Zydeco Dance Contest Finals - Sept 7th

Our Featured Zydeco Artist

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Featured Louisiana Zydeco Artist

Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

Louisiana NATIVE

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 Louisiana  native Curley Taylor has been around music all of his life.  Born into a  musical family, drums were Curley's first instrument.  Curley began his  professional career at age 16 by playing drums in his father's band,  Jude Taylor and the Burning Flames, a band deep in Louisiana Blues, Soul  and Zydeco.

6th & 7th 1 til 3

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 By  the age of 25, Curley had played drums with some of Louisiana's musical  legends, including:  CC Adcock, Steve Riley, John Hart, "L'il" Bob and  the Lollipops, and his uncles, "L'il" Buck Senegal and Wayne "Blue"  Burns.  He toured with CJ Chenier, son of the "King of Zydec o" Clifton  Chenier, and a Zydeco legend in his own right.   

While  traveling with CJ Chenier's band, he became interested in playing the  accordion and found he really enjoyed it.  Curley purchased his first  accordion and, within six months, had learned to play.  He was told that  he "played the accordion and the drums with great emotion and natural  feeling."  

Sunday & Monday - Labor Day Weekend 2020

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 Curley's friends  and fellow musicians Keith Clements (keyboards) and Eric Minx (drums)  encouraged him to start his own band.  Around this same time,  he  received a job offer to play drums for one of the most popular zydeco  bands in Louisiana - Geno Delafose and French Rockin Boogie. Curley put  his ambitions for his own band on hold to play and tour internationally  with French Rockin Boogie for several years.  During this time, he  continued to practice the accordion and write music in preparation for  his first CD.

$2000, Zydeco Dance Competition

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In  2003 Curley was ready to make the move and launch his own band - Curley  Taylor & Zydeco Trouble.  His debut CD "Country Boy" was released  to rave reviews.  Artists familiar with Zydeco compared Curley's music  to that of the late, great Beau Jocque. "It's a high compliment," Curley  replied, "but Country Boy is only the start."  Curley has been playing, touring and recording ever since.  

Since  his debut CD, Curley has released six more CDs of original music,  making him one of the most prolific composers in Zydeco.  His latest  project "Rise Up" was released in 2018.


We are bringing in the World Zydeco Dance Champs, here in the Pacific Northwest, can YOU handle IT?

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His  bluesy, soulful vocals and the band's hard driving Zydeco beat blend to  create high-energy dance music for all audiences.  Curley's music is  true to its roots in Zydeco and Blues, but contemporary enough to appeal  to a broad range of music lovers.  Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble  tour extensively throughout the US, playing festivals and clubs from New  York to San Diego and from Florida to Seattle. Often playing to  audiences who have never heard Zydeco music before, they make fans  wherever they go. They've played major festivals including Rhythm and  Roots in Ninigret RI,  the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland OR and  Jazz Fest in New Orleans.  When at home in Louisiana, you can find  Curley in the studio working on his latest CD, or playing in one of the  local clubs around the Lafayette/Opelousas area to the delight of his  hometown fans. 

Local Zydeco Band - Sat -Sept 5th 1 til 430

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Local Zydeco Band - Sat -Sept 5th 1 til 430

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Jazz - Saturday, Sept 5th, 2020 (6:00 - 10 pm)

Cynthia DOLLIOLE - Festival Guest of HONOR

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Jazmin GHENT

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Jazmin Ghent is one of the hottest national smooth jazz  and gospel recording artists today.  She was voted "2017's BEST NEW  SMOOTH JAZZ ARTIST" and was awarded the prestigious "2019 NAACP IMAGE  AWARD" for Outstanding Jazz Album "The Story of Jaz."  Jazmin has 3  Billboard-topping singles: "Work Wit It," “Heat” and “Compared to What."   Her most successful hit to date is “Heat” which remained on Billboard  Smooth Jazz Airplay Charts for 20+ weeks and was played in rotation by  most smooth jazz stations including Sirius XM. She obtained her Master's Degree in music from Tennessee State University.

Miriam WAKS

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Miriam Waks,  based in New York City, Australian-born vocalist Miriam Waks made her  performing debut at the tender age of 10 singing solo at the Sydney  Opera House. The years since have seen her develop into a diverse and  vibrant performer who sings in 16 languages. She has performed at venues  and residencies across the globe including New York, London, Edinburgh,  France, Cuba, India, Macau, & Hong Kong. She was a featured  vocalist and host of the show "Itara" - presented by Cuban modern dance  company Danza del Caribe, (2015 season at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the World's Largest Art Festival).
 

Jessy J

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 Jessy J was born Jessica Arellano on December 20, 1982 in Portland, Oregon and raised in Hemet, California of Mexican-American descent, her father is from Mexico  and her mother is a native Texan. She began playing piano at the age of four. At the age of 15, at the Bela Bartok Festival, she won the Piano State Championship. She also played saxophone in state honored bands, such as the Grammy Band, and played internationally in festivals like the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Earning a scholarship to the University of California, she obtained a degree in jazz studies and was named the "Most  Outstanding Jazz Student". 

Jessy J

"Tequilla Moon"

Jazz - Sunday, Sept 6th, 2020 (6 - 10 pm)

Bryan THOMPSON

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 Bryan Thompson is a Pop, RnB Jazz Saxophonist, recording  artist, and internet Icon with social media views totaling over 15  Million. Bryan has accumulated a following of over 300,000 people and  has received international attention. He has been recognized by many  credited artists in the industry such as Kirk Whalum, Najee, Chris  Brown, Toni Braxton, Bootsy Collins, and many more. 

Shelly RUDOLPH

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SHELLY RUDOLPH of Portland, Oregon, is a maker of soul music in the  broadest, genre-inclusive definition, a fine and sultry singer and  songwriter with a sense of adventure and a desire for discovering and  conveying emotional truth. As a “robust and captivating vocalist” (Jazz  Times), she has dazzled audience around the globe, including New York,  Los Angeles, Japan, Korea, the West Indies, and Portland, which she now  calls home. Shelly’s most recent album, Water in My Hand, has garnered  praise from regional and national publications: “Water in My Hands is a  stunning album, intoxicating and stimulating, a mature work from an old  soul artist"       (Montecito Journal). www.shellyrudolph.com

Jeff KASHIWA

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Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician  following his junior high introduction to woodwinds. His instincts were  correct. He became known as one of the most compelling young  saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The  Rippingtons. Kashiwa performed hundreds of shows all over the world and  appeared on many of the band’s classic recordings.  Having established himself in the 1990’s as one of the most diverse  saxmen in contemporary jazz during his decade long tenure with The  Rippingtons, Kashiwa’s instincts led him to more dynamic endeavors  through his solo career. It surprised many when Jeff left the group to  venture out on his own, but he had things to say through his own music.  Kashiwa now has nine CDs released under his own name and has continued  to record as a guest artist with many other artists as well. In 2004,  Kashiwa founded The Sax Pack, a trio of saxophone headliners, featuring  himself, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. The group released two CDs together  and charmed audiences with their Rat Pack style reparte’ in tours across  the U.S. and abroad. www.jeffkashiwa.com

Lin ROUNTREE

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 Lin  Rountree aka The Soul-Trumpeter, is an accomplished recording artist,  producer and live performer. With Six solo projects, Twelve Chart  Topping Billboard singles (Including his Billboard #1 Hit "Pass The  Groove") and numerous collaborations with some of the industry's top  R&B/Contemporary Jazz artists to his credit he is poised to be one  of the most renowned artists of his generation.

Lin began playing  the trumpet in Alexandria VA., when he was just 11 yrs. old and  frequently attended music development programs at The Duke Ellington  School for performing arts in Washington DC.  Upon his graduation from  High School Lin was recruited into the Music program at Florida A&M  University where he performed with the famed Marching 100’ under the  direction of William P. Foster and Dr. Julian White.  Shortly thereafter  Lin entered into the lifelong Brotherhood of the OMEGA PSI PHI  Fraternity Inc.. (Lin credits his abilities to practice, prepare and  perform to the training that he received at FAMU)    www.linrountreemusic.com

Bryan Thompson

"With You Tonight"

Jazz - Monday, Sept 7th, 2020 (6 - 10 pm)

Selina ALBRIGHT

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Selina Albright  is a soulful singer-songwriter with versatility that comes from years of  listening to many origins and languages of music. Her angelic tone adds  character and emotion to any ballad, yet her powerful wailing and  energetic stage presence commands attention. Albright  developed her onstage charisma and vocal technique from being exposed to  legendary artists, such as Whitney Houston, Take Six, Ella Fitzgerald,  Tina Turner, Dinah Washington, Beyonce, Lalah Hathaway, and Tina Turner.  Her intimate, connective writing style comes from experiences and  aspirations from her own life, so that when you listen to her music, you  are introduced to a private piece of who Albright is, has been, or is  becoming.


https://www.selinaalbright.com/who-is-selina.


NIck COLIONNE

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Nick Colionne was honored with the prestigious 2007 International Instrumental  Artist of the Year Award at the Wave Jazz Awards, succeeding 2006 winner  Chris Botti. He was nominated for the award again in 2009. He was  nominated as Guitarist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year by the  American Smooth Jazz Awards in 2010 and received the Wayman Tisdale  Humanitarian Award for his ongoing commitment to mentoring children and  his work in the community and nationally in support of breast cancer  causes. Other honors include Alumus of the Year at Malcolm X College in  Chicago, Artist of the Year at the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and  Performer of the Year for JazzTrax Jazz Festivals in 2010 and 2011. Nick is frequently referred to as "the best dressed man in jazz",  and he enjoys an on-going endorsement from the men's designer line Stacy  Adams, as well as longtime endorsements with Epiphone Guitars, Gibson  Strings and Accessories, and AKG Electronics. 
 

https://top40-charts.com/artist.php?aid=4584

Elise LEGROW

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 Elise Madeline LeGrow (born June 4, 1987) is a Canadian recording artist and songwriter. Elise was offered a publishing deal from Sony/ATV/ Music Publishing following a live performance at the 2009 NXNE music festival in Toronto. 

Elise’s first release, "No Good Woman," was the most added single on adult contemporary radio in Canada the week of April 7, 2012. The single peaked at number six on the Nielsen BDS Adult Contemporary chart, and remained in the top 10 for 13 weeks. In 2016, Elise signed with Awesome Music in Canada, which brought on S-Curve/BMG as her label in the US. Later in 2016, she recorded a full length concept album of Chess Records covers entitled Playing Chess.

www.eliselegrow.com

Eric DARIUS

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For Eric Darius there are no limitations when it comes to breaking  new ground. Internationally known as an elite Jazz/R&B/Pop  Saxophonist, Songwriter, Producer, and Performer, Darius recently  dropped, “L.O.V.E Feat. Brian Culbertson” the third single from his  seventh studio album, Breakin’ Thru, which debuted at #2 on the iTunes Top 40 Jazz Albums Chart. This project is an extra special milestone for Darius as it is his first release via his own independent label, SagiDarius Music. The title track and debut single for Breakin’ Thru has been a staple on Contemporary Jazz radio reaching #1 on the Billboard Charts, as well as his second single Dare 2 Dream, which reached the Top 5 on the Billboard Charts. Breakin’ Thru features 10 original songs with co-production by Darius, Rodney Jones, Jr. (Chris Brown, Mary Mary, Mary J. Blige) and Butta N’ Bizkit (John Legend, Ne-Yo, Miguel, Ledisi). Eric is currently on a worldwide tour promoting the Breakin’ Thru album, dazzling audiences globally with his dynamic show.

www.ericdarius.com

Nick Colionne

"The Journey"

Our International Connection: Deseo Carmin

Dance Performance & Latin Jazz

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 STELLA ROSSI better known as DESEO CARMIN, is a professional dancer, singer/songwriter,  guitarist and percussionist. Originally from Asuncion, Paraguay, she started her artistic career at the young age of 3. She studied at one of the most prestigious Art  and Dance Schools in Paraguay were she graduated with a Teaching Degree.   

Paraguayan

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www.desocarmin.com

At the age of 15 she was chosen to join the National Ballet Folklorico Municipal of Asuncion, Paraguay and became principal dancer. With this Ballet Company she represented her country as an ambassador of the Paraguayan culture in several International Festivals around the world. She initiated her professional singing career as a soprano with the choral group “ Marandu” in Asuncion, developing then through the years as a singer and guitarist with several bands throughout the US as well as in Europe.

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She currently performs with her band DESEO CARMIN and several other musical emsembles around the Pacific Northwest including the renowned guitarist "Andre Feriante" and Northwest's favorite latin jazz band "Coco Loco". Stella Rossi is a recipient of several musical and dance awards and nominations, not only from her native country but also the U.S.  

Stella is a strong advocate of social issues related to woman's rights. This is predominate in the songs she sings and composes. She continues to promote her culture and love of  Paraguayan arts throughout her performances.

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