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Aubree-Anna

Aubree-Anna’s influences while growing up was everything from Country Music to the Classics from the Great American Songbook. As a little girl she’d pretend she was Dolly Parton, using the vacuum cleaner handle as a microphone instead of doing her chores. Aubree-Anna’s musical journey started in school choirs, competitions and plays. She attended Texas Military Institute (TMI) in San Antonio, TX. Aubree-Anna is a very well-known Dallas local favorite, and every week, her fans enjoy her music every Friday at WinStar World Casino & Resort (the world’s largest casino) and every Saturday, at The Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas – A Dallas Historical Landmark. Aubree-Anna has performed at The Big State Fair of Texas for 5 years in row on the main Chevrolet Stage.

Currently, Aubree-Anna is very excited about her latest original cd, recorded in Nashville, TN. Recording her original songs CD EP at one of Nashville’s most prestigious and historic recording facilities located in the heart of Music Row. Aubree-Anna had the pleasure of working with Jeff Wood and Kevin Beamish on this project.

Lola Batiste

Born in Paris, Texas, and later on moving to Dallas Tx, Lola attended St. Anthony Catholic Church where she joined the choir whose pianist had somewhat of a repressed style. Singing the hymns of the church influenced Lola more towards a laid back melancholy vibe.

In 2017 Lola competed in the “Denise Lee Onstage So You Think You Can Cabaret” competition where she won 3rd place with her rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Fine and Mellow” which she sang in an upbeat tempo.

She has worked with some of DFW’s finest such as jazz vocalist Victor Cager and has been a member of the prestigious Women’s Choir of Dallas under the artistic direction of Melinda Imthurn.

In the stage play production of “ Reveal (a dream tale with music)” a play directed by the accomplished actor-director and writer Akin Babatunde a play that had its debut at the Kalita Humphrey Theater in Dallas, she portrayed one of three singing dolls that came to life.

Led by vocalist Michael Manzoni and musical director Eymard Furtado, this outstanding group of incredible musicians will keep your guests on the dance floor until their feet are screamin’ or until the lights come up – whichever comes first! Interpreting the great jazz and swing songs of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, while mixing in today’s popular songs with a hip jazz twist, Michael and the band will create the perfect atmosphere for your special event.

Carolyn Lee Jones

Carolyn Lee Jones, the vocalist, burst onto the Dallas Jazz scene in 2008.  Though music was a large part of her formative years in Nebraska, she was lured to the big city of Dallas to pursue a career with luxury retailers.  She happily traveled the world.  Her love of music never ceased and she sought out opportunities to sing while flourishing in her first profession. Her musical career as a vocalist and bandleader was a natural next choice.  Carolyn is living proof that is is possible to reinvent yourself. From classic jazz to vintage pop, she makes the standards sound new and the new sound standard. Sophistication, style and panache, Carolyn Lee Jones is as unique as each engagement where she performs.  She loves what she does and brings her best talents to each, be it a public venue or private affair. Carolyn performs with her stellar group of musicians as a duo, trio, quartet, quintet, small group and big band.

Corey Breedlove
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Corey Breedlove is a singer/songwriter/entertainer born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Although never formally taught, Breedlove developed a strong connection with music through means of guitar and songwriting at a young age. After years of writing, recording, and performing with several original psychedelic rock groups throughout grade school, Breedlove developed a passionate interest with tunes from the Great American Songbook, following a spontaneous purchase of a $1 Sinatra CD at his local bookstore. “The music spoke with grace I had never heard.” Immediately after, Breedlove began the formation of a group that would become his jazz combo.

Damon K. Clark

Damon has been privileged to perform with luminaries like Bernard Wright, Caleb McCampbell, Liz Mikel, Tatiana Mayfield, Neeki Bey, and most recently Myles Tate III to name a few. Although Damon has performed in Europe, all over the United States, and in many venues across DFW such as the Winspear Opera House, Dallas City Performance Hall, and the Dallas Museum of Art, he considers Oak Cliff’s Kessler Theater to be his artistic home. Damon’s gifts are not confined to singing. He is a producer of live concerts and shows, is a very active arts advocate and consultant and happens to be one of the busiest professional vocal coaches in the Dallas. From beginners to professional vocalists, outside of singing, Damon’s passion is assisting vocalists to use their gifts in the most effective and brilliant manner possible.

Gale Cruz

A professional singer/voice over artist, I currently returned to my Dallas/Ft. Worth roots, but worked in New York for over twenty years. I’ve done hundreds of voice overs and thousands of singing jobs which include jingles, studio sessions, jazz gigs as well as corporate and social gigs. Voice over clients include MasterCard, Allstate, Travelocity, and Johnson&Johnson. Ballads, Latin, smooth and swing jazz plus pop.

Jennifer Barnes

Jennifer Barnes has developed a reputation as an exceptional musician through her work as a live and studio vocalist, composer, arranger and educator. Referring to her debut CD recording, “You Taught My Heart”, legendary jazz bassist Rufus Reid says, “Jennifer integrates rich vocal quality, clarity of pitch and emotion with an additional pivotal skill that sets her apart from other great singers; she sings improvisations that are melodically and rhythmically interesting from the point of view of a jazz instrumentalist.” She sang in a nationally aired Chili’s television commercial, and her voice has been featured on television and radio commercials including Epson, Old El Paso, McDonalds and Kellogg’s. She has opened for the Count Basie Orchestra and performed with her trio at the 28th Annual IAJE International Conference in New York City. Jennifer demonstrates tremendous versatility in her ability to not only lead her own small jazz group, but also as a big band vocalist, most notably as the featured vocalist on the Doug Lawrence Orchestra CD, “Big Band Swing”.

Joel Cross
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Joel Cross developed a passion for music in the church, singing gospel songs with his seven siblings. After picking up his first guitar at age 12, it was evident that making music was his calling. His dedication to perfecting his craft eventually led him to the University of North Texas where he studied jazz guitar. After graduation, Joel made a name for himself playing gigs throughout the Dallas music scene. Whether original music or cover, his heartfelt approach showcased his ability to make each piece sound new, truly a sound all his own. One afternoon, while playing the Dallas Arboretum, Joel decided to appease the crowd’s unconventional request for a Taylor Swift song. A fan happened to catch his very soulful rendition of “Shake it Off” on video and uploaded it to YouTube. The next morning, over a half a million people had watched the video, and Joel’s face was on every major news source in Dallas.

Lynne Cadena

Lynne Cadena grew up in a small town just outside Pittsburg, PA, the first of a brood of creatives. She moved to Dallas and began subbing at the Melrose Hotel. During the 1990’s she performed regularly for Sunday brunch audiences at the Doubletree Hotel off 75. Soon the popular Steve Fields Steak and Lobster Lounge discovered her and gave her free rein to entertain. She enjoys giving original interpretations to classics and standards from a wide range of time periods, which her loyal audience (including her father) appreciates. Her repertoire includes a wide variety of music, from sultry ballads both classic and pop, to traditional jazz and swing standards, and even bossa novas.