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Curtis Salgado
Curtis Salgado - Narrator / Vocals
Curtis´ singing ability was recognized at an early age, when he came home from kindergarten one day with a note from his teacher pinned to his shirt saying that he could sing. He fronted the respected Roomful Of Blues, inspired John Belushi to create the Blues Brothers, fronted the Robert Cray Band, and kicked off his own recording career in 1991. He´s appeared on NPR´s Mountain Stage, been the highlight of major festivals. Curtis´ latest CD, Soul Activated, was garnered a WC Handy Blues Award nomination.
Devin Phillips
Devin Phillips - Tenor & Soprano Sax
Born and reared in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz, and an evacuee from Hurricane Katrina relocated in Portland, Oregon, Devin Phillips´ intense affair with the saxophone began at the age of eight. Phillips has performed, toured and recorded with top jazz artists, such as Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, The Headhunters, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Lenny Kravitz, and Los Hombres Caliente (with whom he recorded two award-winning albums). He has performed at France´s Jazz de Vien Festival, Tokyo´s JVC Jazz Festival, Barcelona Jazz Festival; the Netherlands´ North Sea Jazz and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Linda Hornbuckle
Linda Hornbuckle - Vocals
Linda Hornbuckle started singing at the age of six in the Grace & Truth Pentecostal Church, Portland, Oregon, a church her father, Bishop H. Hornbuckle pastored. Linda has toured and/or recorded with national recording artists; "Quarterflash", "Nu-Shooz", "Dan Reed", and "Gino Vanelli". She later became lead vocalist for the high profile Motown Revue Band, "Body & Soul" and in 1992 became the driving force for the Blues act "Linda Hornbuckle & the No DeLay Band". Today Linda leads her own band and continues her own voyage into stardom as a solo act called Linda Hornbuckle.
Andy Stokes
Andy Stokes - Vocals
If you look into the Soul of Portland, you will find Andy Stokes...He has recorded with A & M Records, Warner Brothers Records, toured Japan, enjoyed a solo career. His recording of the song Test of Time made the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. Andy has performed with Curtis Salgado, Linda Hornbuckle, and Nu Shooz locally, along with Michael Bolton, George Clinton, Connie Stevens, Temptations, Stylistics and many others. Additionally, he was voice for one of the famous California Raisin characters, developed at Will Vinton Studios. Andy continues to perform his unique soulful music throughout the Northwest.
Shannon Day
Shannon Day - Vocals
Shannon began acting and singing on stage at the age of three. Being the daughter of an operatic soprano, she naturally stepped up to the lights. She has starred in many art-house films, tv series and movies, as well as a series regular on ABC´s "Land of The Lost". As an accomplished musician and composer, Shannon has been playing the piano since the age of five, and began writing her own songs when she was in her early teens. She was awarded her first gold record at the age of seventeen, for her harmony vocals on the Atlantic Records release, "Poolside" by the Grammy nominated band, "Nu Shooz".
Victor Morris
Victor Morris - Vocals
Victor Morris has been a narrator/soloist with the Oregon Symphony and Third Angle Music Ensemble and Euphonium/Tenor soloist for Tuba Christmas concerts under the direction of Maestro John Richards. With guidance from the late maestros Anton Guadagno, tenor Franco Corelli, and basso contante George Peckham together with the influence of Ms. Grace Bumbry, Ms. Ellen Faull, and present mentor, Maestro George Shirley, Victor´s prepared roles include Otello, Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del West), and Henry Davis (Street Scene with Portland Opera). He is presently preparing the role of Siegmund (Die Walkure). Victor is a recipient of the Accomplished Musician´s Award in the IBLA Grand Prize Vocal Competition in Ragusa-Ibla, Italy.
Heather Christie
Heather Christie - Vocals
Heather was born into a family of musicians in the Pacific Northwest. Early on she began singing and playing in bluegrass jams, country & folk tunes, gospel singalongs, radio theater and talent shows. Heather started writing music in her early teens and began singing professionally shortly after. She´s performed throughout the West Coast in Performing Arts Centers, Theaters, Colleges, Festivals and other music venues. A Lilith Fair finalist, Heather has shared the stage with many top artists, such as Fred Eaglesmith, Tracy Grammer, Harry Manx and Brian Webb. Heather has independantly recorded & released three albums which air on radio stations up and down the coast, and is getting ready to begin her next.
Thara Memory
Michkael Baker - Vocals
Seattle native Michkael Baker has lived his entire life in the Pacific Northwest. He has performed with vocalist Tarshene in the popular Northwest band Body and Soul and as an actor in "Chorus Line," "Godspell," and other stage productions. His voice can be heard in numerous commercials for Nike, Hewlett-Packard, and others. An accomplished dancer, Michkael is currently tearing up Northwest stages with knock out singing and great dance routines.
Thara Memory
Tarshene Daugherty-Vocals
Hailing from Vancouver, WA, this young lady has been singing
professionally since her highschool days. One of her first gigs was with the popular Portland R&B band Body and Soul. She can sing styles ranging from Billie Holiday standards to knock-your-socks-off R&B and Disco.
Thara Memory
Thara Memory
Thara began playing the trumpet at 11 years old, and has performed with many jazz and r&b legends including Eddie Harris, Arturo Sandoval, Charlie Rouse, Dizzy Gillespie, Chuck Israel, Lou Rawls, Benny Maupin, Eddie Henderson, Natalie Cole, Fred Wesley and the Master Sounds, The Four Tops, Pleasure, The Leroy Vinegar Quartet, The Depriest Project, Ravi Best, Urban Agnas, Brian Lynch, Scotty Barnhart, Javon Jackson, John Handy, Dennis Springer, Bernard Purdy, Ben Wolfe, Obo Addy, George Shaw, and many others. Currently, he leads his own outstanding jazz band, the Thara Memory Superband, and performs regularly with the Mel Brown Septet.
Fogatron
Fogatron
Or should we call him "Frogatron"? No doubt many will after hearing his vocal wizardry on ´The Down Low". Human synthesizer, sound mimic, beatbox mastermind Fogatron has been performing in his hometown of Portland since 2001. He has wowed crowds as far away as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Tokyo, London, Munich, Belgium, and Thailand. Winner of the Portland Mercury Pizzaz competition in 2004, Fog has been highlighted in The Oregonian, The Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, Seattle Stranger, KUFO, KBOO, and FOX 12´s Good Day Oregon.
Fogatron
Chuck Baliconis
Chuck Baliconis is a VIP in The Down Low, having contributed animated frog vocals to that track, along with Fogatron. Chuck has many years of musical experience as a vocalist, keyboard player, and musical director. He has performed throughout the US, Canada, and recently throughout the UK with Larry Branson. In addition to his excellent keyboard abilities, Chuck also plays acoustic and electric guitar and percussion. Together these musical talents serve as a vivid backdrop to Chuck´s versatile and powerful vocals and animated visual performances as the popular live act known as AVALON.

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