May 17 - Jazz Chanteuse - Lori Jenaire Lori Jenaire is emerging dramatically on the music scene, rapidly carving her niche in the world of neo-jazz/soul. A statuesque 6-foot-tall beauty with scintillating vocals, Lori’s presence conjures up images of divas from an era past. Along with several national advertising jingles for Coca-Cola and General Electric, it is her voice we hear as the featured vocalist on Stanley Clark’s soundtrack for the movie. “Funny Valentines” In her T.V. debut, her persona and music was featured on the Emmy award winning PBS documentary “Colores” and in the hit comedy/drama “Girlfriends”.
May 10 - Jazz Musician/Composer/Producer - Stephen Jerome Ferguson Starting his music career playing in the churches of Washington, DC, Stephen Ferguson, a self taught musician, realized early on that it takes hard work, practice, and constant study to become the consummate professional - something he learned through his mentor, the great Chuck Brown. This co-founder of the R&B/Jazz group FFB, with notable members such as Paul "Sequence" Ferguson and Mike Burrell, has got it going on! Stephens's new CD, We are One, introduces a pure eclectic blend of neo-soul and jazz. Join me as we kick back, chill, and relax on Jazzin Em Up With Cres O'Neal.
May 9 - Jazz Flautist Extraordinaire- Althea Rene Born December 25 in Detroit, Michigan, Althea Rene began her musical career at age four as a classical flautist. Since then, she has become one of the most sought after Flautists. She has shared the stage with the cream of the crop in music, with a list that includes, Al Jarrau, Patti Austin, Kenny G, Kool and the Gang, Marion Meadows, and Boney James.
March 10 - Jazz Keyboard Prodigy - Nicholas Cole Blending the incredible jazz gospel vibe of Jonathan Butler and Kirk Whalum and the melodic and funk sensibilities of Brian Culbertson with a dynamic and innovative keyboard style all his own, Goldsboro, North Carolina native Nicholas Cole helps usher in the next generation of contemporary jazz artists with his compelling independently released debut album A Journey of One. Showing remarkable poise, melodic invention and improvisational jazz skills for a 17-year-old musician, Nicholas self-produced the remarkable 12 track project which was executive produced by his singer/songwriter father, Leon Cole.
Label: Indie, Jazz Em Up
Bio: Cres has performed with such artists as Boyd Lee Dunlop, Al Tinney, Art Anderson, Zaid Alee, David Berger, David Friedman, C.C. Winans, and the Chieftains. Cres also performed at Inaugural Balls for Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. She is often compared to Ella, Barbara Streisand, Rose...See Full Bio
"She has an unassuming demeanor; yet, her unique vocals are soothing and explosive. Her powerful, captivating voice exudes emotion that draws you into her space."