Pamela Hart is highly regarded as Austin, Texas' finest jazz vocalist. Noted by Austin Woman magazine as "Austin’s First Lady of Jazz," Pamela’s excellent pitch, clarity and soothing vocal quality have audiences raving. "Her warm, clear tones and meticulously controlled pitch carry an illusion of effortlessness”-- Tribeza Magazine. Her sultry rendition of classic jazz standards and contemporary music wins immediate acceptance by any audience. Born in Los Angeles, California, Pamela moved to Austin, Texas in 1982 and has been performing since 1991. Throughout her singing career, Pamela has repeatedly opened shows for, and shared stages with, many popular artists including Miss Nancy Wilson; Dianne Reeves; Kirk Whalum; Rachelle Ferrell; Joyce Cooling, and more. Pamela Hart is a beautiful woman who steals the heart of any jazz aficionado. Be prepared to shout "encore!” Pamela produces and performs in the Women in Jazz Association, Inc. concert series. In addition to singing, Pamela mentors young singers. In addition to performing jazz, Pamela also performs smooth jazz, blues, R&B and gospel. For more information, music videos, mp3s and photos, and schedule visit www.pamelahart.com. Photo by David Gotlieb.
PO Box 200576
Austin, TX 78720
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $200 - $600
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $2,000
Steve Parker is a musician, artist, and organizer who creates communal, democratic work to examine systems of control, interspecies behavior, and forgotten histories. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures made from salvaged marching band instruments that are modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. His work has been featured at Art Basel Miami, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Asian Arts Initiative, the Fusebox Festival, the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Austin. He worked previously as a Fulbright Scholar and Harrington Scholar and has been awarded support from the NEA, ArtPlace, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation.Steve has performed at leading festivals in the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, including the Lincoln Center Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic inSIGHT festival, the Lucerne Festival with Pierre Boulez, Tanglewood, the Guggenheim Museum, the Spoleto Festival, Roulette, and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago). As a soloist and as a member of NYC-based "new music dream team" Ensemble Signal, Steve has premiered over 200 new works and appeared on NPR & PBS. Photo by Jay Janner, Austin American Statesman.
Austin, TX 78727
public performance/concert $1,000 - $10,000
school performance $500 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,000
State Artist David M. Parsons
David M. Parsons, 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate, poems are straightforward, vivid writing bringing settings alive, shaping intimate portrayals of everyday life. His poetry speaks from the past and the present, balancing ordinary and extraordinary experiences. Audiences and readers will find in his most celebrated work: award-winning poems found in as diverse locales as a romantic, historic house in England to another favorite about the poet running into President Lyndon Johnson in an iconic Austin restaurant. His latest works are also included with new revelations that will bring what has become a Parsons Poem trademark, the rewarding discovery of a transforming moment.
414 Oakhill Dr.
Conroe, TX 77304
public performance/concert $500 - $1,000
school performance $300 - $500
Ruby Nelda Perez
Ruby Nelda Perez is considered one of the most talented and acclaimed Chicana theater performance artists in the nation. She is recognized for her solo performances, where she enchants, captivates, and delights audiences with her insightful portrayals of unforgettable characters. For over 30 years her performances have taken her from labor camps and prisons, to such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center and the Whitney Museum in New York. In 1999, the San Antonio Theatre Coalition awarded her with the Living Legend Award and in 2008 she was designated an NEA American Masterpieces touring artist. Ruby Nelda tours with two one-woman shows entitled "Dona Rosita's Jalapeno Kitchen" and "Rosita’s Day of the Dead." These two bilingual comedies have been called "irresistible and irreverent." Surrounded by her piles of chiles, Ruby Nelda Perez dishes out plenty of laughs with some philosophical advice on the side. Rollicking laughter, heartfelt stories, and cultural pride ensue as Rosita cooks up flavorful food and stories. Photo by JPina.
Ruby Nelda Perez
3243 W. Ashby Pl.
San Antonio, TX 78228
public performance/concert $1,000 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $400
The Peterson Brothers possess a uniquely modern blend of blues, soul, and funk. Alex, 18, on bass and vocals, and Glenn Jr., 21, on guitar and lead vocals, have grown up playing together since they were very young. Rising stars in Austin, Texas, the Peterson Brothers' self-titled debut album won the Living Blues Critics Award for Best Debut Blues Album of 2015. In addition to holding a standing room only weekly residency at Austin's famed music hall the Continental Club, Glenn and Alex are honing their chops daily, and are dazzling audiences playing gigs throughout the United States. The Peterson Brothers have appeared at the Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Riverbend Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, Ogden Roots and Blues, and many more. They have opened for the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, the late B.B. King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Willie Nelson, and Los Lonely Boys, and gained the attention of the one and only Bootsy Collins, who has become a true mentor. Photo by Mario Villeda.
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $4,000- $6,000
school performance $3,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
Peggy Stern has had a rich and varied career as a musician, having toured with many jazz greats (Lee Konitz, Diane Schuur, David "Fathead" Newman; see website for more), and played in numerous jazz festivals worldwide. Since coming to Texas, Peggy has adopted the Texas swing style, adding to her already eclectic embrace of musical disciplines. Perhaps best known as a composer, Peggy has four tunes in the Real Book (the "jazz bible”). Peggy created the Wall Street Jazz Festival ("where the traditions meet the progressives, and all the leaders are women") in Kingston, NY, which has been held twelve consecutive years to date. In 2017 Peggy created LuluFest Austin, again focussing on women leaders, currently in its 2nd year. Available programs: solo piano ; piano combos (trio, quartet, etc.) with sax, bass, drums, guitar ; jazz choir training (a great community builder) ; Lady Be Good (western swing band) ; Estrella Salsa (salsa band, with horns and rhythm section). Photo by Dana Stringer, Musicroom.com.
6869 Auckland Dr
Austin, TX 78749
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $2,000