Join the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in honoring four of the Ocean State’s finest Rhythm & Blues and Jazz Artists.
Artie Cabral is a world-renowned drummer and a dedicated music educator. He began his career as a teenager in the 1950s playing Rhythm & Blues and in the ‘60s became one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in the business touring and/or recording with Dakota Staton, Stan Kenton, Mel Torme, Woody Herman and Ben Webster. He co-founded the R.I. School of Performing Music and has mentored dozens of New England’s finest musicians.
In addition to being an internationally celebrated recording artist with 17 best-selling and critically-acclaimed albums to his credit, Jazz and R&B saxophonist Dan Moretti is a Professor at the Berklee College of Music and presents seminars to students around the world including Europe, South America and Africa. He also tours internationally with some of music’s biggest stars including Aretha Franklin, Robert Plant, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Crusaders and Nile Rodgers & Chic.
Pianist and drummer Billy Osborne began his professional career in jazz working with Jimmy Giuffre and Wes Montgomery and was Metronomemagazine’s Best New Drummer of 1959. After moving to L.A. in 1969, he established himself in the R&B field with The Friends of Distinction and composed “Check It Out” for his Rhode Island friends Tavares. In 1974, he and his brother Jeffrey formed L.T.D. and mined Gold and Platinum scoring three #1 records in just 22 months. He also spent 14 years as writer and producer for Ray Charles.
After moving to California in 1980, jazz guitarist and music educator Frank Potenza quickly established himself on the West Coast scene performing and/or recording with a “who’s who” of jazz greats including his mentor Joe Pass and pianist Gene Harris. His first four albums hit the upper reaches of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart and his latest, For Joe - his homage to Joe Pass - received a four star review in Downbeat. Frank remains a dedicated teacher and is Chair of the USC/Thornton Jazz Guitar Program.