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29.01.2011

Ronald Muldrow

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In his teens Ronald heard Wes Montgomery playing "Canadian Sunset" on the radio, He was determined to follow in the footsteps of his idol. Subsequent influences on the guitar include Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, George Benson, Phil Upchurch and Roland Faulkner. Ronald has toured with the Staple Singers. 'Along the way he has had the opportunity to associate with such musicians as Willie Bobo, Les McCann, Dizzy Gillespie and Eddie Harris. Soon afterward he began touring with Eddie Harris, he was c …
29.01.2011

Ronald Turner

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Ronald Turner and The Fashion Statement is a 2003 Smoothie award winner from Smoothjazz.com. They are a professional, clean-cut group of musicians that give their musical best to put joy in the minds and hearts of listeners through our deeply felt creativity. Our group was established in 1990 as a jazz/funk ensemble. We consist of musically well-educated instrumentalists utilizing saxophones, keyboards, electric bass, and drums. We play a variety of music ranging from smooth jazz, contemporary/s …
29.01.2011

Roy Powell

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Roy Powell, born 1965 in Langham, England, is a musician of many different facets. He is beginning to be known equally by his classical music compositions as he is by his jazz recordings. After studies in piano and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music he first came to prominence in 1994 with his debut recording A Big Sky which was hailed as "a real bench mark in British contemporary electric jazz" by Jazz on CD .He then emigrated to Oslo, Norway where he first collaborated on an al …
29.01.2011

Ruby Braff

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A marvelously eloquent, always mellifluous player, Reuben 'Ruby' Braff (born Boston, Mass., 1927) is something of throwback to jazz of pre - World War II except that where Braff is concerned his music sounds fresh and despite strong influences is Armstrong, Berigan, Hackett, James, he does not slavishly copy any of the great trumpeters / cornettists of the past. A self - taught musician, Braff has tended to concentrate almost exclusively on the warmer sound of the cornet (like, for example, Nat …
A terrific voice. Charisma to spare. A delightful raconteur. Impeccable musical taste and vocal phrasing. Unassuming nice guy. They all apply to Russ Lorenson, whose burnished tenor is currently thrilling audiences from coast to coast. Born in Philadelphia, Russ’ career began as a youngster, making his stage debut at the ripe old age of seven. He continued singing and acting in the theatre throughout his early school years, moving with his family to San Diego when he was nine years old. …
I reside in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been performing regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including some West Coast and Central U.S. appearances. In addition to live jazz and cabaret performance, my career has evolved to professional recording. I am a voting member of The Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter. A native Texan, I was born Janet Marie Pierce to father Curtis and mother Bobbie in East Texas. For as long as I remember, I've been in love with jazz musi …
29.01.2011

Sandro Dominelli

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Sandro Dominelli is one of Canada`s most creative, talented and tasteful drummers. Through his continuing success’ as a much sought-after composer, bandleader, side man, and producer he has proven to be an established luminary in the Canadian music scene. Sandro’s musical sensibilities have caught the attention of international and local jazz icons alike, who have been inspired to perform or record with his influence. His collaborations include a long list of the veritable whos who of the ja …
Catya Mar has been playing the violin all her life (first concert as a soloist with an orchestra at the early age of 10 years old, teachers a.o. Zakhar Bron), playing solo concerts as a classical violinist in the USA, Israel, Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, Spain. She received her master´s degree at the Music Conservatory in Munich (Germany), held the position of an alternating concertmaster with one of the finest European symphony orchestras (Aarhus Symfoniorkester, Denmark).... and then found …
29.01.2011

Simone Guiducci

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Simone Guiducci,Italian guitarist and composer,was encouraged by trumpeter ENRICO RAVA (they met in 1993),to realize his first record as the leader of a quintet, in which there were, besides RAVA ,FURIO DI CASTRI at the double-bass :in the record of his debut, called "NEW FLAMENCO SKETCHES", the guitarist used both the acoustic and the electric instrument. Guiducci felt an urgency to gain a more original and compact "sound" so he founded a new stable group, exclusively acoustic, the GRAMELOT ENS …
29.01.2011

Simply Phil

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The mood in and around Calahan Funeral Home on the South side of Chicago was at once somber, respectful, and celebratory. Outside the funeral home people smoked cigarettes, adjusted their ties, and traded their funniest stories of the deceased with each other, nodding their heads to everyone entering the building. Inside, I approached one of the ushers, exchanged pleasantries, asked each other how we knew the deceased, and picked up a funeral program. I briefly glanced at the booklet, folded it …
JIM SELF PLAYED THE FAMOUS NOTES OF "MOTHERSHIP" IN CLOSE ENCOUNTERS FILM * * * WORLD-RENOWNED TUBIST JIM SELF, HIS AMAZING FLUBA, AND EXPANSIVE MY AMERICA CD ARE ALL VERY BIG DEALS * * * With 1100 film scores, hundreds of TV shows, and recordings with everyone from Mel Torme to Don Ellis, the award-winning multi-genre musician’s own latest Basset Hound Records release is up for consideration in 15 Grammy categories * * * Self to conduct 28th annual TubaChristmas outdoor …
Solar Wind is a high-energy contemporary jazz band out of Los Angeles. With a perfect blend of smooth jazz, funk, new age and fusion, Solar Wind's sound transcends today's contemporary jazz. The debut CD, "Grand Tour Alignment" 1999, received national and international airplay, and garnered rave reviews in several national publications including Jazziz, Jazz Times, Music Connection, Bassics, and Bass Frontiers. The CD was also nominated for jazz album of the year at the 2000 Los Angel …
29.01.2011

Stan Getz

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Without doubt, Stan Getz is recognized as one of the greatest tenor saxophone players of all time, his influence wide, and far-reaching. He was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1927. While still a teenager, he launched his career playing saxophone at age 16 in Stan Kenton's orchestra. He recorded with Woody Herman on the song titled "Early Autumn" during 1948. He was 21 years old at the time. Getz became the man with the golden sound, and his saxophone playing was in constant demand. Stan Ge …
29.01.2011

Stephane Grappelli

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Stephane Grappelli (originally surname was spelled with a 'Y') would have earned himself a place in Jazz History books if only for his important role in the Quintette of the Hot Club of France, featuring the dazzling virtuosity of Django Reindhart. Grappelli's violin was the perfect foil to Reindhart's guitar in this piano-less group. Fired by Reindhart's tremendous rhythmic powers, Grappelli's contributions to recordings by the Quintette like Lime House Blues, China Boy and It Don't Me …
29.01.2011

Steve Barta

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Pianist Steve Barta is a composer, author, producer and recording artist. Lending his talent to symphonic orchestras, film scores, jazz ensembles, and classically influenced solo piano, his original compositions reflect a great diversity of style. Steve is perhaps best known for fusing Classical, Jazz and Brazilian influences to create a sound that is distinctly BARTA. Steve's orchestral works include: Heritage Suite, A Midwest Dream (solo piano and orchestra) and several pieces for jazz qua …
29.01.2011

Steve Weingart

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Steve Weingart is an acclaimed jazz/funk keyboard player, and has toured internationally with Steve Lukather's "El Grupo", the Dave Weckl Band, and Virgil Donati. In September 2007, Weingart announced a new jazz/funk band. The STEVE WEINGART BAND features Steve Weingart, keyboards; Eric Valentine, drums; Jimmy Earl, bass; Kevin Levi, saxophone; Toshi Yanagi, guitar. Steve Weingart's new band will be performing their first show at La Ve Lee, Studio City, CA on Thursday, September 13, 2007. …
If you grew up listening to Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, and your mother was once a singer who fronted local big bands around Los Angeles, what else? You just gotta do it; especially if you’re given the rare, textured voice that belongs to LM Pagano. On Azalea, the extraordinary Bop City debut CD of vocalist LM Pagano, you can discern the influences of those legends she grew up with. And much more: Pagano is a unique song stylist who carries the torch of lyrical …
29.01.2011

Taeko Fukao Biography

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In 1998, Taeko Fukao, born and raised on the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan, came to New York City with dreams of expanding her singing career and took a strong liking to Jazz. The intense jazz study, coupled with her naturally appealing voice and musical ideas, have earned her performances in some of New York City's best known Jazz and R&B clubs, including Blue Note, Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar, St. Nick's Pub, Minton's Playhouse, Lenox Lounge, Kitano, CaChaCa, and ZincBar. Her musical talent i …
29.01.2011

Tatiana Parra

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Artists coming from the same generation as Tatiana Parra that possess her professional experience are rare. Working since she was five, the performer and composer from Sao Paulo is known and admired within the music scene for her participation in shows and on the albums of a wide variety of artists: from Ivan Lins to Omara Portuondo, from Rita Lee to Chico Pinheiro, as well as Toquinho, Sandy & Júnior, André Mehmari, Dante Ozzetti and dozens of others. Now, Tatiana Parra lances the CD "Inteira" …
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