musicians OF BODEGA

At Bodega we are proud to host some of the top talents local and regional musicians/poets have to offer.  
If you are a musician/poet/artist, contact us and let's figure out how we can make our community better.

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The Coffee house combo

The CHC has spent the past three years firmly establishing itself in the local music scene.  The CHC is proud to be the youngest working jazz combo in Windsor, and is making great strides in its attempts – in cooperation with many of Windsor’s long-time jazz performers – to revive the local jazz scene and inspire young musicians.

More information about The Coffee House Combo can be found on their official website at the link below.

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Natalie Culmone found her passion for singing at the age of 13 and has since continued to explore the world of music. From performing in musicals around the city to singing with the Coffee House Combo, her love and passion for music keeps growing every day.

Read more about Natalie at the link below.

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Sebastian Bachmeier is a saxophonist from Windsor, Ontario who studies jazz performance at the University of Windsor. He is in his fourth year, but has already made a name for himself in the local music scene performing both solo, and with his jazz band, the Coffee House Combo.

Read more about Sebastian at the link below.

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Austin Di Pietro is a fourth-year Honours Bachelor of Music student at the University of Windsor studying jazz/pop trumpet performance and musicology. A multi-instrumentalist, he has been performing in Windsor and the surrounding area for 5 years.

Read more about Austin at the link below.

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Vanessa Harnish is a percussionist and educator who grew up in Essex County and enjoys playing a diverse selection of musical genres. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Windsor School of Creative Arts, as well as a Bachelor of Education.

Read more about Vanessa at the link below.

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Marko Rozic is a graduate from the University of Windsor's faculty of music where he studied classical double bass under Greg Sheldon. Throughout his undergraduate degree, Marko performed in several musical groups in the Windsor and London areas. During his time at Western University, Marko delved into Jazz while performing in the Western Jazz Ensemble and since then his musical endeavors have been heavily jazz influenced.

Read more about Marko at the link below.

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Andrew Adoranti is a pianist and student from the University of Windsor. He is currently studying electrical engineering and plans to eventually attain a master's degree. His passion with music began at an early age and it has remained an integral part of his life.

Read more about Andrew at the link below.

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the new standard

The New Standard is Windsor’s premiere jazz quartet featuring Sara Fontaine on vocals, Ryan Fontaine on double bass and Mike Karloff on piano and Vanessa Harnish on percussion. They are sure to appeal to young and old alike.   Whether they are playing “Embraceable You” during your first dance or delighting your receiving line with “Blue Moon”  or pumping up the crowd with "Single Ladies" they are an upscale addition to any wedding celebration or party.  Suitable for cocktail or dinner music they are ready to wow your guests.  With very reasonable rates, The New Standard is a perfect fit for any size event.

More information about The New Standard can be found on their official website at the link below.

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Sara Fontaine grew up in Tecumseh, Ontario and was compelled to sing from a very early age. Born into a large musical family she quickly learned to play flute, guitar and piano and went on to pursue music theatre and obtain her vocal degree from The University of Windsor. Sara is a well known vocalist in the Windsor area and still maintains her classical chops as well as singing theatre, pop and jazz. grew up in Tecumseh, Ontario and was compelled to sing from a very early age. Born into a large musical family she quickly learned to play flute, guitar and piano and went on to pursue music theatre and obtain her vocal degree from The University of Windsor. Sara is a well known vocalist in the Windsor area and still maintains her classical chops as well as singing theatre, pop and jazz.

Read more about Sara at the link below.

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Ryan Fontaine discovered music at the early age of 5 while figuring out melodies on a small Casio keyboard. He began studying guitar at age 9 and gained an early understanding of scales and chords which he would later apply to jazz bass. At age 14 he felt compelled to take up bass guitar, an instrument that he had always been drawn to. Encouraged by his high school music teacher Ryan began to play the double bass. He studied hard and decided to pursue the upright bass in University. Shifting styles and studying under the principal bassist with the Windsor Symphony gave Ryan a whole new classical perspective on music.

Read more about Ryan at the link below.

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Mike Karloff is an avid accompanist comfortable in all styles of music from classical, jazz and music theatre, Michael Karloff is one of Windsor's most "in demand" piano players. He currently works as adjunct professor in the Music Department at Wayne State University, as the director of Jazz Combos. He also works as an accompanist, music director, arranger, conductor and professor of Music Theory and Ear Training for the Music Theatre Performance program at St. Clair College.

Read more about Mike at the link below.

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Vanessa Harnish is a percussionist and educator who grew up in Essex County and enjoys playing a diverse selection of musical genres. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Windsor School of Creative Arts, as well as a Bachelor of Education.

Read more about Vanessa at the link below.

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TARA WATTS

Tara Watts has been performing for over a decade. Solo, full band, cover and original shows. From cafes to large festivals. Locally and abroad. She acknowledges the beauty of nature and embraces the healing and freedom that comes from the songwriting process. She has been off the grid (literally), spending time in the NWT finding rest and inspiration. With 2 original albums under her belt and new material begging to be recorded, there is much excitement in the wind. Check out the album "Pale Blue Moon" here!

More information about Tara can be found on the link below.

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Konstantin tino popovic

Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Concertmaster Konstantin “Tino” Popović is a master on the violin and he is a regular performer at Bodega.  With a vast repertuar from Classics of Beethoven and Mozart to Top 40s and Bollywood hits, Tino Violin plays stages across the region if he is not performing at the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. 

His performance is filled with classical showpieces for fiddle, which any aficionado of orchestral music would recognize, including, but not limited to, Massenet's Meditations from Thais, Sarasota's Zigeunerweisen, and even Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons". 

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Tino joined the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in 1999 after playing for three seasons as concertmaster of the North York Orchestra in Toronto.  He has also performed for five summers with the National Youth Orchestra in London, Ont.

More information about Konstantin Tino Popovic can be found on their official website at the link below.

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CRISSI COCHRANE

Crissi Cochrane combines the heart of an East Coast singer-songwriter with the soul of Windsor/Detroit, living and writing just a stone’s throw away from the birthplace of Motown. Native to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Crissi fashions a sultry and soulful brand of popular music, jazz, and R&B. Silky vocals reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Norah Jones glow atop the purr of her Fender Jaguar electric guitar.

Silky vocals reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Norah Jones glow atop the purr of her Fender Jaguar electric guitar. Her songs reveal a decade of experience first gained as a young girl growing up in Atlantic Canada, studiously writing, recording, and performing. With more than 12 million listens on Spotify, a song placement in the ABC television show Nashville, and a national reputation as an emerging artist to watch, Crissi is “earning her place among Canada’s great pop singer-songwriters” (Steve Venegas, CBC Radio).  

More information about Crissi Cochrane can be found on her official website at the link below.

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SOULD BROTHER MIKE

Born and raised a riverbank away from the birthplace of Motown, prolific Canadian singer-songwriter Soul Brother Mike has a lifetime of immersion in classic soul and R&B music. With over a decade of experience crafting and performing intelligent, compelling songs, Mike continues to re-define the sound of Canadian independent music.

Formerly the songwriting machine and singer of indie/pop group Michou and the creative force behind soul/rock band The Walkervilles, Mike has worked with Grammy award-winning producer Gordon Williams (Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill) in New York City, producer Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) at Willie Nelson's Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas, and with producer Eric Ratz (Metric) in Toronto at Vespa Studio. His list of past performances is a thousand entries long, including dates at Rifflandia, CNE, PNE, Hillside and venues like Massey Hall, The Highline Ballroom (New York CIty), and The Vogue Theatre (Montreal).

More information about Soul Brother Mike can be found on his official website at the link below.

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The family soul

The Family Soul is a eight-piece soul band hailing from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Led by singer-songwriter Soul Brother Mike, the band plays a breadth of soul, from the UK, to Southern Blues/Soul, to Motown. The group also performs original songs by Soul Brother Mike and secondary vocalist Crissi Cochrane. Performing since September 2017, The Family Soul has only just begun playing shows, but is quickly developing a reputation as a must-see band in Canada's southernmost city.

Soul Brother Mike [vocals, guitar]
Crissi Cochrane [vocals, flute]
Kelly Hoppe [saxophone, harmonica]
Austin Di Pietro [trumpet, flugelhorn]
Sebastian Bachmeier [saxophone, clarinet]
Keith Wilkinson [bass, back-up vocals]
Taylor Unis [drums]
Vanessa Harnish [drums/percussion]

More information about The Family Soul can be found on their official website at the link below.