Meet the Talent

Dave Posmontier

Dave Posmontier has been playing keyboard since the age of seven and has played professionally for the past 40 years. Currently, Dave is playing, composing, arranging, teaching, and participating in educational jazz concerts, workshops and clinics in schools throughout the area. Dave can be heard on several CD's of Philadelphia area jazz artists and has released a CD, "Posterity," featuring his original compositions and arrangements.

George Frueh

George Frueh has worked as a professional bassist in and around the Philadelphia area for over 30 years and has performed with Frankie Avalon, Joan Rivers, Al Martino, Bobby Rydel, George Kirby, The Four Aces and the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus. Having taught all levels of strings, from elementary through high school, he is currently on the Instrumental Music Team within the Abington School District located in Abington, PA. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Music Education from Temple University and a Master's Degree in Education from Arcadia University.

Paula Johns

Paula is an accomplished cabaret singer and jazz vocalist who hails from Philadelphia. She is often compared to Ella, and some of the great contemporaries of that era, but Paula brings her own distinctive panache to each song she sings. She enjoys a great lyric that tugs at your heartstring, as well as a lyric that'll make you fall off your seat with laughter. Her passion for the music ignites the emotions of her audiences and allows them to feel the stories that each song tells. Visit her website www.paulajohns.com for more information.

Grant MacAvoy

Grant MacAvoy has recorded and performed with many Grammy winning artists, both nationally and internationally. A few of the performers he has accompanied include, Shirley Bassey, Sammy Davis Jr., Marvin Hamlish, Michel Legrand, Andrea McArdle and Maureen McGovern.

Dean Schneider

Dean Schneider is one of the most sought-after pianists, arrangers and musical directors on the east coast. His career spans over 20 years of live performances based in the Philadelphia, New York and Atlantic City regions, as well as touring the United States and international engagements. Mr. Schneider has accompanied such artists as Placido Domingo, Bernadette Peters, Carol Channing, Liza Minnelli, Jackie Evancho, The Irish Tenors, Louise Duart, Bryan Clark, Lou Rawls, Connie Francis, Johnny Mathis, Michael Crawford, Anthony Newley, Carol Lawrence, Shirley Bassey, Freddy Roman, Clay Aiken, Buddy Greco, Kathie Lee Gifford, Frank Gorshin, Sal Dupree, Tom Postilio, and many other artists. For 20 years, he has been accompanist for Diahann Carroll in concert halls and showrooms throughout the United States and Canada, and he currently serves as her musical director.

Over the last 20 years, Mr. Schneider has provided musical direction for many cabaret artists at venues that include The American Music Theatre, Westbury Music Fair, The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, Central Park's Tavern on the Green, Danny's Skylight Room, Lincoln Center, The Supper Club, Eighty-Eights, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, Odette's and many others. In the 1980s, he was house pianist at Bally's Grand and Harrah's Casino Hotels, where he conducted and accompanied many productions and shows. He also served as music director for Eddie Bruce Entertainment for over 15 years, performing at private and corporate events and cabaret shows.

Mr. Schneider has produced recordings for numerous Philadelphia vocalists, has directed a performing arts camp in Margate, New Jersey, and is collaborating with playwright Andrea Green to arrange and record a series of children's musicals. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Ocean City Pops, Delaware Symphony, the Michael Pedicin Quartet and the Minnesota and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Schneider studied music education at Temple University and serves on the faculty at Rowan University's Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies in Glassboro, New Jersey. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Settlement Music School's Willow Grove, Pennsylvania campus.