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Debbie Gifford Quartet Livestream @ BOP STOP

December 5 from 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Debbie Gifford Quartet Livestream @ BOP STOP

Debbie Gifford Quartet – Tis the Season to Be Jazzy! This event will be streamed on BOP STOP's Facebook page. Accessing the stream is free but donations are appreciated and can be made here:


Jazz-up your Holidays with Internationally renowned Jazz Vocalist & Recording Artist Debbie Gifford as she returns to the BOP STOP stage with her all star ensemble featuring:

  • Debbie Gifford, vocals
  • Ed Ridley – piano
  • Aiden Plank- bass
  • Ricky Exton- drums

The band will perform jazz standards, originals & holiday favorites including Santa Baby, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Mary Did You Know & many more! An evening guaranteed to get YOU into the Holiday Spirit!

“Gifford captivates audiences around the world with her impeccable vocal abilities and irresistible charm! Earning a Master’s Degree in Opera and embracing a passion for Jazz - Debbie has united these two musical genres to create a sound that is exclusive to her alone…” ALL THAT JAZZ, NY


Debbie Gifford has been nominated “Jazz Musician of the Year, “Jazz Band of the Year”, and “Vocalist of the Year” in the Annual Free Times Music Awards. Worldwide performances include: USA, Europe & Asia and has shared the stage with jazz greats: Marcus Belgrave, Bobby Watson, Joe Lovano, and Dominick Farinacci. She is the only woman singer to perform with the Birdland Big Band, under the director of Tommy Igoe, at the famous Birdland Jazz Club, NYC . Debbie’s discography includes: “You Taught My Heart to Sing”, “So Many Songs About Love”, Double Live CD set “Open Airs” recorded at the Palace of the King of Majorca, France , "One Day At A Time" - all original music written by songwriting team Debbie Gifford & John Trzcinski. Gifford’s latest CD Release is “Changes” is a compilation of Pop favorites & Jazz standards with a new twist. Her newest release is a smooth jazz single titled “Love Finds You”.

Ed Ridley: "A musical linguist". Effortlessly flowing in Jazz, Gospel, Classical, Latin, and R&B styles, the term musical linguist is no exaggeration when referring to the exceptional keyboardist Ed Ridley. Well respected and seasoned, Ed's musical abilities have impacted Northeast Ohio, the US, and abroad for over 30 years. Theaters, jazz clubs, church sanctuaries, concert halls, radio and television stations, have all been ignited by the Ridley Touch. Versatility has enabled Ed the opportunity to accompany notable artist such as Clark Terry, Jon Hendricks, Aretha Franklin, Walter Hawkins, and Lauryn Hill. As an educator, Ed has been a member of Cuyahoga Community College's music faculty since 2002. Performer, composer, arranger, producer, conductor, and educator are all roles that Ed has maintained consistently throughout his musical career.

Aiden Plank: Bassist, enjoys performing a diverse range of music throughout Northern Ohio. He studied with bassist and composer David Morgan as well as with Kevin Switalski of the Cleveland Orchestra. Aidan is a graduate of Cleveland State University. Aidan has performed with Dan Wall, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Joe Maneri, Janis Siegel, Frankie Avalon, Tierney Sutton, and many others. Aidan played baroque bass in the premier of Joseph-NicolasPancrace Royer’s Le Pouvoir de l’Amour (composed in 1743) in 2002 at Oberlin College as well as in the world premier of Randall Woolf and Robin Stranahan’s ‘pop-up’ opera Frozen Community, produced by Real Time Opera in 2013. Along with enjoying playing in the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Aidan can currently be seen performing explorations of improvisation in duo with guitarist Daniel Lippel. Aidan teaches in the Jazz Studies program at Kent State University, as well as at Cuyahoga Community College’s “Jazz Prep Program”.

Ricky Exton: Drummer, recording artist, composer, arranger, and producer, has been active in the music community for over 2 decades. At an early age, Ricky’s talents emerged as one of the Cleveland Tri C All Stars. He continued his career in music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., where he earned a Baccalaureate in Professional Music. His performance venues include jazz festivals, concerts, television appearances, and private and corporate events. He has performed with Lou Rawls, Wynton Maralis, Rufus Reid, Terence Blanchard, Ernie Krivda, Cyrus Chestnut, Joanne Brackeen, Dominick Farinacci, and international guitar virtuoso Neil Zaza. In addition, Ricky is an active session musician recording in studios from the east coast to the west coast.

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