Antoine Diel & Sam Kuslan 'From New Orleans With Love' - The Dunsmore Room at Crooners6161 Hwy 65 NE Minneapolis,MN
09/15/2018 6:00 PM - 09/15/2018 8:00 PM
Antoine was born in Manila, Philippines. Hailing from a musical family, Antoine sang from childhood in church as well as competitions and public events. He grew up in Los Angeles, California where he continued singing in high school and studied in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California earning Bachelors and Masters of Music Degrees - Vocal Arts. Antoines' credits range from operas, musicals, plays as well as solo and choral concerts in both secular and sacred music, ADR/voice-over and singing on recordings and demos for movies and various projects. He now calls New Orleans home and astounds audiences nightly all throughout the city with his outstanding soulful singing. His band, the Misfit Power, is comprised of some of the hardest working, talented musicians in the city.
Denver-born Sam Kuslan, pianist, began his study of piano at the age of four in Shanghai, where his father then worked. Sam's early instruction was in classical piano, training he continued at New Haven's Neighborhood School of Music upon his family's return to the U.S. His preference for jazz piano expressed itself several years before he turned nineteen this past May, and his studies in this art form began with Kalim Zarif at the Neighborhood and now studies with Hal Galper. Sam is also a serious student of drums and plays guitar with aplomb, though having begun it only this year. Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones and Fats Waller are among his favorite musicians. With his season-opening recital, Sam kicked off the prestigious Young People's Performance Series in 2008 at New York City's Steinway Hall. He performs yearly at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and French Quarter Festival. Sam currently holds residencies at the Roosevelt Hotel and Hilton Riverside in New Orleans and is a regular performed at the Hotel Monteleone and Windsor Court Hotel. He is found regularly playing in New Orleans, whether that be on the famous Frenchmen Street, Bourbon Street or French Quarter. He is also a sideman with Antoine Diel, Lena Prima, Robin Barnes, Kaye Doiron, Geoff Clapp, Noah Young Quartet (Naughty Professor), among many others. Sam is the leader and musical director of the National Park Service Centennial Band. He also appeared on the final season of American Idol XV.
Sam has played with greats such as, Curtis Fuller (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers), Lou Donaldson (Thelonious Monk/Milt Jackson), Harold Danko (Chet Baker), Marc Roberge (Of A Revolution/O.A.R.), and many many more.