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Magos Herrera

MAGOS HERRERA Born in Mexico City and currently based out of New York City, Magos Herrera is a dazzling jazz singer- songwriter, producer, and educator. Declared as "One of the greatest contemporary interpreters of song” by The Latin Jazz Network Magos is regarded as one of the most active vocalists in the contemporary Latin American jazz scene, she is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and her singular bold style, which embraces elements of contemporary jazz with Ibero-American melodies and rhythms singing in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, in a style that elegantly blends and surpasses language boundaries. “She gets way under the skin of the song, recalling great communicators like Edith Piaf or Billie Holiday” is how NPR describes Herrera’s talents who has recorded 9 albums including joint collaborations with producer Javier Limón in addition to having participated as a guest artist of several recordings and albums

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Gijs Levelt

Gijs Levelt is a trumpet player, composer and teacher. In his work he explores the boundaries of world music, improvised music, contemporary composed music and pop music. As a trumpet player, he is best known for his work with the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, with whom he has toured the world since 1997, released 15 albums and entered into various international collaborative projects. He was also founder and co-band leader of several crossover bands and ensembles, including STriCat, the Axyz Ensemble and Spinifex. As a sideman and guest musician he has played with a large number of artists in different genres, from the Willem Breuker Kollektief to Chef's Special, in clubs, theaters and festivals all over the world. Together with composer / flutist Ned McGowan, Gijs led the Karnatic Lab, a concert series, a series of festivals, a record label and a number of ensembles for years

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Dave Ihlenfeld

Dave Ihlenfeld grew up in St. Louis, where at age 3 he started picking out bass lines on the family piano while listening to Motown tunes on the radio. Lessons followed, to be abandoned in favor of viola, euphonium, and finally the tuba, but a piano opening in his high school jazz band provided the musical outlet he was seeking. Fame and fortune did not follow, so he attended DePauw and Indiana Universities, and then worked out of Indianapolis for too many years as a professional musician. Since 1996 he has resided in Arizona, where he is in demand as a performer on jazz piano and tuba

Griffin Brown

Griffin Brown is a composer, poet, songwriter+vocalist, drummer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn. His work collides—and sometimes exists wholly inside of—idioms like classical, jazz, electronic, experimental pop and rock, and improvised music. He has performed and had music debuted in a variety of concert halls, clubs, and basements: among many others, the Cornelia Street Café and Miller Theatre in New York, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Morse Recital Hall in New Haven, CT, the Trocadero and World Café Live in Philadelphia, La Schola Cantorum in Paris, the Baked Potato in Los Angeles, festivals like highSCORE and next year’s impuls Festival in Europe, and lots of houses in the path of the Northeast Corridor

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Jason Whatley

Jason Whatley is a jazz pianist and composer based in Tasmania, Australia. His compositions admit the unmistakable influence of great jazz modernists like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and Wayne Shorter. He leads a quintet featuring fellow Tasmanian musicians Michael Woods (trumpet/flugelhorn), Damon Warner (saxophones), Hamish Houston (bass) and Beau Thomas (drums). He has released two albums with this lineup, Newfound Cool (2013) and On the Beak (2020).

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Dan Zimmerman

Dan Zimmerman devoted himself to guitar at age seven when he heard Love Gun, the new album by Kiss. Dan’s list of guitar favorites soon expanded beyond the space makeup of Kiss’s Ace Frehley to include John Scofield, Eddie Van Halen and Wes Montgomery, to name a few. After playing in high school rock bands, he studied classical guitar at UC Santa Barbara and jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. At UCSB Dan played in Evil Farmer, a rock/jam band known for spontaneous, creative and sometimes disastrous improvisations. Evil Farmer shared the bill at festivals and clubs with many other bands including ALO, who Dan still sometimes guests with. Dan has played guitar professionally in Southern California for more than 20 years

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Gui Duvignau

Gui Duvignau is a bass player and composer born in France and raised in Brazil. His multi-cultural background has led to a life of traveling and musical exploration. A jazz musician in essence, he also draws inspiration from his experiences performing Rock, Brazilian and ‘World’ music, as well as his studies in Contemporary music. He attended Berklee College of Music where he studied with Vuk Kulenovic, Yakov Gubanov, Greg Hopkins, Ted Pease, John Lockwood, Fernando Huergo, to name a few, receiving his bachelor degree in Jazz Composition. His first album Porto, in collaboration with singer Sofia Ribeiro was inspired by his time living in Portugal

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Rob Duguay

Rob Duguay lives in Queens, New York and performs regularly around the New York City tri-state area, leading multiple groups including Songevity, Low Key Trio, and Rob Duguay Quartet and Trio. He has performed with a large list of fine musicians including Steve Wilson, Abraham Burton, Mark Gross, Chip White, Justin Kauflin, Nadav Snir- Zelniker, Chris Brown, Winard Harper, and more. Aside from performing, Rob stays busy in the music community by teaching private music lessons, composing original music, and booking jazz events both private and at NYC clubs. Rob also acted as a New York correspondent for TSF Jazz Radio in Paris, France, and is the artistic director for About the Swing, a non-profit that brings jazz events to schools throughout the NYC area


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