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29.01.2011

Martin Traynor

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Martin Traynor Releases Self-Titled CD Canadian nu-jazz artist Martin Traynor has been described as one of the most uniquely talented jazz musicians Canada has produced. His unique style blends sultry jazz vocals with world and pop music into a sophisticated and sensual masterpiece. A versatile vocalist, multi instrumentalist and composer, Traynor has entertained audiences with solo performances, as a side man and with his band, Neo-Mundo, at many venues and festivals from intimate settings at T …
29.01.2011

Matteo Brancaleoni

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Matteo Brancaleoni was born in 1981. Young artist with versatile and original personality: actor, singer, journalist, musician.In 2006, he released his critic acclaimed debut album "Just Smile" with pianist Renato Sellani, featuring first rate Italian musicians guests like Gianni Basso, Franco Cerri, Fabrizio Bosso, Stefano Bagnoli, Massimo Moriconi.By the time he was 16, he began singing and performing in jazz clubs around Northern Italy.Finalist for the IMUA "Internati …
29.01.2011

Mauro Voconi

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English transcription: This gentleman plays the bass 4/5 fretted, fretless, contrabass, guitar. Born in Teramo, Italy in 1959, he begun his musical career (self-taught) as guitarist at 14 years. From 18 years, he studied the bass with its inseparable Jazz Bass Vintage CAR' attending training courses, courses, seminaries, jam sessions and musical ensembles with famous international bassists as M. Miller, To. Johnson, G. Willis. He has worked wit …
29.01.2011

Meet Adam Unsworth

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The highly disciplined, truck driving, pavement pounding, nail banging, Civil War buff (His self-renovated fixer-upper even dates back to 1865), and proud papa of three debunks popular music mythology: classical musician does not equal jazz artist. Adam Unsworth, French hornist with The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1998 embraces the jazz idiom with the same guile and gusto as he does everything else in life. At age 10, Unsworth confided in his first horn instructor, a professor at the local U …
Lionel Frederick Cole was born October 15, 1931, the youngest of Edward and Paulina Nancy Cole’s five children. His three elder brothers, Eddie, Ike, and Nat (12 years Freddy’s senior), were all musicians. "I started playing music at five or six," Freddy remembers. "Music was all around me." In the Chicago home of his youth, visitors included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton. After a possible career with the NFL was shelved due to a hand injury, he began playing and singin …
29.01.2011

Melissa Stott

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Melissa Stott was born in England in 1972 to a Singaporean-Chinese mother and an English father. Her formal piano training began at the age of 6 and she went on to receive a diploma when she was 18, but it was in the years prior to this that her informal ear training started, thanks to her father, a church organist and jazz pianist. Melissa hummed harmonies to just about everything she heard and later, after her younger sister was born, they would sing in three-part harmony at home and in …
29.01.2011

Michael Cooke

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The multi-instrumentalist Michael Cooke is a composer of Jazz and Classical music. This two time Emmy and Louis Armstrong Jazz Award winner plays a variety of instruments, you will hear him play soprano, alto & tenor sax, flute, soprano & bass clarinet, bassoon and percussion. Michael started playing jazz in High school where he played for homeless shelters in Atlanta. A cum laude music graduate University of North Texas, Michael has played in Europe, Mexico and all over the United State …
MICHAEL SAMSON On his second album, A Still Motion, solo pianist Michael Samson has created a work of art that musically and philosophically explores what he calls "The Big Paradox" -- a hidden world beneath the surface of everyday life where you can discover meaningful movement and rhythms, the beauty in opposites and contradictions, and often-unrecognized connections between people. "On the surface of our lives, we see the world with a necessary, pra …
A NEW TALENT FOR A NEW GENERATION Michelle Garcia is a new vocalist to keep your ears open for. As a young child, she grew up in a family that loved music. Her dad played the saxophone, her brother the guitar, and she herself started a band while she was in high school. Her first taste of experiencing what it felt like to be a part of a band was a flavor she continued to crave. As the years continued to pass her by, she allowed her love of music to guide her to where she is today. …
The clouds of war were gathering over Europe in 1937, when Milcho Leviev was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His journey to jazz fame had begun and he recalls it thusly: "During W.W.II Bulgaria was, for the most part, a fascist country, on the German side. My father was Jewish, but the Bulgarian Jews didn't go to the gas chambers, they were saved, like the Danish Jews. When the war ended I was 7. I experienced some bombing of my town at the end of the war; Hitler ordered Bulgaria to declare war o …
29.01.2011

Mike Melvoin

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Over a period of 40 years, Mike Melvoin has firmly established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished pianists and composers in Los Angeles. As a studio musician alone, he has been frequently heard on major recordings, and has composed and conducted many television and motion picture soundtracks. He has arranged for Lou Rawls, Bill Henderson, Peggy Lee, Joe Williams, Billy Ekstine, Barry Manilow, Pat Boone, The Four Freshmen, Jon Davidson, The Partridge Family, Tom Waits, Wayne Ne …
29.01.2011

Mike Pope

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Over the years, the New York City music scene has become a benchmark for brilliant bass playing. It’s where Mingus went from underdog to top dog; where Jaco jammed up and down 7th Avenue South; and where John Patitucci set the standard for doubling. Following in that rich tradition is Mike Pope, who has earned a reputation as Gotham’s latest envelope-pushing plucker. Pope’s extensive skills are best summed up by Patitucci, himself: "Mike Pope is a real renaissance man. He is a musician of broad …
29.01.2011

Miles Davis

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MILES DAVIS. When you hear his name, what do you think of first? Of course he was forefront in the jazz world, but what comes to mind? He did live in the fast lane, and he did make fantastic news for the media, and he was a ladies man, and he was controversial many times.......but again, what comes to mind about him? If you are like most jazz listeners who admired his music, the first thing that comes to mind is: This genius of the trumpet can play anything with perfection! Miles Davis …
Nancy Kelly's circuitous journey to jazz excellence began in Rochester, N.Y. Music was a pervasive presence in her upbringing. Nancy's mother was an accomplished pianist and her father's love of music provided the impetus for what was to become her trademark; the epitome of style, swing and intonation. Eventually a mixture of intimacy and a take no prisoner scatting style would complete the transformation from student to star. Studying piano, drama, clarinet, voice and dance at The Eastman …
29.01.2011

Nanette Natal

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A delicious New York sound that is marinated in Jazz. A socially conscious singer, always with a message in her music, be it touring around college campuses in the 70s or talking about small personal and social revolutions of today's time, Nanette's music has always defied categories. In 1980 while singing Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" during a pop recording session at Columbia Records, she changed the phrasing dramatically and subsequently was told by a prominent engineer (who had previ …
29.01.2011

Nelson Foltz

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Trombonist Nelson Foltz was raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where he attended Duquesne University and studied with legendary trombonist Matty Shiner. He came to New York to attend New York University and study with Jim Pugh who continues to be a great friend and inspiration. Nelson spent several years touring all over the world with Broadway shows including 'Oliver', 'Cinderella', 'Grease', 'Kiss of the Spider Woman' and 'Fame' . He returned to New York in 1998 and began subbing on Broadway …
29.01.2011

Nene

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Musicians with the verve of Realcino Lima Filho, aka Nenê, will always be celebrated for the importance of their work. Internationally known for the talent and uniqueness of his drum playing, and also for his work as a composer, arranger and educator; the "gaucho" (born in Porto Alegre south of Brazil), builds incredible atmospheres in his compositions. Nenê recorded some of the Brazilian music landmark albums throughout his career, such as "Sanfona" (1981) with Egberto Gismonti, for the ECM …
29.01.2011

New Jazz Vocalist

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Breggett Rideau was born in New Orleans, and is a Louisiana State University Alumnus. She has been delivering jazz ballads, R&B, rock-n-roll and country to national audiences for over a decade. Raised on Gospel, Rhythm and Blue, Jazz and Big Band music, she began to develop her own style and performed with a variety of groups. Breggett has years of performing and recording experience that began even before her time in the LSU choir. She spent three years touring on the Bob Marley Festival and re …
The purpose of Composers is to share information concerning those composers who have influenced American and international music, whose musical creations continue to have an influence on jazz as well as other modes of music. Composers is designed as a biographical reference work and each entry will relate pertinent information about the composer. It is the hope of the author that Composers will serve as a reference for those interested in jazz and the examination of a particular composer. Th …
29.01.2011

Nick Langston

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Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Nick Langston is originally from Oxford (UK) but has made his name in the thriving music center of Bristol and is well-known on the live circuit for his cool brand of jazz, swing and Latin. However, he is also no stranger to funk, blues, acoustic and a range of other styles that run through his music. Nick's vocals have a smooth power and his influences include Scott Walker, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr, Andy Williams and Bryan Ferry. H …