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So far, 2014 has been a very busy year for guitarist, composer, producer Buddy Fambro.  Besides playing guitar for a four month stint for the critically acclaimed Motown The Musical, at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, Buddy managed to continue to perform locally with his own band.  Performances for Smooth Jazz Chicago, Chicago Jazz Pub Crawl, Summer Sacred Jazz Series at Hyde Park Union Church and MoBetter Jazz Chicago are highlights this year.  As a sideman, Buddy spent 2014 performing with saxophonist Eric Darius & Grace Kelly, Nic Collione, and at The Little Black Pearl Festival at Oak Wood Beach in Chicago, performing with Layla Hathaway, Rachelle Ferrel, Terri Lynn Carrington, Nona Hendryx and Rahsaan Patterson.  Buddy also found time to play on Chicago bassist Chuck Webbs  first solo CD and plays locally with Ron Haynes and The Game Changers.

Margaret Murphy is a graduate of Chicago State University with a BM in vocal performance.  Known as the JazzCop, this award winning international vocalist has been showcasing her talent in the Chicago area for over thirty years. Margaret developed her unique vocal style and showmanship under the tutelage of world renown tenor saxophonist Von Freeman with whom she shared the stage at The Taste of Chicago, The Jazz Showcase, The Chicago Jazz Fest, Andys, The Green Mill and many other popular Chicago venues. 

As leader of her own quartet, she has been featured at the Navy Pier Beer Garden, Chicago Lake Cruises, The House of Blues, The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest and The Jazz Institute of Chicago neighborhood fests to name a few. Margaret has performed for both Presidents Obama and Clinton as well as ambassadors from Russia and Poland.

Reginald T. McCants has been called one of the most exciting keyboard players on the music scene today. He brings so much energy to a performance his band members have been known to say, “Don’t get on the stage with him unless you’re ready to give 110%.” He has a degree in Music Business and Composition from the University of Memphis which enhances his ability to take his performances and his audience on an exhilarating musical journey!

Reginald has performed at major venues throughout

Chicago such as: Country Club Hills Theater, The Arie Crown Theater, The House of Blues, The Chicago Theater, and The UIC Pavillion opening up for acts: KEM, Jeffery Osborne, Average White Band (AWB), The Ohio Players, and Roberta Flack and many more...

A Chicago-born beauty, saxophonist, pianist and gifted songwriter who leads her own dynamic band.

As the youngest of seven, D-Erania grew up listening to her siblings play music by artists like Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and George Clinton. Yet, her earliest influence is her mother, who is a traditional gospel vocalist and musician. "I have very fond memories of my Mother playing the piano or organ, and singing gospel songs to me as a child", she says. "I've been singing and playing piano by ear since the age of three."

Audley L. Reid , often referred to as "Reid", began his musical odyssey over 25 years ago. 

Proficient on all saxophones, Reid prefers the Alto Sax and his passionate technique, smooth styling and distinctive sound often draws comparisons to the works  of  David Sanborn and sax genius of the late Art Porter.

Jr. Reid's effortless performances, across a wide range of musical genres (Jazz,  Smooth Jazz, Blues, and R&B), has afforded him opportunities to perform with  musical  greats such as Buddy Guy, Phil Perry,  Kim Fields,  Nick Colionne, Howard Hewett, Will Downing,  Ray Parker Jr., Michael Henderson, Vivian Green and Norman Connors, for a multitude of audiences at various galas, venues and events throughout the United States, Mexico, Asia, Canada, Europe and his native country, Jamaica.

Rajiv  Halim  is  a  saxophonist,  composer,  bandleader,  and  educator  who  was  born  on  September  15,  1990  (also,  saxophonist  Cannonball  Adderley’s  birthday)  in  Chicago,  IL.   

Between  September  2009  and  August  2011,  Rajiv  performed  around  the  United  States  and  Canada  with  the  eclectic  band  Kids  These  Days,  headlining  many  venues  and  festivals,  as  well  as,  opening  up  for  or  sharing  the  stage  with  acts  from  Raphael  Saadiq  to  Snoop  Dogg.  Rajiv  has  performed  in  his  parents  home  country  of  Belize,  as  well  as  in  Poznan,  Poland,  performing  on  the  annual  “Made  In  Chicago  Festival”,  which  features  some  of  the  best  musicians  in  the  world  who  have  Chicago  roots.  He  performed  with  a  group  led  by  the  guitarist  Mike  Allemana,  which  gave  a  tribute  concert  to  the  legendary  saxophonist  Von  Freeman.   

Rajiv  continues  to  perform  regularly  around  the  Chicagoland  area  with  many  musical  groups  such  as  Ron  Haynes’  Game  Changers,  The  Xavier  Breaker  Coalition,  and  “THE  RAJIV  HALIM  QUINTET”,  which  he  founded  in  December  2011.

WGN morning news called Nanette Frank “One of Chicago's jazz greats”. During her three month engagement at their country's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Singapore Press Holdings called her “One of the greatest jazz singers in the world”. Her ten day tour in Russia last spring has left them anticipating her return next year.

Nanette's CD, "There's Room", created major interest from around the world. Her “Special Edition” featuring new songs such as "Sway" and "I Want to Spend The Night" was added to radio station play lists in Alabama , Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

An Impeccable five octave vocal range, She's the voice behind such major brands as Coca-Cola (Always Coca-Cola) national radio, TV spots originally released as a 12inch dance single. The ad became the longest running advertising campaign in the company's history. Nanette also launched the Crest Multicare product line with her rendition of "If I Could."

A preview of bassist Chuck Webb's new CD "No Smoke No Mirrors. Available now through all major music outlets and at www.chuckwebbmusic.com.

Edwin Daugherty grew up listening to jazz from Ellington to Coltrane under the influence of his father, an avid jazz fan. He began his professional career fresh out of high school. While still in his teens he became an A-list musician in the commercial music world, performing and/or recording with Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Isaac Hayes, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, BB King, the Temptations and a long list of others in addition to being the leader of his own jazz ensemble. 

Edwin is a long time member of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians [AACM] with it's long tradition of self determination and cutting edge experimental jazz. He also has degrees in music and educational administration and has served as a band and orchestra director, educator and fine arts department chair.

Audiences from city to suburb, from young to old, from upscale to "down­home folks" have one overriding im­pression of Crosswind's music and performance, "WOW!" Whether the band is caught up in hot, pulsating Latin tunes or a slow, heart-tugging ballad, the music is always fabulous. Under the direction of band leader and percussionist, Greg Penn, Crosswind has gained a reputation for being a professional, audience-pleasing, patron-building and exceptionally talented musical phenomenon.

Ari Brown grew up in Chicago and attended Wilson College, where he met musicians such as Jack DeJohnetteHenry ThreadgillRoscoe Mitchell, and Joseph Jarman. He played piano in R&B and soul outfits int the 1960s, then switched to saxophone in 1965. He joined the AACM in 1971, and also played with The Awakening in the early 1970s. In 1974 he lost several teeth in a car crash, and temporarily switched to piano again until he recovered. He played sax later in the 1970s with McCoy TynerDon Patterson, and Sonny Stitt. In the 1980s, he worked with Lester BowieVon FreemanBobby Watson, and Anthony Braxton, and in 1989 he became a member of Kahil El'Zabar's trio.