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Takes piano lessons from 1983 till 1995 with Erich Kellner and classical singing lessons with Renate Dasch (1995 - 1998). Studies music at the Berlin Arts University (Hochschule der Kuenste Berlin) from 1998 to 2000, attending the instrumental courses of Prof. Jutta Schlegel (voice), Dr. Marek Bobéth (piano) and Martin Ripper (flute). She also follows Jolyon Brettingham-Smith's music theory lessons, choir conducting courses with Harald Schwarz, ear training and basso continuo with Dr. Bodo Bi …
29.01.2011

About The Allnighters

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During a time of crazy Karaoke wanna-be superstars. It's hard to find people that actually play live music in a real band setting. The Allnighters are one of those hard working groups and do it well. From Omaha, NE the band brings a fresh blast of old to the new millennium. The bands dedication to the long lost sounds of real rock n' roll music can be heard in every song they play. The Allnighters play both original and cover music in the styles that includes: Rockabilly, 50's, Roots Rock, Surf, …
29.01.2011

Adrian Davison

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World renowned Bass virtuoso Adrian Davison emerged into the spotlight in 1990 with the release of his debut CD, Bass Symphony. This talented musician displayed a technical and compositional ability that must be heard to be believed. The most stunning feature of his work, is that everything is recorded live without overdubs. To date, Davison has released a total of 4 CDs and a DVD. Presently retired from the music scene, he continues to receive press world wide and is now pleased to ann …
Tony Agostinelli will offer a course at the Brown Learning Community about the Newport Jazz Festival. The course will take place on Tuesdays, from 7-9 pm on April 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2005. This past summer the Newport Jazz Festival celebrated its fiftieth birthday. Although now recognized as an institution of immeasurable influence and international reach at inception in July 1954, the now-venerable event was far from a guaranteed success. The inspired idea of Boston nightclub owner George Wein …
29.01.2011

Airborne

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Their High-Energy Contemporary Jazz sound is in perfect tune with today's new Smooth Jazz and Vocals radio formats. Packed with intensity and complexity their smooth and expert performance, vocal, and composition skills are respected in all the jazz markets, (college, public, and commercial). Sounds of passion and emotion, a multi-cultural product of the band's hometown of New Haven, CT. Formed in the late 1980's the band has survived the ups and downs of today's frantic society with total d …
29.01.2011

Alexandre Huber

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Originally a student of classical piano playing at the Conservatory of Lausanne (Switzerland), Alexandre Huber developed his preference for jazz and continued his studies with pianist François Lindemann. Discovering the formidable use of the organ by some of the great US-jazz organists made him change his mind and switch to the Hammond B-3. He has become an articulate melodist; a fine accompanist and he can do without a bass player, using the beautiful low end of the organs sound t …
29.01.2011

Allen J Brown

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Guitarist, composer, and producer Allen Brown is one of the San Francisco Bay Areas most promising players. Allen was born and raised in San Francisco, California when the musical culture was rich and alive. He spent years studying with legendary guitar players such as Joe Satriani & Marc Bonilla. Since the mid 90s Allen's instrumental song "Rush Hour" (produced by Troy Luccketta) was aired daily on local radio station KSJO. "Rush Hour" received national acclaim in Recording Maga …
I first encountered George Russell’s music when I was researching an article on Chuck Israels. Chuck Israels taught a music appreciation class that I took while attending Brooklyn College in 1975. At that time I was a devoted Frank Zappa fan but had never heard of Bill Evens or George Russell so I was unaware that Chuck had played bass with both of these musical giants. The class was memorable for at least three reasons which I discussed in the article on Chuck (Panache Experience Volume 17 I …
Andrea Celeste was born in Pontedera on the 31st of August 1986. When only 11 years old, she starts studying piano and classical singing with M. Vittorio Scali and debuts performing on stage. Her talent doesn't pass unnoticed and she's immediately asked to participate to many concerts, festivals and events with some of the most important international Gospel projects such as, among others, St. Jacob’s Gospel Choir directed by M. Massimo Bracci, Joyful Angels directed by M. Vijay Pierallini, a …
29.01.2011

Andreas Baer

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Pure energy, brilliant precision work and intoxicating joy of playing an encounter with The Andreas Baer Trio Plus One is a far cry from any boring or even superficial experience. The man on the keyboard constantly challenges his instrument’s ultimate capacities and commands the best of himself as well as from his fellow musicians. After dedicating more than a decade to the classical composers, the gregarious pianist from Brugg, Switzerland immersed into jazz, its syncope and improvisation.
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Anna Lyman

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Billed as "The most exciting new voice in years", Anna Lyman's skill has been highly praised by JUNO award winning Producer, Rick Kilburn as "Just like the old masters..." and by renowned drummer Keith Copeland (www.keithcopeland.com) as "A TREMENDOUS TALENT". Copeland also said "...there are many singers out there, Shirley Horn, Blossom Dearie...some of them have great phrasing, some of them have tone some of them have control - you have it all!" When Johnny Mathis and Ella Fitzgerald were y …
29.01.2011

Art Blakey

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Art Blakey (Abdullah Ibn Buhaina) worked with Fletcher Henderson 1939; Billy Eckstine 1944-7, Buddy DeFranco Quartet 1951-3. He started working as a leader at Birdland in 1954. His group evolved into the Jazz Messengers, who came to prominence in 1955 and toured the US and Europe during the next five years. Despite changes in personnel, Blakey continued to dominate the particular area of jazz of which he had become a symbol (ie. hard bop), with a tremendous kinetic force for which the l …
29.01.2011

Art Blakey

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Born Pittsburgh, 1919, drummer Art Blakey remains one of the greatest jazz players and combo leaders in the history of jazz. Blakey is known for his furious commitment, that soloists playing with him had to exert all their might to keep along with him. Generations of young players have learned their craft in Blakey's groups, left to lead their own groups, leaving him to break in another batch. Along with the drummer Max Roach, it was Blakey's contention that drums were frontline instrum …
Atilla Engin is a Turkish-American Jazz/fusion drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, conductor and educator. He played and recorded some years in Istanbul before he left for Copenhagen in 1974. He formed three major groups. MATAO was one of them which he released his first album Turkish Delight with. They also performed at Roskilde Festival in 1979.The other one he formed was Atilla Engin Group which has released five albums.He taught at the Copenhagen Jazz Conservatory fo …
Australian ukulele legend AzoBell is in the US for some live shows.His performances in Providence and Portland ME were spellbinding and you can catch him this week-Fri 25 October at the Living Room in New York and on 26 Oct at the International Ukulele Expo in Montclair New Jersey. Azo's extraordinary Australian trio- The Old Spice Boys-have just released an album of jazz classics - from Miles to Ellington to Ornette. It's called ALIBI OF BIRDLAND and features tea-chest bass, snare drum and …
The artist has graduated from Painting and Textile Designing Branch of the Fine Arts Faculty of 9 Eylül University in Izmir. During her university years, she was trained by Halil Akdeniz. After her graduation, she participated in nude model drawing studies of the 'Devrim Erbil Studio' in I.D.G.S.A. (The Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul). She has been the first and single student at the Faculty of Fashion Design who was started by a university in Turkey for the first time. As a result she was the …
29.01.2011

Barb Jungr

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Barb Jungr cut her teeth as a singer and performer on the alternative cabaret circuit, earning an armful of awards including a Perrier "Pick of the Fringe" at the Edinburgh Festival, but over the past few years she's developed into one of our finest and most distinctive performers and singers, with an exhilarating vocal style that fuses her blues and soul roots with elements of everything from theatre song to African and Iranian folk singing. Her capacity to express emotion through wel …
29.01.2011

Barry Manilow

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Born on June 17, 1946, Barry Manilow achieved international fame as a pop singer and composer during the 1970s. At the base of his musical roots was always his love for jazz. Manilow is a prolific composer, and he has written for movies. During 2001 he signed with Concord Records and issued his first major jazz CD, HERE AT THE MAYFLOWER. He composed the songs and he sings the songs with sensitivity. Barry Manilow is in essence a true jazz vocalist and his recent compositions reflect jazz …
29.01.2011

Beata Pater

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Originally educated as a classical violinist in Warsaw's prestigious Karol Szymanowski Music Academy. The first to note Beata's talent for singing was the wife of her violin professor. Being an opera singer, she sensed the eight year old's strong voice and presence, helping Beata get her start in Warsaw's world-reknown opera house. To the chagrin of her professor, singing became Beata's passion. At the age of 16, Beata toured Europe for the first time, soon headlining shows with over 5,000 fans …
09.01.2012

Beppe Di Benedetto

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Beppe Di Benedetto is a trombone player, composer and arranger born in Italy. Beppe's passion for music began at the age of 12 when one day his father came home with a strange black suitcase in his hand. Inside was a shiny instrument. His constant curiosity in capturing the secret language of music has accorded Beppe many opportunities in sharing the stage with such famous musicians as Eumir Deotado, Solomon Burke, Bob Mintzer, Paul Anka, Burt Bacharach, Mario Biondi, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Hengel Gualdi, Jovanotti, Antonella Ruggero, Fabrizio Bosso, Lorenzo Tucci, Daniele Scannapieco, Giovanni Amato, Claudio Filippini, Andrea Tofanelli, Massimo…
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