Female Performer of the Year in the New England Music Awards (2012), Boston-based 2012 Boston Music Award nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the year, Sarah Blacker, was also a nominee for Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for 2013′s single, ‘Shiver,’ in the New England Music Awards. Her heartfelt version of songwriting has been coined, “Sundress rock,” and she was recently called “one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently,” by national Roots publication, No Depression. The Boston Herald’s Jed Gottlieb called her, “Boston’s delightful folk nymph,” yet he also said of her, “Sarah Blacker makes some of the most interesting folk music in Boston — mostly by making folk the starting point and reaching out toward rock, Americana and prog.” She is a prolific singer/songwriter currently in the studio recording her 3rd full-length album, (Blacker has penned 2 full-lengths and 2 EPs in just 4 years) her previous currently receiving airtime on local NPR station, WUMB, and Emerson’s WERS as well as many other AAA and college stations worldwide.
Singer/songwriter and recording artist currently living in New Jersey. She performs over 100 shows a year and has opened for major touring acts including Sara Evans, Thompson Square, Lonestar, The Duhks, Randy Houser, and many more. One of Rachel’s biggest influences, John Lennon, once said regarding his songwriting process, "You see? You just write what you feel even if you don't know where it'll take you." After releasing a more traditionally flavored country EP in 2009 (Late Nights and Early Mornings), Rachel and her producer, Warren Hibbert, made the conscious decision to take Lennon’s words to heart on her first full-length album, Do It Yourself.
A guitar player since the age of 10. Thompson went to the Livingston Campus of Rutgers University, where he studied with Kenny Barron and Frank Foster, who served a term as Count Basie's arranger. In the early '80s, Gwen Guthrie recorded one of Thompson's songs. By the end of the decade, he had worked his way up, co-writing the title track of Aretha Franklin's album "What You See Is What You Sweat".
In 1985, Romero Lubambo came to the US and brought with him a new sound in Brazilian Jazz Guitar. Romero's guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound. From the cool, sophisticated rhythms of his native Brazil to hard bop, Romero is a guitarist who's comfortable in any musical setting. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist and musical improviser with a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts and the virtuosity to deliver them ever so tastefully.
A professional musician since 1965. He has worked with great artists such as Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Diane Carroll, Vicky Carr, Bob Hope and Dom DeLouise and many others. As a soloist he has been featured with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Bucky Pizzarelli Howard Alden just to mention a few. Frank is a graduate of Widener University and the Combs College of Music, where he earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees.
He started guitar at the age of 7 with guitar great and father Harry Leahey. His love of all things “guitar” has led him to a wide spectrum of styles. From 1981 to the present, he’s played locally in NJ/NY clubs, bars, and theaters with a wide range of musical acts. You can catch him still playing with just about every band he’s ever played with! Jimmy has toured with national acts.12 years with John Waite(The Baby’s, Bad English), Glen Burtnik for a number of years. Currently, Jim is on tour with Styx singer-pianist/songwriter Dennis DeYoung. His performances and reputation as a dependable sideman has landed him gigs with Patty Smyth (Scandal), Martha Davis (The Motels), Chris Cagle (CMT), Anna Nalick (Sony Records, Breath 2 a.m.), Dionne Farris (Arrested Development), Jill Rock Jones (Bad Boy South), Gloria Gaynor, Alison Krauss (Union Station)
“It’s not cool to be impressed by the latest whiz kid to hit town. But even the hippest of the hip give it up when the subject turns to Richard Bona, a slight, shy virtuoso of the electric bass guitar from a mud-hut village deep in Cameroon.” – Newsweek “Like many African songwriters, he sings lessons and parables. The language of his music is less specific; it draws on pop and jazz from across Africa, the Americas, and Europe. His songs assume a virtuosity so complete that it only has to whisper.” - The New York Times “Imagine an artist with Jaco Pastorious’s virtuosity, George Benson’s vocal fluidity, Joao Gilberto’s sense of song and harmony, all mixed up with African culture. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you Richard Bona!”—Los Angeles Times
His professional career began at the tender age of 14, traveling in and out of state with a well-known local band. At age 16, his first professional recording session was in the home of legendary jazz musician George Benson. At 19, he began touring with the R&B singer, Ronnie Dyson. He landed a gig as the Musical Director of the European leg of the Broadway production of "Hair". He's played every major venue, from Carnegie Hall to Madison Sq. Garden, Appearing on The Grammy's, Good Morning America, The Joan Rivers Show, etc. He has appeared in endorsements for Kramer, DiDomenico, Casio, as well as Yamaha guitars. He has toured/played with the best: Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Cobham, Joe, Stephanie Mills, James Ingram, Jonathan Butler, Ashford & Simpson, Patti LaBelle, Morris Day, Luther Vandross, Wayman Tisdale, etc., and as Lead Guitarist for Whitney Houston, 7 x's around the world.
An American musician, guitarist and singer-songwriter. He began his professional career at twenty-one, as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt. George Benson redefined the world of jazz by garnering the first platinum jazz album in 1976. The dynamic Grammy award winner earned over ten Grammys in the `70s to the present - from jazz to pop, and from instrumental innovator to vocal sensation.