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Anthony Passante-Contaldi

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A dynamic new force on the Philadelphia music scene, Anthony PC explodes with a diverse array of cutting-edge music–from composing and production to accomplished performances, Anthony embodies the spirit of the city that Gritty calls home.

Along with an impressive classical background (his first love), years of jazz instruction as a parallel pursuit, comes his deep dive into the rap hip hop scene through venues such as Newports and News and Rec Philly. His ongoing collaboration with talented rap/hip hop artists is gaining recognition.

Mixed in liberally throughout his extensive experience, is 15+ plus years as a consummate set drummer that started at Philly’s school of rock playing to enthusiastic crowds at some of Philly’s hottest venues, and culminating in a tour of Germany with performances at Zapannelle–the worldwide Frank Zappa tribute festival.

“I am a South Philly native, draws their inspiration from my love of Philadelphia for my compositions and music projects

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Dine Doneff

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Born in West Germany to Macedonian parents and raised in the Northern Greek prefecture of Edessa, Dine Doneff (or Kostas Theodorou, his Greek citizenship name) has been active as a musician and composer since the mid-eighties. Faced with the choice between school and music, he left his home village and fled to Thessaloniki. Educated his inner soul by exploring life through music, he became a self taught musician. By the 90’s he was working as an arranger, ensemble director and producer on studio recordings. Alternating between touring abroad, he joined the group Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico in 2001, with four albums released by ECM; From 2002 to 2005 he taught at the Technical Education Institute of Epirus and the University of Macedonia

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Heidi Savoie

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“While she’s able to match Guaraldi’s delicate touch on the ivories, she can also brew a solo like Brubeck, though unlike Brubeck, she cools to a simmer before she gets to a boil. She has Vince’s dexterity and Brubeck’s fire, mating them with her own style.” – Edward Mowinkel of YaLikeJazz.net “…She sent takes that would make Oscar Peterson jealous. I dropped them into the mix and the song came to life.” – Joe Kelly of the Kelly Song Collective “Her magical playing on the piano perfectly matched the romantic ambiance of the night.” – Rubi Karuna Heidi Savoie is a jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer based in Toronto, Canada

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Mike Rinta

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Mike Rinta, a Grammy-winning trombonist and arranger, is native to the San Francisco Bay Area and has been freelancing for over 30 years. He has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia with many bands such as: Sly & The Family Stone, Jimmie Vaughan, Howard Tate, John Lee Hooker Jr. and many others. In addition, he has performed or recorded with many greats such as: Herbie Hancock, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Bernard Purdy, Arturo Sandoval, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop, Sammy Hagar, Robert Plant, Jerry Garcia, Irma Thomas, Steve Cropper, Elvis Costello and countless others! His Latin credits include: Tito Nieves, Eddie Santiago, Hector Rey, David Pabon, Larry Harlow, Maelo Ruiz, Lalo Rodriguez, La India, Pete Escovedo, Shiela E

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Joris Teepe

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Bassist Joris Teepe (1962) is the first jazz musician from The Netherlands to be able to make it in New York. Arriving in New York in 1992 with just his bass and a suitcase, he took lessons with Ron Carter, quickly met many musicians and started to work a lot. A year later he recorded his first CD, with a band co-led by Don Braden and featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Carl Allen and Tom Harrell. From that point everything really took off for Joris and he became a bassist in great demand. He has been working with the "who-is-who in Jazz", such as Benny Golson, Sonny Fortune, Rashied Ali, Billy Hart and Randy Brecker

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Groove Producer

Misz The Groove Producer Drummer. Keyboardist. Producer. Composer. Arranger. Lover of music and all things great. Misz The Groove Producer is a self-taught drummer. Her first formal music lesson was the piano. She has studied the trumpet, French horn and cello. Misz is a fan of Soul, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Country and Rock. It was the original fusion sounds of great jazz players who created jazz fusion that captured the ears and heart of Misz. She was immediately inspired by those great artists. She feels that their musical styles contributed so much to how she sounds today. “That music is a special musical memory for me

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Augustus Black

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Augustus Black is an internationally experienced composer, producer, and keyboard artist; an innovator in music technology and sound design; and an original voice in open form and improvised music. [full biography under revision]


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