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Adrian D'Aguilar

The Bahamas' trail blazer in Jazz, Adrian D'Aguilar, is a true world class musician. Growing up in a time when live music was wonderfully alive in the Bahamas Adrian was quickly caught by the music bug and went on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston and later at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where he would graduate as the "Most Outstanding Bassist". After finishing college, Adrian hit the road running, living and working in America in cities like Los Angeles, Baltimore and New York for almost three decades as a full time musician. He's traveled the world working with some of music's greatest from a variety of genres; acts like The Munnings Brothers, The Platters, Eric Gale's Jazz Quartet, The Onaje Alan Gumbs Trio to even the Mighty Sparrow! Not just simply a bassist, Adrian has also worked as an arranger for films and television shows such as "Malcolm in the Middle" and as the arranger for the Disney movie "The Distinguished Gentleman" starring Eddie Murphy, he not only built the scores but made an appearance in the movie itself! Adrian's experience surely speaks for itself.

seth ford-young

Seth Ford-Young is a bassist, composer and singer based in Los Angeles. He has collaborated with a dazzling cross section of artists, from Tom Waits, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Beats Antique to The Hot Club of San Francisco, Rocco DeLuca, and Barry Manilow. Ford-Young started his musical adventures as the lead singer of punk band Initial Reaction, which played many classic punk clubs around Washington DC. While it might seem like a long journey from DC Hardcore to what he’s doing today, Ford-Young gleaned a tremendous amount of information about life on and off the bandstand during his punk days that he’s still drawing from today

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Max Gerl

Max Gerl is an acoustic and electric bassist hailing from Dallas, Texas. Gerl picked up the electric bass at 11 and the acoustic bass at 15. He quickly became an integral part of the Dallas music scene before moving to Boston, MA, where he graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music ('17). As a member of the Dallas, Boston, New York, and Los Angeles musical communities, Gerl has performed or recorded with Tia Fuller, Jordan Rakei, Makaya McCraven, Stanley Clarke, Bob Mintzer, Mike Moreno, Shaun Martin, Bernard Wright, Sean Jones, Marshall Gilkes, Chris Cheek, James Francies, Beka Gochiashvili, Cameron Graves, and Mike Mitchell at historic venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival

Ademar

Born in 1948 in Santa Catarina, Brasil. He grew up in Curitiba, Parana, Brasil. Ademar Fonseca is a highly talented brazilian musician with uncommon knowledge of music gained since early age. At age eight he acquired his first acoustic guitar. At age 13 he put together his first band. It was a duo with his brother Ademir on vocal and percussion. As his style developed he continued to perform in bars, musical shows, radio stations, theaters, concert halls, museums and in the most famous carnival in the world. His talent with a variety of musical instruments: upright bass, eletric bass guitar, acoustic guitar, acoustic guitar and vocal, only added to his appeal

Carlo Mombelli

The South African composer/bassist has recorded and performed at many international festivals, including the Rome Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival, the German Moers and the ‘Leipziger Jazztage’ festivals, Banlieues Bleues festival in Paris, the ‘On the edge of Wrong’ festival in Norway, with amongst others, Mick Goodrick, Charlie Mariano, Jeroen van Vliet, Malcolm Braff, Adrian Mears and Samuel Bläser. He has recorded on Enja Records with Egberto Gismonti as well as with Lee Konitz, and has contributed music and played on the 1989 tribute for Jaco Pastorius, ‘Basstorius’, that also features the bassists Mathew Garrison and Carles Benavent. He worked for two years with the Paris based company Lutherie Urbaine on community projects building instruments from recycled material


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