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Take Five with Singer-Songwriter Arnab Sengupta

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Meet Arnab Sengupta Arnab Sengupta is a contemporary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Bangalore, India. Growing up in the eastern cities of India, Arnab has absorbed a plethora of diverse musical styles, both local and international, and has diligently pursued the study and performance of contemporary music for over 30 years, while arriving at his individual artistic expression as a composer/songwriter. The harmonic sophistication of jazz music is the bedrock of his creation, though one can hear ...


Take Five with Jon De Lucia

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Meet Jon De Lucia Jon De Lucia is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, clarinetist and composer. Originally from Quincy, MA, he moved to New York City in 2005.Since then he has performed in the US and internationally at the Burlington Discover Jazz Fest, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and the Tamana-shi Jazz Festival in Japan. In New York he has played with Putter Smith, Ray Gallon, Michael Kanan, Steve Little, Bill Crow, Maeve Gilchrist, Joe Hunt, Greg Ruggiero, Nir Felder, Leo Genovese, Kris ...


Take Five with Vocalist Vanessa Racci

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Meet Vanessa Racci Vanessa Racci is a jazz singer of Italian American descent with a passion for retro jazz and music made famous by Italian Americans. She has recorded two albums (Italiana Fresca and Jazzy Italian) and produces and performs in several shows that celebrate American jazz, Italian American music and their contributions to jazz and pop in the US. Jazzy Italian (Zoho Records, 2022) celebrates Italian Americans who made their mark on jazz in the U.S. such as Louis ...


Take Five with Roc Flowers

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Meet Roc Flowers I'm singer-songwriter originally from Prato, Italy. I believe in infinite creation and my goal while I dwell on Earth is to create music, share art and evolve as a human being. Music is simply a reflection of the mirror inside me, I believe in a cosmic symphony of vibration and sound and in some way, shape or form every human is taking part in this orchestra of sound. Often I have forgotten who I am, I believe ...


Take Five with Sara Gazarek

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Meet Sara Gazarek Born and raised in Seattle, WA, 3x GRAMMY nominated jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek reigns as one of the most creative voices of her generation, and one “who may well turn out to be the next important jazz singer" (Los Angeles Times). Collaborating with jazz legends Fred Hersch, Billy Childs, Kurt Elling, and more, and with 6 critically-acclaimed albums under her belt at the age of 40, Gazarek often tours internationally as a soloist/band leader, and as a ...


Take Five with Bassist Bruno Råberg

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Meet Bruno Råberg Bruno Råberg is an internationally renowned bassist and composer. Since coming to the US from his native Sweden in 1981, he has made 13 recordings as a leader, about 30 as a sideman, and has performed with numerous world-class artists, including Kris Davis, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Sam Rivers, Tony Malaby, Bill Pierce, Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Ben Monder, Bruce Barth, Jim Black, Matt Wilson, Ted Poor, Bob ...


Take Five with Enayet Hossain

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Meet Enayet Hossain Enayet Hossain is an accomplished tabla player from a renowned Indian musical family whose careers span three generations. Born in Bangladesh to an Indian father and Bangladeshi mother, he moved to the U.S. as a child. He received musical training from his father, Hamid Hossain, an esteemed Indian musician renowned for teaching and mentoring students of tabla, sitar and Indian classical vocal music. Enayet Hossain performs in diverse styles including North Indian classical and semi-classical ...


Take Five with Vocalist Angelina Kolobukhova

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Meet Angelina Kolobukhova Angelina Kolobukhova was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She started playing classical piano when she was five and singing when she was nine. She was introduced to jazz music by her early mentor Veronika Yanovskaya and, under her guidance, she performed jazz and popular music in Minsk and in Europe at competitions, festivals, and workshops. Her first favorite musicians were Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles, and later she discovered neo-soul and artists like Jill Scott. Inspired ...


Take Five With Violinist Jeremy Cohen

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Meet Jeremy Cohen Jeremy Cohen comes from a family of five musicians. Classically-trained and a student of Itzhak Perlman and Anne Crowden, Cohen's eclectic style reflects his respect for a wide range of violinists from Perlman and Fritz Kreisler to Joe Venuti and Eddie South. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras including the Virginia Symphony, the California Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic. His recording credits include motion picture and television soundtracks including The Dukes of Hazzard ...


Take Five with Christian Ventimiglia of Wide-Eyed Lounge Cats

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Meet Christian Ventimiglia is the keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for Wide-Eyed Lounge Cats. Once known as your friendly neighborhood jam band, the Cats are a celebrated jazz & jam band known for their unique arrangements, unorthodox compositions and dynamic live shows. The Cats' first two albums, Le Cirque (2020) and Cats in a Coal Mine (2021) received critical acclaim, including a feature in Relix January/February 2022 “On the Rise" issue and nomination for the 2021 London Music Video Awards ...

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