Michele Osten & the Scottish NOT Just Jazz Band, a quartet, cover a vast repertoire, everything from jazz standards to contemporary tunes performed with a jazzy/bluesy twist. Michele has been collaborating with Los Angeles based song writer Denise Dimin and has incorporated a few of her tunes into the band song list. One of Denise’s compositions, Ease Away Slowly, produced by Bob McGilpin in Nashville, was released worldwide as a single in September 2021. It is still gaining momentum and recognition and is for sale via all of the top download platforms. The band is fronted by Michele Osten (micheleosten.com) born in Seattle, USA and residing in the UK for many years now, her vocals have been described as smooth as silk and she is accompanied by the best of the best musicians in the business. Michele has been fortunate to have played at some of the finest venues, such as The Verdi at The Royal Albert Hall, The Jazz Bar during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Pheasantry Pizza Express – Chelsea, The Groucho Club – Londons West End, The Half Moon – Putney and Up the Creek Comedy Club – Greenwich, just to name a few and she is excited to be joined by 3 fine Scottish musicians for this gig: Campbell Normand Piano Jerry Forde Bass Jack Wilson Drums We are also pleased to welcome Toni Jannotta who is coming to Scotland from Califiornia and will do a 30 min set with the band. Toni began her career as a dancer, became an actress, and ultimately a singer in any Jazz joint that would have her. Her love of music began with the violin at age 9, so it is no wonder that when acting went bust, she fell back to music and her first love, Jazz. She has played in clubs and festivals locally in her home state of California, as well as in Europe, the U.K., and Jamaica’ She has three vocal Jazz CDs to her credit, plus a documentary she created and produced featuring her local homeless community doing the storytelling and Jazz improvisers providing the backdrop.
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