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Musician Bios: Saturday, June 24

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Saturday, June 24

Adam Wakefield (Country rock) Adam Wakefield may be classified in the country music category, but there's a lot more in the mix. His voice and piano style owe a large amount to soulful singers like Ray Charles and rock greats like Leon Russell. And when he picks up a guitar, he's just as likely to go in a folk direction as he is to rock out. (RN) adamwakefieldmusic.com

Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk (Brassy funk rock) Second only to Doc Severinsen for most appearances of a horn player on TV (with more than 2,800) Al Chez has made time to play with everyone. Formed in 2008 by Chez himself, The Brothers of Funk are what you would hear if a rock band picked up some brass and formed a band. Brutal and beautiful. (FD) alchez.com

Barbra Lica (Vocal jazz) Check out our interview with Barbra Lica here.

Billy Childs Quartet (Straight-ahead jazz) Over five decades, Billy Childs has made a name for himself as a pianist and composer who moves comfortably between the jazz and contemporary classical worlds. He has collaborated with musicians in all realms, including Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, Sting, and Renée Fleming. He has written jazz tunes and orchestral compositions, and most recently has re-imagined the music of Laura Nyro. (RN) billychilds.com

Bill Dobbins (Straight-ahead jazz) Eastman School of Music faculty member Bill Dobbins may be best known for conducting the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Studio Orchestra, not to mention the WDR Big Band and the Metropole Orchestra in Europe. But Dobbins is also a formidable pianist who has played with greats like Clark Terry and Phil Woods. (RN) esm.rochester.edu/faculty/dobbins_bill

Durham County Poets (Folk blues) This Quebec quintet plays quiet and casual with some smoky soul smoldering just beneath the surface. Good for sippin' and swingin'. You'll wanna sing along. You'll wanna listen. (FD) durhamcountypoets.com

Early James (Blues, jazz) With his band, The Latest, Birmingham's Early James plays jazz and blues in such a frenetic way that he promises to knock your socks off — then knock them back on when he's done. (FD) facebook.com/earlyjamesandthelatest

Eivør (World music) "Folktronica" is the term Eivør uses to describe her indescribable music. Born in the Faroe Islands, she developed an otherworldly voice and recorded her first album at the age of 16. Over her career, Eivør has expanded her repertoire beyond Faroese music, but she still retains a haunting vocal style that falls somewhere between that of Melanie and Kate Bush. (RN) eivor.com

Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet (Afro-Peruvian jazz) The Afro-Cuban tradition popularized by Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie is familiar to most jazz fans. But have you heard any Afro-Peruvian music lately? This sextet is led by Alegria, a vibrant trumpet player whose skills are matched by every member of his group. With a synthesis of folk styles and jazz rhythms, this band is the definition of perpetual motion. (RN) afroperuviansextet.com

Huntertones (Jam, funk) Click here for a bio.

Igor Butman Quartet (Progressive jazz) Growing up in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the Cold War didn't keep Igor Butman from falling in love with American jazz. Butman is an excellent saxophone player with a sensuous sound reminiscent of Stan Getz. And when amateur saxophone player and former US President Bill Clinton was asked to name his favorite living saxophonist, his answer was Igor Butman. (RN) igorbutman.com

Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio (Jazz jam) Click here for more information.

Jerry Douglas Band (Country folk) If you love the Dobro solos on albums by Alison Krauss and Union Station, you know the brilliance of Jerry Douglas. He's the Paganini of the instrument, able to make it sing eloquently. Widely known as the best Dobro artist playing today, Douglas has lent his talents to Paul Simon, James Taylor, Earl Scruggs, Ray Charles, Garth Brooks, and many more. (RN) jerrydouglas.com

HEADLINER | Maceo Parker Featuring The Ray Charles Orchestra and The Raelettes (R&B) Maceo Parker may be best known for bringing his soulful saxophone style to the music of James Brown and George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic, but throughout his entire career, he loved the music of Ray Charles. Parker will sing and play the great music of one of his heroes. (RN) maceoparker.com

Neil Cowley Trio (Fresh piano jazz) Ex-Brand New Heavies pianist Neil Cowley creates a tangible, picturesque vista with his trio as it augments little affectations of fun and curiosity. Regardless of his mission, the sound is lovely. More accessible than you think. (FD) neilcowleytrio.com

The Quebe Sisters (Contemporary country) It would be more than enough if the three Quebe Sisters could harmonize like the Andrews Sisters, but no, they're also great fiddle players. There's something about the blend of the voices of sisters, and the same goes for the sound — and sight — of three synchronized violins. (RN) quebesisters.com

Soul'd Out Jam Sessions with Karl Stabnau Quartet (Jazz jam) Click here for more information.

Veronica Swift and Trio (Vocal jazz) For more on Veronica Swift, click here.

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