TRENT ARMAND KENDALL
Writer/ LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Currently starring as Mr. Bones in the Phoenix, AZ premiere of the celebrated The Scottsboro Boys by Kander& Ebb.
Kenadall has recently been headlining internationally in his acclaimed concert This CRAZY Love, a contemporary throwback classic to Las Vegas nightlife entertainment. He starred as Detective Hennessy in THE COCOANUTS at the Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN.), Mr.
Bones in the Los Angeles premiere (Ahmanson Theater / Center Theater
Group) of the bold and thrilling new musical from the creators of CHICAGO and CABARET; Kander & Ebb's THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. (Direction and choreography by Tony Winner Susan Stroman, music supervision John Kander) and Old Deuteronomy in the International production of CATS, co-produced by Really Useful and directed by Chrissie Cartwright/ Trevor Nunn. He recently reunited with stars from the original Broadway production for SMOKEY JOE'CS CAFE' (Hamilton , ON). He was the featured soloist for the AUDELCO AWARDS and appeared at The World Famous Apollo Theater.
He is the writer and star of PICTURE INCOMPLETE, a one man musical? (Best Musical , United Solo NYC)that played to sold out houses in Tampa, New Jersey, New York City (NYFRINGE, NYMF) and recently debuted internationally in Johannesburg, South Africa.
On Broadway he starred in Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS (revival starring Vanessa L. Williams), Off-Broadway in the cult hit BAT BOY the musical and Nunsense A-Men!. He starred in London's West End hit, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, and National Tours of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE' and THE COLOR PURPLE STARRING American Idol and Grammy Winner Fantasia.
Regional credits include: THE MUSIC MAN in concert - ALL African American Cast, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE a live radio play, THUNDER KNOCKING ON THE DOOR revival (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), MY ONE AND ONLY revival, Lil' Abner (Goodspeed Opera House), Ain't Misbehavin' (Cape Playhouse), GOD'S TROMBONES (Mass Moca), CHILDREN of EDEN (Paper Mill Playhouse).
His recordings INTRODUCING TRENT KENDALL-SO MUCH TO SAY and PICTURE INCOMPLETE are critically acclaimed.
TV/FILM: IRON FIST (Netflicx), NICKI starring Nicki Minaj (ABC Family), BLUE BLOODS (CBS), LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER SVU (NBC), STRANGERS WITH CANDY (Comedy Central), DAVE CHAPPELL'S SHOW (Comedy Central), BL STRYKER (ABC), THE PINK PANTHER (MGM)
Trent serves as lead singer of Brass ILLUSION, a 9 piece big band orchestra that recently headlined at the world famous Birdland. Kendall is also host of City World Radio's TRENT ARMAND KENDALL, BROADWAY DOWNLOAD that features Broadway stars, Tony Award Winners and Nominees, Grammy Award winners, designers, writers and directors weekly.
Recently acclaimed as a 'director with a joyous touch' by the New York Times, Jeff Whiting is a director and choreographer for theater, opera, television, special events and concerts around the world.
On Broadway, Jeff is the Associate/Resident Director for the upcoming Broadway productions Big Fish (dir. Susan Stroman) and Bullets Over Broadway (Woody Allen, Susan Stroman). Other Broadway credits (as Associate Director/Choreographer) include The Scottsboro Boys (12 Tony nominations), Hair (Tony Best Revival), Young Frankenstein, and Wicked (5th Anniversary).
National Tour credits include Young Frankenstein (director), Hairspray (assoc. director), The Producers (assoc. director).
Having been praised on THE VIEW as 'a truly remarkable talent', Jeff's theatrical direction and choreography includes The Scottsboro Boys (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Hairspray (Brazilian production), Young Frankenstein (National Tour), Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass), Tarantella: Spider Dance (Theater for a New City), Bye Bye Birdie (Cortland Rep), Thrill Me: Leopold & Loeb (Southeastern Premiere), Fashion 47 (Minneapolis CTC), All Night Strut (Cortland Rep), My Way (Corland Rep), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Arkansas Rep), The Donkey Show.
Opera direction and choreography includes We Open In Paris (Glimmerglass Opera).
Television direction includes Disney's Magical Moments Parade, which premiered in Rio De Janiero, Brazil and is continuing on a 15-city national tour.
Special Event direction and choreography includes James Taylor Live (Carnegie Hall, co-starring Bette Midler, Steve Martin, Sting, Tony Bennett, Barbara Cook, Dianne Reeves), Stro! Gala Honoring Susan Stroman (Hudson Theater, co-starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Rebecca Luker, Boyd Gaines, Veanne Cox), T-Mobile's Annual Event (Kodak Theater, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones), MAIR! (Inner Circle, Starring Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Broadway company of HAIR!), Film Premiere of Chronicles of Narnia (Southeastern Premiere).
As a member of Disney's Creative Team, Jeff has directed and choreographed over 50 shows and events, including Disney's Mickey Mouse Club (India), Disney's Dream and Fantasy (Brazil), Power Rangers, Disney's Very Merry Christmas, Disney's Enchanted Princess, Disney's 100 Years of Magic, Disney's Magic Mirror.
Upcoming projects include Dangerous, Faustus, Hope For The Flowers.
Jeff is the owner and Artistic Director of The Open Jar Institute, a music theatre training program founded in 2003 for the development of music theatre artists of all ages. The Open Jar Institute features a Summer Institute offering students intensive workshops with Broadway's best directors, choreographers, agents, and casting directors.
Stage Write Software, designed and developed by Jeff, marks the worlds first digital method for documenting staging and choreography and is already in use for many of Broadway shows and tours, including NEWSIES, GHOST, THE PRODUCERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, HAIR, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, and THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS.
TRENT ARMAND KENDALL
As vocal arranger Trent has contributed to several recordings, club acts and concerts, paying close attention to harmonics and unique song structure.
For Onemoe Music- the award winning PICTURE INCOMPLETE and LOUS-AND-ELLA!
Recent work includes producing Jay Alan Zimmerman's Incredibly Deaf Musical (The Duke Theatre (NY); L'Histoire de Soldat with Hopeful Monsters at the Boston Symphony; GRAMMY JAM NYC with the GRAMMY NYC Chapter; The Velveteen Rabbit on a National Tour; Cross That River (TBG Theatre); Gemini the Musical (Acorn Theatre); Production Managing and Speech Writing for the 2007 Honors Awards for the New York office of the GRAMMY'S.
Geoff co-founded and Executive Produced the award-winning New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2004 and 2005, and also co-produced the Unzipped Concert Series in 2005. He has worked as a Vice President for Radio City Entertainment, where he produced and general managed the Menken/Ahrens/Ockrent production of A Christmas Carol and general managed The Wizard of OZ in New York and on tour. He was also an Associate Producer for Minnelli on Minnelli on Broadway and for the cast albums of The Wizard of Oz (GRAMMY-nominated) and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Prior to joining Radio City Entertainment, Geoff was General Manager of the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ; General Manager of the George Street Playhouse for Producer Eric Krebs; Company Manager for the World Premiere of Fugard's Master Harold…and the boys. Geoff earned a degree in Theatre Administration from the Yale School of Drama where he was honored to have studied with Ben Mordecai and Lloyd Richards.
Trent Armand Kendall | Karen Poindexter
Artistic Producer & Development
Onemoe Music has successfully presented original theatrical productions, concerts and cabarets Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, in New York, Chicago, Tampa, Dallas, St. Louis and the University of Missouri - Columbia. Onemoe has presented at the New York International Fringe Festival, United Solo Festival (winner BEST MUSICAL) and the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
In addition creating and producing new work, Onemoe Music also offers artist-in-residence workshops, audience outreach & talk backs, and creative mentoring.
Recordings include: Michael Polese's MY OWN VOICE, INTRODUCING TRENT KENDALL , SO MUCH TO SAY(Dress Circle Records, UK), PICTURE INCOMPLETE (LML Music in association with Dress Circle Records, UK), CAROLS FOR A CURE (O Holy Night feat. the cast of Broadway's INTO THE WOODS for Rock-It Science Records)
KAREN POINDEXTER producer for regional, Broadway, London and touring theaters and is excited to be working with Trent Armand Kendall, Onemoe Music and Picture Incomplete. Credits include the Tony ｮ-nominated musical The News, Prince of Central Park on Broadway and the 25th Anniversary production of Hair at the Old Vic Theatre in London. She has produced more than 100 musicals and plays for the Burt Reynolds Theatre and many regional theaters as well as touring productions of Hasty Heart, Dancin', Nunsense and Beehive. She has worked with many stars including Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Kirstie Alley, Charles Durning, Sarah Jessica Parker and Judd Nelson to name a few. She produced for Hirschfeld Theater Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby, Oliver starring Davy Jones, Anything Goes starring Marilyn McCoo and Bebe Neuwirth as well as originating the musical stage production of Prince of Central Park for Broadway and executive produced the film Prince of Central Park starring Kathleen Turner, Danny Aiello, Harvey Keitel and Cathy Moriarty. She continues to develop new musicals including Picture Incomplete. For information visit www.pictureincomplete.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRINGER ASSOCIATES PR is a full service entertainment PR firm founded by the late John Springer. The principal of the company is Gary Springer (ATPAM), with associates Joseph Trentacosta (ATPAM). For over 40 years Springer Associates PR has and continues to manage a wide and diverse clientele ranging from theatre and film to personalities and events. Under John Springer, SPRINGER ASSOCIATES represented many theatre, film and television personalities including Al Pacino, Mia Farrow, Ed Harris, Myrna Loy, Shelley Winters, Sally Kirkland, Dustin Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, Jamie Sheridan, Maureen Stapleton, Harry Belafonte, Carrie Fisher, Robert Merrill, Janet Leigh, Maureen O’Sullivan, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Marlene Dietrich, Robert Preston, Bette Davis, Warren Beatty, Julie Christy, Joan Crawford and many, many others.
OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE
The Off-Broadway Alliance is an organization of Off-Broadway producers, general managers, venue owners, press agents and marketing personnel dedicated to promoting and supporting Off-Broadway theater, encouraging and assisting new producers, and making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences.
NATASHA YVETTE WILLIAMS
Broadway credits: Currently staring as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago on Broadway. Recently - A Night With Janis Joplin (Aretha Franklin, Joplinaire), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Mariah), The Color Purple (Sofia). NaTasha has been a featured singer with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Ottawa Symphony, The Edmonton Symphony, The Naples Philharmonic, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Pops in the production of Irving Berlin: Rags to Riches. At Lincoln Center she was Sarah's friend in Ragtime in Concert and she was also in Dessa Rose. NaTasha was Mammy in Trevor Nunn’s London West End production of Gone With the Wind. Some National Tours: Xanadu (Melponmene), The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix the Aviatrix), All Shook Up (Sylvia), Seussical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo), Cinderella (Grace), Parade, The Goodbye Girl (Mrs. Crosby). Selected Regional credits: Velma and Mabel in Crowns at Arkansas Repertory Theater and Arena Stage respectively. MotorMouth Maybelle in Hairspray at Papermill Playhouse, Mahalia in Mahalia at the Cleveland Playhouse, and Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Papermill Playhouse. NaTasha was the first Kraft foods New Voice of Gospel Winner. NaTasha’s CD’s are available. For more information, please visit her website at www.natashayvettewilliams.com.
ELLA FITZGERALD (at certain performances)
Anita Jackson is a native of St. Louis who returned home after living in New York City for twelve years. She is a graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York and has performed extensively nationally and internationally in theatre productions, concerts and workshops.
She has recorded and performed as a background vocalist for such artists as Bette Midler (on her Grammy Award winning song for Song of the Year in 1991, "From a Distance", Patti Austin on "I Can Move this Mountain", Mariah Carey on "Anytime You Need a Friend", recording artists Chico DeBarge, Joe, Erykah Badu and most notably Cissy and Whitney Houston. She is a vocalist on Cissy Houston's Grammy award winning "Face to Face" album, as well as her 1997 Grammy award winning "He Leadeth Me" album.
As a gospel BGV, Anita has performed with Shirley Ceasar, the late Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood and Tramaine Hawkins. Most recently, Recently, Anita was a featured vocalist on the Reach Week in New York City live recording for New Hope for the World Ministries recorded in Harlem, NY with other vocalists such as Vickie Winans and Melanie Daniels.
In St. Louis, Anita has been a featured player with the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre under the direction of Ron Himes. She has performed in "Gospel at Colonus", "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Caroline or Change" and "Blues in the Night” for which she was nominated for the St. Louis Kevin Kline Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
She has appeared as a featured vocalist with the St. Louis Jazz Edge Big Band Orchestra and several jazz, R&B, blues and gospel organizations in and around St. Louis: Performing at all the popular music houses in the metropolitan area from Jazz at the Bistro to BB’s Jazz and Soups to the St. Louis Ethical Society to the Heman Park Starlight Concert Series to the Sheldon Concert Hall as a solo artist as well as a collaborative artist with many of St. Louis’ finest musicians.
Anita gives thanks to the family of Christ and praises God for HIS matchless goodness and mercy.
She dedicates her performances to her beautiful daughter Christian for helping her fulfill her purpose.
"The only thing better than singing, is more singing."
Trumpet /THE ANGEL GABRIEL
Equally at home in a variety of styles from the traditional to the avant-garde, for over a decade trumpeter Eli Asher has found most constant expression in The Respect Sextet. Respect seamlessly blends music of innumerable idioms and conceptual approaches with unscripted improvisation, experimentation and unbridled hilarity, earning raves from Newsweek, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, who called them "ambitious music with a smart-alecky affect, ranging broadly from the antic to the deadpan". He has also performed with the Bjorkestra, Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, The Gregory Brothers, Signal Ensemble, Slavic Soul Party!, Gomez, and Jose Gonzalez. Eli teaches trumpet and music theory at the Harlem School of the Arts.
Belden Bullock is an accomplished acoustic and electric bassist who hails from Boston, Massachusetts.
From when he was a child, the avid radio and record listening of the Bullock Family exposed Belden to a large variety of Music, from Motown to Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery and Miles Davis.
Belden moved to New York City in 1988. He soon became part of the New York scene with his early touring opportunities performing with The George Adams Quartet and with The Ahmed Jamal Trio. In the early nineties Bullock would become a member of the critically acclaimed Ralph Peterson Fo’tet, which has been his longest tenure to date.
Also in this period Bullock met Oliver Lake, and has since played bass and recorded in several configurations of The Oliver Lake group.
In 1998 Belden became the bassist for the legendary South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (formerly known as Dollar Brand), and performed with him for fifteen years touring the world extensively.
These are some of the Artist that Belden has performed with during his career:
Roy Haynes, George Adams, Ahmed Jamal, Oliver Lake, Andrew Hill, Abdullah Ibrahim Grady Tate, Ralph Peterson, Micheal Brecker, Gloria Lynn, Lionel Hampton, James Spaulding, Frank Foster, Don Byron, Branford Marsalis, Melba Moore, Jay Hoggard, Ralph Bowen, James Weidman, Geri Allen, Greg Tardy, Talib Kibwe, Steve Wilson, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, John Stubblefield, Bryan Carrott, Cecil Bridgewater, Wilby Fletcher, Falkner Evans, Ted Curson, Letta Mbulu, Caiphus Semenya, Sathima Bea Benjamin.
is a critically acclaimed NYC tenor saxophonist, composer, and recording artist steeped in the traditions of blues, gospel, jazz and funk and has pushed the timberal boundaries of the saxophone by utilizing electronic effects pedals. He has traveled and collaborated with dancers, actors, painters, stilt walkers, and acrobats on multiple tours of China, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, Romania, France, Germany, Hungary, Holland, Belgium, Colombia, Venezuela, Singapore and the United States as Musical Director for Bond Street Theatre over the 15 years. His electric band, The Kung-Fu Masters recently returned from an exceptionally successful 12 city university tour of Turkey as the Jazz on Campus representatives of The 2013 Akbank Istanbul Jazz Festival. They played to 300-800 very psyched college kids every night and convinced them that jazz is awesome. Sean then went on to share the KFM philosophy at Bimhuis in Amsterdam and Spice of Life in London.
MUSIC DIRECTION / The Bandleader
Mark Berman is a renowned pianist, composer and arranger. He has written music for, and played and recorded with, the proverbial who's who of jazz, pop and rock: Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Phoebe Snow, Leslie Gore, Gladys Knight, Wycliff Gordon, Hugh Jackman, Burt Bacharach, Chita Rivera, Richie Havens, and many others. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City, the Blue Note, Birdland, the Rainbow Room, and Merkin Hall among other notable New York venues as well as internationally.
A graduate of the Hartt School of Music, Berman has written and produced music for television and film, including Sex and the City (where he played piano on the ubiquitous theme), Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, The Bachelorette, and Bates Motel, and many others on NBC, CBS, ABC, Showtime, Comedy Central, HBO and OWN. His original music has also been featured on radio at NPR and CRN International.
Mark has also been a powerful presence on Broadway, where he has conducted orchestras for Rent, Smokey Joe's Cafe and Blood Brothers, and played lead piano/keyboards on Bullets Over Broadway, The Boy from Oz, Hairspray, 42nd Street, The Life, Radio City Spring Spectacular, Aida, The Color Purple, Dream Girls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair and Spider-Man.