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Juliana Lane

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Juliana is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Self-taught on the piano and ukulele, she wrote her first song at age eleven. At fourteen, it was clear songwriting was her passion, and by sixteen, she released her first album, Dance in the Rain. She has competed locally, nationally, and worldwide in various competitions for voice and songwriting and won several prizes and scholarships over the years. In 2015, she co-wrote her single "Diamonds" with Jimmy Needham. Juliana has a retro jazz vibe that will take you back to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald! Her acoustic version of "Blue" hit #1 on the FAB Chart in England, where she was runner-up for Artist of the Year, right behind Connie Talbot

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Minnie Hill

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Minnie Hill is a Melbourne based composer, arranger and saxophonist who is making her mark in the music scene as a talented and prolific writer. Minnie writes for both big band and smaller jazz ensembles and regularly leads sold out ensembles at the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne. Minnie has just recorded her debut big band album; 'The Remarkable Dave Brubeck', featuring Brubeck's compositions arranged for the 'Minnie Big Band'. This album is set to be released in mid-2021 and features some of Melbourne's best jazz musicians such as Jack Earle and Carlo Barbaro who will play the role of Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond for the album

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Earl MacDonald

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Described as “a magical, musical alchemist of hip hybrids” (Hartford Courant) and “a major force in the world of jazz composition” (Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com), MacDonald’s inexhaustible commitment to the jazz art form reveals itself in his performing, composing and teaching. All seven of MacDonald’s albums differ in instrumentation — ranging from a quartet comprised of cello, saxophone, piano & percussion to a full 17-piece jazz big band. This variance speaks to MacDonald’s restless artistic spirit, unquenchable inquisitiveness and his desire to continue stretching himself musically

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AlexCassanyes

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Àlex Cassanyes Sabater, (Capellades, Barcelona, 1982). Composer, arranger and bandleader with an ambitious and distinctive personality that takes shape in his instrumentation and contemporary vision that gives his works a particular sound and affinity. Àlex Cassanyes has been recognized with international awards on four different occasions. He won the 1st Place award in “European Bigband Composer Competition” in Copenhagen (DK) (2013) for his piece After The Dawn. Moreover, in August 2014, he was also the 1st Prize winner in the "XXVIIth Concorso Internazionale de Composizione per Orchestra Jazz" within the frame of the Barga Jazz Festival (IT) for his work Horizontal Balance

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Steven Feifke

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Heralded a “masterful pianist” by JAZZIZ Magazine, award-winning Yamaha Performing Artist, bandleader and composer Steven Feifke is one of the most in-demand artists of his generation. A two-time semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition, Feifke has been featured on stages around the world alongside premiere artists including Steve Tyrell, Randy Brecker, Chad LB and Veronica Swift, with an impressive performance history at recognized venues like the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Times Square and Rockefeller Center. International tours across Europe, Africa and Asia along with an extensive discography of over 30 albums all before turning 30 have established Feifke’s name as a global presence in jazz. Feifke is an internationally recognized arranger and orchestrator, and has written commissioned works for notables like the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra featuring Sean Jones and John Faddis, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with Ken Peplowski, the Malmo Big Band with Katie Thiroux, and the New Generation Festival with Orchestra Senzaspine and Dominick Farinacci

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Marilyn Chadwick

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Jihye Lee

Jihye Lee is a jazz composer and bandleader based in New York, highly regarded for her personal and adventurous storytelling approach to large-ensemble jazz. “Her music is imaginative and creative” says Jim McNeely, one of Lee’s great mentors. “And she’s not afraid to take some exciting chances in her writing.” Lee describes composition as a form of record-keeping for herself, as the documentation of her life, the process of finding musical equivalents to the images, thoughts and emotions in her mind. She writes first and foremost for herself, to release her feelings, which makes her music deeply personal

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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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Ira B. Liss

Ever since the early 1970's, Ira was destined in life to be a band leader. A drum major/saxophonist at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, California, he was voted most valuable band member his senior year. In the local, regional and national scenes, Ira acquired extensive experiences in all phases of the music and entertainment industry. From music management, retail/wholesale products, talent acquisition, concert production & promotion, to jazz education and recording production. Ira B. Liss, at 6 feet 7 inches tall, is Southern California's most imminently watchable bandleader of San Diego’s favorite Big Band: The Ira B

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