Jazz trio (guitar, bass, drums) plus female vocalist option. Jazz standards and originals in a wide variety of feels including Swing, Bossa Nova, Samba, Latin, and Funk.
Price Range: $300 and up
Gig Length: 15 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
You'll enjoy a disciplined, professional act. Since forming in July 2017, we've been steadily performing in various venues, including regular weekly gigs. Virtuosity, creativity, spontaneity, and gorgeous melodies. Well-seasoned and rehearsed, we create an experience of depth and refinement.
References available upon request.
Michael Cantafio (guitar)
Michael is a Chicago-native guitarist and teacher. He was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois and began his musical journey at a young age with internationally respected Jazz guitarist, John Moulder.
During high school, Michael worked extremely hard to earn money to pay for his own guitar lessons from various teachers. And after succeeding in complex AP music theory courses, teaching guitar on the side, and spending typically six hours per day practicing, he was accepted into Columbia College of Chicago with a full-ride scholarship. During his education at Columbia College, Mike was greatly influenced by his beloved guitar professor and mentor, Frank Dawson (RIP 1938-2010), and guitar professors Norm Ruiz and Bill Borris. Michael received his bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Columbia College in 2012.
Michael then went on to earn a master's degree in Music Performance with a concentration in Jazz at the University of Toledo. While earning his master, Mike studied under acclaimed artists such as: the director of the "Dave Liebman Big Band", Gunnar Mossblad; Jay Rinsen Weik; Tad Weed; and Dr. Olman Piedra. During his education at Toledo, he also worked as a graduate assistant, teaching numerous undergraduate courses.
He has played with artists such as: Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Otis Taylor, Jon Hendricks, Organic Flow, and more. Mike has opened for groups such as: Styx, Arrested Development, and Serengedi.
Shawn Medeiros (drums)
Shawn began playing drums and piano at an early age, later attending Cabrillo College and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. His most important and influential education came from his 20-year mentorship with legendary drummer Joe Gallivan. He has spent most of his career playing jazz and has worked with recognized musicians such as saxophonist Denny Morouse (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Larry Young, Stevie Wonder) and Vic Briggs (aka Antion) of Eric Burden and the Animals, among others. After many years of performing and recording in Hawaii, California, and Colorado, Shawn moved to Fairfield in June with his wife and children.
George Foster (bass)
George has been playing bass guitar since 1968, professionally writing, performing and recording in many musical genres.
Additional Booking Notes
As a simple trio, we can fit into spaces as small as 5" x 10". provide our own sound equipment. Staging and lighting can be provided at extra charge.
Past Booked Events
|March 28, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||The Bookhouse|
|March 21, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||The Bookhouse|
|March 14, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||The Bookhouse|
|March 07, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||The Bookhouse|
|February 28, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||The Bookhouse|
|February 27, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Private Event: Art Center of Burlington|
Some of our tunes, listed alphabetically:
A Child is Born
All of Me
All of You
All the Things You Are
Blue in Green
Days of Wine and Roses
Girl From Ipanema
I Fall in Love Too Easily
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
In a Sentimental Mood
Like Someone in Love
Mercy Mercy Mercy
On Green Dolphin Street
Someday My Prince Will Come
Stella By Starlight
Speak No Evil
The Nearness of You
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
The Very Thought of You
There is No Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You
This I Dig of You
You Go to My Head
Influences & Inspiration
Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane
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