Focus presents premier vocalist Scott Ailing in a special Valentine's Day - themed cabaret-style show with pianist Chris Stiles, bassist Eugenio Ibarz, drummer Darren West and guitarist Jerry Bresee. This will be a special evening featuring timeless songs, superb musicianship, and a high level of fun.
Scott has performed around the world as a solo vocalist and with various companies in notable venues including Lincoln Center and The Town Hall in New York, and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to name a few! A classically trained performer, he made his Lincoln Center debut in "What’s Opera, Doc?” which he co-wrote, co-directed, and toured. His passion for the Great American Songbook led him to perform every Sunday in Times Square, NYC, at Danny’s Broadway Piano Bar for which he received the “New York Nightlife Award” for "Outstanding Cabaret Piano Bar Performer" and “Outstanding Male Vocalist”. He has also performed sold-out solo cabarets receiving critical acclaim from both the press and fans.
Pianist Chris Stiles has been a performing musician for over 20 years in the US and in Asia as a solo performer and with a number of artists, including the legendary R&B group The Temptations. An accomplished jazz pianist, he brings professional training and long experience to the stage.
Bassist Eugenio Ibarz was born in Barcelona (Spain). In the 90’s he was a freelance guitar player and teacher, giving lessons and playing electric guitar and bass in different bands. Eugenio moved to the U.S. in 2002, teaches bass and guitar, and performs in jazz, bluegrass, and tango ensembles in the DMV area.
Drummer Darren West balances an active jazz drumming life with a professional career and a young family. He's known for his groove, his energy and creativity as a drummer.
Calling himself a recovering songwriter, Jerry Bresee is active on the DC area jazz scene, performing regularly with the String Theory Jazz Trio and the Mad Dog Jazz quintet.