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César Cardoso

Born in 1982, in Leiria, soon dedicated his time to studying music, with only 7 years old. In 1995 César Cardoso enrolled at Escola de Música do Orfeão de Leiria (EMOL), where he completed the conservatory in classical saxophone with Alberto Roque, in 2003. Throughout those years, he participated in several master classes, where he had the opportunity to work with Hugo Gaito, José António Lopes, Mário Marques, Jean-Marie Londeix and other musicians. From 2004 to 2008 he studied at Hot Clube de Portugal’s Jazz School, where he had lessons with Jorge Reis and Pedro Moreira and started to distinguish himself as a jazz musician: in 2007 he was part of José Luís Peixoto’s play “Quando o Inverno Chegar”, with musical direction by Pedro Moreira; in December of that year he played in the Main Auditorium of Centro Cultural de Belém, representing the school in the festival “Portugal Jazz Itinerante”; and in May 2008 he was the only Portuguese selected to join the European Colours Jazz Orchestra. In 2008 he enrolled at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, where he continued to work with Jorge Reis e Pedro Moreira, having completed the Jazz Bachelor Degree in saxophone performance

Migiwa Miyajima

Migiwa’s music reflects the complexities and hues of her own journey, while her passion to “make the world a better place through music” instantly touches the heart of the listener. Migiwa’s career path began in Tokyo on a very different trajectory—she worked as a director of real estate ads, an IT engineer, and then an editor-in-chief of a travel magazine. But in 2004, at the age of 30, she decided to follow her true passion and become a musician. Five years later, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, a New York–based ensemble with more than a half-century-long history, recognized Migiwa’s talent and invited her to produce their Japan tour, which she has done every year since


Frank Denyer

Frank Denyer is an English composer whose brilliantly coloured and imaginatively rich compositions fall between several and into none of the accepted categories of contemporary music. Born in London in 1943, he was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral by the age of nine, the director of the experimental music ensemble Mouth of Hermes in London at the age of twenty-five, and a Doctoral student in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, Connecticut at the age of thirty. He has lived and worked in east Africa and India. Denyer’s music is distinguished by a keen sensitivity to sound. Each of his works is written for a unique combination of instruments, more often than not a combination that no composer has dreamed of before


Merlin Breij

Inspired by Igor Stravinsky and Claude Debussy, by Gil Evans and Maria Schneider, or also Alexandre Desplat, Benjamin Wallfisch and film music in general, Merlin Breij explores a rich and diverse musical world while seeking a musical expression that can be characterized as sincere and organic music, favouring rich timbres, and expressive melodies. In addition to his focus on arranged music, he has a keen interest in improvisation, influenced by the work of musicians from several instruments and different periods; from Jim Hall to Ingrid Jensen and Esbjörn Svensson. Musician from his early childhood, Merlin started out with the French horn, seduced by its melancholic and powerful timbre


Big Band of Brothers

New West Records released Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band in November 2019. Released in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band’s debut album, the 10-song set of jazz interpretations of Allman Brothers Band favorites features Marc Broussard and Ruthie Foster on vocals on two songs each. Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band also features Jack Pearson on guitar, who performed as a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1997 to 1999. The celebrated trombonist Wycliffe Gordon of Jazz at Lincoln Center fame is featured as a soloist on “Don’t Want You No More,” and wrote the arrangement for “Statesboro Blues.” Gordon is consistently ranked among leading trombone players in the Downbeat critics poll and has topped the list at least five times


Tracy Yang

Born and raised in Taiwan, Tracy Yang is a jazz composer and pianist based in New York City. She holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Queens College, and a Diploma in jazz composition from Berklee College of Music. Tracy moved to New York in 2016 after studying in Boston for 3 years. Since then she has been leading her own quintet and performed her original music in several renown venues such as Minton's Playhouse, Bar Lunatico, Vivaldi, Tomi Jazz... etc. Tracy has also been writing her own music for Jazz Orchestra and earned several awards. She was part of the 2019 Young Composer Showcase selectees from JEN (Jazz Education Network)

John Luther Adams

Lauded by the New Yorker's Alex Ross as “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century,” John Luther Adams draws inspiration from the natural world for his ambitious, large-scale compositions; these include Inuksuit, Sila, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean, which in 2015 won the Grammy award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Adams composes for orchestra, chamber ensembles, percussion and electronic media, and his music has been released on various independent labels, including Cold Blue, New World, Mode, New Albion and Cantaloupe Music. A recipient of the Heinz Award for his contributions to raising environmental awareness, Adams has also been honored with the Nemmers Prize from Northwestern University “for melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries.” JLA's music is heard regularly all over the world

Robert Sadin

Robert Sadin has produced some of the most interesting albums of recent times. His latest project is Art of Love - Music of Machaut (Deutsche Grammophon): Songs of the 14th century drenched in the sounds of Brazil, Africa, jazz, and great singer-songwriters. An extraordinary array of contemporary artists reinterpret and reinvent the music of the great 14th-century French composer and poet, Guillaume de Machaut. Grammy®-winning arranger and producer Robert Sadin has conceived an album which blurs boundaries and crosses centuries. If on a Winter’s Night…, featuring Sting, explores the winter season grounded in the sounds of northern England, and encompasses music ranging from Henry Purcell to Appalachian folk songs to Sting’s original work. Gershwin’s World, featuring Herbie Hancock with guest artists Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, won three Grammy Awards. Alegria, featuring Wayne Shorter in a repertoire which includes Shorter’s compositions, a folk song, a medieval hymn and Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras #5 in which Shorter shared the leading role with cellist Charles Curtis (Curtis is a featured artist on Art of Love), won three Grammy Awards. So Many Stars, featuring Kathleen Battle with guest artists Grover Washington, Cyrus Chestnut and Cyro Baptista, included spirituals, folk songs and music of Brazil. Conqueror, featuring the legendary Clark Sisters with guest artist Melle Mel, was the first gospel album to include rap. Robert has appeared as guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Joe Bongovi

Joe Bongiovi has earned his bachelor's degree in filmscoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston and earned a master's degree in music education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is currently the band director at Princeton High School in Princeton New Jersey. Mr. Bongiovi is an avid composer/arranger of jazz band, concert band and marching band literature. During his time as the Princeton Studio Band Director, the band has placed 1st numerous times at the Berklee Jazz Festival and has been the New Jersey State Champion 4 times. The Studio Band has toured Italy, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic


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