Content by tag "jazz funk"

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Aaron Quarterman, Jr.

Aaron Quarterman, Jr. has been playing the saxophone since he was nine years old. From his very first solo, Aaron decided that this is what he wanted to do with his life.  Born in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Aaron first started playing the alto saxophone in 4th grade. In 7th  grade, he decided to switch to the tenor saxophone and hasn't looked back. He received private lessons from the late Mr. James Kilik of Settlement Music School.  Quarterman was very inspired after listening to Charlie Parker growing up. As he got older, he started to listen to James Carter, John Coltrane, Lenny Pickett and Michael Brecker

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Julian Hartwell

Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader based in 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 high-class cocktail hours, weddings to improv jams and everything in between, and now teaches jazz piano as an adjunct professor at Temple University. Accolades include sharing the stage with major names like Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, and Jon Faddis at Lincoln Center with the Temple University Jazz Band, while also appearing w/ the latter two musicians on that band's release from spring 2015 entitled "Dear Dizzy: A tribute to Dizzy Gillespie." Julian's full composing, arranging, and piano skills are most evident on his band's all-original debut album "The Julian Hartwell Project," which released to critical acclaim in October 2015

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Azar Lawrence

Azar Lawrence led a very musical childhood and began playing drums at the age of five and moved onto violin and piano under the direction of his mother Ima Lawrence. Ima, a gifted musician and teacher from whom Azar received his acute flair for all things music has shaped many successful musicians. Azar began playing with the USC JR Orchestra at the age of five. He played violin until the age of 8. He performed vocals accompanied by his mother during elementary school where she taught sixth grade and music At age eleven he began hearing a different musical voice. He was an accomplished pianist, violinist and vocalist in his own right at the time. He thought it was time to learn viola

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Ian Michael Brown

Forced against his will at age 5 or 6 (a debate between Ian and his Mom...which she usually wins), Ian began taking piano lessons at the Grace United Methodist Church from his teacher, Cindy. Between those early years until middle school, Ian wanted to play guitar rather than piano. It wasn’t until middle school choir with Dave Barron, the choral teacher, that Ian started to put his energy toward the piano. Ian took a liking to a particular piece entitled “Ride on the Wind.” After he dug a crumpled piece of sheet music out of the trash, thrown there from a fellow classmate, Ian decided that he wanted to learn the music and ultimately accompany the choir

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Van Taylor

Van Taylor has entertained all over the world at various Resorts and Embassies for over 30 years. He is a songwriter, and owner of Van Taylor Production music publishing company, and TM International an Internet music distributor company. Van is an artist developer, concert promoter and event coordinator. Van is the bandleader of the internationally known R&B/Jazz band “Taylor Made Jazz”. They have three CDs on the market produced by Van Taylor. Van also owns the group VTP, “Van Taylor Project”, a Jazz-fusion presentation— using Funk, Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Blues, and Reggae. In 2008 Van Taylor and the band celebrated its 21st anniversary by donating proceeds to National inner-city youth opportunities and student against violence education

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Phaze II Jazz

Over the years, Washingtonians have been fortunate to witness with pride the extraordinary number of outstanding jazz groups that have sprung forth from our area. We have another bright star to get excited about, PHAZE II.” Bob Jenkins, Smooth Jazz 105.9. Since 1997, PHAZE II has been providing Smooth and Funky Jazz sounds on the local music scene in the Washington, DC area, by honing its craft of delivering quality music to their listeners. PHAZE II has embarked on a journey to show the world the many talents that this jazz band has to offer. Determined to broaden their vision, PHAZE II entered the 13th Annual Capital Jazz Festival2005 Capital Jazz Challenge Competition

Q3

Cambridge-based Q3 was formed in 2013 and has a high quality line up featuring Kevin Flanagan on sax (Rip Rap, Tommy Chase, Chris Ingham), Martin Hallmark on piano (Helen McDonald and Juba, Andy Bowie Quartet), Tiago Coimbra on bass (Hiromi, Resolution 88, Dennis Rollins, Orphy Robinson, Myles Sanko) and Steve Hynes on drums (Daphna Sadeh, Superstition, Chicago Blues Brothers). The band plays contemporary jazz and jazz-funk featuring original compositions by pianist Martin Hallmark.

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Thomas Wingren

Wingren has dedicated most of his life to studies in percussion and his career as a free-lance musician. His drive for expanding his knowledge has taken him to places of special musical interest like New York, Rio de Janeiro and Havana for in-depth studies. Though the folk music tradition always has been the starting point, the use of percussion in jazz and progressive electronica has been his focus the last couple of years. By widening his field of work in this direction a lot of new possibilities have opened up with the use of samplers, looping-techniques and computer based gear. The integration of new technology in acoustic music has resulted in Wingrens most ambitious project to date, Soundscape Orchestra which is a quintet playing futuristic electronic jazz based on productions in Ableton Live