THE FIGGINS & HALBERT JAZZ GROUP will take any great song from the last 100 years, and transport you to a timeless era when ‘cool’ wasn’t contrived, and crooning was edgy. Danny Figgins, a UW School of Music grad who has performed world-wide and recorded for over twenty years, commands the group with his super-soulful vocals and lyrical piano work. Joshua Halbert, bass violinist, graduated from The Cornish School of Music has mastered his instrument, and studied and performed with many jazz greats.
Overton Berry began his musical career over fifty years ago at the age of 16, when he played USO shows at military bases on the west coast with the first Overton Berry Trio. Since those early beginnings the music has never stopped. He is described in the Pacific Northwest as “a living legend”, and his wealth of experience and generations of fans bear witness to this affectionate accolade.
Brazil Novo recreates the era of classic Bossa Nova for fans of Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, and Stan Getz. Led by Puerto Rican trumpeter Michel Navedo singing in Portuguese and improvising with his mellow, soulful tone, the group strives to stay true to the roots of Brazilian urban music. Featuring instrumentation reflective of the time, the Classical guitar and upright bass offer a sublime acoustic atmosphere, while subtle; samba infused percussion recreates the seductive groove that made Bossa Nova famous. Relive the exotic ambience of the “New Sound” of Brazil with Brazil Novo.
Suzie Bradford’s sultry pop vocals are like a smooth sip of nectar. She’s been influenced by such artists as Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan & Aimee Mann, but more often, this Washington-born singer/songwriter draws inspiration from those close to her—a community of fantastic friends and musicians. In 2003 she joined with guitarist/backup vocalist (and now husband) Ben Bradford to start the musical group known as “The Side Project.” They quickly began doing what they love best, playing crowd-pleasing adult contemporary music as often as they could. In 2010, they released their third album, “Wake Up Call.” The Side Projects’ music also has been played in Starbucks across the country and radio stations around the world.