LARRY EANET, a Washington, DC
native, began to study the piano at the age of four and by his early teens had
performed in solo recitals and as concerto soloist with amateur orchestras.
Meanwhile he was serving his jazz apprenticeship in local small combos and
dance bands. In college he was co-leader and valve trombonist of a
Chicago-style trad band, Harvards Crimson Stompers. During
the subsequent fifty-three years, he has played piano in and around the
Washington, D.C. area with a great variety of local and nationally-known
artists, including Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Coleman Hawkins,
Scott Hamilton, Sonny Stitt, Harry Allen, PeeWee Russell, Dizzy Gillespie,
Clark Terry, Bill Davison, Bobby Hackett, J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Urbie
Green, Slam Stewart, Joe Venuti, Louie Bellson, Milt Jackson, Red Norvo, Gary
Burton, and singers Cab Calloway, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie Vinson, Barbara Lea
and Marlene VerPlanck. He toured Indonesia in 1989 with the Hot Mustard band,
playing in Sumatra, Java and Bali, and toured Belgium, the Netherlands and
Germany in 1991 with Brooks Teglers Hot Jazz. Since 1987, Larry can be
heard in a variety of local jazz venues and social situations. He has recorded
with Barbara Lea (Do It Again, on Audiophile) and has a recently-released
two-volume solo CD set on the JUMP label, as well as a quartet recording on
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Lucianne Evans has three decades
of jazz under her belt, from Montreal, where she was featured at the Montreal
International Jazz Festival, to doing jazz in New York and finally settling in
Asheville, NC, where she teamed up with pianist Tom Coppola. Their record
"Flamingo" was given the Blue Chip Award as one of the "Top Vocal CD's of 2002"
in the Jazz Education Journal, of the International Jazz Educators, and now she
is the Secretary of the IAJE for North Carolina - involved in promoting good
jazz artists in the South and elsewhere. She sites national jazz critic Dr.
Herb Wong as a mentor and has written a standard style tune for him as well as
penning and recording other standard style originals. more...
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With his gift for bebop,
ballads, blues, and swinging jazz, Kevin Mahogany's talents emerged long before
he was old enough to spell" record deal". "When I was a kid, music was just as
important as English and math in our household" says Kansas-City-born, Kevin
Mahogany. "In fact piano lessons were a grade school staple for the whole
By 1970 after starting on
piano and moving to clarinet, 12 year-old Kevin was playing the baritone
saxophone. That same year he first played professionally with Eddie Baker's "
New Breed Orchestra". Throughout high school he played in marching and concert
band, orchestra and stage band as well as continuing his professional playing
with Eddie Baker. But it was during his senior year in high school that his
true talent was discovered- singing.
With eleven CD's as a
leader, and quite a few as a sideman, Kevin has proved to be the quintessential
jazz vocalist. Recently Kevin started the
Miami Jazz Party, a
series of jazz concerts in intimate settings such as art galleries. Newsweek
describes him as " the standout jazz vocalist of his generation." New Yorker
magazine writer Whitney Balliet writes, "There is little Mahogany cannot do."
Says the LA TIMES, " Mahogany is one of the first truly gifted male vocalists
to emerge in years." more...
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Vocalist/songwriter Heidi Martin
was born in Washington DC and grew up in Maryland singing folk music at church.
By high school she was recording background vocals for professional artists
that included Bill Danoff of Starland Vocalband. After attending a live
performance of Shirley Horn, her love affair with jazz began.
She majored in music with a
focus in Jazz Studies and Improvisation at the University of District of
Columbia. Heidi then became an avid student of live shows, regularly attending
the Monday night performances of Reuben Brown and Steve Novasel at One Step
Down, where she was often asked to sit in. Before moving to New York City she
became the protégé of legendary drummer/vocalist Grady Tate and
flourished under his direction.
Soon after Heidi was
officially introduced to the jazz community in a rewarding showcase at the
renowned Birdland Club in New York City. While in New York she frequently
returned home to Washington, performing to sellout audiences at the Blues Alley
Jazz Club. Heidi Martin is a spirited and self assured vocalist
whose songwriting is both prolific and provocative. more...
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Washington, DC based jazz
vocalist Michelle Walker, in just a few short years of professional singing,
has begun to amass a notable resume of concerts and festival performances.
After starting a career as a policy analyst in 2000, Michelle began to
occasionally sing in coffee houses after work and on the weekends to full fill
her life long desire. Within only 3 months, this analyst turned vocalist
quickly became a standard the DC jazz community. She performs straight-ahead
jazz standards. Dave Nathan at AllAboutJazz.com says, "Walker demonstrates an
extraordinary degree of musicality." She received her undergraduate degree in
1997 from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) in Government &
American Studies with a minor in Music Vocal Performance and her Masters in
Public Policy and Economics from American University in 2000.
With the release of her
debut CD, Slow Down, she has performed both national and international and has
been nominated for a number of awards including "Best Independent Jazz Vocal
Album for 2002" and "Best Debut Album 2002". She studied with jazz vocalists
Ronnie Wells, Madeline Eastman, Jay Clayton, Nancy Marano, Pam Bricker, Dena
Derose and Miles Griffith. She now studies privately with the renowned jazz
vocalist Mark Murphy in New York. Michelle is equally sought after as an
instructor herself. She currently teaches privately and conducts workshops on
musical performance and career management. She currently serves on the
2003-2005 Executive Board for the DC Chapter of the International Association
of Jazz Educators (IAJE). more...
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