MORA'S MODERN RHYTHMISTS As the great Swing Era of the 1930’s and 1940’s fades further into history, we look around and realize that there aren’t too many people still alive anymore who can say they were active participants in that musically vibrant era. There’s a small handful of bandleaders left—Artie Shaw, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Orrin Tucker—who are all now in their 90’s, but most likely will be gone by the next decade. Their presence on this earth provides us with a unique window to our past, and should be fully explored before they, too, pass on to their otherworldly gig.

One aspect of that exploration is a rediscovery of their music, and one such endeavor is the work of the swing revivalist band Mora’s Modern Rhythmists, based in Los Angeles. Formed in 1994 by pianist Dean Mora, the band utilizes period arrangements and record transcriptions of the original Jazz- and Swing-Era charts, concentrating on the Hot Jazz and early Swing periods of 1927-1937. They are active in the local club scene, and have performed in many historical venues, including the Hollywood Palladium, the Orpheum Theatre, the Wiltern Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt and Biltmore hotels.

KAYRE MORRISON Known affectionately as "The Canary of Song", this talented vocalist also has over 60 stage productions to her credit, Kayre is well known to Southern California theatre audiences and has appeared in numerous films and television programs. She also runs a business recreating vintage dresses. Not only does she sing, but sews, too! Visit Our Dancing Daughters (named after the 1928 movie starring Joan Crawford).She has created many of the dresses she wears when singing with the band! She can be seen in the Maxwell DeMille production BROADWAY CONFIDENTIAL.

ROBERT PICARDO made his Broadway debut as the lead in the comedy hit "Gemini" with Danny Aiello. He went on to co-star with Jack Lemmon in Bernard Slade's "Tribute" on Broadway and in Los Angeles. His work in theater also includes "Beyond Therapy" and "Geniuses" at the Coronet Theater. Picardo won critical acclaim for his powerful performance in "The Normal Heart" at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, earning him a Dramalogue Award and "A Class Act" at the Pasadena Playhouse.

The awards and recognition continued as Robert became involved in television. He was nominated for an Emmy award for his role as Mr. Cutlip on the ABC series The Wonder Years, and he was awarded the Viewers for Quality Television Founder's Award for his outstanding performances in both The Wonder Years and China Beach.

Robert's extensive television credits include the holographic Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager, a starring role opposite Helena Bonham-Carter in the NBC movie-of-the-week "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald," the HBO movies "The Second Civil War" and "White Mile," the Showtime movie "Menno's Mind," and the NBC mini-series "Deadly Matrimony." He had recurring roles on Home Improvement, L.A. Law and Alice, and has guest-starred in such series as Ally McBeal, Early Edition, ER, Tales From The Crypt, Amazing Stories, Benson, Taxi and Showtime's The Outer Limits. He lent his voice talent to ABC's Dinosaurs, and also starred as the voice of Pfish, the singing land shark, in the Cartoon Network's animated short "Pfish and Chips," part of the World Premiere 'Toons series.

In feature films, Picardo was seen in the DreamWorks comedy "Small Soldiers," as well as "Wagons East" (with John Candy), "Gremlins II," "Innerspace," "The 'Burbs," "Back to School," "Star 80," "Loverboy" and "The Howling." And, of course, he made a cameo appearance as the U.S.S. Enterprise-E's own EMH in "Star Trek: First Contact."

In addition ot acting on Star Trek: Voyager, Robert donned the director's hat by helming the episodes "Alter Ego" and "One Small Step." The latter episode—about Voyager's discovery of a lost command module from the first manned mission to Mars—is one that Robert is particularly proud of, because he is an active supporter of The Planetary Society, a space advocacy organization founded by Carl Sagan. Robert serves on the group's Advisory Council with the likes of Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke and Buzz Aldrin.


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