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Dave Douglas: from Revolution to Revelation

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A bird's eye view of the artistic path carved over the years by Dave Douglas reveals both the density and the breadth of his interests. Like tributaries flowing through a complex maze into a sprawling lake, each one of his countless projects explores a different sonic aspect of contemporary music. Yet, they all move towards a common destination and are pushed by a single force, the quest for a personal synthesis that creates unity out of diversity. Ever the tireless ...

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Take Five with Chris Abelen

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About Chris Abelen Chris Abelen started, as many trombonists, with the trumpet (at the age of 11). At the age of 18 he switched to the trombone. He studied classical trombone with Charles Toet and Henri Aarts, and after four years moved to jny: Amsterdam to study jazz and improvised music with Willem van Manen, former 1st trombonist of the Willem Breuker Kollektief. When Van Manen left, Abelen started to perform with the Kollektief in the summer of ...

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Take Five with Andrew Kushnir

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About Andrew Kushnir Montreal born drummer,Andrew Kushnir first came onto the Canadian Music scene when he joined the acclaimed Franco Proietti Morph-Tet at the age of 17 as a DJ/Turntablist. With the Morph-tet , Andrew went on to record three albums (Morphology, Like The Shore is to The Ocean, and Live at St. Ambroise) and play many of the major Canadian music festivals such as the Fringe Festival, The St. Ambroise Funk N' Jazz Festival, and The Quebec ...

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Take Five with Naama Gheber

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About Naama Gheber Naama Gheber is a New York-based jazz vocalist inspired by the emotionally direct compositions of Rodgers and Hart, Fields and Hugh, Cole Porter and other great composers and lyricist of the 1930's and '40's. Possessed with an urbane and elegant voice, Gheber's sensitive interpretation and crisp phrasing have become recognizable elements of her signature style and timeless appeal. Naama performs with her groups--The Misbehavin' Seven and The Naam Gheber Group throughout jny: New York City, ...

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Take Five with Luc Herrmann

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About Luc Herrmann Luc Herrmann is a Montreal-based guitarist and a strong voice in the next generation of great jazz musicians the city has developed a reputation for. Having heavily studied the jazz guitar tradition, all the while appreciating current composers and improvisers, Luc's sound is a natural blend of the old and the new. As a recent McGill graduate, Luc was able to study and perform with some of the best jazz musicians Canada has to offer. ...

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Take Five with Ryan Slatko

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About Ryan Slatko Ryan Slatko's musical journey began with his father who played guitar and introduced him to jazz/fusion artists like Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Weather Report; and to progressive rock greats such as Genesis, Kansas, Rush, Yes, and Emerson Lake and Palmer. Slatko took up drums at 11 years old, also taking an interest in piano at 13 and eventually switching focus entirely to the latter. Slatko earned his bachelor's degree at the University ...

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Take Five with Jose Negroni

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About Jose Negroni Born and raised on the southern coast of Puerto Rico, is where Jose Negroni leader and founder of NEGRONI's TRIO commenced his humble beginnings. Pianist, composer and arranger of outstanding magical creativity, Jose Negroni talentedly combines his original classical style with tantalizing fusions of jazz and Latin rhythms. His group, NEGRONI's TRIO, equally conveys his musical personality to the captivating hearts of so many audiences. Beginning his career as a music teacher, Negroni ...

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Take Five With Sylvia Brooks

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Meet Sylvia Brooks: Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Brooks came to music as a birthright. Her father, pianist/arranger Don Ippolito, was a first-call player who performed with such giants as Stan Getz, Buddy Rich, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan and Dizzy Gillespie. Her mother, Johanna Dordick, was a conservatory-trained opera singer, who also dazzled audiences singing pop tunes and standards at East Coast night clubs and resorts (she went on to found Los Angeles Opera Theater in 1978). ...

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Take Five with Debora Galan

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About Debora GalanThrough performances of the popular Silk band and numerous guest appearances, the voice of R & B/smooth jazz vocalist Debora Galan is becoming widely known. More fans have come on board with the release of her album, All About Love, which shows the depth of her Latin roots. Says the San Diego Troubadour: “With a powerful voice and soul in spades, Debora Galan is a true talent." Jazz Quarterly lauds her “passion, style, charm and equally energetic ...