Craig “Izzy” Arlet graduated from Pittsburgh’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) in 1997 with an award for Best Jazz Student, and immediately started an international performance career. From 1998 to 2003 he worked as a full-time touring musician, performing everything from hip-hop to country & western to traditional Cuban son montuno with various ensembles throughout the U.S. and Central America. His performance credits include Clay Aiken, Mr. Cleve Duncan and the Penguins (original singer of “Earth Angel”), event band The Move Makers, Pittsburgh swing band Dr Zoot, jazz vocalist Phat Man Dee, oldies group The Magic Moments, spoken word/performance artist Christiane D, Guaracha Latin Dance Band, the Reggie Watkins Octet, and many more. He has been teaching full-time since coming off the road in 2003. A multi-instrumentalist, he can play and teach guitar (acoustic or electric), mandolin, banjo, accordion, ukulele, steel guitar (pedal and lap), and resophonic guitar (dobro).Chris Belin – DrumsChris Belin is the sole proprietor for Chris Belin’s Traveling Drum School, as well as a freelance musician. He has taught over 13,000 individual drum lessons, performed 1000+ shows all over the United States, appeared on more than 70 recordings, and has traveled 400,000 miles locally since both sides of his career began in 1999. As of 2016, Chris is now sponsored by the up & coming RB Drum Co. (Custom Snares). He also writes periodic blogs on drumming and music, which can be found on his website, www.ChrisBelinDrums.com.
Geña wears many hats and sings. 😉
Phat Man Dee – Vox
Phat Man Dee is a cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader, events producer, videographer, poet and part time sideshow marvel. She regularly appears with both her jazz group “The Cultural District”, the sideshow burlesque group “Kabarett Vulgare” and in “The Lemington Gospel Chorale” directed by Pastor Deryck Tines. She performs live approximately 100 dates a year in nightclubs, theaters, educational facilities, private events and festivals. She has been voted in the Pittsburgh City Paper’s Readers’ Polls of 2010-2015 as one of the top 3 local jazz acts. Phat Man Dee’s passion for social justice is evidenced by the number of events she has performed for, and organized, to raise funds for and build awareness of important social issues like fighting racism, pursuing environmental justice and peace. In addition to her live performances, Mandee also teaches voice to young people through two musical programs, the We Rock Workshop, directed by Liz Berlin of Rusted Root and Creative Life Support, and the Afro American Music Institute, directed by Dr James Johnson and his wife Pamela Johnson, currently celebrating 33 years in existence.