Toni Hickman performs at ReelMusic in 2020
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

ReelMusic

Toni Hickman performs at ReelMusic in 2020
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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ReelAbilities Houston Film & Arts Festival culminates with ReelMusic, a night of jazz, rock and more, where accomplished singers and songwriters who live with disabilities honor music’s universal power to lift us up. Special guest, Tony Award-winner Ali Stroker, will make a guest appearance during the show!

Many thanks to KPRC-Ch. 2 Houston, Media Partner; the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Venue Partner; and BEND Productions.

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Special Guests

Sashi Nisankarao
ReelMusician
Singer
Born and raised in Houston, vocalist Sashi Nisankarao holds her family and community very close to her heart. A 2015 graduate of the South Texas College of Law, she works at the Southwest ADA Center as an ADA specialist and is an active advocate throughout Houston.
Kyle Cousins
ReelMusician
Singer/Songwriter
Singer/songwriter Kyle Cousins has sung at Carnegie Hall, currently channels Freddy Mercury in the Houston tribute cover band Queen Legacy, and for ReelMusic 2021 brings his effortless range to the stage via original songs from his Spotify album, “Spectrum.”
Emmanuel Gilligan performs onstage at ReelMusic 2018
Emmanuel Gilligan
ReelMusician
Singer/Songwriter
Emmanuel Gilligan is a prolific singer/songwriter and father of four who with his family band, The Sundogs, plays major venues around town. Eman is accompanied for ReelMusic 2021 by his wife Julie on vocals/percussion and son Arthur on bass.
Toni Hickman performs onstage at ReelMusic 2020
Toni Hickman
ReelMusician
Singer/Songwriter
Toni Hickman is a talented singer/songwriter and survivor of two brain aneurysms and a stroke. Her music, featured on Spotify, includes the memorable song, “Rising Phoenix,” currently featured in the ReelAbilities 2021 Netflix film of the same name. ToniHickman.com

House Band

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Tito Hernandez
House Band
Saxophonist
Sax player Tito Hernandez is a composer, educator and Grammy winner with a soul-expanding ability to splendidly deliver everything from jazz and Latin jazz to eclectic covers of indie rock and experimental music.
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David Craig
House Band
Bass
David Craig, one of Houston’s top call bassists, has played, recorded and/or toured with Dizzy Gillespie, Arnette Cobb, James Moody & many other top artists, and writes, records and plays original music performed by local jazz artists.
Daleton Lee
House Band
Drums
Versatile drummer, teacher and Houston native Daleton J. Lee has played with jazz greats Mike Moreno, Robert Glasper and renowned jazz pianist Helen Sung. On the national stage, Daleton has performed with Spanish artist Juan Fernando Fonseca at the Latin Grammys.
Art Fristoe
House Band
Keys
Keyboardist Art Fristoe’s encyclopedic music knowledge produces combinations of intellect, fiery technique & soulfulness. He is described as a “life force that can play an ethereal tender ballad one moment and swing the chandeliers off the ceiling the next.” Find Art on Spotify.

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Toni Hickman performs at ReelMusic in 2020
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A night of jazz, rock and more featuring accomplished musicians with disabilities
Toni Hickman performs at ReelMusic in 2020