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Tenth World with Kevin Jones and Kelvin Sholar

Tenth World is a group formed by Kevin Jones and pianist/composer, Kelvin Sholar through a partnership created back in 1999 in New York City. Together Jones and Sholar formed a collective of young talented master musicians on the cusp of realizing a new and creative sound that combined the harmonic sensibilities of Jazz and Soul with the rhythms of the African Diaspora. The nucleus of Tenth World formed around Kelvin Sholar’s group Esoterica which was a quartet. Other members were added; Saxophonist Brian Horton, Drummer Jaimeo Brown, Trumpeter Kevin Louis and both Bassists Damon Warmack out of Detroit and Joshua David Barrett out of New Jersey worked interchangeably

496 West

Since debuting in 2008, the band "496 West" has opened for a number of unforgettable and inspirational artists including: the legendary Kirk Whalum, soulful balladeer Phil Perry, jazz stalwarts Nick Colionne, Grammy- nominated Gerald Albright, saxman Euge Groove, smooth jazz guitarist Tim Bowman and international Grammy- nominated keyboardist, Bob Baldwin, the electrifying saxophonist Eric Darius and jazz guitarist/entertainer Nick Colionne. On Valentine's Day they had a ball opening for Larry Braggs, former lead vocalist for Tower of Power. Performing their own brand of contemporary smooth jazz, R&B, soul, a sprinkling of the blues and of course, gospel jazz, 496 West provides instrumental performances with a variety of combo’s including–music for relaxing, music for listening, and party music–from slow to jam.

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Augustus Black

Augustus Black is an internationally experienced composer, producer, and keyboard artist, an innovator in music technology and sound design, and an original voice in open form and improvised music. He has studied contemporary composition & performance practice with Gwyn Pritchard, Frank Denyer, Alexander Goehr, Gavin Bryars, John Woolrich, Dierdre Gribbin, Catherine Laws, Edward Cowie, Matthew Spring, Paul D. Miller & Bob Gilmore. He is currently working on an extended series of solo piano and multi-keyboard works and co-leading The Salamander Project - a third stream (jazz/classical) collaboration with Ecuadorian American saxophonist Nestor Zurita. Aside from a lengthy performance career as composer/arranger, bandleader and session keyboardist, Augustus Black has been the artistic director on numerous creative and commercial projects

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Ted Piltzecker

Ted Piltzecker has performed at festivals throughout the US and around the globe. His five albums as a leader have been critically acclaimed and influential in both the percussion and jazz worlds. The current release “Brindica” reflects his recent four-month venture around the world. It was recorded in New York and in Buenos Aires, and evokes musical encounters in Iceland, India, Nepal, and Bali. "Piltzecker writes and arranges tunes that draw on tango, second-line, Afro-Cuban, South African, and even carnatic influences, always in an organic, fun, and respectful way. The result is a stylistic kaleidoscope of an album that reveals new combinations of rhythm and harmony at every turn and always sparkes with wit and good humor." CD HotList Ted Piltzecker has received awards from the National Endowment, NY State Council, NJ State Council, Lincoln Center Institute, and the ASCAP Foundation

Organic pulse ensemble

Organic Pulse Ensemble is a band consisting of just the one member, multitracking every instrument in his home-studio. He started out on turntables though, scratching and making beats. Through sampling old vinyl records from his fathers collection, and starting to collect for himself, he developed a love of jazz, soul and funk. In his twenties he started incorporating live instruments into his beatmaking, beginning with an electric bass and a drum kit. Along with some freinds, more instruments was added to the mix and the hip-hop influence was somewhat obscured by that of Sun-Ra and labels like Black Jazz and Strata-East

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Akiko Horii

Originally classically trained on piano in Kobe (Japan) and New York, jazz percussionist Akiko Horii attended the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles on a scholarship and obtained her bachelor’s degree in West African Music and Dance in 2004. At CalArts, she studied with a family of Ghanaian masters: Alfred, Kobla, and Beatrice Ladzekpo. She then attended California State University’s postgraduate Afro-Cuban music course, studying with pianist/composer Paul De Castro and percussionist Robert Fernandez. During the same period, she also studied and worked with master djembefola Mamady Keïta in Los Angeles and in Guinea (and began to learn the art of the balafon with Bala Camara), as well as spending some time in Ivory Coast and Mali

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Murph Aucamp

Grammy nominated drummer/percussionist Murph Aucamp has proven himself as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. From orchestral duties to leading salsa bands in his native South Florida, Murph has enjoyed the freedom that comes with being a diverse musician. He has toured internationally with trumpeter Brian Lynch, performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and backed up an array of legends such as Quincy Jones, Julie Andrews, and John Williams. A graduate of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, Murph has shared the stage with true Miami icons including Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, and Michael Tilson Thomas' New World Symphony

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Massimo Discepoli

Drummer and multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and teacher, since many years Massimo Discepoli works in the most different areas of music. He began his artistic career studying and participating in workshops with leading international masters, also attending the Berklee Schools clinics at Umbria Jazz 2004, receiving compliments by Giovanni Tommaso. Among the most important projects that see him involved in that period should be noted the trio Vibrham, active between 2004 and 2006, that allowed him to create an original fusion of jazz, funk and drum ‘n’ bass. With the trio he realizes the self-titled album in 2006 (which also contains his own compositions), as well as taking part in an intense concert activity. At the same time he began to study piano, bass and guitar, and also approaching electronic music; here he got the idea to start making his own music, which became reality with the creation of the Nheap project

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Mark Duggan

A versatile performer and composer, Mark Duggan has been active in multiple musical genres for over 40 years. Based in Toronto, Canada, Duggan's passionate blend of contemporary percussion idioms has impressed audiences worldwide, ranging from the Tongyeong Music Festival in Korea and Lincoln Center in New York, to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Duggan has performed with many jazz and popular music artists including Diana Krall, Charlie Haden, Maria Schneider, Petula Clark, Kiran Ahluwalia, Maryem Tollar, Andy Stochansky, Nelly Furtado, Oliver Schroer, Don Ross, Kevin Barrett, Rufus Wainwright and for ten years, performed and recorded extensively with his own group, Vuja dé

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Thomas Wingren

Wingren has dedicated most of his life to studies in percussion and his career as a free-lance musician. His drive for expanding his knowledge has taken him to places of special musical interest like New York, Rio de Janeiro and Havana for in-depth studies. Though the folk music tradition always has been the starting point, the use of percussion in jazz and progressive electronica has been his focus the last couple of years. By widening his field of work in this direction a lot of new possibilities have opened up with the use of samplers, looping-techniques and computer based gear. The integration of new technology in acoustic music has resulted in Wingrens most ambitious project to date, Soundscape Orchestra which is a quintet playing futuristic electronic jazz based on productions in Ableton Live