Howard Alden. Available for private functions, lessons(including Skype). “An original virtuoso…A modern maestro! One of the 75 greatest guitarists of all time” Downbeat Magazine. 7 String Guitar Master. Playing the classic American songbook, traditional, swing, mainstream, Brazilian and Gypsy jazz. He also offers his musical services to Opa Life customers.
Felix B. Sainz, Jr. is an in-demand vocalist, classic guitarist and bassist and audience favorite at Opa Life Greek Cafe Tempe. As a solo performer on classical guitar, Felix's smooth multilingual vocals in English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese have made him very popular. He specializes in a variety of easy listening, popular, and classic love songs. He also offers his musical services to Opa Life customers.
Bandleader and lead vocalist Harrison Begay is an Arizona Blues Hall of Fame nominee and Native American Navajo. The bassist and supporting vocalist is Emmy Award winning Panamanian Mahlon Hawk. Together they also perform as the Harrison/Hawk duo. The SHB includes drummer/vocalist David Gamboa and rotating talented sax players who perform a colorful mix of bluesy rock, funk, latin and R&B providing danceable grooving music that never fails to please audiences at Opa Life and at private events. They also offer their musical services to Opa Life customers.
Simón Ames brings his Brazilian Groove Band to Opa Life Greek Cafe and offers his musical services to Opa Life customers for their private events. Simón , born in South America, is a music educator in the Phoenix area and is a long-time respected performer of the great Brazilian Bossa Nova music. He also performs classic jazz with terrific melodies that put smiles on the faces of his listeners. The quartet members are: Simón Ames-vocals-guitar, Curt Foster-keys, Nick Watts-drums, and George Laughery-bass.
Steve and Janet Carter are proven and popular Opa Life performers in the music genres of early rock and roll (1950s, 1960s), rockabilly, and surf classics from the 1960s. They offer their musical services to Opa Life customers.
Carmela Ramirez with her band Carmela y Mas is one of the top Latin Jazz bands in the Southwestern USA. This 8-piece elite band, with vocals and percussion by Carmela, performs Latin Jazz from Bossa Nova to Salsa.
Joe Hopkins brings his exceptional clarinet playing to Cheryl Thurston's Swing Time Band that includes acclaimed guitarist Howard Alden and the "maestro of the beat" Roy Calhoun on drums.
The "straw that stirs the drink" for this wonderful band is its leader Cheryl Thurston on keys, horn, and lead vocals. For music fans who enjoy swing and classic jazz punctuated with Dixieland songs, this band is a "don't miss it" musical experience.
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