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Fat Cat Big Band

The Fat Cat Big Band is a musical pride of eleven lions in their own fields, fueled by the dynamic creative leadership of guitarist, composer, and arranger Jade Synstelien. Synstelien was born on August 17th, 1974, in Minneapolis. A musician, composer, arranger, and band leader, Jade picked up the alto sax at age eleven but traded it for a guitar at thirteen. He grew up traveling and living all over the United States, and has worked as a professional musician since the age of fifteen, he has become well-versed in all styles of musical performance. Synstelien began composing when he was 13 and by 17 was scoring music for big bands, funk and dance bands, world beat, and reggae bands, and eventually large-scale symphonic jazz works

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Take Five With Alexi David

Read "Take Five With Alexi David" reviewed by Alexi David

Meet Alexi David:Cypriot-American composer and bassist Alexi David grew up in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood. His group, Alexi David's Patriot Act, has created the first fusion with jazz and the Greek sounds of rembetika. David is also adept on bouzouki, baglama and piano. He is a scholar on the music of the late Charles ...

Face

Label: Smalls Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Face; Blues for Borden; Love's Lost Rhapsody; Mommy Long Legs; Bory-Alice; Almost Sacha's Favorite Key; Ballade of Eternal Love; Mamacita Tu Es Muy Bonita; Farewell Phoenix; Road Song for Stacy Dillard & Alexi David.

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Fat Cat Big Band: Face

Read "Face" reviewed by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Face is an album with layers. Each of the ten tracks offers a nuanced explication of anticipation, heartbreak and spirituality. The glistening veneer of giddiness and celebration is attractive and reviving. But if you listen closely, there's also yearning and loneliness and a grasping for spiritual fulfillment. The entire album is soulful in the way some ...

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Sheryl Bailey: A New Promise

Read "A New Promise" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

A New Promise by Sheryl Bailey is an outstanding work from a guitarist (and a rare release from a female jazz guitarist) who can run with the big dogs, in this case a big band ensemble. While her confident and stylish chops might suggest the phraseology of Kenny Burrell or Pat Metheny, she has a unique ...

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Fat Cat Big Band's Face is Chartbound at JazzWeek

Fat Cat Big Band's Face is Chartbound at JazzWeek

LATEST RELEASE(s) For Jade Synstelien Face is the product of years of reflection on unification and the end of war and suffering through music. A highly talented and uniquely gifted young composer, Synstelien has immersed himself in the traditions of jazz and world music while developing an irrepressible individuality in his compositions and performance. Bathed in ...

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Fat Cat Big Band: Face

Read "Face" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The house band of New York's Fat Cat jazz club in the West Village, The Fat Cat Big Band, finally delivers the last piece of its trilogy project. Face is produced from a 2008, two-night recording session of thirty-one original charts, from which the group's first two albums--Meditations On the War For Whose Great God is ...

Face

Label: Megaphone Records
Released: 2009

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David Adler List's Fat Cat Big Band as Top Ensemble for 2009

David Adler List's Fat Cat Big Band as Top Ensemble for 2009

With the release of Fat Cat Big Band's new CD; FACE, Fat Cat Big Band continues to be noticed by the industry and fans. David R. Adler names Fat Cat Big Band in his Top 25 of 2009, plus list, in the large ensemble category. For Jade Synstelien Face is the product of years of reflection ...

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Fat Cat Big Band to Release Third Album in Debut Trilogy in October

Fat Cat Big Band to Release Third Album in Debut Trilogy in October

After the simultaneous release of the first two records in the Fat Cat Big Band's debut trilogy in March 2009 Angels Praying for Freedom & Meditations on the War For Whose Great God is the Most High / You Are God [Smalls Records], Jade Synstelien and his 11-piece band are preparing to release the third record ...


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