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Will Barrow a Grammy winning pianist and singer/songwriter who lives in Nashville. He’s toured and recorded with an eclectic group of artists, including jazzmen Ronnie and Hubert Laws, Crusaders founder Wayne Henderson, Gospel singer BeBe Winans, disco diva Vickie Sue Robinson, pop vocalist Crystal Gayle and a host of others. Will has appeared on television on the BET on jazz,VH1,GAC and CMT networks. He won a Grammy in '04 for his instrumental contribution to "The Songs of Stephen Foster". Before moving to Nashville, Will spent a decade and a half in New York City, where he began playing with Aaron Heick and Leo Traversa. Their music combines influences from jazz, R&B, Brazilian and world music.

Aaron Heick Originally from Seattle, Washington, Aaron is a freelance musician currently living in New York City. Primarily a saxophonist but also specializing in many other woodwind instruments. He regularly backs up artists from the worlds of Popular Music, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Brazilian, Latin, African, Classical and Avant-Garde music, and an active member of the New York studio scene. Highlights of Aaron’s career include working with Chaka Khan who he toured and recorded with for more than 8 years in the 90’s, and more recently, The Barbra Streisand 2006 U.S. Tour & 2007 European Tour. He was also recently a member of the band led by Cameroonian bassist & singer Richard Bona, with whom he toured regularly throughout Europe, the U.S., Japan and Africa for 8 years. Aaron was featured on all 4 of Richard’s solo albums and appeared with him at The Curacao Jazz Festival in 2007.

Leo Traversa a native New Yorker, Leo Traversa is considered to be one of the most proficient and versatile bass players on the scene today. His extensive knowledge of a variety of musical genres and cultures as well as his mastery of their playing techniques makes him one of the most sought after players and educators in his field. Author of two Carl Fischer publications "Afro Caribbean and Brazilian Rhythms for the Bass" and "Fusion: A Study in Contemporary Music for the Bass", Leo Traversa has toured and recorded with a wide range of internationally known artists. These include Tania Maria, Don Byron, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Astrud Gilberto, Ben E. King, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Michael Brecker, DaveValentin, Gato Barbieri, Gerry Mulligan, The New York Voices, Oscar Castro Nieves, Phil Woods, Eliane Elias, Oscar Hernendez, Eileen Ivers, Steve Kimock, Leslie Uggams, Ivan Lins, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Herbie Mann, Chris Washburn's S.Y.O.T.O.S., Aster Aweke, Kenia and many others. He has led his own group of European musicians on several international tours and has also garnered many television, film and Broadway credits during the span of his remarkable career.

Gabriel Gabby Mercera a native Bonairian drummer & percussionist who plays all styles from folkloric to rock, blues, jazz, Latin, Caribbean and more. Attend and participated at multiple festivals, workshops and jams. Also the St. Lucia Jazz festival in 2006 with John Novello & The Freewinds band. Performing experience with other local and international greats as Tipico Boneriano, Dominico Herera, Rudy Plaate, Ced Ride, Aaron Heick, Stacey Francis, Michell Henderson, Carmel, Sony Koeblahl, David Pomerantz, Amanda Miguel, George McGrae, Michiel Borstlap to name a few. One of the iniciators of the jazz movement in Bonaire, co-founder and ex-board member of the musicians union on this island. Teaches young kids the musical approach and owner of DECO drum studio Bonaire. His latest work in the recording studio entitled “Ta Ken” is based on our Bonairian music style, hoping to expand it in the jazz-world.

Ralph "Moogie" Stewart a singer, songwriter and percussionist native of Florida, who lives and performs in Bonaire. “I’ve performed in various bands in Florida and came to Bonaire in 1990 on a visit and never went back : “I first met Aaron, Leo and Will when they would come to Bonaire as members of the Sugaro Band, says Moogie, and Gabby and I would sit in and have some great musical times. They have been playing together and individually for many years, and each is renowned on his instrument, and will bring all that talent and heartfelt love for Bonaire to the Bonaire Jazz Festival”.