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Cathy Segal-Garcia is a vocalist of “real music integrity” poignantly reports Critical Jazz reviewer. Wherever she travels in the world, audiences and musicians are moved. Segal-Garcia’s deep connection to rhythm and her earthy and organic voice brings a nakedness to her communication, a direct line in to one’s heart. Her repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards and jazz musicians’ compositions.
Recording her 15 albums and performing with jazz legends is part of her career heritage. A sampling of noted musicians she has collaborated with include Bennie Maupin, Ted Greene, Joe Diorio, Larry Koonse, Marc Johnson, Lorca Hart, Billy Childs, Marc Copland, John Beasley, Bevan Manson, Bob Sheppard, Otmaro Ruiz, Anthony Wilson, Joe LaBarbara and Josh Nelson. Legendary jazz drummer Peter Erskine, part of the trio on her “Song of The Heart” recording says, “[it’s] the freshest vocal project which I’ve ever been involved in, and it’s one of my favorites of the past year.”
John Leftwich has toured with numerous great musicians including Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Sergio Mendes, and Lyle Lovett, and played in the movie “Let’s get Lost” with Chet Baker. He also toured/tours and recorded with Rickie Lee Jones for many years as music director, singer and bassist. He’s been the MD on many projects, including for Melody Gardout, and he’s had a long standing spot in the band of the amazing flutist Hubert Laws. He continues to tour and record as well as composing music for TV and film. This consummate musician also owns a private recording studio and is a master engineer and mixer. Guitarist and singer Mitchell Long is an internationally acclaimed concert performer, veteran studio musician and confident band leader with four decades experience in the music industry. A creative force in Jazz, Blues and other popular North American styles; Classic Rock, Pop, Folk, R&B and Soul, Long is also well known for his vast experience of multi-lingual singing and playing of Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Angolan and other world music traditions. Recent credits include extensive touring or recording for jazz chanteuse Melody Gardot since 2012, recording with Herb Alpert, recording and touring with Waldemar Bastos and appearances with Carol Welsman and Keiko Matsui.
Chris Blöndal is a professional drummer, percussionist and educator based in Los Angeles, California. He is an active member of the Los Angeles music community working in many different genres. He has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists, including: The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Pete Christlieb, Chris Standring, Brad Rabuchin, Chris Colangelo, Larry Steen, Sandra Booker, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Christine Rosander, Dan Lutz, Katisse Buckingham, film composer/trumpeter Mark Isham, Karen Hernandez, The Soul of John Black, David Garfield, Bunk Gardner (Frank Zappa), 50’s rock and roll legends Bo Diddley, the Diamonds, the Coasters, Bobby Johnson (film composer), Rolf Kent (film composer), Billy Hulting, Ken Rosser, Rick Shaw, John Hatton, Rhapsody in Tap, Jim Quam Chamber group, Joe Rotundy, Tim Mesina, Tamir Hendleman… to name a few. As a studio artist, he has recorded on a variety of film scores and soundtracks for major motion pictures, including: Fight Club, Nurse Betty, Gun Shy, The Slums of Beverly Hills, Wild Wild West, and appeared recently in the opening credits for Monday Night Football with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Hank Williams Jr., Peter Cetera, and Bootsy Collins.
Justin Chart & COLORSTORM
Justin Chart, a Trailblazer of the Modern West Coast Melodic-Jazz Sound is a powerful Alto saxophonist, with a dynamic and distinctive sound and soloing style. His music has a unique edge, with a vibe that is instantly seductive and familiar. Known in West Coast Jazz circles as "The Blizzard" because of his explosive playing and intricate compositional changes. Justin began his jazz career as a member of the “Young Lion” movement in the 80s that saw a return to both Post-Bop and Hard Bop. Signed to Universal Music Group, as a saxophonist, composer, producer, and vocalist, Justin Chart plays by his own rules. A multi-instrumentalist of the highest caliber, he thoroughly engages his listeners with a harmonic edge deeply rooted in the jazz lineage. His musical expressions stand out as distinctly modern in color and style. He’s a visionary who has learned to listen to his inner voice. Steeped in tradition and grounded in the lessons learned from life, Justin is not afraid to push himself and his art forward. His commanding presence, on stage and off, reflects his musical ingenuity and skill which has earned him critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances. A true Renaissance man, he reaffirms this credo on his 11th album as a leader and an innovator. Justin Chart. Saxophone & Flute Charlie Ferguson. Piano Andrew Hill Bass Danny Beallo. Drums
Rob Mullins Trio
ROB MULLINS (piano) became a jazz star when he released his Grammy nominated “Soulscape” album and quickly was hired as keyboardist for Hubert Laws, The Crusaders, Ernie Watts and others. Join Rob’s trio as he celebrates the LA release of his 40th album “This Way Up.” PAUL MORIN (bass) has been featured on countless movie soundtracks over the years and is one of the most sought-after upright bassists in Los Angeles. Well known for his strong groove and intonation, he’ll be laying down the bottom for the Rob Mullins Trio. EVAN STONE (drums) Throughout his career, Stone has thus far had the honor to perform music with world class artists in the entertainment industry such as: Maynard Ferguson, Toni Childs, Kei Akagi (Miles Davis), Gerald Albright (Anita Baker, Phil Collins, Rick James), Justo Almario, (Cachao, Mongo Santamaria, Poncho Sanchez), John Beasley (Miles Davis) Brian Bromberg, (Michael Buble, Shirly Horn, Stan Getz, Tony Williams) Max Bennett (Joni Mitchell), Chris Botti (Sting), Paul Carman (Frank Zappa) Lenny Castro; (Neil Diamond, Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones) Nathan East (Eric Clapton), Ron Eschete (Gene Harris, Ray Anthony), Wilton Felder (The Crusaders), Brandon Fields (Tower Of Power), Mike Garson (David Bowie) Grant Geissman (Chuck Mangione) Everette Harp; (Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Chaka Kahn, Natalie Cole), Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea), Joe Sample (Crusaders) Diane Schuur, Putter Smith (Thelonius Monk; Art Blakey), Tom Scott (Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Blues Bros., Steely Dan) Bob Sheppard, (Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan) Lee Thornburg, (Etta James, Little Feat, Tower Of Power, Tom Petty), John B. Williams (Nancy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington)