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Greater U Street Jazz Collective
Straight-Ahead
Jan 25, 2014
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The Greater U Street Jazz Collective is a Washington DC-based jazz collective, inspired by the lives of the ordinary citizens of the historic Greater U Street neighborhood who struggled to assert their human dignity in a segregated Washington between the early 1900s and the late 1960s. The Collective seeks to use music from this great tradition to remind all human beings of the power and potency of Real Live Jazz as a means of establishing and maintaining our connection to each other as members of the human family and to our Creator.<br /><br /> The Collective consists of National Endowment of the Arts Fellow, Art Cobb on drums; bassist Thomas View (Yah Ya Abdul Majid,Anthony Braxton, Peter Yarrow, Jermaine Jackson); pianist Peter Frassrand (Curly Robinson Ensemble); woodwinds Russell Carter (Doug Carn, Webster Young, Cab Calloway, The Carter Family ); trumpeter Carl Mc Intyre(Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Gladys Knight, National Symphony Orchestra, Ojays)
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Sharon Thomas
Jazz and Funk
Nov 23, 2013
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From Washington DC, Sharon is also a flautist and keyboardist. The piano was her first instrument. From this start, she began playing drums, the flute, and ended with the sax. She began playing sax in high school and said "believe it or not I wanted to hang out with the sax players after hearing Grover Washington and several funk songs that had horn sections". <br /><br /> She started a career in computers as a programmer and a web designer, but after being laid off several times due to riffs, realized that she had the sax to fall back on. She says "its a struggle, but I love performing and touching others through my music and I have been doing it full time as a career for 4 years. Since starting her musical career, Sharon has jammed with a number of well-known bands. <br /><br /> More recently she has been performing locally with the band "Uncharted Waters", which features flautist Arch Thompson. Her band, The Sharon Thomas Experience, has performed with Ginuwine, Ralph Tresvant, Dawn Robinson of EnVogue, Mr. Cheeks, Tony Terry, and Teena Marie just to name a few. Sharon is committed to her musical journey and to sharing her musical talents with the world. Sharon can be seen and heard performing at numerous venues in the DC area.
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Fred Foss
Straight-Ahead
Oct 26, 2013
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Transplanted from NYC to Washington, D.C. nearly two decades ago, saxophonist/flutist Fred Foss finally debuts as leader, blowing straightahead with a tight-playing team.<br /><br /> Fred Foss - sax and flute<br /> Herman Burney - bass<br /> Wade Beach - piano<br /> Keith Killgo - drums<br /><br />
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James Zimmerman
Straight-Ahead
Sep 21, 2013
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James Keith Zimmerman, a native Washingtonian, knows Mr. Hendricks personally; he interviewed Mr. Hendricks extensively for the Smithsonian’s Jazz Oral History program in 1995. As an exceptional interpreter of songs, Mr. Zimmerman echoes the time honored tradition of great jazz vocalists in bringing the songs to life and allowing his audience to experience the music. In his unique way, he evokes the imaginative spirit of the masters who have inspired him—artists such as Jon Hendricks, Oscar Brown, Jr., Sarah Vaughan, Eddie Jefferson, Bill Henderson, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, and Al Jarreau. James’ repertoire is filled with gems that include the best of jazz standards, bebop, swing, Broadway musicals, and Bossa Novas interpreted with feeling including using vocalese and scat improvisation. James is a member of Cloudburst, the D.C. vocalese group championing the works of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross; and performs in a duo with guitarist Nick Lipkowski. He recently received a grant to present a tribute to Jon Hendricks entitled Jon Hendricks: Vocalese Jazz Messenger. In 2008, he was awarded two grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts—An Artists Fellowship and a City Arts Project grant to produce Storytellers and Crooners: African American Male Jazz Vocalists, a concert series featuring the works of Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson, Oscar Brown, Jr., Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, and Bill Henderson. Also in 2008, he was selected as a finalist in Baltimore’s 2nd Annual Cab Calloway Vocal Competition.<br /><br /> James has been coached by a number of jazz masters including Sheila Jordan, David Baker, Lawrence Wheatley, the late Calvin Jones, pianist Doug Carn, and vocalist Mark Murphy. In 1993, James received a scholarship to attend the esteemed Jazz in July, a two week jazz improvisation training program at UMASS-Amherst. He has appeared in numerous venues throughout the Washington Metropolitan area and Baltimore; and as the opening act for organist Jimmy Smith, saxophonist Stanley Turrentine; and with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
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Russell Carter Quintet
Straight-Ahead
Aug 24, 2013
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Russell Carter is the Executive Director and Woodwind Instructor of the DC Music Center, which for years has been a Washington D.C. music education institution for youth in the Washington DC metro area. Russell Carter came to Washington DC to study Electrical Engineering at Howard University in the 1970s. But after meeting musicians like of Gary Thomas, Wallace Roney and Jeri Allen around Howard; and Andrew White and Buck Hill performing in the Washington metro area, Russell went to the University of the District of Columbia to study jazz with the late great Calvin Jones; and saxophone with Davey Yarborough. He also played with Pianist, Marc Curry, and trombonist Dupor Georges of the Ray Charles Band also attending UDC during this period. Russell has studied with many great saxophonist including, Carter Jefferson and Fred Foss.<br /><br /> He organized the Carter Jazz Quartet with sons Rahshaan on bass, Russell Jr on drums, Roland on piano and Russell Sr on Woodwinds and they played extensively in the DC metro area releasing a CD in 2005 entitled "Yesterdays Tomorrows". Over the years Russell Carter has performed with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Doug Carn, trumpeter Webster Young, trumpeter Don Cherry, drummer Winard Harper, soul singer Solomon Burke, The O'Jays and a host of others. Russell Carter still performs in the area with the Greater U Street Jazz Collective and others and can be heard on the upcoming CD release of the the Greater U Street Jazz Collective where he wrote 2 Wayne Shorter "like" compositions, 'Tune Out'" and 'Inner Thoughts'!. Email:affilliatebiz@aol.com
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Tim Green 4tet
Straight-Ahead
Jun 08, 2013
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Forging a deeply personal sound from a broad swath of the jazz landscape, saxophonist, composer and arranger TIM GREEN has emerged as a powerful new voice, melding deftly swinging hard bop, fluid modernity, and soulful gospel. Called “a player to watch” by JazzTimes, Green seized the attention of the jazz community with his second-place finish in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. He delivered on the promise of that prestigious honor with the release of his 2012 album “Songs From This Season”, on his own True Melody Music label. www.timgreenmusic.com
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Craig Gildner Trio/Halley Schoenberg
Straight-Ahead
May 25, 2013
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The Craig Gildner Trio lead by Halley Schoenberg, due to the emergency absence of Craig Gildner, evokes the sounds of small groups during the swing era when musicians assembled after gigs, cocktail or penthouse parties for impromptu jams. The Great American songbook and Tin Pan Alley provide the repertoire for this hot little group comprised of Craig Gildner, piano and vocals, Halley Shoenberg,clarinet and alto sax, and Greg Williams, drums. There are no set arrangements, and no song is played the same way twice, but every tune has a melody, and will make it impossible to keep your feet still. Halley Schoenberg’s excellent solo woodwind renditions led the group in an instrumental program of memorable classic Jazz tunes.
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Dunbar Alumni Jazz Ensemble
Straight-Ahead
Apr 29, 2013
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Charles Funn, trombone and director<br /><br /> Trombonist Charles Funn is a dedicated music instructor and band director in Baltimore at Dunbar High School. In 1995 he organized the 18-member Dunbar Alumni Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble features a number of former award winning Dunbar Jazz Ensemble participants. Many of the members of the band are now professional musicians in their own right. Inspired by Funn and with the opportunity to continue playing the music they had come to love, they now join him in this exceptional ensemble with a focus on the music of Duke Ellington and other famous bands. The prize winning ensemble has performed with Wynton Marsalis at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and at the prestigious International Association of Jazz Educators convention in New York. Wynton Marsalis, after hearing the band, shared some original Duke Ellington arrangements with them which is now a part of their repertoire. The group performs the music of composers from Duke Ellington, William Thomas “Billy” Strayhorn, and William “Count” Basie to Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. Regrettably the music program in Baltimore City schools is greatly reduced compared to its glorious past however we are truly blessed that dedicated educators like Charles Funn have continued working with these young gifted musicians.
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Tiya!
Jazz and Blues
Mar 23, 2013
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With her warm expression and voice of elegance, Tiya! has recorded and performed with a variety of bands throughout her musical career. The range and quality of her voice takes her from R&B to hip hop, to Jazz to gospel. She has shared the stage with a vast array of renowned artist, including Roberta Flack, Nona Hendricks, Queen Latifa, Dave Chapelle... too numerous to mention all. Tiya!, a native Washingtonian, has been the resident vocalist at the Channel Inn Hotel on the DC Waterfront for thirteen years. In addition, for ten years she has been working as the lead female vocalist with Bobby Felder and his Blue Notes Big Band, providing music for a variety of private venues on the east coast. <br /><br /> Tiya! sings, writes, arranges, and co-produces for "In Process" a four woman, a capella group that sings songs of consciousness, and self-awareness. The group, developed over 30 years ago from a workshop given by the world-famous Sweet Honey in the Rock, has traveled throughout the east coast and has performed with legendary singers and actors that include Cisely Tyson, Ruby Dee, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Bill Cosby, Nelson and Winnie Mandela, and Roberta Flack. <br /><br /> As a vocalist and entertainer, Tiya! is a natural artist that leaves a dynamic and lasting impression on those whose lives she touches through song. Each time she walks onto a stage to perform, she reinvents herself as an artist/entertainer to be reckoned with. Her ability to reach out and capture the heart, soul and minds of the listener is a clear indication that Tiya! will be around for a long time to come.
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Verny Varela
Straight-Ahead
Feb 23, 2013
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Verny Varela is an arranger, composer, singer and flutist. Born in Cali and raised in the "Barrio Obrero." At age 15 he started singing and playing with his father's band, "El Nuevo Son." He later went on to sing with Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago and Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez, as well as with members of the Fania All Stars, both in Cali and in Tulua, Colombia. In 1997, Verny became the lead singer in the Gabino Pampini Band, and d later toured Europe and the U.S. with Tito Gomez. In 2001, Verny wrote and recorded for ESL Music on Thievery Corporation's albums"The Richest Man in Babylon", "The Cosmic Game", and "Radio Retaliation." In 2002, Verny sang on the 40th Anniversary CD of the outstanding charanga band, Orquesta Broadway, in New York City. In 2004, Verny released his album "Amar de Nuevo" which landed in the Latin Grammy list of the best tropical albums of 2005. Songs like "Matilde" and "He Vuelto Amar" became hits in Cali. This album also received very good reviews in Italy and Germany. In 2008, Verny co-wrote, arranged and released his second album "Gracias." Songs like “Soy Latino” and “Pa’l mundo” were featured on this album. In 2012, Verny released his third album “Evolución” which featured Eddie Zervigon from the Orquesta Broadway as well as other prominent salsa musicians from Cali, Colombia. This album was produced by La Tropa Records from Cali. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from the Universidad del Valle in Colombia and a master’s in Afro Hispanic Studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He also studied jazz at the University of District of Columbia. Currently, Verny Varela teaches Spanish at Howard University.laIn 2001, Verny wrote and recorded for ESL Music on Thievery Corporation's albums "The Richest Man in Babylon", "The Cosmic Game", and "Radio Retaliation." In 2002, Verny sang on the 40th Anniversary CD of the outstanding charanga band, Orquesta Broadway, in New York City. In 2004, Verny released his album "Amar de Nuevo" which landed in the Latin Grammy list of the best tropical albums of 2005. Songs like "Matilde" and "He Vuelto Amar" became hits in Cali. This album also received very good reviews in Italy and Germany. In 2008, Verny co-wrote, arranged and released his second album "Gracias." Songs like “Soy Latino” and “Pa’l mundo” were featured on this album. In 2012, Verny released his third album “Evolución” which featured Eddie Zervigon from the Orquesta Broadway as well as other prominent salsa musicians from Cali, Colombia. This album was produced by La Tropa Records from Cali. Verny holds a bachelor's degree in music from the Universidad del Valle in Colombia and M.A. from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Currently, Verny Varela teaches Spanish at Howard University.
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Greater U Street Jazz Collective
Straight-Ahead
Jan 26, 2013
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The Greater U Street Jazz Collective is a Washington DC-based jazz collective, inspired by the lives of the ordinary citizens of the historic Greater U Street neighborhood who struggled to assert their human dignity in a segregated Washington between the early 1900s and the late 1960s. The Collective seeks to use music from this great tradition to remind all human beings of the power and potency of Real Live Jazz as a means of establishing and maintaining our connection to each other as members of the human family and to our Creator.<br /><br /> The Collective consists of National Endowment of the Arts Fellow, Art Cobb on drums; bassist Thomas View (Yah Ya Abdul Majid,Anthony Braxton, Peter Yarrow, Jermaine Jackson); pianist Peter Frassrand (Curly Robinson Ensemble); woodwinds Russell Carter (Doug Carn, Webster Young, Cab Calloway, The Carter Family ); trumpeter Carl Mc Intyre(Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Gladys Knight, National Symphony Orchestra, Ojays)
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Jimmy Burrell and Friends
Straight-Ahead
Nov 17, 2012
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Born in Myrtle Beach, SC. Attended Howard University in 1965 graduate with a Bachelors of Music Education. Has resided in DC for over 40 years. Jimmy plays jazz, Latin, Caribbean, Reggae in various clubs in the DC area. Played trumpet and arranged music for featured artist and shows for 10 years at the historic Howard Theatre in NW DC. Toured the country with various highly acclaimed rock and jazz artist.
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Michael Thomas and Friends
Straight-Ahead
Oct 27, 2012
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Jazz trumpeter Michael Thomas, a pillar of the Washington, D.C. jazz scene, performs at Twins Jazz. Thomas' ensemble is a powerful and energetic group that is deeply rooted in the rich tradition of jazz. They have the unique capability to capture an audience and take them on an excursion to where "Hard-bop and Blues" swing joyfully, prayerfully and soulfully.
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Bobby Felder and Blue Notes
Straight-Ahead
Sep 29, 2012
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Felder determined that playing private dances/functions could be more lucrative than working the club scene, whether it was rhythm and blues or jazz. He has prospered on the private circuit with his group, Bobby Felder and His Blue Notes. <br /><br />Initially, performing on weekends proved a better fit with his employment as Band Director at Kelly Miller Junior High School and his pursuit of a Masters Degree at Catholic University. <br /><br />Attendees at Inaugural Balls from Kennedy to Clinton have danced to the sounds of Bobby Felder and His Blue Notes.
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Fred Foss and Friends
Straight-Ahead
Jul 28, 2012
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Transplanted from NYC to Washington, D.C. nearly two decades ago, saxophonist/flutist Fred Foss finally debuts as leader, blowing straightahead with a tight-playing eight-musician team. <br /><br />They deliver six harmonious, well-arranged (mostly) originals that scan the African-American social evolution and spotlight young trumpet ace Marcus Rabb, arranger Roger Woods (alto/tenor sax, bass clarinet), pianist George Colligan, and others. Acoustic bassist James King donates his ballad "When We Were," an engaging vehicle for Foss' honeyed flute solo. A sterling maiden voyage. - Nancy Ann Lee
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Clynt Hyson
Straight-Ahead
Jun 23, 2012
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A multi-talented vocalist, songwriter, and arranger, Clynt has shared the stage with the Four Tops, the Dells, and the late Jackie Wilson. Clynt has performed at such famed local venues as the Carter Barron, Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, Twins, HR-57, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (East Coast Jazz Festival) and the Jazz @ Westminster concert series, to name a few. As a member of the U.S. Navy Band, he sang everything from The Star-Spangled Banner to songs by Billy Joel and Al Jarreau, while also playing trombone and baritone horn.<br /><br /> Clynt recently became the music teacher for the Arc of Prince Georges County. He is a member of the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW) and the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) and sings and plays percussion at Wesley United Methodist Church. As co-owner of Rhythm Universal Records, he and Drummer EC3, have recorded 5 CD’s.
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Dwayne Adell
Straight-Ahead
May 26, 2012
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Dwayne Adell is one of the great Jazz pianists. He is featured in a recent documentary about the New Jazz Greats “Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz”. He performed as the solo pianist on Quincy Jones ‘Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration’ which won a Grammy and Dove award.<br /> Performing recently at the historic Bohemian Caverns, Luke Stewart of Capitalbop.com reviews that “On Friday, [Dwayne Adell’s] mastery translated into a magnificent display of improvised soul in a jazz piano trio. Few other than D.C.’s own top musicians could have kept up with Adell’s seemingly endless stream of fresh ideas and blazing technique. That’s why it was a thrill to hear the young bassist Kris Funn and drummer Quincy Phillips alongside him at the Caverns.<br /> His love for Jazz is translated into many insightful things that have come to shape the way he sees and hears life. And his passion is to perform live Jazz to an audience.<br /> He delighted to be joined again by two wonderful instrumentalists:<br /> Kris Funn, on Bass.<br /> Quincy Phillips, on Drums.
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Sharon Thomas Experience
Jazz and Funk
Apr 28, 2012
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From Washington DC, Sharon is also a flautist and keyboardist. The piano was her first instrument. From this start, she began playing drums, the flute, and ended with the sax. She began playing sax in high school and said "believe it or not I wanted to hang out with the sax players after hearing Grover Washington and several funk songs that had horn sections". <br /><br /> She started a career in computers as a programmer and a web designer, but after being laid off several times due to riffs,
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Luci Murphy and Richard Miller
Jazz and Brazilian
Mar 24, 2012
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Luci Murphy is a native of D.C. where she is a vocalist who often leads group singing, but “sun-lights” as a medical interpreter of Spanish and English. She has a long history of community activism, especially working with children at risk. She has visited Lebanon to observe Palestinian Refugee Camps, China just before the normalization of relations with the U.S., Brazil for a grass-roots organizing conference, and Cuba to oppose U.S. travel restrictions. <br /><br /> A past president of the D.C. League of Women Voters, she has also served on the Steering Committees of the People’s Music Network, "Health Care Now!,” and Washington Inner-city Self Help. Most recently she was convener of the Gray Panthers of Metro D.C., an associate producer of Sophie’s Parlor Women’s Radio Collective at WPFW 89.3 FM, the Pacifica Station in D.C. and contact person for the Community Coalition for Peace and Justice. Currently she assists Zarinah Shakir with the production of WPFW's public affairs program,"We Ourselves/The Struggle Continues" which airs Mondays from 10 to 11am. <br /><br /> Luci has been performing since her childhood in the 1950s. To reach the members of our diverse human family, she sings in ten languages: English, Spanish, French, Creole, Portuguese, Zulu, Arabic, Hebrew, Cherokee, and ki-Swahili. She draws on the folkloric traditions and musical idioms of all these cultures, as well as her own roots in Spirituals, Blues and Jazz.
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Tiya!
Jazz and Blues
Feb 26, 2012
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With her warm expression and voice of elegance, Tiya! has recorded and performed with a variety of bands throughout her musical career. The range and quality of her voice takes her from R&B to hip hop, to Jazz to gospel. She has shared the stage with a vast array of renowned artist, including Roberta Flack, Nona Hendricks, Queen Latifa, Dave Chapelle... too numerous to mention all. Tiya!, a native Washingtonian, has been the resident vocalist at the Channel Inn Hotel on the DC Waterfront for thirteen years. In addition, for ten years she has been working as the lead female vocalist with Bobby Felder and his Blue Notes Big Band, providing music for a variety of private venues on the east coast. <br /><br /> Tiya! sings, writes, arranges, and co-produces for "In Process" a four woman, a capella group that sings songs of consciousness, and self-awareness. The group, developed over 30 years ago from a workshop given by the world-famous Sweet Honey in the Rock, has traveled throughout the east coast and has performed with legendary singers and actors that include Cisely Tyson, Ruby Dee, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Bill Cosby, Nelson and Winnie Mandela, and Roberta Flack. <br /><br /> As a vocalist and entertainer, Tiya! is a natural artist that leaves a dynamic and lasting impression on those whose lives she touches through song. Each time she walks onto a stage to perform, she reinvents herself as an artist/entertainer to be reckoned with. Her ability to reach out and capture the heart, soul and minds of the listener is a clear indication that Tiya! will be around for a long time to come.
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