It all started in New Orleans, Bill's grandmother was born near New Orleans in the town of Franklin. His Father, John, was a jazz pianist and banjoist on many of the steamboats of the great "Strickfus Line" playing in and around New Orleans as well as up and down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
Bill Allred was also born near the Mississippi River in the town of Rock Island. He played trombone at Rock Island High School, in the U.S.Navy Band and at St. Ambrose College.
Mose Allison was born in the Mississippi Delta on his grandfather’s farm near the village of Tippo. At five he discovered he could play the piano by ear and began “picking out” blues and boogie tunes he heard on the local jukebox. In high school he listened to the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, and his prime inspiration, Nat Cole of the King Cole Trio. He played trumpet in the marching and dance bands and started writing his own songs.
With a colorful career that spans five decades, the legendary Kenny Cohen has been a viable force on the music scene. Kenny is a veteran musician, vocalist, and entertainer. He fronts his own groups, sings, plays tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, and flute. He has performed locally and internationally with an impressive list of award winning recording artists.
Michelle Amato is an American vocalist; she trained at the University of Miami School of Music. She has toured and/or recorded with numerous artists including Quincy Jones, Jon Secada, Liza Minnelli, Al Green, Sandi Patti, Jon Hendricks, Donna Summer, Michael McDonald, Celia Cruz, Rita Marley, and has been a featured soloist with the Memphis Symphony and the South Florida Pops. She has performed with Yanni during the 2003-2004 Ethnicity tour and her featured solo work can be heard on that CD. She also toured with him during the 2005 Yanni Live!