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Milana Zilnik

Milana is a multi-award winning pianist, composer and singer-songwriter, who has been a performing and recording artist since her childhood. A strong lyricist and composer in her own right, Milana’s style is reminiscent of Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Michael Nyman, Keith Jarret and Chick Corea. Milana enjoys playing by ear, improvising and using whatever inspires her to create her own style of playing. She is known as an adept improviser, catching melodies on the fly and expanding them into her own creations. Milana was born in Ukraine, lived in Israel for many years and moved to Canada in 2008

Wild Card

Clement Regert is a French guitarist from Paris. Since he moved to London in 2005, Clement has played in numerous venues and festivals in the UK such as The London jazz Festival, London Latin-Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott, 606 club, Pizza Express Soho, Cadogan Hall, Jazz café Posk, The Teignmouth and Marlborough Jazz festival or the Canary Wharf jazz Festival and collaborated with the likes of Lianne Carroll, Tim Garland, Binker Goldings, Natalie Williams, Dennis Rollins, Denys Baptiste, Mark Mondesir, Andrew McCormack, Robert Mitchell, Ross Stanley, Duncan Eagles or Jim Watson to name just a few. He founded Wild Card and recorded/produced his debut album "Mixity" in 2008. Clement Regert is Broadly travelling the same nu-Jazz path as Italy's Nicola Conte but takes a better solo." Evening Standard. Sophie Alloway is one of the most in demand drummer in the UK. She has toured the UK, Australia, and new Zealand with Roots Manuva, As well as performing on later with Jools Holland, Mercury Music Prize, BBC Introducing and playing festival such as London Jazz Festival, Glastonbury and Bestival

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Emmett North Jr.

Emmett North Jr born in middletown,ohio a steel town not far from cincinnati and dayton june 5th,1947,use to watch 'American Bandstand' and became interested in music and started writing song poems in the 5th grade,use to sing in talent shows,introduced to the guitar at nine, after moving to dayton i started learning gospel and blues and traveled with gospel groups weekends performing churches in the midwest and south,after learning blues,soul and r&b i got more work,played my first club at 13 with blues singer 'Piney Brown',i had my first band at seventeen called 'The Twisters',played in the ISO in the army in germany,i had a band on post where i performed for the officers parties even called off guard duty and KP to perform with my band,i had german off post whom i also toured with when on leave.After returning home in started playing again in bands and was asked in 1974' to move to london to play with 'Heat Wave',it was too far from home,i moved to LA in february 1975 to audition and work for Bobby Womack after visiting Bobby's office his PR man told me Barry White was also looking for guitarist and his office was in the same building so i went to his office the band liked my personally,i auditioned for Barry's conductor and passed,i auditioned for Barry a week later was hired and two months later i was on tour in europe,my first meeting with Barry was at Soul Train before the show and also met Lee Ritenour at that time and the rest is history,i was with Barry White from 1975-1979 and from 1986-1990

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Natalie Hanna Mendoza

LA bred and based musician NATALIE HANNA MENDOZA is an award winning jazz vocalist and songwriter. She performs many other vocal genres including POP, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Motown and Classical. With a broad range of vocal stylings, Natalie is lead vocalist in several groups including The Fabus Four, Natalie and Shane, and the acoustic Americana band, The Frogtown Serenaders. She can be found performing tirelessly at venues throughout Southern California such as Herb Alpert’s Vibratos Grill Jazz, Disneyland, Clifton’s Cafeteria, the Cicada Club, the Queen Mary, Vitellos, and many more

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Rodric White

Rodric White was a finalist in the 1999 National Australian Jazz Piano Competition and is a graduate of the Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies Course (NSW Conservatorium of Music) where he majored in Music Arranging and Jazz Piano, and studied Classical Piano with Gerard Willems (Judge of the Sydney International Piano Competition and ABC Recording Artist). For two years, Rodric completed an intensive course of private study with leading Sydney Pianist and Jazz Educator, Bobby Gebert. Rodric has served as pianist and music director for International vocalists Nicki Parrott (USA), Patricia Ségui (France), Juliana Areias (Brazil), Marilane De Mello (Brazil), Rachel Delgado (Chile) and 2015 finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition (USA) / winner Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship Liam Burrows, and performed with leading Australian musicians such as Emma Pask, Virna Sanzone, Simone Waddell, Dale Barlow, Ralph Pyl, Phil Slater, Jason Morphett, Danny Carmichael, John Morrison, Andrew Dickeson, Toby Hall, Brett Hirst, Jonathan Zwartz, Ashley Turner & Andy Firth

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Ray Vasquez

Ray Vasquez started in the 40’s & 50’s big band, Jazz & Latin Jazz era from Watts, Los Angeles California. Ray Vasquez recorded his album “In the Still of the Night” with George Hernandez and Oliver Berliner in 1959 with a 14 piece orchestra on RCA VICTOR RECORDS. Ray Vasquez worked with Musicians Horace Heidt, Charlie Barnet, Bobby Sherwood, Perez Prado, Lennie Niehaus, Paul Lopez, Manny Lopez, Chico Sesma, Anthony Ortega (his cousin), Phil Carreón, Lionel Hampton, & Don Tosti. After the big band era, Ray Vasquez uses professional aka Ray Victor after graduating from the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse Theater

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Laila Biali

Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting. She has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including Carnegie Hall. Her accolades include “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, a JUNO nomination for her studio recording Tracing Light, and a spot on DownBeat Magazine’s “Best Albums of the Year” list for her follow-up Live in Concert. In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring a star-studded lineup including the vocalist Lisa Fischer, who is featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom

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Johanna Sillanpaa

Music has always played a major part in the life of Johanna Sillanpaa. She is described as “a bluesy Erykah Badu with a marvelous voice that begins in the smoky lows of Norah Jones and effortlessly climbs into the powerful, confident ranges of Lisa Stansfield”. She has become quite well known in Western Canada as both a solo artist, and through her band ‘Sillan & Young’. Most recently, Johanna’s solo debut album ‘Good Life’ was nominated for a 2007 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Urban Recording. Johanna originally began singing as a young girl in her hometown of Boras, Sweden


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