C.Doc. is an accomplished artist both in music and print advertisements, in addition Charles has a variety of musical achievements including many concert and CD release appearances as well as music videos. To date there are 5 major CD recordings to his credit, Charles has worked as a background singer for the praise & worship team at Speak The Word Church International. 1994-1999. CD titles include: "Rise Up And Sing" "Holy Praise" and "We Are The Light" The music at STWCI is an international ministry currently spanning the globe including Europe as well as the United States. Charles has also completed 2 CD projects of his own: *Standing On The Verge Of My Harvest and *The Next Level Both CD's were released as a live cable taping, and spawned several music videos from the albums. These music video's gave way to the debut premier of his new television broadcast which he also hosted called: *A Message In The Music Video Show* (Broadcast Video's Available) The CD's projects by Charles Dockery have a very special flavor that every person can relate and identify with, in addition there is a good variety of styles such as a little Pop, R&B, rap and some Jazz. You will be motivated, inspired and uplifted by every track, and you will find yourself coming back for more, and more. Charles has a heart and vision to use music and multimedia formats to help others on a global scale.
NICOLE HENRY "one of the most impressive live performers to polish up the great American songbook." - Japan Times "She can sell a power ballad as well as Whitney, Diana and Patti" - Jazz Times "She has a potent voice and her interpretive sense is sharp and distinctive." - Billboard "a superb vocal thespian?she swings with controlled abandon." Cadence "This terrific singer makes every song sound fresh. She has a lush, sultry voice and a natural swing." - Goldmine Magazine Nicole Henry?s beautiful and distinctive voice continues to garner fans around the world. She has been awarded ?Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2005? and "Best New Jazz Artist of 2004" by HMV/Japan, sharing their annual awards with other renowned artists such as Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jane Monheit and Joshua Redman. Her debut CD, The Nearness of You, released in 2004 in the U.S. and Japan, ranked #2 on HMV?s Jazz Charts in Japan, second only to Norah Jones, and remained in the TOP 10 for over 3 months. The Album reached #27 on the JazzWeek U.S. radio charts. Her March 2005 CD project with the Eddie Higgins Trio, Teach Me Tonight, was released in Japan and Korea and spent 3 weeks at #1 on the HMV Jazz Charts, 11 weeks in the Top 10. Henry?s voice ?aims for the emotional center? as she commands and captures the complete attention of the audience, telling real stories while also bringing a sense of ?joie de vivre.? She?s performed at the Rainbow Room with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Jazz Octet; at jazz festivals including the 2006 Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival; for the Manchester Craftsmen?s Guild in Pittsburgh; at jazz clubs such as The Dakota in Minneapolis and Arturo Sandoval?s Jazz Club in Miami; throughout central Mexico with her tribute concert to Billie Holiday; for senators and congressional representatives at the Democratic National Convention and the Congressional Black Caucus; at numerous private events and fundraisers; and for charitable causes benefiting Arts Education and AIDS awareness with organizations such as: AIDS Alliance, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, I Have a Dream Foundation, and the Black AIDS Organization; and has on numerous occasions, been featured as an educational guest speaker for school children. Her tours in Asia, North & Central America & England have landed her notable mentions and highly acclaimed reviews in media publications including Swing Journal, Prairie Home Companion, jazzreview.com, Sirius Satellite Radio, DownBeat, All About Jazz, XM Satellite Radio, L.A. Jazz Scene and more. She?s shared the stage with music legends Isaac Hayes, Kenny Werner, Jennifer Holliday, Nicholas Peyton, Eric Alexander, Joan Osborne, Roberta Flack and Tom Scott to name a few. As Swing Journal stated, "...Nicole sings with such power and emotion. She has a big future ahead of her." In her recordings, and during any of her live performances, you feel that power and you feel that emotion that emerges sincerely from her heart. As an actress and spokesperson, Nicole is the host and producer of the music segment of Miami?s PBS show ?ArtStreet? on WLRN-TV. As a lead, her acting skills have been featured on national television campaigns for Verizon Wireless, Amtrak, McDonald's, Air Jamaica, Rite Aid Pharmacies, Hershey's Swoops, Sears Optical and others.
Buncha Cool Cats Led by Elliot Dyson Buncha Cool Cats is made up of first class musicians who have been playing together for 14 years. Lead Vocalist/Saxophonist, drums, bass, keyboard, guitar and female vocalist. In addition, the leader also, performs on steel drums, guitar, and flute. Saxophones include alto, tenor, soprano and baritone. As a group they have played Disney Venues, Universal Studios' CityJazz venue (were the opening act for Spyra Gyro at CityJazz), Grand Lakes Resort (Ritz and Marriott), Grand Cypress Hyatt Regency, Rosen Hotels, Wyndham Palace. Opening act for Peebo Bryson (vocalist for the movie Beauty and the Beast) Pleasure Island Jazz Club and many country clubs, weddings and private events. Individually they have played with many other bands giving them an extensive song list. They have all played with recording artists on occasion. They bring to your event the best in Jazz, transitioning to Rhythm & Blues or popular tunes with ease, which makes for a fun event. Because we are blessed with theme parks in our area and therefore many fine musicians, any substitute used is equal or better than the band member they are replacing. You also have the opportunity to go smaller to 5 or 4 pieces to accomodate your event. Elliot Dyson is never replaced or the cats would no longer be so cool.
The Miami Jazz Experience is a talented quartet of seasoned players. They'll provide an elegant and sophisticated performance for nearly any occasion. Your guests will enjoy an artistic experience...real, live jazz...showcasing the heart and soul of true instrumental jazz: melodies and improvised solos performed by four of Miami's most talented professional musicians: Glen Bauer studied jazz guitar with Dennis Sandole in Philadelphia. He has been a professional guitar player many years. Glen?s playing experience includes jazz, blues, and rock in Philadelphia and Atlantic City. He?s been performing jazz and blues professionally in the South Florida area for over 15 years. Al Nigro is a native of South Florida, and has played locally for more than 20 years, in all styles and venues. He has a jazz performance degree from the University of Miami, and has opened for such acts as Wayne Newton, Smokey Robinson, and Ray Charles. He recently played bass for the new musical Breakin' Up Is Hard to Do (a production at the Miracle Theater). Stewart Schultz has had 15 years of training in classical piano, and has been performing jazz, blues, other improvisational and classical music for over 20 years on both U.S. coasts and in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Croatia). In South Florida he has performed solo jazz piano as well as ensemble jazz and blues with artists such as Albert Castiglia, Sheba Israel, Bobby Stringer, and many others. Dean Vellenga grew up on the frigid plains of Northwest Minnesota. He holds a degree in music from Moorhead State University, where he was the drummer for the MSU jazz band, jazz combos, and several orchestral ensembles. In addition to the Miami Jazz Experience, Dean plays with a funk rock trio that gigs regularly in and around the Fort Lauderdale / South Florida area. The music is real...and it's all live...just true jazz. And it's art...each of the musicians blends, interacts, and inspires each other for a unique performance for every date. So, show your guests that you appreciate the magic of live music. Show them that you value their taste in music. Show them the Miami Jazz Experience.
Sir Charles Atkins, Professor of the Blues, Tallahassee's Soul Brother Number One: these are all titles that Charles Atkins has earned. To most people, he is known as a serious musician and a polite gentleman with a social conscious. A real, down home person, and a talented musician with a big heart. Charles learned music at the Florida School for the Blind in Saint Augustine, Florida and later earned a degree in music education at Florida State University. His chosen instruments are keyboards and vocals. He has performed with Sam and Dave, and Benny Latimore. He has since branched out on his own. Charles Atkins is not just a piano player, a soulful vocalist, and a talented songwriter; he has produced and played for other artists' recordings. Charles is willing to share his experience, teaching music in several settings. Charles plays in various groups and trios, and with his most recent venture, the Charles Atkins Blues Band: Charles "Sir Charles" Atkins- Keyboards and Vocals Adam "Strings" Gaffney - Bass Deborah "Sweetgroove" Osborne-Berlinger - Percussion Perry "The Doctor" Osborn - Guitar and Vocals