Donna Herula: The Electric Slide Guitar

  Donna Herula has slayed blues audience around the world for over twenty years. Her weapon of choice: the electric slide guitar. This August she will be wowing the Ship and Shore Blues Festival crowd with her blazing hot twist on traditional Delta blues. iRock Jazz spoke with Donna Herula …

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Annalee Hoosen

Annalee is a young, hip vocalist with a fresh vintage vibe. Along with her band, The Midnight Sons, she is putting a new spin on the old jazz standard with the addition of funky back beats and a vibrant creative style, that is re-introducing a whole new generation to jazz …

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Shawn Maxwell

Shawn Maxwell is both an educator and an artist. This multi-instrumental band leader has been a recognized and distinguished performer in the Chicago jazz scene for years, and his music has earned critical acclaim nationwide. We spoke with Shawn about his career, his music over the years, the advice that …

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Meagan McNeal

Meagan McNeal is a beautiful and sultry songstress from the Southside of Chicago. Her graceful style and impeccable talents have earned her a spot on stages with some of the best names in the music business. iRockJazz is thrilled to welcome her to New Buffalo, MI for our 2015 iRockJazz …

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Audley Reid

iRockJazz proudly welcomes Audley Reid to our 2015 iRockJazz Music Festival in Buffalo, MI! Mr. Reid has been a part of the Jazz music scene for over 20 years. He has performed with numerous stars and has performed in venues around the world. Although his charismatic style is identifiable as …

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iRock Jazz LIVE! with Multi Media Veteran Michael Stradford

Michael Stradford is a 20 year entertainment industry executive whose career has spanned all forms of media: Music, Radio, DVD, Film, Television and Interactive Entertainment. Most recently Michael led the Digital Production and Development team at Sony Pictures where he produced and created over 35 web series with such talent …

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iRock Jazz LIVE! with Music Director Ray Chew

Musical Director Ray Chew has performed at the helm of award winning musical events with the world’s most popular artists including Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Prince, Justin Beiber, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Ludacris, Barry Manilow, Queen Latifah, James Taylor, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jennifer Hudson and Quincy Jones. Now in his second …

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iRock Jazz LIVE! with Web Series Producer Issa Rae

With her own unique flair and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 25 million views and close to 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list twice and winning the 2012 Short Award for Best Web Show for her hit …

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iRock Jazz LIVE! with Piano Manufacturer, Warren Shadd

Warren Shadd is a second generation piano technician and third generation musician. He has per formed and toured worldwide in every aspect of live and recorded musc with hundreds of celebrities in the entertainment industry. On drums, at the early age of four, he played his first of many jazz …

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iRock Jazz LIVE! with Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter

Ruth E. Carter is an African-American costume designer. She is best known for her work on the films Malcolm X and Amistad, for each of which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. She received a career achievement award from the American Black Film Festival in …

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iRock Jazz LIVE! with Poet + Writer Bassey Ikpi

Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian born and Washington D.C. bred poet/writer who was a featured cast member of the National Touring Company of the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam. Not a stranger to the stage, her poetry has also opened shows by Grammy Award winning …

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iRock Jazz LIVE! with Celebrity Makeup Artist Vonda K. Morris

Professional celebrity makeup artist Vonda K. Morris has worked with some the most recognizable names and faces in the entertainment industry of Film, Television and Music. This veteran artist with over 25 years’ experience has worked on award winning television shows such as The Practice (ABC) and The Bernie Mac …

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