Content by tag "jazz"

Nicholas Krolak

Bassist Nicholas Krolak is a young veteran of the Philadelphia jazz scene. He has spent the last decade working as a side-man, experiencing new styles, and studying with the masters. Now, he has taken all he has learned and is applying it to his own group. Tracing the lineage of bebop into the contemporary, his compositions celebrate the city and honor nature. He is also the host of the Voice = Power Podcast in which he interviews visionaries of the Jazz world, pursuing the question: How does an artist find their voice?

MUSICIAN Born:

Paul Peress

Latin jazz collaborations: Arturo O'Farrill, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Michael Mossman, Gabriela Anders, Candido, David Amram, Claudette Sierra, Edsel Gomez, Oriente Lopez, Ruben Rodriguez, Armando Gola, John Benitez... Adult Contemporary, Jazz Fusion, and Rock-n-Soul collaborations: Chaka Khan, Brenda Russell, Tom Scott, Phil Perry, The B- 52's, Moby, Stephen Bishop, Guy Davis, Regina Belle, Mary Wilson ... Bandmembers have included: Brenda Russell, Phil Perry, Jeff Golub, Tom Scott, Gerald Veasley, Brandon Fields, Michael Paulo, Lew Soloff, Michael Mossman, Mark Whitfield, John Tropea, Russell Ferrante, Mitch Forman, Clifford Carter, Helio Alves, Mo Pleasure, Glenn Alexander, Pat Kelley, Arturo O'Farrill, Edsel Gomez, Dan Siegel, Ruben Rodriguez, Anthony Jackson, Abraham Laboriel, Jimmy Haslip, Lincoln Goines, Will Lee, Mark Egan, Alphonso Johnson... Paul is the son of a prolific poet, and an accomplished classical music conductor

MUSICIAN Born:

Lynda Murray

​www.lyndamurraymusic.co.uk. Lynda met jazz photographer Jak Kilby in 1977 they were married in 1980 and had two children, Naomi Kilby (opera singer and artistic director of Opera Alegria) and Zak Kilby (photographic illustrator). She became immersed in the London jazz scene in the late 70’s and 80’s and switched from studying classical piano at music college to saxophone and started to play jazz. Lynda has been on that journey ever since. Lynda is mainly self-taught but along the way has had some coaching on the saxophone and in jazz harmony with an array of great exponents of the genre. She joined John Steven’s Community Music project in 1984 first as a trainee workshop leader then was kept on as a workshop leader until she left in 1987 due to moving to the South Coast. Since living in East Sussex Lynda has had the opportunity to work with some great musicians and has developed her music writing skills

MUSICIAN Born:

Richie Love

RICHIE LOVE aka The Saxiest Man Alive is a gifted saxophonist/vocalist and innovative virtuoso music artist. At an early age, he was nurtured deep in the genre roots of “Jazz”, “Blues”, “Rhythm and blues”, and “Funk” Richie plays ALL Saxophones, he's a Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocalist, Band Leader, Teacher and Mentor. Ceo of Saxworld Productions Since 1985 established in Los Angeles, his First Record Release was "1987". Richie Started playing Alto Sax at Age 6 and has Performed, Recorded and Studied with Some of the Greats, Johnny Otis, Buddy Miles, Norman Conners, Shuggie Otis, Andre Lewis(Mandre), Lalomie Washburn, Barbara Morrison, Rickey Minor and Lester Abrams to name a few

Scott Gilman

Scott Gilman first picked up the saxophone at age 10, inspired by his Dad’s late night jam sessions with other local jazz musicians. The rock scene in Massachusetts also influenced him and it wasn’t long before he picked up a guitar as well. His formative years were equally split between studying and playing the jazz of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, et al and forming his own rock bands to perform locally. He started playing professionally at age 15. After winning numerous awards in school as a saxophonist he won a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Therehe studied under jazz greats Herb Pomeroy, John LaPorta, Joe Viola, and Andy McGhee

Billy Joe Wiseman

Billy Joe Wiseman is an undeniably talented guitarist, having gained industry recognition and a fan following for his chops as an award-winning independent performer, session guitarist for Virgin Artists, and Guitar Chair for both the Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra and Hilton Hotels. In addition to teaching and coaching the popular female pop band Haim, Billy Joe has accompanied countless artists across the globe, including Paula Abdul, Joe Sample, Maynard Ferguson, Charo, Tony Newton, Doc Severinsen, Gladys Knight, John Klemmer, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Ed Shaughnessy,  Joe Williams, Louie Bellson, Brandon Fields, and slew of others

MUSICIAN Born:

Alejandro Gamboa

Alejandro is a drummer, native from Cali,Colombia. Raised into a political family he had the opportunity of attending festivals for the development of black communities in Colombian there meet folklore musicians from the coast of the Colombian pacific. Rapidly he found himself fascinated by the instruments, the energy and joy of playing music. He keep asking his parents for a drums and so they asked family friend Leonor Gonzales Mina (Great singer from Colombia) and she kindly gave Alejandro his first musical instrument, a bombo (traditional folklore drum). Leonor also suggested to his family not to inscribe Alejandro in the conservatory, as they started to look for music schools in the city, they found “Academia Musical Preludio” where he started singing lessons and basic sigh reading lessons

MUSICIAN Born:

Brandon Robertson

Brandon L. Robertson is a rising upright/electric bassist originally from Tampa, FL. After attending Florida State University College of Music in 2004, Brandon received his B.A. in Music Performance, studying jazz and classical with bass professors Rodney Jordan and Melanie Punter in 2009. During his time at Florida State, he was a part of the FSU Philharmonic, University Symphony Orchestra, FSU Jazz Ensemble & Combo, FSU Salsa Florida, and the FSU Blues Lab. In 2011, Brandon performed in the Inaugural Ceremony for the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott. In 2012, he released his first album with the Zach Bartholomew Trio entitled "Out of This Town." Brandon is also active in Jazz Education

Eric Hochberg

A mainstay of the Chicago music scene for more than forty years, Eric Hochberg has lent his bass work, both upright and electric, and an occasional trumpet, keyboard and vocal lick to a variety of projects across the realms of jazz, folk, rock and blues. He has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Barbra Streisand, Cassandra Wilson, Von Freeman, Chico Freeman, Steve Kuhn, Ken Nordine, David Baker, Cannonball Adderly, Charles McPherson, Jon Faddis, Joshua Redman, David Bromberg, Johnny Frigo, Joe Daley, Howard Levy, Tim Ries, Kurt Elling, Trio New, Eric Alexander, Tierny Sutton, Patricia Barber, Jackie Allen, Janice Siegal, Peter Erskine, Joey Baron, Paul McCandless, Claudio Roditi, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Sam Rivers, Jack DeJohnette, Bobby Broom, Eric Marienthal, Bobby Shew, Tom Harrel, Larry Novak, Gary Novak, Rick Margitza, Sheila Jordan, Diane Reeves, Alan Pasqua, Bob Sheppard, Mark Murphy, Bob Dorough, Randy Brecker, Terry Callier, Don Ellis, Larry Coryell, Rebecca Paris, Leni Andrade, Sonny Fortune, Willie Pickens, Bobby Lewis, Erma Thompson, Lew Tabackin, Brian Lynch, Lester Bowie, Don Moye, Earnest Dawkins, Henry Butler, Emily Remler, Herb Geller, Chevere de Chicago, Sonia Dada, Mark Colby, Orbert Davis, Ed Thigpen, Anthony Molinaro, Bonnie Koloc, Michal Urbaniak Quartet, Bill Holman, The Boston Brass, Bill Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, JazzTech Big Band, The Miami Saxophone Quartet, Jim Walker & Free Flight, The Grant Park Symphony with Luciana Souza and Patti Austin, The Joffrey Ballet, Luna Negra Dance Company, The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and Chicago Tap Theater. Eric has the distinction of having performed in the bands of three of the four members of the Pat Metheny Group - a tour in 1977 with Pat, a long association with drummer Paul Wertico and a Latin American tour with Lyle Mays in 1992. He has toured nationally/internationally with the Lyle Mays Quartet, the Terry Callier Group, the Paul Wertico Trio, the Kurt Elling Quartet, Ken Nordine’s Word Jazz, the Howard Levy Quartet and the Grazyna Auguscik Quintet. He has performed at the Jazz Festivals of Montreal, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago (18 times), Montreux, UK/London, Free Jazz/Brazil, Leverkeusen/Germany, World Music Festival/Barcelona, Rome Jazz, Rotterdam Jazz, Karlsruhe Festival/GR, Frappe Festival/FR, Nice Jazz/FR, Gigon Festival/Sp., Cully Jazz/Swiss, Blues and Roots Fest/Australia, The International Society of Jazz Educators/Atlanta, The Chicago Flute Club, The Percussive Arts Society/Columbus OH, Rockford Jazz, IL, Hyde Park Jazz Festival/Chicago, South Shore Jazz/Chicago, Elkhart Jazz/IN, Columbus Jazz Festival/OH, Milwaukee Summerfest, Louisville Festival of the Arts, Blue Note Tokyo, Yokohama and Milan, and concerts and clubs worldwide

MUSICIAN Born:

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