BONNIE DOYLE - Soprano
Bonnie has a Music degree from Southern Oregon University, has performed with and arranged/written music for Ro Sham Bo, has performed with Albino Afro Beat and No Origin, and produces and directs Acapplaya and SangBang. Bonnie is single and living the dream in San Francisco, California where she owns a database design consultancy.
AUDREY CYPRUS KAUFFMAN - Soprano II
Audrey sings second soprano for Ro Sham Bo and is a founding member of the group. Born and raised in Houston, TX, Audrey escaped to New York for college and then moved to Japan for five years before settling in the Bay Area. Her love of a cappella music started when she was one of only three freshman accepted into Vassar College’s Measure for Measure. She has sung everything from musical comedy leading roles to R&B to classical to country western to pop. She is married with two teenagers and works full-time as the chief information officer for a company specializing in medical malpractice insurance. When asked what she likes most about Ro Sham Bo, she responded, “Tight harmonies, crunchy chords, talented musicians and superb arrangements combined with lots of wine and cheese at rehearsals.”
JULIET GREEN - Alto
Originally from Maui, Hawaii, Juliet has been a singer, songwriter and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1991. Her newest record, released in April of 2014, Think About That, features her original songs as well as her original lyrics on songs by Anton Schwartz, Wycliffe Gordon, Greg Murai, and Isaac Raz. Featuring many of the Bay Area's best players, she is joined by musicians such as Natalie Cressman, Murray Low, Phil Hawkins, Marc van Wageningen, John Shifflett, Quartet San Francisco, and many more.
Over the past two decades, Juliet has performed in various vocal jazz ensembles, winning the SF Regional Harmony Sweepstakes competition in 1998 and 2000 (+4db), 2005 (Moodswing) and 2012 (Sing Theory). Another ensemble, Clockwork, was selected to perform at the 2011 JEN Conference in New Orleans after the release of their acclaimed album Every Voice Counts.
Juliet's other passion is working as an educator, clinician, and director. She has taught at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, Jazz Camp West, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and directs the six-time Downbeat award-winning Panache vocal jazz ensembles at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley.
As a soloist, she sings with the big band A Touch of Brass under the direction of trumpeter Ed Morrison. Her first album, Simple, released in 2003, is still widely available.
JIMMY KRAFT - Tenor
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jimmy has returned after a five year stint at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA. In the burgeoning music scene of the Miracle Mile and beyond, demand was high for his presence. Showgoers were likely to catch him at Take 5 jazz club with Brian Kendrick’s “Little” Big Band or leading his neo-soul project Mr. Kit at a house party or local haunt. His contemporary jazz quintet, the Original Jambassadors, pumped soul into coffee shops, fundraisers, celebrations, and social gatherings throughout the Stockton area. Between gigs, he immersed himself in a musical, educational, and social lifestyle at the university as a jazz studies and composition student.
There, he performed important roles in university ensembles, founded/directed/arranged for an a cappella group of twenty voices, earned top prize with his quartet at the 2015 Seattle Jazz Experience, arranged a public discussion with Wynton Marsalis on music and leadership as part of the 2013 Brubeck Jazz Festival, and composed a five-movement suite for orchestra and jazz ensemble (among numerous other original works). He has also worked closely with colleagues to record a number of original releases, most recently a self-produced album featuring eight original works.
Jimmy currently holds an annual position as alto saxophonist in the Mendocino Music Festival Big Band and teaches saxophone, clarinet, voice, piano, and songwriting at multiple locations around the bay.
DAVE DURAN - Baritone
Dave Duran is a vocalist and arranger who’s performed in a seemingly endless parade of crowd—pleasing, award—winning Bay Area a cappella groups including +4db, Moodswing, Clockwork, Sing Theory and now Ro Sham Bo.
Dave can occasionally be spotted singing with the wonderful Silicon Valley big band, a touch of brass. In his spare time, Dave is a serial entrepreneur and passionate yet totally un-appreciated (by his children) home chef.
BAKARI HOLMES - Bass
Bakari loves to sing music that grooves, music that moves people, music that is beautiful in its simplicity, complexity, and/or emotionality. He brings a wealth of experience to the group having performed professionally as a keyboardist, lead vocalist, dancer, choreographer, choir director and bandleader, as well as vocal and instrumental arranger. He has a great sense of rhythm and anchors the group with his bass. Growing up in a very musical and technical family, Bakari both enjoys the beauty of the universe as a physicist and musician. Bakari holds dual degrees in Physics and Software Engineering in addition to various teaching credentials -- having spent over a decade teaching Physics, Engineering, and Music for High School and Middle School. He has been in a slew of acapella groups over the years including being a founding member of two-time Bay Area Regional Acapella champs Business Casual. He is married to his best friend Julie, has two beautiful, spirited children, and currently works full time as a Software Engineer. He is honored to have found musical soulmates in this group!