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Ken Ard Ken was cast in his first professional musical at the age of 16 in Berkeley California. ‘Look what a Wonder’ starring the legendary folk singer Odetta. Less then one year later, he became the youngest cast member in a show called’ Evolution of the Blues’ written and occasionally performed by Mr. Jon Hendricks. It was a celebration of the history of Jazz in America, which performed an unprecedented 5 years at the Broadway Theater in San Francisco CA. …
29.01.2011

Ken Bleu Campbell

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Kenny is a dynamic, Afro-Cuban percussionist performer, instructor, writer, and music songwriter. He has been blessed to perform with many internationally acclaimed musicians such as Grammy-winner Arturo Sandoval, two-time Grammy-nominee, East St. Lousian Russell Gunn, internationally acclaimed Jazz songstress, Rebecca Paris, Palmetto Recording artist Gregory Tardy (bass player Steve Kirby & Cyrus Chestnut) and his Septet, the Rob Block Latin Jazz Septet, Webster University P …
29.01.2011

Kerry Campbell

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KERRY CAMPBELL: Performed recorded and wrote for the popular soul group "THE DRAMATICS", from 1975 to 1983. Later Kerry joined and toured with the famed band WAR, for over 5 years, and recorded several CD's the latest being "PEACE SIGN". Kerry received his jazz training from such noted jazz giants as Yuseff Latiff, Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Marcus Belgraves, Bettye Lavette, Eli Fontaine, and Lyman Woodard. It was that experience which has given Kerry Campbell the edge over most other jazz saxop …
29.01.2011

Kevin James

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Kevin James is a remarkably talented smooth jazz/r&b keyboard player originally from St. Louis, Missouri now producing music out of Alexandria, Virginia. His new CD entitled, "The Awakening" has been received with rave reviews in both jazz and rhythm and blues markets. Kevin James is a veteran keyboard player having worked with a host of Grammy Award winning artist such as The O'Jays, The Temptations, Grover Washington Jr., Kool & The Gang, Nelson Rangel, Julius Williams and Najee...to name …
29.01.2011

King Oliver

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Cornet-player Joe "King" Oliver was born in 1885, joining Kid Ory's Brownskin Babies in about 1914 or 1915, and developing great expressive skills in the use of mutes. Oliver, like many New Orleans musicians, left for Chicago after the closure of Storyville in 1918, forming his own band, King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. Clarinetist Johnny Dodds eventually replaced Jimmie Noone, Lil Hardin took over piano from Lottie Taylor and Baby Dodds on drums replaced Minor Hall. In 1922, Oliver furt …
29.01.2011

Kloud 9

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Soul music has been around for a very long time and has won the hearts of many, as have twin brothers Kelvis and Kendall Duffie AKA Kloud 9. Originally performing together as part of a 4-member contemporary gospel outfit, the twins have now established themselves as in the words of Blues and Soul Magazine "Soul music’s hottest property right now." The group’s 1st release came in 1999 on a compilation project entitled Soul Stepp’n on the UK label Expansion Records, and gave them strong visibility …
SEXY, SASSY, FUNKY, CLASSY, BLUESY, JAZZY, VOCALIST Lady Laranah Phipps (affectionately known as LaLa) is a jazz soulstress with a touch of world music influence. She is one of the hottest new jewels in the East Coast jazz crown. Lady Laranah Phipps comes to the jazz arena naturally, as she is the product of the Newark, NJ jazz scene and the heir apparent to the Phipps Family Jazz dynasty, Newark, New Jersey’s first family of jazz. The Phipps Family has enjoyed a long, prosperous and well do …
29.01.2011

Larry Kimpel

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For the last twelve years Larry Kimpel has been one of the most in demand bassists and vocalists in Los Angeles. The spirit and energy in his playing has helped propel many of the world’s top artists to gold and platinum sales in all genres of music from rock to country and everything in between. Now Larry steps out front with a hot new Smooth Jazz CD entitled "No more waiting" on his own independent label (O.F.E. Music). It’s the next logical step in a stellar career that has spanned more t …
29.01.2011

Laura Welland

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Her name is Laura Welland, and if you’ve listened to jazz in Seattle in the last decade, you may have heard her playing bass-at Tula’s, the Seattle Art Museum, or Benaroya Hall. She’s played with Jay Thomas, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester, Dawn Clement and other Seattle jazz greats; she’s studied under Chuck Deardorf, John Clayton and the late Ray Brown; on the side, received her music degree from Cornish College of the Arts. Her musical pals have praised her swinging time, facile sight-reading …
When you think of that certain style of classic jazz guitar that is smooth, soulful, melodic, flowing and immediately likeable, you think of names like Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Earl Klugh and Larry Carlton. Now Lloyd Gregory has taken his place on that list of illustrious jazz guitarists. On his fourth album, Free Fallin’, Gregory tips his hat to those who influenced him while carving out his own distinctive style that also includes hints of his R&B roots. …
Michel Petrucciani’s music should be listened to and listened to. It must be understood, and that’s not the word either, rather felt through the heart. "Listen to that," is all that can be said about his compositions, at least by those who really hear it. Michel attempted to reconcile the idea of capturing a moment of feeling and his supposition that all music contains a harmony of colors expressing his artistic nature. His method of composition captured the necessities of both philosophies. …
29.01.2011

Lost Canyons

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Throughout the western United States, there still are remote, uninhabited wilderness areas of serenity and great beauty, especially forsaken canyons where native tribes once lived, some of them thousands of years ago. Musician Scott August, a multi-instrumentalist best-known for his artistry in playing Native American wood flutes, has crafted a recording, Lost Canyons, that captures the experience of spending a day surrounded by nature in one of these secluded locations. " …
Luca Jurman (born on 28 February 1967, in Milan, Italy) is an Italian singer, musician, vocalist, arranger, producer, actor, and vocal coach. He began studying piano at the age of 4 and then makes his debut as a child prodigy at 13 as a jazz pianist at Capolinea and the Ca 'Bianca in Milan. At the age of 15 Luca approached the study of singing and when he was 18 years old began his career as a producer and vocal coach. He has invented a special and revolutionary teaching method of singin …
02.03.2012

Luca Luciano

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"Luca Luciano is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer who now makes his home in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances" (Musician Magazine)
We are pleased to introduce Luca Luciano, clarinetist and composer, who is a "classically trained Italian virtuoso resident in London" ("Jazz UK"). He is also Professor of both jazz and classical Clarinet at the Leeds College of Music and is very much appreciated in the UK and overseas for his unique style ("Jazz Journal International" defined it as avant garde), and the quality of his compositions also quoted in books abo …
From the moment the Ahn Trio stepped onto the international music scene stage, they have defied categorization, broken musical barriers and revolutionized perceptions of classical music. With their fifth recording, Lullaby for my Favorite Insomniac, their debut CD on SONY BMG Masterworks (RCA Red Seal), they perform all contemporary compositions and stretch well beyond traditional classical music to the point that their music now contains just as much jazz, avant-garde, chill, lo …
Manfred Hausleitner has performed all over Europe with many Jazz greats. Born in May 1957 in Tulln, Austria to Josef and Erna Hausleitner, Manfred began studying drums at an early age of 6 with his father. He began learning about jazz when he signed up for the jazz institute at the Konservatiorium and Highschool in Vienna, where he studied with Erich Bachtraegl for 8 years. He has performed with Art Farmer, Don Cherry, Friedrich Gulda, Dollar Brand ( Abdullah Ibrahim ), Jimmy Woode, Char …
29.01.2011

Marcus Miller

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Born in Brooklyn in 1959 and raised in Jamaica, New York, Marcus Miller came from a musical family. He was influenced early on by his father, a church organist and choir director, as well as his musical extended family (which included the extraordinary Wynton Kelly, jazz pianist for Miles Davis during the late fifties and early sixties!). He displayed an early affinity for all types of music. By the age of thirteen he was already proficient on the clarinet, piano, and bass guitar and had begun c …
Maria Johnston is poised to become one of the most impressive artists to arise during the 21st century; but a diversely talented individual in her own right. She's praised for her elastic ability to move easily from Jazz to Ambient genres of music while often composing her own material. She's complimented for her ability to place herself into the lyrics she sings and respected for being one of the easiest artists with whom to work. Maria has performed as a studio voca …
29.01.2011

Mark Taylor

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Mark Taylor is one of a handful of talented young performers carrying on the improvisational tradition pioneered by the great (french) hornist, Julius Watkins. Taylor's sound has been described as "rapturous" and "golden" (Coda Magazine); "as fluid and limpid as (the) flute, and as gnarly as (the) alto." (JazzTimes). His innovative style has won him recognition by such legendary artists as Max Roach, who said, "Mark Taylor is a virtuoso instrumentalist...there is no one dealing with the french h …