Past Artists

Cole Rumbough

Heads turn and conversations are hushed whenever Cole Rumbough sits in at Hamptons music venues. It’s hard to believe that someone so young can sing with such a polished, mellifluous sound. Cole discovered jazz as a teenager, when he became captivated by Ella Fitzgerald, Vic Damone, and Mel Torme. During that time, he was also singing in his church and school choirs, with whom he toured Europe, and performed in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London, St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, and St Peter’s Basilica at The Vatican. Cole is currently a college senior, studying Jazz Voice at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. He has appeared at private events at the “21” Club, Birdland Jazz Club, The Maidstone Club and La Grenouille restaurant and with society bandleader Peter Duchin. His new show, “Around the World in 80 Days” is a journey of songs and anecdotes of his travels around the world. The archive bldg. is an intimate, resonant space with a jazz speak-easy ambiance, conveniently located just east of the monument with on site parking. “Cole Rumbough … elegance, sophistication … Bring out the champagne!” – Tony award winning actress, Christine Ebersole.

Ada Rovatti

Italian native Ada Rovatti started playing saxophone in high school after years of classical piano training, and won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. She divided herself between studying with Joe Viola and George Garzone in Boston, and working in big bands with guest artists Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Bob Mintzer and Randy Brecker in Italy.

After spending a year in Paris and touring Europe and Africa, she moved in New York City. Ada performed in the JVC festival in NYC, Rochester Jazz Festival, IAJE, Detroit Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest performing with Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Miroslav Vitous, John McLaughlin, Anne Ducros, Bob Mintzer, Victor Bailey, Rodney Holmes, and Joanne Brackeen.

Karen Oberlin

Hailed by the New York Times as one of the “Saviors of the Great American Songbook,” Oberlin has been the recipient of Back Stage Bistro, Nightlife and multiple MAC Awards. The New York Times gave Oberlin rave reviews for her engagements at the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room in 2011, and Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel in 2012. Stephen Holden wrote: “Beyond having a lovely voice, poise and interpretive insight … Ms. Oberlin has impeccable style (and) musical intelligence.” Rex Reed, in the New York Observer, called her recent performance “Thrilling.” 

Karen has appeared at major New York venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Iridium Jazz Club, Kitano, Merkin Hall and The Metropolitan Room. Nationally, she has headlined at such venues as Caramoor Center for the Arts in Westchester, The Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, The Prince Theatre in Philadelphia, Brownville Concert Hall in Nebraska and the Royal Room at the Colony Palm Beach.

After receiving her BA, she trained at the Circle In The Square Professional Workshop leading to many theatrical, film and television credits. In addition to appearing in London and Paris, she appeared in the hit Off-Broadway show Our Sinatra over 100 times, and the first staged version of Rent. She has three recordings on the Miranda Music Label, with another recording on the way.  www.karenoberlin.com

Lilly-Anne Merat

Lilly-Anne Merat’s passion for music was established at an early age, stimulated and encouraged by her parents. Having explored many instruments, she is most infatuated with the sheer beauty and versatility of the human voice. While attending Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, she directed an all female a cappella group, eventually leading them across the country to sing for the judges of X Factor in Seattle’s Key Arena. After graduating with a degree in music, Lilly has been pursuing her career as a solo artist in New York. Performing regularly around the Hamptons this summer with guitarist Forrest Gray, they had the honor of opening for the legendary Freddy Cole at The Dory on Shelter Island. Recently she performed with fellow Skidmore musicians at Tammany Hall and the Highline Ballroom in New York City. She was nominated for Dan’s Papers “Best of the Best 2012” female musician in the ranks of artists Nancy Atlas and Caroline Doctorow.

Lilly enjoys discovering the many ways soulful music translates across various genres, in particular, the roots of soul in 60’s R&B. In performance it’s obvious that she loves sharing her musical passion, and feeling the crowd resonate with the sultry sound of her voice. 

Lauren Kinhan 

Known for her work with the Grammy Award winning vocal group New York Voices, Lauren has also recorded 2 solo outings and made numerous guest artist appearances with artists such as Ornette Coleman, Bobby McFerrin and Kenny Rankin.  

New York Voices is approaching their 25th Anniversary in 2013, having toured all over the world with their trio and with big bands and symphonies across the globe. They have 6 studio CDs and multiple collaborative recordings with The Count Basie Orchestra, Paquito D’Rivera and the incredible WDR Big Band in Germany. 2013 promises to be a big year with the release of the WDR Live CD, their first Live DVD from the Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia with the Ron King Big Band, and their much anticipated Holiday project.

Lauren’s debut CD, Hardly Blinking, was produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, who calls her a true songstress.  Her original music plays nicely into the jazz hand, while merging her love of the singer/songwriter narrative and the desire to push musical boundaries around in refreshing ways. In 2010, she released Avalon, a CD Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times said “shapes a pastiche that is hip, intelligent and vibrant.” Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Manhattan Transfer) is co-producing her newest project that begins production in early 2013.

Lauren is part of the cutting edge group Moss, which is made up of some of the jazz industry’s most stunning solo artists: Luciana Souza, Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry and Peter Eldridge. Their debut CD got rave reviews.  She also co-founded JaLaLa which is made up of Lauren, Janis Siegel (of Manhattan Transfer) and Laurel Massé (the original first soprano of Manhattan Transfer). They paid tribute to Johnny Mercer on their debut CD.

Morris Goldberg

New York based composer, saxophonist, clarinetist, penny whistler and vocalist, Morris Goldberg recently completed recording his third album with his group, OJOYO. Mr. Goldberg grew up in Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa, and nurtured musical roots that span jazz, classical music, bebop and mbaqanga.

Well known to jazz lovers, Mr. Goldberg won popular acclaim through his featured performances on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album. Goldberg performed with Hugh Masekela, among others, before leaving South Africa to broaden his musical horizons.

In the United States, he attended the Manhattan School of Music and regularly recorded and performed with artists such as Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte. He also worked with exiled South African singer, Letta Mbulu. In 1974, Mr. Goldberg returned to Cape Town and participated in Abdullah (Dollar Brand) Ibrahim’s recording, “Mannenberg”, on which he was featured. In 1991, Goldberg was featured in Hugh Masekela’s spectacular homecoming tour, “Sekunjalo”, a twenty-date road show that featured Masekela, Bayete and Sankomota.

From 1980 until 1988 Morris traveled and performed with Harry Belafonte. He appeared on three videos. The last one, “An Evening with Harry Belafonte and Friends”, was done for PBS and can still be seen on PBS stations throughout the country. Goldberg attained nationwide acclaim as saxophonist and wind specialist on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” for the six year duration of the television show, from 1996 until 2002. During that time he accompanied many artists such as Tony Bennett, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Barry Manilow, Phil Collins and more.

In 2004 Goldberg did an extensive tour of the USA with Hugh Masekela, playing major jazz festivals and culminating in the Playboy Jazz Festival, which was recorded and aired on WBGO Newark and WLIU Southampton. In March of 2005 Goldberg performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival with his band “Ojoyo”. In 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999, Goldberg returned to South Africa to perform at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown. Morris remains based in New York, but retains strong links with Cape Town and its musicians.

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