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Peter Knudsen

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Peter Knudsen (1980-) started playing the piano and also began writing his own music at the age of 10, and discovered jazz and 20th century music as a teenager. Having worked for some years with adapting the music of Debussy and Ravel for jazz trio, Peter and his trio recorded "Impressions- a tribute to Debussy and Ravel" in 2008, released on Found You Recordings. During 2009-2010, the trio did two summer tours in France. The trio has also performed at Swedish jazz clubs, festivals and concert halls. In 2010, he launched the project "P-B revisited", a quartet featuring Joakim Milder on Saxophone performing new arrangements of Swedish composer Peterson-Berger's music

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Antero Priha

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Trumpetist Antero Priha is a versatile and intuitive trumpet player and composer. He has played, composed and arranged music from many different genres and played and recorded with a great number of domestic and foreign top artists. He is a band musician and composer who leads he ´s own groups and projects. Antero has collaborated in various projects with: Ray Charles, Carla Bley, Freddie Hubbard, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson & Gil Evans. Finnish stars J. Karjalainen, Ismo Alanko, Judge Bean, Pekka Pohjola, Jukka Linkola, Sakari Kukko, Upi Sorvali, Edward Wesala, Hasse Walli and Otto Donner have also been his musical co-operation partners. Priha has also created a career as a studio musician on television and radio, including Espoo Big Band and Umo Jazz orchestra as a soloist and musician. Priha has recorded a number of his own composing entities, movies and dance works, served as orchestra director in various configurations www.anteropriha.com

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Joseph Daley

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JOSEPH DALEY Musician/Composer/Educator specializing in new/contemporary music, jazz, and improvisation Studied at the Manhattan School of Music attaining a master’s degree in music education Received fellowships in music composition from the National Endowment, MacDowell Colony, Music Omi and Geraldine R Dodge Foundation He is a retired public school music educator completing 30 years of service. In 2010 Joseph Daley released his first leadership CD entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins” on Jaro records. It is the initial documentation of his work as a composer. Mr. Daley has performed, recorded and toured the world with the following artists: Muhal Richard Abrams, Bill Cole, Far East Side Band, Sam Rivers, Ellery Eskelin, Charlie Haden/Liberation Music Orchestra, Gil Evans, Carla Bley, Taj Mahal/Tuba Band, Jayne Cortez, George Gruntz, Howard Johnson/Gravity, Ebony Brass Quintet, Paradigm Shift, Dave Douglas, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Craig Harris/God's Trombones, Taylor Ho Bynum/Spider Monkey Strings, Jason Kao Hwang/Burning Bridge and Hazmat Modine Website: jodamusic.com

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Karlton E Hester

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Karlton E. Hester, Ph.D. (composer/flutist/saxophonist), began his career as a composer and recording artist in Los Angeles where he worked as a studio musician and music educator. He received his Ph.D. in composition from the City University of New York Graduate Center and is currently Director of "Jazz" Studies at the University of California in Santa Cruz. As performer on both flute and saxophone, he is music director of the Fillmore Jazz Preservation Big Band and Hesterian Musicism. Hester is currently music director of Hesterian Musicism, founding director of the Fillmore Jazz Preservation Big Band in San Francisco and served as the Herbert Gussman Director of Jazz Studies at Cornell University from 1991-2001

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César Cardoso

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Born in 1982, in Leiria, soon dedicated his time to studying music, with only 7 years old. 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 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. César is a member of the dixieland group Desbundixie, with whom he recorded “Kick’n Blow” (in 2007) e “Up 2 Nine” (in 2009), this last one with Maria João in vocals and Filipe Melo at the piano as special guests. He is the mentor and artistic director of Orquestra Jazz de Leiria, a big band which gathers Leiria’s jazz community and has given a set of concerts with Portuguese artists as special guests, such as Vânia Fernandes, David Fonseca, Maria João, Herman José, Luísa Sobral, Áurea, Tiago Bettencourt, Pedro Abrunhosa, Ana Bacalhau, Camané, Sara Tavares, António Zambujo, Jorge Palma and Simone de Oliveira. In 2010, César recorded his first debut CD, “Half Step”, with the musicians Bruno Santos, Filipe Melo, Demian Cabaud and Bruno Pedroso, his quintet at that time

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Migiwa Miyajima

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Hailing from Japan, composer, producer, pianist, and bandleader of the 17-piece Miggy Augmented Orchestra, Migiwa “Miggy” Miyajima creates large-scale works manifesting her distinct life experiences. Birdland Jazz Club says, “Miyajima’s music reflects her journey as a musician and humanitarian.” Formerly editor-in-chief of a magazine in Japan, Miyajima trusted the power of music and became a full-time musician at the age of 30. In four years, the Grammy-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra found her and brought her two Grammy nominations as its associate producer for “Forever Lasting- Live in Tokyo” and “Over Time: Music of Bob Brookmeyer.” After surviving the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Miyajima received a Japanese government grant and a Japan-U.S

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Frank Denyer

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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

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Merlin Breij

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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

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Big Band of Brothers

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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

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Tracy Yang

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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 renowned 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)


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