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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 ...

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Take Five with Q Morrow

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About Q Morrow Based in New York City, Q is an eclectic modern guitarist. At home in many different styles of music such as jazz, R&B, Brazilian styles such as Samba, Forro, and Choro, Karnatic, and Afro Cuban music as well, Q is a true musical citizen of the world, deeply internalizing all of this music and making it his own, resulting in a very broad palette he draws from. These influences show particularly well in his compositions, ...

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Take Five with Wataru Uchida

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About Wataru Uchida Wataru Uchida is a saxophonist and composer. Wataru studied saxophone performance and composition with Chico Freeman, and has been leading his jazz projects in New York since 2003. In 2002, Wataru worked as a teaching assistant of Rory Stuart's rhythm analysis class at New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music program. In 2010, Wataru released his first CD Blue Morpho, recorded with NY-based Brazilian jazz artists, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves, Nilson Matta. The album is ...

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Take Five with Tony Kofi

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About Tony Kofi A two-time winner of the BBC Jazz Awards among others--Tony Kofi is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist born of Ghanaian parents who plays alto, baritone, soprano, tenor Saxophone and flute. He cut his teeth in the Jazz Warriors of the early '90s, and went on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of some authority. Tony's playing has been a feature of many bands and artists he has worked/recorded with include The World Saxophone ...

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Take Five with Alex Lefaivre

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About Alex Lefaivre Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Alex Lefaivre is a bassist known for his unique artistic voice, virtuosic skill, passionate work ethic and easy going personality. Equally proficient on both the upright and electric bass, he enjoys a busy schedule as a freelancer in a wide variety of musical styles. Alex is also composes to picture, having recently contributed to the score of Tony Speed, a French-Canadian comedy premiering in select theatres and festivals in ...

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Take Five with Isaiah Stewart

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About Isaiah Stewart Since the release of his debut album Life Games in 2000, Isaiah Stewart has emerged as a unique indy voice in contemporary urban jazz-funk. Seeking to carry on classic “old school" jazz/R&B traditions, the versatile drummer's hard-grooving yet fluid music has led to a total of five albums and nearly 10 million downloads and streams worldwide. Isaiah's new album Summer Beat features multi-Grammy jazz icons Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato and Tom Scott, along ...

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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 ...