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Isabel Hernandez-Cata

The Isabel Hernandez-Cata quintet features a fluid lineup with two remaining constant: guitarist Greg Loman and vocalist/keyboardist Isabel Hernandez-Cata. Isabel and Greg both grew up in the DC area but became acquainted while working on a community theatre production of Guys and Dolls. They have performed with a variety of DC area jazz musicians over the years, including Ricky Loza, Eric Byrd, Alison Miller, and Marcus Johnson. Isabel, a classical contralto, has sung in several area choirs including most recently the National Philharmonic Chorale and Singers. Greg plays in several rock bands, most notably DCide Records’ Oddzar. Despite their diverse musical interests, they come together through a love of the jazz art form to perform standards and jazz treatments of tunes from other modern music genres (including selections by artists such as Bjork, Portishead, and Elliott Smith). Isabel, Greg, and the IHC5 have played at Mayorga Coffee, Sabang, Twins, Artomatic 2007 and the East Coast Jazz Festival. Both are educators as well as performers. Greg has his own guitar studio and Isabel teaches vocal music and piano in Montgomery County Public Schools. For more information, visit them on myspace �” http://www.myspace.com/isabelhc5 or http://www.strictlyisness.com

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