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Kris T Reeder

Kris T Reeder was born in 1984 and was brought up in a single-parent family in Banbury. His family claimed state benefits for most of his childhood. He has never met his father who is believed to be an African-American service personnel who served in the UK during the cold war. Kris T Reeder’s alleged father died in the 1990s after being shot dead outside his apartment in St Louis, Missouri, according to US archives. It is highly probable that Kris T Reeder’s paternal grandfather is Jeff Greyer, a drummer in the legendary ‘Prince Gabe and the Millionaires’ band.

Sharam Gill

Formerly, the creative force behind the group, Panjaea. Has played in America and the UK and at the London Olympics, Athletes Village. Now fronts the band, Cox McQueen.

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KELVIN SMITH

Learned to play classical music before discovering traditional jazz. Have played jazz for 40 years now. Played with various bands - trios to 6 piece. Been member of - Dave Rance Rocking Chair Jazz Band 3 Spires Jazz Band Chris Carmell Vintage Jazz Band Richard Bailey All Stars Ford Jones Dixieland Jazz Band Play mainly around Midlands area of UK.

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Tom Haines

Tom Haines is a UK-based composer and musician specialising in original Jazz composition, bespoke composition and sound design for Dance & Media, and music performance (drums, cajon, keyboards, melodica). A multi-award-winning Jazz Composer / Arranger, Tom won the 4th Annual European Big Band Composer Competition with his work 'Elegantly Ella' (2017), the 28th Barga Jazz Composition Award for his work 'Yitzoid' (2015), the inaugural ‘Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranging Award’ (2014) for his work ‘Mystery Dog (Mr E Dog)’, whilst ‘Whistleblower’ landed him the prestigious accolades of the ‘Duvel Jazz Award’ as well as the ‘Bose Audience Prize’ at the Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Composition Contest (2013). His debut album 'Tom Haines - The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra - Live' is released on 2nd June 2017. Tom has also had works performed by Fukuda-Gumi (Japan), The El Camino College Jazz Orchestra (USA), The Pagsberg Big Band & The Vocals (Denmark), Barga Jazz Orchestra (Italy), the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (UK), Brussels Jazz Orchestra (Belgium), Walsall Jazz Orchestra (UK).

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Jay Riley

I've spent my whole life playing other people's music and I always annoyed people because I never played it exactly as it was on the record. It's taken me 37 years to realise that I'm a Jazz musician and it is perfectly acceptable to do this! I love Jazz and it definitely ticks boxes for challenging me musically but I also love beautiful melodies and grooves that go on and on just because they sound 'great'! I also feel that music should be heartfelt and that its worth the risk of leaving yourself vulnerable. I was brought up to have an Englishman's stiff upper lip and it didn't do me any good

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Jacky Naylor

Jacky Naylor is a jazz pianist, composer and educator based in London. He leads his own trio Meraki, alongside Nick Jurd and Jonathan Silk, who are releasing their debut album in September 2020 on Ubuntu Music. In addition, he leads his Sextet, formed in 2019 for a commission from Lancaster Jazz Festival titled ‘Industrial’. A dynamic composer, Naylor’s debut release was ‘Rough Boundaries’ - a suite of original big band music written about five contrasting cities - which he recorded with Birmingham Jazz Orchestra in 2016. Whilst growing up in the Yorkshire Dales, the worlds of jazz and professional music were remote

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Pete Sklaroff

Peter Sklaroff is a highly experienced guitarist and music educator with over 25 years experience of performing/touring and music education at Higher Education and Postgraduate level. He was most recently the Head of Jazz Studies at Leeds College of Music in the UK and previously held the posts of Assistant Head of Music, Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Jazz course, HE (Music) Admissions Manager and Instrumental Coordinator of Guitar and Bass. For many years, Peter was also the Principal Jazz/Electric Guitar Tutor at LCM. His musical specialisms include Jazz Improvisation, Harmony and Performance Techniques, and he has taught Jazz Language and Vocabulary, Harmonic Techniques, Improvisation Strategies, and Jazz Performance Studies at Higher Education and Postgraduate level. He initially graduated from Edinburgh College of Art (Heriot Watt University) with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and Humanities (1984) before pursuing and consolidating his musical studies full-time at the well-known City of Leeds College of Music in 1985

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Matt Parker

Tenor and soprano saxophone virtuoso and visionary composer Matt Parker made a vivid impression with his 2013 debut recording, Worlds Put Together. “Restlessly inventive” (Down Beat), Parker is “a fully formed artist with his own unique voice [who] sounds comfortable promenading down multiple paths” (All About Jazz). For his new recording Present Time, Parker pared down the sextet of Worlds to a powerhouse trio comprised of bassist Alan Hampton and drummer Reggie Quinerly, colleagues of his since all three were classmates at the New School nearly 20 years ago. Scheduled for release on February 12 by Parker’s BYNK label (“Because You Never Know”), the CD consists of seven Parker originals, one old standard, and a previously unrecorded tune by the late, great Charles Mingus

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Over Ice

Over Ice is a top class duo, combining the superb and incredibly versatile vocals of Corsa and the shear genius of Mark Bettis on keys and bass, laying classic soul, motown, funk, disco, Jazz and Swing as well as many modern pop standards but with their own unique and creative flair. Also as part of their alter ego "The Rhythm Junkies", one of UK’s premier function bands, they offer a 5/7 piece totally live, full band, class act experience. Their lively and entertaining shows are renowned for filling the dance floor and getting the party into full flow with a energetic mix of classic and modern standards.

Lupa

Lupa: singer song-writer, producer, arranger, band leader and founder of indie label Lupamusic. Lupa, Italian-born/raised in Milan now resident in the UK, begun her artistic career at the age of three with classical piano lessons and modeling for the house of 'VOGUE Children' magazine in Milan. She studied the Dramatic Arts in Italy (training with popular and controversial theatrical duo FRANCA RAME and winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature DARIO FO') and in England where she obtained L.A.M.D.A (London Academy Of Music & Dramatic Arts) acting qualifications. Lupa pursued the acting vocation on the British stages and screens being featured in various independent stage productions and short films


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