Dorianne Denard and Friends
Dorianne Denard was born and raised in the Cleveland area, but has lived in Akron for many years. She started singing in church at the age of four. By her teenage years, she was singing at special occasions such as weddings, social gatherings, and celebrations of the departed. She was most recently a member of Sausalito Jazz Trio which performed at many venues throughout Northeast Ohio. Her musical inspirations include BB King, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, and Cassandra Wilson. Music is a symbiotic relationship for Dorianne; she sings for the pleasure, joy, and peace of the audience, which creates the same in her.
Dorianne will be accompanied by a trio consisting of Ricardo Guerra (drums), Benny Bock (piano) and Eli Heath (bass).
Benny Bock, from Berkeley, California in his final year at Oberlin Conseravatory.
Eli Heath is a rising Massachusetts and Ohio based musician. Proficient in a wide range of musical styles, he performs frequently throughout the Midwest as an accompanist and bandleader and has appeared at festivals and venues across the United States, Canada, and Brazil. Eli is an active member of Frisson, Moshuro, and the Oberlin Sonny Rollins Ensemble and has performed alongside artists including Charles Neville, Dominick Farinacci, Jamey Haddad, Erik Lawrence, and Harvey Wirht. He is a current student of Oberlin College and Conservatory where he is completing degrees in Jazz Double Bass Performance and Africana Studies and will be music directing two mainstage theater productions this coming spring.
Ricardo Guerra is a drummer/percussionist from Miami, FL. Ricardo has performed and worked with musicians such as George Cables, Brian Lynch, Petros Klampanis, Ed Calle, and Ira Sullivan among others. He has participated in festivals and competitions in NYC, San Diego, Switzerland, and India. Ricardo is finishing his undergraduate studies in music performance at Oberlin Conservatory. For the last 8 years, Ricardo has been a freelance musician in the Miami area, and has been freelancing in the Cleveland/Oberlin area since 2015.
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