Guitarist Frank Vignola is one of the most highly sought-after acoustic guitarists on the planet. An extremely versatile jazz guitarist, he has demonstrated an ability to play everything from fusion and commercial pop-jazz to hard bop, post-bop, swing, rock and blues.
The National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China (China National Acrobatic Troupe) was the first National Performing Arts Troupe established by the government of the People's Republic of China in 1950. The Company's repertoire includes a myriad of international and national gold prize winning acts.
Salvant is a French-American jazz singer. Growing critical acclaim highlights her unique interpretations of jazz and blues standards and her ability to tackle compositions rarely performed among today's jazz vocalists. Salvant enjoys popularity internationally, and has performed with renowned musicians such as Jean-Francois Bonnel and Dan Nimmer. She was a first prize winner at the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition.
Mavis Staples' legendary voice and history are already etched in the annals of popular music. A distinguished songstress and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Mavis' vocals helped provide the spiritual soundtrack of the 1960s civil rights movement. Today, she continues to bring her gospel-based music to audiences around the world.
Red Molly's material ranges from Appalachian ballads to pop and country standards and contemporary folk. This female trio was a winner of the 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Contest and an Online Folk Festival Top 10 of 2008.
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter plays an intelligent blend of country, folk and pop music. Says Carpenter, "They say that the worst, the most traumatic things that people can go through in their lives are a divorce, the loss of a parent and catastrophic illness. All of those things have happened to me in the last few years." Her current tour features intimate, acoustic performances and marks a return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog.
Lewis Black's insights and love/hate relationship with America are brilliantly expressed in his concerts and TV appearances worldwide. Perhaps best known for his hilarious rants on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show,' Lewis' live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He yells so they don't have to. He is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves silly while still making making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.
Canadian-born pianist and vocalist Diana Krall became one of the most successful jazz artists of the '90s. She emerged from merely standards and ballads to penning her own material and crafting her own niche as a respected artist and talent both within the jazz genre and the music world as a whole. She is currently on the road supporting her newest album, "Wallflower," which was produced by veteran music biz veteran David Foster.
Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of adult contemporary music with his heartwarming and romantic performances. His pop-style piano playing, platinum-selling albums and frequent public radio performances have earned Brickman a huge international following. His best-known compositions include the chart-toppers 'Valentine,' 'The Gift,' 'Love of My Life,' and 'Peace.' Join Jim Brickman for a special holiday celebration filled with dazzling piano, vibrant vocals and holiday spirit.