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ERNIE ANDREWS

Ernie Andrews’ musical legacy dates back to 1945 when the 17-year-old recorded the hit record “Soothe Me.”

“Speaking of the nitty-gritty, very few singers epitomize this basic, bare-feet-in the-mud, utterly human quality, in the great tradition of Mamie and Bessie Smith, Jimmy Rushing and Billie Holiday. Ernie Andrews does,” noted music reviewer Anthony Corbett on afgen.com.

Andrews was featured on Disney's Greatest, Vol. 3, in 2002 on the Disney label and “Ernie Andrews” in 2001. Andrews also released a series of recordings in the late 1990s, including “The Many Faces of Ernie Andrews” in 1998, “The Great City” in 1995, and “No Regrets” in 1994.

His career has included band work with many groups, including a two-year stint with Harry James and engagements throughout the world.

REBECCA PARRIS

Rebecca Parris was born in Newton, Mass., on December 28, 1951, and began performing at age 6, mostly in musical theatre.

She started her professional career in music working with various top 40’s but found that she preferred singing jazz. Rebecca has performed all over the world with her own groups, as well as with some of jazz's greatest legends, including Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Terry Gibbs, David "Fathead" Newman and more.

Her other passion is teaching, both in one-on-one and workshop/clinic settings. Her lessons and workshops focus on technique, performance and the “business” side of music, as well as lyric delivery and scat/improvisation.

Parris’ latest release is “The Secret of Christmas” on SHIRA RECORDS. Her previous releases include her all-ballads CD, “My Foolish Heart,” “A Beautiful Friendship,” with the Kenny Hadley Big Band, “Double Rainbow” with Eddie Higgins and Michael Monaghan, “A Passionate Fling,” “Love Comes and Goes,” and “Live at Chan's.”

LLEW MATTHEWS

Llew Matthews has been the conductor, musical director and pianist for the legendary Nancy Wilson since 1987. He has arranged and conducted numerous songs for Wilson to perform with big bands, trios and symphony orchestras and served as the conductor of her jazz trio for her recent musical variety television show, “Red, Hot, and Kool.”

Matthews has written music for such Discovery Records label artists as Charles Owens, Carl Burnett, Paul Humphrey and Ernie Andrews. He has also performed at numerous jazz festivals including the JVC Jazz Festival in Carnegie Hall and the Paul Masson Winery Jazz Festival in Northern California. Matthews attended the New York College of Music where he studied piano and composition. During that time he played in local New York City Jazz bands such as those led by Kenny Dorham, Jackie MacLean and the Latin Jazz Sextet plus Two.

LOUISE ROSE

Louise Rose’s capabilities and interests haven't exactly been restricted to making music. A native of Norristown Penn., she has, among other things, been a police officer, a Baptist missionary and a sociology teacher.

But she and her music are inseparable. For her, music is much more than a vocation; it is, in her own words, the perfect metaphor for life itself. She writes original vocal and instrumental music, arranges for large and small choral ensembles and loves to write children's music. A talented pianist, vocalist and actress, Rose was trained in piano, organ, voice, conducting and arranging. Some of her studies were with Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein.

She sings jazz, blues, gospel and standards, plus an extensive repertoire of original music. Her most recent recordings include “Cool Yule,” dedicated to the holiday season, and “Lovingly, Louise.”

PATRICK LAMB

Patrick Lamb’s focus as a songwriter and performing artist is modern pop/R&B. He combines the influences of funk, R&B, modern pop and flavor of jazz to create the unique sound of Patrick Lamb.

Born in Jackson, Miss., Lamb was playing roadhouse music as a teenager in rural Mississippi when he heard the evocative sounds of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Wilton Felder of the Crusaders. He immersed himself in the music of these great artists and began to discover his own sound. In the eighties his father, a high school science teacher, took the family to Portland, Ore. He performed and toured with Concord recording artist and Grammy-winner Diane Schuur for a time, and has rejoined her band to tour world wide.

In 2001, he was the headliner for FOX 49’s “Sounds of the Season.” He also coordinated the musical arrangements and production for the holiday special. In 1996 and 1997 he was invited to perform at the White House during the holiday Congressional VIP Tours.

“I want the sound to be, funky, smooth and make people want to groove,” Lamb says of his music. “My live shows should uplift people, and leave them wanting more.”

LADY MEM’FIS

Lady Mem'fis sings classic jazz ballads in her own style, reflecting her Louisiana roots. Southern allegiance and pride, the blues, the church and the emotion from her own memories come through loud and clear in her singing. Her recording “Expressions of a Legacy” includes 14 blues and jazz standards such as “Blue Skies,” “Stormy Weather,” “Teach Me Tonight” and “I Love Him.”

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, La., Lady Mem’fis rose to fame as a “blusey belter” on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. She is a powerful vocal stylist of blues and jazz. She has shared the stage with such greats as Ray Charles, John Handy, Linda Hopkins and Hank Crawford.

LARRY FULLER

Larry Fuller has established himself as a first-call pianist firmly rooted in the hard swinging traditions of mainstream jazz. Raised in Toledo, Ohio, he began his musical studies at the age of 11. Candy Johnson, a veteran of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington orchestras, took Larry under his wings both in and out of school by hiring him for regular paying gigs when he was 13 and 14 years old. He became a regular on the Midwest jazz circuit playing behind big-name artists and performing frequently in the nearby cities of Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich.

In 1998, Larry began working with vocal-great Ernestine Anderson, and moved to Seattle as her musical director/pianist, traveling, performing, and recording with her worldwide through 1993.

When not on tour, Larry’s ensemble and commanding solo-piano skills are a vital part of the Northwest’s thriving Jazz scene, appearing regularly in Seattle, Portland and British Columbia.



 


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