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Yasushi Gonjo

Yasushi was born in Yamaguchi, Japan. He learned the cornet, alto saxophone and guitar at an early age. He switched to the contrabass when he became sixteen years old. In 2004, he studied at Osaka College of Music in Osaka and he took lessons from Mr. Terumasa Hino, Tomoyuki Kimura, Ken Sakakura. Yasushi started playing career as a professional from a student. He experienced performed with top musicians such as Othello Molineaux, Eddie Henderson, Lewis Nash. Yasushi has made 8 CDs as a leader. His own band “GINGERBREAD BOYS” got number one Japanese Jazz Band of “Jazz Page’s A Popularity Vote 2012” And he has recorded 10 CDs an a side man. In 2010, he started to produce concert event “CHANGES” series to introduce young jazz bands. He has made successful 10 times the event. And 2011, he founded the independent record label “OPEN E MUSIC”

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Ed Bennett

Ed Bennett has long been considered one of the West Coast's premiere string bass players. Currently living in Portland, Oregon since 1990, Ed's work has taken him virtually everywhere in the world. He has worked with, toured internationally, or recorded with many legendary jazz figures, including: Dizzy Gillespie, Curtis Fuller, Terell Stafford, Claudio Roditi, Jeremy Pelt, Joe Henderson, Sonny Stitt, Benny Golson, Frank Morgan, Richie Cole, Pete Christlieb, Bud Shank, Charles McPherson, Hadley Caliman, Bobby Watson, Pete Jolly, Don Abney, Joe Albany, James Williams, Mike Wofford, Pete Malinverni, Bill Mays, Dick Berk, Larance Marable, Joey Baron, Chuck Redd, Carmen McRae, Bill Henderson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Anita O'Day, Ernistine Anderson, Marlena Shaw, Nancy King, Karrin Allyson, Mary Stallings, Dee Daniels, The Modernaires, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin Big Band and the Gerald Wilson Orchestra. Ed was born in Los Angeles California on December 19, 1951 and began playing the string bass at the age of 12

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Nicolas Rageau

Parisian bassist who has been living in New York between 1994 and 2000. Back in France he has been sustaining an important activity in Parisian clubs (Duc des Lombards, New Morning, Sunset/Sunside...), in french festivals (Marciac, Montlouis, JVC / Paris La Villette...) and International (Spain, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Roumania, Italy, Belgium, St Lucia...). He has been performing with many foreign and french musicians like Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson, Kenny Wheeler, Peter King, Alain Jean-Marie, Roger Guerin, Lew Tabackin, George Brown, Oliver Johnson, Christian Escoudé, Claude Bolling, Maxime Saury, André Persiany, Valery Ponomarev, Frank Gant, Bob Mover, Jimmy Lovelace, Grant Stewart, Joe Magnarelli, Justin Robinson, Yutaka Shiina, Sara Lazarus, Anne Ducros, Peter Bernstein, Sasha Perry, Stéphane Belmondo, Paolo Fresu, Manu Katche, Michel Graillier...

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Yegor Pakharukov

Yegor Pakharukov (b. 1982) - russian Novosibirsk based jazz trumpeter, having lived for 14 years (2001-15) in Moscow, Russia. Gratuated from jazz department of the Novosibirsk music college in 2001 and Moscow the Gnesins' Russian academy of music in 2005, took part at a series of Russia based jazz festivals (2001-2016), Moscow jazz and fusion ensembles (2001-2013), soloist, esteblishing member and/or co-leader of 2 jazz and 1 fusion ensembles (2000-2007); soloist and initiator, soloist, special guest of a line of novosibirsk jazz ensembles, (oct. 2015 - dec. 2018); artist (soloist) of the Vladimir Tolkachev Big Band at the Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Society (may 2016 - jan


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