The CHC has spent the past three years firmly establishing itself in the local music scene, performing for weddings, galas, parties, and even running a weekly jam session at Phog Lounge on Sunday nights – which has grown to become one of the top open jams in the city, hosting local legends and young up-and-coming jazz cats alike!
The CHC is proud to be the youngest working jazz combo in Windsor, and is making great strides in its attempts – in cooperation with many of Windsor’s long-time jazz performers – to revive the local jazz scene and inspire young musicians.
Sebastian Bachmeier is a saxophonist from Windsor, Ontario who studies jazz performance at the University of Windsor. He is in his fourth year, but has already made a name for himself in the local music scene performing both solo, and with his jazz band, the Coffee House Combo. The Combo has played for all types of events in Windsor, from running a weekly jam session in a local bar to playing for weddings and corporate events.
Sebastian also performs regularly in pit orchestras, as a solo artist, and most recently took up the position of Music Director with Arts Collective Theatre for their Christmas variety show and big band concert. He has performed with such artists as Windsor-born flutist Alexander Zonjic, subbed for local pop and soul groups, and in his first year of University he won the University of Windsor concerto competition and had the opportunity of performing as a soloist with a full orchestra.
Austin Di Pietro is an alumni of the Honours Bachelor of Music program at the University of Windsor, where he studied jazz/pop trumpet performance and musicology. He is currently completing his Masters degree in Jazz performance at Wayne State University. A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, he has been performing in Windsor and the surrounding area for 5 years. Austin plays regularly with The Coffee House Combo, and occasionally performs with various soul, jazz, folk-rock and pop groups around the city.
His involvement with local theatre companies has allowed him to play in the pit orchestra for multiple local productions. Running a weekly jazz jam for nearly two years has given him the incredible opportunity to play alongside some of Windsor’s top musicians and helped him build a rapport with downtown business owners. In addition to live performances, he does session work for multiple recording studios in Windsor and London.
Andrew Adoranti is a pianist and student from the University of Windsor. He is currently studying electrical engineering and plans to eventually attain a master's degree. His passion with music began at an early age and it has remained an integral part of his life. Andrew acts as the accompanist for the Jazz Vocal program at the University of Windsor and has played in a wide variety of settings including churches, corporate events, and festivals.
He has been a member of the Coffee House Combo since its commencement in 2013, and is exceptionally grateful for the inspiration and camaraderie that the band has provided over the years. Andrew would also like to thank all of the mentors and community members that have made his career in music possible. He is dedicated to "fine-tuning" his craft and looks forward to many more years on the scene.
Marko Rozic is a graduate from the University of Windsor's faculty of music where he studied classical double bass under Greg Sheldon. Throughout his undergraduate degree, Marko performed in several musical groups in the Windsor and London areas. During his time at Western University, Marko delved into Jazz while performing in the Western Jazz Ensemble and since then his musical endeavors have been heavily jazz influenced. His current musical project is the Coffee House Combo, which he joined in early 2016, but he's also on the sub list for a number of other Windsor-based groups. Marko hopes to inspire Windsorites with the Coffee House Combo's weekly Sunday night set at Phog Lounge.
Vanessa Harnish is a percussionist and educator who grew up in Essex County and enjoys playing a diverse selection of musical genres. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Windsor School of Creative Arts, as well as a Bachelor of Education. She has been a secondary school teacher with the GECDSB for the past 9 years teaching music and law and music directing small ensembles. Vanessa performs regularly in the pit orchestras of Windsor Light Music Theatre and St. Clair College’s music theatre program and as part of various jazz and soul groups in the region.
As a drummer with the Coffee House Combo for the past two years, Vanessa is greatly appreciative of the community support the band has received and is continually grateful to work with such motivated and talented young musicians.
Natalie Culmone found her passion for singing at the age of 13 and has since continued to explore the world of music. From performing in musicals around the city to singing with the Coffee House Combo, her love and passion for music keeps growing every day. It was the summer of 2016 where she found her love for jazz through the Coffee House Combo and is thankful for each member who has pushed her to become a better performer with every performance.
Natalie is currently in her second year of studying Political Science with a Law and Politics Specialization at the University of Windsor. This year, she will be taking on the role of Heather Chandler in Cardinal Music’s upcoming production of Heathers: The Musical, and can be found every Sunday night singing jazz and funk tunes with the Coffee House Combo at Phog Lounge.