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Yi Yunseon

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Tom Braxton

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Dynamic...Energetic...Charismatic...Warm-hearted...These are just a few adjectives that have been used to describe saxophonist Tom Braxton, whose distinct, melodic sound has been thrilling audiences of all ages from coast to coast and abroad for nearly two decades. This versatile instrumentalist and gifted composer is a seasoned performer who has the amazing ability to "grab the heart-strings" of the audience within the first few minutes of his show; engage them with his exceptional skill, wit, and charm; and leave them astounded, clapping, and on their feet screaming for more! That's why Jazz Review calls Braxton "one of smooth jazz's most prolific saxophonists...with all the required tools to become a major force." This native Texan has recorded eight albums including The Next Chapter (2014), Endless Highway (2009), and Imagine This (2007) on the Pacific Coast Jazz label and Bounce (2005) on the Rendezvous label

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Junichiro Mataga

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Junichiro Mataga is a Jazz Pianist, Jazz Composer, Arranger, and Educator based in New York City. He grew up in Niigata, Japan. He began playing piano when at six years old. He moved to Tokyo after graduating high school and began studying Jazz Piano in the University Jazz Club. He graduated from The University of Electro-Communications with a major in Master of Engineering and then worked as a Sound and Vibration Researcher at Central Research Lab of NEC Corporation. In parallel, he was active in the Jazz scene in Tokyo, Japan. He performed in his leader band, the big band “Shiny Stockings”, the gospel band “7season”, the jazz quartet “Beyond the Cinema”

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Filippo Vignato

Born in Northern Italy in 1987 and raised in a musical family, he took his first trombone at the age of 10. Nowadays he performs intensively in Italy and Europe as a sight-forward sideman and as a leader of his own bands and he is considered as one of the most interesting Italian musicians of his generation. He is active in different fields of jazz and improvised music, embracing contemporary music, Avantgarde jazz and world music. From 2014 he leads an electric trio with Attila Gyarfas on drums and Yannick Lestra on fender Rhodes. His latest project is a quartet alongside Giovanni Guidi on piano, Mattia Magatelli on bass and Attila Gyarfas on drums, which recorded ‘Harvesting Minds’, released in September 2017 by Cam Jazz. He won the ‘Best New Talent’ award in the 2016 ‘Top Jazz’ critics pool promoted by the historic Italian jazz magazine ‘Musica Jazz’ , following the release of his debut album ‘Plastic Breath’ (Auand). Throughout his career he received several other awards: from the  as a best soloist at Barga Jazz 2011 to the Burghausen European Young Artists Jazz Award 2017. He has also got a sound academic education: he’s graduated summa cum laude at the Conservatoire National Superiéur de Danse et Musique de Paris and he studied also at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam and in the italian conservatories of Ferrara and Rovigo. As a soloist, arranger and composer, he had the opportunity to work with several musicians and bands including: Giovanni Guidi Rebel Band, Ghost Horse, Francesco Diodati, Hank Roberts, Pipe Dream, Piero Bittolo Bon Bread & Fox, Zeno De Rossi Zenophilia, Giovanni Falzone Quintet, Enzo Favata & Tenores di Bitti, Vink Globokar Ensemble, Enzo Carniel Sextet, Vincent Le Quang Quintet, Rosa Brunello Y Los Fermentos, Ada Montellanico Quintet, Hank Roberts, Pasquale Mirra, Dan Kinzelman, Alfonso Santimone, Stephane e Lionel Belmondo, Dave Milligan, Onno Govaert, Reiner Baas. In March 2017  he was invited as ‘resident artist’ by the ‘Vicenza Jazz New Conversations’, one of main italian jazz festivals where he performed 3 concerts, presenting his trio, his quartet and the trombone solo performance ‘Solologue’. With his own projects or as a sideman he has appeared in the most relevant festivals in Italy: Novara Jazz, Correggio Jazz, Vicenza Jazz, Umbria Jazz Winter, Young Jazz Foligno, Sudtirol Jazz Festival Musiche Sulle Bocche, Time in Jazz, Fano Jazz, By The Sea, Fiemme Ski-jazz, Young Jazz Foligno, Festival di Nuova Musica di Macerata, Jazz Club Ferrara, Roma Casa Del Jazz, Cross- Roads Emilia Romagna, Festambiente Sud, Narni Black Festival, Isea Jazz, Pescara Jazz etc; and in Europe: Festival Jazz à la Villette (Paris), Jazz sous les Pommiers (Coutances), Edinburgh Jazz Festival (Scotland), Valijevo Jazz Fest (Serbija) , Bimhuis (Amsterdam). He has performed all over Europe, and in particular Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbija, Russia, The Netherlands and Scotland.

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Ash Luo

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Ash Luo is a drummer, composer, producer and photographer. Her musical inspirations embrace Spiritual Jazz, Nu-Jazz, Jazz Fusion and Eastern music. In her composition, Luo values the flow of groove and melody, the melancholy and soul-provoking improvisation lines and rich texture of sounds. As every piece of music may generate imagery for her audience, she envisions combining photographs and visual arts for each of her releases, hoping to achieve an interdisciplinary result which touches the soul and spirit of her audience. Luo’s artistic trace started in China, where she was born and raised, developed in Boston, USA, where she pursued her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance at Berklee College of Music and forged in Valencia, Spain, where she obtained her Master of Music in Contemporary Performance and Production at Berklee College of Music

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Zac Carson

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Bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator, Zac Carson has developed a modern playing style that draws from the jazz tradition, incorporating many influences from rock, classical, and folk. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Zac is known for his lyrical playing, innovative compositions, and intricate grooves.

Zac's recent album Something from Before includes original compositions that were written and recorded a month before the Covid-19 pandemic. The album features talented New York jazz musicians who each showcase their own voice and style through the music.

Performance highlights include performing alongside Chris Brubeck, Randy Brecker, the band Evanescence, and the premier of Harry Connick Jr.’s musical, Happy Elf

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Mauro Gargano

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My name is Mauro Gargano, I was born in Bari in 1972 in Puglia, southern Italy. I do not come from a family of musicians. There was a slightly different music in my childhood house… My father was a racing driver, the rustle of engines accompanied my early life until my adolescence. But thanks to my grandfather’s and sister’s record collection, I enjoyed and loved music, in all styles, since I was very young. I started studying jazz with the electric bass with the bassplayer and organist Vito di Modugno and then double bass with Maurizio Quintavalle. Then I followed the Siena Jazz seminars in Italy, with Paolo Fresu, Furio di Castri, and Marco Tamburini

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Matias Carazzo

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FLUTIST, CLARINETIST AND SAXOPHONIST For more than 10 years he has played professionally in projects of a wide variety within popular music, including Folklore, Tango, Candombe, (MPB) Brazilian Popular Music, Jazz, Funk, Flamenco and more. He trained on the flute at the "Astor Piazzolla" Superior Conservatory of Music of the City of Buenos Aires with Fabio Mazzitelli. He perfected himself in the study of the flute with Paulina Fain, clarinet, saxophones and improvisation with Martín Pantyrer, improvisation and sax with Rodrigo Domínguez, saxos, flute and MPB with Vinícius Dorín, Eduardo Neves, Antonio Rocha, Nivaldo Ornelas and Letieres Leite. He is currently part of Rizoma, addressing a repertoire of original compositions with roots in jazz and contemporary music

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Lauren Lee

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Lauren Lee is a forward-thinking vocalist, pianist, and composer based in New York City. A native of the St. Louis (MO) metropolitan area, her foray into creative music began as a teenager in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, an experience that lead her on a wild goose chase of sorts to find her own sound in the adventurous music scene as a young innovator in a special brand of improvisation she calls “Vocal Instrumentalism”. Likened to female jazz pioneers that came before her like Carla Bley and Jen Shyu, Lee’s music has been described as, “equal parts hip jazz, avant adventure, and… something completely different” (John Pietaro, Dissident Arts)


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