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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 Connors, Shuggie Otis, Andre Lewis(Mandre), Lalomie Washburn, Barbara Morrison, Angela Bofill, Rickey Minor and Lester Abrams to name a few

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Charles Chace

Charles Chace is a artist/musician. He produces multi-instrumental improvised works with the use of multi-track recording under the pseudo group "The Paul Swest". These recordings have earned critical accolades—his debut release Wizard Talk was described as a "sonic adventure full of texture."

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Eric Hirsh

Eric Hirsh is a restless and ambitious musician whose growing, genre-crossing body of work is finally being showcased in “Distillation,” his debut album as a bandleader. For the past 12 years, Hirsh has lived in Durham, NC where he co-creates as a founding member of progressive hip hop quartet The Beast and as a director of Orquesta GarDel, a large-format salsa band. Increasingly, he has focused on writing and performing with a jazz quartet comprising longtime friends and Beast rhythm section Pete Kimosh (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums), and Aaron Hill (saxophone). Hirsh is a 2012 recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Composer Fellowship, and a four-time winner of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award

Ariel Pocock

25-year-old Ariel Pocock has received international acclaim as an equally captivating jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer. Ariel's notable performances as a headline act include the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the 2014 Jazz Cruise, the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Quebec City International Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and many more. Ariel's original compositions and songs draw inspiration from a wide array of sources: Cuban and Brazilian folk music, the Great American Songbook, modern jazz composers such as Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, and songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, and Paul Simon

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Tony Thompson

TONY THOMPSON JAZZ PIANO, ORGAN, WRITER, TEACHER AND TECHNICIAN Tony has produced 5 CD’s since establishing jazz record label ‘Tonymanmusic’ in 1999. Forever Charmed, a CD of originals, has been aired frequently on NPR. Original music from Tony’s last CD ( iKnow ) was placed on Fox Network’s popular TV show ‘Fringe’. Thompson’s soulful jazz piano solo arrangements of American popular song and R&B become artfully galvanized by drums and bass in The Tony Thompson Trio. In addition he works as a sideman for jazz titans such as New York trumpeter, Cindy Bradley

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Paul Bomar

Inspired by musically-adept family, Paul Bomar started his musical journey at the age of 13 by picking up a used beginner guitar and learning a few rock tunes. Upon receiving a dubbed copy of Miles Davis's "'Round About Midnight" at the age of 16, he developed a love for jazz that has only grown in the years since. After playing in several funk and rock bands, Paul set out to share his passion for jazz with the Raleigh-Durham area and performed with his own groups and other jazz combos, as well as working as a session musician for numerous performers in the area. Paul plays, as described by others, "tastefully, economically, tunefully, swinging", drawing from traditional influences such as Kenny Burrell and Jim Hall as well as more recent players such as Ed Bickert and Peter Bernstein. Paul has numerous studio and live albums under his belt


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