"While working with her, the first thing I was struck by was the maturity in her interpretations of The Great American Songbook. ...Oh, and she swings, too." -Larry McKenna
"Najwa Parkins has long been an integral part of our Pocono musical family. A great musician and stalwart citizen. I sleep a little better knowing she is on the cutting edge of our musical future." -Phil Woods
Najwa has performed with many great musicians including the late legendary Bob Dorough.
Keith Franklin studied with Jackie Bayard,Kenny Barron & Phil Woods and attained a B.A. in piano performance from Rutgers. He has toured the U.S., opened for Blood Sweat & Tears, B.B. King & others. After a foray into rock & roll he returned to his jazz roots. Keith plays at many NYC, Philly and NJ clubs including: The Rainbow Room, Philadelphia Art Museum, Saltcreek Grille, Witherspoon Grill & Delta's.
You do not want to miss New York Vocalist Marianne Solivan. She is one of today's most buzzed about jazz singers. Solivan brings her smoky, sultry jazz vocal styling to the standards you love...and them some.
"The exquisiteness, expression and sentiment of her singing are supreme and matched only by her skill in enunciation" ~ Jordan Richardson, Blinded by Sound
"The modern day paradigm to which all jazz singers should aspire." ~ Jeremy Pelt.