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Lenore Raphael

Jazz writer John Gilbert has called Lenore "Simply one of the best pianists in our art form...she always swings." Critics have used words like "swinging", "emotional" and "artistically subtle" when describing Lenore's playing. Swinging has always been of major importance to Lenore since she listened to her idols Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson. So is "telling the story". She strives to be in touch with the intent of the tune when she plays. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Lenore started at the age of 3 by playing everything she heard by ear. Lenore studied classical piano with concert artist Beulah Eisenstadt

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Petra van Nuis

Petra van Nuis (pronounced Pay-tra van Nouse) is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist who has been described in Downbeat Magazine as having "a light, gorgeous, and fairly delicate voice...a gift for melody and plenty of rhythmic confidence." A Chicagoan since 2003, Petra sings at all the finest jazz venues in town including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Andy's Jazz Club, Winter's, Fitzgerald's, the City Winery, and the Old Town School of Folk Music. Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs has presented Petra's groups at the Chicago Cultural Center and Chicago Summer Dance. The Jazz Institute of Chicago has featured Petra's Recession Seven band at the Chicago Jazz Festival and Jazz City

Ralph Hepola

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the United States, Ralph Hepola studied piano before starting on the tuba at age twelve. At seventeen, he was chosen to play before the British Royal Family in the Manitoba All-Province Band at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. While still in high school, Ralph began performing as an extra musician with the Minnesota Orchestra, which later included recordings, and tours to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. While still a teenager, Ralph won a position with The United States Army Band of Washington, D.C. At age twenty, he won a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music in the Young Artist Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra/WAMSO. Ralph earned his music degree at Northwestern University where he studied with renowned musician and teacher Arnold Jacobs

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Charlie Harrington

Charlie Harrington is a multitalented drummer whose artistic ability is seemingly limitless. As a bandleader and as a sideman he pushes the boundaries of swing and groove and has garnered critical acclaim for his ability to inspire and entertain. He's known for sophisticated rhythms, distinctive accompaniment, and powerful solos. "...his inimitable antagonistic percussive prodding, coupled with a dazzling display of virtuosic improvisational madness, was breathtaking," writes the San Mateo Daily News.

“A drummer can be one of three things: a technician, an entertainer, or a musician

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Greg Poppleton

Since 2002, Greg has revived the songs of the Roaring 20s and 1930s Swing Era with his swinging 1920s-30s jazz band and high-energy shows.

Performed festivals in Australia and New Zealand.

On screen with film stars Adrien Brody, John Goodman and Nicole Kidman.

5 albums released.
2 played on commercial radio.
5 radio awards for his national Phantom Dancer swing and jazz radio show.
1.25 Million TOTAL YouTube plays.

The Poppleton Effect © Kerrie Foster
"The way that Greg moves round the audience
and picks out whoever he will,
and sings to them through his own megaphone;
you see the crowds get a thrill

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Andreas Toftemark

Andreas Toftemark is a 28-year-old saxophonist and composer who currently lives in New York City. Andreas performs regularly on the New York jazz scene and has been on tour in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Spain; and performed at venues such as The Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Christanias Jazz Club Copenhagen, The Hat Bar in Berlin and Unity Jazz Club in Sweeden, both as a sideman and bandleader. You can listen to Andreas performing every week at venues such as Jules Jazz Club and Bistro, Anyway Cafe, The Red Room, The Great Nothern Foodhall and many other music venues in the New York area, where Andreas has performed with great musicians such as Michael Valeanu, Paul Sikivie, Ethan Iverson, Josh Allen, Ethan Iverson, Pat Brennan, Myles Sloniker, Robbie Lee, Peter Bernstein to name a few

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Reto Anneler

Reto Anneler studied jazz at the conservatories of Lucerne and Amsterdam with Nathanael Su, Tineke Postma and Kurt Rosenwinkel. As a sought-after sideman and specialist for woodwinds of all kinds, he is a member of a wide range of international projects: Lead-Alto of the Zurich Jazz Orchestra, Swiss Jazz Orchestra, Keller's <10>, Sinatra Tribute Band and Peter Eigenmann/Ken Cervenka Nonet. Reto Anneler received the Erasmus scholarship for Amsterdam in 2003, attended Dave Liebman’s international jazzmeeting IASJ in Krakow and was "Pro Argovia Artist" in 2010. Reto Anneler’s new project - Stille Post - unites four distinctive and formative characters of the Swiss music scene

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KELVIN SMITH

Learned to play classical music before discovering traditional jazz. Have played jazz for 40 years now. Played with various bands - trios to 6 piece. Been member of - Dave Rance Rocking Chair Jazz Band 3 Spires Jazz Band Chris Carmell Vintage Jazz Band Richard Bailey All Stars Ford Jones Dixieland Jazz Band Play mainly around Midlands area of UK.

Tom Wakeling

For over 40 years, Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work at jazz festivals, concert halls, and jazz clubs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Tom has performed with many jazz greats, including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, Benny Golson, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ken Peplowski, Ernie Watts, Scott Hamilton, Charles McPherson, Carl Fontana, and Herb Geller. Among the rhythm section greats he has performed with are Albert “Tootie” Heath, Jeff Hamilton, Mickey Roker, Lewis Nash, Butch Miles, Grady Tate, Mike Clark, Chuck Redd, Dave Frishberg, Bill Mays, Tamir Hendleman, Roger Kellaway, Mike Wofford, Bill Cunliffe, Art Lande, Edward Simon, and Bruce Forman. Tom’s “show biz” credits include Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and playing in the orchestras of national touring shows such as "Cats", "A Chorus Line", the Joffrey Ballet, “Grease”, and "Damn Yankees" (with Jerry Lewis)


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