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Take Five with Michael Joseph Harris

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About Michael Joseph Harris Michael Joseph Harris began playing guitar at age 12. At 16 he won accolades as a jazz guitarist with the Downbeat Magazine award-winning Chantilly High Jazz Band. He studied with guitarist Rick Whitehead during high school and Jack Petersen at North Texas State University. Soon after, as a young guitarist in Washington, D.C., he played with popular Latin Jazz group Bossalingo. Harris moved to jny: Baltimore in 2006 and became a father in 2008. In ...

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Take Five with Josh Hanlon

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About Josh Hanlon Josh Hanlon's love of music has spanned five continents. He has played piano with luminaries of country music, musical theatre and film, and almost every other genre, but he is first and foremost driven by a love of jazz. He has two albums to his credit as a leader and several more as a sideman, and maintains an active career as a freelance musician, and member of Stockton Helbing's Quintet. He was born ...

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Take Five with Andreas Loven

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About Andreas Loven: Andreas Loven is a pianist and composer from jny: Oslo, Norway, and is currently signed to the acclaimed Norwegian jazz label Losen Records. He departed from his career in engineering, moved to South Africa and ventured into jazz in his early twenties. He has since performed extensively in South Africa with artists such as Shane Cooper, Mandla Mlangeni, Buddy Wells, Keenan Ahrends, Jonno Sweetman, Nick Williams, Romy Brauteseth, Clement Benny and others. Recent performances ...

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Take Five With Ferit Odman

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About Ferit Odman: Ferit Odman is an on demand and busy jazz drummer based in jny: Istanbul. He started his music studies in Sweden as an AFS exchange student (1999), got a full scholarship to get his B.A. in Music at Istanbul Bilgi University (2001), attended the School For Improvisation workshops in NYC (2004), and has been granted a Fulbright Scholarship to further build on his studies at William Paterson University (2006). He spent / played two years ...

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Take Five with William Hooker

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About William Hooker: I grew up in New Britain, Connecticut and basically was a good student, and came from a good home. I did all that I could possibly do to make my way through New Britain High School, Nathan Hale Junior High, and Central Conn. State College. I tried to get good grades to be an exceptional student as far as playing in the band and orchestra, in leading the chorus and student councils. I was brought up ...

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Take Five With Mario Duenas

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About Mario Dueñas: Mario Dueñas was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He was introduced to the piano at the age of 5, developing a special interest in harmony, and soon began a self-teaching process through record transcribing and bibliographic studies. Years later, Mario established a variety of ensembles to further explore both the languages of composition as well as performance. Instrument(s): Piano Teachers and/or influences? I began discovering harmony at approximately the ...

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Take Five with Landry

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About Landry: Success is singlehandedly the greatest form of service ever invented by humankind. It is in our wellbeing that we can best serve others. It is in our abundance that we can best serve others. It is in our joy that we can best serve others. Ultimately, it is in our thriving that the world around us thrives. As such, our first duty to our family and friends is to be successful. It is the paradigm from ...

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Take Five with Andrea Brachfeld

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Meet Andrea Brachfeld: Flutist Andrea Brachfeld, a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, and recent recipient of the “Best Jazz Flute" award from Hot House Magazine, began her musical career at 16 and has associated with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentin, Paquito D'Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon and Wallace Roney, among many others. She is the first female flutist to play “Charanga" music in the United States, having recorded with Charanga '76 in 1976. ...


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