Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres’ rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. His 14 recordings as a soloist; collaborations with artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock and Tito Puente; as well as performances with the Cleveland, Singapore, and New World Symphony Orchestras among many others, are testament to the remarkable journey of an Artist who continues to grow and enrich the lives of those who experience his talents.
Albare / Urbanity
ALBARE is the nom de guerre of Albert Dadon, a virtuoso jazz guitarist with a strong melodic sense and a wealth of global influences. Born in Morocco and raised in Israel and France, Albare first worked as a musician in France, before immigrating to Australia in his 20s. He is not only well known as a jazz musician but has maintained a highly successful career as one of Australia’s most prominent musician entrepreneurs..
Bob McChesney’s trademark as a trombonist is the beauty of his sound, a lightening-fast technique, and his emotional connection to the music. With complete mastery of the instrument and extensive knowledge of jazz harmony, McChesney has distinguished himself as one of the pre-eminent soloists in the world, not only in the realm of jazz and improvisation, but as an interpreter of the most difficult and highly technical Classical repertoire.
Vocalist Antonia Bennett, daughter of legendary singer Tony Bennett has been performing alongside her father since she could walk and talk. Some of her early performances were shared with legendary American icons such as Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Regis Philbin, Don Rickles, and growing up with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Gene Kelly. It was inevitable that she would inherit a genuine passion for the arts.
As a jazz musician has recorded and worked with artists like Jane Monheit, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito de Rivera, Dave Grusin, Ron Carter, Ira Sullivan, Fathead Newman, Ivan Lins, Chick Corea, Fahir Atakoglu, Bob Minzer, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, John Pattitucci, Gary Campbell, Frank Vardaros Big Band, Mike Orta, Bobby Martinez, Dave Weckel Alfredo Paixao, Otmaro Ruiz, “Tomatito” “Luis Salinas”, Pepe Rivero, Ignacio Berroa, Wendy Pedersen, Lenny Andrade, United Nation Orchestra, and many others
Frank Vardaros Jazz Orchestra
Steeped in the rich tradition of a jazz orchestra, and guided by the legacies of Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Count Basie, and many others. Internationally renowned trumpeter Vardaros simulates the brilliance of this music and rivals his contemporaries while providing the modern reincarnation of the great jazz orchestras.