KeL is a Brazilian singer-songwriter who moved to Boston in 2011. Influenced by artists ranging from Corinne Bailey Rae to Susan Tedeschi, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Tom Jobim, KeL founded her band at Berklee College of Music in 2012, combining jazz piano, rock solos, fresh pop grooves, and hints of smooth Brazilian melodies.
Kiri's Quartet stemmed from a group of four friends who enjoy music with influences from B.B. King all the way to Robert Glasper. With a different mix of genres, the group plays an array of funk fusion music with only one goal: to connect with the audience.
Using Venezuela as a point of departure, the Luis D'Elias Ensemble blends traditional South American music with contemporary jazz, rock, and classical music. Formed in 2012, the group has been performing constantly around the Boston area. Its first album will be released this summer.
Shay's Motel is a hip-hop band based in Boston that blends the spontaneity of free jazz with hard hitting danceable grooves and original poetry. Its sound can be likened to the sampled textures of hip-hop producers of the last two decades, combined with the rhythmic and harmonic freedom of jazz improvisation.
341 Trio is a jazz group with an original mix of styles, backgrounds, and cultures. Its members come from diﬀerent parts of the world, bringing music that gives this band an eclectic and rich sound full of sincerity. The trio has successfully combined traditional and modern jazz concepts into its writing, and it's typical of the members to trade the melodies and lead lines between instruments: trumpet, guitar, and bass. The trio's ﬁrst EP is to be released by the end of this summer.
Danny Istvan Nagy is a small town guy with a downtown sensibility. He was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and moved with his family to Hungary a few years later. One day, when exploring the attic of his family's home, he found his father’s old guitar and fell in love with the sound and feel of it instantly. He knew music was his calling—no two ways about it.