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Steven Kamperman

Composer, clarinet player, and drummer Steven Kamperman has a taste for musical adventure that has brought him into many different musical surroundings. Although extremely versatile, Kamperman’s work always displays a distinct personality, guaranteeing a subtle balance between surprise and heartfelt inspiration. Famous Dutch composer Theo Loevendie stated: “Steven Kamperman has the rare ability to make every style of music sound like his own.” Improvised music After an initial start as a jazz improviser, a special love for modal folk music led him in 2002 to a decade- lasting and successful collaboration with Turkish vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Behsat Üvez, in their mutual project Baraná (Baraná & Co, Baraná Trio, Elektro Shaman, Şarap / Wine, Xenopolis with Ceylan Ertem)

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Winko Ljizz

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Winko Ljizz is the OneManBand Storyteller of Sacramento - hosting the Acoustic Sanctuary [mobile piano- bar comedy club] - in the Old Sacramento Waterfront historic district - parked at 200 J Street on Thur, Fri & Saturday nights [from 8 ’til Late]. www.acousticsanctuary.com

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Klaus Lessmann

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Klaus Lessmann (Clarinetist, Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, Conductor) Originally from Burghausen (Germany), he studied classical music and jazz at the Musikhochschule Graz (Austria) and has lived since 1986 near Siena in Italy. He teaches jazz (clarinet, saxophone, combo, big band, arrangement) at the school of the Siena Jazz association and in other schools and workshops, and is regional coordinator for Italy of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ). He also teaches music to kids in regular schools. He performs with all sorts of groups, from dixieland and gypsy jazz to contemporary stuff

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Ofer Shapira

Ofer Shapira is a Tel-Aviv based Saxophone/multi-wind performer and Jazz composer/arranger. His delicate, melodious playing style has been described as 'sweetly subversive, music that woos and insinuates' by the New-York based jazz critic Michael Steinman. Ofer has played lead alto with many bands and large groups including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. the Eli Degibri big band, the Eyal Vilner big band and many others. He has also played with many Tel- Aviv based small groups such as the Mamelo Gaitanopolous Sextet, the Danny Rosenfeld Octet and his own jazz quartet. Ofer has also been active in the theater and popular music genre playing In the original Broadway production of the musical ‘Chicago’ and performing with some leading Israeli singers such as Ilanit, Yoni Rechter, Yehoram Gaon, Rona Kenan and others

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Andrew Woolf

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Andrew Woolf is a saxophone and clarinet player known for his versatility across a diverse range of styles, his sensitive musicianship, and his distinctive and expressive instrumental voice. Admired for his melodic and restrained approach as a jazz player, he is also now recognised as a leading exponent of choro in the UK, alongside his performances in a variety of settings, crossing between modern jazz (London Vocal Project, The Button Band), Brazilian music (Alvorada, Choro Matiz), experimental improvisation (Madwort Saxophone Quartet), burning Afrobeat (Afrik Bawantu) and more. This breadth of experience and interest finds a unified voice in his output as a band leader and composer

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Jenny Mitchell aka Muffy Styler

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Jenny Lee Mitchell aka Muffy Styler began singing as a teenager and first concentrated on classical opera technique studying first in her hometown of New York City and then in Germany where she studied with a soloist at the State Opera of Bavaria. After 5 years of private study Jenny lived in Germany, Austria and Switzerland while performing in operetta and musical theater all across Europe for another 15 years, during which time she made the transition to singing jazz which started early on but really began to take shape once she moved back to the States and began playing clarinet as well

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Aaron Johnson

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Aaron Johnson is a Saxophonist, Clarinetist and Flutist based in New York City where he leads his quartet and freelances as a jazz musician and commercial woodwind doubler. In addition to leading his own group in nearly every New York jazz establishment, from Smalls to Jazz at Lincoln Center, he has worked with notable jazz musicians such as Jon Batiste, Dick Hyman, Chuck Israels, Ken Peplowski, Connie Crothers, Slide Hampton, John Colianni, Ed Palermo, Pete Barbutti, Joey "G Clef" Cavaseno, Jon-Erik Kellso, Dwayne Clemons, Sacha Perry, Veronica Swift, Benny Benack III, and many more

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Joey "G-Clef" Cavaseno

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Joey “G-Clef” Cavaseno (alto saxophone, clarinet, arranger, composer, producer) Joey “G-Clef” Cavaseno started his professional Jazz career as a prodigy, as he was discovered initially by Lionel Hampton from within the ranks of the McDonald’s Tri- State Jazz Ensemble at the age of 17. Hampton featured Cavaseno on clarinet mainly performing the Benny Goodman / Lionel Hampton duet material, and he took a young Joey with him, along with drummer Kenny Washington, on various concerts and TV Shows in the New York area. From there he began performing regularly with legendary trumpeter Doc Cheatham, with whom he recorded the live album “Echoes of Harlem” (Stash Records) at 18 years old

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Billy Novick

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Billy Novick is internationally recognized as a musician, performer, arranger and composer. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has made spotlight appearances at numerous festivals, including the Kool, Newport, Edinburgh, Brecon (Wales), Marsiac (France), and Breda (Netherlands) jazz festivals, as well as the Philadelphia and Winnipeg folk festivals. If you haven't had a chance to see him perform in concert, you've undoubtedly heard him as he has been featured as a sideman on over 250 recordings. As a composer, arranger or studio musician, his music has appeared in more than 100 film scores, television shows and commercials, including John Sayles' Eight Men Out and Lone Star, Wes Craven's Music Of The Heart, The Opposite of Sex, and Seabiscuit

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Dom Franks

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Former winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition, Dom Franks is a versatile musician, teacher and composer based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Following a spell with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Dom studied on the Postgraduate Jazz course at London’s Guildhall School of Music with former Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint and saxophonist Stan Sulzmann. Since then he has headed up promotions at London’s Jazz Café, and worked as manager and music booker at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston. At the same time he has maintained a busy career as a freelance session musician, bandleader and teacher. An adaptable saxophonist and arranger, Dom has worked in a wide range of styles; from classical solo engagements on soprano saxophone with the Oxford Pro Musica Singers to session work on alto and tenor sax with with Jocelyn Brown, Alison Limerick, Ikon and Shaft (on #1 chart-topping hit single ‘Mucho Mambo (Sway)’) among others


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