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Kansas City USA - Chris Burnett is a woodwind instrumentalist and composer. He is based in the Kansas City area. Already a veteran musician and skilled composer, with a substantial body of work and a noted career performing with various military music bands, his profile is somewhat different than the typical demographic of most emerging jazz artists in this day and age. "True BLUE", his first album in association with 'ASR Records, delivers a collection of Chris Burnett originals that displa …
29.01.2011

Chris Greco

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Greco is a multi-instrumentalist/composer/performer shaped by the influences of the contemporary western/european tradition, and american jazz music. He holds a D.M.A. (UCLA) in classical saxophone performance, and has substantial professional experience in multiple jazz idioms. Equally adept performing both classical and modern jazz music, Greco's improvisational skills equally excel with his ability to interpret and perform twentieth century contemporary classical music. He holds a mast …
29.01.2011

Chris Ho

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The City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Music Week recently honored Chris Ho with an award signed by Mayor James Hahn that reads, "through your profound inspiration, creative expression, and extraordinary musical talent, you have helped to enhance the beauty of our culture and enrich the lives of those in our community and the city of Los Angeles". "...an astonishing virtuoso and a consummate performer whose talent should be experienced by everyone...incredible talent and flexibility...passion a …
Chuck Anderson started his concert jazz guitar career in 1973 when he formed the Chuck Anderson Trio with Al Stauffer on Bass and Ray Deeley on drums. Their first album, "Mirror within a Mirror", received critical acclaim and was the springboard for a busy concert schedule. The Trio's music featured Chuck's original writing as well as uniquely arranged jazz classics. The group's forte was a tremendous interaction and internal dialogue. Improvisation was at the heart of every performan …
29.01.2011

Claire Martin

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Born in Wimbledon in 1967 Claire Martin attended The Doris Holford Stage School until she was fifteen. Singing was her strongest passion with dance coming a close second. Claire studied singing with Verona Chard in London and Marilyn Johnson in New York before embarking on the QE2 and Cunard Princess to cut her teeth at sea singing in the Theatre Bar for almost two years. Returning to dry land aged 21, Claire quickly formed her first quartet which featured guitar virtuoso Jim Mullen and piani …
CLARA GIBSON MAXWELL27, rue Froidevaux 75014 Paris FRANCE TEL/FAX: 33-1-45-38-53-97355 Buckhannon Ave. Clarksburg, WV 26301 USA TEL: 1 (304) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BIOGRAPHY: CLARA GIBSON MAXWELL Clara Gibson Maxwell is one of the most audacious and autonomous choreographers of her generation. Her choreography draws its inspiration from the deep roots of the American modern dance tradition and from the lively and stim …
Jazz has been around long enough for us to see it's most respected practitioners become gray, paunchy, and venerable. The precocity of a Wynton Marsalis already famous by the age of twenty-three is startling. But during the swing era, youth was the norm and the advent of middle age a potential symptom of stagnation.Nearly all the prominent jazz musicians active in the 1930's (with the notable exception of Duke Ellington, born in 1899) were born in the twentieth century. Most had establis …
A little under two hundred years ago, a bunch of American musicians discovered the joy of improvising and called it jazz. Meanwhile over two thousand years ago, Indian classical musicians were busy setting the rules for those American musician's joy. If jazz is improvised music, Indian classical music is jazz! Now that we've discovered who really discovered jazz, it's time to take a good look at the state of jazz in India. The name of India's most popular live jazz venue located in Mumbai …
29.01.2011

Corey Christiansen

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Cutting edge, jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen is still in his early thirties but musically he has been a long time in the making. Growing up in a home filled with music, Corey began to play at the early age of five receiving excellent instruction and inspiration from his father, Mike Christiansen, Chairman of Guitar Studies and professor at Utah State University. Since those early days Corey has developed a style of his own that is recognized as one of the most notable in jazz. He has built a …
29.01.2011

Dani Thompson

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There is an intriguing, sylphlike quality to London born Danielle Thompson, with a whisper of vulnerability dancing just below the surface. These are attributes that quite simply vitalize and enhance all of her performances. Solid British resolve and a firm belief in Kismet produce an energy and tender urgency that is hard to resist. Ballet at the age of three, family singarounds and a natural flair for drama provided the initial impetus for the eventual journey she would take to the stages o …
Daniel Messina was born on April 9th, 1965 in José C. Paz, Buenos Aires, Argentina.At the age of six, he began to play drums and guitar. He learned to play drums on his own for almost ten years by playing along different records and using a book by Gene Krupa. His first teacher for about three years was Omar Belmonte. After that, he studied five year longs with Elias "Chiche" Heger at the Escuela Nacionál de Batería y Percusión. During that time, he played in differen …
29.01.2011

Dave Koz

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He goes for the heart - that’s for sure. Close your eyes and imagine a tear dripping from the bell of the horn. Or envision the keys blasting off the alto, straining under torrential sound. Judging from his acceleration in today’s musical marketplace, Dave Koz conjures up a range of feelings and always leaves a mark. You’ve heard the sound maybe on his 1993 album "Lucky Man" achieving gold status; where it ranked #1 on radio and records year end NAC airplay chart after holding the pole …
Dave Osoff is an independent recording artist and touring musician active in the New England music scene for over 14 years, who is now celebrating the release of his debut instrumental album, 'Mosaic', featuring very fresh new sounds and many of New England and New Orleans' most creative players: Amadee Castenell (tenor sax, flute) • Dr. John, Neville Bros., Paul McCartney, Paul Simon Scott Murawski (electric guitar) • Max Creek, Phish Erik Ringstad (acoustic guitar) • Vykki Vox Ba …
29.01.2011

David Hughes

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The title track of David Hughes’ debut CD release begins with the escalating sound of an arctic windstorm, and it is like a windstorm this Scandinavian virtuoso bassist and talented composer will sweep through the music world. His self-produced album offers some delightfully melodic tunes and showcases how beautiful the sound of the bass guitar can be. Although his list of recording and performance credits is impressive, from performances with Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge and Ray Manzar …
David Owen launched his debut CD, Red Hot Kisses on September 18 at the Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Red Hot Kisses (Owen Sound Recordings), co-produced by David and music veteran, Big Ben Richardson, is ten tracks of personal favourites from such luminaries as Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie McTell, and the more contemporary, Stevie Ray Vaughan. David Owen grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and, as a young teenager began listening to Robert Johnson records. Seeing …
29.01.2011

Dexter Gordon

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The only musician ever nominated for an Oscar was, "Dexter 'LTD' Gordon (Long Tall Dexter)," for his role in the most praised jazz film of all time, Bertrand Tavernier's, "Round Midnight"; titled for Theolonius Monk's signature composition. In Tavernier's jazz classic, Dexter plays expatriate, "Dale Turner," whose mission was to depict a great creative artist, and reveal the pain which often accompanies the exploration of beauty; an ongoing search for new melodic lines and harmonies that prevail …
29.01.2011

Dick Morrissey

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For those of you who are lovers of Jazz Saxophone, the name of Dick Morrissey MUST be at the top of your list of all time great players. Born just 60 years ago in Horley, Surrey, just down the road from the international Gatwick Airport England, Dick was a unique human being.......and that's not just my opinion, believe me!. Dick had been suffering from spinal cancer for about 7 years prior to his passing. I am, for my sins, a "Small works General Builder"- with a passion for great Jazz. Dick …
Born in 1970, Didier Verna gets quickly involved in music, since he enters conservatory at the age of 5 and studies music theory for 2 years. At the age of 7, he starts learning classical percussions while continuing his theoretical studies; an opportunity for him to discover group playing and enjoy his first on-stage experiences. From this first instrumental contact with music, he will keep a sense and love for rhythm that can be heard very clearly in his playing, whether in composition or in i …
29.01.2011

Django Reinhardt

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Django Reinhardt was born on January 24, 1910 in Belgium and became one of the first ground-breaking influences with lasting effect on the jazz guitar scene. His remarkable style influenced such contemporary jazz guitarists as Earl Klugh, Larry Coryell, George Benson and the late Wes Montgomery, among many others. He was born a gypsy of gypsy parents with a long gypsy heritage. He started playing professionally at age 13 and by 1928 was established as a young genius. A strange and highl …
29.01.2011

DK Ibomeka

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At six foot seven, DK Ibomeka (pronounced ee-bo-MECK-ah) has a towering stage presence and a voice to match. Musicians and industry insiders are calling DK Ibomeka one of the best new voices in years, with a three-octave range informed by the clarity and vibrancy of Ella Fitzgerald, the soulfulness of Ray Charles, and the deep, rich bass of Joe Williams. The son of Nigerian immigrants to Canada, DK Ibomeka’s musical aspirations began when he thought he was heading for medical school. …