If you’re looking to add a little touch of jazz (and the occasional sprinkle of soul!) to your wedding, corporate event, private party, or other special occasion, the Sheilani Alix Trio is available for your private event. She’ll bring along with her:
- Song selections from the following genres:
- Jazz standards from the 1920’s-1940’s
- Pop and soul standards
- Gospel and contemporary Christian, and
- Tagalog (Filipino)
- Vocals with a trio of piano, bass and drums. Click here for additional bio information on the trio. Additional instrumentation (horns, vibes, guitar, etc.) can also be provided upon request.
Sheilani also provides solo piano (instrumental) and piano accompaniment services (classical, pop and tagalog/filipino).
Sheilani will work with you to help create a customized, budget-friendly, musical offering for your special occasion. Contact her at: (415) 971-1541 or drop her an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instrumentation: Trio / Quartet: Piano, upright bass, drums & vocals
Musical Style: jazz standards from the 1920-1940’s with the occasional mix of Blues and R&B/Soul
Venue Styles: Piano bar/restaurant / lounge (also available for private parties and events)
Sheilani Alix (vocals) had formal musical training from the age of 5 studying classical piano with the Vallejo Conservatory of Music under the Music Teachers Association of California. Her jazz influence stems from her mother constantly playing records by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and others since she was a little girl. As years passed, other influences included Dinah Washington, Lalah Hathaway, and Eva Cassidy. Sheilani performs as a vocalist with the Dan Damon Trio and the Kurt Ribak Trio at numerous private events and venues around the Bay Area including The Baltic, The Two-Bird Café, The Miramar at Half Moon Bay, Armando’s, Berkeley Hillside Club, Bella Vino, The Boom Boom Room, Shanghai 1930 and Yoshi's. Aside from singing with her jazz group, she also records original music and has performed with other Bay Area singer/songwriters including the Contra Costa Songwriters Project and the vocal/guitar quatet, The MadHatters, at a list of venues including the Bazaar Cafe, the Coast Cafe, Ashkenaz, and the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts.
Kurt Ribak (bass) has played with many prominent musicians. Among them are jazz/blues vocalist Faye Carol, new music composer Paul Dresher, Broadway singer Lillias Brooks, JC Hopkins (writer and former bandleader for Norah Jones), guitarist Adam Levy, sideman with Tracy Chapman and Norah Jones, and with Ralph Carney, best known for his work with Tom Waits. Kurt’s also played with prominent non-jazz musicians, including Danny Carnahan of Wake the Dead and Eric and Suzy Thompson, who have received international acclaim for their performances of bluegrass and Cajun music. Kurt has had his compositions played by a variety of groups, including Section 8 Project, Make A Circus, and others. Since 2001, he has been leading his own group under his own name. The self-titled CD, "Kurt Ribak Trio," featuring Kurt's compositions was released on Rodia Records in April 2005 and gets regular airplay on KCSM. The next Kurt Ribak Trio CD, "more," released in Spring 2007.
Greg Sankovich (piano) has been performing on keyboards and producing music since he was 12 years old. He was classically trained from age 6, then went on to study with the finest jazz and latin pianists and educators in the San Francisco area including Al Zulaica, Mark Levine, and Art Lande. He was a busy performer in local club and dance bands during his teens, and was an active member of the UC Berkeley Jazz Ensembles, highlighted by concert tours in Japan and Europe. After graduation, Greg moved to Tokyo where he lived for over ten years, performing and composing for a long list of top Japanese artists. After returning to the San Francisco area, Greg has since contributed to an eclectic range of musical projects from jazz to house, hip-hop and pop. He has worked with many talented artists including Brenda Boykin, Onionz, Doc Martin, Jahi and The Life, Takekawa Yukihide, DJ Dan, Tony, Hipp-E, and Halo, and he has performed and recorded music on over 25 record labels. He has produced music for TV, radio, and film, most recently for productions on NBC, Bravo, E! Entertainment, TV Guide, MNT and more. Currently, in addition to continued work in film and television composition, Greg performs regularly in the SF Bay Area with his jazz-funk band Times 4, bassist Kurt Ribak's jazz groups, an R&B buddy band since his teens the Blue Sky Band, and many other musically diverse freelance projects.