David Williams

David is an Emmy-winning songwriter, author, and visual artist. His musical style has been compared to Tom Waits, Randy Newman, and Leonard Cohen. A long-time professor of English Literature, his book The Trickster Brain: Neuroscience, Evolution, and Narrative has been taught in universities around the world. His work on PBS series "Oh the Animals" won him an Emmy Award for his songwriting. He has written and produced six full-length albums of original songs, including genres from Americana and folk to Django Reinhardt- inspired gypsy jazz and swing. 

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Ashlynn Manning

 

 

A world traveler who speaks and sings in a number of languages, Ashlynn has lead and performed in swing and jazz bands from New York to Boulder, bringing a zest and vitality to her shows. The only child of a musical duo, she grew up performing jazz standards and Broadway tunes with her mother. She studied at Walnut Hill School for the Arts outside of Boston, and earned her B.A. in Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory. Since then, she has been a composer of electronic music, a Brooklyn comedic performance artist, a traveling singer-songwriter, a meditative vocal improviser, yoga teacher, environmentalist, and music teacher. 

Channing Lynn

You know when Channing comes into the room, as she possesses a personality bigger than life, cut from the same mold as a Zora Neal Hurston, or a Bessie Smith.  She commands the stage with her showmanship, and you can't take your eyes off of her.  As a musician, she has perfect instincts, always finding the right note, the right phrase, whether on clarinet, sax, or vocals.  She is a wonder to behold and to listen to.

Duane Webster

Duane has been an important part of the Colorado music scene for  decades, playing with nearly every important musical group in the state, from Tim O'Brien in bluegrass to jazz greats, like Tommy Emanuel, and others.  Duane has the best tone, an ear that is always on the mark, and a solid style that makes him one of the most sought after bass players on the Front Range.  

Steve Balgooyen

Steve hails from the rural northeast, where he practiced drums in a barn and studied jazz performance at the University of Maine before pursuing a degree in Theatre and moving to Austin, TX in 1995. While in Austin, he enjoyed a residency at The Continental Club and toured the midwest with The Barkers ("Best New Band," SXSW 2000) before moving to Colorado to start a family in 2004.

 

In 2014, Steve won a scholarship from Gretsch Drums to study with world class drummer Stanton Moore in New Orleans. He has since gone back to the Crescent City several times to study with Stanton and other legendary New Orleans drummers such as Johnny Vidacovich and Shannon Powell. As an active member of the Stanton Moore Drum Academy, Steve has been lucky enough to perform publicly with funk pioneers George Porter Jr and Leo Nocentelli of The Meters--as well as major New Orleans musicians David Torkanowsky, Ivan Neville, Nick Daniels III, and Robert Mercurio. 

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