Jakarta Records Ltd.
           Artist Bios of Jakarta Records Ltd.

                                                      Robert Johnson

 

   Robert Johnson is an entertainer who is equally at home in every arena of performance. His voice can be heard on countless national commercials from

United Artists Theaters, IBM and Toyota to Greyhound and Kentucky Fried Chicken. And as Mr. Squirrel on the PBS Saturday Morning Series“The Big Green Rabbit.”

   He’s shared the stage with Bob Hope, Stevie Wonder, Angela Brown and Stan Getz. And has appeared in national and regional productions of Porgy and Bess, Ain’t Misbehavin, Blues In The Night, A Brief History Of White Music, Showboat, The Full Monty, The Buddy Holly Story and as the voice of the plant in Little Shop Of Horrors.

   The National Anthem is prominently featured in Robert’s repertoire; he opened the fourth game of the 1976 World Series in New York and the 1984 NBA All-Star game in Denver. He continues to sing the anthem for many national sporting events through out the country.

    And long before American Idol, Robert caused a stir on Star Search 89 with Ed McMahon and became one of the top scoring performers in the history of the show.

    Since making his home in Denver, Colorado Robert has been named Best Male Vocalist in the Denver Posts Readers Poll, Best Jazz Vocalist by the Colorado Black Artists Association, was honored as Colorado’s Best Male Singer by the News and Radio Media and Best Male Vocalist by the Colorado Songwriters Association.

    As a performer with the 17th Avenue All-Stars, an a cappella group that in 1993, won the National Harmony Sweepstakes. Robert not only lent his vocal talents to their CD “ True Colors.” he also produced and recorded the project. And his producing credits don’t stop there! In 1999 he collaborated on the production of  “ Jumping Through Hoops “ by Dotsero, a project that climbed to the top of the Billboard Jazz Charts! And more recently his work on “ Seize The Day “ by Michael Friedman garnered a Regional Grammy nod for Best Pop Instrumental Recording.

    Currently Robert can be heard on his CD releases through his label Jakarta Records Ltd. Those recordings are Richard The Third, Black Prince Road and Home For The Holiday’s. But 2021 may be his most ambitious musical journey yet with the release of three projects! A Long Road Traveled, So The Story Goes and Black Snake Moan will be brand  new music written by Robert! As he continues to showcase his talents not only as a vocalist, but also as a songwriter, instrumentalist and producer.

                                       John March

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                                                     The BBQ

 

John March is the consummate musician whether it be in the studio or on the stage. He’s worked with many of the biggest names in music as a Guitarist, Producer, Arranger and Composer. As a session guitarist and engineer in LA he’s graced the recordings of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Sting. He’s shared the stage with Ray Charles, Robben Ford, Brad Cordle and The Circuitbreakers, a who’s who of  LA’s top studio and touring musicians.

 Currently you can find John as the moving force of The Boulder Blues Quartet also known to their growing legion of fans as the BBQ!  A who's who in their own right of studio and touring musicians that have shown the gift of R&B along with Classic and Progressive Jazz and Blues! 


Let's meet the members of the BBQ!


 Bob Schlesinger is a pianist, composer and producer whose work covers the styles of Jazz, Blues, R&B, Classical and Rock and Roll. He's toured the country with national recording artist Hazel Miller as well as his own progressive jazz group Tsunami! And when Bob is not at the boards for The BBQ he can be heard with his progressive jazz group Purple Squirrel


 Chris Engleman has been the eTown bass player since the very first nationally sindicated eTown show all the way back in 1991. He is a decorated studio musician that has played on recordings by Grammy winner Tim O'brien, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Grammy nominee Mark Oblinger.


 If you're looking for the glue to move the groove then Chris Harris is the man you call! Whether it be Blues, Funk or Jazz he fills the bottom like nobody's business! Since moving from Indiana and making his home in Colorado he's become a mainstay in the club, recording and touring scene that has seen it's resurgence here in the Mile High City!

And don't play chess with him....he'll take all your money!!


 Jay Forrest is an accomplished touring vocalist and drummer in the world of Gospel, R&B and Blues. He's shared the stage with Steven Stills, Dan Fogelberg, Joe Walsh, Joe Cocker, Bill Withers and Blood Sweat and Tears. He's performed at the Monterey Blues and Jazz Festival and The Newport Folk and Jazz Fest with such artists as Albert King, Etta James, Charlie Musslewhite and many other jazz and blues greats! More recently, Jay has been the backing vocalist and drummer for the Lionel Young Band.


 Bob Rebholz graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a teacher certification. Bob has played and recorded with national artist's Images, Grammy nominee Peter Kater and DKO. He's toured internationally with Tom Jones, Nancy Wilson, James Taylor, Diane Schur, Linda Ronstandt, Natalie Cole, The Temptations and The Four Tops. He's a member of the band Wake Up Call led by pianist/composer Eric Gunnison. Bob's main instrument is the Alto Sax, but doubles on all saxes and flutes and the EWI, He's currently on the faculty of of the Colorado Conservatory for Jazz and Arts, working as a musical mentor for 7th to 12th grade

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                                                     Mark Diamond
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                                          The Mark Diamond Trio

 

Mark Diamond - Bassist

Mark's hard-grooving acoustic bass sound was birthed in the New York area, where he learned to play many musical styles. His professional career started in New Jersey in the early 70's.  In 1980 he moved to Colorado with the band Arabesque and has since been a sought after sideman on over 100 albums, including Grammy award  winner Tim O'Brien, Mollie O'Brien, Sally Taylor, (daughter of James and Carly), James Van Buren with Richie ColeKeith OxmanMary Flower, and Mary Ann Moore. He has played for President Bill Clinton and other luminaries over the years.  Mark has toured Europe, and regularly appears at festivals and clubs across the country. He has performed with such legendary performers as Earl Klugh, Nnenna Freelon, Spike Robinson, Richie Cole, James Moody, Ernestine Anderson, Ben Sidran, Peter Rowan, Kenny Loggins, New Orleans piano sensation Henry Butler, Fred Wesley (of the James Brown funky horn section), Buddy Tate, (of the original Count Basie Band),  Bruno Carr ( the drummer for Ray Charles, Herbie Mann, and many jazz greats), blues men Eddie Kirkland and Mark Hummel, and a couple of great New York based jazz vocalists Allan Harris and Tom Lellis. Mark has opened shows for B.B. King, Kenny Rogers, Wilson Pickett, Koko TaylorBuddy Guy and Junior Wells, to name a few. He is a reliable, personable, talented musician who has dedicated his life to bringing people top quality music in every setting imaginable.

 Scott Martin has performed professionally in a wide variety of musical styles and roles. As a
studio musician in New York City with Carly Simon, he sang background vocals, arranged and played synthesizers on the hit, Coming Around Again, theme song to the movie Heartburn, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. He worked with Mariah Carey on her first recording session and her first album, as well as with singers Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire and Robert Lamm of Chicago. He co-wrote and produced the title track to the album, Magnetic, by the jazz group Steps Ahead, featuring vocalist Dianne Reeves and saxophonist Michael Brecker. As a jazz pianist, he has played with Mike Stern, Bill Watrous, Miroslav Vitous, Billy Hart, Mike Mainieri, Joe Lovano, Victor Lewis, Javon Jackson, Harry Allen, Ron Miles, Carl Fontana, Pete Condoli, Red Holloway, Hiram Bullock, Tia Fuller, and many others. He recently recorded a CD project with multi-Grammy winning engineer/producer Jay Newland of original songs in collaboration with several singer/lyricists that was the result of being awarded the Pathways to Jazz Grant. He performs as a jazz pianist internationally as well as locally in the Denver, Colorado
area. He has been active as a producer and arranger for or Songdrops.com, a kids-songs site with 450 million Youtube views. In the music theater world, he has performed as Assistant Conductor/Keyboard II for Jersey Boys National Tours I and II - including background vocals and memorized/choreographed on stage performance scenes. Music director for Avenue Q, White Christmas, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe at the Midtown Arts Center in Ft. Collins, CO. Arranger/Music Dir. for the Sept ’12 London staged reading and the ’08 Denver run of Magdalene, Woman of Light; conductor/pianist for the Modern
Muse Theater Company's production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years at the
Buntport Theater, Denver and at CenterStage in Evergreen. Understudy for the lead role of
Cosme McMoon in the Arvada Center's production of the musical Souvenir. Pianist, CU Fringe Festival. Audition pianist for the Denver Center's production of The Taffettas and Colorado Light Opera’s Oklahoma and Anything Goes.
As an educator: designed and taught music business course at the University of Colorado at
Denver. Created and taught the music curriculum at the University of Denver High School, including computer technology, performance ensembles, and jazz and rock history. Instructor - sight singing, ear training, and music theory - CU Boulder. Private piano instructor - Applied Music Program, CU Boulder, and accompanist CU Boulder Dept. Of Dance and Theater - ballet/ modern dance and Broadway rep. classes. Coached and performed with the Metro State College vocal jazz ensembles, Denver. Piano faculty, Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, Lafayette, CO; accompanist, Parlando School, Boulder. Choral accompanist and jazz band director at the Shining Mountain Waldorf School, in Boulder, grades 4-12. Private home studio - piano instruction, vocal coaching, and recording projects for a variety of clients. Education:BA, Jazz Performance, New England Conservatory of Music, 1981. MM. Composition, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004. Scholarship recipient, Schweitzer Institute, Sand Point Music Festival, Idaho, dir. Gunther Schuller, 2003
 Dru Heller has a M.M. in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the School Of Music at CU Boulder. As a performer, he has shared the stage with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world! Such as Benny Greene, Terence Blanchard, Peter Bernstein, Robin Eubanks and Dave Pietro. He has been in the pit as a drummer/percussionist for over 40 national and regional touring musicals. And Dru is more than just an accomplished studio sideman with over 25 recordings under his sticks! He's been the originator of numerous groups with such diverse styles as Funk, Afrobeat, Country, pop, Irish and Bluegrass!