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Take Five with Francisco Quintero

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About Francisco Quintero Francisco Quintero is a guitarist, composer, arranger and producer born and raised in Venezuela. He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2009, where he obtained a degree in instrumental performance, and also holds a master's degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University. He has studied with artists such as Richie Hart, Ed Tomassi, Lin Biviano, Alain Mallet, Mike Stern, Adam Rogers, Peter Bernstein, Fareed Haque, and more, and played with an impressive ...

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Take Five with Mark Haskins

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About Mark Haskins Music in the Haskins' household was as much a second language as English or Spanish is to another. Mark Haskins' late father was a violinist and his sister a music teacher. So there was always a tune coming from some part of the house. Mark's room though was flooded with the sounds of Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery. Imagine a seven-year-old tackling the likes of “Footprints" and “Born to Be Blue" on the piano. Mark ...

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Take Five with Tarek Yamani

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About Tarek Yamani Born and raised in Beirut, Tarek is an American-Lebanese New York based self-taught jazz pianist who has been dedicated to exploring relationships between African-American Jazz and Arabic rhythms/maqams which are most evident in his second album Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic, and in his newly released Peninsular which fuses jazz with the rhythms of the Arabian Peninsula. Winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition, Tarek has been fortunate ...

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Take Five With the Anansi Trio

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About Anansi Trio We are a group of like-minded musicians drawing from a wide range of musical influences. Using the language of jazz as our starting point, we use elements of Afro-Cuban and Indian music as well as other global traditions. With a diverse rhythmic approach and a focus on improvisation, we hope to put our own stamp on the American legacy known as Jazz. Instrument(s): Soprano and alto saxophones, acoustic bass and a ...

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Take Five with Myriam Phiro

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About Myriam Phiro Myriam Phiro is an internationally-recognized French-Canadian actress, jazz singer, dancer and cabaret chanteuse who has performed on stages and in theaters worldwide. Her recent performances include sold-out concerts at world-famous the Rainbow Room, 54 Below, the Iridium Jazz club & Metropolitan Room in NYC as well as at Montreal's International Jazz Festival & Montreux Jazz Festival. Her performing endeavors brought her to collaborate and share the stage with renowned artists such as Harry Connick, Jr., ...

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Take Five with Tat Yoshinaga

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About Tatsuya Yoshinaga Tatsuya “Tat" Yoshinaga is an award-winning, multi-instrumentalist currently residing in the U.S. Tat, who is originally from Japan, came to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. After much success as a performer and teacher, he now calls Boston his home. He plays and teaches piano, keys, guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, percussion, etc. As a member of the American Federation of Musicians/Boston Musicians' Association, he enjoys collaborating with the world-class musicians in this ...

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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. ...