Heather "Lil Mama" Hardy

Heather "Lil Mama" Hardy

Heather “Lil’ Mama” Hardy began studying the piano at age six and picked up the violin at nine. In 1983 she auditioned for the Manhattan School of Music as a double major on piano and violin and was accepted on both, but was required to choose only one. She began as a piano major under Zenon Fishbein and after one year realized that though piano was her great love; she was more driven on the violin. Heather returned the following year as a violin major under Raphael Bronstein.  While at school she began to play in the subway to make money while collaborating with different blues and rock musicians. This was the turning point at which she began to explore improvisation on the violin, and her unique style emerged. 

1984 she joined The False Prophets internationally famous Punk band and began touring the US and Europe. Also at this time she played regularly for Allen Ginsberg, and doing recordings for a number of New York bands . 

After moving to Tucson in 1990, she joined the Sam Taylor Band, originally as a featured violin soloist, but soon becoming a vocalist as well. Her smooth ambient violin playing that contrasted with her tasty, soulful “wah-wah” blues solos captivated audiences and helped the band win the 1995 Arizona Blues Showdown. That was followed by taking second place in the International Blues Talent Competition in Memphis and a European tour. By 1996, Heather had formed her Lil' Mama Band, taking it to New York in 1997. In 2000, she was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. 

Heather resided in New York once again and performing and touring with The Lil' Mama Band , as well as The Sam Taylor Band . She also was a member of such groups as Marble , The American Roots Orchestra , Tim Beattie's Big Dog ..and many more . 

Heather has been featured on over 200 albums since 1983. 

In 2003 she performed throughout California at 6 of The Amity Foundation's Prison projects . 

This tour landed her back in Tucson , where she continues to reside today . However she maintains a steady performance schedule in the New York area for about 3 months a year . 

And continues to work with the Amity foundation to bring music to prisons and their Therapeutic Communities throughout AZ , NM and California 

Currently, Heather tours internationally and has released 5 albums of original song

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Eve Silber

Eve Silber

Eve Silber is a singer, songwriter and guitar-player born and based in New York City. A sultry voiced songsmith and accomplished guitarist, she is best known performing a repertoire of swinging jazz originals and standards regularly in New York City's oldest jazz joints.

Eve received much of her training in NYC's West Village under the tutelage of the great Dave Van Ronk. She became a regular on the songwriter scene, recording with Fast Folk (now archived in The Smithsonian), and performing at the The Bottom Line (emergeing as activist for its ill fated fight to stay open). Studying traditional ragtime and blues guitar with Van Ronk she appeared repeatedly as his opening act, and for one memorable summer she toured in California with Ramblin' Jack Elliott. Eventually, she ended up one of many in a long line of hosts for The Speakeasy's legendary hootenanny. Eve released an album of oringal songs ("In My Life and Times") derived and dedicated to her studies with Dave Van Ronk. Continuing her guitar training with virtuosos Frank Christian and Roni Ben Hur, Eve ultimately left the world of open mikes and folk festivals to take residence in NYC jazz venues performing with some of New York's most loved and hardest working horn players (including Michael Hashim, Steve Gluzband, J. Walter Hawkes and Geoff Burke). In 2005 she released "Wasn't There A Dream", an album of original and standard jazz tunes produced by drummer Willie Martinez.

While developing her craft as a musician Eve utilized an extensive theatre background and never abandoned a life-long love of theatre. She studied with Augusto Boal, the developer of The Theatre of The Oppressed, received a Master's Degree in Performing Arts Education at NYU (along with her B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University). In addition to performing regularly Eve works extensively conducting education based playwriting and performance workshops for public school students and teachers, NYC mental health clients, homeless and senior groups, and organizers and activists.

Eve continues to write songs, often on political themes. She engaged in the Occupy Wall Street protests (including as host for WBAI's Occupy Wall Street Radio) and composed songs for the movement such as "We're Rolling" (for #StrikeDebt), "Pipeline," and "Will My Son Be Next" (#BlackLivesMatter). "This Revolution Is Not Leaving" became a frequently sung anthem in the streets and led the march and concert for Occupy's first anniversary event. Her touted composition "What About Climate Change" is dedicated to the memory of Father Paul Mayer, and is featured on the compilation album "Buy This Fracking Album."

Eve extends her teaching and performing expertise to good causes, eager students, and appreciative audiences.

 Chris Bergson & Matt Clohesy

Chris Bergson & Matt Clohesy

Chris Bergson

With MOJO Magazine's #1 Blues Album of 2008, Fall Changes, and #2 Blues Album of 2011, Imitate the Sun, New York guitarist/singer Chris Bergson has established himself as "one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music" (Richard Skelly, All Music Guide), creating his own blend of blues, roots and soul. Chris Bergson has performed and/or shared the stage with Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, B.B. King, Norah Jones, John Hammond, Etta James, and Bettye LaVette, to name just a few.

Selected Press

"A powerful spirit with flavours of Ray Charles and Tom Waits... These guys could strip down the engine of a soulbluesmobile and put it back together blindfold." MOJO

"Bergson's stirring voice and glorious guitar command immediate attention." Blues Revue

"Chris Bergson plays the kind of guitar you can build a house on - it's B.B. meets Steve Cropper meets John Scofield." ROLL Magazine

"Upon first hearing guitar man Chris Bergson and his gravely southern drawl, which is a combination of Levon Helm and Gregg Allman, you can hardly believe this guy is from New York City. Imitate the Sun displays an artist dedicated to bringing blues and classic R&B into the future while honoring the past." No Depression.com

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Moonshine Blues Band featuring Jerry Dugger and Karl Schwarz

Moonshine Blues Band featuring Jerry Dugger and Karl Schwarz

Jerry was born in The Bronx and raised in Harlem. He caught the music bug early in life, listening to his parents Ida and Alfonza sing around the house, singing with them in church, and listening to their collection of 78rpm records.

Through an amazing set of circumstances, a late night walk through Washington Square Park and a life changing encounter with Matteus Mederer (who was busking under the arch), Jerry found himself being introduced to the New York City Blues scene and Dan Lynch Blues Bar.

He spent thirteen years studying The Blues there, watching and performing with Bill Dicey, The Holmes Brothers and eventually hosting the Saturday and Sunday afternoon jam sessions. This little bar became the hub of the Blues scene in NYC. Many legendary Blues musicians, Johnny Copeland, James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, just to name a few, stopped by to hang out and sing a song on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Dan lynch was also the launching pad for many up and coming Blues artists.

These days Jerry's work is focused in the Tri State area and Europe, He works regularly at The Red Lion and Lucilles Grille at B. B. Kings Blues Club Times Square. His Bands, The Dugger Brothers, The Harlem Blues Project, The Acoustic Blues Caravan and MoonShine String Band are great vehicles for his voice and eclectic musical tastes.

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Christine Santelli

Christine Santelli

Grammy Nominated Songwriter, Christine Santelli has been on the NYC music scene for more than 2 decades. She has toured around the world and has released 9 CD’s over her  career.  Her Songwriting has caught the attention of Soul R&B singer Bettye LaVette, who has recorded two of Santelli’s songs on her last two albums “Step Away” on 2015 release “Worthy” and “Old” 2013 release “More Thankful More Thoughtful.  Santelli’s most recent EP, “Limelight ‘69”was chosen 2013 EP of the Year by Deep Roots Magazine. “ The beauty of Limelight ’69 is that you don’t have to buy any of your faithful friend and narrator’s cockamamie ideas about its narrative arc but can rather enjoy the tunes here as unconnected short stories—literate, engaging, darkly humorous in spots, certainly unabashedly romantic by the time the curtain comes down—and appreciate a fine songwriter at the top of her game.” Deep Roots Magazine

"Dragonfly," Santelli’s 8th CD, continues to burnish her reputation as a critically respected artist with that much sought-after quality—street cred”....Dave McGee veteran former Rolling Stone writer emeritus and distinguished author, "…Christine Santelli’s solo acoustic stunner Dragonfly is a complex, coming of age work…the matured singer-songwriter whose voice and acoustic guitar alone give wings to her poetry.".
- “Dragonfly” was a direct result of a project she embarked on in the summer of 2010. Christine wrote and video taped 100 original songs in 100 consecutive days and shared them on Facebook and Youtube.  She chose 15 of these originals and recorded them for her first solo acoustic album.  These 15 weren’t the only songs chosen to be recorded that year. 
-Christine has performed  festivals and many live shows in throughout the globe including South Africa, Norway, Germany, Switzerland (Montreaux Jazz fest among others) Russia, France, Spain and of course the US.  
-She just returned from a tour in Savannah GA, Mobile Al, New Orleans LA, and Jackson MS.  
-Deep Roots Magazine is hardly alone in their  praise of Christine. Rick Anderson, in the All Music Guide, wrote, "…A solid roots rock winner." of her 2009 Vizztone Release “Any Better Time”.  Diana Schwaeble of the Hudson Current, observed, "…(her) lush vocals, confident guitar licks and vibrant story telling are…richly hypnotic."

"When Christine Santelli sings you can see the pain, the joy, the passion, and the experience of all women in the world all at one time. Its' deep. It's soulful. And its meaningful. She has the wisdom of the ages in her voice and you can see it right there on her face. She's a revelation."-Willie Nile

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.