Mickey Smith, Jr. with Sax In the City
Two-time Grammy nominee, music educator and saxophonist Huber “Mickey” Smith, Jr. MMEd provides live music entertainment for SW LA & SE TX.
Jeremy Benoit as J.B. Saax
Saxophonist Jeremy Benoit “JB Saax” is a young, passionate enthusiastic jazz artist from Lafayette, Louisiana. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 9 years old at J.W. Faulk Elementary school. It was the first instrument his band director gave him to try but almost immediately he became hooked. Developing his musical talent became a constant in his life from that point on and was a big part of his academic career. After earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Louisiana in the fall of 2008, and being an active part of multiple jazz combos there, he began his agressive pursuit of music.
Music became part of my life early on. I started with drums, and by age 15, I was proficient with all percussive instruments. I always like the smooth and cool tunes my father listened to, so I picked up a guitar at age 15 and fell in love with the instrument. I admire artists like Jim Croce, Donavan, Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, and their ability to entertain thousands of folks with very few instruments. I needed to be like them. I started writing and singing and before I knew it, people were paying me for what I love to do. At age 17 I made it to the blind auditions for the Voice. Since then, I have played with some Louisiana Legends and some artists that will be. I released my 1st EP in 2013 and a single in 2014. I am all over the web from i-Tunes to i-Heart Radio. Just Google me and you will see what I like to do. Currently I am a student in Central Louisiana and gig when I can. I will always perform music. I may not do it for my living but I will do it for you my fans, and myself. It is my True Love.
Bluesiana Red is a group of several dynamic musician’s from southwest Louisiana. Our style of music includes: Classic Blues, R&B, Funk, and Classic Rock n Roll.
Jazz in The Arts Internship Band
Tipitina’s Foundation supports Louisiana and New Orleans’ irreplaceable music community and preserves the state’s unique musical cultures. The Foundation grew out of the Tipitina’s music venue, a revered New Orleans cultural icon that continues to be instrumental in the development and promotion of Louisiana music around the world. Tipitina’s Foundation was established to promote childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of Louisiana music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource.
Born on the banks of Bayou Bouef, Dave Duplissey has deep roots in Cajun Creole culture. He began his career in the seventh grade at Colton Jr. High School under the direction of Professer Ernie Bishoff as his music teacher in New Orleans La. By the tenth grade Dave was playing in Orleans, France with his fathers band The Midnight Ramblers who toured Army and Airforce bases through out France for two years. Upon his return to the USA he played in Augusta, Georgia with his friends from high school at private clubs and parties for two years. Then his father was transferred to Ft Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina and worked with an agency owned by Jack Robinson talent who provided backup musicians for stars like Major Lance, Ronnie Milsap, Ace Cannon to name a few. That’s where Dave joined the U. S. Army and became a member of the 440 United States Army Band, after graduating from th U. S. Navel School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia and attained the rank of E-5 in only fifteen months he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska for one year with the 214th U. S. Army Band where he organized the horn section for Etta James at the North Star Lounge for all her shows. After his tour in the armed services he came home to Louisiana and started playing on Bourbon Street at Peppies Play Pen 327 Bourbon for a year. Than Dave move to Alexandria, La. and married his wife of forty three years Linda Sue Robbins and continued to play all vennues and styles of music while raising two beautifull daughters Brandi and Styphanie.
Today Dave brings a touch of class through world class traditional jazz and variety music.
The millennium brought Dave to the “Louisian Hall of Fame” in the year 2000 and again in 2002. Dave is considered tops in his field of saxophonist.
Other bands Dave has been a member of are John Fred and The Playboys with the international number one hit ” Judy in Disquise” also the current horn section leader for the Harmon Drew Super Group a ten piece rhythn and blues band (www.harmondrew.com) voted Shrevport’s best band in Shreveport Bossier Magazine and best statewide band in Louisiana
life Magazine. Dave has taken his career to a new level with his smooth Jazz style of today.
Street Side Jazz Band
The Street Side Jazz Band is a traditional jazz quintet based in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The group is composed of tenor saxophonist William Christian, pianist Jake Spinella, guitarist Mason Feduccia, drummer Kory Fontenot, and bassist Steve Dufrene. SSJB plays traditional style jazz, which includes music from various styles within the genre such as swing, blues, Latin, ballads, and funk. The group can be seen performing at local venues in and around Lake Charles and surrounding areas.
Mikayla Smith is a 13 year old up-and-coming talent from Southwest Louisiana. At the tender age of five she was placed in her school’s talented arts program for the talent she displayed in the visual arts. In 2014, with the help of MusicMakers2U she received her first musical instrument, a guitar. Musicmakers2U is a nonprofit organization committed to pairing students with used and refurbished instruments donated from the community. Along with the guitar Mikayla has taught herself to sing, play the piano and is also an All-District French Horn player. Mikayla is inspired by artists such as Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, and Bruno Mars who excel at vocal ability and energizing performances.