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This 6-piece Western Swing posse, based in Toronto, is aptly summarized by these lyrics from the Roger Miller song: "They swing like a pendulum do." Authentic to the core and thoroughly versed in the timeless tradiation, it would be very easy to figure the Bebop Cowboys originate from Tulsa, Austin, Santa Fe, or Bakersfield, rather than the Great White North. Guitarist extraordinaire and music historian Steve Briggs, the co-founder along with harmonica wiz Howard Willett, fortuitously bumped …
"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart " Judy Garland The musical expression of emotion is not easy to master; however it is the ultimate goal of many artists. A great deal of modern music simply enters our ears and may move our bodies but seldom our soul. Very few artists can compose soaring melodies intertwining lyrics that whisper into our hearts the full gamut of human experience. Tanja Maritsa is one of these artists. Tanja write …
Born in North Florida, Paulette Dozier began her exploration of the performing arts while living in Brooklyn, New York. Her first encounter with the theater was during high school where she appeared in the play "You Can't Take it With You". Other extracurricular activities for her at that time included music, and the alto sax was her chosen instrument. Quite an adept musician, performing jazz to boot, Paulette was not intimidated by her male counterparts who dominated the jazz sector. As an …
29.01.2011

Yoham Ortiz

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With the release of the self titled album Yoham Ortiz Concept, Yoham "Chiqui" Ortiz translates a life lived among many cultures into music. An accomplished producer/arranger/composer and multi-instrumentalist, Yoham’s work is featured in film, television and theatre, as well as various multi-media outlets. His talent, skill and passion account for his frequent commissions to perform for both live and in studio sessions around the world. Born on November 16 in New York City o …
29.01.2011

Zeke Martin

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Born in Brussels, Belgium on July 2 1973, Zeke Martin entered the world with a pair of drumsticks in his hands. He grew up listening to various styles of music which began when his father Stu Martin, who played with some of the Jazz greats such as: Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus, Dave Holland and Quincy Jones, would put speakers in Zeke’s crib, playing him everything from Jazz to Funk, Reggae to Rock. At the age of 12, Zeke had his first paying gig with Steve Lacy, in France. Wh …
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