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Take Five With Walter Smith III

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Meet Walter Smith III: From a young age, Walter began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in Houston with another saxophonist. I took a solo on “Blue Bossa." It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?" Although it may appear Smith is a new voice on the scene, he is widely recognized as an adept performer, ...

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Take Five with Lukas Gabric

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About Lukas Gabric Saxophonist, musicologist, and composer Lukas Gabric began his musical education at the Conservatory of Carinthia in his native country, Austria. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New School University in New York, a Master of Arts from the City College of New York, a postgraduate Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, and is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. Mr. Gabric was selected ...

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Take Five with Marcio Garcia

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About Marcio Garcia Marcio Garcia is a Dominican pianist, composer and educator. From a very young age Marcio showed passion for music and began formal studies in classical piano at age seven in his hometown Santo Domingo. After finishing high school and early musical studies in the Dominican Republic, Garcia went to the United States to continue his studies at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, where he completed a BM in classical piano ...

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Take Five with OrgelDuo

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About OrgelDuo Armed with drums and a hammond organ, the masterminds Daniel Sommer and Simon Eskildsen want to guide listeners and readers in their new homemade universe. Simon and Daniel are both professional musicians with several critically acclaimed albums behind them. Now they are investigating and developing the Organduo format—a comic book / record combo! Instrument(s): Daniel: Canopus: drums; Simon: Hammond organ, synths. Teachers and/or influences? We both had a ...

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Take Five with Guy Paz

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About Guy Paz: Drummer, Composer, and Producer Guy Paz is one of the most accomplished musical voices emerging on the Israeli and US jazz, indie, funk, folk, pop, soul and R&B music scenes today. In his short time in the United States, Mr. Paz has gained international recognition as one of the most exciting and unique artists in the NYC music scene. Mr. Paz has recorded, performed and toured with many world renowned musicians and bands such as: Daryl ...

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Take Five with Black Tie Brass

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About Black Tie Brass: Black Tie Brass is a horn driven jazz funk band. Lead by Ryan McNulty, most of the band met at college in New York and have been playing together since 2008 and formed BTB is 2013. We released our first self-titled album after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014. We combine some of our favorite funk tunes with arranging pop songs in our own way along side our own originals. We want to keep ...

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Take Five with Florian Ross

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About Florian Ross: Born in 1972, Florian studied piano and composition in jny: Cologne, jny: London and New York. Since 1998 he has released 18 albums featuring both small and large ensembles and written over 350 commissioned compositions and arrangements for large jazz ensembles. He received the prestigious Thad Jones Composition Competition Award in 2000 and the WDR Jazz Composition prize in 2006. His commissioned works include pieces for the German NDR and WDR big bands, the Netherlands ...

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Take Five with Christoph Irniger

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About Christoph Irniger: Christoph Irniger, born 1979, is a Swiss saxophonist, composer and bandleader. According to the Sunday edition of the Neue Zuercher Zeitung he is “undoubtedly one of the greatest talents of his generation." In recent years, Irniger has made a name for himself in a range of line-ups, playing jazz, rock and related musical styles. Irniger is leader of the band Pilgrim and the Christoph Irniger Trio which between them have released several albums, mostly on ...

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Take Five with Kenney Polson

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About Kenney Polson Jazz saxophonist Kenney Polson is an accomplished performer, recording artist, composer and educator. Based in the Pacific Northwest, he has performed in over 50 countries. Known widely as a smooth jazz artist, his seasoned musical style incorporates Latin, classical, New Age, rhythm & blues, funk and gospel influences with a strong foundation on straight ahead jazz. Polson has appeared on U.S. television with jazz greats Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Heath, Phil Woods, David Sanborn and Wynton ...

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Take Five with Jacopo Penzo

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About Jacopo Penzo Jacopo Penzo is a producer and engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Switzerland and raised in Milan, Italy, he lives in the US since 2012. He has produced, recorded, and mixed records for artists mainly in the jazz world, from acoustic to fusion to free improvisation, but also in other genres, like indie rock and pop. Artists he frequently collaborates with are Tamara Usatova, Yakir Arbib, Half/Brother, and more. He has also worked as ...

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Take Five with David Hall

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About David Hall David Hall is a jazz teacher and performer with a background in classical music. He studied at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. David worked as a musician in cathedrals before finding his calling in education. He is now the musical director of piano courses at Finchcocks manor. Finchcocks is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the United Kingdom and has a fascinating history as an internationally ...

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Take Five with Charu Suri

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About Charu Suri Born in South India, Charu Suri started playing the piano at the age of five, and also studied the veena as well as Carnatic music (vocals). A concert pianist since the age of nine, Suri has performed in several venues in India, including Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, as well as in the United States and Europe. She won an international piano competition at the age of fifteen, started composing at a very young age and ...