Michelle Amato, Vocals
She has performed and recorded with an incredibly diverse array of artists, including Liza Minelli, Al Green, Sandi Patty, Jon Secada, Donna Summer, Michael McDonald, Ira Sullivan, Jon Hendricks, Celia Cruz, Rita Marley and world renowned composer Yanni on tour. Her solo work can be heard on his “Ethnicity” cd and “Yanni Live” dvd.
She has performed on numerous Jazz Festivals, and many Disney shows, and recordings. Further reading: http://www.michelleamato.com/Biography.html
Michelle Mailhot, Vocals She tours and performs with the Drama Desk Award winning group Toxic Audio and is a sought after jazz artist. Michelle has performed with Bobby McFerrin, the Billy Taylor Trio, Mel Torme, Max Roach, Sheila Jordan, Sandy Patti, Thomas Dolby, Don Shelton of the Hi-Lo’s and Liza Minelli. She is a session singer for radio and television commercials and album recording projects around the country. She can be heard most recently on her own solo release “Happy Madness” and Bobby McFerrin’s latest CD release “Vocabularies”. She has performed on numerous Jazz Festivals, and many Disney shows, and recordings. Further reading: http://michellemailhot.com/about-michelle/vocalist
Dan Jordan, Sax & Flute
Musical Director for Judson Green, Larry Coryell Quartet, Arturo Sandoval Quintet 1 year, Natalie Cole featured soloist 2.5 years, Maynard Ferguson tenor soloist 2 years, Sam Rivers 4 years, Barry Manilow 4 tours. Leader MGM Jazz Sax Quintet Walt Disney World 5 years, NYC Broadway Shows: Reed 1,Suessical, Reed 2 Fosse. National Broadway Shows: Reed 1 The Producers,Reed 4,42nd Street. Selected engagements: Aretha Franklin, Charlie Haden, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis jr.Slide Hampton,Dallas Jazz Orchestra Badal Roy, ,Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Clarke Terry, Billy Eckstien, Alan Broadbent, McCoy Tyner,Woody Herman Orchestra, Ray Charles, Paul Anka, Michael Wolff, Larry Elgart, The Temptations, The Four Tops ,Elvin Jones, Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton, New York Fusion Ensemble, Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra , Frank Sinatra jr.,Wayne Andre Big Band. Selected Television and Video: DVD Playboy Jazz Festival 1982, DVD Montreal Jazz Festival Maynard Ferguson, Late Night With David Letterman with Paul Anka,Musical Leader: for Siskel and Ebert Oscar Show@ MGM Studios 1992-1995 Natalie Cole Live National TV Italy , Germany, Poland ,France. DVD Paul Anka @ The Montreal Jazz Festival. Further reading: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-jordan/2b/47a/741
Chris Rottmayer, Piano Performed with: Jamey Abersold, Aierto, Fred Hamilton, Tim Armacost, Todd Coolman, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Dave Samuels, Deana Martin, Charo, Lena Prima, Leslie Anders & Buddy Greco, James Darren, Frank Stallone, Jody Benson, Susan Egan, Peabo Bryson. He has played in many Disney shows including the Kids Of The Kingdom, the Walt Disney World Band, the Main Street Philharmonic, the Hollywood Hitmen, and the Grand Floridian Orchestra. He has performed on numerous Jazz Festivals, and many Disney shows, and recordings. Further reading:https://www.linkedin.com/pub/chris-rottmayer/30/431/a5a
Chuck Archard, Bass
Currently an Artist in Residence at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He has performed and recorded with many artists including, Isaac Hayes, Larry Coryell, Peter Erskine, Danny Gottlieb, Mike Wofford, Holly Hoffman, Al Vizzuti, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves and Gene Bertoncini and has performed on network and international television shows and numerous Jazz Festivals. Chuck is an in demand studio musician playing on more than one hundred CDs, national television commercials and is the bassist for Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard educational publications. Chuck is the composer of two major works written for Jazz Legends, Peter Erskine, Joe Morello and Danny Gottlieb, commissioned by the Percussive Arts Society. Currently, Chuck is working with legendary bassist/composer Stanley Clarke. He is transcribing all of Stanley’s compositions for future publication. Further reading: http://www.rollins.edu/music-dept/faculty/core/archard.html
Jon Warcholak, Bass Has performed with Don Soledad Group, Idina Menzel, the Jacksonville Symphony, Disney's Epcot Mo'Rockin', the Sunset Sidemen at Universal Studios and freelances throughout central Florida. He holds a Bachelor's degree in traditional music performance from West Virginia University and a Master's in Jazz Studies from Purchase College where he studied with Kermit Driscoll and Todd Coolman. Musical Director/musican at Carnival Cruises for 4 years Further reading:https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jon-warcholak/65/972/818
Keith Wilson, Drums + He worked with Broadway touring companies and performed with celebrities, including the late Joan Rivers, Idina Menzel and Charo. An early recording session at Disney-MGM Studios, now called Disney's Hollywood Studios, caught the attention of producer Phil Ramone.
Richard Drexler, Strings Multi-instrumentalist (Piano, Bass, Strings), composer/arranger and producer Richard Drexler, an Illinois native, has been based in Florida since 1985 and is now on the road frequently with the Jeff Berlin Trio. A couple of long house pianist stints kept him busy for nine years in the Tampa Bay area, where he performed with many visiting artists. More recently he has done some touring with the Jeff Berlin Trio and with the Woody Herman Orchestra and trombonist John Allred, among others. He has been working as bassist in the Kenny Drew Jr. trio and regularly appearing as a bassist or pianist/vocalist in the jazz clubs of central Florida. Singers he has accompanied include Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Bob Dorough, Mose Allison, Roseanna Vitro, Vic Damone, Al Jarreau, Connie Francis, Dena DeRose and Karrin Allyson. "Richard Drexler has a wonderful ability to allow the melody to shine through very advanced harmonic lines and polytonal chords. He is an amazing pianist and on this recording proves to be a surprisingly good vocalist, too." -
Dave Brubeck Further reading: http://music.cah.ucf.edu/staff.php?id=245
Dariusz Grabowski, Accordion Classical and Jazz Pianist He attended Fredrich Chopin College School of Music in Olsztyn, Poland and later attended one of the most prestigious jazz and classical music conservatories in the world Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. He has performed on many stages and concert halls throughout the world and has entertained leading government officials including president of Poland, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He has also had the honor and distinction of performing for Queen Elizabeth and Pope John Paul II
Further reading: http://dariuszgrabowski.com/dariuszgrabowski.com/Biography.html