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Geoff Mason

Geoff runs his own jazz quintet with the tenor sax player Simon Spillett and John Horler which has played most of the jazz festivals and clubs in the UK their two Cds have featured on BBC radio 2’s “The Best of Jazz”. He is a member of RMG Collective a Modern/Latin group with Jonathan Gee ,Steve Rubie and Winston Clifford. He has played at the Ronnie Scotts, the 606 Club,The Pizza Express jazz club Dean Street, Cork Jazz Festival, Ealing jazz Festival,and has worked with many top jazz stars including visiting Americans Scott Hamilton ,Greg Abarte & Daryl Sherman and UK musicians Steve Waterman ,Henry Lowther, Derek Nash, Steve Fishwick and Dave O’Higgins

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Seth Weaver

Seth Weaver has rapidly established a reputation as one of the most exciting new jazz names on the NYC jazz scene. Whether though his brilliant improvised trombone solos, rich baritone vocals, original compositions, or his dedicated teaching, his passion for music and unique talent shines through. Seth’s latest project is a big band album titled “Truth,” slated for release in March 2020, and will be showcased at Birdland in an April 2020 concert. Weaver has performed at Dizzy’s, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Bass Performance Hall, to name a few, and has performed in Amsterdam and Dublin

Alexis Tantau

With extensive training as classical singer and having sung with various opera companies locally and abroad, it came as something of a surprise when the door to the world of jazz swung wide open for Miss Tantau less than two years ago. Planning to specialize in French art song and opera, she took several trips to study in France, including a year to study Occitan, the endangered language of her ancestors. Over the years, she took her teachers’ suggestions to sing Edith Piaf songs lightheartedly—until she began landing more gigs singing Piaf than Bizet! Her highly-sought renditions of famous French songs by the likes of Edith Piaf, Eartha Kitt, and Charles Trenet wonderfully compliment the WWII era vibe of the Hot Club, showing off her lustrous vocal timbre, and delicious French diction.

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Volker Goetze

Multimedia Artist Volker Goetze is a German-born, New York-based trumpeter, composer, and filmmaker. He performed and presented his work at leading venues and international festivals such as the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, West German Radio Station (WDR Cologne), Gasteig Munich, Sunset Paris, Jazzhouse Copenhagen, World festival of Sacred Music (Los Angeles) and the Opera Festival in Munich. His work bridges cultures creating contemporary cross-cultural dialogs across multiple disciplines incorporating cutting edge technology. His recent compositions don’t fit in any singular category as they derive from folklore music, rock, jazz, contemporary music, classical as well as baroque music

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Vanessa Perica

Vanessa Perica is a Composer, Arranger, Conductor based in Melbourne, Australia. Originally hailing from Perth, Vanessa majored in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Upon completion of her Bachelor degree in 2003, she was awarded the prestigious Bob Wyllie Scholarship for ‘Most Outstanding Graduating Jazz Student.’ Other recipients of this honour include Mat Jodrell, Linda May Han Oh, Troy Roberts and Ben Vanderwal. Her mentor was the legendary Graeme Lyall AM. Recent career highlights include both national and international recognition

Migiwa Miyajima

Migiwa “Miggy” Miyajima is a jazz composer and leader of the passionately swinging 17-piece Miggy Augmented Orchestra, which released its ArtistShare debut Colorful in 2018. With this group she brings her life experience to bear on music that evokes natural beauty and a deep appreciation of our shared humanity. She has been named 2020 New York City’s Women’s Fund For Media, Music and Theatre recipient and one of 60 inaugural recipients of the Jerome Foundation’s 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships as well as a 2015 finalist for the BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize. She has also served as associate producer and conductor of Slide Hampton’s big band, and was the Japanese representative of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, for which she associate-produced the Grammy-nominated albums Forever Lasting: Live in Tokyo and Over Time: Music of Bob Brookmeyer

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Wayne D. Henderson

This NYC artist began playing the drums at the age of 8. He then moved to the NYC area where he began honing his skills by playing in the The Garden of Prayer Church under the direction of Bishop William James Robinson in Bronx, NY. He became a student of jazz the very first time he heard the great drummer Grady Tate who performed with Jimmy Smith. He was also impressed with the big band swing style of Buddy Rich, Count Basie's Orchestra and Earth, Wind & Fire. Over the next four decades Henderson has played at Birdland, Smoke Jazz Club, Showmans, BB Kings, The Roxy Hotel, Village Gate, The Jazz Forum, NYU, Churchill Grounds, Zinc Bar, Swing 46 and Avery Fisher Hall. Henderson has performed with several orchestras: The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, The John Peek Orchestra and The Cotton Club Orchestra

Rebekah Victoria Gundunas

Rebekah Victoria is the lead vocalist for JAZZKWEST. Rebekah is a professional jazz vocalist with over 30 years in the business with a background in cabaret and theater. JAZZKWEST is a swinging classic combo that performs in the Bay Area(San Francisco)and beyond. Our styles include uptempo,danceable, romantic ballads, Latin, cabaret, pop and big band. We specialize in the American Jazz Standards of the 30's and 40's. "The composers of the swing era were the best ever...these songs are timeless." "My goal is to make sure they will never be forgotten."

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Monika Hoffman

MONIKA HOFFMAN is a Swedish singer with Hungarian-German roots. She is at home not only in classical music, latin, jazz and pop, but also in three languages, namely Swedish, Hungarian and English – all of which she uses for shades of musical expression that are quite distinct. Monika Hoffman studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she played with legends like Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. In Hungary she became well known for participating in the TV show Megasztár – Voice of the Year, which resulted in a recording contract and a spot in the Hungarian finals for the Eurovision Song Contest

Awakening Orchestra

Although it’s right there in the name, it’s not entirely clear whether composer/leader Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra is in fact an orchestra, a big band or something entirely and wildly different. Encompassing broad swaths of musical style in both original and recontextualized and re-imagined compositions, the Awakening Orchestra delves deep into traditions from classical to jazz to indie rock on their debut album, volume I: this is not the answer. Interspersing original work - like the intricate, four-part, title-track symphony - with often radical interpretations of work by Samuel Barber, Radiohead, Johannes Brahms and Low, volume I: this is not the answer crafts a powerful mix of written and improvised material


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