Albanie Falletta has assembled an amazing group of five artists to perform on Saturday, December 17th, at 7:00 PM. There will be wonderful originals and haunting standards in the genre of Jazz, Gypsy-Jazz, Swing, and Blues. All-in-all it will be a relaxing and rewarding evening that will drive your cares into the far distance!
Albanie Falletta: Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals
Albanie is one of Austin's finest young jazz songwriters and is an accomplished Gypsy-Jazz guitarist. Her voice is as sweet and smooth as honey and she's a great bandleader.
Emily Gimble: Keyboard, Lead and Harmony Vocals
Emily is as amazing with her piano/organ musicianship as she is as a vocalist. Sorry for the cliché, but when she's wailin' the jazzy-blues, she can out-do ol' Janis Joplin. Get your seat-belt on!
Katie Holmes: Violin, Lead and Harmony Vocals
Katie's fine as silk as a violinist and it's hard to say whether her voice or her violin is the most haunting. She will echo in your mind for weeks after her performance and you'll smile every time!
Hal Smith: Drums
Hal Smith took up drumming in 1963. He listened to classic jazz drummers such as Ben Pollack, Nick Fatool, Wayne Jones, and Fred Higuera in person and later took lessons from Jake Hanna. Hal has also been inspired by the recordings of Dave Tough, Big Sid Catlett, Zutty Singleton, Jo Jones, Vic Berton, Andrew Hillaire, Ray Bauduc, Gene Krupa, George Wettling, Kaiser Marshall, Stan King, Harry Dial, Minor Hall, Wally Bishop, Morey Feld and Johnny Wells. "Chicago Style Jazz" is his favorite type of music, but Hal also enjoys listening to and playing "New Orleans," "New York" and "Kansas City" styles.
He has played in many well-known jazz bands, such as the Dukes of Dixieland, Jim Cullum Jazz Band, New Black Eagle Jazz Band, South Frisco Jazz Band, Marty Grosz's Orphan Newsboys, Chicago Six, West End Jazz Band and the Butch Thompson Trio. He has played with Wild Bill Davison, Ralph Sutton, Doc Cheatham, Turk Murphy, Pete Fountain, George Probert, Kenny Davern, Scott Hamilton, Dave McKenna and Dick Hyman, and with Western Swing, Rockabilly, Country and Western and Blues bands. Hal led the Roadrunners (with Bobby Gordon and Rebecca Kilgore), Hal’s Angels (with Anita Thomas and Katie Cavera) and has made over 200 recordings and has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts.
Currently, Hal plays with: Ray Skjelbred anad his Cubs, Banu Gibson and New Orleans Hoot Jazz, Bob Schulz and his Frisco Jazz Band, Albanie and her Fellas, Tim Laughlin, Connie Jones and the New Orleans All-Stars, and the Swinging Strings.
Ryan Gould: Acoustic Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals
Ryan began his musical life with the guitar. His study of guitar led him to play the death metal and punk rock of the late 1980's and early 1990's in bands around the Philadelphia area.
After his service to the country as a United States Marine, Ryan returned to southeastern Pennsylvania with a keen interest in traditional Irish music. He began studying the uilleann pipes with the great Irish piper, Roy Rogers. Irish music aroused in Ryan a heightened awareness of American folk music that led him to bluegrass, then jazz, and on to his new home, Austin, through the string bass.
Ryan arrived in Austin in 1999 ready to work, helping to form bands like Shorty Long and Les Niglos. He subsequently found himself working with such Austin luminaries as Erik Hokkkanen, Floyd Domino, Wayne Hancock, and The Jazz Pharaohs.
Presently, Ryan can be found regularly on stage in Austin, Texas with Erik Hokkanen and The Hip Replacements, The Jazz Pharaohs, Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies, Giant City/Three, Albanie Falletta and Her Fellas, The Floyd Domino Trio, The East Side Dandies, and The Big Jug Band; and, ocasionally, in San Antonio with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. He draws great inspiration from a vast pool of musicians of many different genres and eras as well as from the experiences of his daily life.
Ryan has been lauded by his peers as a great musician and bassist, with whom it is a pleasure to create and share music.