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29.01.2011

George Shearing

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Born blind at birth in London, England on August 13, 1919, George Shearing went on to become one of the world's leading jazz pianists. Highly respected by his peers, Shearing has recorded with the greats of the music world. His internationally-known jazz composition, "Lullaby of Birdland," composed during 1952, is but one of his numerous works. He has remained a most prolific arranger and composer in his long and varied career as a pianist. In 2004, Concord Records released the 2 CD collecti …
29.01.2011

Gerald Clayton Trio

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Two Shade, the debut release from pianist Gerald Clayton features interactive, dynamic trio playing. This week, we'll meet the band which consists of Joe Sanders on bass, and Justin Brown on drums. Joseph Sanders, was raised with the sound of the Church, and he showed interest at an early age in the bass. In middle school, since there was only a classical program, Sanders switched from electric to Double Bass. Upon receiving a scholarship for inner-city youth, he was entitled to study for five y …
29.01.2011

Gerry Mulligan

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Gerry Mulligan was born on April 6, 1927 in New York and was one of the most versatile of all jazz musicians. With ease, he could play many instruments, compose, and arrange for other jazz figures as well as do his own solo work! Although associated with the baritone saxophone of which he was its master, he was also a very fine pianist and recorded some excellent jazz piano music. Mulligan was associated with such jazz greats as Gene Krupa, Miles Davis, Lee Konitz, Kai Winding, Chet Bake …
Looking back over the last fifty years of jazz it is clear that few musicians have had a greater impact on the contemporary mainstream than Horace Silver. The hard bop style that Silver pioneered in the '50s is now dominant, played not only by holdovers from an earlier generation, but also by fuzzy-cheeked musicians who had yet to be born when the music fell out of critical favor in the '60s and '70s. One of the most individual and distinctive pianists in jazz, Horace Silver is also a prolific c …
HERB ROBERTSON: A brass user of all available means Born February 21st 1951 in Plainfield, New Jersey, Clarence Clifford Robertson Jr. is the son of a Scottish/American father and an Italian/American mother. He grew up in the white middle class of Piscataway, New Jersey and became interested in music during his childhood. As the young and shy boy that he was (and he remains), he received his first trumpet from the scho …
29.01.2011

Hip Graffiti

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Hip Graffiti was founded on the idea that jazz is for everyone, that it should be neither elitist nor exclusionary. The true spirit of jazz welcomes both the novice and the aficionado. Hip Graffiti prides itself on producing an eclectic blend of jazz -- from sultry to playful -- to be enjoyed by all types of music lovers. February 2005 marks the release of Hip Graffiti’s first full-length, entirely self-produced LP, This is: Hip Graffiti. The CD features 12 sensational jazz and vocal standard …
In an artform which has produced a Count, a Duke, and at least one Dark Prince, jazz has also given the world a considerable number of innovators. Indeed, these masters took musical instruments otherwise relegated to hackneyed artistic uses, and single-handedly endowed their chosen vessels with richly filigreed vocabularies. More than this, these performers infused these instruments with a harmonic and melodic sophistication which positioned them squarely amongst the avant garde of their gen …
The music of Adama is exploring the boundaries of classical, contemporary jazz and world music, composition and improvisation. Influenced by such musicians as Anouar Brahem, Egberto Gismonti and others, Adama is creating an exciting and original material, rich with Middle-Eastern and Flamenco sounds, unusual melodies, and complex rhythms. Adama’s music is a fusion, and a mirror of our multicultural origins and influences. The members of Adama are originally from Israel and Canada, all …
29.01.2011

James Carter

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The first time I heard James Carter, he was performing at Yoshi's for the Eddie Moore festival in August, 1995 with the New York Organ ensemble. The group included Lester Bowie on trumpet, Amina Claudine Myers on organ, Frank Lacy on trombone, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Don Moye on drums and Carter on all saxophones. Carter's performance was high powered and high energy; although he was the youngest of the group, he appeared to be a well-experienced musician on stage. James Carter c …
JAMIE CRAIG The albums by keyboardist and composer Jamie Craig occupy a unique position in the musical world because they create a new fusion that blends the soft emotionalism of new age music with the fiery progressive edginess of jazz-rock. He follows his Top 10 instrumental-music debut recording The Lost Dream with a new CD, Illumination. "I grew up listening to and playing the classic progressive-rock music of the Seventies," explains Craig, "so when I started …
29.01.2011

Jan Garbarek

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The distinguished Norwegian tenor saxophonist Jan Garbarek has been describes by George Russell as 'just about the most uniquely talented jazz musician Europe has produced since Django Reinhardt'. Garbarek is undoubtedly one of the most original individualists on saxophone to have emerged since the '70s. Born in Mysen, Norway, 1947, Garbarek taught himself to play saxophone at age 14, inspired by hearing John Coltrane's Countdown on the radio. A year later, he was fronting the leading q …
When something works well the first time, there’s no reason it shouldn’t work equally well next time. That’s the case with Janiva Magness on her latest release Do I Move You?--a reunion with producer Colin Linden who performed similar duties on last year’s Bury Him At The Crossroads. Magness always delivers the goods with her passionate, high class delivery, and oftentimes brash style, the very qualities that put her in the lineage of Bessie Smith, Ruth Brown, Etta James, Aretha F …
29.01.2011

Jason Gaines

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"His ability and application is of the highest order." -Justin DiCioccio, Manhattan School of Music Jason Gaines was born in 1979 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He moved to Sacramento, California shortly thereafter and was soon introduced to music. Jason began playing trumpet at the age of eight. He had aspired to play the alto saxophone, but only trumpets were left in the band storage room. It now seems as if fate had intervened. Music was something that seemed to come very naturally to him. He be …
29.01.2011

Jason Shand

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Ask newcomer Jason Shand what his musical influences are and he’ll answer with a single word, "broad." The singer/songwriter’s smooth vocals and sophisticated songwriting make him an heir apparent to the adult contemporary throne formerly occupied by the likes of Seal and Annie Lennox. Yet, Jason is also quick to point out what makes him different, "I’ve heard my music be compared to those artists. They are definitely influences and the comparisons are very flattering. My music is probably best …
29.01.2011

Jay Myerson

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"Jay Myerson, Oceanside resident and guitarist of jazz band Hip Graffiti, is both an accomplished performer and gifted instructor. The release of their CD, This is Hip Graffiti, will show that jazz is a funky, hip and unconventional way to express all styles of music." North County Magazine "50 People to Watch in ‘05" Jazz guitarist Jay Myerson is known for his speed and accuracy as a player, along with his serious work ethic and passion for performing and teaching music. He takes his musici …
A Yonkers, New York Native Latin Jazz flautist, composer, arranger, and producer. Jimenez started on trumpet at age four, then he switch to flute at age 10. Jimenez' first music teacher was Mr. Pablo Leon at the Francisco Zayas Santana’s High School in Villalba, Puerto Rico. After arriving to New York in 1995, Jimenez studied flute with; Mitch Frohman, Mario Rivera, Bobby Porcelli, Dave Valentin, Vinny Rikitelli, and Dave Fenucane at the Westchester Conservatory of Music. Jimenez then studied …
Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and raised in Romulus, Michigan, Barbara Morrison recorded her first appearance for radio in Detroit at the age of 10. Well known in the Los Angeles area for her duo and trio dates Ms. Morrison also tours extensively, blazing a trail as a Jazz and Blues legend in her own right across the Continental United States, Western Europe the Far East and "Down Under, ' wowing audiences with her band. Fresh off a 33 US City tour, co-headlining in an all-star tribute …
Adam Rafferty is not only one of New York City's most-respected jazz guitarists, but he also is a leader in the field of "new traditionalism" in jazz. On his latest album with his trio, THREE SOULS, he demonstrates his deep affection for a classic, mainstream jazz sound, but for the first time he applies his technique to all-original material which allows him to bring more of his background to the mix with hints of blues, rock, funk and classical.Rafferty, nicknamed "Swingmonster," has perfor …
In his 25 years in the recording industry Juewett Bostick, (pronounced Ju wet, and affectionately called "JU" by family and close friends) has recorded, composed, produced and/or performed with such industry luminaries as Bobby Brown, Vanessa Williams, Barry White, Johnny Gill, Gary Bartz, Norman Connors, The Temptations, Sister Sledge, Grover Washington, Hubert Laws, Nancy Wilson, Norman Brown, Thelma Houston, Tisha Campbell and Eartha Kitt, to mention a few. He has been professionally assoc …
Pianist and composer Ken Berman has performed and recorded with Bob Moses, Yoron Israel, Kai Eckhardt, Akira Tana, John Lockwood, Bob Gullotti, Rémi Vignolo, Jaleel Shaw, Sarah Manning, Take Toriyama and others: he has appeared on the famed stages of Carnegie Hall in New York, Yoshi's in San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Detroit's Fox Theater, and The Sunside in Paris. Ken has been the recipient of several artist grants and awards for his ongoing work in jazz education. His music …