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Charlie Banacos


Charlie was a pianist (performances with Roy Haynes, Teddy Kotick, Charlie Mariano, Harvie S., and Jerry Bergonzi), composer (World Premier of "Pelaghia" - Carnegie Recital Hall, 1984), author ("Tonal Paralypsis", etc.), and educator (since 1959) in both jazz and classical idioms. His students have performed or recorded with Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, David Liebman, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Henderson, among others. The correspondence courses of Charlie Banacos continue to be taught via online lessons with Garry Dial and Barbara Banacos. These courses began their fruition in the late 1950's and 60's and continued to be taught and developed until Charlie's passing in December of 2009


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Take Five with Gene Ess

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Meet Gene Ess Award-winning guitarist, Gene Ess, draws upon a diverse background to form his unique style. Studying classical piano, Gene's early years were filled with the sounds of Beethoven and Chopin. Originally from Tokyo, Japan and growing up on a U.S. Air Force Base on Okinawa, Gene was simultaneously receiving a mix of influences: he ...


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Take Five With Greg Burk

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About Greg Burk Following his acclaimed 2016 release Clean Spring on SteepleChase Records, American pianist and composer Greg Burk returns with solo piano As A River--his 12th and most lyrical album to date. The son of classical musicians, Burk spent his formative years on the jny: Detroit jazz scene, followed by studies ...


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Newest ARC Members Cover Broad Demographic of Talent

Newest ARC Members Cover Broad Demographic of Talent

2010 has seen a continual growth of the Artists Recording Collective roster of member artists and producers. ARC includes GRAMMY winners and musicians who create high quality and thoughtful work of most all styles across the entire jazz spectrum. Two exciting young artists, saxophonist, Anthony E. Nelson, Jr. and guitarist, Dan Arcamone have joined ARC. These ...


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Charlie Banacos: Recollections of a Legend

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"You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" --Joni Mitchell “There are a dozen ways to hit a key." --Charlie Banacos How do you say goodbye to someone who truly changed you; someone who you know caused you to be a better person just for having known them? How do you say goodbye ...


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Take Five With Joe Higham

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Instrument(s):Saxophones, clarinets.Teachers and/or influences? John Ruocco, Charlie Banacos.I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I saw Elton Dean and Ninesense play. I was at art college, hesitating between playing music and making art, but seeing Elton's band start up with the likes of Louis Moholo, Harry Miller, Keith ...


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B.D. Lenz Awarded Rising Star from Gigmasters

B.D. Lenz Awarded Rising Star from Gigmasters

"This means we're doing something right. GigMasters.com has become an important part of my income and gig schedule." --B.D. Lenz, Premier Contemporary Jazz Guitarist Hackettstown, NJ -- B.D. Lenz, one of the hottest contempo-jazz guitarists on the scene today, was awarded the “Rising Star Award" for the #1 jazz band from GigMasters. The online entertainment booking ...


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