Links:the people and places that make what I do possible...
Janet Humes    Vocal teacher & coach/ Piano instructor
Vocal Success, LLC
4401 Connecticut Ave., NW # 248    202-415-5000 (for messages)  202-716-3283 (for appointments)
Ron Elliston   Pianist/Piano instruction/Arranger/Composer
A native of Champaign, Illinois, Ron Elliston received his undergrad and graduate degrees in
Music at the University of
Illinois. His talent has featured in national and international venues, including
Carnegie Hall (with the Dick Shorey Orchestra).  Ron played in Chicago jazz scene several years, including the
Playboy Club, before moving to the Washington, DC area in 1974, to teach Classical music and later develop
the Jazz studies program as an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Maryland - College Park until
he retired in 2004.  Ron also has co-authored with James Lyke Keyboard Musicianship Books I  & II.    During
his tenure at the university, Ron also became an influencing fixture in the Washington, DC jazz scene.  In 1976,
Ron began subbing for pianist, Charles Ellsworth at Top of the Foolery for vocalist Ronnie Wells.  This "sub"
job became a 30 year collaboration; as well as, a twenty-seven year, seven CD, and many wonderful
performances marriage in 1982.

Ron's Full Bio             301-922-9000
Jeff Gruber,    Sound Engineer
Blue House Productions
2201 Westview Drive
Silver Spring Md 20910
Randy Ruff    Photography
Veneta (Nina) Masson,  Poet & Lyricist   
Nina Masson has written lyrics for several of Ron Elliston’s gorgeous tunes.  As one of Ron’s piano students,
she played them and realized that they were just begging to be sung.  As a poet (who writes as Veneta
Masson), she enjoyed the challenges of rhyme, meter and sensibility that they presented.  You can find more of
her poetry at
Michelle Hoyte, Vocalist    
Michelle grew up in a household listening to jazz as a young child.  Although her father was a professor in the
School of Engineering at Howard, he studied to be a jazz musician and continued that love for the music which
he passed on to her.  Michelle began her jazz vocal studies with Brother Ah and then with Ron Elliston and
Ronnie Wells.  She has also studied with Rebecca Parris and Wayne Wilentz.  She has attended Master
classes with Janis Siegel (of Manhattan Transfer) and Kurt Elling.  One of the major influences on her vocal
style has been Sarah Vaughn which has been noted by the jazz musicians with whom she has worked
Michelle's Full Bio
Paul Wingo,  Guitar
For more information on Paul, please visit him at
Dominic Smith,  Drums
David Wundrow,  Bass