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Accent

Accent: 6 Guys, 5 Countries, 1 Vocal Supergroup A "Stealth" Jazz Group, Accent Turns A Cappella Fans On to Jazz Harmony "Accent is the most amazing young vocal group on the planet! Great arrangers and singers, they come up with the most gorgeous harmonies, impeccable swing, grooves, feeling and pitch." - Jorge Calandrelli, Grammy Award-winning composer and arranger In the increasingly popular world of a cappella singing groups, Accent has carved out its own niche. Inspired by the wizardly jazz harmonies of TAKE 6 and, before them, The Hi-Lo's, the six men of Accent, all of them accomplished arrangers and instrumentalists in their own right, decided to take their love of close-harmony jazz singing - the denser and more intricate the better - as far as it could go. Accent is six singer/arrangers, all of whom have considerable musical careers in their home countries: Jean-Baptiste ("JB") Craipeau (France) - tenor 1; Simon Åkesson (Sweden) - tenor 2; Danny Fong (Canada) - tenor 3; Andrew Kesler (Canada) - tenor 4; James Rose (United Kingdom) - baritone; and Evan Sanders (USA) - bass

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YstadSweden JazzFestival 2018

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YstadSweden JazzFestival
Ystad, Sweden
August 1-6, 2018

Ystad on the Swedish South coast is known for two things: Henning Mankell's crime novels (and the tv movies) about his police detective Wallander, who investigates spectacular murder cases in the small town of just nearly 30,000 people; and since 2010 for the ...

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Brand X: Locked & Loaded

Read "Locked & Loaded" reviewed by John Kelman

There are a great many bands whose lineups have been so fluid that keeping track of who was in the band when is no mean feat. Few bands have, however, had as complicated a history as Brand X. Even in its latest re-reincarnation, there's been a lineup shift between the high octane fusion group's January, 2017 ...

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Seal: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It shouldn't be a surprise that Seal would take on the American songbook, with a baritone that was made for classics like “Autumn Leaves" and “Love for Sale." Born Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel in Paddington, England, the singer, guitarist and composer rose to fame with his global hits, and Grammy-winning songs, “Crazy" and “Kiss From a ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Lyle Mays: Lyle Mays

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Lyle Mays
Lyle Mays
Geffen Records
1986

Today's Rediscovery falls under the category of “where is he now?" I first heard of keyboardist Lyle Mays in 1977, when Gary Burton's quartet (with guest Eberhard Weber), played at the Glebe Collegiate High School auditorium in my home town of Ottawa, Canada. After the show, speaking ...

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Nora Germain: Little Dipper

Nora Germain: Little Dipper

By John Wesley Reed Jr. Nora Francesca Germain was born 1991 in jny: Madison, Wisconsin. Now based in jny: Los Angeles with a BA in Jazz Studies from USC Thornton School of Music, she was the first violinist alumna of the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Mentor and collaborator Marshall Hawkins, former bassist for Miles Davis and Shirley Horn, ...

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Catching Up With Nathan East

Catching Up With Nathan East

Nathan East is one of the world’s premiere session musicians. He’s perhaps best known as Eric Clapton’s favorite bassist, but that’s also Nathan East on Michael Jackson’s Bad and Daft Punk’s recent Grammy winning album. Of course he’s a founding member of the highly successful jazz group Fourplay. Some of his other credits include: Anita Baker, ...

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Vocal Icon Janis Siegel Releases First Solo Album in Seven Years: "NightSongs"

Vocal Icon Janis Siegel Releases First Solo Album in Seven Years: "NightSongs"

Over the past four decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, has been an undeniable force in music; a founding member of The Manhattan Transfer, solo artist, producer and arranger, Janis is “about as eclectic in her musical tastes as a pop singer can get,” writes The New ...

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Take Five With Janis Siegel

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Meet Janis Siegel:
Over the past four decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer's diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a founding member of this musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned ...

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Cheryl Bentyne & City of Hope All-Star Jazz Benefit: Hollywood, CA, August 11, 2012

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Cheryl Bentyne & City of Hope All-Star Jazz Benefit
Catalina Jazz Club
Hollywood, CA
August 11, 2012

After kicking off Saturday night's festivities with a hard-charging version of Cole Porter's “It's Alright With Me," a beaming Cheryl Bentyne welcomed Catalina Jazz Club's capacity audience by effusing over the wide array of talent that had assembled ...