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Artist's Websites and Biographies

Ivory&Gold trademark featuring Jeff Barnhart and Anne Barnhart has been praised by the L.A. Jazz Scene as a musical duo that can "draw out the beauty in the rich melodies and play the music...with taste, sensitivity and a real affection for the idiom." Ivory &Goldtrademark celebrates the greatest examples of American jazz, blues, ragtime, Broadway and hits from the Great American Songbook. Internationally renowned American muscal performer and historian Max Morath calls Ivory&Goldtrademark "muscially flawless".

The duo, consisting of Anne Barnhart on flute and vocals with Jeff Barnhart on piano and vocals, was formed in 2001 to perform to great acclaim at the prestigious annual Jazz Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Individually, Anne and Jeff could not have come from more disparate musical backgrounds. Anne is a magna cum laude graduate of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. and holds both bachelor and masters degrees in music. Following extensive master class experience performing for such world famous artists as Jeffrey Khaner and Goran Maccusson, Anne participated under Ransom Wilson in the Academie International d'ete de Nice held in Nice, France.

Jeff Barnhart is a highly regarded pianest, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, composer, pedagogue and entertainer. Jeff began his professional career at age 14 performing throughout New England at jazz clubs and restaurants as a soloist and with ensembles. He continued to maintain a busy performance schedule while earning a double bachelor's degree in Music and English (Symma Cum Laude) from Connecticut College.


Scott Kirby
Scott Kirby

Scott Kirby is a native of Ohio. Scott began his study of music at the age of six, and continued formal piano instruction for seventeen years. He worked under Robert Howat of Wittenberg University of Ohio, and Sylvia Zaremba at Ohio State University. After obtaining an English degree from Ohio State University, Kirby moved to New Orleans and began his professional music career as a street performer. In the following four years, he recorded the complete rags of Scott Joplin, and made his debut at all of the major ragtime festivals in the United States, as well as festivals in Belgium, France, Norway, New Zealand, and Hungary.

Kirby has served as Musical Director of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO, and of the Rocky Mountain Ragtime and American Music Festival in Boulder CO, as well as director of the San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute. His appearances include a segment on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood in 1998, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Kirby co-founded a record company (Viridiana Productions, L.L.C.), has made 25 recordings, and has composed over 150 original works for piano and other instruments. Admired by fellow pianists including George Winston, and hailed by Time Magazine as an "ace pianist', CBS New's Charles Osgood agreed that "...Critics call Scott Kirby one of the best interpreters of ragtime music on the scene today."

Benjamin Loeb Biography
Benjamin Loeb, from Davenport, Iowa, serves primarily as the Executive Director of the Quad City (Iowa) Symphony Orchestra. He is also an accomplished soloist, accompanist, conductor, arranger, educator, and administrator. His piano performances have been heralded by the Boston Globe: "(his) vigorous, cogent playing signaled the kind of equally weighted partnership, plus competition, plus mutual quest, etc. that (makes) this music live".
Paul Asaro

Paul Asaro is recognized internationally as one of the leading exponents of Stride piano style as well as ragtime and the classic jazz of Jelly Roll Morton. He tours and records with the legendary Leon Redbone, has recorded with Loudon Wainwright III on his 2010 Grammy winning "Charle Poole Project", has appeared onscreen with Vince Giordano's band in HBO's series "Boardwalk Empire", and appears as a soloist at jazz and ragtime festivals nationwide. When not on the road, Paul performs weekly with the jazz band "The Fat Babies" at the long estblished Chicago club, The Green Mill. The band plays a wide variety of jazz from the 1920s through the 1940s and has released two albums to critical acclaim with their Delmark Records release "Chicago Hot" being named one of the best jazz album releases of 2012 by the Chicago Tribune.

Mad Creek Mudcats began in 1992 as an offshoot of the River City Big Band. The music they play is what was popular in the 1890 to 1930 period. This encompasses a lot of ragtime, traditional jazz, and some novelty tunes. They have been a regular at Eagles and Ivories for years.

Locus Street Boys are a Quad City Dixieland jazz band. They have also been a regular at Eagles and Ivories for many years.

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