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Dean Tsur

A native of Israel, Thelonious Monk semifinalist Dean Tsur has become known for his focus on making fun and romantic jazz music as a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. Upon completing his Master's at The Juilliard School, Dean formed his band, the Saxophone Choir. Dean has performed with jazz legends such as Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis's Young Stars of Jazz, and Billy Kaye's Quartet. He has performed at numerous jazz venues around the world including Red Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, James Moody Jazz Festival, Cayman Arts Festival, Smalls Jazz Club, Jerusalem Jazz Festival

Carla Marciano

Carla Marciano is an Italian saxophonist and composer from Salerno considered by specialized critics among the best talents of European jazz. She is an alto saxophone specialist, appreciated for her great passion and energy, her strong expressiveness, her advanced tecnique as well as her distinctive performative and compositional streak. She is also one of the leading experts of the rarely used and hard to master sopranino saxophone. She has performed her music projects, with her quartet, around the world at a lot of prestigious international jazz festivals, theaters and clubs as well as at most of the major Italian jazz festivals and clubs and she has under her belt some tours in America and in Russia

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Tim Boniface

London based multi-instrumentalist and composer. Mainstream stylist on tenor and alto saxes and piano; plays flugelhorn and guitar on some gigs and recordings. Also a priest in the Church of England. Notable original works: jazz suites, The Eight Words (2016) and The Infant (2019). Recent collaborators (live and studio) include Polly Gibbons, Phil Merriman, Alice Zawadski, James Pearson, Irene Serra, Scott Hamilton, Andy Cooper, Tara Minton, Raphael Clarkson, Ed Babar, Jon Ormston. 20yr collaborative partnership based in Ashtead, Surrey, with drummer Tom Early, who runs Ashtead Jazz Club.

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Mike DiRubbo

Connecticut-born, New York-based alto saxophonist/bandleader/composer/educator Mike DiRubbo was born on July 25th, 1970. His first instrument was the clarinet, which he started playing in the fourth grade. He switched to alto saxophone at the age of twelve. Largely self-taught, his interest in jazz was sparked when he performed with the Dwike Mitchell/Willie Ruff duo in high school. After graduating high school, DiRubbo enrolled in the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz of the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where legendary jazz alto saxophonist Jackie McLean – who played with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – personally instructed DiRubbo, who also studied with pianist Hotep Galeta, bassists Nat Reeves and Rick Rozie and classical saxophonist Ken Radnofsky

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Tobiasz Siankiewicz

Tobiasz Siankiewicz is a Polish saxophonist and flautist based in New York City. After arriving in New York in 2012, Siankiewicz earned a degree in jazz performance from the City College of New York in 2017. During his time at CCNY he had the opportunity to study and/or perform with Steve Wilson, Jon Gordon, Jason Rigby, Mike Holober, Scott Reeves, Daniel Carillo, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Marvin Stamm. In 2018, he recorded his debut album with quintet entitled Time to Begin featuring musicians such as Bruce Harris and Clovis Nicolas. Born in Poland, Siankiewicz began his formal training at the age of 12

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Pureum Jin

Pureum Jin is a South Korea-born, NYC-based award-winning saxophonist, arranger, and composer, establishing herself as one of the leading figures in the jazz world with her recently released album ‘The Real Blue’ through Cellar Live in June 2019. The title of the album ‘The Real Blue’ is a direct translation of her Korean name in English, as the tunes reflect the journey of her life and career after coming to the US – struggling as a woman, immigrant, and a mother, but moving forward with the love and support of family and friends. Pianist and executive producer Jeremy Manasia has put together an all-star lineup, including the great Willie Jones III on drums, and rising stars Luke Sellick on bass, and Sabeth Perez on vocals

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Blaise Siwula

I have been involved with the arts for most of my life. I began studying the alto sax at the age of 14 in middle school and have been playing/ studying in varying capacities since. After periodic explorations of drama, poetry, architecture, visual art, a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. and a stint in Europe, I arrived in NYC in 1989 with my family and an alto sax. In the past 18 years I have been actively involved with the NYC Improv Scene: Amica Bunker, the Improvisers Collective and most recently the C.O.M.A. series at ABC No-Rio recent as in the past 10 years As a composer I have incorporated traditional musical scoring techniques with visual/graphical and performance oriented presentations and a simple philosophy- sound and vision are inter-related in life and art resulting in communication. Although primarily an alto saxophonist I play a number of reed, flute, percussion and string instruments at varying degrees of competency per composition requirements and recently began including computer altered sound files in performance as background for improvisation. Currently my instruments of choice are: Alto, Tenor & Soprano Saxophones; Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Cl & Bb Bass Clarinet. This has resulted in my performing and collaborating with an extreme variety of types of improvised music including: Guitarist Sten Hostfalt, Doug Walker's Alien Planetscapes, Cecil Taylor's Ptonagas; William Hooker's Ensembles, Judy Dunaway's Balloon Trio; Rowe Siwula Miano Trio, Dialing Privileges Trio w

Carl Bartlett, Jr.

Award-winning innovative artist, and native New Yorker, saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr. marked his arrival onto the Jazz scene with the 2011 release of his Critically Acclaimed debut CD, Hopeful. He has since emerged as one of the leading lights in the Post-bop/ Modern Jazz world, as both a player and composer. “A tone that only the greats have the ability to attain” raves All About Jazz, describing the profound sonic nature of Bartlett, Jr.’s rich alto sax sound, which uniquely blends alto and tenor sax timbres. Since achieving the high honor of becoming the 1st Place Winner in the USA (2nd in the world) in the prestigious 2015-2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Jazz Category, Carl Jr

Scott Gilman

Scott Gilman first picked up the saxophone at age 10, inspired by his Dad’s late night jam sessions with other local jazz musicians. The rock scene in Massachusetts also influenced him and it wasn’t long before he picked up a guitar as well. His formative years were equally split between studying and playing the jazz of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, et al and forming his own rock bands to perform locally. He started playing professionally at age 15. After winning numerous awards in school as a saxophonist he won a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Therehe studied under jazz greats Herb Pomeroy, John LaPorta, Joe Viola, and Andy McGhee


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