John Nyerges

 CABO FRIO MUSIC


​​​​​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..


Ronald was born in Rochester NY. He started playing percussions in his teenage years. In the late 1970s, he played with the local jazz band Tough Enough who was led by the late David Rugless. As a teen Ronald played extensively with local bands in the upstate area. His association with these groups offered him the opportunity to play with his longtime childhood friend band, Cabo Frio. Ronald was retired from music from 1976-2017, and now he is back better than ever.

An accomplished Bassist, well sought after Session Player, Composer, Engineer and Studio Owner, Mark Russells talents span several instruments and multiple genres. Mark’s life
has been a whirlwind of continuous musical experiences including studying composition and theory with Hank Levy at Towson State University.

As a musical chameleon Mark has worked in many types of musical environments.  This has been anything from international road tours of Broadway musicals like, Chorus Line, Dreamgirls and Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ to the 3 Mo’ Tenors and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  

Mark is currently the bassist for Cabo Frio, The Midnight Movers and smooth jazz charting artist Miles Stiebel in addition to Collaboration.  In the past he has also performed with Ken Navarro, Dave Valentine, Stephanie Mills, Cab Calloway, Acoustic Alchemy, Lloyd Price, Kim Waters, Melba Moore, Kevin Toney, Della Reese, Alexander O’Neal, Dennis Chambers, Ethel Ennis, Bernard Purdie, Gary Thomas, Maysa, Pamela Williams, Cyrus Chesnut, Ben E. King, Chante Moore, Bob Baldwin, Ronnie Laws and many more.

Be sure to check back to read about many of Mark’s accomplishments and to “click to listen” to his many musical offerings.

Ronald Haywood

Mark Russell

Judah Sealy

John Nyerges is a jazz pianist and composer based in Rochester, NY. He performs with his own Jazz Quartet/Quintet, is the jazz pianist for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and freelances with the region’s top jazz groups, and artists that come to town. His 2008 CD, Jazz, Pictures and Poems, features his own compositions, with his brother’s photography and his daughter’s poetry.John Nyerges is a jazz pianist and composer based in Rochester, NY. He performs with his own Jazz Quartet/Quintet, is the jazz pianist for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and freelances with the region’s top jazz groups, and artists that come to town. His 2008 CD, Jazz, Pictures and Poems, features his own compositions, with his brother’s photography and his daughter’s poetry.John Nyerges is a jazz pianist and composer based in Rochester, NY. He performs with his own Jazz Quartet/Quintet, is the jazz pianist for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and freelances with the region’s top jazz groups,

National Smooth Jazz Recording Artist Judah Sealy is a Smooth Jazz Saxophonist from Rochester N.Y.Smooth Jazz Saxophonist/Keyboardist/Producer. Judah Sealy is from Rochester, NY.  He picked up the saxophone at a young age while attending School of The Arts from middle school to high school. He started out on the Rochester Music scene in 2010 as a sideman and eventually as a bandleader in the years to come. Judah Sealy released his first single “Lifted” in May 2014 which led to his first smooth jazz album entitled "The Arrival" on August 14th, 2015. This album featured hit songs such as “Timeless Love” and “Nighttime ”. His follow up to his debut album was a Christmas album entitled “A Judah Sealy Christmas” which was released in December 2016.


May of 2018 saw the release of his highly anticipated album “Welcome Home”.  The 14-track album was written and produced entirely by Judah Sealy and features the hit single “Turn It Up”. “Talking Smooth Jazz” ranked “Welcome Home” as one of the top ten albums of 2018. Judah’s new single  “Turn It Up” is the latest single from the album “Welcome Home” and is currently playing on billboard stations around the country, including Sirius XM Watercolors