2022 PERFORMERS

Djangophonique

4PM & between sets  
Acoustic Jazz Quartet

MojoFlo

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Djangophonique is a virtuosic, instrumentally driven acoustic jazz quartet led by guitar player Andrew Brown. With over a decade of national touring experience, Brown is no stranger to the stage and delivers every performance with personality and enigmatic charm. A true disciple of the style, Brown has spent countless hours immersing himself in the language of Django Reinhardt’s jazz manouche, and he’s joined on stage by bandmates that match his skill and passion for the material. The result is a sound that’s unmistakable to fans of the music, and alluring to the uninitiated—a sound that can bring the lively energy of a parisian dance hall to the quietest listening room or captivate a buzzing festival audience with a shimmering ballad. With respect for the tradition and a fearless creativity that bends the conventions of the style, Djangophonique is keeping the Hot Club revival alive and well in Michigan. MojoFlo has released 3 singles over the last year: Body Language, Keep Holding On, and Perpetual Conduit of Positivity in anticipation of their debut full-length album titled What It Is. The core group of Djangophonique includes Tyler Rindo on clarinet, Zach Croft on rhythm guitar, and Jorian Olk-Szost on upright bass. However, Djangophonique often appears in different incarnations thanks to Brown’s evergrowing network of collaborators within the jazz world.

AlvinWaddles

4:30-6:00 PM
Pianist/Singer/Composer/Director

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If you enjoy traditional jazz, Alvin Waddles will delight you as he has delighted Detroit music lovers in a variety of musical events including the International Detroit Jazz Fest and the Detroit Festival of the Arts. He is often the featured piano soloist in the often sold-out annual productions of “Too Hot to Handle” in both Detroit and Chicago and can be found performing whenever music is celebrated from festivals to jazz clubs, and performing arts venues. Waddles received the 2010 Excellence Award from Detroit Musicians Association and the Detroit City Council’s 2015 Spirit of Detroit Award. The trio includes Marion Hayden (bass) and Dave Taylor (drums).

BarbraLica

6:20-7:50 PM
Vocalist/Songwriter

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Juno-nominated Barbra Lica is a Toronto-based jazz and folk vocalist and songwriter of exceptional talent, and has been receiving accolades for her unique vocal ability that stresses subtlety, grace, and expression. Barbra’s performances have captivated audiences all over North America with her genuine warmth and engaging stage presence.

 

A seasoned act on the Canadian and American club and festival circuits, Barbra has performed everywhere from New York City’s legendary Birdland to Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. She has also headlined at festivals across the continent including Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

 

Barbra has been ranked one of Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers (CBC), and her 2017 album, “I’m Still Learning” received a JUNO Award nomination for “Best Vocal Jazz Album”. Barbra’s most recent project, “You’re Fine”, established a new sound for Barbra, seamlessly blending jazz, country and folk influences. Recorded in Nashville with award-winning Canadian engineer David Kalmusky (Journey) and Canadian producer/bassist Marc Rogers (The Philosopher Kings), the album features Barbra’s Canadian touring band playing alongside country music legends. Barbra continues to develop her genre-bending style, writing and producing from quarantine, including “Hello From My Basement.”

Quintet band lineup:

 

Barbra Lica - lead vocals, piano

Tom Fleming - guitars

Will Fisher - drums

Joel Visentin - keys

Mark Godfrey - bass

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MojoFlo

8:10-9:40 PM   
Neo Funk Group

Neo funk group, MojoFlo, is as known for their captivating stage performance as their infectious rhythms and catchy lyrics. Named “Best Band” by (614) Magazine for the last six years in a row, this band is a powerhouse.  In combining hard hitting horns, seductive melodies and a meticulously crafted stage show, MojoFlo has built a fiercely loyal fanbase.  Their dynamic live shows feature the group’s vivacious vocalist Amber Knicole. From aerial performances and Soul Train lines to hula hoop choreography and near-cringe-inducing leaps off the drum riser in 6-inch heels this lady has a knack for leaving audiences enthralled.

MojoFlo has released 3 singles over the last year: Body Language, Keep Holding On, and Perpetual Conduit of Positivity in anticipation of their debut full-length album titled What It Is.