Meet the bands
the amy biondo ensemble
The Amy Biondo Ensemble features Amy’s original compositions, which are rhythmically complex with evocative lyrics and innovative arrangements, jazz at the heart but heavily peppered with pop, R&B, folk, and Latin American influences. Repertoire also includes songs written by ensemble members, pieces composed spontaneously in the moment, jazz standards interpreted in unusual ways, and tunes from a wide variety of musical genres, reinterpreted with a jazz sensibility. Members of the ensemble are committed to making music that arises from deep, genuine communication, in the spirit of friendship and mutual encouragement, with each other and, in turn, with the audience. The group supports each other in taking risks, using music as personal expression and self-exploration in the present moment, creating a lively, unique and exhilarating musical experience for listeners.
Los Bohemios is an acoustic ensemble performing Cuban Son, Salsa, and Boleros; Bossa Nova; Latin Rock; Latin Jazz and Mexican Mariachi repertoire. The group features Ricardo Peña on vocals and guitar or requinto, Amy Biondo on vocals and hand percussion, Ed Edwards on guitar and vocals, Mark Diamond on upright bass, and Dean Kielian on congas and bongos. They offer beautiful 3-part harmony, Spanish guitars, acoustic bass and Latin percussion to create danceable salsa rhythms in the style of Buena Vista Social Club or Gloria Estefan, and romantic ballads in the style of Los Panchos. Their impeccable musicianship and diverse repertoire move audiences in concerts, clubs, weddings and private events alike. The band can perform with 3, 4, or 5 people, and also as a larger group, with up to 11 musicians, including full horn and percussion sections.
Having a great band was one of the most important things when we were planning our wedding, and Milestone went above and beyond our expectations. This is no ordinary wedding cover band—The Milestone Band are truly talented and versatile musicians. We had a smaller trio play light jazz music during cocktail hour, and then expanded to a 7-piece band with horns when it was time for dancing to begin. They had all ages out on the dance floor enjoying themselves, and we received so many compliments from our guests about how amazing the band was. As the bride, I couldn’t tear myself away from the dance floor – I was having so much fun! I would hire them again in a heartbeat!
- Jaclyn (Bride)
Milestone is a variety band well known for their impressive musicianship and versatility. Whether they are playing the best of Latin Rock, Classic Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Salsa, romantic Bolero, Pop, Jazz or Country, their sound is always authentic to the style, their dancing beats impossible to resist, and their vocals and harmonies unbeatable. The standard band line up is a 5 piece band composed of drums, bass/vocal, guitar/vocal, piano/vocal and vocalist/percussionist. They also perform as larger ensembles that include Latin percussion and a horn section. Milestone can perform as a duo or a variety of line ups up to an 11 piece band depending on your budget. The band is equally comfortable performing concerts, corporate events, private parties and weddings and they are sure to make your event unforgettable!
Amy teaches private lessons for ages 8 and up and will also offer an 8-week intensive live course, entitled "The World Needs Your Voice," when it is safe to sing in groups again. Please check back soon for more details!
The Betterfate Ensemble is a septet of top tier Denver area musicians exploring “The French Connection” in jazz. Their eclectic repertoire includes the music of French jazz composers, French popular songs, and French-themed jazz standards. Selections include arrangements of compositions by Django Reinhardt, Michel Legrand, and Michel Petrucciani, plus interpretations of famous French songs including “La Vie En Rose”, inspired by the Grammy winning Dee Dee Bridgewater album “J’ai Deux Amours.” We also offer American standards devoted to Paris, and French versions of American vocal hits. To all jazz fans and French enthusiasts, come aboard as our mix of cultures and musical styles transports you to the streets of Paris. The Betterfate Ensemble welcomes you! “Bienvenue à la Connexion Jazz Française!”