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Take Five with Ricardo Bacelar

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Meet Ricardo Bacelar Ricardo Bacelar is a Brazilian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He began his musical career at a young age and was initially influenced by classical, jazz, and Brazilian styles, which significantly contribute to his work today. Throughout his career, he has had numerous accomplishments, garnering top radio play in the U.S., among other notable media coverage domestically and abroad. For many years, Bacelar was a member of the Hanoi Hanoi rock band from Rio de Janeiro that experienced ...

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Take Five with Bryan S. Wright

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Meet Bryan S. Wright Bryan S. Wright is a pianist and Grammy-nominated musicologist based in jny: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since 2003, he has been the Executive Producer of Rivermont Records, a label dedicated to preserving and promoting ragtime and early jazz styles through reissues of historic recordings alongside new recordings by today's most celebrated ragtime and early jazz musicians. He has been Artist in Residence for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation and currently serves as the Artistic Director for the ...

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Take Five With Renée Manning

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Meet Renée Manning Widely celebrated vocalist/composer, Renée Manning, has been educating students ages 2 to 100 years for the past 35 years. During her 10 years as instructor and Vocal Chair at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, she has been awarded several grants including Met Life grants for her choral work with Prospect Hill Senior Center, Brooklyn. World renowned, Renée has toured, performed and recorded with the likes of Taj Mahal, Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, David “Fathead" Newman, Nat Adderley, ...

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Take Five with Monday Michiru

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Meet Monday Michiru Since her solo album debut in 1991, songstress-flutist Monday Michiru has released albums on an annual basis both as a soloist and collaborator. Known as one of the pioneers of the Japanese acid jazz movement and boasting countless dance floor and radio hits worldwide, Monday's compositional style and repertoire has evolved to that which is undeniably hers, with reflections of jazz, soul, Brazilian, folk and other urban and world flavors. Born in Tokyo, Japan to ...

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Take Five with Matthew Muñeses

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Meet Matthew Muñeses Matthew Muñeses is a saxophonist and educator residing in the northwest suburbs of jny: Chicago. In 2011, he received his B.M. in Saxophone Performance at Illinois State University and his M.M. in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. During this time, Matthew studied with Dana Hall, Chip McNeill, Ron Bridgewater, Tito Carrillo, and Chip Stephens. In the subsequent years, Matthew has garnered recognition as an up-and-coming talent by winning or ...

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Take Five with Tobin Mueller

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Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, saxophonist Donny McCaslin (last collaborator with David Bowie) & Grammy-winning guitarist Paul Nelson. His piano recordings have won several Fanfare Magazine's Critics Choice awards, ...

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Take Five with Anita Donndorff

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Meet Anita Donndorff Anita Donndorff is a 26 year-old Argentinean singer. She began her musical journey in 2017, and has become one of the most influential singers in the jazz scene in Buenos Aires. She has performed at some of the most important music venues in Argentina, such as Teatro San Martin, Virasoro Bar, Bebop Club, among others. Anita has also shared the stage with the most important and prestigious musicians of the scene such as Juan Cruz de Urquiza, ...


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