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August 18, 2018 - Artists' Bios

 


 

 YVETTE NORWOOD-TIGER AND FRIENDS

  

 

 

Featuring Yvette Norwood-Tiger on vocals, Rick Moore on keys, David Einhorn on contrabass, Marty Gilman on sax, Blanche Williams on flute, and Jose Roman Duque on drums.  

 

BIOS:

 

YVETTE NORWOOD-TIGER is a vocalist, songwriter, vocal coach, recording artist and The Recording Academy (GRAMMY) voting member, is a Detroit, Michigan native who hails from a family of musicians, including a father who played guitar and a mother who played drums. Her CDs, A'LA ELLA! and whY NoT... Love, Peace, Joy, Jazz, features music from great composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and the Gershwins. Yvette’s general repertoire includes jazz standards, bebop, and Latin jazz. She performs internationally and has sat in several times with jazz orchestra The Cotton Club All Stars at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem, NY. She has also sat in with Latin music artist, Tito Puente, Jr., the late saxophonist David Fathead Newman, family members of Celine Dion, and band members of Spyro Gyra - Jay Beckenstein and Tom Schuman. Yvette resides in south Florida where she performs extensively, including performances at the Raymond F. Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Boca Black Box and the Cultural Council of Arts Palm Beach County. Yvette has performed sold out /standing room only concerts at Royal Albert Hall in London, England, the Muizenberg Jazz Festival in Cape Town South Africa, as well as at one of the top jazz venues in Berlin, Germany (B-Flat Jazz Club). She has also performed at Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar) in Brussels, Belgium in addition to various venues in New Jersey, New York, Detroit and Florida. Yvette recently performed a sold out, standing room only concert event at Royal Albert Hall (her second concert at Royal Albert Hall in less than nine months) titled “A WORLD TOUR OF JAZZ”, which she performs jazz songs written by composers from around the world. Yvette’s recently released CD, A’LA ELLA! is a celebration of the life and works of Ella Fitzgerald and is played on radio stations around the world and was on JazzWeek jazz charts for 6 straight weeks. Yvette is also touring North America, Europe and South Africa to celebrate Ella’s wonderful contribution to jazz music. “The swingin’ and groovin' singer’s career is on the fast track. Whether she is backed with a full jazz ensemble or with a piano accompanist, she sets an authentic jazzy mood for true jazz listeners.”- Phil Dorian, Two River Times (Rumson, New Jersey).

 

RICK MOORE: (Birthplace; Plainfield, NJ - 1954) Rick has been a professional musician for 45 years. Rick played the organ, clarinet and drums as child. At the age of 18, he made his professional piano debut at a New Jersey Shore lounge. While living in New Jersey, Rick performed and taught music extensively. In 1986, Rick relocated to West Palm Beach and resumed performing at many of the best clubs and concert venues in South Florida. In 2012, Rick and his wife, Cherie Moore, founded the Jupiter Jazz & Performing Arts Society, Inc. (501c3 non-profit organization). They built a strong community of Jazz followers by holding weekly sit-in jam sessions. Rick currently serves as president of the organization and works as a freelance pianist. During his career, Rick has known, studied, performed and recorded with many notables in the music entertainment business.

 

MARTY GILMAN:  Marty Gilman regularly performs on saxophones, flute, keyboards and bass. He is a graduate of the famed Berklee College of Music and has earned Masters Degrees in Education and Spanish, as well.  Marty has performed with The Temptations, Chris Bruebeck , The Platters,Tommy James and the Shondelles, Jimmy Ruffin, June Christy, Ray Bloch, and Pat Braxton. He has appeared as a guest soloist on more than 20 CDs, and has performed at many festivals, concerts, clubs, and church services.  Marty is the former Director of Music Education for the Oxford, MA Public Schools, and has taught in the Massachusetts State College system for more than twenty years, as well as served as a coach to aspiring professional musicians.  Marty is the leader of the local group "Swing Street" that hosts Jazz jams in Palm Beach County.

 

 BLANCHE WILLIAMS:  Blanche's appreciation for Jazz came from her beloved father, Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force, who played his overseas music reels at home. Her appreciation grew over the years that would fuel a flame decades later when she became National XM Satellite Talk Show Host in Washington, DC, interviewing legends like Sonny Rollins, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, George Duke, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, and Lalah Hathaway.  While her desire and drive to play the flute came late in life, Blanche was blessed to be taught by Grammy nominated music educator, saxophonist, and producer Melton Mustafa Jr., son of the legendary Jazz Trumpeter Melton Mustafa Sr., followed by earning a spot in the Palm Beach State College Jazz Sextet directed by Professor David Gibble, with assistance from jazz pianist Stephen Scott.  Blanche plays her flute around south Florida but her biggest labor of love has been as founder/host of Jazz on J Street Professional JAM Session held every 3rd Tuesday inside the eclectic Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Downtown Lake Worth. The JAM features the best and brightest musicians on the planet. Her motto: “Life Intersects. Jazz Connects.

 

PAUL SHEWCHUK:​ Equally proficient on the double bass and electric bass, Paul has performed in concerts and venues worldwide. He has also played on recordings that have topped the jazz charts in USA and Japan.  Paul is currently located in South Florida and is actively working with many local, national, and international artists.  Born in Pennsylvania, Paul grew up in Canada, where he played several instruments before focusing on the bass. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at McGill University in Montreal, Paul worked for several years across Canada, freelancing, producing, and touring with Broadway and off-Broadway shows.  In 1996, Paul attended the Masters program at Florida International University under full scholarship.  The following year, Paul was awarded a full scholarship to the renowned University of Miami, where he earned his Master’s Degree (Magna cum Laude) in 1999.  ​Known for his versatility, his high-energy swinging bass lines, lyrical solos, and solid rhythm, Paul Shewchuk is an “in demand” bassist in South Florida’s music scene and beyond.  Paul’s musicality, strong reading and accompanist skills, perfect pitch, and an endless repertoire of songs and styles allow him to perform in almost any musical situation with style and ease. Notable artists he has performed with include Dr. Lonnie Smith, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Larry Coryell, Joe Locke, Ira Sullivan, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Anka, Freddy Cole, George Benson, Jesse Jones Jr., Melton Mustapha, Nicole Henry, Talib Kweli, Freederico Britos, Nestor Torres, Rose Royce, Don Johnson, & Hazel Payne (of Taste of Honey, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, Gene Krupa Jr/Jack Platt Big Band, Naples Jazz Philharmonic, Naples Jazz Orchestra, Sarasota Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Dennis Noday (Stan Kenton) Big Band,  McGill University Big Band, University of Miami Big Band, Florida International University Big Band, FIU Symphonic Orchestra.  He opened for: James Taylor, Celine Dion, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Tower of Power, Bo Diddley, Air Supply, Al Green, Ziggy Marley, Special EFX, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Stanley Clarke/George Duke project. Paul has performed for dignitaries such as Prince Charles, President Bill Clinton, U2, and Michael Jackson.  He is a three time finalist at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Winner Prix du Jury (w Nicole Henry) at Juan les Pins Jazz Festival, France, Among his recording credits, Paul has also played on two top ten Jazz CD’s.

 

JOSE ROMAN DUQUE: Drummer/Composer Jose R. Duque is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Jose establishes himself as the most innovative and versatile musician wherever he sets up residence. Now living in Miami this Venezuelan musician has positioned himself as the go to guy in a variety of styles, such as Jazz, R&B, Latin, Rock, World Music and Musical Theater. Jose is also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts (the GRAMMY’s) He has recently recorded on the latest album by Colin Edwin (Bassist of Porcupine Tree) and Jon Durant’s band, Burnt Belief, Founder of the project, THE GED Trio, an Electric Fusion Jazz Band from Miami, Florida. Jose also recently recorded the debut album of Emigdio & La Superpower, a super funky pop band by the original keyboardist of DESORDEN PUBLICO. Jose divides his time between teaching drums at Center Tone Music in Key Biscayne, FL and at Kalos Music School in Aventura,as well as his private studio teachings. Jose is also publishing a book containing a primer on basic drum set, advanced workout regiment, and includes interviews with famous musicians regarding the role of the drummer. Jose has also written the score for two films of independent release in Spain in 2012 and 2013. He has composed, produced and release independently eleven albums.

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