This eclectic, DC based Jazz group of diverse musicians seek to soothe your senses. When one musical project ended, these four musicians immediately picked up the pieces and created Sweet Something. It seemed that it was no coincidence these unique, talented individuals came together and bonded over their mutual love for Jazz and a fondness for all things old-timey.
“Versatile, and silky-smooth.” “Reminiscent of a young Etta James.” “An amazing voice and presence.” These are just a few observations of the frontwoman, Ariana, of Alexandria, Virginia. Music has always been the love of her life, along with all things retro. Ariana found her roots in gospel and spiritual music, and performed with various choirs in the DC area before fronting the short-lived, but locally popular blues and swing band, The Gin Rickys. Her muses are the vocal queens of yesteryear – Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Julie London, Etta Jones, Bessie Smith, yet she also draws inspiration from kings of soul – Ray Charles, Sam Cooke. Audiences can expect to be soothed and captivated by her performances.
Kayla Matteucci hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she first fell in love with the blues after years as a classical musician. She is a pianist, songwriter, and recent DC transplant. She played in local jazz and alternative groups in New Mexico. After leaving home to move to New York City, she played solo shows in Manhattan and Spain. She is influenced by jazz and blues icons like Nina Simone, Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and especially the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Ricardo Herrera is a versatile musician whose origins come from Classical and Latin music. He brings his own unique style of playing, along with his dependable rhythm to the group. His experience includes performing as Assistant Principal Bassist with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. His most recent influences are Adam Ben Ezra, Motown bassist James Jamerson, and the late flugelhornist Clark Terry.
Kevin Etzler, based out of Maryland, has been playing around the East Coast for more than a decade. He has played a vast amount of styles in various groups over the years ranging from Jazz and Latin, to Pop and Americana. His influences include players such as Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jojo Mayer, John Blackwell Jr., as well as Tommy Igoe and many others. Kevin’s playing has been described as “pocket with an ear for dynamics and ongoing conversation with fellow musicians.”