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Charles Langford

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Charles Langford has been writing music since his teenage years. This Springfield, Massachusetts jazz man does it all...tenor, alto, soprano sax, clarinet, and flute. Mr. Langford came to the Northeast United States after attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the New School for Social Research in New York City. He studied composition and teaching with Billy Harper, Donald Byrd, and Barry Harris, among others. Prior to that, Mr. Langford studied with Archie Shepp and Yusef Lateef. Since then, Charles Langford has become one of the Boston area's top A-list players. He's played with artists ranging from The Toni Lynn Washington Blues Band to The Temptations and Mighty Sam McClain

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Carlos Fischer

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Carlos Fischer, born in Santa Cruz is a composer and guitarist, is one of the most relevant figures of Bolivia in the world of jazz fusion. The music played by his band, Carlos Fischer Band, is composed entirely by Carlos Fischer. It is a music full of stories and emotions, it combines pieces that highlight the inspiration of its melodies, the intense harmonic work and virtuosity, also taking us through other styles such as contemporary instrumental music and progressive rock. With a productive career with concerts in America: Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, USA; and in Europe: Spain, Italy, Germany and France, his piece “Without judgments” was nominated by the Hollywood In Media Music Awards for Best Instrumental Theme in 2016

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Geir Hjorthol

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Geir Hjorthol was born on September 12, 1952 in Sykkylven, Norway. He started to play the trumpet in a marching band at the age of 14, but it took a few years before he started to work seriously with music – along with his academic career as a teacher and researcher of nordic literature. As a trumpet player Geir combines the sound of the trumpet with alternative playing techniques and electronic sound processing. His free improvised music is inspired by folk music and contemporary, free tonal music. The sounds of Geir’s music come not only from acoustic instruments, electronic effects and the human voice, but from nature and everyday life

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Kjetil Jerve

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Norwegian piano player, father of triplets. Based in Oslo, working internationally. DUGNAD rec artist and maker of #DailyPiano videos on Facebook and Instagram. Born 1988 in Ålesund. Played in Åse Skolekorps Marching Band. Got a really great Swedish piano teacher at age 10, who encouraged to pursue all music, not just classical. Got heavily into early Elton John, soul, funk, fusion, jazz and avant-garde - still studying George Gershwin & Béla Bartók. Played in the local Big Odd Band, leading to The Middle Norwegian Youth Big Band (Midtnorsk ungdomsstorband), meeting future collaborator Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, Kristoffer Eikrem and Dan Peter Sundland. Went to the Sund Folk College's jazz class (check that thing out!) and got to consistently playing piano with other people in bands for the first time

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Anton Chekurov

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Reuel Lubag

Reuel Lubag is one of the well established jazz artists in the Pacific Northwest jazz scene. He is a graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. As a member of the Native Jazz Quartet he served as a music ambassador to Latin America for the U.S. Department of State in May 2013 for a jazz festival in Venezuela, and again in April 2014 for a four-week tour which took the group to Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolvia, Peru, and Argentina. Reuel recently released his first self titled release in 2018: Premiere featuring up and coming NYC/Seattle based bassist Ben Feldman, and drummer Ed Littlefield, his bandmate from the Native Jazz Quartet

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Hans Kjorstad

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Hans Kjorstad is a Norwegian violinist and composer. He grew up in an active folk music society in Gudbrandsdalen, and started playing jazz and improvised music around the age of 17. He is now a creative violinist, composer and improviser, touring worldwide with amongst others Miman, Frode Haltli Avant Folk and Billy Meier.

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Teis Semey

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Teis Semey (1993) was born in rural Denmark and found his interest in music at the age of 7. After shuffling between playing piano and playing guitar, he settled on guitar. Moving to Sweden in 2007, he started studying music in a specialised programme for young jazz talents in the city Malmö. After a brief year in Stockholm, studying jazz guitar and classical composition, classical piano and jazz guitar, he moved to Amsterdam, earning a bachelors and masters degree in jazz guitar in the Conservatory of Amsterdam, studying under Jesse van Ruller, Reinier Baas, Maarten vd Grinten, Matiss Cudars, George Dumitriu and Martijn van Iterson. Teis Semey draws influences from all around: the works of Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Ravel as well as Wayne Shorter, Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, Audioslave, Kurt Rosenwinkel and John Coltrane. Teis Semey has released one CD as a band leader; “Where The Fence is the Highest” (2019, TRPTK) along with “Pull a String, a Puppet Moves” with PULL (2015, Loumi Records) and “Rotterdam Suite” by The New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra (2019). Teis has performed in venues such as Blue Whale (Los Angeles) and Bimhuis (Netherlands)

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Lizzi Trumbore

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DFW based vocalist and composer Lizzi Trumbore infuses catchy melodies, lush harmonies, introspective lyrics, and genre-bending grooves to create a unique spin on both the pop and jazz idioms. Her debut album "Lifelines" is set to release in the fall of 2019. Lizzi is a published songwriter and arranger who’s original compositions have been performed by collegiate and professional vocal groups throughout the country and at the JEN (The Jazz Education Network) and ACDA (American Choral Director’s Association) conferences. Her songs have been described as "world class," "sincere and intelligently crafted," and "full of beautiful surprises." She skillfully combines a vibrant and youthful perspective on songwriting while still capturing a mature depth and understanding of the art form. Trumbore has worked and performed alongside premiere jazz artists including Sara Gazarek, Josh Nelson, Jo Lawry, vocal group Groove for Thought, and Peter Sprague

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Evgeny Pobozhiy

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Evgeny Pobozhiy is a famous jazz and fusion virtuoso guitarist and composer, one of the leaders of Moscow jazz scene. As a member of numerous projects of Igor Butman including Igor Butman Quintet and Moscow Jazz Orchestra he added a perfect sound of his versatile guitar to dozens of international projects which featured Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Manhattan Transfer, Dee Dee Bridgewater and other superstars. Pobozhiy is fueling a fast growth of his solo career by creating international projects with young jazz stars from USA, Europe, Asia and Russia. His latest musical videos featuring Federico Malaman, Anton Davidyants and Gergo Borlai became viral on Youtube


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