Debra Mann/WCS

Debra Mann/WCS

Debra Mann

Debra Mann 

Reverbnation: Jazz/Vocalist/Pianist/Singer/Songwriter  Providence RI Rank #1




You Tube:  Debra Mann “The Dry Cleaner”

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Mixed Media Client since: 2014

Publicity: Brown UniversityWhat’s Up Rhode Island (Holiday Feature on local musicians) The Rhode ShowThe Cranston Herald/Warwick BeaconThe New York City Jazz Record Feature (page 11),The New York City Jazz Record Review (page 31)What’s Up Rhode IslandMotifProvidence JournalFall River Herald NewsSouthcoast Today: Debra MannSouthcoast Today: Narrows FestKen Franckling’s Jazz NotesMidwest RecordSippican Week

Radio: New World N Jazz 

peaked at #46, 11 weeks on the chart
Interviews: Tish Adams/Vocalists and Localists/WRIU 90.3 FM 9/6/18Steve Bianchi/Jazz Brunch/WBLQ 1230 AM; aired 9/9/18 between 1-3p, Steve Klamkin/Saturday Morning News, WPRO 

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It is with deep shock and sadness that we report the unexpected passing of Debra Mann, an acclaimed and supremely talented jazz singer, pianist and composer on our Whaling City Sound label. Her most recent recording, #FullCircle, featuring the music of Joni Mitchell, was released in August 2018. She had also released three CD recordings on her label, Jobe Records.

Her career was decorated with highlights. A Berklee College of Music grad, Debra was widely hailed as Rhode Island’s premier jazz pianist and vocalist. She performed at Symphony Hall Boston as a featured guest soloist with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. She had the distinct honor of performing at the request of Frank Sinatra. In celebration of Women’s History Month, she performed with her trio on Ron Della Chiesa’s WGBHradio program “Music America.” She was a prized member of the regional jazz community, having shared the stage with artists including Dick Johnson, Herb Pomeroy, Gray Sargent, Marshall WoodallTed CasherJeff StoutEd Saindon Vibraphone, and many others. Dino GovoniJay AzzolinaDavid ZinnoMarty RichardsJerry Leake, and Paul Angel joined her on our “Full Circle” release, recorded with Steve Rizzo, Stable Sound Studio.

She was also a passionate educator, on the faculty of Brown University and Wheaton College Massachusetts.

We at Whaling City Sound, along with the music community, will miss Debra’s extraordinary and elegant musical voice. We mourn deeply her passing and extend our sympathy to her family and friends.

Providence Journal Obituary

Debra Mann Performs “Be Cool” at the Narrows!!

Neal Weiss, John Stein and company!

Dori Rubbicco and Steve Klamkin (WPRO NEWS).

Midwest Record review of Full Circle

JazzWeek  Most Added+12 Debra Mann “Full Circle Music of Joni Mitchell” Congratulations to Debra on the hard work and fantastic album

A Woman of Heart and Mind

Jazz talent Debra Mann interprets

The textured sounds of Joni Mitchell


It is rare indeed to catch a sighting of Joni Mitchell. The Canadian songwriter, chanteuse and sublime talent has not really toured much, or released an album of new material for that matter. The last time that happened was 2007. So what’s a Joni fan to do? Catch Debra Mann.


Mann is a Joni fan from way back, so much so that she’s taken to performing her songs. The Providence-based jazz artist will be performing a night of jazz-tinged interpretations of Mitchell’s music at Chan’s. The combination makes good sense, considering the fact that Mann is an outstanding jazz performer and so much of Mitchell’s oeuvre resonates with generous jazz overtones.


Debra Mann, pianist and vocalist, has performed in the northeast corner of the U.S. for three decades. Her own artistry was deeply influenced by Joni’s music—from her folk years through her more than deep exploration into jazz.


The reclusive Mitchell is widely regarded as one of the most influential and revered songwriters of our time. Her category-defying style links the worlds of acoustic music with rock, jazz, and classical. Her lyrical sense, phrasing and poetic imagery are as visual as they are musical. Certainly, with no chance of seeing the original, why not enjoy the next best thing?


This is not Mann’s first shot at covering Mitchell’s work. In fact, the first few times were so memorable that her fans were asking for an encore. As an added attraction, Debra’s band features the mega talents of Dino Govoni (sax), Steve DeConti (guitar), Dave Zinno (bass), and Marty Richards (drums).


So come by Chan’s for a night of great music as we celebrate the work of a gifted and influential artist being covered by a gifted and supreme talent in her own right. Ladies and gentleman, on piano and voice, Debra Mann!

Autumn Concert!

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Dear Friends,

I hope you all had a great summer.  I can’t remember a better one, myself.  As summer comes to its inevitable close, I am preparing for another Joni Mitchell Tribute concert in a new venue. Please help spread the word to jazz and Joni lovers.  I hope to see you there.   Peace, Debra

Debra Mann Quintet

Joni Mitchell Tribute

Saturday,  October 4, 2014
7:30 PM

For Performing Arts

25 1/2 Court Street
Plymouth, MA
(508) 746-4488



Tickets: $25

Vincent Castaldi

Vincent Castaldi

Mixed Media Artist/Painter





Featured in Cabot House Gallery


Artist Statement

YouTube: Providence Art Club Short Documentary, Drawing Demo

Radio: Orlando Sentinel (Beyond the Diagnosis mentioned), WHYY

Publicity: Sprout CoWorking, KQEN News Radio, Middletown Transcript, Rare Disease Report,  CBS News Sunday Morning, Find Your Cool, NBC10, Cranston Herald/Warwick Beacon

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Updates from Mixed Media Artist Vincent Castaldi


Contact Vinny to purchase!


Commission a portrait!


Click here for the event details!


Click here to watch the video!


While the Covid pandemic is not over we are starting to see glimmers of hope in restrictions being eased and familiar places that we used to frequent gradually opening up again.
We also see that optimism in the loved ones that maybe we haven’t been able to see for a while, or have only seen through the lens of a phone or computer until now.
I call them the faces of hope and they are the ones who will get us through to the other side of this unprecedented period.
They are also the inspiration for the images in my newest collection of works.
My hope is that in these faces you see the optimism and inspiration you need to get yourself through as you continue Riding the Covid Coaster.

Vinny Castaldi


12/5 All Is Bright holiday shop Encore at CAV + 12/6 Gamm Theatre Exhibit

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About Vincent Castaldi

Born and raised in Rhode Island, there has never been a time when Vincent Castaldi was not an artist, following the muse; studying fine art, drawing, pottery.  In junior high school he attended Rhode Island School of Design Jr. School Program and later returned to RISD to study fine art, illustration, caricature, children’s illustration and editorial art. In between he worked as a teacher’s assistant and youth art instructor.  After graduating, as a participant in the RISD European Honors Program he traveled to Rome where he studied culture and language while continuing to study and practice drawing and painting.  As his artistic vision grew and refined, he added layered elements of collage, using his notes, scribbles and sketches as the base element, allowing them to peek out from underneath his pastels like glimpses into his psyche; the heart and inspiration of his art.

From Rome to Boston, and back to Rhode Island, Vincent’s work has developed and elaborated on these techniques with layered figures, and thematic layering as well; whimsy, introspection, longing, liberation, and always striving after beauty.

Past events…

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Oct 30, 2014 – Jan 8, 2015

Members’ Annual Seasonal Exhibit, “The 10 x 10 x 10” Show”





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November 16 – December 23, 2014

All Galleries: The 110th Annual Little Pictures Show & Sale

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 16, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Vincent Castaldi – Artist’s Statement

Born and raised in Rhode Island, there has never been a time when Vincent Castaldi was not an artist, following the muse; studying fine art, drawing, pottery.  In junior high school he attended Rhode Island School of Design Jr. School Program and later returned to RISD to study fine art, illustration, caricature, children’s illustration and editorial art. In between he worked as a teacher’s assistant and youth art instructor.  After graduating, as a participant in the RISD European Honors Program he traveled to Rome where he studied culture and language while continuing to study and practice drawing and painting.  As his artistic vision grew and refined, he added layered elements of collage, using his notes, scribbles and sketches as the base element, allowing them to peek out from underneath his pastels like glimpses into his psyche; the heart and inspiration of his art.


From Rome to Boston, and back to Rhode Island, Vincent’s work has developed and elaborated on these techniques with layered figures, and thematic layering as well; whimsy, introspection, longing, liberation, and always striving after beauty.


In this exhibition there are examples of various collected works.


The small still life works:  “Still Life with Apples and Pitcher” and “Still Life with Wine Jug” are part of a series created for the Providence Art Club’s 2012 annual Small Picture Show.


“Landscape with Windmill”  (16″ x 20″) is a landscape study in oil pastel with touches of oil paint; part of a series created for his one-man show at the Rossoni Gallery in 2013.


Other pieces shown here are the first in a series that Vincent is currently developing.  While watching a play at The Gamm Theatre one evening, Vincent found himself completely distracted by the visual beauty of the sets and decided to create a series of paintings inspired by those images.  Using the theatre photo archives, he is currently working on a  new group of paintings.  Featured here are works based on “Macbeth,” “Top Girls,” and “Elephant Man.” The entire series will be shown in the Spring of 2015 in Vincent’s upcoming one-man exhibition at the Providence Art Club.

Congratulations to Vinny Castaldi!! Vinny’s work has been selected for exhibition in the Providence Art Club Nationwide All Media Open Juried Exhibition. From the almost,200 submissions received, only 53 artists were chosen by exhibition juror Claudia Seymour.

This exhibition runs from April 21 through May 9, 2014. The exhibition juror will assign cash prizes on Saturday, April 20 after viewing the works in person. Artists selected to receive these cash awards will be announced at the opening reception on Sunday, April 27th.

Providence Art Club Short Documentary



Holiday Gift for The Apple of Your Eye

Vincent Castaldi’s art is for sale at The 109th Annual Little Pictures Show & Sale: Providence Art Club until December 23, 2013 @ Maxwell Mays & Dodge House Galleries for  a steal of a deal–$200 each!


Vincent Castaldi at Providence Art Club: Nov. 17th-December 23rd

For artist interview

Opening November 17th, 2013


Show runs through December 23, 2013

Providence Art Club

11 Thomas Street

Providence RI 02903



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Opening September 20, 2013
show runs through October 20th
Rossoni Gallery
558 Mineral Spring Ave. Studio BF112 Mail Stop 26

Pawtucket, RI 02860


9/20 Sole Evolution show

by Cranston artist Vincent Castaldi

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Rossoni Gallery


Please join us on Friday, September 20 from 5-9:00 pm when the Rossoni Gallery in association with Mixed Media Publicity | Promotions, will host an exhibit of the most recent works of art by Rhode Island resident and RISD graduate Vincent Castaldi.

How are you drawn to a work of art? Do you gravitate toward bright colors or soft tones? Will the size or structure of a piece command your attention ? Sometimes, like magic a piece captures your imagination–such are the works of Vincent Castaldi.

Vincent will be exhibiting some of his modestly sized earlier works, oil pastel on paper, matted and framed and some of his new works which are oil pastels painted on larger stretched canvases.

The subject matter of his earlier work is figurative and illustrative often depicting fantastical dreamlike characters that seem to invite you into their story. The newer works are figurative as well but lean toward abstraction with an evolving theme — a metamorphosis of one’s soul.

I invite you to come see for yourself on the 20th. If you cannot make it, please visit another day — show will run until October 20.



“The boy and the little girl”
by Vincent Castaldi

Of Three Minds Reception!

Photographer Fred Engle, Vincent Castaldi, Don Fowler of the Cranston Herald

Vincent’s Puppetry Series Featuring at the Dodge House Gallery!

The series will feature as part of The 108th Annual Little Pictures Show and Sale at the Dodge House Gallery from Nov. 18th through Dec. 23rd.

The 108th Annual Little Pictures Show & Sale
The Providence Art Club continues its long-standing tradition of offering original artwork for affordable prices at this year’s 108th Annual Little Pictures Show & Sale. For more than a century, the Art Club has hosted this popular holiday exhibition, offering gallery goers the opportunity to purchase a variety of diverse multi-media pieces, all for $250 or less. More than 100 artists, including new artist members of the Club, will showcase six original works each in a variety of media in the Maxwell Mays and Dodge House galleries. The exhibition will change daily, as artists replace sold works with new pieces. Classic landscapes and still lifes will be featured along with unique assemblages, intricate glasswork and jewelry. The variety of styles and media are sure to please every art aficionado. The exhibition is cash and carry so purchases may be picked up immediately. The Little Pictures Show & Sale offers the perfect opportunity to give the gift of art to someone special this holiday season!

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Check out the video by Carol Scavotto from Cabot House. Cool how we sped up his work. Thanks Fred!

The story begins:
Book Three. America’s favorite new odd couple, Mags ‘n’ Rags are making headlines and the entertainment is unstoppable! Captivating a wide audience, the surprise ending in Mags ‘n’ Rags, Saturday has children and adults alike wondering…is this a rumor, fact, or speculation? Blending two extreme lifestyles turns hysterical when Mags, a kind hearted girl, opens her home to a stranded doll.  Mags tries her best to make the tiny doll comfortable, yet the doll is not impressed by her cozy surroundings. The bossy, conceited doll, parading around like a runway model, has her chubby new keeper feeling a bit intimidated. Mags’ heart is broken when she realizes there isn’t anything in Rhode Island that could ever replace the doll’s previous lifestyle. Now traveling with Saturday’s secret, Mags ‘n’ Rags are delivering you the full package; promising to reveal their…Ultimate Surprise! Leading you into a brand new day, the story continues with Mags ‘n’ Rags, Sunday and Mags ‘n’ Rags, Monday.
See Vincent’s work


Please come help us launch this year’s Gallery Season

Throughout the year on select Saturdays we will be featuring individual Artist creating works of Art within the Gallery.

Please join us Saturday on our outdoor patio for a demonstration from several Artists.

Cabot House Art Gallery

Represented Artist:
Jason Andrade, Vincent Castaldi, David Lee Black, Beth Claverie, Ricky Gagnon, Janice Ricker, Ann Rozhon, Carol Scavotto, Anthony Tomaselli

NOW available on Etsy
Eggplant Figure
Mixed Media
Us the Powerless
Mixed Media 11×14 unframed
Prophet Ezequiel
Mixed Media 16×20 unframed
mixed media 11×14 unframed
Woman under the Angel
mixed media 16×20 unframed
5 Standing Figures
mixed media 18×24

Helmet Boy in Red 16×20

Helmet Girl with Circles

Prophet 1 Amos

Standing Figures (mixed media)


The Tulip and the Balloon mixed media

The Red Bottom Boat

The Woman with Three Red Flowers

The Boy in blue Slippers

Struggle in orange and green (oil pastel) 18×24

The Boy with Green Circles

Protected (mixed media) 18×24

Original Painting 8″ x 10″
 on sale now through Etsy!
Cabot House Gallery
555 Quaker Lane West Warwick, Rhode Island

Design Your Home: A Fresh Approach for Inspired Spaces

Ongoing Exhibit of Selected Works

11/20-12/23: The Galleries of the Providence Art Club
107th Little Picture Show and Sale
Reception Sunday, November 20, 12-4pm 11 Thomas St Providence RI 02903
Extended Gallery Hours M-Wed & Fri 12-5pm, Thurs 12-6, Weekends 12-4 (Closed Thanksgiving)
Hundreds of original works in all media (glass, paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, etc) all priced $250 or less. This beloved annual tradition provides the ideal opportunity to give the gift of art to someone special for the holidays! See you there!
My new piece by Vincent Castaldi looks amazing in my hallway!!
Girl from National Geographic/study

GREAT turn out at Cabot House last night, 555 Quaker Lane, in West Warwick!

Long time friends Lori Jaiswal & Paula Kriticos join at Cabot House with Kitty McTeague, Mixed Media RWU intern
Proud father Vincent and Linda
Carol Beck (Perfect Touch Interiors/House and Home Defined) & Paula Kriticos (Cafe Nuovo)
Later at CAV Pat Higgins and Mary Ann Rossoni

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A Starry Starry Night with Vincent

Showcased an Autumn Evening of Art by Vincent Castaldi

On Friday October 14th at

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Congratulations to ‘Lady in the Purple Hat’-winner Christine Piacitelli!

ART SHOW PHOTOS!! (photos courtesy of Angela Williams)


For those in the Boston area: Visit Accidental Gallery above Channel Cafe on 4/26 from 5-8pm. Click here to “Like” The Accidental Gallery on Facebook.

Back by popular demand, Mixed Media artist, painter and illustrator Vincent Castaldi features new art work at The Cabot House. He will be there on Thursday, April 28th from 5-9pm. The Cabot House is located on 555 Quaker Lane, in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Also visit Facebook to “Like” the Cabot House Gallery.

Artist Vincent Castaldi was born in Providence and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island. Discovering his interest and ability in drawing as early as elementary school, he began to develop his artistic skills by participating in many art, drawing, and pottery classes. In junior high school, Vincent was accepted into the Rhode Island School of Design Junior School Program figure drawing classes.

In high school, Vincent completed many accelerated art classes. His artistic ambitions grew further in the form of teacher’s assistant and youth art instructor. Outside of school, Vincent also started his own part time business “Signs Unlimited” designing and painting signs for local organizations.

In Spring 1982, Vincent Castaldi was accepted into the freshman class of The Rhode Island School of Design. Majoring in illustration, he elected such courses as caricature, editorial and children’s illustration. In 1985, his senior year, he was accepted into the RISD European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. While studying the Italian culture and language, he continued to develop his art in the form of drawing and painting. Upon the advice of a visiting professor, Vincent introduced the element of collage into his artwork as a way of describing shapes of color and texture completing a series of collage portraits that were exhibited as his senior degree project. In June of 1986, upon his return from Italy, Vincent graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from The Rhode Island School of Design.

After graduation, Vincent presented his illustration portfolio to various newspapers and magazines in the Providence and Boston areas. While acquiring several freelance assignments, he found that his work did not always fit into the mainstream illustration mode. Around that same time, Vincent was offered to include his series of collage portraits in a group show in a Boston gallery (Gallery Fotene).

To date, Vincent continues to show and sell his paintings locally, nationally, and even internationally. He has received awards in several juried shows and has donated many pieces over the years to local charities, including two pieces per year to “Spurwink RI/The Gail Badessa Memorial Fund”.

Vincent Castaldi’s portfolio of artwork includes series of portraits, landscapes, still-lifes and abstract images.



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Hard to believe it’s 30 years now I’ve enjoyed getting my clients connected with the right people. As a PR pro, taking my clients’ careers to the next level is my job, plain and simple, and I take that responsibility seriously. Making you look good is what it’s all about. From musicians, to movies, to charity events, I will help you achieve your goals.

Your relationship with Mixed Media will start with a contract that will be tailored towards your needs and the media outlets you wish to target.

During your contract with Mixed Media:

  • A carefully thought out campaign will be designed, including a press kit that will be sent out to the appropriate media outlets, whether they be national, local, or regional.
  • For musicians, there is tour support, backed by press promotion weeks in advance

Our always updated extensive database makes it possible for you to saturate the media that will gain you the best possible exposure for your mission. Our database consists of thousands of newspapers, radio/television stations, and online media both national and local to help us promote our clients.

Building strong relationships with our clients and the media is an important belief we have. Constant follow ups with the media helps build a positive professional relationship to help our clients now and in the future.

And as any smart PR professional knows, evaluation of our progress is so important. That is why we provide monthly progress reports for our clients, making it easier to keep track of progress and budget.

So let’s discuss your new project and explore the ways you can enjoy wider exposure for your talent and a louder message for your project!


Mixed Media issues a contract upon your approval of this proposal. Then media campaigns begin immediately. These campaigns can be geared towards any segment of the media you feel it’s critical to reach: national, regional, and local. There are also segments geared towards social media and online press. We make your presence felt wherever you think it’s necessary.


Our campaigns are conceived to suit your needs. For example, a new music release and a high-level national publicity campaign with a mailing quantity of 100 is about $3000. This media blitz includes a press release, postage, supplies, and follow up within a 6-8 week time frame. As we work this campaign together, I would encourage you to send me your Top 10 media outlets/targets. That way we can go after those aggressively.

Tour/Gig Support

For tour support, per show rates are negotiated. For example, CD release gigs in major markets might go for $1000 or so. For smaller shows in smaller markets, that price might be $500. Tours are negotiated.

In order to better project the cost of a show or a tour, we need complete gig info six weeks ahead of time, including: date, time, # of sets/length, opener, cover charge, street address with zip code, contact name and phone number. We like to kick start press promotion four weeks in advance of each show date, to be sure to get the word out. Our objective is to intensely penetrate each local market along the tour routing and to keep select national publications, trades, and directories informed.

Our database is super current, and when we hit up these media outlets, we draw from a list of thousands of newspapers, periodicals, and reputable freelancers. We keep regular contact with most print and online entertainment and music review editors, and we have solid contacts in TV, radio, social networking and blogs.

We provide effective tour-oriented/grass roots radio promotion, which includes arranging airplay, on-air interviews, and concert ticket giveaways with local stations along the tour route.

Here are some other things that can happen. Your ideas and suggestions are also welcome.

  • Radio:We can set up an Interview with local stations in the towns where you play
  • Press: We can submit a Press Release for newspapers and radio stations to pick-up
  • Promo/Follow up: Those that express an interest, we follow up with product, press releases, jpg photos, and phone calls.
  • Sponsorship/endorsements: Together, we arrive at a target list to solicit sponsorships, endorsements, recording contracts or other business agreements.
  • Charitable Solicitations: If you’d like to incorporate a charitable cause into the campaign, we can do that as well.


To raise general awareness, Mixed Media dispatches an initial mailing to national mags, specialty mags, general interest pubs, prestige national newspapers like “USA Today” and “The New York Times,” and more regional papers. Our goal is to secure critical reviews, mentions, and feature articles in as high profile media outlets as possible and maximizing photo and graphic reprinting of artist’s materials.


We can also help connect you with prominent national radio promotion to help track airplay. We handle national/tour-oriented promotion that includes arranging airplay, on-air interviews, and ticket giveaways with local stations along the tour route.

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We can help you connect online with Social Media Network analysis, network authoring, strategy consulting, redesign, execution/maintenance, custom page design, commenting campaigns, Facebook fan page creation/maintenance, ad buys, custom fan page tabs, Twitter Custom Page creation/use strategy. More information and rates available upon request.

The Music Industry

We are also able to assist in matching our clients with appropriate music industry contacts, including film/TV music supervisors, management, booking agents, music festivals, and endorsers.


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I’m really looking forward to spending some time with you discussing your new project! The only way you’ll enjoy wider exposure for your music or a louder message for your project is to let a professional publicist handle it. If you feel like that’s what you need, please get in touch. We’ll be happy to explore the possibilities with you!

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