Tranquil, haunting and healing are but a few words that have been used to describe Rey’s music. Self taught in making and playing the bamboo flute, Rey’s original melodies bring to mind desert sunsets, tropical ocean breezes or a walk through a majestic forest on a misty morning.
If you are seeking to bring a sense of peace and wholeness to your event, Reys music will provide it.
San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie, Sue Palmer, has amazed audiences all over the world with her unique style and phenomenal left hand. She delights in creating an atmosphere reminiscent of the small clubs and cafes of 1932 Paris, Harlem, West Texas and Hawaii. Her first CD, which features many of her own compositions, has been described as “full of fun, and cool enough to cause crop damage to orange groves.” Her second CD, “Soundtrack to a B Movie” was called “a steam of sultry sound.” “Live at Dizzy’s” was voted the Best Blues Album at the San Diego Music Awards, 2002-2003. “Palmer has come into her own on this wonderful new release, “In The Green Room,” 2005, with studio and live tracks redefining her rep as “just” a gifted pianist-bandleader. Palmer may now add producer and visionary to her resume.” Her 2007 release, “Sophisticated Ladies,” has won the 2008 International Blues Challenge (IBC) Award for Best Self Produced CD, awarded by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, and many think its her best album yet.
Sue & Her Motel Swing Orchestra are renowned for their highly energetic shows… …and have received rave reviews for their live performances, including the Mammoth Jazz Festival, Ocean Beach Jazz Festival, LaJolla BytheSea Concerts, KSDS Jazz Radio 88.3, and many others. While her band plays a wonderful combination of swing, blues, New Orleans, and boogiewoogie styles, Sue’s talented crew are also capable of several Specialty Shows including a 20’s Flapper style show.
San Diego has launched some amazing jazz artists and Danny Green, a native of Southern California, is swiftly following in their footsteps. At twenty-eight years old he has managed to carve out a place for himself in the lineup of young jazz artists who seem to have a pulse on keeping the tradition of jazz piano alive while stepping boldly into the future through the use of cultural sounds and world music rhythms.
A first generation American born in California, Pipe Sergeant Roderick Cribbes began chanter lessons at age 10 with the Caledonian Pipe Band under the direction of PM Bill Lumsden, and later with Charles Lumsden.Throughout the years, instructed by Charles Knowles, PM Robert Hackney, PM Kathleen Nicholson Graham and Ian Whitelaw.
Steve is an accomplished musician who has been playing professionally for many years. A local favorite whether he is playing a solo gig or with one of his two bands, Sabor or The New Express you will find he always finds the mood that is right for a room. Steve can perform as an enhancement background entertainer or as the focal point of your evening. Always the consummate professional, Steve will arrive on time an in the proper attire to fit your event needs.
Rose Winters is a favorite Southern California musician, performing sultry standards and smoky blues, energetic mixed rock and contemporary dance and alternative music. With her vocals, keyboard, piano and top of the line equipment her show is fun and professional as well as warm and personal.
Rose is an avid songwriter and has co-written music for the late, great Ray Charles. She has also recorded five original albums. Rose has sung for TV movies and specials, as well as jingles for both radio and tv.
PAUL DOUGLAS is a dynamic musical entertainer rich in professional experience and musicianship. He covers a wide range of styles capable of pleasing the most eclectic tastes. Whether it is Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Folk, R&B or Dance/Pop, with PAUL DOUGLAS you can choose to listen to the great songs or move to the beat on the dance floor .
PAUL DOUGLAS came to California from his native Virginia as a member of the group Iguana, signed to United Artists Records. He later joined fellow Virginian and Grammy award – winning artist Bruce Hornsby in his band in Los Angeles. Paul also performed in the band of multiple Grammy winner Kenny Rogers and later became a member of The First Edition when they reunited in the mid- 1990s. Paul is a multi-talented vocalist, pianist, guitarist and harmonica player and has led his own band as the opening act in concerts with Chicago, Melissa Etheridge, Huey Lewis and many others.
In the Southern California area PAUL DOUGLAS has been the featured entertainer at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, The Island Hotel Newport Beach, The La Quinta Resort and Club,The Renaissance Esmeralda Hotel, The Hyatt Grand Champions Resort and The Citywalk at Universal Studios. He has also worked for corporate clients like Merrill Lynch, Toyota USA, Jaguar, Ford Motor Co. Fred Segal Stores, Johnson and Johnson, Herbalife, Merck Pharmaceuticals and many others. Whether they are providing a soloist or a full 6 piece band you and your guests will experience a night that will not soon be forgotten.
href=”http://ideasforacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Oscar-Aragon.jpg”>Mr. Aragon was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he began his studies in classical and flamenco guitar. At an early age, Oscar had already begun to play at many fine clubs and galleries throughout Mexico.
Guitarist Mike Nelson performs in the Southern California area, and offers a broad spectrum of styles and tastes. Mr. Nelson’s arrangements of Jazz, Latin, Pop, Americana, and Classical music, are elements of his fascinating and diverse repertoire for the enjoyment of your clients.
Marston Smith performs on a 6 stringed electric cello mounted on Medieval Armour. His music is the embodiment of epic romanticism. He has performed on the Tonight Show, Cirque du Soleil, Jazz Festivals, Las Vegas Casinos and recorded with the Back Street Boys and KISS. Corporate appearances include Toshiba, Toyota, General Mills, Universal/Segrams, Warner Brothers, Disney and his 11 albums are passionate tributes to his virtuostic capabilities and vision. He made special appearances for the openings of Harry Potter, Pirate Planet and Lord of the Rings.
Kim Olson is a versatile entertainer who will add a unique touch to any event! During the cocktail hour, Kim circulates throughout the crowd; with guitar in hand, he approaches small groups and instantly composes songs about anyone and everyone. A few quick questions, an article of clothing, a humorous remark, all can be used to spark a song.
Kim Olson brings people together, sets a mood, and gets a party off to a running start. During dinner, he may either visit each table or provide background music, at the discretion of the host. After dinner, when coffee and dessert have been served, Kim presents the final touch: a full length song, composed ahead of time, is performed for the entire party. The song can be a surprise, something for an organization, a family, the honoree, the Board of Directors, obviously anything or anyone … Kim meets with \”people in the know\” to gather information prior to the event. His song is written, checked by the host, then revised as necessary, with the final result being a hysterical and engaging cap to a great evening.
Kim Olson has proven his ability to appropriately entertain every type of audience. Performing daily at the Disneyland Hotel over the past ten years. Kim has delighted people from around the country and around the world. His unique voice, wide range of material, and winning personality brings visitors back again and again.
You have to experience Kim Olson\’s quick wit, engaging charm and showmanship for yourself, then you\’ll want to have an event to share him with your friends. As a special gift, CD\’s can be made of Kim\’s performance to be sent to friends and business associates, or presented after the party, to an honoree.
John Charles has been performing all around the United States, Canada and Europe for most of his professional life and has established himself as one of the most sought after entertainers in the corporate market.
He has written, produced and hosted the openings of almost every Walt Disney Resort in the United States and Europe. As a corporate entertainer, John has performed all over the country for most of the fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, IBM, Kodak, Time Warner, Coca-Cola, and many, many more.
John Charles’ popularity in the convention market is a result of his uncanny ability to identify with and relate to any group, no matter how large or small. By allowing his audience to become a part of his show, John is able to create a unique and exciting experience that is tailored especially for that audience, that night. No two shows are ever alike.
John opens his show with a quick introduction and a song, then immediately begins to build a rapport with his audience. If a client wants to go in a specific direction by involving any one particular person or group, he can handle that as well.
With just his guitar, a piano, and his incredible singing voice, John amazes his clients with his ability to combine music, comedy and audience interaction.
John Charles also has the ability to produce custom material for any client, from background music to jingles to fun show productions.
Skip Johnson is a graduate of the Northern Illinois University School of Music. He is a founding member and band leader of “THE ZIPPERS”, touring the nation as one of the most popular corporate dance/show bands in the market today.
Spice up your next event with saxophonist Jason Weber! Available in several different configurations from solo act (with backing tracks) to a full 5-pc band, Jason’s music is the perfect fit for every event & venue.
Guitarist James Moody has lived and worked as a full-time musician on Catalina Island since 1990 during which time he’s had the opportunity to play with musicians such as Grover Washington Jr., Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Peter White, Joe Sample, Monty Budwig, and many more.
Hailing from Rochester, NY, George DeMott began his musical career by receiving performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and UC Santa Barbara. In the Opera world, he has had the privilege of performing several classic tenor roles with various opera companies, including Orlando, Glimmerglass, and several others.
George has also been the winner of several awards and competitions that include the 1993 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition?s regional finals in Los Angeles and he was also a recipient of the National Italian-American Foundation?s Luciano Pavarotti Scholarship.
Since heading out to sea, George has had the good fortune of expanding his vocal repertoire courtesy of Crystal Cruises where he was a member of the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers. Additionally, he has been a featured Guest Entertainer aboard several cruise ships on the high seas.
George is proud to also have two CDs available. The first being SERENADE, a collection of classic tenor serenades, and most recently TWO FOR MY BABY which showcases several pop-opera favorites as well as Broadway and jazz classics.
Brian Nova is one of the few Jazz artists in the world who has studied and toured with the two titans of Jazz guitar, Herb Ellis and Joe Pass. Brian has spent many years on the road, with these great men and others, developing and mastering his own unique Jazz guitar and vocal style.
This talented young man is quickly becoming one of the most sought after musicians in the Southern California area. Originally from Indiana, Abie has made quite a buzz for himself with his incredibly silky smooth voice, beautiful piano skills, and hypnotic saxophone.