Jesse Garland - From Judy to Jazz
The hardest thing for any young singer is to find her own voice. Jesse is lucky. When she sings her sound emerges fully formed and like no other. Come with her on a trip from Judy to Janis to Jazz and beyond with more than a touch of the Blues thrown in for good measure. The great songs you know and love are all dressed up and ready to swing! Come be inspired.
Jesse began singing jazz in Washington, DC with regular shows on M Street, singing at the Bohemian Caverns in the U Street Corridor and taking 2nd place in the Takoma Park Jazz festival back in the early 2000s. Since her stint in DC, Jesse found her way out to Denver, CO on a musical journey through classic rock to blues and now back in her true love - Jazz. Her roots are also grounded in musical theater with a degree from Florida State so you will find a touch of Broadway intertwined in her shows.
Bios of musicians -
John Armstrong- Piano: Graduated 3rd in his class at Berklee and taught for the next 7 years until he left to be the writer and musical director of an off-Broadway production of The Mikado. After that, John started working as the Musical Director for Holland America, NCL, Crystal, Royal Viking, and other major cruise lines. In 1993, he moved to Boulder, Co and subsequently played national tours of Evita, Funny Girl, and Beehive along with countless local productions. In 1998, John joined the Colorado Ballet as the keyboard soloist for the Nutcracker and have since played Dracula and Peter Pan as well. John just finished his 16th year with the Colorado Ballet and my 20th year with the Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra as writer and keyboardist.
Brian McRae - Drums/Percussion: Founder of DrumOverdubs and Denver's improv group - gogoLab. Brian has performed or recorded with artists like Kyle Hollingsworth Band, The Freddy Jones Band, Mindy Smith, Kip Winger, Colorado Symphony, Xiren, Nina Storey, Rob Drabkin, Yonder Mountain, Grandpa Mojo, Liza Oxnard, Sally Taylor, Wendy Woo, Dechen Hawk, Tony Furtado, Katie Herzig etc. Brian's cyberspace studio drumming has been featured in many Feature Films and Video Games.
Bijoux Barbosa - Upright Bass: Eduardo Da silva "Bijoux" Barbosa was born in Sao Paulo - Brazil. He has toured with Café Brasil as well as all the top acts in Venezuela. Bijoux is a Bass professor at CU Boulder and a first call session player in Denver. He has performed with reputable jazz artists including Art Lande and Ron Miles, Herbie Mann, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Bryan Lynch, Russell Ferrante, Chuck Loab, Gerald Albright and Lee Ritenour. Bijoux is also a member of Denver's improv group - gogoLab.
AnDre Mali: Featured Trumpeter: International performer, composer, arranger and educator. His musical diversity has led him to perform with jazz legends such as JohnHicks, Cuban born Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval and even Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, George Clinton, among numerous artists throughout the world. He has also co-produced an hour television special, as well as written music for film.