Piano

Curtis Bradshaw
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Mr. Bradshaw received a Music Education Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Northern Iowa with a minor in trombone.  After completing his undergraduate work he joined the 328th Army Band, Ft. Wolters, Texas. Bradshaw completed a music composition Masters Degree at The University of North Texas under the guidance of Dr. William P. Latham, Dr. Martin Mailman, and Merrill Ellis. When the Arts Magnet High School at Booker T. Washington (Now the Dallas High School For The Performing And Visual Arts) was launched, the school district asked Mr. Bradshaw to develop the new jazz music program.  He also developed the big band arranging and improvisation curriculum. Under his instruction and leadership, students produced albums of their arrangements. While at Eastfield College, his arrangement/production of “The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim” breathed life into the east Dallas music scene, leading to his creation of the annual Celebration Spring – Together Again concerts. Curtis received “2013 Jazz Artist Of The Year,” as awarded by the prestigious Sammons Center For The Arts in Dallas, Texas.

Fredrick Sanders
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Fredrick’s masterful piano style, replete with youthful-yet seasoned chords, has been enthusiastically enjoyed by audiences ranging from elementary school to heads of state. He is well versed in a variety of modern jazz styles which includes New Orleans Trad, New Orleans Brass Band, swing, Bop, and Avant-garde. He began studying classical cello at the age of 10. He excelled at cello, winning awards for outstanding performances.

Sanders received his early jazz education at Arts Magnet High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX.  Sanders was recognized as Downbeat Outstanding Instrumentalist for Cello and was named High School arranger of the year for his arrangement of Dan Haerle’s “Crib Chimp”.

After high school, Fredrick’s desire to enhance his musicianship kept him busy. Sanders found time to serve as sideman for jazz greats such as Clark Terry, David “Fathead” Newman and  Texas tenor James Clay. He was chosen to open for pianist Shirley Horn at the Caravan of Dreams in Fort Worth, TX.

In 1992 Fredrick was afforded the opportunity to study with  avant-garde jazz legend Alvin Batiste and pianist/conductor Frank White at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.  Sanders’ skill and execution on piano won him a position in a group of musicians that accompanied Alvin Batiste at the De Oosterport Groninga New Music festival in Amsterdam and appear on Alvin Batiste CD entitled “Late.”

In 1994, his music and academic pursuits took him to Southwest Texas State University.  While there, Sanders performed with a Downbeat Award winning combo that was featured at the Montreaux and North Sea Jazz Festival. Sanders performed at several national and international jazz festivals and appearing with such artist as Erykah Badu, Frank Foster, David Newman and Roy Hargrove.

The release of Fredrick’s 1997 debut CD entitled “East of Vilbig” on Leaning House Records received rave reviews from periodicals such as Austin Chronicles, The Jazz Attic, The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Observer. He was featured in Jazztimes and appeared on “BET” on Jazz. This recording reunited Fredrick with his high school friend Roy Hargrove, who is also joined by Texas Tenor Marchel Ivery, guitarist Mark Whitfield, bassist Roland Guerin and drummer Donald Edwards.  He has given performances at Chopin Conservatory of Music in Warsaw, Poland, Den Haag Netherlands, and Ontario Canada. Touring Japan, Europe and our great country has allowed him to teach and learn from the most prominent thinkers and institutions of higher learning in the world.

In recent years Fredrick Sanders has been commissioned by Wynton Marsalis to accompany and record with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on piano. He has also recorded with notable artist such as Nora Jones, Benny Golson, and Dr. John.
In 2003 Fredrick Sanders released his greatly awaited sophomore recording entitled “Soul Trinity vol.1” featuring bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Troy Davis. The CD was featured at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Fredrick Sanders and his wife vocalist Sheila Sanders performed for the PBS special “Journey Back To Gospel” hosted by New Orleans vocalist Kim Prevost featuring Jimmy Smith, Zion Harmonizers, Wess “Warm Daddy” Anderson, and Leah Chase. Fredrick Sanders continues to maintain a busy schedule as a cellist and pianist lending his abilities to several recordings, performances, and compositions.

Fredrick Sanders earned his Associate in Arts degree from Weatherford College in Weatherford, Tx. and Bachelors of Music from Texas State University in San Marcos, Tx.  For over two decades he has been nationally and internationally recognized for his accomplishments as a performer, composer, arranger and educator.  In the fall of 2004 Fredrick became the Jazz Piano instructor at Delgado College in New Orleans, La. In 2005 along with teaching at Delgado College, Fredrick accepted the position as Jazz Piano Instructor at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

Fredrick Sanders has served eight years as the Music Director for Church of The King in Mandeville, LA. while working globally on stage, in film, as well as television. He was featured in the November 2011 issue of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Campus News, May 2012 issue of Southwestern Musician Magazine and Worshipper Magazine.

Johnny Case
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Johnny Case had become a pianist playing country swing in various dance bands until mid 1966, when a jazz trio gig gave him his first opportunity to publicly perform the music that had inspired him to become a pianist. In 1969, Johnny Case began to issue his own recordings of modern jazz and related genres. Johnny Case has played club dates and concerts with such name jazz artists as James Clay, Billy Hart, Dewey Redman, Colin Bailey, Marchel Ivery, David Newman and Randy Brecker. He performed a reception for Ornette Coleman at the opening of Fort Worth’s best-known jazz venue, the Caravan of Dreams. Most remarkable is his 28-year stint as house pianist at Sardines Italian restaurant where he provided live jazz six nights a week. Johnny Case has been inducted into three halls of fame related to Texas music.

Julie Bonk
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Julie Bonk is one of those rare musicians who expresses from deep within her soul, giving unique life and color to everything she plays. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy where she developed her love for Jazz and Blues. Her studies continued at UNT where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance. Currently living in Texas, Ms. Bonk is a well-respected and accomplished piano teacher in Jazz and Blues improvisation, composition, music theory, performance techniques and vocal styling. Some of her better-known students have included Grammy Award Winner Norah Jones, Scott Hoying from Pentatonix (The Sing Off Winner) Matt Johnson, Claire Fowler EMI Records and Amy Abbott Owsley (American Chills). Julie remains in high demand for performing. The CD ‘Different Shades of Blue’ features songs closest to her heart as well as some examples of her soulful originals.

Kelly Durbin
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Kelly Durbin brings 30 years of performing experience to his teaching. He currently remains active as a jazz pianist performing at local and regional festivals and venues, often with international jazz artists. He was a long-time member of the Marchel Ivery Quintet, as well as ensembles led by bassist James Gilyard and saxophonist Wayne DeLano. Durbin directs the Jazz Ensemble at UTD and teaches classes in music theory, MIDI, jazz history and jazz keyboard. Kelly received his master of music degree from The University of North Texas and has enjoyed long tenures with the Marchel Ivery Quintet and the James Gilyard Ensemble. His professional credits include work with David “Fathead” Newman, James Clay, Chuck Rainey, Billy Hart, Cornell Dupree, Ed Soph, Lynn Seaton, Hank Crawford, Sebastian Whittaker and Roseanne Vitro.

Len Barnett
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Len Barnett began creating sounds with his hands – beating boxes, furniture or whatever he could get his hands on – when he was 13 years old. Since then, he has developed a repertoire of percussional rhythms that include not only jazz, funk, and R&B, but also the styles indigenous to Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and the Middle East. He invites his audiences to travel on a journey filled with these exotic rhythms.

Len’s most recent musical endeavor was the creation of the Modern Cajon Jazz Ensemble, introducing this versatile instrument to local and touring audiences. Len plays a variety of professionally hand-crafted Cajuns as the foundation for concerts featuring percussion-driven jazz, entertaining audiences with new music and standard repertoire re-imagined with percussion inspired arrangements.

Barnett currently serves as staff percussionist for the Brookhaven Community College Dance Department and is blessed to work with the talented musicians and singers on Daystar Television’s acclaimed “Celebration” program. Barnett also served as dance percussionist at the famed Booker T. Washington School of the Performing and Visual Arts for eleven years and dance accompanist at Mountain View Community College.

Barnett has performed with such noted musicians as Waymon Tisdale, Roy Ayers, Patti Austin, Gladys Knight, Tom Braxton, Kirk Whalum, Philip Bailey, the Rippingtons, Fingerprints and the late Cab Calloway. He has also performed with such noted dance luminaries as Judith Jamison, Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey, Milton Myers and Ron Brown. He has accompanied acclaimed dance organizations including Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive Workshop and the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico. He appeared with Kirk Franklin on the Grammy-winning “Prince of Egypt” gospel CD, and on the platinum “Nu Nation” CD. He also toured with Kirk Franklin and Cece Winans and has toured extensively in Europe and Brazil performing jazz and gospel.

As a passionate believer in Christ, Len dedicates his musical gifts the Source of those gifts, and endeavors to use the to His Glory.

Linny Nance (pic by Craìg Smith)
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LINNY NANCE is…

The youngest of 4 brothers,

He was born into a family rich in music: Trombone, acoustic bass, congas and drums. Taking up piano at 8 years old and trumpet at 11, MUSIC has always given Linny’s creativity and passion a way around cerebral palsy.
“I thrive on what differences bring.”

Linny began his professional career with Little Joe Blue; Since then, he has shared the stage and/or studio with Universal Music recording artist Lucky Peterson, Yarborough and Peoples, James Ingram (on a Patti LaBelle tour), Grammy nominated Breggett Rideau, blues artist Tutu Jones, Shanachie Entertainment recording artist Pamela Williams,Concord Records Artist Ashleigh Smith, Rendezvous recording artist Tom Braxton, Bernard Wright, Bobby Sparks and a variety of other talented acts. Linny has played all over Europe, Japan, Canada, and the Caribbean: his performance credits include the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Jazzhaus, the Montreal Jazz festival…
Linny stays very busy. He likes it that way.

As a professional musician, Linny Nance works out of his Dallas studio, writing, composing and producing for R&B groups, jazz, rap and gospel artists
Recently, Linny did showcased his talents in “The look of Love” & “Elixir”, albums of Shanachie Entertainment recording artist Saxtress Pamela Williams; also in “Darling Forever” JSP recording artist Tamara Peterson’s first solo release.

Last but not least, Linny Nance leads his own band, Network.

Rebecca Cordes
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Rebecca Cordes is a classically trained pianist, jazz musician, composer/arranger, teacher, and band leader who has been active on the Dallas music scene for over 10 years. Uniquely skilled to play both classical literature and contemporary styles, Rebecca performs in a variety of settings throughout the Dallas area with her quartet, The Plus One Jazz Group. Her artistic approach reflects her love of all types of music and the correlation of seemingly different styles. This often results in eclectic programming and distinctive compositions and arrangements, but always with the same result — good music. As a composer, Rebecca has collaborated with writer/lyricist David Parr on two original works for theater and participated in a showcase that programmed original choreography to two of her jazz compositions. Along with performances at the Sammons Center, she often works as a classical accompanist and chamber musician.

Arlington Jones
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Arlington Jones is a classically trained jazz piano maestro and prolific composer with an undeniablesoulful music heritage. He makes the piano speak through lush harmonies, impeccable groove, and infectious energy. His music reveals the history of traditional and modern jazz, influenced by ragtime, stride, classical, blues, Latin, funk, and sacred styles. Whether performing solo or with his band, Arlington Jones & The Brethren, Jones delivers an unforgettable music journey – a contagious toe-tapping, fingersnapping, hand-clapping, head-bobbing experience!

Jones holds a B.M. and M.M. in music composition and performance. He is a recording artist and producer under his label, Zamaria Records. He has multiple album recordings, piano music books, and a music web series. He performs and teaches internationally. He has years of experience as an educator, clinician, adjudicator, and guest lecturer in all levels of elementary, secondary, and higher education. He partners with a variety of music education programs, schools, universities, and music organizations. Jones can be contracted for commissioned works, specializing in jazz piano concertos and modern sacred choral pieces. Arlington Jones is a Steinway Artist.

Clyde George
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Clyde George is from Weatherford and grew up playing with his brother, guitarist Raymond George, in their group Eddie and the Rays with other members including James Clay, David Newman, Mack Goldsbury, Randy Lee, Willie T. Alpert among many. Clyde was self-taught and took up the Hammond B-3 after hearing Jimmy Smith. He appeared numerous times on stage with his idol, Jimmy Smith. He has performed with Freddie King, Hank Crawford, Lou Donaldson, Doc Severinsen, Lou Rawls, Billy Ocean, Ray Charles and many other great artists. Clyde is featured on the CD “Sandtown,” which pays tribute to the early days in Weatherford with Eddie and the Rays as they developed into one of the great jazz groups. Clyde also performs with guitarist Wes Cross in Majik Touch.