GRAMMY Nominated trombonist, Hank Bilal was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina into a musical family where his uncles on his mother’s side all played instruments and his father played drums professionally. As with many of our southern based musicians Hank Bilal started in church, in the youth choir. And at home there was always the music of gospel greats being heard like The Canton Spirituals, Mississippi Mass Choir, John Pee Kee and The Winans to name a few!
Hank’s formal music education began in middle school. Later Hank went on the earn his Bachelor of Arts in music performance. Before turning in the direction of more contemporary jazz Hank spent many years in listening to classic jazz where he was exposed to the giants of the jazz style.
Hank Bilal has shared a performance platform with many great artists, from performing on the GRAMMY awards with Aretha Franklin to Gerald Albright, Chaka Khan, Christopher William and The Clark Sisters! Beyond being a veteran trombonist, the GRAMMY Nominated artist is also fluent in other performing areas as a pianists, singer and other brass instruments!
You can also add music producer as Hank Bilal has produced multiple albums; to include, The Black Aquarius, Brassential Elements, A Bona Fide Christmas, and Beneath the Covers, which features some of the best in smooth jazz!
Hank Bilal is also an educator and has been teaching elementary grades preK3 through 6th at Martin de Porres Catholic School since 2015. In addition to him being an educator he serves as an active member of community service groups, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
Kyle Schroeder is a 25-year-old saxophonist based in the Tampa Bay Area. With a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Saxophone/Music Business from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Kyle has been a compelling force in contemporary jazz since his start in 2013. Kyle has had the opportunity to be featured/perform with world-class musicians, including Ben Tankard, Four80East, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, BK Jackson, Two Friends, The Ries Brothers, Dave Liebman, John Daversa, Adam Hawley, Carl Fischer, Nathan Mitchell, Allon Sams and more! Kyle has also had the opportunity to play large-scale music festivals, including Clearwater Jazz Holiday (3x), Sunset Music Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Miami Smooth Jazz Festival, and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. In addition, Kyle has notably performed “God Bless America” for the Miami Marlins on Opening Day 2018 and “The Star-Spangled Banner” at countless MLB games. Kyle released his debut album “Get With It” on June 10, 2022 and it is being played on radio stations across the U.S. and Europe as well as Sirius XM Radio. Along with Kyle’s original compositions and productions, the record also features pianist Jonathan Fritzén, bassist Rohan Reid, keyboardist Phil Davis and more! Whether it be in live performance or in the studio, Kyle’s musical goal is to positively impact audiences everywhere by drawing from his diverse influences and placing utmost importance on creative improvisation!
Gino Rosaria, born and raised in Curaçao, developed an interest in music at an early age. Growing up on a very culturally diverse island, Gino learned to speak four different languages fluently. The influence of the many cultures allowed him to learn and play many different kinds of music, which became a part of his identity. Later on he grew to enjoy Jazz, Latin, and Classical music the most. Gino started performing on a regular basis in his early teens.
Gino moved to the US in 2003 to study music under the world renowned Daisy De Luca Jaffe. In 2009, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Classical Music Performance. Gino then started taking private Jazz lessons with Jazz pianist David Shelander, who studied with Bill Evans. During his time in the US. Gino went on to win many competitions and appeared on national TV and radio stations performing solo, chamber, and with orchestra. Today Gino performs and does studio work on a regular basis with some of the best musicians around, including award winning artists such as violinist Karen Briggs, Jazz clarinet player Tim Laughlin, flutist Kim Scott, jazz guitarist Adam Hawley, and flutist Althea Rene.
In 2016, Gino started a new project called Groove Symphony where he released all original music inspired by his newborn Simon. In 2017 Gino’s Groove Symphony project won an award for Best Funk/Fusion EP from the Akademia in Los Angeles. Today Gino travels as an educator teaching master classes, as a producer producing music for clients all over the world, as a sideman/musical director for many national acts, and as a performing artist continuously writing and performing original music. Gino also holds an artist-in-residence position at a mega church in Pensacola FL.
Gino released his first contemporary jazz album in the summer of 2019. On that album he features several heavy hitters such as Marcus Anderson, Althea Rene, Elan Trotman, Adam Hawley, and more. His radio single “Night Groove” made it onto billboard within the first week! The single made it onto the top 30 on most of the contemporary jazz charts.
“My goals are to continue giving virtuoso piano performances in both Jazz and Classical music…” says Gino. His Curaçao roots are heard all over his music, and Gino is very proud of that.
Ten #1 hits. 65+ dates per year. Adam Hawley has burst on to the scene as a celebrated and innovative artist, composer and band leader. Originally signed to Maurice White’s (founder of Earth, Wind, & Fire) label Kalimba Music, Adam’s first two albums “Double Vision” and “Just the Beginning” spawned an incredible Six #1 Hits, an unprecedented feat for a new artist. He followed that up with “Escape” which included the 2020 Billboard Song Of The Year “To The Top.” In 2021 Adam set out with the exciting fourth album “Risin’ Up” which features Steve Cole, Vincent Ingala, Julian Vaughn, Riley Richard & Kat Hawley anchored by the thrilling first single “Risin’ Up.”
Tour Highlights Include:
•Seabreeze Jazz Fest
•Catalina Jazz Fest
•Berks Jazz Fest
•Rehoboth Jazz Festival
•Cancun Jazz Fest
•Newport Beach Jazz Fest
•Dave Koz Cruise
•Mallorca Jazz Fest
•Napa Valley Jazz Getaway
•Jazz on the Vine
& Many More…
Adam has also been a guitarist to the stars, appearing with a who’s who list of artists in a wide variety of genres. Credits include Dave Koz, Jennifer Lopez, Brian Culbertson, Natalie Cole, Brian McKnight, and American Idol to name just a few.
He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California and currently teaches at Musician’s Institute, Chaffey College, and Saddleback College.
2x # 1 Billboard recording artist Phil Denny stands out as a household name in contemporary jazz. Impressive artistry, presence and passion combined with a unique ability to connect with people on and off the stage have earned Denny a resume of notable achievements over the last decade and give reason to play on.
The 11x Billboard charting, independent artist has been described as a passionate and soulful player often captivating audiences with his smooth and sexy yet energetic style. Friends and fans alike often describe him as a people’s musician having developed and maintained a very active, loyal and ever-growing international fan base even before the release of his 2012 debut CD, Crossover.
The identifiable sound of his silky smooth tenor sax is perhaps most familiar on the hit track Diggin’ On which scored an impressive #13 position on the Billboard chart. Switch Up earned a career first Billboard #1 in 2018 as well as the top spot on the Mediabase and Smooth Jazz Network charts. “Feel Alright” feat. David P. Stevens earned an impressive #2 on Billboard in 2019. The latest EP release, “Urban Troubadour” earned 3 hit singles including “Lifted” posting up at #5 on Billboard, “Tough Get Goin'” feat. Ryan Montano scored a #7 on Billboard and the title track was the #1 single on Billboard to start 2022.
Performances of note to date include an appearance at the 2012 Dubai International Jazz Festival, Headlining Jazz Under the Stars 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya, co-headlining 2014, 2013 Arizona Jazz Festival, 2013/2014 GrandJazzFest, 2014 Shoreline Jazz Festival, 2016/2021 Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival, 2017 Cancun Jazz Festival, 20th Seabreeze Jazz Festival (2018), Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival (2022) and is a frequent performer on the venue/club scene. Additionally, Denny has enjoyed performing as sideman to guitarist Peter White and more and host his own annual summer Smooth Jazz Fete and Phil Denny & Friends Christmas Collective.