2023 Grammy Award nominees for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, explosive alternative jazz ensemble, House of Waters bring dynamic virtuosity and crossover appeal to eager and ravenous music fans worldwide. Their Grammy nominated, new GroundUp Music release, On Becoming, produced by Guy Eckstine, features Grammy winners and nominees, Antonio Sanchez, Mike Stern, and Priya Darshini. With a rapidly growing youthful audience of adventurous music lovers, House of Waters have performed extensive tours around the world from Europe to Asia. Featuring Max ZT (hammered dulcimer), and Moto Fukushima (electric bass), look for House of Waters on tour with Snarky Puppy in September 2023 with ongoing performances into 2024!
The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly, punk, and the sultriness of ’60s soul, writing a thrilling new chapter in American roots music. The Claudettes critically acclaimed album, High Times In The Dark, was released on 40 Below Records in spring 2020, produced by Ted Hutt. In 2022 The Claudettes released their new album, “The Claudettes Go Out! with Grammy winning engineer, Kevin Killen, and producer Ted Hutt, and in 2023 back in the studio with new lead vocalist, Rachel Williams.
World renowned and classically trained in Cuba's premier music conservatory, Tiempo Libre are the three time Grammy nominated, Miami based Afro-Cuban ensemble who tour the world on an annual basis. Their new album, Lo Que Te Toca, was released in March 2018, and their award-winning Broadway style musical, Cuba Libre, sold out its six-week run in Portland, Oregon in 2015. Global tour dates ongoing for 2023 and beyond!
In 2022 Ronnie returned to Blue Note Records with the release of Reboot, his first new album in 36 years, which arrives 50 years after his 1972 Blue Note debut Two Headed Freap. The nine-song album marks a fresh start for Foster, who has whipped up an omnidirectional brew of Hammond Organ Groove that pays homage to the past but more often reflects his restlessness for ushering in the new. Listeners the world over have heard Foster’s soulful playing, on “Summer Soft” from Stevie Wonder’s 1976 masterwork Songs In The Key Of Life, best-selling George Benson albums including Breezin’, or A Tribe Called Quest’s classic hip-hop track “Electric Relaxation” which sampled Foster’s “Mystic Brew” from Two Headed Freap.
Not content with the status quo in rap music at the moment, Atlanta and NYC based 69ohthatskay, combines intelligent original flow and creative beats. With residencies in Atlanta and NYC and most recently featured on DTF and Doghouse Radio in NYC, 691ohthatskay has already amassed over 1 million YouTube views with tracks, "Post Up," and "M.O.E. with debut record coming in 2024!
Mike Stern is a certified guitar legend having been recognized for his contributions as Guitar Player Magazine’s, “Jazz Guitarist of the Year (1993), “Certified Legend Award" (2012), and winner of the “Miles Davis Award” at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (2007). One of the top guitarists in jazz since his breakthrough days with Miles Davis' celebrated comeback band of the early 1980s, Mike has earned the respect of colleagues and critics alike while also exerting a towering influence on a generation of aspiring players. In 2023 look for Mike on tour globally, with a new record with an All-star cast set for release in early 2024!
Muo Duo features New York-based brother-sister duo Miles and Winter Donnelly. Miles started studying composition at Juilliard in high school, where he learned all the rules in order to know the perfect way to break them. Miles’ younger sister, Winter is only 14 years and quickly found herself playing the role of young Elsa in Disney's production of Frozen on Broadway. Over the two years that they have been working as Muo Duo, they've developed a unique, genre-bending style that knows no bounds, combined with innovative videos and electrifying multi-media live concert performances. Muo Duo's much anticipated EP, After Pop will be released in Fall 2023!
Thana Alexa is a New York born artist known for her innovative vocal looping techniques showcased on her debut, Ode To Heroes, and her second release, ONA, which earned two Grammy nominations including, “Best Jazz Vocal Performance,” and “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” (Regina Carter.) Alexa, together with Grammy nominated artist, Nicole Zuraitis and first-call bassist, Julia Adamy formed SONICA, a dynamic trio that incorporates intricate vocal harmonies, electronics, vocal loops, percussion, electric bass, and keyboards over a blend of original music and modern arrangements. Alexa’s ongoing collaboration has been with her husband, Antonio Sanchez including feature performances with his critically acclaimed ensembles, Migration, and Bad Hombre to rapt audiences globally.
Best described as a fusion of John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, and Keith Urban, road warrior, Shane Gamble's music sounds like "a freight train heading down the road less traveled," and he comfortably fits in alongside Eric Church, The Wallflowers, and Zac Brown Band. Shane has performed at The CMA Fest, AXS TV Live, SiriusXM Live, and on the "Marie" television show. In 2014, Shane's single, "Turn My Way," was Top 10 on SiriusXM Country Channel, "The Highway." Shane's new independent album, "Lost In A Mystery," was released in Spring 2019 and he continues to tour across the USA.
Isolde Fair is an ascendant singer, songwriter, and violinist, making a name for herself in numerous disciplines as a star on the rise. As musical genres merge and the confines of conformity vanish into cyberspace, this is where Isolde Fair comfortably resides. With pop vocal appeal and conservatory bred- chops, Isolde Fair is truly an original artist blessed with an alluring voice, heartfelt songs, with fiery violin accoutrements on the ready! Isolde's song, “Rise Until We Stand” won a Grammy Award in the “Best Classical Compendium” category and BMI honored Isolde with their prestigious “Impact” award. During Isolde’s junior year of high school, Isolde auditioned and joined to perform violin the American Youth Symphony (AYS). Isolde’s debut single, “Strip Away” is scheduled for release in early 2024!
Ellis Ashbrook incorporate elements of Yes, King Crimson, PFunk and Frank Zappa into an awesome psychedelic sonic assault on the senses. For the past few years they have been performing up and down the northeast, and performing in Brooklyn at their very own underground venue, “The Space Palace” in Brooklyn, NY. The Space Palace is now available on iTunes and Apple Music with limited edition vinyl pressings, Produced by Guy Eckstine and Jonathan Granoff. In November 2022 Ellis Ashbrook have begun recording basic tracks for their 5th release with producer, Guy Eckstine, and engineer, Paul Pesco.