amazing, sad and bittersweet

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Steve Mello     amazing, sad and bittersweet Born March 10, 1954, Steve Mello was originally from Bermuda where his father owned several grocery stores. He had two sisters and a wonderful mother with strong family roots. The family moved to Melbourne, Florida where he finished school, graduating from Melbourne High School. Growing up, he listened to his […]

a double buchi

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Chris Case    a Double Buchi Chris Case was born in New York and was raised in Bermuda and the Bahamas.  His family was in show business, traveling all over. They moved to the Bahamas when his father began working for Howard Hughes as manager of the Emerald Beach Hotel in Nassau. The first-time Chris saw […]

Key West is a kaleidoscope of talent

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Izzy Zaidman – Izak Gabriel Zaidman (aka Izzy) was born in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. His father was a professional guitarist, teaching and performing roots blues and ragtime in the New York area. Izzy was twelve years old when his father bought him his first guitar. He attended Charles Evans Hughes […]

practices gratitude a lot

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Tantra Grillo    “…….. practices gratitude a lot” Tantra Grillo, a Southern California girl from a small suburb of Tustin near Santa Anna, began writing poetry at age fourteen. She was influenced by the pain and poetry of Tupac. She started recording at Hot Tracks Studio but the head of the studio told her that it […]

Singing is like a natural high

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Raven Cooper  “Singing is like a natural high” Raven Cooper grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas and was a competitive freestyle and butterfly swimmer and diver in high school. She began listening to Janis Joplin at an early age, and it was a major music influence. Her grandmother bought her a classical guitar while on a […]

playing piano and accordion for 30 years in Key West

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Rob DiStasi Born to a large Italian family in Belleville, New Jersey, Rob started learning the accordion at five years old. Later he took piano lessons but they were overtaken by a larger interest in baseball. While in Belleville High School Rob’s music interest was renewed and he became part of the chorale group and […]

Lightning in a bottle

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Anthony “Tony Baltimore” Durante and his lightning in a bottle Tony Baltimore loves music, songwriting, and poetry. He asked his wife to tell him when he starts to lose his touch. When people aren’t coming to his shows or listening to his music, he would rather hear that from her instead of a reviewer. He […]

Its no longer about chops and speed

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Skipper Kripitz. – has developed his own music identity Samuel David Kripitz, lovingly known as Skipper, grew up in pre-casino Atlantic City, New Jersey during the 50’s and 60’s. His sister was a jazz groupie and inundated him with Billy Holiday, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, Miles Davis, et al. Located just 50 miles […]

Motto = Sing, Dance, Laugh

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Dave Bootle     “Sing, Dance, Laugh” David Wayne Bootle, the youngest of four brothers, was born just outside of Toronto in Orangeville, Ontario in 1962.  His parents were from England and immigrated to Canada. His father worked at McDonald Douglas Aircraft and was a solo pianist who played in small venues. Bootle started playing drums in […]

Sweet Pappa Walt and the Jam!

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Walter Yarbrough    “A much better person because of music” Walter Yarbrough is from Albany, New York.  A younger brother received a guitar when he was six but quickly gave it up. Walter confiscated the guitar and never stopped playing. He bought a Beatles album and the sheet music to go with it. He soon heard […]

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