March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hot Swing, Gypsy Jazz Quartet
Featuring Craig Sharmat, Frank Pitrilli, Kim Collins, Ray Bergstrom
CRAIG SHARMAT – GUITAR
….along with his monster guitar chops, Craig is a composer and producer who early on toured with Ronnie Laws and Randy Crawford before recording his own Billboard chart-topping hits. He has posted many TV and film credits including numerous Discovery ID Channel shows, as well as 14 yrs on “America’s Most Wanted”. Craig produced and performed for the Boyz II Men album “Under the Streetlight”. His credits include performing and recording with jazz icons Rick Braun, Peter White, David Foster, and arranging for Yanni’s “Voices Tour”. Recently, he and GJ icon Neil Andersson recorded “Strings” a mainstay on Sirrus XM’s Escape Channel.
FRANK PETRILLI – ACCORDION
….known for his impeccable phrasing and smooth, fluid style. Frank has performed jazz accordion in Italy several times, as well as a solo concert in Kyiv, Ukraine. Frank performed at the Django Sur Lennon festival in Ireland, with Paulus Shaefer, Mozes Rosenberg & Fapy Lapertin.
In recent years, Frank performedatt Djangofest Northwest, the largest and most prestigious Gypsy Jazz festival in the U.S. celebrating their 25th year this past fall in the Pacific Northwest.
Frank is a protegé of the great Frank Morocco, probably the most recorded accordionist in the world.
KIM COLLINS – BASS
….nationally published vocal arranger, composer, player, singer and voiceover artist, Kim has spent his life in music both as a performer & educator from college level to elementary school. He is equally at home in an all-instrumental ensemble and an a cappella vocal group. Thousands of aspiring musicians have been inspired by taking Kim’s jazz classes. Recently, Kim added his driving bass to the new Boyz II Men album. He has sung in vocal groups along with Kenny Loggins, and played bass in big bands with legendary drummer Ed Shaughnessy.
RAY BERGSTROM – GUITAR
…is a versatile guitarist who stays very busy performing Gypsy Jazz, Western Swing, World Music, Rock, and Metal in Southern California. Ray is also a singer, composer, and educator. He received a Grammy Certificate for his songwriting contribution to Ziggy Marley’s 2016 self-titled album. Ray has been an instructor for Fender Play, produced an online guitar course with Carl Verheyen, and taught Physics of Music courses at Los Angeles-area universities.