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Take Five with Julian Hartwell

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About Julian Hartwell Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator based in jny: Philadelphia, PA. He is inspired by many styles of music which all contribute to his distinctive sound, both solo and in a group setting. For the past 12 years he has performed throughout a wide swath of the Delaware Valley and Philly area--from jazz clubs to rock venues, music ministry to cocktail hours, weddings to jam sessions and everything in between, and ...

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Take Five with Mike Casey

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About Mike Casey Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the jny: Hartford jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford's Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen by Jason Moran to participate in the prestigious “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead" Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC where he studied with ...

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Take Five with Maurice Brown

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About Maurice Brown Maurice “Mobetta" Brown's talent orbits him simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting edge hip hop. He's a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound. Constant evolution drives him. His intuitive vision lights a fire under traditional jazz, adds sonic brass to rock ...

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Take Five with Brian Kastan

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About Brian Kastan Brian Kastan plays electric/acoustic guitar, electric bass, and composes soundtracks for T.V. and Film. He played guitar on Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail (Nonsuch Records, 2010) which was recorded live at Lincoln Center. is an award winning nature photographer with gallery shows in NYC, Europe and Asia. He holds a Bachelor's degree in both Jazz Performance and Psychology from Suny New Paltz, a Masters Degree in Music from Brooklyn College, Brian is a Certified Clinical Hypnotist, ...

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Take Five with Adam Schneit

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Meet Adam Schneit: Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Adam Schneit grew up in Portland, Maine, and has made Brooklyn his home since 2006. He earned a Master's degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with esteemed artists including Steve Lacy and Bob Brookmeyer. Since moving to New York, he has contributed to the work of performers in a range of genres, from jazz musicians to singer-songwriters. Among the creative artists he has ...

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Take Five with Tom Harrison

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Meet Tom Harrison: For alto saxophonist/composer Tom Harrison, the art of jazz is far more than mastery of the instrument, fluency in the repertoire and respect for the tradition. For Tom, the real undertaking is to connect with that which inspired the immortals of jazz, and to cultivate it within his own work. Born in Cardiff and raised in Sheffield, Tom has become one of UK jazz's fastest rising stars after finishing his studies in 2012. Since graduating ...

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Take Five with Jared Pauley

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About Jared Pauley Jared Pauley is a keyboardist, composer, producer and educator based out of New York City. Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, he started playing the guitar and the piano as a teenager and grew up on a healthy mix of The Doors, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Herbie Hancock, and other artists. After graduating from Marshall University in 2006 he moved to Manhattan to begin his studies at the renowned Jazz History and Research program (founded by ...

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Take Five With Zachary Serleth

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About Zachary Serleth Primarily a bassist and banjo player, Zach Serleth has developed a deep love of vintage music that is reflected in his current band, Tongue in Cheek. The group's 2016 album, Mobtown Strutters Ball, pays tribute to the jny: New Orleans jazz tradition, covering tunes written from 1910 to the mid 1930s. Serleth has delved into many traditions from Appalachian blue grass to gypsy jazz. He and his partner, vocalist Bridget Cimino, have a penchant for ...

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Take Five with Bridget Cimino

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About Bridget Cimino Bridget Cimino is a Baltimore-based traditional music vocalist and visual artist. She co-leads the popular band Tongue in Cheek with bassist and banjo player Zach Serleth. (The group is releasing their album Mobtown Strutters Ball November 4, 2016 at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore.) Paying tribute to jny: New Orleans jazz, their first recording and many live performances feature tunes composed from 1910 to the mid 1930's. Cimino and Serleth are known to create events ...


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