TIJAY STAAR IS A SINGER/WRITER/PRODUCER FROM VALLEJO, CA. SHE CONTRIBUTED MUSIC TO THE DOCUMENTARY PROJECT "GANG GIRL" AND HAS APPEARED ON JAMIE FOXX'S HBO SPECIAL "I MIGHT NEED SECURITY", WHICH IS NOW ON DVD.
SHE DEFINITELY HAS A SOUND OF HER OWN AND BELIEVES MUSIC SHOULD RETURN TO REALNESS AND TRUTH. INFLUENCED BY DONNY AND LALAH HATHAWAY, THE MIGHTY O'JAYS, STEVIE WONDER, CHAKA KHAN, MELBA MOORE, THE TEMPTATIONS, DEBARGE, MICHAEL JACKSON, REBA MCINTIRE, QUINCY JONES, SHEILA E., THE CLARK SISTERS, AND ONE VOICE INTERNATIONAL
K' Roulin - vocalist
Kimberly J. Roulin aka K' Roulin, is know for her Smooth, Sultry, and Jazzy tones. Captivating her audience with angelic,soulful, sweet riffs that make you feel good! K' Roulin has embodied the age of good soul music into her own unique style of what has become know as "Graffiti Soul" . Delivering heart-felt vocals that come from a place of past experiences,loves and pain:raw emotions anyone can relate to.She was fortunate to train with Oakland vocal coach Jacki Harrison who coached En Vogue, Jeffery Osbourne.Being from the San Francisco Bay Area where she played many venues including Yoshi's and live performances at SF Radio Station 89.5FM KPOO with her band then called "kimba & Graffitti Soul". Her approach to R&B, Neo-Soul and Jazz is unique,but familiar.Now after moving to Los Angeles in 2011, K'Roulin went to work developing into a multi-faceted soul singer-style.
Hannibal - Comedian/Actor/writer
Hannibal Thompson Comedy DVD Let me tell my Story on Sale Now @Hannibalthompson.com , He has performed all across the country. Mills casino coos bay Oregon,San Jose improv, comedy Store Los Angeles ,Comedy Factory Canada, New York, improv comedy club Kansas city,Funny Bone comedy club iowa.Hannibal is an accomplished stand up comedian and actor who has been preforming and studying acting, drama sketch and stand-up comedy since he was eight years old. This young star has worked with comedy such as Mark Curry Sinbad,Bill Bellamy.
Daniel - electric guitar
Daniel Coffeng hails originally from Amsterdam. The Netherlands and brings a new. unique technical fluidity and energy to post bop and Avant - garden jazz improvisation. growing up as part of a huge muilt racial family, he was at a very young age exposed to a lot of different music and cultures from all over the world. Daniel Coffeng isan honors graduate from the Guitar institute of technology where he studied guitar with Sid Jacobs, Carl Schroeder, Scott Henderson, Ross Bolton and Brett Garsed. He has played , toured written and recorded with numerous artist in a variely of style such as Steve Tavaglione, Nelson Braxton among others. He also played on several films soundtracks, most notably the movie "Homecoming" directed by Eugene Ashe of Seven letter World Films in New York City. He reside in Los Angeles CA and works as a preforming guitarist, freelance studio musician and music educator.
Nina, KaSandra, Kim - Bay Area Cooking & Conversation TV Show
The Show premise center around three African-American woman alternating cooking a new recipe each show and all three participating in conversations around current events,relevant topics and just great girl talk. Some of the shows will feature guest (political,professional and subject matter experts ) who will join in the conversation as well as sharing favorite recipes. The show hosts' will also film on location at various places,including some lesser know restaurants in the bay area.
( You can watch the TV Show on AT&T U-verse ch 99 Vallejo network on Sunday 6pm )
Kenny Hawkins - Composer
Flutist, saxophonist and composer,Kenny Hawkins has led and preformed in Jazz and Afro-Cuban groups for 25 years. He is from Pittsburgh,PA the home of Art Blakey, Stanley Turrentine, and Ahmad Jamal.At an early age, he heard the music of Horace Silver, and John Coltrane's recording of Out of this World, changed his life as Kenny heard the possibilities of music expression. After hearing Hubert Laws" beautiful tone, and incredible technique he became inspired to pursue flute, Kenny studied with various symphony flautists including Bernard Goldberg (Phg. Symphony ) He spent 2 years in Seattle while a part of Joe Brazil"s big band and Hal Stein"s Jazz workshop Which gave him grounding in bebop. When he arrived in California he was mentored by trumpeter Eddie Henderson and saxophonist Hadley Caliman. Under their tutelage, Kenny continued developing as he did performances that included Eddie, Hadley, and Richard Kermode ( pianist for Santana).
He later joined drummer Bob Braye's band. Braye was hard swinger with a non compromising attitude. The group included various great musicians including guitartist Calvin Keys and trombonist, Julian Priester. In 2002, at the encouragement of flutist John Calloway, he went to Cuba and studied with some of greatest flutist and composers. His connecting to Cuba influenced his creativity greatly and permanently. He now lives in the Bay Area leading the Jazz Group, GroovinDeep.