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Andreas Arnold

As an artist in a globalized world, Andreas Arnold expresses himself through a musical kaleidoscope that reflects the classical traditions of his homeland Germany, jazz from the US where he has been living for the last decade, and music from the Mediterranean, in particular the Spanish art form of flamenco. Through this unique fusion, Arnold proves that purity is not defined by any one culture or style but transpires when one finds his voice to express his personal experience in society, art, and life. While living between New York City and Andalusia, Spain, Arnold has participated in numerous productions as an instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and producer, touring on five continents

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Quinsin Nachoff

NYC-based composer and saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff has earned a reputation for making “pure, bracing, thought-provoking music” that is “cliché-and convention-free” (Ottawa Citizen). Since moving from his native Toronto to New York City, Nachoff has made a habit of freely crossing borders: his music moves fluidly between the jazz and classical worlds and manages to be soul-stirring at the same time that it is intricately cerebral. His passions reach into both the arts and the sciences, with concepts from physics or astronomy sparking inspiration for exhilarating compositions. That state of constant unpredictability is vividly captured in both the name and the music of Nachoff’s remarkable group Flux, which thrives in the spaces between genres, styles and inspirations

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Take Five with Jacopo Penzo

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About Jacopo Penzo

Jacopo Penzo is a producer and engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Switzerland and raised in Milan, Italy, he lives in the US since 2012. He has produced, recorded, and mixed records for artists mainly in the jazz world, from acoustic to fusion to free improvisation, but also in other ...

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Jacopo Penzo

Jacopo Penzo is a producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Switzerland and raised in Milan, Italy, he lives in the US since 2012. Jacopo has a B.A. in Music Production & Engineering from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), and a M.A. in Media Studies and Media Management from The New School (New York, NY). He has produced, recorded, and mixed records for artists throughout different genres, from jazz (Tamara Usatova, Benjamin Furman, Yakir Arbib) to indie rock (Half/Brother, Stone Giant). He has also worked as postproduction sound editor for a broad range of clients, including major studios like HBO, Amazon Studios, and Netflix, as well as independent filmmakers and local businesses.

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Lena Bloch

“In jazz”, muses Lena Bloch, “many things come together that are thought of as opposites: mind and feeling, responsibility and abandonment, looseness and precision, improvisation and composition. I just love that.” Lena’s love for jazz has taken her on a challenging and circuitous voyage. Lena moved from Israel to Europe in 1991, where she became a part of the European jazz scene (Germany and Holland) for 12 years, finally came to the United States, earning Master's Degree in Composition and moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2008, where she quickly became a contributor to one of the most fertile and interesting jazz scenes of recent memory

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Matt La Von

Matt La Von has worked as a professional musician, performing and teaching, in New York City for more than 10 years. As a performer, his main area of expertise is as a jazz saxophonist, although he has also been prolific as a sideman in bands and on recordings that cover a wide range of genres which include Rock, R&B, Funk, Fusion, and Hip-Hop. As a teacher, he specializes in private instruction for beginner to advanced saxophone and clarinet as well as beginner to advanced jazz improvisation. Unlike many successful musicians, Matt La Von wasn’t born into a family of artistic types, much less professional musicians or folks with ties to the entertainment field

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Joseph A Roberts

Joseph was born with an insatiable drive to play the piano. Once he was tall enough to reach the keyboard, he went at it until his parents had no choice but to procure adequate training. After a few years of public school, Joseph noticed that he would be routinely pulled out of class to provide music for rehearsals and assemblies. Who wouldn’t milk that for all it’s worth? By the time he finished elementary school, Joseph played cello in the orchestra, trumpet in the band and he sang in the choir. In middle school, he began to notice the difference between the sound of a piano playing music and an orchestra playing the same music

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Erik Deutsch

Having first come to prominence as a member of the funk-jazz collective Fat Mama, Brooklyn-based pianist Erik Deutsch has toured and recorded with artists like Norah Jones, Charlie Hunter, Citizen Cope, Theo Bleckmann, Rosanne Cash, Ben Allison, Shooter Jennings, Allison Miller, Scott Amendola, Steven Bernstein, Ellery Eskelin, Jim Campilongo, Nels Cline, Jenny Scheinman, and Art Lande. A prolific composer and bandleader, Erik's five albums have received critical acclaim by RollingStone, Jazz Times, USA Today, and the Huffington Post, including Relix magazine naming Deutsch’s 4th album Outlaw Jazz the #16 best album of 2015

Meet Jacob Cartwright

Read "Meet Jacob Cartwright" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our August Super Fan is a visual artist with a special affinity for improvisational music, which has spilled over into his jazz-themed painting series. In jazz, as in art, Jacob Cartwright values the past while embracing the forward momentum of the new. Plus he's really “down with the jazz cats"--read on to see what we mean! ...