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Maria and the Delaney Trio

Maria and The DeLaney Trio ha ve p erformed at Hochstein Spotlight concert series, collaborating with other musicians and dancers. Th is group shares a love for timeless jazz standards, soulful arrangements of popular songs, and exquisite Italian music. "DeLaney and I just clicked!" says Maria, "When he plays, his music speaks a language everyone can understand- -that resonates deep within . When we started playing with Arenius and Felice , it became clear we could make music together . W e have something special going on --well, that's what I think!"  Musical imagination of wide flavor, milieu and experience gives the group a unique edge --with special appearance by international dance performer Cheryl Johnson . "I really like what we are doing , " says DeLaney . " W e take each of our own world s into the music we play . People seem to like our sound this way -- it's got honesty and passion."

“The wider my heart gets - the more music I hear” says native Italian vocalist, MARIA BATTISTA-HANCOCK, born and raised in San Nicandro Garganico (Foggia), located in the beautiful southern region of Puglia. She instantly fell in love with jazz when she 'met' Ella Fitzgerald on her way to a college class in Bologna – Ella’s music, which first lived in a cassette, has lived in Maria’s heart ever since. An award winning performer and songwriter, she sang as a soloist and as part of a variety of ensembles, in Italy, Switzerland, the UK and the US, where she now resides.  As a music therapist, Maria uses audio-biographies, improvisation, movement, imagery, therapeutic drumming and songwriting techniques to foster mind, body and spirit integration. Maria joined Hochstein’s faculty in 2008 and is currently the Expressive Arts Department Chair.

Mambo Kings musical director and pianist RICHARD DELANEY, born and raised in Lima, Peru, has been active as a jazz pianist, arranger and composer in Rochester since earning a Master's Degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1978.
He has written and performed music for film, television, the stage and the concert hall. He has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, as well as with Paquito D'Rivera, Bobby Sanabria and numerous bandleaders in Rochester. His original compositions and arrangements for orchestra have been performed throughout the US and Canada, by the Baltimore, Dallas, Vancouver and Detroit Symphonies and the Rochester Philharmonic, among many others.
He produced three recordings for Mambo Kings -- Marinera (2003), Live! (2005) and Nostalgia (2008) -- on their own label, Mambokingdom Music. Richard joined the piano faculty of the Hochstein School of Music & Dance in 1985 and has directed the school's Jazz Ensemble Program since 2001. He is currently coaching two student jazz ensembles. He received the Faculty Service Award in 1996.

Bassist and Rochester native DAVE ARENIUS’ 40 years as a musician have been marked by variety. He has appeared on 16 recordings, including with Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins’ Little Big Band, Joe Salzano’s Blue Devils, with singers Madeline Forster and Kristen Shiner, Folk artists Dennis Monroe, Brooks Williams and Judy Polan. He has performed with Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow and Attila Zollar, with mainstream jazz artists Harold Ousley, Harold Betters and Clarence “C” Sharp, and with avant-garde composers and players Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell. David has also accompanied singers Nancy Kelly, Diane Holmes, Michelle Hendricks and Marie Calloway. In the world of blues and R&B he has shared the stage with Matt “Guitar” Murphy (of Blues Bros. fame), Mose Allison, the Marvellettes, and Joe Beard. He has been very lucky to have played with local and regional artists Joe Romano, Sal Nestico and Don Menza as well as in the pit of various musicals.

Drummer RICHARD FELICE is a member of the Hochstein School of Music & Dance faculty, teaching percussion, drum set and Jazz studies. He studied with Vincent Ruggiero and Philly Joe Jones, and with Allan Dawson at the Berklee School in Boston. He has been active as a jazz drummer for more than 30 years, performing throughout the United States and the Virgin Islands. The groups Richard has played in are a virtual Who’s Who of jazz: Joe Romano, Sal Nistico, “Spider” Martin, Joe Locke, Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie McLean, Pepper Adams, Gene Bertoncini, Billy Hart, and Jimmy McGriff, among many others.