Jacqueline Duryes on Vocals, John Fehling on Drums, Kenny Shanker on Piano, and Steve Bonacio on Bass.
Jacqueline Duryea, Vocals. Born and raised on Long Island, Jacqueline has been performing professionally for 19 years. She has worked with various local and touring bands throughout the country. Anyone will immediately notice her warm smile, and beautiful voice.
Jacqueline is absolutely at ease on the big stage commanding stadium size audiences such as Madison Square Garden, coordinating music and timelines at weddings and cooperate events, and in small intimate settings, drawing listeners close to her.
Throughout her school years she participated in musical theater, NYSSMA, All County, vocal jazz groups, and all other facets of the performing arts, guided by her vocal coach, Italian opera singer Leonard Colletti. 2007-2011 she studied Jazz performance and music education at Five Towns College, right here on Long Island. Jacqueline is eager and honored to be back at Grasso’s for her second appearance to share her favorite Jazz tunes with you!
Kenny Shanker… is a saxophonist, pianist, vocalist, and award-winning composer. He grew up in Pleasanton, CA and began playing piano when he was two years old. Bob Bernotas of Just Jazz called him a “talented player and writer to watch very closely.” Kenny has released three recordings as a leader. He put out his first album, Steppin” Up, in 2001 for Positone Records. It was hailed as “immediately enjoyable, with enough twist and turns to reward repeated listening” by Bruce Lindsay of All About Jazz. In 2014, he released Action City, his second album for Posi-Tone. Bop n Jazz called it “ridiculously good” and The J Page called it “an outstanding exposition of the writing chops that won the California native an ASCAP award for compositions in recent years.” Recently Kenny released his latest recording. The Witching Hour, for Wise Cat Records. Kenny has performed with the New World Symphony, Richard Bona, David Benoit, Shelly Berg, Lage Lund, Taylor Eigsti, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, R & B singer, Shannon, Martin Fry, and many others. He has also played the national anthem for the Golden State Warriors and the Oakland Raiders and toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, South America and Japan. Locally he has performed at Carnegie Hall. Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Cocoa-Cola, Smoke, Fat cat, the Garage, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. He currently resides in New York City.
John Fehling, Drums began his professional music career as a drummer in the early 1970’s. He grew up on Longs Island and began playing at the age of 15. In 1975 he performed on the “Live At CBGB’s” album. In 1979 he joined the East Coast Band and in the last 10 years has incorporated with his two partners. He has shared the stage with The Talking Heads, the Ramon’s, Wilson Picket, Dr. John, Tower of Power, the Shirelles, Martha and the Vandellas, John Belushi, and many others. He has also performed at thousands of social gatherings and weddings, including a TV spot on the late-night Huckabee show.
Versatility and perseverance are the reasons for his 40 years of success combining styles from the late 1930’s to current music.