The Bluebonnet Blossoms

Danielle Reich, vocalist, performs in Texas with Houston-based Swing Rendezvous (jazz manouche), Houston-based Boomtown Brass Band (New Orleans Hot Club), Austin-based Lady Be Good (Western Swing), and her own trio. She also performs in Washington with Bellingham-based Nuages and Seattle-based Swing Provence (both jazz manouche). Danielle has been a featured performer at the Manouche NW Concert Series, the Houston Composers Salon, and the Austin Jazz Festival. Danielle has performed new works with avant-garde composer/bassist Thomas Helton, a Houston Arts Alliance grant recipient, as well as performing experimental works for musicians and dancers with the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble.

Ermelinda Cuellar, vocalist, is a jazz singer in Houston Texas. She performs jazz standards from the Great American Song Book that would be swing, ballads, bossa nova, latin tunes and some pop tunes thrown in for the mix. She has been singing jazz for almost seven years. Her voice has been described as smooth, playful and heartfelt. Singers that she has been compared to include Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day and Diana Krall. In the Houston jazz community what sets Ermelinda apart is she does vocal improvisation "scatting" as well as singing in different languages. Aside from English, she also sings in Portuguese, Spanish and some French.

Raquel Cepeda, vocalist, was born in Venezuela and trained in the sciences. It was during her engineering days at college that she began earning a reputation on campus as a singer of distinction. After making her recorded debut in 2001 with a host of other singers and musicians from her homeland, in 2013 she worked with famed producer Paul English to craft her solo debut, I’m Confessin’. This self-proclaimed “work of heart” was an artistic leap of intuition, a foray into emotional depths that highlighted her multicultural persona. She is now based in Houston, where since 2011 she has become an in-demand fixture among local musicians and events. After working for 15 years in the oil industry and maintaining parallel careers in music and science, in 2015 Raquel decided to take the leap as a full-time artist.

Houston bassist and composer Thomas Helton is a multifaceted improviser and skilled interpreter of contemporary bass repertoire. Equally adept at playing jazz, classical, experimental and avant-garde music, Helton continues to push and redefine the possibilities of his instrument by embracing extended performance techniques and new compositional forms. Helton has released three CDs of original compositions and improvisations, Doublebass (2003), Experimentations in Minimalism (2004) and Saga (2006), all of which received positive reviews in both U.S. and European press.

Clayton Dyess is a jazz and blues guitarist from Houston, Texas and has been a touring concert performer and recording artist for forty four years. He has been referred to as a utility guitarist because he enjoys adapting to, supporting, framing, and adding to the particular and unique style of a given group, artist, or music project. In addition to guitarist, he works as director, composer, and educator of music. He has also functioned as recording engineer or assistant engineer on a number of music projects.

This project is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance

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