Singer Duante Beddingfield, host of WYSO FM’s Equinox jazz program, brings his throwback style to the stage with fun, unique arrangements of both standard and modern pop tunes in the vein of Postmodern Jukebox. Collaborating with music director/pianist Randy Villars, Beddingfield creates a crowd-friendly act that makes jazz accessible to anyone while remaining inventive. Together, they had the honor of being the final headliners at Dayton’s legendary Gilly’s nightclub in late 2017.
Composer/arranger Randy Villars, equally adept at piano and saxophone, is founder of The Dayton Jazz Institute, a local private lesson studio. He has taught around the country, recently completing residencies and clinics at Morehead State University and Vincennes University. He has played and studied with such figures as Sonny Stitt, Maynard Ferguson, Ramsey Lewis, Clark Terry, John Scofield, Bernard Purdy, James Moody and Eddie Harris, and played across four continents as featured saxophonist with funk legend Bootsy Collins’ Funk Capital of the World tour.
Matt Wiles is a Cincinnati-based bassist and instructor who performs regularly in the Dayton/Cincinnati region, as well as Chicago and New York City. Jeff Mellott, a Cincinnati Conservatory of Music graduate, has played drums and percussion around the U.S., and opened for acts such as Galactic, Snarky Puppy, and Terence Blanchard.