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Special Guest Stars:
Erich Bergen is best known to West Coast audiences for his portrayal of Bob Gaudio in the original San Francisco, Los Angeles, National Tour and Las Vegas companies of Jersey Boys. Other recent credits include A Funny Thing...Forum (Reprise), Venice (Center Theatre Group), and television’s Gossip Girl. In 2009, he co-Produced, Directed, and Musically Directed Las Vegas Celebrates the Music of Michael Jackson, a benefit concert which raised $118,000 for Music Education in Nevada public schools. Erich's debut album, “The Vegas Sessions” is now available on iTunes, Amazon.com and CDBaby. For more information, please visit www.erichbergen.com, and on Twitter @erichbergen.
Cabaret Star WESLA WHITFIELD accompanied by Mike Greensill
Wesla Whitfield inhabits that indeterminate zone where jazz and cabaret meet. Trained in classical music and opera, Whitfield has toiled for more than three decades to become one of the most gifted performers breathing life into that exquisite body of Broadway tunes, movie songs and Hit Parade numbers known collectively as the Great American Songbook. Though based in San Francisco, Whitfield now spends much of her time in New York, working such noted rooms as the Algonquin Oak Room, Le Jazz Au Bar, The Metropolitan Room and Joe’s Pub at New York’s Public Theater, her current aerie, she has also appeared in concert at NY Town Hall, Avery Fisher and Carnegie Hall. With her deft sense of time and uncanny ability to connect with the emotional truth in a lyric, the jazz world has had no qualms about embracing her as one of its own.
Working with pianist/arranger Mike Greensill, the two released their 19th recording 'Message From the Man In The Moon' in December of 2007, and their first as a duo. Along with several well-known tunes, the song list also features the rarity, ‘I’ve Found My World In You’ written by Neil Sedaka and included at his personal request. Together Whitfield and Greensill conduct scheduled Master Classes at Notre Dame De Namur and Napa Colleges in California and throughout the country as well as teaching privately. Whitfield and Greensill have garnered numerous national television, radio and written media credits including, All Things Considered, Fresh Air with Teri Gross, People Magazine, CBS Sunday Morning, New York Times Sunday Magazine, DownBeat Magazine profile and a feature in ‘O’ Magazine.
Rising opera & jazz star KALIL WILSON
Kalil Wilson's velvet voice, soulful delivery, and thrilling classical tenor performances mark him as a uniquely exciting new musical artist. Expertly capable and innovative in jazz, pop, and R&B, highly accomplished in the classical singing tradition, he is one of those rare singers who crosses through genres, bringing to audiences intriguing and nuanced performances. In his young career, he has sung on stages from the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center to Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Getty Center, UCLA’s Royce Hall, the West Coast’s premiere jazz venues, and beyond. As a classical singer, he performs lead tenor roles and oratorio with leading companies including the Los Angeles Opera and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. World-famous soprano Renée Fleming has said of Kalil’s singing, “Beautiful! Kalil makes me cry.”
Kalil is the protégé of music legends Kenny Burrell and Seth Riggs. A recent magna cum laude graduate of UCLA, he received early training at UC Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program. Kalil’s artistry is beautifully showcased on his critically acclaimed debut album, “Easy to Love,” which is being played on radio stations across the world, including KJAZZ 88.1 in Los Angeles. He has been the featured tenor voice in dozens of symphony and oratorio concerts, and been honored with many classical singing awards and fellowships, including two seasons with the prestigious Aspen Summer Music Festival. He opened the 2009-2010 season with the Oakland East Bay Symphony in a highly praised gala performance, and is set to open the 2010-2011 season with Carlos Santana.
TV (Queer Eye/Celebrity Duets), Broadway (Rent, The Producers) star JAI RODRIGUEZ
JAI RODRIGEZ, a 2-time Help is on the Way veteran, appeared on Broadway as Angel in Rent, Carmen Ghia in The Producers and in the Off-Broadway musical Zanna Don’t as Zanna as well as the TV series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. He hosted Groomer Has It for Animal Planet and Ultimate Style on the Style Network with Daisy Furentes. He also appeared on the reality TV show, Celebrity Duets and released two singles “Love is Good” in 2003 and “Broken” in 2007. Jai most recently appeared as a newscaster in the music video “Telephone” with Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.