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Fred Tompkins

Fred Tompkins was born in St. Louis in 1943. After high school he played tenor saxophone in and around his home town for several years before beginning the formal study of music at the St. Louis Insitute of Music, in 1964. By this time his strongest influences were jazz artists such as John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and the Jazz Messengers and the M.J.Q., and classical composers such as Paul Hindemith and Béla Bartók. His earliest compositions, as originally recorded on the album, Compositions of Fred Tompkins, showed a natural tendency to combine those genres into his own style. Some of the pieces tended to exploit a dramatic contrast between genres, but soon the transitions became smoother and the styles more synthesized

Gaetano Di Giacomo

Drummer | Composer | Educator Originally from Italy Gaetano Di Giacomo studied drums and percussion in Bologna before obtaining a degree in Drums and Music Performance from Trinity College after moving to the UK. In the early part of his career, Gaetano cut his teeth working on the jazz and pop scene travelling extensively and performing at festivals and venues in Italy, UK, Japan, Finland, USA, France, Norway, Denmark. ​ It wasn't long before Gaetano attracted the attention of the UK jazz scene's top players. A versatile drummer, Gaetano takes an active role in many aspects of the London Jazz scene

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Gerald Law II

Gerald is a young talent who is quickly picking up steam in the music community. His grasp of harmony and melody gained from years as a cellist has given him a sense of musicality that became his mark as a drummer. Gerald’s versatile style of drumming paired with his energetic expressions make him a truly unique asset. As a composer and producer, he is just beginning to spread his wings. The mixture of vibrant instrumental moods along with thoughtful lyrics are shaping his path into songwriting.

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Juan Saidón was born in Buenos Aires in 1995. He is a guitarist, composer and arranger. At the age of 24, he is awarded a scholarship by the Fondo Nacional de las Artes to compose music for the trio he leads since 2017, " escribir: ". He studied guitar with Pepe Luna, Pedro Rossi, Juan Pablo Arredondo and Liliana Ardissone. He studied composition and arrangements with Juan "Pollo" Raffo. He also taught master classes with Diego Schissi, Julian Peralta, Ernesto Jodos, Tony Malaby, among others. As guitarist participates in groups of various styles such as Manto de Carne (jazz- fusion) and Duo Cottet- Saidón (tango and folklore). He has been a music teacher since 2014. Tomás Cabado was born in Buenos Aires in 1993

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Martina Almgren

Drummer and composer Martina Almgren is described as a colourful addition to the contemporary Swedish jazz scene. Her passion for playful improvisation, enticing rhythms and expressive melodies reflects her drumming as well as her compositions. She has through the years been involved in several international collaborations -with the the British pianists Zoe Rahman and Nikki Iles, the Scottish alto player Laura Macdonald (album Open Book 2008), pianist Steve Hamilton to mention a few- and has composed commission works for the Swedish Jazz Radio and for contemporary ensembles. For many she is previously known as a colourful leader of Martina Almgren Quartet and the tentett Oh Yeah Orchestra

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KEITO NAKANO

Keito is quickly becoming a prominent figure within the music industry. His natural talent as a drummer is gaining attention, especially in the Japan music scene. Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Nakano began to play the drums when he was in high school at the age of 16. He was playing rock music in several music clubs with friends at that time. After he finished the high school, Nakano entered the Osaka University of Arts, majoring in Faculty of Arts of Visual Concept Planning Department which had been his another interest as an art form. Through his undergraduate study, Nakano had learned a lot about the film art technique including photography, screenplay, production, editing and so on

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Julian MacDonough

Julian MacDonough is an award winning American jazz musician, studio drummer, and educator based in the Pacific NW. Since 1991, Julian has performed with over 200 musical acts and recorded 150+ albums to date. He is honored to have toured with such notables as Jimmy Heath, Harold Mabern, Joey DeFranscesco, Terell Stafford, Peter Bernstein, Joe Magnarelli, Gary Smulyan, Marcus Printup, Walter Banding Jr., and Dr. Lonnie Smith. A passionate educator, Julian holds over 20 years teaching experience with students of all ages in both private lessons and in leading combo classes. He has guest taught at institutions throughout the Pacific NW, as an adjunct professor at Cornish College of the Arts, Central Washington University, and Western Washington University, with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, the Ferndale High School Jazz Band, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Port Townsend Jazz Festival, and as a guest artist instructor at institutions throughout western Canada and the US

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Norman Marshall Villeneuve

Félix Award winner, band leader, recording artist and jazz master, hard driving bebop drummer NORMAN MARSHALL VILLENEUVE is an iconic and much beloved figure in Canadian jazz history. This veteran player has a successful career history, at 81, in his 8th decade in show business. Norm was born in Montreal on May 29, 1938 and grew up in the St. Henri district, in the famed Little Burgundy area, home to Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, the Sealy brothers, and Claude Ranger. He began his performance career as a tap dancer and singer, entertaining audiences from age 8