Wahh World Fusion Band

Trailblazers of a unique and multiform sound, ‘WAHH!’ is rooted in India’s rich traditional musical culture and enveloped in an artful weave of Jazz, Rock and Funk. 

The highlights of WAHH’’s many recent performances include playing to a fully packed theatre of enthusiastic fans at the Tropical Heatwave Festival where 

WAHH! received a standing ovation from the ‘standing room only’ crowd, performing for Tampa Bay’s prestigious ‘Gasparilla Music Festival, the ICC Fundraiser Concert with an audience of over 500 people and The WMNF Radio Benefit Concert at the Hideaway in St. Pete, Fl where the venue had to turn people away because they were over-capacity. 

Reflecting prominent, traditional Indian influences and strong Western influences, WAHH! World Fusion Band also brings in subtle influences from the Middle East and Africa. WAHH!’s masterful fusing of musical genres and artful combination of traditional and modern musical expression appeals to wide and diverse audiences with a distinct Global Appeal.

the jazz phools

The Jazz Phools are a group of six Tampa Bay musicians devoted to the energetic performance of hot jazz of the 20's & 30's, Dixieland & New Orleans jazz, and swing standards - all delivered with vintage flair. Dancers delight in the stylistic diversity of the band. Improvisation and the interplay among The Jazz Phools members makes the music come alive with spontaneity and excitement. 

The Jazz Phools set themselves apart from other bands in their stylistic versatility and ability to adapt to your particular event: Speakeasy, Prohibition, Gatsby Elegance, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Swing Dance, Big Band, Smooth Background Jazz, Straight Ahead Jazz or a combination of everything! Check out our extensive song list. You can tailor our repertoire and the size of the band to your event and budget, from 3 to 8 musicians including a wonderful female vocalist.

Jazz, blues, funk, fusion and New Orleans R&B meet in the combustible sound of Acme Jazz Garage, featuring guitarist Matt Swenson, pianist/keyboardist Bryan Lewis, bassist Philip Booth, and drummer Pat Close (sub drummer/percussionist Michael Washington). 

The Florida-based band has played its eclectic, groove-driven music for receptive audiences at the Gasparilla Music Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, WMNF Tropical Heatwave, Child of the Sun Jazz Festival, SPC Palladium, Skipper’s Smokehouse, and many other festivals and venues. 

"Acme Jazz Garage," the band’s debut full-length recording of original music, released in 2016, has been played on about 30 stations across the US, including WUSF and WMNF in Tampa. The CD, which received positive reviews in the pages of Relix magazine, Los Angeles Jazz Scene, Tampa Bay Times and other publications, has Acme joined by special guests including conga master Gumbi Ortiz (Al Di Meola), jazz singer Whitney James, NYC saxophonist Jeremy Powell (Arturo O'Farrill) and veteran musicians Rick Runion and Austin Vickrey on saxophones, trumpeter Ron Wilder, and vibraphonist Sam Koppelman. 

The project was recorded and mixed by John Stephan at the Springs Theatre Studio in Tampa’s historic Seminole Heights district and mastered in L.A. by Ruairi O’Flaherty. 

"Acme Jazz Garage" is available on the Solar Grooves label through iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, and other outlets.


past projects


CuKiAra, founded in the bay area in 2007 by Hector Colon, is the official folkloric performance group of Tampa, FL. In 2015, Jessica D. Albino, current Director and performing artist, collaborated with Hector to relaunch the band take them to the next level. 

CuKiAra is the first multi-generational and multi-cultural ensemble which serves, promotes and performs Bomba of Puerto Rico in the Tampa Bay area. CuKiAra's mission is to preserve the Afro-Puerto Rican legacy, promote cultural awareness, and be an educational model for learning about cultural diversity. The band is comprised of local musicians and talented Bomba students. CuKiAra is focused on communities working with adults and youth for wellness through the arts. They are unique, urban, & provide a melting pot of entertainment through song, dance, drumming, art & storytelling. 

Jessica D Albino has opened what is now the first official Afro-Puerto Rican academy in Tampa and has been the first folklorist to achieve this grand task in the Bay Area. Bomba Body Dance & Drumming Co. focuses on the community at the Diamond Dancers International Studio & local studios in the state of Florida, teaching song, dance, and percussion workshops focused on Bomba and Plena. Throughout the year CuKiAra hosts the Bomba Socials known as "Bailes de Bomba" for the students and Public's enjoyment. 

CuKiAra is a touring dance & drumming company which performs & educates at festivals, schools, private & corporate events worldwide. 

For bookings, please contact the CuKiAra Manager at 813-446-5068 or CukiaraTampa@gmail.com


Element-Tao at Rick's studio

Element-Tao at Rick's studio

 "Element-Tao" is the place to find relaxing original meditative and energetic soundscapes as well as music to be used for sound therapy.  The "Tao", in a philosophical sense, is the way the universe functions, the "path", taken by natural events. "Element", a component or constituent of a whole or one of the parts which may be resolved by analysis. Thus, "Element-Tao", where we discuss the world of sound, music, and it's relationship to nature, the universe, and of course, us. We use the instrumentation of flute, violin, cello, north African percussion, Tibetan singing bowls and keyboard arrangements.