Andy Calabrese, pianist, educator and music producer, plays in the Rochester New York area with his own jazz trio as well as Prime Time Funk and Chet Catallo and the Cats. He's in demand as a sideman as well, having performed with jazz and pop artists such as Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, The Cowsills, Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, David Clayton Thomas, Paul Schaffer, Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Kathy Sledge, Lou Gramm, Carmine Appice, Russell Thompkins Jr., Bob McGrath, Bobby Vinton, Jerry Vale, Pete Barbutti, Connie Francis, The Shirelles, Rick Braun, Joe Locke, Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Chuck and Gap Mangione, Bat McGrath, Pepper Adams, Marvin Stamm, Sam Noto, Joe Romano, Sal Nistico, Pat La Barbera, Joe La Barbera, John Clayton, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Rankin, Steve Davis (bassist in the original John Coltrane Quartet), Ronnie Leigh, Nancy Kelly, Dave Mancini and others.
Luis Carrion was born and raised in Rochester, New York. At the age of 2 Luis picked up his first Latin percussion and performed locally in his father's band. At the age of 9 he decided to learn how to play the cuatro puertorriqueño and was considered a prodigy at a very young age. Luis was playing music professionally at the age of 12. At the age of 13 he picked up the bass for the very first time. Luis attended School of the Arts in Rochester, where he studied electric and upright bass. He also received scholarships to attend the Eastman Community Music School. He has performed with and recorded for several artists including N'klabe, Brenda K. Starr, Jimmie Highsmith Jr, Mambo Kings, Daniel "DeeCoy" Antonetti, and Marc Anthony , just to name a few. Growing up playing Jazz and Latin music, Luis learned to appreciate both genres . Throughout his musical career he has had the privilege to study with Guitarist Bob Snieder, Bassist Ruben Rodriguez, Latin percussionist Marco Arguinzoni, Pianist Adan Perez, Bassist Fumi Tomita, Latin percussionist Freddy Colon, Saxophonist Doug Stone, and many others. Luis is currently playing professionally around the United States playing Latin music and jazz.
Jazz saxophonist and composer Kenny Blake earned critical acclaim and reached the top of the jazz charts with his four releases on Heads Up Records. His sound is “soul hybrid” a combination of traditional jazz with modern rhythm and blues. Kenny Blake's R&B-tinged solos delight fans around the world. Kenny has performed throughout the United State, Europe, and South Africa as a solo artist and sideman. In the mid-80's Blake toured with the MCA pop-jazz recording artists Cabo Frio and performed his compositions on their 1987 self-titled release. With airplay on smooth jazz and quiet storm radio stations Blake’s 1991 solo release “Interior Design” climbed to number 15 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. He again reached the jazz charts at number 20 with the album “Rumor Has It” in 1992. Blake has released five solo CDs. Along with Joe McBride, Gerald Veasley Blake performs as member of the Heads Up Super Band and appeared on their 1998 release. As a session man Blake has recorded with Pieces of a Dream, Joe McBride, Gerald Veasley, Darryl Alexander, Tommy Price, Bob Thompson, Chizmo Charles, Rodney McCoy, Donny Iris, Billy Price, Pure Gold, and John Harrison III, and others. He has appeared at many jazz festivals including the annual Berks Jazz Festival, the Jazz on the Rocks festival in Cape Town, South Africa, the 2006 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, and at festivals in Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rehobeth Beach, Oregon, and Cape May. Kenny works with an array of top musicians and performing in duos, trios, and quartets.
Curtis L. Kendrick
When most young men were playing with toy soldiers and reading comic books, Curtis was captivated by a sound and feeling that would become a driving factor in his life. The words of the famous “Little Drummer Boy” written by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone seem to capture the essence of who Curtis is, “Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, On my drum.”
Music came to him early in life when he began playing at the age of eight. He became involved with the Mighty Liberators Drum & Bugle Corps, which gave him fundamental training in percussion. Curtis went on to study formally at the Hochstein music school in Rochester, NY, where he studied drums and piano. Curtis soon earned a reputation as one of the hottest young drummers in the area and quickly caught the ear of Glen Cummings and Terrance Bruce, well known jazz musicians who played at a local jam session frequented by some of the area’s top musicians. Glen Cummings gave Curtis his first big break and invited him to start a professional jazz group. Curtis and his dream was on the way.
Curtis developed his writing abilities early on in his young life and and became a prolific songwriter for Cabo Frio. The jazz group Cabo Frio, started playing big concerts and opening for national jazz acts for the first few years. During that time, the group was introduced to Ricky Schulz, head of Zebra Records, who later signed Cabo Frio to MCA records. The band started touring and reached #11 on the Billboard Jazz Charts with their recording Right on the Money. Curtis owned and operated National distributed Record Label, Kezia Records in which he released four CD projects..
CABO FRIO MUSIC
Rochester native, Marlowe Ware, is unquestionably one of Rochester, NY notable musicians. As an accomplished Percussionist, Marlowe grew up playing congas at the age of 13, and playing with various bands in the area. Marlowe has performed with Parliament Funkadelic, Tough Enough, and many more. Well-known for his versatility and professionalism, he is one of the few percussionists equally comfortable in a multitude of styles, from R & B to rock topop to bebop to Latin to Brazilian to New Age