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Shelly Berg

Shelly Berg is a Steinway piano artist and multi-Grammy nominated arranger and producer. His latest album Gershwin Reimagined: An American in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by José Serebrier and produced by Gregg Field (Decca Gold).

The All Music Guide says “Shelly Berg is one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz.” His recording project The Deep with bassist Dave Finck on Chesky Records is widely praised for its versatility and virtuosity with 4.5 stars from DownBeat magazine. His solo project Shelly Berg: The Nearness of You (Arbors) and a two-piano album with Dick Hyman Meeting of Minds (Victoria) are also both critically acclaimed

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W. Allen Taylor

W. Allen Taylor – Jazz Vocalist 
 Winner of the San Francisco Bay Area's first "Jazz Search West Competition” in 2010, W. Allen Taylor is a jazz vocalist from the old school, combining originality with a style reminiscent of the golden age of jazz singing. With vocal influences that include Al Jarreau, Betty Carter, Nat King Cole, Eddie Jefferson and Little Jimmy Scott, he explores the classic jazz standards with a richly dynamic approach. As a band-leader and guest vocalist, Mr. Taylor has appeared in many popular Bay Area and DC Area venues. In the Bay Area, at Anna's Jazz Island, Slates Jazz Supper Club, The Jazzschool, Piedmont Piano Company, Avonova, The Sound Room, the Seahorse Supperclub, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, and the 57Th Street Gallery

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Nat Steele

Nathaniel Steele is a jazz vibraphone player and drummer based in London. Since his arrival on the scene, he has quickly gained a reputation as a talented musician to watch out for, described by Clark Tracey as "one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced." Following in the style of Milt Jackson, Nat takes a two mallet approach to improvisation, focusing on melodic interpretation and a great swing feel. He released his debut album "Portrait of the MJQ" on Trio Records (Proper) in 2017 with a launch at Ronnie Scott's, receiving critical acclaim in the national and jazz press

The Royal Bopsters

Fresh from their successful debut at the Newport Jazz Festival, The Royal Bopsters is a jazz vocal quartet made up of New York’s finest jazz singers/music educators that specializes in Bebop and Swing music. Their highly acclaimed break out release on Motema Records allowed them to sell out a week at NY’s Birdland Jazz Club and garnered them 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine as well as making many top picks for 2015. Their eagerly awaited second recording will be released this Spring and once again features the true jazz royalty of Sheila Jordan and the late Bob Dorough, each lending their iconic voices and stylings (not to mention their writing) that has garnered such praise as, “If this disc featured just the quartet, it would be sensational

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Don Mopsick

Don Mopsick began his musical career as a teenager in his hometown of Linden, NJ, performing on trumpet and bass guitar for local ethnic dances. After High School, he attended Rutgers University and Berklee College of Music. His first professional gigs were with Rosemary Clooney and Ralph Sharon around Boston. Mopsick’s musical interests have always been eclectic. He was graduated from The Manhattan School of Music in 1977 with a degree in Tuba Performance. While in New York, he performed on tuba and bass with The Smith Street Society, Lee Castle (with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra), Jim Chapin, John Carisi, Benny Ventura, the Paul Jefferey Octet and others. After a move to Ft

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Ed Hartman

Ed Hartman performs and scores percussive, orchestral, jazz, pop, rock, Latin, world and electronic music. Ed Hartman is a composer in Seattle, Washington, with a widely varied musical background. Ed's recording facility includes a very large array of real percussion instruments (marimba/vibes, hand drums, world percussion, etc.). Originally from Chicago, Ed Hartman is an accomplished composer, performer, and educator. Ed received his Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, and has been involved with the film and music communities in the Pacific Northwest for decades. He creates music drawn from many styles, genres and cultures

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Saskia Laroo

Saskia Laroo (1959) was hailed by American public and press at large as “Lady Miles of Europe”. She is one of the few women trumpet stylists and a delight on the music scene for almost four decades. Born July 31, 1959 in Amsterdam, it began for her on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming herself becoming a professional musician. That all changed when Saskia, turned 18, after briefly majoring in Mathematics at University of Amsterdam switched her focus to a career in music. She worked extensively in various groups from this point, primarily on upright bass, though eventually, on both bass and trumpet

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Robert Dunn

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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Guillaume Muller

French musician and composer currently based in New York city, Guillaume started to play the guitar in his teenage years. Originally from Paris, he moved to Boston to study guitar and composition. In the Fall 2012. Upon his arrival at Berklee College of Music, Guillaume earned a scholarship, and had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest musicians and teachers the school had to offer. In the Fall 2015, Guillaume graduated Summa Cum Laude and shortly after moved to New York city. While teaching and playing in New York, Guillaume has also been able to attend NYU Steinhardt as a graduate student and obtained his Master degree in Jazz Studies in the Spring 2019

Reuel Lubag

Reuel Lubag is one of the well established jazz artists in the Pacific Northwest jazz scene. He is a graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. As a member of the Native Jazz Quartet he served as a music ambassador to Latin America for the U.S. Department of State in May 2013 for a jazz festival in Venezuela, and again in April 2014 for a four-week tour which took the group to Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolvia, Peru, and Argentina. Reuel recently released his first self titled release in 2018: Premiere featuring up and coming NYC/Seattle based bassist Ben Feldman, and drummer Ed Littlefield, his bandmate from the Native Jazz Quartet


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