2021 Falmouth Jazz Artists
Zuraitis blends clever songwriting skills, an effervescent presence and a dazzling voice in a consummate package. She is the vocalist for the world famous Birdland Big Band and the Dan Pugach Nonet, the winner of the New York Coffee Music Project Songwriting Competition, ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award recipient and was a finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Her 2017 Album HIVE MIND won Best Jazz Album in the International Music and Entertainment Awards and she was awarded the Johnny Mercer and People’s Choice Award in the American Traditions Competition. Ms Zuraitis and her drummer Dan Pugach were co-nominated in the 2019 Grammy awards for their arrangement of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”.
With a style reminiscent of Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and Stan Getz, jazz saxophonist Harry Allen is one of the top swing players of his generation. He has over 40 recordings to his credit, including three that have won Gold Disc Awards from Swing Journal Magazine. He’s joined by multi-Emmy Award winning pianist Mike Renzi and Paul Del Nero on bass. Mike has won seven Emmy awards for his composition and music direction.
Vocalist and composer Paul Jost is known as a passionate storyteller. The Simple Life, his most recent album, documents not only not only documents this current period in his career but also sets the tone for all that will come. It’s clear when listening to this album that Paul has staked his claim as one of the most innovative vocalists on the scene today. “Paul Jost makes every song so personally his own that it‘s easy to forget anyone else ever sang them.“ – All About Jazz.