Artists We Represent

Gwen Hughes

Genre: 
Jazz

“Imagine if Cassandra Wilson and Tina Turner somehow combined genetic material…Gwen Hughes is an exciting talent.” (Wildy’s World).

Gwen Hughes has released six albums on Fairfield Records, starting with “Torch Life” in the 1990s up until her newest album, “Dancing in the Moonlight,” recorded with her European band, Mono, featuring the greatest hits of their ten years of touring Eastern Europe. Gwen recently signed with Zoho Music and her latest album, “Native Land,” is due for release in July 2016.

Along the way, she has crooned from Paris to Istanbul, collaborated on a film about Elvis impersonators (“We Three Kings”), and appeared as a character in a detective novel (Phillip DePoy’s, Dancing Made Easy, published by Dell.) In 2016, Gwen performed in Prague at the invitation of Emil Viklicky, the Czech Republic’s national jazz legend.

Gwen’s acting and music has been featured in Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” to The Travel Channel’s “Faked Out.” As a songwriter, her tunes have been in films like “The Love Orchard” (2012), “Crazy Eyes” (2012) and on TV shows like “Man vs. Wild” (Discovery Channel) and “Big Ang” (VH1). Most recently, Gwen can be seen in episodes of “If Loving You Is Wrong” (Tyler Perry) and she wrote the theme for the new web series, “Good Samaritans.”

Offstage, Gwen is Board Governor with The Recording Academy, as well as Atlanta’s Grammy Foundation Ambassador (which preserves the American music heritage). She was also the Johnny Mercer “Artist in Residence” with the former GA Music Hall of Fame and instructor for The Otis Redding Foundation Songwriter Camp.

She is also an advocate for music education all over the world, working with students of all ages in the US, Morocco, Kenya, Slovenia, and France. As Grammy Foundation Ambassador, Gwen campaigns every year for Georgia schools to receive funding for their music education programs.

In 2012, Gwen was cast in the world premiere of Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, with music production by T-Bone Burnette. The show opened to generally favorable reviews, with Gwen understudying the great Emily Skinner; she went on multiple times as the wife of Tony-winner, Shuler Hensley. The show toured the United States twice, closing in December 2014 in San Francisco.

 

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The Bonaventure Quartet

Genre: 
Gypsy Jazz

Luckily, we are better musicians than mathematicians. Originally your basic four piece quartet, we kept growing until now we have arrived at what we refer to as the Double Quartet.What do you get when you combine the gypsy-jazz stylings of Django Reinhardt and the torchy-twangy mezzo delivery of Patsy Cline with a rowdy troupe of Romani-esque instrumentalists? The only correct answer would be the Bonaventure Quartet, an Atlanta-based confederation founded at the turn of the millennium by guitarist/composer Charles Williams.

The Bonaventure part of the group's moniker seems inclusive enough when considering the range of territory covered by the BVQ: le jazz hot and cool, Broadway show tunes, Latin noir, folk ballads, sea shanties, and the occasional twinge of rock 'n' roll. Actually, the name refers to the street on which Williams lived for 20 years.

Marla Tov Cocktails

Genre: 
Klezmer

Atlanta's Finest Klezmer Band featuring Marla Feeney and Sam Skelton, and Atlanta's newest and highly talented group of musicians that will have you smiling and dancing for the whole show. If you haven't seen Marla and Sam play, you are missing watching some of the most talented musicians anywhere. Joining them will be a melting pot of magical musical talent with drums, horns, tubas, basses, guitars, accordian and more!!!

The Marlatov Cocktails are available for Bar Mitzvah's, weddings, festivals and events.

Get ready for some of the most entertaining klezmer/dixieland/ragtime music in ATL!

 

Balalaika Fantasie

Genre: 
Russian Folk

Experience an Balalaika Fantasie ensemble and singers performing on authentic Russian folk instruments, with authentic clothing of the Russian folk tradition. Their repertoire includes Russian, Ukrainian, Gypsy and Jewish folk music. They come from the Atlanta Balalaika Society orchestra to perform May 7 at the Hungry Ear Coffee House.

Angelina Galashenkova-Reed (domra) has toured the world as a soloist with the Andreyev Russian Folk Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Russia, performing with them at Carnegie Hall’s 100th anniversary. Immigrating to the U.S. in 2001, she has had numerous solo appearances, most notably at Spivey Hall, and is the concertmaster and domra soloist of the Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra. Angelina also performs in the domra-guitar duo, 9 String Theory.

Pennsylvania-born David C. Cooper (balalaika, domra, vocals) is recognized as a Russian virtuosi as a balalaika soloist and is an authority on Russian folk instruments (he plays them all). He studied conducting and performance at the Glier Institute of Kiev, Ukraine and is the artistic director and conductor of the Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra.

Alla Melnik (bayan, vocals) received her music degree from the Kiev University of Arts and Culture. She has performed and taught bayan, music theory and piano throughout Ukraine. Alla has a vast repertoire of folk, classical and popular music.

Gregory Carageorge (contrabass balalaika and string bass) has performed in numerous ethnic music groups. He was the leader of the house band at New York’s Russian Tea Room, and has appeared with numerous folk, bluegrass, and jazz ensembles.

Irene Perloff McCullough (alto domra) and David McCullough (alto balalaika) have performed in Russian folk music ensembles in Boston and Detroit and Atlanta, and perform together as the balalaika-guitar duo, “Russian Romance.”

Jamie Laval

Genre: 
Scottish

Nationally acclaimed performer, composer, arranger, and educator, Jamie Laval is hailed as “One of North America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music” (San Jose Mercury News).  Laval’s unique approach to traditional Celtic music blends the simplicity of an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair that resonates with families, youth, seniors, and devotees of ethnic, jazz, and classical music. 

In 2002, Laval won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship which launched his career throughout the U.S. and Scotland as a devoted performer of Celtic music. A self-managed, independent artist, Laval sustains a schedule of over 100 solo engagements per year on community concert series, large festival stages, as a soloist with symphonies, and in chamber music performances with other top string players. He teaches master classes and seminars for string players in summer music camps such as The Swannanoa Gathering and is a frequent lecturer at California State University and other similar institutions. 

Murmurs and Drones,  Laval’s third and most recent album, won the popular vote for “Best World Traditional Album” in the 2012 Independent Music Awards. 

 

BACK IN THE SADDLE

Genre: 
Western Band Classics- 1920's -1960's , Cowboy TV and Music Songs

 

BACK IN THE SADDLE is an All Star Western Music band whose energetic shows delight fans of all ages. United by their love of the songs of the Great American West, this diverse group of stellar musicians brings humor, fun and great vocal harmonies to this wonderful American musical genre. Their shows include classic Cowboy songs, Western Swing, Movie & TV Western theme songs, originals inspired by the West and even some Tin Pan Alley standards. BACK IN THE SADDLE is always on the lookout for that next great Western song.

Vocalist and band leader ‘Frenchy’ Berne Poliakoff was a founding member of the well loved Western band Cowboy Envy, which received great acclaim and performed extensively at clubs, festivals, radio broadcasts and even the Kennedy Center. She brings a beautiful voice and whimsical wit to the stage. As a songwriter, ‘Frenchy’ has composed all of the band’s original songs as well as original songs for her own recordings. As a singer/songwriter and vocalist, Berne performs in many musical genres including Folk, Jazz and 20th Century popular.

‘Gallopin’ Gwen Hughes is a strong vocalist with her own rising solo career as a Jazz and Pop vocalist. She has released multiple albums with a wide variety of musicians. Gwen tours internationally and has performed as an actress in notable stage productions, films and television.

Musical leader LA ‘Durn’ Tuten (also of Cowboy Envy) is a highly respected musician for live performances and recordings. With BACK IN  THE SADDLE, ‘Durn’ plays upright bass and joins in on the vocal harmonies. He also takes the lead vocal on some Western Swing classics.

Matthew ‘Kickin’ Kaminski brings his special accordion skills to the band. When not playing Western music, Matthew has a growing recording career as a Jazz organist. And, during baseball season, he takes his organ skills into the booth as the official Atlanta Braves organist!

‘Ramblin’ Rick Hinkle is a master of all things stringed and often joins the band as guitarist and vocalist. His recording and performance career spans a Who’s Who of famous Atlanta singers and bands. Rick also operates his own recording studio as Producer / Engineer.

Guitarist ‘Maverick’ Micah Cadwell is the hollow body electric ruler! His music covers the gamut from Rockabilly to Jazz to Western Swing to great Bar Band Rock and Roll. Micah is very much in demand by many performers to join them onstage and always delivers great stylings.

On fiddle, BACK IN THE SADDLE is joined at different times by two of best in the fiddle-playing world, Kenny ‘Longhorn’ Lambert and ‘Tijuana’ Tim Hinkle. Both Kenny and Tim can get the toes tapping but also bring achingly sweet sounds with their amazing fiddle playing.

Great tunes! Beautiful harmonies! Rollicking good fun for all! BACK IN THE SADDLE!

Michelle Malone

Genre: 
Southern Blues and Roots

Michelle Malone: award winning Singer, songwriter, road warrior. Maybe you’re feeling tired or a little broken, like you can’t take another step. Hearing this soul sister from the South is just what you need. She can make the biggest arena seem cozy as a campfire and an intimate venue feel like the center of the universe. Rolling Stone has called her "raucous and jubilant" - her live show will have you laughing, crying, singing and dancing in your seat. "Malone is a master at mixing blues and Americana music” (Guitar Player Magazine), and she’s got something you’re probably dying for someone to tell you: You Are Stronger Than You Think.