This brother and sister team, (Stan the Man) Heffner & (Katt) Hefner and their musicians are professional, high energy yet smooth and fun. Collectively and individually they have entertained nationally and internationally for Concert Halls, Colleges, Festivals, Night Clubs, Supper Clubs, Corporate and Private Events and Weddings. They currently have a new CD release entitled "Over & Under Blues" which received honorable mention in The Ticket/Herald Tribune Scoreboard - Music Roundup Dec. 29, 2011 edition, which in part is contributed to their stage show "Two Jims and a Nancy", a heartfelt tribute to Jazz greats Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, and Nancy Wilson. They are a (5) piece Hammond B3 Organ jazz & blues band rounded off with saxophone, guitar, drums/percussions and vocals, receiving rave reviews.
Jazz Producer Paul Richardson describes this group as fresh and inventive while still playing to the legacy of jazz they follow. Versatility is a part of their core from "back in the day" with Jazz, Blues, R&B, Swing & Big Band and special Tributes as they perform anything from Ella, Lena, Basie, Ellington; Bossa to Sade; Aretha to Natalie Cole to Tina Turner and Etta James to Michael Jackson and beyond and in-between with the 50's 60's and 70's including their own originals! Heffner & Hefner are a perfect entertainment match for any event. YOUR event!
Accomplished jazz siren, KATT HEFNER, possesses a compelling voice that ranks in the very top echelon of respected female jazz singers. On stage, Katt is truly an engaging performer who just loves to entertain. With a voice rich in strength and clarity, her melodic tones capture and mesmerize her audience. Her lyrics flow in a rare combination of beauty, voice, and poise. With a list of credits that include off-Broadway musicals, television shows, movies, CDs/ records, and concerts, she has shared the stage with such musical greats as Patti LaBelle, Al Hibler, The Temptations, Sandra Reaves, Luther Vandross, The Ink Spots, The Four Freshman, Warren Covington Orchestra, Connie Haines, John Lamb, Buster Cooper, and the Bay Area's Fred Johnson, Kenny Drew Jr., Richard Drexler, The Jazz Cellar's Underground Orchestra, The 42nd Street Big Band and 52pc. Richey Community Orchestra. As of recently Katt is joined with her brother, Stan "the Man", on a new CD release called "Heffner & Hefner Over & Under Blues". They are captivating audiences near and wide with a concert series "Two Jims & A Nancy", in tribute to 3 Jazz Icons: Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff and Nancy Wilson.
Born in Ford City, Pennsylvania, STAN "The Man" HEFFNER is a self taught musician. The dream of wanting to become an organ player began at age 8 after hearing "Midnight Special" and "The Sermon" by Jimmy Smith. Being influenced by the sounds of Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff, Stan started playing the organ at age 16. Helping to form The Versatiles, a high school band of 9 musicians including 3 siblings; one of which is one of Florida's noted rominent Female Vocalists, Katt Hefner, Stan's music career began. His high energy playing was developed by watching live performances of Jimmy McGriff at the historic Crawford Grille and The Hollywood Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During the 70's and 80's Stan experimented with playing other keyboards and began writing dynamic songs including Christian contemporary. With an array of songs listed in the Library of Congress, "Stan the Man" is a musician to be recognized. His latest performance with Katt Hefner and saxophonist Butch Thomas was an eye opener to an expanded music venture.
Saxophonist, composer and jazz educator, BUTCH THOMAS,is widely known and respected, having toured with Sting, Lenny Kravitz, the late legendary jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, Elton John, Diana Ross, James Taylor ½and many others. Born and raised in St Louis, Missouri, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music from Webster University. Soon after graduating, he relocated to New York City, where he established a relationship with the great instrumentalist and composer Jaco Pastorius (featured on Pastorius' recordings "Punk Jazz" and "NYC Jam" and featured live from 1983-1987). Then (as they say), the rest is history. He continued on to perform with a "Who's Who" in music entertainment including The Temptations (1986), Thomas Dolby (1988), Dave Valentin (1988) and Lenny Kravitz (1989). His ambidextrous florid jazz style placed him comfortably in the company of an eclectic roster including "The College Boyz", "The Cult", Tyrone Davis (1990) and the rock group "Living Colour" (1991). He's received a number of video credits including Lenny Kravitz' hit
"It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over", Queen Latifah's "How Do I Love Thee" and Sting's "You Still Touch Me".
VINCENT SIMS/ Guitarist Sims, raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and received a Bachelors degree in Information Systems from the University of South Florida. He has played with many recognized artists in the jazz and blues fields. Artists such as Al Downing, Lucky Peterson, James Peterson, Koko Taylor, Katt Hefner and Belinda Womack. Vincent is a former board member of the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association.Drummer
JOE RENDA started playing drums at the age of five. He performs all styles of jazz and has won 2nd prize in the first annual "Battle of the Beat" sponsored by the Long Island Drum Center of New York, with over 1,800 drummers competing. Joe was very active in the New York music scene, including performing in jazz clubs and off-Broadway shows.
Stan "the Man" Heffner (Hammond B3 Organ, Roland),
Katt Hefner (Vocals),
Butch Thomas (Saxophones/tenor soprano),
Joe Renda (Drums, Percussions),
Vincent Sims (Guitar)