JazzTimes magazine describes vocalist Typhanie Monique as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” Music lovers in her hometown of Chicago and throughout the Midwest know her as that region’s local favorite—warm, soulful and charismatic. She has studied privately with legendary vocalists Bobby McFerrin, Shelia Jordan and the late Mark Murphy, and considers herself a lifelong student of the art of singing. An in-demand educator and vocal coach, Monique served on the adjudication panel of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition. Typhanie’s long-awaited album CALL IT MAGIC reflects her focused passion as a vocalist and her hard-won maturity as a human being. Over the course of 10 tracks, Typhanie reveals her vocal depth and versatility as she transports listeners down the rough roads of love, struggle, heartbreak, acceptance and rebirth. “Monique has never lacked for stage presence or vocal audacity. … One of these days, the rest of the world is going to discover her.” —Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Sarah Marie Young is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician. She was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition and the winner of the 2011 Montreux Voice Competition judged by Quincy Jones, from which she recorded her first full length album “Too Many Februaries” at Balik Farm Studios in Switzerland and performed it at The Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012. After being signed by the dutch label Snip Records in 2014, Sarah Marie Young released and toured Europe with her second album, “Little Candy Heart”. Sarah’s latest album, “Recess” was self-produced and released in April 2016. Based in Chicago, Sarah continues to perform locally as well as internationally.
Detroit born saxophonist, arranger, composer and bandleader Aaron McEvers settled in Chicago in 1999. At home playing alto, tenor, soprano saxophone and flute, Aaron has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. He is the founder of M13, for which he composes or arranges all the music. He is also a member of Chris Siebold’s PSYCLES, The Chicago Groove Collective, Maggie Speaks, Out of Control, The Swing Shift Orchestra and composer John Elmquist’s Hard Art Groop. An active educator, he teaches music theory and jazz saxophone at the Merit School of Music, and private lessons in Chicago. He also writes commercial music for TV spots and continues to write for other organizations and individual performers in Chicago and abroad.