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Ellington Soloists

Jeff Ramsey, baritone

A graduate from the Berklee College of Music, Jeff has toured the world over for such artists as Lalah Hathaway, Al Jarreau, Tina Arena, Patrice Rushen, and Maxwell. Recently, he added Anita Baker, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Jill Scott on the roster of artists he’s sung background for at Mary J. Blige’s MJB Honors concert, a benefit for her Ffawn foundation.
Jeff has sung on recordings for artists such as Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, and Barbara Streisand, just to name a few. He’s done commercials in radio and television for Burger King, Levi 501, Dryel, Mountain Dew, and Michelob.

Jeff has lent his voice singing lead for many different projects including famed Tower of Power bassist, Rocco Prestia’s cd entitled “Everybody On The Bus”, DKMA Presents Andrastea – The Ascent as well as a compilation cd released by Plastic City entitled Deep Train 6- Dedication, James Day’s ep “Remember When”, both of James’s cds “Better Days” with the latter two garnering the UK hit “Don’t Waste The Pretty”, and “Natural Things”. You may check out http://www.myspace.com/jamesdaysongs and www.myspace.com/plasticcity for more info on the latter projects.

Jeff is also an educator and shares his experiences on the road and in the studio with students at his alma mater, Berklee College where he is an Associate Professor in the Voice Department. He continues to sing doing session dates and performing around the New England area.

In the Fall of 2009, after singing behind other artists for so many years, Jeff released his debut cd entitled “My Best”. For more info, continue to check his website at www.jefframseymusic.com or his myspace page at www.myspace.com/jeframproductions

Monica Hatch, soprano

Being described as “particularly outstanding” by the Boston Globe at the Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festivals in 1998 and 1999, Monica Hatch’s critically acclaimed performances of Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts” led to her becoming the soprano of choice for many subsequent productions of this work in New England including today’s which marks her 10th.
Ms. Hatch performs with the prestigious Handel & Haydn Society in Boston and has been soprano soloist with The Massachusetts Symphony, Thayer Symphony, Concord Symphony, Cathedral of St. Paul’s Festival Orchestra, Arcadia Players, Worcester Collegium, Labyrinth Chorus, Salisbury Singers, Bach Society of Worcester, and dozens of church choirs. Her oratorio performances include, Faure’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Bach’s Magnificat, St. John Passion and several cantatas, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominum, and Schubert’s Masses in C and G. Ms. Hatch has several CDs to her credit in both classical and jazz genres and is an adjunct professor of music at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She also hosted the Jazz Matinee on NPR station WICN 90.5 FM in Worcester, Mass, for more than five years

Theresa Thomason, mezzo-soprano

Her vocal talent began to emerge as she grew up singing in church. Jazz, pop, and R&B later followed. Her winning performance at the world famous Apollo Theatre was a stimulus to love the stage.

Theresa has had a succession of sold out concerts in the U.S. as well as over 170 European cities where she spent over 15 years overseas headlining a theatrical concert she wrote and produced. Her career has spanned over two decades of performances and recordings with eight time Grammy Award Winner Paul Winter and remains a featured artist with Winter’s Consort performing regularly at the world renowned annual Winter Solstice and Earth Mass at New York’s infamous Cathedral of St. John The Divine. Several performances have aired on NBC and PBS.
Thomason appeared on Broadway in the musical HOT FEET featuring the music of Earth Wind and Fire directed by Maurice Hines. Returning to the famous Apollo Theatre in 2012, Thomason performed for The Harlem Jazz Shrines “Jazz A La Carte” with Wycliffe Gordon, Savion Glover and Maurice Hines. Wall Street Journal in 2011named this event “The best Jazz event of 2011”.
Celebrating ASCAP’s fourth annual event at the United States Library of Congress on Capital Hill in Washington, DC Thomason performed with some of ASCAP’s distinguished creators of the great songs of America who were honored and celebrated with members of Congress. Theresa continues to tour throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and New Zealand with her own band, Jazz duo and trio and is featured in three released recordings.  Other performances include:
Ray Charles, The Dalai Lama, Dream Theatre, Valerie Simpson (Ashford and Simpson), The United Nations, Ruby Dee, Ray Parker Jr., Pete Seeger, renowned composers John Rutter, Paul Sullivan and Paul Halley, Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun, The Vatican, The Zenith (France), Falu, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Dino Fekaris, Stephen Bishop, Maori Indians (NZ), Duomo (Italy), Musica Sacra (Germany), United Protestant Union.

Sherman Whitman, narrator

 

Sherman can be heard weekdays mornings on AM 830 WCRN Radio from 5:00 to 9:00 am on the WCRN Morning News. Sherman worked at WTAG Radio for more than 11 years, and may be best known to listeners for his days on WBCN Radio in Boston when he was delivering the news on The Big Mattress with Charles Laquidara. In recent years, Sherman has been a part of Central Mass On Stage. He played Nicely Nicely in “Guys And Dolls,” and was Snoopy in “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.”

 

 

 

 

Joshua Hilberman, tap dancer

Tap dance artist Joshua Hilberman has been creating and performing original theatrical productions in New England and around the world for over 20 years. A unique solo performer groomed by tap and vaudeville stars of the 1930′s, his touring experience includes sharing the stage with Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde, Brenda Bufalino, and most every tap dancer of note. Recognized with the 2005 National Endowment for the Arts/Dance USA National College Choreography Initiative Award; the 2006 Premi Claqueta from the dancers of Barcelona, Spain for significant contributions to the tap community; and with the 2009 Presidential Scholars Teachers Recognition Award, Hilberman is a sought-after and highly regarded teacher internationally.

Hilberman learned jazz improvisation in performance with all-star musicians, including the late great drummer Alan Dawson, the bassist Eddie Jones, and keyboardist John Medeski. He has longstanding associations with pianist and composer Paul Arslanian, bassists John Lockwood, Joe Fonda, and Marshall Wood; and drummers Bob Gullotti and Ron Savage. His “Best of Boston” shows at Ryles and Scullers launched a decade of improvising adventures which included performances at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Discover Jazz Festival (Burlington, VT) the Portsmouth Jazz and Blues Fest, Jazz Tarrassa (Barcelona), and Jazz is Toulon (France).  Further propaganda can be found on his website: www.Hilbermania.com.

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