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Tom Newman

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Tom Newman is a real, true musician. Boiling in his veins is the talent of a true musical icon. With modesty, diligence and passion, Tom Newman works in every performance to create a musical atmosphere so fierce each audience member is left breathless and inspired. Tom Newman is a native Washingtonian who started formally studying guitar at age 15 and turned professional before his 16th birthday. “I can remember traveling to Northern Virginia from Northwest DC by myself when I was 15 to practice for performances I had with guys three times my age.” His independence and maturity landed him many performance and learning opportunities at a young age

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Alex Lofoco

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Born and raised in Rome Alex moved to London where he graduated in Popular Music Performance – BMus (Hons) at the University of West London. Alex releases his progressive fusion debut album Beyond in December 2017, featuring guest artists Marco Minnemann on drums (Aristocrats), keyboard Wizard Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea Elektric Band), Jesus Molina and guitarist, composer and co-producer Roby Meola. Alex holds masterclasses and clinic worldwide invited by music colleges including the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, BIMM and the ICMP in London. In 2018 Alex publishes his unique method for guitar and bass SCALE COLOUR SYSTEM – an innovative way to larn the fretboard and unlock your playing

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Mike Tomaro

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Mike Tomaro has been the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA since 1997. This saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator earned his B.S. degree in Music Education from Duquesne University and his M.A. degree in Saxophone Performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he lived in the Washington, D.C. area for seventeen years as a member of the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, a unit of the prestigious “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band. While a member of this group, he served as its Enlisted Musical Director and performed for Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton as well as heads of state from around the world

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Patrick Pfeiffer

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Patrick Pfeiffer is a professional bassist, composer, clinician, author and bass educator in New York City. His solo CD Fruits and Nuts earned stellar reviews and a recommendation from Bass Player Magazine as well as from Jazz Improv Magazine. Besides performing and recording, Pfeiffer teaches bass guitar in New York City and gives clinics on rhythm section playing for bassists and drummers throughout the US. He is co-founder of Bass Immersion Day and often conducts clinics alongside such luminaries as Will Lee, John Patitucci, Gerald Veasley, Michael Manring, Bakithi Kumalo, Adam Nitti and many more.

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Anton Schwartz

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“What I require for music to really captivate me,” Anton says, “is groove and intellect working in tandem. Music that gets into your bones, into your head and into your heart.” From Louis Armstrong and Lester Young to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, jazz’s greatest improvisers create music that carries an emotional wallop. It’s a lesson that tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz learned well. Like the giants from whom he draws inspiration, Schwartz approaches jazz as a vehicle for reaching the heart and the head. At a time when many of his contemporaries seem to be making music more for their musical colleagues than a wider audience, Schwartz stands out as a player determined to communicate with his listeners


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