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Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk

Read "Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

A high-stakes election season. Streets filled with rage and protest. Cries for racial justice and equity. The latest news from summer 2020? Of course, but that also describes the American Scene in the summer of 1968, when a high school student in Palo Alto, California, first got the idea to book Thelonious Monk to play his ...

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Greek Legend Manolis Mikelis

Greek Legend Manolis Mikelis

Today, jazz flourishes in Athens—or at least did before the virus lockdown. Many clubs dot the city, and gifted Greek jazz musicians perform there. Greek jazz greatness begins with a pianist whose name might be new to you—Manolis Mikelis. That's because Mikelis barely recorded, preferring to play live throughout Europe during his lifetime. Back in the ...

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Billy Pod

Vassilis Podaras (aka Billy Pod) was born in Athens,Greece in 1988. He started playing drums at the age of 11. His musical studies include 6 years of classical piano and violin lessons. At the age of 18 he was accepted at the jazz department of the Ionian university of Corfu and 5 years later he got his Bachelor degree and later his Masters degree in jazz performance. From 2009 he is one of the most active musicians in the Greek jazz scene collaborating and performing internationally at festivals and venues in Europe,USA and Asia. Tivon Pennicott, Jd Walter , Emmet Cohen ,Rufus Reid ,Bobby Sanabria ,Manfred Schoof ,Olivier Temime ,Timo Lassy ,Dean Bowman ,George Kontrafouris ,Takis Paterelis ,Vasilis Rakopoulos ,Dimos Dimitriadis ,Dimitri Vasilakis ,Vasilis Xenopoulos ,Nikolas Anadolis among others are some of his latest collaborations. He is member of the band the Next Step Quintet (latest release feat.Tivon Pennicott)

Konstantinos Papachristou

Konstantinos is a musician from Greece. Although he holds a PhD in Electronics Engineering, he is a great saxophone player. He also studied harmony and classical singing and several recordings of his performance featured in Greek TV series and music albums. Through out all these years of playing and studing music his experiences turned into a concept jazz album of the ECM genre.

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Music Soup

MUSIC SOUP is a mainstay on the Greek jazz scene where they perform in all types of venues, from festivals and concert halls to jazz clubs, bars, and cafes. Evgenia and Nestor first met in 1998 when Nestor hired Evgenia to sing for a performance with his band. They continued playing together on and off for many years before they decided to form MUSIC SOUP in 2006. According to Evgenia, “We came up with our group name because we wanted to play different jazz-oriented styles in different group settings. We wanted a name that was a bit light-hearted, because we’re serious about our music but we prefer to not take ourselves very seriously.” CUT TO THE CHASE celebrates the group’s 10-year anniversary

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Yiorgos Kostopoulos

Bassist Yiorgos(also known as George) Kostopoulos is a cross-cultural musician with a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from Aaron Copland School of Music whose proficiency in many different musical styles has led him to numerous collaborations with exceptional musicians from all over the world. Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Georgios studied in depth the full spectrum of classical, jazz,pop and Greek folk music while at the same time he explored a variety of musical styles from all over the world, enriching his music vocabulary and broadening his artistic perception. He attended the specified in Music, experimental high school of Pallini, Athens where he had the chance to study in depth classical music and byzantine/folk music. After graduating from High School he studied Double Bass in Phillipos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, where he received his degree in Jazz Performance in 2011. Yiorgos has also studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens. In 2009 he travels to Sofia ,Bulgaria to participate in the Jazz improvisation workshop under the direction of jazz pianist/composer Milcho Leviev . He received twice a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Boston,MA in 2009 and 2010. In 2010 he received a performance scholarship from the Phillipos Nakas Conservatory in Athens. In 2011 after graduating from Phillipos Nakas Conservatory he continues his studies in New York City, after being accepted at the Queens College Masters Programs where he studied Jazz Performance with private teachers Lonnie Plaxico and Joe Martin, in New York. He has shared the stage with a wide range of performers, in the US and Europe

Military Band of Athens (Greece)

Military band of Athens founded in 1825. This year the group has a unique big band!

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Takis Barberis

Takis Barberis was born in Athens in 1963. His relationship with music began at the age of 10. He attended the National Conservatory of Greece, studying classic guitar with Dimitris Fampas, higher theory with Yiannis Avgerinos and on graduation also received the Harmony certificate. Simultaneously he played electric guitar in many rock groups. His interest in jazz began in 1979 and it would determine his future course. In 1982 he presented his first compositions with the band "Jazz Fusion Quintet" when his cooperation with David Lynch and Takis Farazis began, continuing later in the group "Iskra" (1985), with G

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George Stavroulakis

George Stavroulakis was born in Athens, in 1978. He has studied privately with John Ekmektsoglou and Yiotis Samaras, has also attended private lessons from Mikkel Ploug and Mike Moreno and has attended clinics by Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, Kenwood Dennard, Tim Miller, Allan Holdsworth and Scott Henderson. George has been active in the Greek jazz scene since 2006 and has been playing as a sideman in various jazz ensembles with renowned artists including Kostas Konstantinou, George Georgiadis, Seraphim Bellos, Dimitris Pantelias, Pantelis Benetatos and many others, having jammed and performed at lots of Athens’ jazz music venues


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