2017 Entertainment Line-up
Rhymes with Orange – Acappella vocal group – This acappella singing group is based in Redlands. The group covers a wide range of styles, including jazz, classics and spirituals… or whatever else floats their boat! The members include Dan Abushanab, Heather Abushanab, Jennifer Brainerd, Loring Fiske-Phillips, Peter Tupou, Sue Scheirer.
Felonious Plunk – Playing instruments usually associated with bluegrass, this eclectic band puts on a great show. Lead vocalist Pete Roehling provides dynamic vocals and plays guitar and banjo. Kevin Chaffee, on banjo and Dobro, plays with a dexterity that blows away the stereotypes usually associated with these instruments and, in addition provides harmony on vocals. Ted Swigart on guitar adds outstanding melodic riffs while David Dickey helps to round out the band with his nimble work on the mandolin. Felonious Plunk plays jazz, oldies, country, and bluegrass and even a bit of classic rock and roll.
Wendy Hunt and Friends
Special Feature – Garden Jazz Festival!
Lolly Allen Quintet – Vibraphonist and bandleader Lolly Allen has performed with well-known jazz artists around the world. She has also performed on radio and at venues such as the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. She studied jazz at the New England Conservatory and has studied under such greats as Danilo Perez, George Garzone, and Cecil McBee. Lolly is joined in the front line by Kirsten Edkins, a multi-instrumental saxophonist who has performed with Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, The Tonight Show and others. Lolly and Kirsten are backed by bassist Theresa Sanchez, pianist Tom Owens and drummer Kendall Kay.
Wendy Ryan Quintet – The Wendy Ryan Quintet featues a stellar group that includes Plas Johnson on tenor sax, Les Benedict on trombone, Richard Simon on bass, Kendall Kay on drums, and Wendy Ryan, on piano. Each member of this talented quintet, has played and recorded with jazz greats from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Lou Rawls, Bette Midler, Linda Ronstadt, BB King to Henry Mancini, Sarah Vaughan, and many more. If you have ever heard Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther” movie theme song you have heard Plas Johnson’s solo sax!
Ellie Schwartz Guitar and Vocal – Ellie Joy Schwartz is a retired Special Education Teacher who has enjoyed music all of her life. Starting at age 6, she learned to play the piano to accompany her love of singing. She now plays guitar to accompany her singing and enjoys all types of music ranging from folk to blues to jazzier tunes. Art shows, restaurants, and private affairs are all venues at which she enjoys performing. She generally performs in and around the Riverside, California area, but has been known to hit the road for the “right gig”.
Rhymes With Orange – The show closes with an encore from the Rhymes with Orange, acappella vocal group – with their wide range of styles, including jazz, classics and spirituals… including jazz, classics and spirituals… or whatever else floats their boat! The members include Dan, Heather, Jennifer, Loring, Peter and Sue.