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Amaury Faivre

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Amaury Faivre is an acoustic blues artist, celebrating a 20 years of career on more than 800 stages, in a dozen of countries and 3 different continents. Born in Besançon (France), he blows for the first time in his father’s harmonica at the age of 8. This funny instrument never left him, and he naturally started playing the music of the blues pioneers. This is how he manages to escape from the Spice Girls, listening to artists like Robert Johnson, Mississippi Fred McDowell or John Lee Hooker... He makes a life-changing meeting with Denis Naegely, who raises a very young generation of talented musician

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Matt Richards

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Born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, guitarist Matt Richards grew up in the culturally fertile cross-currents of the late 1960s. His musical pathway opens in the mix of folk, rock and psychedelic music that defined that decade and eventually guides him into the hyperactive jazz-fusion of the 1970s. Initially a self-taught player, Matt began earnestly developing the technically advanced musical abilities necessary to be part of that highly-energized genre. As his musicianship developed, he discovered straight-ahead jazz and classical music and began incorporating the acoustic guitar in various projects

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Jason Keiser

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Jason Keiser is a professional guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, multi-stylist, recording artist, arranger and composer based out of the Bay Area currently residing in San Jose, California. He began pursuing the guitar at the age of 13, with his initial start in Leland High School in San Jose, California. His interest in music was heightened with the opportunity to play and collaborate with other musicians in the Leland High School Jazz Combo led by Instructor, Rian Rodriguez. This began his love for jazz and interest in different types of musical idioms and improvisation, including bluegrass and old-time music

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George Cole

GEORGE COLE: Breakneck acoustic guitarist George Cole inhabits a musical world all his own.... a world in which Django Reinhardt, The Ramones, Artie Shaw, Nat King Cole and Doc Watson get equal billing with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Willie Nelson and the Great American Songbook. Cole currently occupies the guitar chair for the David Grisman Quintet and has two releases on Grisman’s highly regarded Acoustic Disc Label. George was guitar teacher and mentor to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day. George Cole, a San Francisco native and BAMMIE award winner brings an expertise to his guitar playing and singing that is filtered through Rock and Roll, Gypsy Jazz and All things American. Cole is a composer, lyricist, and highly skilled arranger; his current projects include The George Cole Quintet Riverside Drive Redux (acoustic string/swing ala David Grisman Quintet), The George Cole Orchestra (7-16 piece big band), The Guitar Professor™ instructional video series with accompanying books, and recording an all new solo record.  ACCOLADES “George Cole is a major guitar talent who plays everything from gypsy jazz to rhythm & blues

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Bruno Mangueira

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Born in 1978 in Vitoria, Brazil, Bruno Mangueira appears regularly on the Brazilian and international scenes as a guitarist, composer, and arranger. He has performed alongside Brazilian artists including Zizi Possi, Leila Pinheiro, Toninho Horta, Nelson Ayres, Filó Machado, Gilson Peranzzetta, Paulo Jobim, Sizão Machado, and Helio Alves. His work with American artists has included Phil DeGreg, Rick DellaRatta, Mandy Gaines, Kim Pensyl and Paul Keller. In Paris, he has played with Leonardo Montana, Bruno Schorp and Fred Pasqua. Mangueira has been featured as a soloist with symphony orchestras and big bands in Brazil and the United States

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Mike Hecchi

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Ultrafaux

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The Baltimore-based Ultrafaux Ensemble performs original Gypsy Jazz-inspired music with elements of swing, funk, blues, Brazilian choro, and French musette. Lead guitarist and composer Michael Joseph Harris is one of the most prolific writers in this style rooted in the technique of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. Harris and 2nd guitarist Sami Arefin trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies along with a rotating cast of sidemen including Dallas Vietty - accordion, Jason Anick - violin, Evan Price - violin, Aaron Malone - violin, Giacomo Smith - clarinet, Connor Stewart -clarinet, Jonathan Greene - clarinet and many more

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Alain PIERRE

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Vic Dillahay

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Vic Dillahay is a Colorado-based jazz guitarist, composer, and educator. He is best known as a founding member of the world fusion trio Graphite Addiction. A restless musical explorer, Dillahay has also played with a number of other groups including Celtic rockers Indigent Row, the acoustic folk ensemble Aspen Street, and the traditional swing group The Pete and Vic Duo. He founded the Curious Automata record label in 2013. Vic’s recent solo albums explore the rich history of American music with free-roving jazz and rock-tinged improvisations.

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Robert Dunn

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I was born into the sort of family that made me want to stay by myself in my room practicing guitar & writing songs. Somehow I developed this mindset where I felt drawn to the surreal/abstract so I gravitated to music that that was that way (psychedelic, Hendrix, Doors, Beatles, etc.) I began studying jazz and as I progressed through bebop, hard bop, modal and into the 'avant garde' or free jazz I began to absorb these genres and developed my own musical approach. I did put together musical units mostly in LA, and where I currently reside - the San Francisco Bay Area that did attract some attention and this is what I am continuing to do to this day.


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