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Charmaine Clamor
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Charmaine Clamor is America’s leading Filipina jazz and world vocalist.

With two consecutive albums in the JazzWeek World Music Top-10, including the rare feat of simultaneously making Top-5 on both the World (#2 ranking) and Traditional Jazz (#4) radio charts, Charmaine has earned unprecedented praise for introducing American audiences to Filipino languages, melodies, and instruments – and for sharing a once-in-a-generation, astonishingly expressive voice.

Recognized today as “one of the important and original jazz singers of the decade” {Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times}, a “dynamic new compass point in World Music” {Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times} and “one of the finest singers to come around in a long time” {Jerry D’Souza, All About Jazz}, Charmaine Clamor began her musical journey at age 3, entertaining passengers -- whether they liked it or not! -- in the back of buses traveling to Manila. Originally from the provincial town of Subic-Zambales, Philippines, young Charmaine provided piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English-language classics. These childhood memories inspired Charmaine’s enduring love of American music.

After immigrating to the United States as a teenager, Charmaine graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Cal State-Northridge. Throughout her college years, Charmaine worked as a “KJ” (a karaoke hostess). She was discovered by the musical director of CRESCENDO, a vocal jazz harmony quintet, while singing Whitney Houston songs at a Filipino fried chicken restaurant.

In 2005, following nearly a decade of ensemble singing, Charmaine made her solo recording debut with Searching for the Soul, and her “bedroom eyes voice” instantly garnered comparisons from critics and disc jockeys to legendary vocalists such as Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Julie London, Lena Horne, and Cassandra Wilson. Several pundits dubbed her “the Filipino Sarah Vaughan.”

Charmaine's critically acclaimed second album, Flippin’ Out (2007), brought her international recognition. On this landmark recording, she blended the soul and swing of American jazz with traditional Filipino folk music, languages and instruments, creating a new hybrid genre called jazzipino. Charmaine’s artistry was featured on BBC’s “The World” and NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” which described her music as “the perfect bridge of two cultures.”

Her third album, My Harana: A Filipino Serenade (2008), revived the ancient Filipino courtship tradition of harana – serenading a lover beneath her window – but with a twist: this time it was the woman doing the serenading! Charmaine’s bold vision and sublime vocal tenderness landed her on numerous magazine covers and TV newsmagazine shows in her native Philippines, and solidified her role as her birth country’s most celebrated international musical ambassador.

Indeed, because of her presence on American radio and concert appearances around the nation, Charmaine has been credited with introducing authentic Filipino musical culture to mainstream listeners. To further her lifelong goal of bringing the music of the Philippines to ever larger audiences, Charmaine served as one of the founding members of JazzPhil-USA, a non-profit organization that promotes jazz artists of Filipino descent in the United States. For five consecutive years, she has lent her notoriety to the popular Filipino-American Jazz Festival, held annually in Hollywood, at the Catalina Bar & Grill Jazz Club, where Charmaine’s appearances with fellow Fil-Am jazz luminaries inspire standing-room-only crowds.

In 2009, Charmaine was signed to a multi-record deal with Viva Records, one of the largest pop music labels in Asia. As Viva’s first and only jazz artist, her debut album, appropriately entitled Jazzipino, brought Charmaine’s unique sound to millions of new listeners on Filipino radio and television.

In 2010, Charmaine is scheduled to release a highly anticipated musical collaboration with a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Charmaine lives in Los Angeles, California, where she tends to an organic vegetable garden and volunteers for environmental organizations that promote green living.

AWARDS & HONORS

2009: Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences [the “Oscars” of the Philippines] Award of Merit, “Philippine Pride Best Jazz Singer”

Asian Heritage Society 6th Annual Asian Heritage Award in Performing Arts

National Federation of Filipino American Associations V-Day “Vagina Warrior” Award for Championing Women’s Rights

2008: State of California and City of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition in Performing Arts

2007: Filipino Women’s Network 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the United States

Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Presidential Award for Achievement in Arts and Culture

Videos:
Charmaine Clamor - Don Sa Brazil (with Mon David)
Charmaine Clamor - I Live to Love You
Charmaine Clamor - My Funny Brown Pinay

Website:
www.charmaineclamor.com

Mon David
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Mon David, Winner of the 2006 London Int'l Jazz Competition for Vocalists, is delighted to be part of the FreeHam Records family. A product of the University of the Philippines College of Music, Mon has six albums to his credit, all of which have received numerous awards.(2006-07 Awit Best Jazz Recording, Best Inspirational, Best Vocal Arrangement) He has also performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Jakarta Jazz, Philippine Int'l Jazzfest, among others, and has been a favorite headliner at JazzPhil-USA's annual Fil-Am JazzFest at Catalina Bar and Grill, Hollywood. Known for his wide vocal range, rich tone, fearless style and eclectic musicality, Mon has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Dianne Schuur, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal, Bobby Enriquez. With his latest outing, ''Coming True'', he is looking forward to exploring and experiencing America's wide, fertile and exciting music scene and share with the whole world his artistry and his philosophy: that music which comes from the heart and soul can transcend borders, create cultural bridges and can become an instrument to heal, unite and inspire.

Videos:
Mon David - Balitang Europe: Mon David Wins!
Mon David - Minamahal Sinasamba (with Charmaine Clamor)

Linda Hopkins
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After a memorable career blowing the roof of Broadway theaters (in shows like "Inner City," "Me and Bessie," and "Black and Blue"), at age 81, New Orleans native Linda Hopkins was honored with a lifetime achievement star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- in front of the Pantages Theater, next to Bette Davis!

The first black performer to have a one-woman show on Broadway, Linda Hopkins owns the all-time record for appearances on "The Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson." She sang on the fabled program 78 times!

Time to retire? Not for the lady they call "the Kid."

At age 82, she proudly releases a new album, recorded live in Hollywood.

Website:
www.global-mojo.comspecialsitehopkins

Michael Konik
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Michael Konik is an author, singer, painter, improvisational comedian, and television personality. He was raised in Fox Point, Wisconsin, where his schoolteacher mother, Renice, and his autodidact father, Eugene, taught him at an early age how to read, how to think critically, and how to appreciate the blessed planet we inhabit. His parents encouraged him to become a "Renaissance Man," particularly one that had utterly no talent for science or calculus.

Michael attended Nicolet High School, in Glendale, Wisconsin, where one of his classmates was the jazz singer Tierney Sutton (Telarc Records). Performing with the blossoming chanteuse in the school's annual variety show affected Michael deeply; it was then he realized that a musical realm of imagination and sentiment existed beyond the horizons of teenaged angst. Nonetheless, Michael spent the year after high school graduation doing unspeakable damage to his vocal chords performing and recording with the seminal 1980's punk rock band The Clitboys, whose rebellious anthem "We Don't Play the Game" (Feedback Records) remains a favorite with angry adolescents around the world.

At New York University's School of the Arts, Michael attended the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, where he primarily slumped in metal chairs, moaned evocatively, and was berated by sadistic instructors. (He also performed in countless plays and musicals with a number of people who are today very famous.) At NYU, Michael studied art history, constitutional law and began his writing career. By the time he earned his BFA in Drama, he had already become a working essayist and cultural critic, and since he had proved himself incapable of being hired for a traditional job, Michael dedicated himself to making a life as an ink-stained wretch.

For nearly 15 years Michael Konik's writing appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines on every continent, including the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Sports Illustrated, and virtually every special interest publication extant. For more than five years he was the gambling columnist for Cigar Aficionado, where he earned the honorific "Dean of the World's Gambling Writers," and for more than ten years he penned the golf column for the Delta Air Lines in-flight magazine, SKY.

After the publication of several critically acclaimed books, including "The Man With the $100,000 Breasts" (1999; Huntington Press/Broadway Books) and "Telling Lies and Getting Paid" (2001; Huntington Press/ The Lyons Press), Michael revisited his performance roots, joining the Los Angeles-based improvisational comedy troupe, The Los Hombres, and the vocal jazz quintet CRESCENDO (Devon Records). In 2003 he recorded two albums: Crescendo's latest collection and a solo project with his own jazz trio, the Tasty Band, a collection of standards called "There'll Be Some Changes Made."

His three latest books are "In Search of Burningbush: A Story of Golf, Friendship and the Meaning of Irons" (2004; McGraw-Hill), and "Ella in Europe: An American Dog's International Adventures" (2005; Bantam/Dell), and "The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies out of Millions" (2007; Simon & Schuster). He's also completed "Becoming Bobby," a novel.

Michael lives in Hollywood, California, where he appears on two television shows.

Videos:
Michael Konik - Blues Jam (with Charmaine Clamor and Mon David)

Website:
www.michaelkonik.com

Mark Winkler
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Mark Winkler is a platinum award winning singer/lyricist who has had more than 150 of his songs recorded by such artists as Dianne Reeves, Randy Crawford, Liza Minnelli, Bob Dorough, and Lea Salonga.

He has written lyrics for tunes by esteemed composers such as Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon, Joshua Redman, and David Benoit. A song he co-wrote with David Benoit, "Land of the Loving", is featured in all of the Philippine National Tourism Board's 2008/2009 TV commercials.

Mark has released 9 CDs in the US. His new CD of mostly original Winkler lyrics, "Till I Get It Right" features musicians such as Anthony Wilson, Bob Sheppard, Jamieson Trotter and Cheryl Bentyne of Manhattan Transfer, who duets with Mark on an original Winkler composition, "Cool".

He is the co-writer of the hit musical review "Naked Boys Singing!" in its 10th year playing Off-Broadway and released recently on DVD. He is the creator and co-writer of "Too Old for the Chorus" which has played successful engagements in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Diego. He has won both L.A. Weekly and Backstage West awards for best score for "Naked Boys Singing!" He has also co-written songs for the musical revues "Bark!" and "Hangin' Out".

His jazz musical "Play it Cool," which premiered in Los Angeles in 2007, got "Critics Choice" in the L.A. Times. It was chosen to be part of the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival in September, 2008, where it sold out all performances and earned excellent reviews, leading to a GLAAD nomination for Best Musical Off-Broadway.

Videos:
Mark Winkler - Sissies

Website:
www.markwinklermusic.com

Zaxariades
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Zaxariades -- formerly known as Bruce Scott -- has enjoyed several incarnations in the entertainment industry. As a boy in New York City, he sang at the Metropolitan Opera. As a teenager he appeared in numerous films, including "Hang 'em High," with Clint Eastwood. As a young man he appeared on Broadway in many hit shows, including the original cast of "Jesus Christ Superstar." As an adult, he starred in "The Lion in Winter," on Broadway. And as a mature musical artist he toured the world for six years with the legendary master of vocalese, Jon Hendricks. Indeed, Zaxariades is the only other singer beside the late Dave Lambert to have performed onstage (at New York's Blue Note Jazz Club, in 1986) with Hendricks and Annie Ross.

An electrifying live performer, Zaxariades sings in five languages, plays six instruments, and is generally recognized at the reigning master of bebop vocalizing.

His album, "Mr. Z," features five original compositions, as well as a seldom heard Jon Hendricks song, "Tell Me the Truth."

Videos:
Zaxariades - Airegin
Zaxariades - Caravan
Zaxariades - Moody's Mood For Love