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Seba Molnar

Seba Molnar is a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator based out of Boston, Massachusetts. He has been gigging on saxophone and clarinet since the age of twelve. Seba grew up in Canton, New York, where his high school band director, Tim Savage, introduced him to jazz. After getting the music bug, he attended the Berklee College of Music, majoring in saxophone performance, with a concentration in jazz. He has had the opportunity to study with world- renowned saxophonists George Garzone, Bill Pierce, and Tia Fuller. In addition to leading his own jazz groups, Seba performs throughout Boston and New England with a variety of bands

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Chris Buono

Chris Buono makes music with a guitar and lots of pedals. As a leader Chris heads the genre-bending organ trio cB3 featuring Ben Stivers and Tobias Ralph. Chris is the founder and co-writer for the progressive math funk project RedRightReturn that includes Tippan Phasuk, Justin Stanton, Evan Marien and Alex Silvergold. Both cB3 and RedRightReturn are releasing debut albums in late 2019/early 2020. Chris also plays with cult legends, James Chance & The Contortions.

As a sideman and/or guest soloist Chris Buono has performed and/or recorded with Dweezil Zappa, Snarky Puppy, Bumblefoot, Karsh Kale, Graham Haynes, David Fiuczynski, Oz Noy, Keith Carlock, Rodney Holmes, Steve Jenkins, Tony Grey, Dave Martone, Sophia Ramos, Dopapod, Consider the Source, Kung Fu, Jazz if PHSH and many more. As an educator Chris has taught guitarists from all over the world through Berklee College of Music, TrueFire, Guitar Player, Guitar One, Just Jazz Guitar, Hal Leonard, Alfred, Course Technology & Guitarinstructor.com among others

Harry Skoler

Jazz clarinetist Harry Skoler was born in Syracuse, NY in 1956. Harry is Professor of Woodwinds at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee in 1978, and a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory in 1986, where he studied with legendary jazz great Jimmy Giuffre. His recordings include Conversations in the Language of Jazz, Reflections on the Art of Swing - A Tribute to Benny Goodman, and A Work of Heart on Brownstone Recordings. He has authored articles on jazz education, including a "Pro-Workshop" article in Downbeat magazine, and has been included with a biography and philosophy of artistry in Gianluca Campagnolo's Volume 10 method book for clarinet, which features bios and tips from many of today's prominent clarinetists

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Refugee Music in Europe: Migration, Asylum, Soundroutes, and Arab Jams

Read "Refugee Music in Europe: Migration, Asylum, Soundroutes, and Arab Jams" reviewed by Arthur R George

World conflicts do not spare musicians. They are among the millions of displaced persons upon the planet. A refugee assistance organization in Europe which has assisted hundreds said an accurate total is impossible to know; one estimate put the number into the thousands. Many had been privileged in their home countries, highly-educated, middle class or more. ...

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Iming Lin

Iming Lin is a classically trained, jazz saxophonist and composer, from Taipei, Taiwan. His musical journey began when he was six years old, when his parents decided to enroll him for piano lessons in the hopes that music would calm and discipline this boisterous, energetic six-year old boy. Few years later, Lin picked up the saxophone at the age of ten when his music teacher introduced him to wind concert band. Lin went on to study classical saxophone at Chinese Culture University and Shih Chien University. He won the Shih Chien University Concerto Competition in 2009 and performed Paul Creston “Concerto for Alto Saxophone” with Shih Chien University Orchestra at Taipei ZongShan Hall

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Jeff Byrnes

Jeff Byrnes began his journey in music at the tender age of 11, playing trumpet in his school band. After picking up the euphonium in the eighth grade, Jeff discovered that the deep end is where he likes to swim. Discovering the electric bass his freshman year of high school, he picked up the instrument & taught himself, listening to a combination of Motown R&B and 90’s era rock music. Playing in the high school jazz band is really where it all happened though, introducing him to the sounds of jazz in all its idioms. Jeff spent 2002–2007 attending Berklee College of Music as an upright bass principle. Stylistically, he enjoys playing jazz, classic R&B, soul, rock, the blues, and latin. Jeff plays a Chris Stambaugh Designs custom 4-string electric, a Warwick 5-string Fortress One electric, and a Shen Willow ¾ Flatback upright bass.

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Lauren Desberg

Lauren Desberg’s songs are not the dated sounds of speakeasies and flappers, nor are they the type to be tucked into small lounges or clubs. Lauren’s voice and music fuse together the past and the present, combining classic jazz standards and measures with today’s popular music and lyrics. It’s meant for iPhone’s- morning train commutes and cocktail party playlists. The Harlem-based vocalist simultaneously pays homage to traditional jazz while adding her own contemporary feel—she embodies the spirit of her generation yet defies expectations all the same. Lauren grew up in Los Angeles, CA—born to a musical family who had her singing from day one

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Walter Smith III

Walter Smith III Performance Bio From a young age, Walter began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in Houston with another saxophone player. I took a solo on “Blue Bossa.” It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?” Although it may appear Smith is a new voice on the scene, he is widely recognized as an adept performer, accomplished composer, and inspired educator. Smith released his 5th album as a leader, “Twio” in February of 2018 with his longtime trio of Harish Raghavan and Eric Harland including guest appearances by Christian McBride and Joshua Redman. In the Jazz tradition, Smith has developed under the wings of many of the music’s greats

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Walter Smith III Joins Berklee As Chair Of The Woodwind Department

Walter Smith III Joins Berklee As Chair Of The Woodwind Department

Berklee has named saxophonist Walter Smith III as chair of the Woodwind Department. Smith, a Berklee alumnus who recently released his fifth album as a leader, is widely recognized as an accomplished performer and composer, and an inspired educator. Smith takes up the position on May 1. “Bill Pierce has left a strong legacy of excellence ...

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Domas Žeromskas

The 18-year-old Lithuanian pianist, who demonstrates both an excellent technique and eclectic stylistic taste, shows real promise as a future jazz star. Domas cites Jacky Terrasson, Taylor Eigsti, Bob James, Gerald Clayton, David Benoit, Orrin Evans & Billy Childs as his biggest influences. 
 His journey began with lessons from Lithuanian jazz veterans Oleg Molokojedov and Tomas Kutavičius, followed by Vytautas Labutis, who recognised Domas’ talent and included him in his own groups. The pianist has played as a member of “Silent Blast” at international jazz festivals in Serbia, Ukraine, Estonia and Poland, but today his collaborations reach much further


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