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Here you'll find some of Brenda's collaborator's home pages, and some of her favorite links.

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Guests on Meant to Be

Chet McCracken
Former member and contributing songwriter of the legendary Doobie Brothers, is among the most respected drummers in his field. Chet is a "Grammy Nominated Composer" for "South Bay Strut" from the Doobie CD "One Step Closer." Chet steps up to the plate with his vibes and drums through a wonderful array of arrangements found on his multiple music CD's. Chet has been involved with numerous musical projects and along with his CD's delivers us recordings featuring many of the music industry's great musicians who have been members of and/or worked with such greats as Chicago, The Bonnie Raitt Band, Stevie Nicks, Rita Coolidge, Hank Williams, Jr., Tommy Tutone, Genesis, Ben E. King, Jack McDuff, George Duke, Phil Collins, The Pointer Sisters, Weather Report, Curtis Mayfield, Freddie Hubbard, Tata Vega, Peter Cetera, Alphonso Johns, Tony Banks, Frank Zappa, Joe Walsh, Michael McDonald and so more.

Chris Pinnick
Chris Pinnick, guitarist and songwriter probably best known as the lead guitarist for "Chicago" from 1980-1985 earning gold and platinum awards for "Chicago" 14,16, 17 and Greatest Hits Vol 1 & 2. Chris recorded with Herb Alpert and earned gold records for his electric guitar work on Herb's hit, "Rise. Chris' guitar work has also been heard with music by John Klemmer. Chris' guitar work is in demand in the L.A. session circles. He has recorded electric and acoustic guitar for projects with current lead guitarist for "Chicago" Keith Howland, the CD "Am I Still In Your Heart" by Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), 6 CD collaborations with Chet McCracken (Flight to Moscow, Partners, After the Rain, Tequila, Heart To Heart and Anuenue), "The Hula Monsters" (The Zen of Hula), CD projects with producer Mark Paladino of ' 'Edge Recordings" (Shakeh, Mark Protus and Scott B), CD projects with producer Ray Ruff of "Hit Pros Records" (Holly Wynette and Alicen) to name a

Ken Rhodes
Called a "thoughtful modernist with erudition and wit" by Chuck Berg (JazzTimes), pianist/composer Ken Rhodes, 52, was born in Memphis and raised in Chicago. Currently a staff member of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Ken is widely known as a veteran jazz pianist. He has played with many diverse artists including Mark Murphy, Sonny Stitt, the Woody Herman Orchestra and Gerry Mulligan. While living in Germany in the 70's, Ken played with the Bavarian Radio Big Band, the Dusko Goykovich Quintet and worked in opera and theater. How many Bop pianists have played the solo harpsichord part in Stravinsky's opera The Rake's Progress?

Matt Kendrick
Matt Kendrick is a bandleader with five CD's and two-time winner of the NC State Arts Council's Jazz Composer's Fellowship. Recent appearances include engagements with Archie Shepp, (with the late Jaki Byard) and a tour with Marian McPartland. Leading his own avant-garde Matt Kendrick Unit, he is a well-known figure in the Southern Jazz scene. Matt lived in New York for five years and has been a preferred bassist since returning in '81. Matt has recently played concerts with Carl Fontana, Ernie Watts and Jo Ann Bracken. Matt also teaches improvisation and bass at Wake Forest

John Wilson
John C.B. Wilson has a love for music that has been a constant evolution. Early interests in rock bands led to a fascination with European Classical music at the N.C. School of the Arts and later graduate studies in jazz at the Manhattan School of Music. Several long years of living in New York were made bearable by inspiring musical relationships. The ranks of those whom he has joined on the bandstand include: Jon Hendricks, Milt Grayson, Joe Temperly, Junior Mance and & Cal Collins. Those of the younger generation include: Larry Goldings, & Stefon Harris, Ari Ambrose, Chris Potter and Mark Turner. John has also played with the Glen Miller Orchestra and the AS-Is Ensemble. He lives in Winston-Salem, NC and teaches at Davidson College, accompanies dance at NCSA, and performs in the area.

Joe Robinson
"I've only just begun," those are the words of Joe Robinson, a man who has enamored audiences with his music for 40 years. A life long resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Joe is recognized as a musical pioneer, striving to keep jazz vibrant and thriving. Joe began playing the trumpet at the age of thirteen. From the moment, he heard the sounds of Miles Davis and Chet Baker; he was hooked for life. His musical training began at Atkins High School under the tutelage of Harry Wheeler. He continued his studies at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Early in his career he contributed to the sounds of Gore and The Upsetters, The Eliminators, and The Bill Bright Quintet. He has worked with a myriad of jazz greats including Donald Byrd, Danny Richmond, The Betty Carter Group, and Lou Donaldson.

Some of Brenda's Collaborators

Amos Garrett - Guitar Player magazine calls him "one of the most lyrical and original guitarists playing today...his single note solos and melodic figures are so distinctive that it is virtually impossible to mistake them for anyone else's."

Clare Fader - Singer/Songwriter Clare Fader has a bad case of wanderlust. Born in England and raised in Ireland, Ms. Fader had a stint as the lead singer in a Hawaiian lounge act (Tiki and The Poi Boys) in Montreal, Canada before moving to the US three years ago. Her debut CD The Elephant's Baby is considered a jewel in the crown of independent record making.
Brian Hughes - Considering the musical journey that Brian Hughes has been on since becoming one of contemporary jazz's most popular guitarists, it's beautifully appropriate that he titled his long anticipated A440 Music Group debut Along the Way. Showcasing his most exciting melodies and guitar performances to date, the collection reflects on his cross country move from Toronto to Los Angeles and features guest performances from contemporary jazz stars, saxophonist Eric Marienthal and trumpet sensation Chris Botti.
Frank Gaye - Frank Gaye is recognized as an innovative artisan and a major figure in the history of Canadian stringed-instrument making.
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