The Artists

The 2020 HWJF Lineup

Anita Jackson
8:00p – 9:00p

Internationally acclaimed vocalist Anita Jackson has recorded and performed as a background vocalist with Bette Midler (’91 Grammy Award Winning song), Patti Austin, Mariah Carey, and recording artists Chico DeBarge, Erykah Badu and both Cissy (’97 Grammy Award Winning album) and Whitney Houston. The premier St. Louis vocalist has appeared as a featured vocalist with several Jazz, R&B, Soul, Blues and Gospel groups in the metro area. Jackson’s released her new single “Your Time” in 2019 composed by herself and Phil Graves on a compilation EP with fellow artists in residence. Anita Jackson is a native of St. Louis and a graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York, New York.    


Bach to the Future
6:30p – 7:30p

With over 6 billion streams to their credit, the Silvermans are some of the biggest instrumental artists in the world. Their music can be heard in hundreds of TV and film productions, including works by director Martin Scorsese and Ken Burns, and TV shows like The Good Wife, Two and a Half Men, American Horror Story, Major Crimes and So You Think You Can Dance.  Bach to the Future has toured across North America and performed as a late night talk show band on the CW Network’s “The Fan Show.” Their music is a tribute to the great composers — Beethoven, Bach, Mozart — performed as whimsical jazz, Latin and rock arrangements. It’s the Bach that Rocks!  


Jesse Gannon
5:00p – 6:00p

Pianist, vocalist, writer, producer, and arranger, Jesse Gannon has been deeply involved in the St. Louis and international music scene for 15+ years. Gannon has shared the stage with such notables as Willie Akins, Alicia Olatuja, The Temptations, Steve Ewing of the Urge, The Four Tops, Mary Wells and the Supremes, India Arie, Brian Owens, and more. Well-versed in many genres, as a pianist, Jesse is most at home in a soulful or improvisational setting. As a composer, he showcases broad influences from Herbie Hancock to Donny Hathaway and Ahmad Jamal to Kurt Elling…funky-soul and straight-ahead jazz. 2019 brought a fresh 5-song self-titled EP release on the Yoruba Soul label. Jesse Gannon earned his degree in Jazz Performance from Webster University.


Janet Evra
3:30p – 4:30p

From Gloucester, England, Janet Evra is a vocalist, bassist, composer, and songwriter based in St. Louis. She sings in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French, blending traditional bossa nova, samba, and latin jazz with modern continental influences and an indie twist to produce fresh, lush, original music. Evra released her debut album ‘Ask Her to Dance’ to critical acclaim in 2018, showcasing her signature sytle. She performs on premier stages across the USA and Europe.  In 2019 Evra performed at The Deva Jazz Festival in Romania and at Sofar shows in Uppsala, Sweden and Zurich, Switzerland. Joining Evra are Adam Maness on piano, Will Buchanan on guitar, and Montez Coleman on drums.


Friends of Aaron
2:00p – 3:00p

The Friends of Aaron (FoA) were established in 2013 when Hermann native Aaron Bounds decided to get a group of local music educators together to play for a benefit at his school, East Central College. After the initial gig, they started getting calls for more, even though that wasn’t the original intent. Since then, they have played in many different settings with a plethora of different sized ensembles. The FoA usually perform with a 5-12 piece combo doing both vocal and instrumental sets. Their influences range from  Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and everything in between!


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