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29.01.2011

Dominic Duval

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b. USA. Active on the New York free jazz scene since the 60s, bass player Duval swiftly established a high reputation among his peers. In the late 90s, owing to several well-received albums, his name had become much better known to international audiences. He has worked notably with Cecil Taylor and Joe McPhee, as well as with musicians such as pianists Matthew Goodheart, Mark Whitecage and Adam Makowicz, drummers John Heward and Jay Rosen, the latter being a particular favourite collaborator of …
29.01.2011

Don Wyatt

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Donn Wyatt In everything, there is a season for joy, triumph and victory. There are releases of the Spirit which transcend time, and there are musical compositions that are not bound by season but are enriched by the passage of seconds. Donn Wyatt has the good fortune to be one of those artists who can create a work which transcends time. Timeless is a gift. Timeless is the debut work of one of the world’s finest pianists. The work that Donn has done with diverse artists such as Earth, Win …
Vocalist DONNA DEUSSEN is an exciting new artist on L.A.'s jazz scene. Donna is a California native, but spent much of her childhood on the east coast (New Hampshire and Virginia). She graduated magna cum laude in 1989 from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston with a B.A. in Songwriting, and moved to Los Angeles to begin her career. She began performing and recording all styles of music(pop, rock, folk, gospel, alternative, country - you name it!) before deciding to commi …
29.01.2011

Duane Carter

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Biography Jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger Duane Carter lives in Austin, Texas. Originally from California, Duane wad a product of Locke High School in South Central L.A. from which sprung such talent as Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, "Ndugu" Leon Chancellor, and Gary Bias. Duane has studied with jazz greats Bobby Bryant, Sr. and Oscar Brashear, as well as with studio trumpeter Ian Rasey and classical professional John Moots. While freelancing and leading his own groups around the L.A …
29.01.2011

Ed Blackwell

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One of the greatest pioneers of free drumming in company with Sonny Murray and Milford Graves. Ed Blackwell's main body of work remains within the group context Ornette Coleman's Quartet and Don Cherry's units. Born in New Orleans, his drum concept fitted perfectly the needs of the new collective music-indeed, traditional New Orleans march rhythms combined with an African and Afro-Cuban influence in his work. A master craftsman, his preoccupation with shifting metres and sonics made him the idea …
29.01.2011

Elis Regina

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Temperamental and moody, capable of fits of extreme generosity that could quickly turn into moments of rage-filled paranoia, Elis Regina was one of the most ferociously talented singers to emerge from Brazil. A perfectionist who was frequently dissatisfied, Regina drove herself and members of her band relentlessly, leading to her being dubbed "hurricane" and "little pepper" by musicians and music journalists. Her tempestuous nature aside, she commanded the respect of Brazil's leading songwriters …
29.01.2011

Emmett North Jr.

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I started writing songs when I was in the 5th grade. I wrote a song for my teacher Mrs. Lukens' and performed it the last day of school, this was before I could play guitar. I was first introduced to playing guitar at age 9 and was shown a few licks of a blues song called 'Honky Tonk'. I later picked it up again at 12 when I began to take it more seriously. My mother, her sisters and brothers played in church, in school and my uncles the military. All of my aunts played piano & organ and my…
There is a new sound of jazz being heard around Florida that is quickly blossoming. That sound emanates from 16 year old Eric Darius. It’s hard to believe such silky sounds come from an artist too young to vote. Darius, a resident of Lutz, Florida attends Blake performing Arts High School where he plays with the Marching Band, a symphony band, and is the first chair with the all-county symphony band. Darius’s influences range from John Coltrane and Charlie Parker to Kenny G and …
Ernest, a second generation musician, was born in Naples, Italy to Ernest and Rebecca Coleman. His father, Ernest Jr., was a jazz musician who played tenor sax and was also a great arranger and composer. Ernest studied at the Naval Conservatory of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and was awarded a special honor for being the youngest student to graduate from this conservatory. After his tour with the Navy Band, Ernest moved to Los Angeles, California and began his true musical quest. He performed …
American violinist Farzad strongly believes in "the oneness of humanity" and strives to communicate "the commonality of human emotions" through the music he composes and performs. On his latest album, Mirror of Emotions, he utilizes his violin to create music that reflects his emotions in the hope that listeners will discover similar feelings within themselves. Classically-trained, Farzad makes music that falls into the arena of classical crossover or contemporary classical with elements of …
29.01.2011

Fats Waller

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Fats Waller was born in 1904 and died in 1943 following a bronchial illness, and other physical problems. During that short, colorful lifespan he successfully created many songs and recordings. He was a master of the piano and the organ, was friends with George Gershwin and other composer-pianists of his era, and loved entertaining an audience. By 1930, he was a well-established composer and pianist. By 1940, Fats Waller had written numerous hit songs, had two major Broadway shows, had perfo …
Fernando Huergo is an acclaimed pioneer in the Latin jazz realm. He is often on the bandstand with Marta Gomez, Guillermo Klein and his own band, Jazz Argentino. Fernando was born in northern Argentina, and moved to Boston in the early 90's, where he's lived since then, although he often does gigs in the New york area. What makes this bass player really interesting is the new wave of grooves he has introducd in the scene: An Argentine Chacarera and Tango sound played on the bass! This guy uses s …
Although this is their first recording as a duo, Bruce Wethey and Lisa LaCross both have extensive musical careers, primarily in the classical music world. Bruce performed as a violinist in the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic and many others although he also has gigged with Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Ricky Martin, Michael Jackson and Julio Iglesias. Lisa has performed as a concert flutist in some of the world’s top classical venues from Carnegie Hall and the …
29.01.2011

Franc O'Shea

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Bass Guitarist/Composer/Producer Generally regarded as one of the most talented bass guitarists of his generation, FRANC O'SHEA has secured a reputation that has spread worldwide. But it is not only his bass playing that has gained him this respect internationally but also his incisive compositional skills. Franc was born of Irish, English and Spanish blood in Swaziland, Africa. He was influenced by the sounds of the native’s songs and drumming as his mother would take him to …
Pianist, composer, producer and jazz historian, specialized in Hard Bop. Considered by the national critics as the best guayaquilenian performer of jazz in Ecuador and, as one of the biggest diffuser of jazz in Ecuador of all times. At national / international scenes he has performed with his group in: :: II International Jazz Festival 2002 (Ecuador) :: III International Jazz Festival 2003 (Ecuador) :: International Quito Festival 2006 :: II Festival of New Orleans 2006 (Ecuador) :: I Festival G …
29.01.2011

Frank Macchia

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Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Frank Macchia started on the clarinet at the age of 10 years old. Soon afterwards he began taking lessons to play the bassoon, saxophone, and flute. By the age of 14, he took his playing a step further by studying composition, thereby enabling him to write jazz and classic pieces for his high school band, plus he composed scores for orchestras and local jazz ensembles. He referred to these jazz ensembles as "casual" bands that he rehearsed with at …
29.01.2011

Frank Rosaly

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Frank resides in Chicago where he has been heavily involved in the improvised music scene since 2001. He has become an active member in many groups including Ken Vandermark's Crisis Ensemble, Rob Mazurek's Mandarin Movie, The Thread Quintet, Indoor/Outdoor, Design Flaw as well as his own octet, Kite Ensemble. He is also involved in many other projects such as 2nd Class Citizens, Flockterkit, Allos IV, Desiring Machines, Meta-Stable Zoo, Fred Lomberg-Holm Trio, Nick Broste Quintet and others.
29.01.2011

G. F. Mlely

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Pianist-composer G. F. Mlely has been featured artist and composer in concert, festival, and club venues throughout Europe and the United States. In the article, "G. F. Mlely, A Trail Of Endurance" - http://www.allaboutjazz.com/artists/gfmlely.htm - I wrote how in 1983 the jazz pianist-composer was on a solo piano concert tour of Europe, when midway along he received information that caused him to suddenly abandon the tour and, because of subsequent events, to leave off playing profess …
29.01.2011

Gaither's Own

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These three young sax sensations known as the Saxman Trio have built themselves the reputation of becoming the starlight at every school concert. With music soley composed by the technicality of the group, senior tenor sax Justin Garris, he has arranged and composed four different trios which have yet to fail to be a major crowd pleaser. Justin Garris is accompanied by Bari sax Anthony Medina III, and Tenor sax Eric More. These young have high hope to take their talents beyond the school, and so …
29.01.2011

Gene Ess

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Gene Ess brings his award-winning musicianship from a very diverse background. He grew up playing the classical piano, due to his mother being a classical pianist and a well-known piano instructor on the island of Okinawa; his early years were filled with the classical sounds of Beethoven and Chopin. Simultaneously, Gene was receiving a mix of influences: he was exposed to the indigenous music of the island, and - growing up on a US Air Force Base- to the pop and jazz music coming out of the clu …