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Roberto Spadoni

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I feel lucky. I fell in love with music and she took me by hand and guides me on the paths of life, the difficult one and the easy ones. Lights and shadows, joys and sorrows: there is no day that music does not resonate within me. Thanks to her I have been able to work with many musicians and many orchestras in precious collaborations and to play in many festivals, I have been able to carry out ambitious projects and I could perform teaching in conservatories and private institutions seeing many young people grow day by day. Thanks to her, I recorded CDs, wrote books and translated others in Italian. Quoting Duke Ellington, I can say that "Music is my Mistress". Between 2007 and 2012 I graduated in I and II level in Jazz at the Conservatorio di Musica di Benevento, where I am now a professor in Jazz Composition. My training initially was mainly self-taught, working on the records and the few scores that could be found in the years of my youth

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Tatvamasi

A Polish quartet performing instrumental rock music enhanced by the tenderness of jazz,dimmed with psychedelic mist, distored with tensions of underground. Music built on twisted riffs, seducing pulsations, intriguing improvisations, fictitious images, magical stories. The third ear music.

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Igor Kogan

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Igor Kogan is a jazz artist, bassist, composer and bandleader. He has performed at prestigious venues and festivals in U.S., Canada and Europe, including Jazz at Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall (New York), Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Toronto Music Festival (Canada), Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel); and appeared at renowned jazz clubs Smalls, Zinc, Fat Cat (New York); Herb Alpert’s Vibrato, Blue Whale, Vitellos, The Lighthouse (Los Angeles) among other venues.

Born in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, he started to play violin at age 7. He immigrated to Israel at the age of 15 where he simultaneously pursued his interest in music and science, and started to play bass and compose music

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The Toots Project

When accordionist Toots Thielemans turned his attention to the chromatic harmonica, in occupied Belgium in the 1940s, he picked a chameleon of an instrument which was to lead to a musical career without boundaries. Was it something about this unique and rarely-heard instrument which took him into the worlds of bebop bands, electric funk, brazilian jazz and film & TV scores? Or was it the highly-personal voice of this soft-spoken North European gentleman which endeared him to the vanguard of American musicians and composers, from Charlie Parker to Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman to Jaco Pastorius? In a concert programme endorsed by Thielemans himself shortly before his death in 2016, harmonica maestro Phil Hopkins joins some of the UK’s most inventive jazz musicians to explore the eclectic repertoire of Toots

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George Lake BIG Band

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With lots of brass, a little sass, and plenty of pizzazz, the award-winning George Lake BIG Band would be happy to swing for you sometime soon. Their finely tuned repertoire draws on the timeless appeal of the greats; Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw and arrangements by modern swing artists like The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. This distinctive blend has given the George Lake Big Band a unique style that continues to win fans from every generation. Simply put, they can really swing!

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Sencalar/Glassman Quintet

The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet is comprised of co-leaders Altin Sencalar and Chris Glassman. The two trombonists met during their graduate degree course work at Michigan State University. The Sencalar/Glassman Quintet has performed at Moriarty’s Pub and Grill as guest artists for “Jazz Tuesday’s,” Soggy Bottom bar as a part of their weekly jazz night, the Lansing Jazz Festival in 2018, their “Welcome Home” educational tour where they performed and taught students jazz at all East Lansing elementary schools. The tour was based on the Detroit jazz scene’s mantra "each one ,teach one.” This tour was generously sponsored by the East Lansing Cultural Arts Grant FY19 and Michigan State Universities Running Start Grant, and Michigan State University Jazz Studies program

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Blue Fiasco

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A fresh approach to jazz: Classic rock hits arranged for a jazz quartet, along with familiar jazz standards. Hits from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and more, as you’ve ever heard before. Blue Fiasco members have been playing for over five decades each: George Cyphers (saxophones), Ron Florkowski (bass), Jon Hedges (guitar) and Andy Kenen (drums). A partial song list of our jazz arrangements inspired by classic rock: Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd) Can’t Buy Me Love (The Beatles) Don’t Know Why (Nora Jones) Don’t Worry ‘Bout A Thing (Stevie Wonder) Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder) Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel) Michelle (The Beatles) Money (Pink Floyd) New York State of Mind (Billy Joel) Norwegian Wood (The Beatles) She’s Leaving Home (The Beatles) Something (The Beatles) Us And Them (Pink Floyd)

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Petite Feet

Travis Bliss is a Brooklyn based saxophonist, improvisor, and composer from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. As an avid historian of 1920’s jazz, Travis has developed a unique saxophone style, re-purposing the wide vibrato, rhythmic sensibility and timbral nuances of the 20’s, re-contextualized for 21st century musical situations. Travis has performed with Anthony Coleman, Ted Reichman, Joe Morris and has performed at venues such as Spectrum, Sculler’s Jazz Club, The Stone NYC, The Nash AZ. Travis graduated with a Masters in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory in May 2017. Shane Simpson is a pianist, composer, and music teacher based in Brooklyn, NY

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Live People Ensemble

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Live People Ensemble is a Moscow-based band that was founded in 2009 by Russian pianist and composer Natalya Skvortsova. They play original music that feels stylistically close to contemporary European jazz, while also incorporating influences from the band members’ personal and cultural backgrounds. The musicians use various elements of jazz and art music tradition, folk and world music, and contemporary rhythmic and harmonic-rhythmic structures to convey emotion and live energy in their music. Live People Ensemble performs both original music written by bandleader Natalya Skvortsova and the other band members, and original arrangements of popular jazz pieces

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The Queen’s Cartoonists

The Queen’s Cartoonists are a group of musicians from New York City that play music from cartoons and the silver screen. Their concerts include virtuosic performances, projections of cartoons with note-for-note live score recreation, multi-instrumental mayhem, singing, and comedy. TQC’s concert repertoire features music from the Golden Age of animation, cult cartoon classics, and modern animation. Featured composers include Raymond Scott, Carl Stalling, Danny Elfman, Alf Clausen, John Williams, and adaptations from the classical repertoire.

Tying this diverse and challenging concert together are stories and anecdotes involving the cartoons and their composers


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