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Putting a band  together to perform in the Pittsburgh area.  Looking for musicians. ..four piece rhythm...horn...singer.  C-jazz aka smooth jazz genre.  Here's the audition material:  Swept Away by Russ Freeman and David Benoit; Hallelujah i just love her so by David Sanborn with James Taylor;3rd Degree by Fourplay; If I ever lose this heaven by Jeff Golub; Surreptitious by Jeff Lorber; Spellbound by Joe Sample.  Head chart must be exact, solos are freedom of speech.  No charts, come prepared…See More
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Forming Stellar C-Jazz Group

Putting a band  together to perform in the Pittsburgh area.  Looking for musicians. ..four piece rhythm...horn...singer.  C-jazz aka smooth jazz genre.  Here's the audition material:  Swept Away by Russ Freeman and David Benoit; Hallelujah i just love her so by David Sanborn with James Taylor;3rd Degree by Fourplay; If I ever lose this heaven by Jeff Golub; Surreptitious by Jeff Lorber; Spellbound by Joe Sample.  Head chart must be exact, solos are freedom of speech.  No charts, come prepared…See More
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Born and raised here. Retired March 1, 2010 after a successful management career with UPS. Moved back to the area in April to jump start a return to music. Performing with Liz Calfo, The Marcels, The Coasters, The Brass Knuckles Band....
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Mike Houlis; Reid Hoyson; Harry Levicki; Rick Purcell; Walt Maddox; John Orsini; Walt Harper; Michelle Green; John Papi; Harry Babinger; Liz Calfo; Duke Lamanna; Leonard Johnson III; Bill Taylor; Roger Humphries; Michele Benson; Nelson Harrison; Jerry Mellix; the Marcels; Ken Karsh; Joe Negri.
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Bachelor of Music Education, Morehead State Univeersity
Master of Music, University of North Texas
Master of Management Business Administration, Penn State
Publishing method book for the drums..."Two Stroke Stick Control".
Credits: Liz Calfo and Total Recall; Walt Maddox SuperM Prod.
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Putting a band  together to perform in the Pittsburgh area.  Looking for musicians. ..four piece rhythm...horn...singer.  C-jazz aka smooth jazz genre.  Here's the audition material:  Swept Away by Russ Freeman and David Benoit; Hallelujah i just love her so by David Sanborn with James Taylor;3rd Degree by Fourplay; If I ever lose this heaven by Jeff Golub; Surreptitious by Jeff…

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At 10:03am on October 1, 2015, stella kwale said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:( mrsstellakwale200@gmail.com) ) for the full details.

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At 2:21pm on August 30, 2010, Michelle gave Ken Smelko a gift
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Hey Ken, Thanks for coming out to Cabaret and sharing your talent with us. I absolutely enjoyed you listening to you play...you were awesome! I hope to see you at future events. Smooches!
At 2:15am on August 24, 2010, Kennard Roosevelt Williams said…
It's nice to meet you Ken, and thank so much for your very kind comment.
At 4:28pm on August 23, 2010, Ken Smelko said…
Thanks Marta .....and I will take a look.
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At 3:58pm on August 23, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Ken,

Thanks for your gratitude.I'm a member.

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage- http://www.freewebs.com/miartemartagracielabressi- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

http://www.freewebs.com/mindsofglass

New Website: http://martagracielabressistudios.webs.com/

Regards,

Marta

P.S.: Unfortunately, i' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.

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