Jay Bailey (Piano, Musical Arranger) Jay started playing the piano at age 3. At 10, he began serious study with his mother, teacher and pianist, Audrey Bailey- the source of his musical genes. A native of New Orleans, Jay holds a bachelor of music from Louisiana State University in vocal performance and a master in conducting from Middle Tennessee State University. He started his career as a bass singer for Opryland USA in Nashville, Tennessee in the long running show I Hear America Singing. Currently, Jay is the assistant director for the Purdue University Men‚s Glee Club. He has sung leading roles with the Baton Rouge Opera and performed with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Jay was pianist/conductor for a national touring company of the musical Grease starring Frankie Avalon. He accompanied many country music superstars including Lee Greenwood, Little Jimmy Dickens and the McCarter Sisters. In addition, Jay was musical director for a College of Santa Fe production of Once Upon a Mattress directed by and starring Carol Burnett.
Chris Calloway is heir to an American musical legacy. For 20 years she performed with her father, the legendary Cab Calloway, and his Hi De Ho Orchestra, across the United States and around the world. Her Broadway credits include “Pajama Game,” Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill” and a featured role in the “all black” production of “Hello Dolly” starring Pearl Bailey.
In 1999 Chris put together her father’s last Hi De Ho Orchestra – which became the brilliant centerpiece of the New York City JVC Jazz Festival. From there Chris and the band went on a 55 city tour called “Cab Calloway’s Legend of Swing.”
In the spring of 2001, the Santa Fe Stages International Theater Festival produced Chris’ one-woman show, “Clouds of Joy” – which she wrote and starred in- about her aunt, Blanche Calloway.
After the big band tour, Chris had a recurrence of her 1987 diagnosis of breast cancer. She now works closely with the New Mexico Cancer Institute and the Susan B. Korman Breast Cancer Foundation in Richmond, VA. “I am a new breed of Cancer patients; people who are LIVING with Cancer,” Chris proclaims. “It is a profound blessing and a miracle of modern science and technology. I am grateful and humbled.”
Stephanie Duran (Karen)
Nine years ago Stephanie Duran began what was supposed to be a three-month hiatus in Santa Fe, New Mexico -- a brief respite from professional musical theater production company tours across the globe. Always running at a fast pace, Stephanie spent that summer vacation at La Cantina, where she sang for your supper. She also met her husband… and is now a realtor and mother of two wonderful boys, Noah and Adam. Stephanie's vocalizing continues to delight the patrons at La Cantina as well as concertizing throughout Santa Fe.
David Geist (Piano)
David has had an illustrious twenty-year Broadway career as a conductor, pianist and vocal coach for such record-breaking shows as Cats, Les Miserables, The Lion King, The Producers, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Fosse and The Last Five Years. He has also coached and performed with such world renowned singers as Sarah Brightman, Michael Crawford, Betty Buckley, Rita Moreno, Hugh Jackman, Linda Eder, Cassandra Wilson and Deborah Gibson. Legendary composers Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber have requested David to perform their music in concert and theater settings.
(Executive Director, Vocal Arranger, Singer) Greg attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Texas and Baylor University. He began his professional career as musical director for the Country Dinner Playhouse in Austin, Texas working with many legendary performers arranging and assisting in productions of America's greatest Broadway musical hits including: The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun and many more. He gave his operatic debut in Phillip Haggeman's The Music Cure for the Santa Fe Concert Association and performed for the Santa Fe Opera's winter educational program for three years. Greg received national recognition as Santa Fe‚s best singing Phantom in "Fodor's Travel Guide" and "Frommer's Travel."
Linda Krull (Research/Writer) Since starting "Memoirs" in 1992, Linda has completed 30 volumes of memoirs. In addition, she has ghostwritten a novel and written texts for several corporate annual reports.
Amanda Morris (Andrews Sister) After graduating from Principia College with a bachelors degree in International Relations, Amanda moved to Santa Fe in 1993 and changed her career from the diplomatic corps to musical comedy! She's vocalized in New York; Aspen, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon… always returning to Santa Fe- her true 'home.' Currently, Amanda is involved in several musical projects in the Santa Fe area.
Juli King Royea (Andrews Sister) After completing her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in acting at the College of Santa Fe, Juli spent three and a half years in New York pursuing her theatrical career. Juli has performed such roles as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Ilona in She Loves Me and Rizzo in Grease. A native Texan, Juli holds a fondness in her heart- and musical repertoire- for folk and country music as well. Currently, Juli is manager of La Cantina in Santa Fe and is enrolled in the Writer's Certificate Program through UCLA and is honing her skills to pursue her dream of becoming a working screenwriter.
Kim Taylor (Janis)
Kim has three major passions in life.. singing, golfing and spending QT with her family. Her two kids, Owen and Sloane have taken precedence as of late, but music is what feeds her soul. The opportunity to work with Greg Grissom and Jay Bailey, whom she performed with nightly at La Casa Sena Cantina eight years ago, made Kim jump on an airplane from Scottsdale, AZ where she now resides and make her way back to the town where her enthusiasm for music blossomed. Currently, Kim is working on a new business venture to introduce creative learning to toddlers through musical, visual, poetic and dramatic arts. Janis Joplin’s gritty, heartfelt performances have been an inspiration to Kim for years and she hopes her own performance shows at least a glimpse of that passionate fire.
Julie Trujillo (Judy, Andrews Sister) A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Julie has been singing since the time she could talk. It started in her neighbors' living rooms and eventually moved to the stage. She studied opera for two years at the University of New Mexico and then moved to the Big Apple to complete her degree in Musical Theater at the American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Most recently, Julie sang in the Santa Fe Opera's 2005 production of Turandot and has been musical director of Into the Woods and Cats for the Santa Fe Performing Arts School.