Deborah Brown

Jazz vocalist Deborah Brown was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Her musical talents have propelled her from coast to coast in the USA to a 12 year residency in Europe. Deborah Brown has made a name for herself with appearances in more than 45 countries. Deborah has recorded 10 albums as a leader and has been featured on numerous other recordings as a special guest soloist. She now makes her home back in the U.S.

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Deborah Brown
   

Tommy Cecil

Jazz bassist and composer Tommy Cecil came to Washington DC in 1976 and since then has established himself as one of the most sought-after bassists in the area. He has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Joe Henderson, Charlie Byrd, Tommy Flanagan, Kieko Matsui, Cab Calloway, Terence Blanchard, Mose Allison, Phil Woods, Teddy Wilson and Chet Baker. Tommy's latest recording "Samba For Felix" features pianist Tommy Flanagan, saxophonist Gary Bartz, guitarist Paul Bollenback, drummer Billy Hart and percussionist Cyro Baptista.

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Tommy Cecil
   

Giacomo Gates

Giacomo Gates has arrived as a contender in the world of vocal jazz with his rich, mellifluous baritone, exciting live performances, vocal skill and respect for what has gone before. For the last two years in a row, Giacomo Gates has been voted Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in Down Beat's Critics' Poll (2001, 2002).

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    • Julie Kelly
    • Miëtt Molnar
    • Diana Clark
Giacomo Gates
   

Rebecca Paris

Jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris has amassed seven albums with 9 awards from the Boston Music Awards. She has been presented in major venues and festivals across the United States and abroad, including main stages at Monterey, Oslo, North Sea, Japan, Spain, and London. Rebecca has performed and shared the stage with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Joe Williams. She is a gifted and accomplished performer, embracing the audience with her engaging and passionate vocals.

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    • Mamiko Taira
    • Cindy Scott
    • Kelley Johnson
Rebecca Paris
   

Wayne Wilentz

Pianist Wayne Wilentz has performed with such famous R&B acts as Carl Gardner's Coasters, The Shirelles, The Marvellettes, and Jimmy Norman. He was a keyboardist and composer for the '80's funk band "SKYY", and possesses a gold record commemorating their #1 Album "Skyy Line" on Salsoul Records. Born in New York City, Wayne moved to Washington in 1989, and has played Brazilian Jazz in the nation's capitol since then. Wayne has a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University, and produced the nightly jazz program on the school's radio station, WNUR.

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    • Julie Hardy
    • J.D. Walter
Wayne Wilentz