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Leslie Mauldin, John Mauldin, and Jed Moss are high school friends who each have established careers as concert and theatrical performers. As “Avenue B”, they pay homage to their roots and share their experiences by giving audiences a candid look at their journey into the world of entertainment. Each has a strong foundation in the classical tradition, while also using their diverse experience to successfully bridge the gap between the formal concert stage and the provocative music of Broadway, Pop, and Folk. The admiration and respect that these three performers share, and the love they have for what they do is communicated to the audience in the unique way that they interact with each other in performance. Jed Moss has a career as a concert and collaborative pianist that spans 30 years, and which includes performances that cover a wealth of material from classical works to traveling the globe playing pop rock music concerts for stadium audiences where he also sang backup vocals which comes in handy for Avenue B’s rich trio harmonies. Siblings Leslie and John are both operatically trained singers, and have performed opera, oratorio, and concert roles with major regional opera companies and symphonies in the U.S. Northwest and West Coast regions and abroad. On the flip side, this brother and sister are quite accustomed to pulling out their guitars and singing pop and folk music from various songwriters, as well as throwing in some of their own original material - some of which was written while sitting out on the roof of their home on Avenue B - a place where these three musicians first discovered where their lives would take them. Avenue B invites you to join them on a journey back to that simpler time, now viewed through the lens of the diverse musical and performing experience that each has shared.
Where They've Been
Leslie has performed dynamically and to critical acclaim in many diverse venues and styles, from touring as soprano soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic to a one woman show in Spain where she attended conservatory, and showcased her versatility working as a multilingual jazz/pop singer at Club PuKum in downtown Murcia. Her classical work comprises many leading opera and oratorio roles, including the title role in Tosca, Violetta (La Traviata), Musetta (La Bohème), Micaela (Carmen), Hanna Glavari (The Merry Widow), and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and over a dozen oratorio soprano soloist roles. She has stage directed “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” amongst other works. A native of Los Angeles, she was the lead singer with the L.A. rock band “Monteleone,” and has also worked in film and television as a member in good standing of Screen Actor’s Guild, Hollywood division.
John has been praised by the Salt Lake Tribune for his“...polished technique...” and his “...appealingly light, flexible tenor...” voice. A lover of the art of the Oratorio, Mr. Mauldin has appeared with the Honolulu Symphony, Phoenix Bach Choir, and the Vancouver Symphony, to name a few and on the stages of Tchaikovsky Hall and Glinka Hall in Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia. Stage roles include Alfredo in La Traviata, Scipione in Il sogno di Scipione, Nanki-poo in the Mikado, Camille in The Merry Widow, Sparky in Forever Plaid, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, and the role of Stage Manager in Ned Rorem’s opera adaptation of Our Town, of which performance the Idaho Statesman stated “… [he] sang the role with ease — proving he’s an artist at the top of his game.” John currently resides in Hailey, ID and teaches voice for Boise State University and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music.
Jed is a prolific performer who has appeared on numerous programs, including the Columbia Artist’s Community Concert series, the Mendelssohn Society of Chicago series and the Utah Chamber Music Series. Moss has collaborated with musicians from many of the nation’s top orchestras, and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Idaho, Utah, California, Texas, Washington D.C. and Montevideo, Uruguay. The Washington Times said: ‘Jed Moss relished the fiendishly difficult jazz piano solos that were once owned by Lucas Foss’ when describing his performance of Bernstein’s ‘Age of Anxiety’ at the Kennedy Center. Moss has recorded and toured around the world as pianist and supporting vocalist for the rock band Air Supply. He appears on Centaur, Summit, Albany, Warner and Deseret Book recordings.