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.
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