Perhaps it was written in the stars that Gemini Jazz was meant to be…

…but founding members Z Amato, Dan Brodsky and Bruce Doran have more than their astrological sign in common. They share a great love of music—jazz standards in particular—and along with their special guests, create the unique blend that is Gemini Jazz!

Z Amato: Vocals Z started her entertainment career in elementary school, lip-syncing to a Stevie Wonder ballad in a school talent show in Texas. After that, she was hooked. However, she felt it was wise to have a fall-back career just in case the entertainment thing didn't work out, and became a chiropractor. Z has sung in the Agape International Choir in Los Angeles; with local band Rio Frio; and with blues legend, Sista Monica. She also spent three seasons performing in Frank Duncan's Cabaret shows and trains regularly with Wally Trindade (of famed Wally's Swing World) to hone her vocal skills. Z loves all types of music, but has a special love of classic jazz standards. Give her a microphone and some music and she promises to deliver.
Dan Brodsky: Guitar Dan's foray into music began in his junior year in high school after receiving a D- on his term project in Ceramics. Realizing the need for a different avenue for artistic expression, he took up the guitar. Dan's father was a former vocalist in the Lawrence Welk Band and so Dan was immersed in music from an early age. From Lawrence Welk to Jimi Hendrix to Wes Montgomery was a natural progression. As a result, Dan has been playing in various jazz combos in the Santa Cruz area for the past 10 years. He is currently sitting by the phone waiting to hear from Carnegie Hall.
Bruce Doran: Bass Bruce started playing bass in high school and performed with several bands. He played what is now called classic hard rock. After moving to Santa Cruz 30 years ago, he became a fan of jazz. Inspired by listening to the greats like Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday, he started studying jazz with Ray Brown. Since moving to Santa Cruz, he has been in a many bands (rock and jazz), including the Double Standard band. This was the first of many bands he played in with Dan Brodsky. Bruce is currently playing in four bands: Gemini Jazz, Rio Frio, The Brian Quinn Group and Glennie B and Friends. He also holds down the bass chair, when called upon, for Steve Newman's Tuesday Night Jazz Class.
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