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Laura Ann & Quatro Na Bossa

Laura Ann & Quatro Na Bossa
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Kevin Harding and Laura Ann Singh formed Quatro na Bossa in 2003. Drawing initially from early Bossa Nova standards, the group's repertoire has expanded to include other Brazilian genres and some original material. In addition to private functions and clubs, they have performed at several music festivals around the country, and have been guest artists at several universities. Quatro na Bossa includes vocalist Laura Ann Singh, guitarist Kevin Harding, Rusty Farmer on bass, and Andy Brockmann on drum set and percussion. Each member of Quatro has pursued instruction under notable Brazilian performers on their instrument: Laura Ann studied with sambista Fabiana Cozza in Sao Paulo and guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves in New York; Kevin, who teaches at the University of Richmond, Randolph-Macon College and the College of William and Mary, has studied with Brazilian guitarists Romero Lubambo and Toninho Horta, and in Rio de Janeiro with choro guitarist Bilinho Teixeira. Rusty has studied with bassists Nilson Matta and Itaiguara Brandao in New York. The quartet has performed with many drummers and percussionists including Rogerio Boccato, Adriano Santos and Jorge Alabe and locally Andy Brockmann and Matt Wyatt. Quatro na Bossa played many engagements at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at the Lincoln Center under jazz legend Todd Barken's management, with headliners Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca, Maucha Adnet, Romero Lubambo, and Harry Allen. Also in New York, they recorded the album Summer Samba for the Japanese label Venus Records, with drummer Adriano Santos and saxophonist Rodrigo Ursaia. In the fall of 2012, the group released their second CD entitled Bossa Nossa. Their recording of Doralice was chosen for Style Weekly's music issue in 2013. In the past two years, videographer David Hellman produced two music videos from Bossa Nossa, based on their recordings of Chega de Saudade and Doralice, (available on and quatronabossa.com). Quatro na Bossa invites you to enjoy and explore the music of Brazil as they pay tribute to some of their favorite artists.

Laura Ann Singh
From traditional jazz standards to authentic bossa nova, Laura Ann Singh's repertoire is as extensive as it is unique. Together with Kevin Harding and Rusty Farmer, she performs regularly with Quatro na Bossa, a band Harding and Singh started in 2003. Quatro has performed all over the East Coast at universities and colleges, festivals, parties and private events, and many musical venues, including annual appearances at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Laura Ann has worked with bossa nova and jazz guitarists Gene Bertoncini and Oscar Castro-Neves, as well as Trio da Paz masters Nilson Matta and Romero Lubambo. Laura Ann studied with sambista Fabiana Cozza in Brazil in 2006 and performed at several venues in São Paulo, Brazil including All of Jazz and the Espaço Zimbo Trio. She recorded an album, Summer Samba, with Quatro na Bossa in New York for Venus Records that was released in May of 2008.

In 2003, along with pianist Tommy Witten, Laura Ann opened for Ray Charles at the Landmark Theatre in Richmond, VA. She has also performed with Carnegie Hall Jazz Band leader Jon Faddis, and bebop trombonist Curtis Fuller. Laura Ann continues to sing from the American songbook at local venues and private functions.

In addition to Brazilian music and American standards, Laura Ann began singing with Puerto Rican salsa singer and Bio Ritmo frontman, Reinaldo Alvarez, in 2009. Along with band leader and keyboardist Marlysse Simmons, also from Bio Ritmo, their collaboration led to the birth of Miramar. The group revives Latin American romantic music from the 1950s and 60s, explores the bolero's worldwide influence and performs original material. Miramar plays regularly around the East Coast.

Laura Ann also sings with Os Magrelos, a project started by Marylsse Simmons that features original material and some re-imagined Brazilian classics. Band members include Cameron Ralston, Matt Wyatt and Toby Whitaker. Os Magrelos will release a 45 on Electric Cowbell in the summer of 2011.

Kevin Harding
Guitarist and teacher Kevin Harding has a Master's degree in guitar performance from Virginia Commonwealth University's Jazz Studies Program. He has had private lessons with Brazilian guitarists Romero Lubambo and Toninho Horta, and has studied in Rio de Janeiro with choro guitarist Bilinho Teixeira. He has also studied the kora (21 string harp-lute) in West Africa with the Gambian praise singer Alhaji Papa Susso. He has performed in Vienna, Berlin, Zurich and Ottawa, as well as in Cuba and Brazil. In 1997 he was a guest performer at the Eighth Festival de Guitarra in Lima, Peru.
In 2003 Kevin founded the Richmond based Brazilian quartet Quatro na Bossa with vocalist Laura Ann Singh. The group has played many engagements at Dizzy's Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center) with guests Romero Lubambo, Maucha Adnet, Adriano Santos, Nilson Matta, Rogerio Boccato and Harry Allen. Also in New York, Quatro na Bossa recorded a CD called Summer Samba for the Japanese label Venus Records. Kevin has played many gigs with the jazz orchestra The Great American Music Ensemble, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and elsewhere. In 1996 GAME was featured in a two-hour, live, international radio broadcast from National Public Radio studio 4-A, and in 2009 the group recorded Doug Richard's “International Concerto” featuring trumpeter Rex Richardson. Kevin has performed with Barry Harris, Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, Frank Foster, and singer Rene Marie. Kevin has been an adjunct professor of music at the University of Richmond since 1996. He also currently lectures at the College of William and Mary.

Rusty Farmer
Rusty Farmer, bassist, is a native of Richmond, Virginia where he has been performing since his early teenage years. He continued to pursue his love of music while studying at Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed his Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies. While at VCU, he studied with bassists Clarence Seay, Mark Bernat, Paul Langosch, Victor Dvoskin and Paul Bedell.

Rusty has had the privilege to perform with Stanley Jordan, Cyrus Chestnut, Romero Lubambo,Roderio Boccato, Adriano Santos, Nate Smith, Harry Allen, Rex Richardson, Bobby Reed, John D'Earth, Hod O'Brien, Royce Campbell, Skip Gailes, James "Saxsmo" Gates Jr., Bob Hallahan, Anthony Dowd, Howard Curtis, Tony Martucci, Steve Kessler, Robert Jospe, Stephanie Nakasian, Louis Ledford and Old School Freight Train. While attending VCU, Rusty and Kevin Harding were invited to perform at the Eighth Festival de Guitarra in Lima, Peru.

In 2006 Rusty joined Quatro na Bossa with whom he has performed five week-long engagements at Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC. Also in New York, Quatro na Bossa recorded their first album, "Summer Samba" for the Japanese label Venus Records in August, 2007.

Rusty currently plays with Quatro na Bossa, Samson Trinh and the Upper Eastside Big Band, Miramar, the Jackie Frost Band, Gypsy Roots, Tommy Witten Trio, Mills Family Band, Emme St. James, and leads the Butterbean Jazz Quartet.
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