Live Musical Performances: Kambujo, Monday, 3/19, 6-7pmThe Everett Cafe Music Program sponsors performances by TC student and affiliated musicians. Come enjoy a variety of genres and styles!
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Jazz vocalist Melissa Shetler grew up immersed in music. “She has a really unique sound. A little swinger!” says Sheila Jordan. As the child of two working musicians, she was exposed to a wide variety of musical styles. At 12, she took to the stage, singing with her mother and father in their various bands. Now a performer in her own right, her voice has matured into a sultry, smoky, bluesy style that is equally at home singing swing tunes or salsa. She believes deeply in the lyrics of a tune, delivering them rich in double meanings and sly inferences. Taking the cue of great jazz and blues singers of the past, she continues in the tradition of telling the stories through each song she sings. Famous with her fellow musicians for her rock solid sense of rhythm and innovative phrasing, Melissa has performed with such greats as Seleno Clark, Mundell Lowe, Ray Barreto and trumpet virtuoso Jeremy Pelt. Since moving to New York, Melissa has taken the stage all over the city; Smoke, The Lenox Lounge, Swing 46, Dizzy’s, Detour, and the Jazz Standard to name a few. Through her travels to Mexico, Central America, South Africa, and Cuba she has expanded her repertoire from the Great American Songbook to include bossas, boleros, and South African township music.
"Kambujo" was born after three musicians with different musical backgrounds and experiences came together to share a common goal: to create and re-create on the basis of Peruvian music and jazz. Therefore Kambujo became a mean of expression and appraisal of their own living culture that is nurtured and transformed over time.
Shane Bordeau, guitarist, received his EdM and MA degrees in the music department at Teachers College and has been teaching and performing music for the past 15 years. He has been involved with many performing groups, most recently as a member of the Chicago-based rock/pop band Berry and can be heard on their 2018 album “Everything, Compromised”,released by Joyful Noise Records. As a composer, some of his works include the musical “The Manson Family Follies”, which debuted with the Bergen County Players in Bergen County, NJ, and pieces for modern dance “the body electric” and “5 suites for Stacey”, which were choreographed and performed by the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD.
Bassist George Nicholson was born in Ridgewood, NJ and grew up studying music in the Ridgewood public school system, as well as in the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory program. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, FL and his master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in music education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is a Florence K. Geffen fellow. George is an orchestra teacher, with wide experience at the middle and high school levels in Georgia and New York. In addition to being a bassist for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, he has produced a number of award-winning performances.
Saxophonist Ray Patton is a historian of music, intergeneric music aficionado, and chronically transient performer. He received his PhD in History from the University of Michigan in 2011, and served on faculty at Drury University (where he also played in the jazz band). He currently works as Director of General Education at John Jay College. His book, Punk Crisis: The Global Punk Rock Revolution is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
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