AKINA ADDERLEY is a vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, conductor, and educator based in Austin, Texas. Nicknamed ‘the little woman with the big voice,” Akina currently fronts three projects: her 5-piece jazz-rooted neo-soul band, Akina Adderley and the Upper East Side; her 9-piece horn-driven soul band, Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys (with whom she has released two records), and jazz/folk/world outfit, Nori (with whom she has released an EP, a full-length record, and most recently, a single for Valentine’s Day 2017 called “Tumbao”). Akina will always move you with what the Austin American Statesman calls her “rich, emotive pipes.”
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JACQUI WALKER is a Long Island native raised in Philadelphia, she was a student at the University of Pittsburgh when she got tabbed to perform as the jazz queen Billie Holiday in a one-woman performance of Rob Penny’s Crawford Grill Presents Billie Holiday. Walker still remembers the way the crowd took to her – most notably her father. “He was crying after the show,” she recollects. “That’s when I decided that singing’s what I had to do.”
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JACQUI CROSS received the 2005 B. Iden Payne Award for “Crowns” at Zachary Scott Theater, the 2001 B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a musical for her portrayal of Mahalia Jackson in “Mahalia” for Austin Playhouse. She also received Payne Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical as Ismene in “Gospel at Colonus” and Outstanding Lead Actress as Effie in “Dreamgirls”, Zach Scott. Jacqui received an Austin Critics Award for Best song in a musical for Dreamgirls “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” and in 2015 was voted The Winner Of The 2015 Central Texas Excellence In Theatre Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Hairspray, Zilker Hillside Productions.
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PAMELA HART is highly regarded as one of Austin, Texas’ finest vocalist. She is noted by Austin Women’s Magazine as “Austin’s First Lady of Jazz.” "Her warm, clear tones and meticulously controlled pitch carry an illusion of effortlessness"- Tribeza Magazine. In addition to regular appearances at Austin clubs, restaurants, live music broadcasts, weddings, banquets/parties and festivals, Pamela and her husband Kevin Hart produces (and she performs in) the semi-annual Women in Jazz Concert Series—the greatest of events for female jazz musicians in Texas—1994 through 2017. She is also a vocal coach and music youth program instructor. Pamela also performs smooth jazz, R&B and Gospel. Her CD “May I Come In?” is still a top seller.
For more information, music, videos, photos and performance schedule, visit pamelahart.com.
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