NANCY REDD, who in the tradition of her father has a passion for jazz music. She began singing at the age of four. She began her classical training in flute by the age of nine. Being selected for the Cleveland All City Orchestra and the Cleveland Music Solo and Ensemble Competition as a youngster encouraged her to pursue formal training. While in high school and college she studied music at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Baldwin Wallace College . While earning her degree in Sociology and Psychology from Baldwin Wallace College, she continued private lessons and of course working with father in local bands. Her classical and jazz training over the years have allowed her to be a quiet storm. Alternating between flute and vocals she brings a unique and pleasant interpretation of jazz. She has performed at local venues, such Wade Oval, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Cleveland Public Library Women in Jazz Series. Nancy has opened for Grammy Award Winning Artist Solomon Burke and the Four Tops. She is also a song writer and actress appearing in local television commercials. However it is her mission to keep “Real Jazz” alive and to maintain the class and integrity of the genre.
John P. Stebal III started teaching drums in 1980. When John III felt the need to better service his drum students he started a more legitimate drum department in 1990. There was not a lot of space to work with as the drum department grew (800 sq. ft. total with the back half being used for studios and half of the remaining floor space in the front being used for guitars and accessories for other instruments). So when John Jr. left the business in 1996, John III decided to convert the full line store into a drum specialty shop and use all the floor space for drums and percussion. He felt that he could use his knowledge, experience, and passion for drums better in this type of environment. Today, Stebal Drums occupies three combined storefronts and a total of over 3000 sq. ft. of floor space and lesson rooms
Mr. Coach is a musician, composer, arranger and educator. Performance highlights include the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, the Jazz Lent Music Festival in Slovenia; The Custard Factory Music Series in Birmingham, England and at Club 54 in Heidelberg, Germany. Leo has been the recipient of major grants from The ArtsLink/Sorros Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Slovenian Government for composing, performing, and special projects both in the U.S. and Europe. He also arranges and performs collaborative concerts with South Indian musicians at the Thyagaraja Festival of Carnatic music held annually at Cleveland State. Mr. Coach has composed and directed music for the CSU productions of “Codename: Exile” directed by Ozen Yula and “Metamorphosis” by directed by Holly Holsinger. He currently teaches courses in World Music at both CSU and Ursuline College as well as performing with different ensembles in the Cleveland area.
On Tenor Sax: Cleveland jazz legend, Saxman Reggie Redd, who came to Cleveland in the 1950’s to study at Fenn College and was one of the early black musicians who opened the door for many musicians as the first African American in Cleveland to be apart of the local Musician Union. Not only did he pave the way for black musicians; but also, he brought together musicians who have a love for music. He gave many musicians their first opportunity to perform in a live band. Reggie’s rich, raw, soulful sound is well known in Cleveland. He has opened and/or played with many greats including James Brown, Carmen Mcrae, the Four Tops and Solomon Burke.
Chris has been giving private lessons since 1992 in multiple Buffalo and Cleveland locations - many of his former students have gone on to music school (most with scholarships) and many more have become active members of the local music scene. On average, he has about 80 students per week and plays 10-12 gigs per month. Chris has consistently been a prolific performer in both the classical and jazz/rock realms throughout his career. He has been the featured soloist on some of the most demanding classical repertoire and has served as principal bass of the Bermuda Symphony as well as the Buffalo Opera Company Orchestra. His current projects include guitar work in The Killerwatt Hours, bass work in The Syncopated Sin Swing Band, A Duo with Bobby Ferrazza as well as various pick-up gigs on both bass and guitar. Past gigs include Kassaba and Parallels. He has served as a substitute player for The Buffalo Philharmonic, The Akron Symphony, The Canton Symphony, The Erie Symphony as well as 15 60 75 (www.numbersband.com), Blue Lunch, Michael Civisca, Abundance, The Jay Epstein Trio, Bobby Rydell, Jerry Bruno Productions, and Abdou Mboup just to name a few. He is featured on recordings by Kassaba, Parallels and Cletus Black.