Legendary Boston-based saxophonist Myanna has invited some very talented collaborators to join her on the Sanctuary stage.
Myanna, one of the hottest saxophonists around, plays music that mixes jazz improvisation with funky rhythms, expressive playing, and catchy tunes. Featuring her soulful sounds, versatility, and unique arrangements, she performs regularly in clubs and concert halls with her own group, with the Love Dogs, and as a featured artist in a number of highly-regarded bands. She has won awards for Best Jazz Artist several times from both the Boston Music Awards and The Boston Phoenix readers poll. Myanna has recorded three or her own CDs, is featured on multiple recordings with The Love Dogs and as a side player on many other recordings.
Cassandre McKinley started a career in film and television as a kid and by 16, she had already signed with a New York talent agent. McKinley is best known for her powerhouse voice and stylistic versatility and ability to cross genres effortlessly. She is renowned for her spirited and emotional performances with a presence on stage that is exuberant and passionate yet warm and disarming. She has shared the stage, and in some cases, recorded with greats such as Peter Eldridge (New York Voices), Duke Levine, Dave Mattacks, Dick Johnson (Artie Shaw Orchestra), Clay Osborne, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Fred Lipsius (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Jerry Portnoy (Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters), the legendary Herb Pomeroy and others. McKinley has toured nationally and overseas and her music can be heard on over 500 national and international radio stations, cable and internet music outlets including iHeartRadio, Spotify, Pandora and XM Radio.
Performing with Myanna is one of the finest jazz organists around, Ken Clark. He was voted “Winner of New England Blues Society, Keyboardist of the the Year” four times between 2006 and 2015. Ken’s technical ability joined with his natural feel for funk and soul make each performance a night to remember.
Guitarist Mike Mele has spent the last thirty years performing with many jazz and blues greats, including Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, Tony Monaco, Bill Pierce, Joe Hunt, Barry Ries, Marty Rowen, Melvin Sparks, Myanna.Mike has been a member of the Ken Clark Organ Trio, and recorded the albums Eternal Funk and Mutual Respect for the distinguished Severn Records label. Mike was also a long-standing member of Michelle Willson’s Evil Gal Festival Orchestra, toured North America and Europe, and released the critically acclaimed album Wake-Up Call for Rounder Records. Mike is a prominent educator, and has taught guitar for The Music Emporium, Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, and Bentley College.
Steve Chaggaris is a drummer/performer/session musician, and graduate of Berklee College of Music. He has amassed an extensive performance résumé, with appearances throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. He has performed and/or recorded with a wide array of artists, including Amy Fairchild, Doug Hammer, Michelle Willson, Jody Blackwell, Chris Stovall Brown, and The Soul Band. He has been a longstanding member of the Ken Clark Organ Trio and appears on five KCOT studio albums.