rodrigo, to Da
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is a jazz
pianist, composer and arranger. Other instruments Mike can play include
clarinet, trumpet, electric bass, classical guitar, and drums/percussion.
He began composing and learning to play jazz and rock on the piano after
hearing Chuck Mangione, Dave Grusin, and Van Halen on the radio while in
his early teens!
studied jazz in the late 1980's and early 1990's at Wheaton College in the
Chicago, IL area with Howard Whitaker and Larry Panella (who later toured
the world with the Phil Collins Big Band) Mike also took classes at the
Wheaton Conservatory of Music, studying music theory, music history, and
sight-singing, as well as piano lessons with John Zimmerman, a jazz combo
class with Audrey Morrison, and a music technology class with Tony Payne.
He also developed his musical versatility by playing in a jazz ensemble, a
black gospel choir, composing original material and transcribing and
arranging material by other artists including Kansas and Toto covers. He
also performed rock, pop, country, gospel, and jazz with many great
musicians while continuing to hone his transcribing and arranging skills.
college, Mike stayed in the Chicago, IL area and played keyboards for
several years during the mid-1990's with the Michael Newmark Orchestra,
and continued his jazz piano studies with Bradley Williams (Woody Herman),
Dennis Plies and Clay Giberson.
recent years, after moving to the Portland Oregon area he began playing
electric bass at West Hills Covenant Church, along with occasional piano
and keyboards. Mike has also been hired to transcribe music for others to
perform, including transcribing the hit song "Carry On Wayward Son" for
the band at Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois for a guest
appearance by guitarist Kerry Livgren from the Classical Rock group
has many interesting jazz, funk, and progressive rock arrangements of
church music, as well as a growing catalog of original jazz and rock
compositions. He has recently formed a jazz quartet "Someday Syndrome"
and is now playing jazz gigs with the group with plans for a new CD
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