Veteran New York guitarist and singer Richard Frank has been in the NYC music scene for more than 50 years as an acclaimed guitarist/accompanist, studio and Broadway musician. Though his repertoire covers most genres of American Popular Music from every era, he is well-regarded as a specialist in the area of Country music and performs regularly with his band, Stony Creek. Richard averages 200 plus solo performance dates per year in the New York City region. Richard was the first MusicianFest performer.  Since the mid '80s Richard has performed a record number of MPTF shows at Public Spaces, Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Schools and Senior Centers. For more information, visit:

Local 802 (New York City)

Richard Frank

Cali Rose loves to sing, accompany herself on ukulele and piano, write songs and do her joyful thing, entertaining audiences big and small.  She teaches, leads and writes the arrangements for her ukulele group, The CC Strummers, in Culver City, California, teaches several ukulele classes, plays her uke at music therapy sessions with seniors and offers private lessons.  

Cali, who is a member of the AFM, Local 47, is an award-winning songwriter and recording artist.  She has been a professional musician since she bought her first car.  Playing in piano bars taught her valuable skills as an entertainer and she brings a sense of fun and joy to her classes and shows. For more info, visit:

Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA)

Cali Rose
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Jamie Shaheen has established herself as one of the most sought after pianist/singers in Southern California. Jamie is a pianist for The Walt Disney Company, performs at events as a solo act for the Pasadena Symphony and Pops and has appeared playing piano on ABC’s Modern Family.

Her CD and show for children entitled “Everybody’s Happy When They’re Singing!” is a collection of catchy, easy-to-learn songs -- all composed by Jamie and guaranteed to get kids of all ages singing along, dancing to the beat, and having a rockin’ good time. Jamie is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, SAG-AFTRA AND ASCAP. For more information, visit:

Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA)

Jamie Shaheen
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Alvin Johnson, Sr., best known for his famous song, "Carnival Time," has been a New Orleans Mardi Gras icon for over 40 years. A Rhythm & Blues performer, Al is a member of AFM Local 174-496 (New Orleans) and is a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival veteran. He has worked with Aaron Neville, Oliver Morgan, Bobby Lonero as well as the late Tommy Ridgley, Jessie Hill, Bobby Mitchell, Eddie Bo & Ernie K-Doe, among many others. Al has performed on the "Louisiana Jukebox" TV program and been the star of a highly successful Louisiana Lottery Mardi Gras campaign. Al's newest song, the critically acclaimed "Lower Ninth Ward Blues", appeared in the Oscar nominated film "Rachel Getting Married. Al was recently honored with an induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. For more info, visit:

Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA)

Al “Carnival Time” Johnson
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Rachel Van Voorhees, the Principal Harpist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, enjoys a unique career as soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. An artist of great versatility, Van Voorhees is as comfortable performing with orchestra as she is playing Celtic music or taking a solo with the jazz group, Diversity, which she co-founded with Charles Neville. For more information, visit:

Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA)

Rachel Van Voorhees
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Singing jazz with a twist of painterly expressionism and rhythmical guttural sweat, Kat Walker throws her inner self onto a blank canvas for the audience to feel and taste. Her improvisational scat singing is meaty, raw, and juicy. It’s as though Kat takes each song on a journey, marching to an expressive rhythm of her own, while always coming back to pay homage to the melodies of the great American songwriters of our time.

As a child, Kat had countless piano lessons creating the beginnings of her exploration in music. Kat has a BA in Theater Arts with a minor in dance from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. In addition, she completed two extra semesters as a Music Major at Los Angeles City College. While in Los Angeles, Kat, still using her theatrical style, fronted a performance art rock band using skits and props and original songs, and called it Kat & The Rhythm Rats. This group opened for Chuck E. Weiss at the Central, now the Viper Room, on Sunset Blvd. They played venues such as Cafe Largo and the famous Whiskey A Go-Go; she also sang the blues at venues like Mama Pajama's and Molly Malone’s.

Kat has lived in New Orleans since 1994 and has  performed in different venues including the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Jazz Fest, and French Quarter Fest.  She has been a member of the AFM Local 174-496 New Orleans Musician’s Union since 2006.  She has completed 2 albums and she is also an artist at Jackson Square.  

For more info, visit:

Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA)

Kat Walker
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Frank and Cindy Mayes are classically trained, jazz woodwind doublers who perform music on flutes, clarinets, oboe, saxophones, vocals and keyboards. Like the rich gumbo for which New Orleans is known, they mix instrumental sounds and styles to form a multi 'taste-ual' musical experience. Frank graduated from North Texas University (BM in Music Ed) and California State University Northridge (Masters in Clarinet Performance). A Board member of AFM Local 174-496 New Orleans,  Frank has toured with the Beach Boys, Delaney & Bonnie and others during his Los Angeles years and performed and/or recorded with countless other musicians (Dr. John, the Temptations, Lucy Arnez, Dave Bartholomew, Sr., Al Belletto, Allen Toussaint, Earl Palmer, Lee Allen, to name a few). For more info, visit:

Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA)

Frank Mayes
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Cindy Mayes along with her husband Frank, combine the many different color sounds, and explore music of different styles with an emphasis on jazz, classical, original and New Orleans music.

Cindy graduated from the University of West Florida (BA in Music Ed). Cindy is a music copyist, as well as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFM Local 174-496 New Orleans. For more info, visit:

Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA)

Cindy Mayes

Roberta Fabiano is a multitalented guitarist, songwriter and vocalist.  She has been lead vocalist and guitarist for the Peter Duchin Orchestra since the 1980’s. Her wide ranging career includes work in music therapy as well as performances in movies, television, radio, and theatre.  A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Roberta is also an accomplished visual artist and was recently awarded the Who's Who Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. For more info, visit:

Local 802 (New York City)

Roberta Fabiano
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Growing up near New Orleans, Kirk Andrés Wilson has a very soulful sound. In college, he studied with Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, Dr. David Evenson and Gretchen MaGee (teacher of Bill Evans). You can hear in his music that he indeed has maximized his rich heritage and New Orleans influence. A member of Local 47 (Los Angeles), his single "Wonderful World" has reached to number 9 in Billboards Top 100 Singles. His debut CD, "My Love" is distributed internationally and is available in retail and online stores everywhere. The Kirk Wilson Band has become a regular attraction at Downtown Disneyland performing at least eleven styles of jazz and blues. His unique baritone voice communicates the spirit of the message of a song to his audience with a subtle and humble attitude. Toddlers dance, teens "name that tune", and mature audiences reminisce as Wilson touches the hearts of all ages.  For more info, visit:

Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA)

Kirk Andres Wilson
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Kerry Lewis started his professional music career as a bass player for the consummate performer Banu Gibson and her Le Hot Jazz group. The thrilling Leroy Jones Quintet also kept Kerry very busy jamming to up-tempo jazz tunes into the late '90s. And in this decade, the very accomplished Michael White has utilized Kerry’s laid back style in his Traditional Liberty Jazz Band. In addition, Kerry has been recorded for various other musical artists covering the blues, country, rock, jazz genres. He cofounded a new musical group, Abstract, which generates musical tracks that are on fire with juicy grooves and tantalizing rhythms. For more info, visit:  

Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA)

Kerry Lewis
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David Batiste is a legend in the field of music as Founder and Bandleader of David Batiste and the Gladiators. He is most notably known for his soul classic 'Funky Soul Part 1 and 2.' Today he continues to be in demand internationally as a pioneer of New Orleans funk music. Also these days, he is giving back to the next generation. When speaking with him he is a fountain of wisdom and positivity. As we talked about his spirit of benevolence, he credits his parents John and Estella Batiste as the source of his wanting to serve his community, "My dad John Batiste Sr. had a grocery and hardware store; he was the first African-American to own a hardware store in Jefferson Parish," Continuing speaking highly of his father Batiste says, "He was also a general contractor and was involved in the community. I watched him as he sometimes gave people food that didn't have the money to pay for it; and he also taught me a valuable lesson I try to pass on and that is it is good to give and expect nothing in return."

A true New Orleanian, he is inspired and influenced by the music of Fats Domino and he continues leading many to 'Higher Ground' the title of the song by one of his other favorite artist Stevie Wonder. David Batiste is a spirit filled man who is working to lead young people into the future. He is a drum major leading our young people to march to the music of change.  For more info, visit:

Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA)

David Batiste

Gina Forsyth is an award-winning singer/songwriter, fiddler and guitarist. Born in Florida and raised in Alabama, Gina grew up on hymns, country songs, and old time fiddle tunes. In the mid-1980s, she moved to New Orleans to study classical and jazz violin at Loyola University and quickly developed an irrevocable passion for Cajun music. Over the last 20 years, Gina has evolved into one of the most respected folk artists in America. Gina is the longtime fiddler with Bruce Daigrepont’s Cajun band, and appears on three of Bruce’s recordings, including his latest, Bienvenu Dans Sud de la Louisiane (2016). Her 2015 CD, Mid-City Aces, is part of the Cajun trio with Cameron Dupuy on accordion and his father, Michael Dupuy on guitar. She has also toured with the Cajun rock band Mamou, and played with a number of other Cajun artists, including Sheryl Cormier, Paul Daigle, Lee Benoit, and Waylon Thibodeaux. Known and loved for her songwriting and fiddling, Gina has released three solo CDs of original music. She has taught Cajun fiddle at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia, and at Dewey Balfa Creole and Cajun Heritage Week, in Louisiana, and also teaches private fiddle lessons. For more info, visit:

Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA)

Gina Forsyth
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Louis is a fifth generation musician. Born and raised in New Orleans, he hails from an impressive legacy of musicians which can be traced back to the Storyville days.  Like his father Clarence Ford, Louis is an accomplished clarinetist and saxophonist and truly dedicated to the preservation of jazz.  Louis graduated from Loyola University with a degree in music education and has created a unique sound all his own. Louis studied under Alvin Batiste and professor Kidd Jordan at Southern University in Music Performance. He studied classical clarinet under principal clarinetist, John Reeks of the New Orleans’ Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (BME).   For more information, visit:

Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA)

Louis Ford
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Composer and drummer Mayumi Shara is a uniquely cross-cultural whirlwind of talent and energy! Mayumi achieves a delicate musical fusion of East and West, all the while preserving the traditional aspects of Japanese drum expression. A master of Japanese taiko drumming, she is equally at home on a drum set playing modern jazz, funk, R&B, blues, and traditional jazz, and plays second-line snare with a New Orleans brass band.

A Tokyo native, Mayumi has studied under the master percussionist of the Tokyo Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1992, Mayumi joined Himiko, an all-female traditional Japanese drum group learning and playing wadaiko and toured throughout Japan.

Mayumi moved to the United States in 1998, establishing herself in New Orleans to prepare for her next professional level. In 2005, she graduated from Delgado College in New Orleans with a jazz studies major. Since then, she has been performing with many famous local New Orleans musicians such as Tuba Fats, Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Marva Wright, Louis Ford, Big Chief Alfred Doucette, Marlon Jordan and others. Mayumi was the drummer for the James Rivers Movement for ten years. She formed her New Orleans music and blues band “Pink Magnolias” in 2013 and her original band, “MaDeTo” that features Taiko drums. Mayumi Shara’s band, the “New Orleans Jazz Letters” has performed at numerous festivals including New Orleans French Quarter Festival. For more information, visit:

Local 174-496 (New Orleans, LA)

Mayumi Shara