Groups By Region
Over the years, jazz has seen its share of talented vocal groups --New York Voices, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Andy Bey & the Bey Sisters, and Beachfront Property are among the names that immediately come to mind. All of those groups had two-gender formats, and rarely do you find a jazz-oriented vocal outfit with an all-female lineup; Pastiche is such a rarity. Consisting of singers Jenny Meltzer, Sandy Cressman, and Becky West, the female trio brings a jazz foundation to this self-titled debut album. But having a jazz foundation doesn't necessarily mean being a jazz purist or a jazz snob, and Pastiche is an appropriate name for the Bay Area threesome because Meltzer, Cressman, and West obviously have a variety of influences -- not only jazz vocal outfits like Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and New York Voices, but also everything from soul and pop to Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean music. Stevie Wonder has influenced some of the writing, and so has the Manhattan Transfer.
Members: Sandy Cressman, Becky West, Jenny Meltzer
Rockappella is an offshoot of the Marin County Rock & Roll Choir. Rockappellas can be spotted at boulevard stops intently tuned to their tapedecks, singing loudly, with the windows rolled up. Singing together, while a sideline for most of us, is a high priority balance to busy family and professional lives.
Members: Susan Ellis, Andrew Gootnick, Karen Harvey, Gail Howe, Curt Olsen, Robin Poppers, Sara Siegel, Phyllis Van Kranenburgh
Finess'e is a SF based group formed in November of 1985. Since then they've been delighting audiences statewide in such clubs as the Sweetwater, New George's, Offpaza, Waterloo and Rathskellar's in Las Vegas. Their range of music is unlimited (R&B, gospel, jazz and classical) which makes them available for any and all occasions. Special award winners in Harmony Sweeps '87, they have recorded in Las Vegas and worked with Maxine Howard.
Members: Jimmy "Jam" Smith, Greg McDowell, Bill Hopkins, Don Dorsey, Jerry Rubin
... a marvelous, musical group formed to relieve back and neck tension, promote world peace, and serve as a touchstone for all Druids of the world.
Members: Ray Green, Laurie Jones, Daria Mautner, Catheryn Zaro
| Baby Boomers
Kept together by a common love of Food, Money, and Sex, the Baby Boomers return to the Harmony Sweepstakes. Be sure to see the movie version of their meteoric ries to fame, starring Diane Keaton, at a theatre near you. Prepare to meat your “BOOM-BOOM.”
Members: Donna Turner, Bill Hopkins, Bill Bramblett, Maggie Catfish
The Brethren are four young singers, all under the ages of 18, who are a popular attraction at Northern California Junior Miss Pageants. they have been together for two years and are coached by Cheryl Hart, who is also their manager and their Mom (they eat all her food!) The Bretheren have performed for debutante and “Sweet 16” parties, political education rallies, and church groups and opened for the New Osmonds at the Kaiser Auditorium. Their biggest gig was singing before 15,000 people at the San Ramon Fourth Of July Festival. They have to perform early in the program this evening because it’s Homecoming Night and their dates are waiting!
Members: Ben Barlow, Peter Brown, Brian Toone, Justin Hart
|The Five Options
In 1939, the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America was formed and today has chapters all over the U.S and Canada, and over 40,000 members. There are two women’s Barbershop Societies in the U.S and both men’s and women’s societies in great Britain and Sweden. They’ve only been together since January 1987, but share approximately 30 years of Barbershop Harmony experience between them.
Members: Charles Feltman, Rob Gorlin, Ron Losk, Al Zemsky
| Five Spots
The Five Spots are all current or former members of the Oakland youth chorus, and have been active in Bay Area musical theater. together as a group since February 1987, they have toured the Greater East Bay and Jamaica. The group is hoping to create a “Spot” for their completely unique but traditional style.
Members: Matthew Twain, Brian S. Dyer, Matthew Callahan, Jeffery Phillips, Paul Mackey
FOUR was formed in the Spring of 1987 and has since been performing throughout the Bay Area. FOUR prides itself on the diversity of its music and the flexibility of its singers. All recent graduates of U.C. Berkeley, These “FOUR” singers aspire to be full-time professional entertainers (or at least to be the center of attention at any party!).
Members: Anne Stone, Wayne Dixon, L. Malathy Krishnamurthy, Jacques Pryor