“Welsman is that rarest of discoveries: a fully formed artist with the musicality, imagination and looks to cruise to the top of the jazz vocal genre.” Audiences and fellow musicians agree, Carol is an extraordinarily talented musician and one of the finer vocalists and pianists on the scene today.” – Don Heckman, The Los Angeles Times
“…the briskly rhythmic swing of Carol’s piano playing, the warm, embracing sound of her voice, combined with her irresistible way with a lyric, brightly illuminate her rising ascendancy to the upper levels of the contemporary jazz vocal world.” International Review of Music
Annie Sellick Nashville native vocalist Annie Sellick was voted Best Jazz Artist by readers of the Nashville Scene five years in a row, and has since toured all over the world and performed and/or recorded with many of her musical heroes including Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing, Tommy Emmanuel and jazz organ royalty Joey DeFrancesco. If you love how Annie engages you from a stage, you will be totally charmed by her backing band. Velvet Caravan blends gypsy jazz, honky-tonk, swing and Latin-upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and a relentless sense of humor. Bringing together the eclectic and worldly sounds are a motley crew of super talented musicians from Venezuela, the Great Northwest, the Heartland, Atlantic Northeast, Coastal Empire, and Serbian roots. Whether on the big stage with a full orchestra or in an intimate jazz club, the Savannah, Georgia-based quintet pours violin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, accordion, piano, organ, and percussion into a gumbo of lively swing music. The cherry on top of this six-piece band is the high-energy and hard-swinging singer, Annie. This show is a must-see!
“It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognizable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly.” – Sting
Rochester, NY native Steve Cunningham began playing guitar at age 14, where he was influenced by such diverse artists as Led Zeppelin, Pat Metheny, Yes, and the Brecker Brothers, as well as classical and bluegrass music. After years of playing and touring with various rock, country, and Top 40 dance bands, including his own original instrumental rock trio “The Value of X”, Steve released his first solo CD, “Travels”, in 1995. Featuring blazing, yet tasteful electric, acoustic, and slide guitar playing, “Travels” still enjoys steady sales, as well as daily airplay on national radio. Later in ’95, Steve relocated to Atlanta, where he began playing the lap steel, immersing himself in the styles of David Lindley, western-swing great Tom Morrell, and Sacred Steel player Aubrey Ghent