This is a high-energy, infectious latin-jazz album by Pavel and Direct Contact.
2013 Chicago Music Awards nominee and Director of the Jazz program at Earlham College Pavel Polanco-Safadit teams up with Henry Mancini’s bass player and 2013 Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Dokken, Latin American Music specialist Raul Padro, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra percussionist, Pedro Fernandez and Puerto Rican drummer, Andre Rosa Artis to form an incredible and super entertaining Latin jazz quintet.
Direct Contact Latin Jazz is known for its high-energy and challenging music, much in the vain of the modern pyrotechnicians of today’s Latin jazz. Direct Contact is also known to be one of the most entertaining Latin Jazz groups in the Midwest.
Being featured as headliners in festivals, conventions, radio, television, and sharing the stage with major artists such as Dave Valentin, Direct Contact is a one of a group with a unique combination of flavors that will make your listening experience an unforgettable one.
A beautiful Christmas album featuring Jill Pitz and Marjorie Hanna.
Jill Pitz, harpist, earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with renowned Professor Emeritus Susann McDonald. Jill has performed with such notables as Barry Manilow, The Moody Blues, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Maria Osmond, Tony Bennett and Celtic Women.
Marjorie Hanna is principal cellist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and plays in four chamber ensembles. She attended Indiana University and received both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Cello Performance. She studied with distinguished professor Janos Starker. Marjie has played with such notables as Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Lyle Lovett, Page & Plant and Josh Groban.
Jill and Marjie are also both studio musicians and have played numerous sessions at Aire Born Studios.
The Forge is a cutting-edge brass and percussion group, aiming to bring a new, unique and exciting voice to music lovers around the world.
The FORGE incorporates the awesome sounds of brass and percussion with the great musical works from all style periods, composers, and artists. With the addition of electric guitar effects, this combination, written into fabulous custom musical arrangements, creates an entertaining and jaw-dropping display of technical and musical challenges.
Repertoire includes mega hits from Classic Rock, The FORGE performs music of artists & bands such as Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Pink Floyd, and then explores their influences on later musicians including Lady Gaga, Imagine Dragons and more. The group also brings a bit of traditional brass music to the show, including classical, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic.
Jazz Pianist, Michael Royal, developed his own sound, adapting the subtle harmonies of Ravel and Debussy into the harmonizations and voicings of Coltrane, Monk, and Bill Evans.
Royal is constantly searching new avenues of discovery. He plays music for the sheer love and beauty of it. His recordings pay homage to a number of jazz giants and to a variety of composers treating tunes with uncommon originality and demonstrating the broad compass of his abilities. While his ballad playing is sensitive and introspective, Royal is also a hard driving, swinging pianist deeply rooted in the jazz tradition.
Jazz Pianist, Michael Royal, is joined by drummer, Kenny Phelps and bassist Jesse Wittman to form a classic jazz trio. The album was produced by Sandy Williams.
Drummer and entrepreneur, Kenny Phelps has toured with DeeDee Bridgewater and played for artists such as Roy Meriwether, Rob Dixon and Cynthia Lanyne.
Jesse Wittman is a bassist, composer, and currently teaches jazz bass at Butler University. He has had the pleasure of working with great musicians around the country such as Nicole Henry, Marvin Hamlisch,Steve Houton, Anne Hampton Callaway and trombonist Steve Davis.
Album produced by guitarist and studio musician, Sandy Williams. Sandy has been a fixture on the Indiana music scene for several decades. His performance credits include performing with Idina Menzel, John Waters,Liza Mennelli, Marvin Hamlisch, alt-country rocker Steve Earle, Michael Feinstein’s live PBS special, the Steve Allee Big Band, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.