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Motown Jazz Cats define not only the grounds, but also the outer limits of Jazz. The trio absorbs and transforms diverse musical influences into deeply cool improv, earning the reward to play Jazz.

Topping the band is Carissa Onifer, runner up in the 2010 Michigan's Got Talent competition, and winner of the prestigious Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding musical achievement in jazz piano.

Filling the pocket on the low end is Kosta Kapellas, a classically trained but currently grooved bassist. Kapellas leads orchestra for musical theatre in addition to performing with an award winning Rock band.

Hitting the hides is Doug Wio, veteran drummer schooled by Jazz greats Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinson, B.B. King, and Pancho Sanchez. With over 35 years of professional experience, Wio was born to play skins.


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