Monday, December 11, 2023 – 7:00 pm
Black River Educational Center Auditorium, 257 Co. Rd. 40, Sullivan, OH 44880

About the Musicians 

Dane Vannatter is the recipient of two Bistro Awards from BackStage in New York, for Outstanding Vocalist and for his second CD Flight. Dane has been acclaimed by reviewers at The New York Post, The Boston Globe and BackStage for a style that “blends facets of cabaret and jazz with intelligence and care.” The Boston Globe remarks “Dane Vannatter’s distinctive style leaves an imprint on whatever music he sings. His voice has a floating quality that gets in your head and won’t leave…. his music is a swinging, soaring adventure!” Dane has been nominated for four MAC awards and is a Nightlife Award finalist. Dane was featured at the annual Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention at Town Hall in Manhattan and has performed in venues nationally and internationally. Dane sings regularly at Cleveland venues and his most recent Give Me Something Real was released in 2016 to much critical acclaim.

Eric Everett has four decades of drumming experience, studying privately at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and performing in Case Western Reserve University’s small group Jazz and Big Band ensembles. Eric leads the “Firelands Trio” and “Elation” R&B band and performs as a sideman with the Cliff Habian Trio and George Foley Quartet. Eric has performed at Nighttown, Bop Stop, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and more.

Joseph Rangel has been playing guitar since 2001 and was originally trained by his father, Rey Rangel, in classical guitar. He soon began to study pop and rock music, learning classic rock songs as well as genres such as Motown. In 2005 he began to study jazz, doing summer workshops at the Lakeland Jazz Summer camp. He then studied at Tri-C Metro for jazz guitar performance with a minor in piano, studying under Cleveland greats such as Joe Hunter, Steve Enos, Ernie Krivda, and Dave Sterner. Joseph then transferred to Cleveland State University where he studied for two years under the tutelage of Cleveland guitarist Bob Fraser and graduated with honors Summa Cum Laude in 2016 with a Bachelors of Music; emphasis in jazz guitar performance. Joseph currently plays and sings professionally in several bands including his own trio around the greater Cleveland area.

Jeff Slater earned his Bachelor of Music in music theory and French horn at Baldwin Wallace and did master’s work in classical and jazz music theory at the University of Wisconsin. Jeff plays both electric and upright bass and is well-versed in all styles of jazz, R&B, rock, and world music. Jeff performs in the Firelands Trio, Cliff Habian Trio and with vocalist Carol Leslie.

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