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Endemic Ensemble

Founded by bassist Steve Messick in early 2010, the Endemic Ensemble is a modern jazz quintet based in Seattle, Washington with Messick on double bass, Travis Ranney on tenor and soprano saxophones, Matso Limtiaco on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, and Christian Krehbiel on drums. The music, composed by Messick, Franklin, and Limtiaco, is influenced by '60s hard bop, big band, and 19th and 20th century classical music, and is described as having "swinging rhythm, great tunes and purposeful playing - always in the service of the song, and usually anchored in the blues" (Lucid Culture)

Griffin Brown

Griffin Brown is a composer, poet, songwriter+vocalist, drummer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn. His work collides—and sometimes exists wholly inside of—idioms like classical, jazz, electronic, experimental pop and rock, and improvised music. He has performed and had music debuted in a variety of concert halls, clubs, and basements: among many others, the Cornelia Street Café and Miller Theatre in New York, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Morse Recital Hall in New Haven, CT, the Trocadero and World Café Live in Philadelphia, La Schola Cantorum in Paris, the Baked Potato in Los Angeles, festivals like highSCORE and next year’s impuls Festival in Europe, and lots of houses in the path of the Northeast Corridor

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Tony Jones

Tony was raised in a musical family (his grandfather was the noted composer Leon René and his father the drummer Rick Jones), and the piano was his first instrument. He took on the drums in high school and is primarily known on that instrument. He has been a vocalist since his teens and has chosen to illustrate that skill on this CD. Tony is also a master of vocal impersonations. His Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong is well known and has a prominent place on this recording. Tony sings two of Leon's tunes: When It's Sleepytime Down South was Satchmo's theme song, and Mr. Satchmo is a tribute. Leon and Louis were friends who grew up in New Orleans at the same time

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João Martins

Born in Ovar (Portugal) in 1982. Had his first contact with a drum kit at the age of 15. He started by playing rock with some local bands and toured through Portugal. He began studying Jazz in 2002. Since then, Improvised and Experimental Music became the focus of his career. He graduated from Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE) with a degree in Jazz drums where he studied with: Michael Lauren, Nuno Ferreira, Carlos Azevedo, Pedro Guedes, Paulo Perfeito, among others. He also graduated with a Master´s degree in Jazz Performance from Universidade de Aveiro where he studied with: Bruno Pedroso, Alexandre Frazão, Demian Cabaud, Mário Laginha, among others

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Travis Brant

Travis Brant is an American drummer, composer, and co-founder of Axon Radio.

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Jacob Wutzke

Jacob Wutzke is a Montréal/Toronto based drummer, bandleader, author, composer and music educator. Noted for his exceptional technique, creativity and ability to listen and improvise in the moment, he has become an in-demand sideman in the jazz and creative music scenes and continues to compose and perform music regularly. He has performed and recorded with Allison Au, Trevor Giancola, Pat LaBarbera, Jocelyn Gould, Michael Davidson, Brownman Ali, Miles Black, Jeff McGregor, Jim Brenan and more. Jacob has also studied with the likes of Larnell Lewis, Mark Kelso, Kirk MacDonald, Barry Romberg and Geoff Young

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Brian Andres

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio into a family of professional musicians it is no surprise that Brian found himself drawn to the origin of all music: Rhythm. His father is a woodwinds specialist and his mother a vocalist and pianist. The house was filled with the sounds of his father’s constant practicing and his mother’s piano and voice students. After nearly being put up for adoption due to his constant banging on inanimate objects, his parents decided to embrace their obstreperous sons undeniable talent by purchasing him a drum set and themselves earplugs. While living in the Midwest, Brian’s diverse range of styles led him to performances with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Little Anthony and the Imperials, as well as Tony Award winner and Broadway star, Faith Prince

Joe Sturges

Joe Sturges is a drummer/composer based in Madrid. Merging jazz, hip/hop, classical, and a variety of other influences, he creates a unique and honest sound in his compositions, always aiming to tell a story with his music. Currently living in Madrid (Spain) Joe spends most of his time performing behind the drumkit, or writting new compositions for films, videogames, or any of his new personal projects.


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