Glenn Bassett – Creator of TeaTime Tunes – Creator of TeaTime Tunes – Engaging Those with Memory Loss Glenn Bassett, also known as ‘My Mate George’ lives in London, England and plays guitar and sings. His job since 2012 has been leading music sessions for people with dementia and their carers. They are energetic groups, and there is always plenty of dancing — it’s like a big party. He has over 2000 songs in his repertoire and can usually oblige any style. And if he doesn’t know it, I’ll go and learn it! Glenn Bassett created Teatime Tunes’, a brilliant idea to help engage and foster positive behaviors from those suffering memory loss and dementia. The components that make it compelling include: Regularity and timing. With routine clearly very important in dementia care, especially with most real-life services now cancelled, he sets a regular time for videos to be released. 3pm each day in the UK timed a mid-afternoon snack time: not too soon after lunch, but it’s still relatively light outside, and can provide some stimulation during the day which should aid sleep at night. He wanted it to be every day, as there are too many services that simply don’t exist at weekends or on Bank Holidays, and carers can be at a loss for ways to engage their loved ones at those times. The videos are also a maximum of ten minutes long. Attention spans can be short in dementia, but also, for carers to engage their loved […]
Stephanie Ann Ball – Concert Curator & Lyric Coloratura Soprano https://stephanieannball.com Stephanie Ann Ball is a lyric coloratura soprano who is swiftly taking her place in the world of classical music with her warm, strong, lyric voice. As a highly sought after concert artist and curator, she has performed on stages alongside world-renowned composers such as the award-winning Mark Hayes, and the composer of the highly acclaimed new opera, Rider’s of The Purple Sage – Craig Bohmler. Following a recent collaboration, Mr. Bohmler said this of Ms. Ball’s work: “I worked with Stephanie for the first time where [we] did a concert of varied repertoire in Mesa AZ. I found her an incisive and committed performer who was easy to follow and whose mellifluous voice certainly touched her audience. I was pleased at her facility with many styles from Strauss to Spiritual.” Ms. Ball has been invited to perform as a guest artist on concert series across the country including St. Peter’s Cathedral in Mansfield, OH, the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, CO, and has commanded the stage of the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado as a soloist for the Colorado Council of Churches. Equally comfortable in the oratorio repertoire, Ms. Ball’s credits include appearances as the soloist for Mozart’s Requiem with the Bach Society of St. Louis, Handel’s Messiah with the Voices West Chorale, Songs of the Slave with the Larimer Chorale, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël with First Presbyterian Church of Rapid City, Vaughan Williams’ […]
Greg Whitt – https://www.drumforchange.com/video Greg Whitt is an award-winning teaching artist using music to share old world ideas about happiness, relationships, and wellness. He leads interactive learning programs to creatively connect people in ways that are joyful, engaging, and good for you. When you join in, you’ll feel more vibrant, more relaxed, and more connected to others and to the world around you. With a graduate certificate in Transformative Leadership from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, his programs are actually applied philosophy about how we can live, work, and play well together in community; only they’re cleverly disguised as music, and they’re delivered as interactive and engaging fun. These programs highlight old world values that serve as positive examples for healthy, happy, and productive lifestyles for modern society. As a facilitator he works to strengthen connections to these timeless principles. As an educator, he teaches how we can do this in partnership with the ancient wisdom traditions of the world. Greg Whitt is a past-president of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild. He has been awarded three competitive arts grants for professional development: two to study music of the African diaspora in the Caribbean (Cuba 2011 and Belize 2015), and one for specialized equipment to work in healthcare settings (2018). Prior to launching D4C in 2009, he spent ten years working in event planning at NC State University and eight more in the US Air Force. Greg digs hammocks, thrift shops, mid-century modern design, stand up paddle boarding, Vespa scooters, vintage […]
Holly Hopkins – https://hollyhopkins.com and You Tube Holly Hopkins’ life-long relationship with music began at a young age when she took up playing instruments, learning to play the piano and saxophone. She was even a drum major for the high school band. It was several years down the road that she took up a love for performing vocally and in the last six years she has enjoyed performing regularly across Western North Carolina, collaborating with an inspiring group of artists at many notable establishments. Oh and did we mention her performance at the Birdland Jazz Club in NYC? She performs at events big and small, singing music appropriate for small specific crowds as well as large diverse crowds. She performs a wide variety of jazz and blues music, from classic to more modern styles at both private and public.
Acute Inflections – https://www.acuteinflections.com “A velvety mix of Erykah Badu & Billie Holiday paired with the cool grooves of her 007 on bass” is how one reviewer described Acute Inflections, New York’s sultry duo led by a former Broadway singer. They can often be found entertaining their clients (United Nations, Mercedes-Benz, etc.) at high-end events across the country. They have shared the stage with Jennifer Hudson, Keith Urban, and other notable artists at some of these events. Their albums are always favorites on the jazz charts, and their shows are both fun and enchanting. Just prepare yourself, because these sassy artists love engaging their audiences!
Jim Edelstein – https://www.facebook.com/JIMEDELSTEINSAXTRAX/ Jim Edelstein has been entertaining audience for years in and around the Philadelphia area. One listen and you will see why his melodic saxophone interpretations are both soothing and entertaining. Whether it’s swing, jazz, bossa nova, ballads and more, Jim can bring the music to you or through live stream and recorded programming. Here are just some selections from his 25-page song list: AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE AFTER THE LOVING AFTER YOU’VE GONE AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ALDILA ALFIE ALICE IN WONDERLAND ALL BLUES ALL BY MYSELF ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM ALL IN LOVE IS FAIR ALL IN THE GAME ALL MY TOMORROWS ALL OF ME ALL OF YOU ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE ALL THE WAY AMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE ALONE TOGETHER THE ALPHABET SONG ALWAYS & FOREVER ALWAYS AMAPOLA AMAZING GRACE AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL AMOR Anchors Aweigh AND I LOVE HER ANEMA E CORE ANGEL EYES APRIL IN PARIS APRIL SHOWERS AROUND THE WORLD ARRIVEDERCI ROMA AS TIME GOES BY AT LAST AT LONG LAST LOVE AULD LANG SYNE AUTUMN IN NY AUTUMN LEAVES
Hughie Mack – www.hughiemac.com Hughie Mack was born in Philadelphia and resides in a small town just outside of Philadelphia where he frequently performs and is in demand at many bar/restaurants, private parties, and senior centers. He first became interested in performing approximately four years ago and decided to commit to music professionally about two years ago. As Hugh MacDonough, he was a physical education teacher and coach before his music and singing career. On the side, he currently does some substitute teaching, coaching, and expert witness work. However, his present passion is now singing. Coming from a family of accomplished musicians, Hughie listened to and enjoyed music all of his life. His parents and relatives appreciated the sounds of Mozart, Beethoven, Sinatra, and Broadway show tunes. When the time came to formulate his own musical identity and image, Hughie leaned toward retro pop, rock, and country. If Hughie’s music were to be placed in a sounds-like category, many have said his sound resembles Ricky Nelson, Jimmy Buffet, and Frank Sinatra. Michael Buble’ is one of his favorites. Hughie has released four albums of his favorite cover songs; Hughie Mac Sings Some Great Songs Part 1 and Part 2., Part 3, Part 4, and 2 Holiday albums. The records include 33 of the greatest hits of all time. All songs are currently being played on Jango Internet Radio and are doing very well.