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Sam Newsome

Samuel Augustus Newsome was born on April 28, 1965 in Salibury, MD. He is the youngest of three boys. He began playing music at 12 years old when his family relocated to Hampton, VA. By the time he was 15 years old he began playing professionally around town with local R & B bands along with his high school classmate bassist James Genus. It was during high school that he became serious about studying jazz and began taking lessons after school with saxophonist Steve Wilson. It was Steve who introduced him to recordings of jazz legends such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins. In 1983, after graduating high school, Sam received the Kool Jazz Festival scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass

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Filippo Bonaccorso

Starting out on piano and drums, Filippo Bonaccorso gradually moved from being self-taught at a young age to attending several prestigious music schools, where he had the opportunity to study with teachers such as Agostino Marangolo, Giuseppe Urso and Giovanni Renzo for a basic foundation in jazz. He also attended many clinics (e.g. Giulio Capiozzo, John Scofield) and seminars (Roccella Jonica, Berklee-Perugia, Siena, Nuoro, Avigliana), where he honed his individual drumming technique with Eric Echampard, Ron Savage, Tyshawn Sorey and Ettore Fioravanti. He also studied new techniques in collaborative improvisation with Claudio Lugo, theory and analysis of harmonic improvisation with Larry Monroe, and atonal composition and improvisation with George Garzone

Jim Goetsch

After studies at North Texas State University and private studies with composer George Russell, Jim Goetsch began as a jazz sax player in the St Louis scene in the 1970s, with his groups opening for Gil Scott-Heron, Tom Scott, Steve Khan among many others. One notable perfromance in St louis was a 1977 concert with George Russell where he was a featured performer. From there he went on to perform with Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam and blues legend Albert King. After that he went into a period of retirment from music, but that interest was rekindled when he became acquainted with Joe Zawinul, famous for his work with Cannonball Adderly, Miles Davis, Weather Report and his own Zawinukl Syndicate

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Lina Allemano

LINA ALLEMANO is a Canadian trumpeter, improviser, and prolific composer with an active international career, performing and recording cutting-edge contemporary music primarily in experimental, conceptual, improvised and jazz settings, but also working in a wide array of other genres. Born and raised in Edmonton Alberta, Allemano moved to Toronto in 1993. She is educated in both classical and jazz trumpet and specializes in extended technique on her instrument. Allemano now splits her time between the music scenes in TORONTO and BERLIN, and she runs her own internationally-acclaimed record label LUMO RECORDS. Allemano composes music primarily for her forward-thinking acoustic quartet LINA ALLEMANO FOUR, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015, as well as her Berlin- based power-trio OHRENSCHMAUS

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Eddie Jak Neumann

Eddie Neumann was born in communist Romania at a time when jazz was almost banned. He first came into contact with jazz when Dave Brubeck came to Moscow in 1987. 11 years later, he recorded the first live jazz CD ever to be published in Romania (Changes, 1998) along with the Jazz Unit band. The resulting sexted received the Jazz Album of the Year award from the Romanian Union of Composers in 2000 for their album From Now On. Eddie is the mastermind behind the revered Romanian nu-jazz band Blazzaj, for which he wrote music and lyrics. After a short stint in West London, where he played jazz, klezmer and world music with several bands and produced his own electronic music called Electric Vulcans, he relocated to Romania, where he continues touring and recording with various ensembles crossing the jazz and ethnic music realms.

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Arcangelo Pezzella

Arcangelo Pezzella is the founder, guitarist, arranger, composer and leader of the AP Project, a modern jazz band from Italy. He's currently a student of the Conservatory of Naples (IT) - Jazz Guitar Degree programme - while caring all aspects of his musical projects. The AP Project's debut release is "Out Of The Blue", a sonic journey that explores a world of sounds in jazz.

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Sarah Jerrom

Sarah Jerrom is a vocalist, composer and arranger specializing in jazz and creative music who takes her inspiration from lyric-driven melodies, genre-defying instrumentation and experimental soundscapes. “The Yeats Project” (2017), her first all-original album, features W.B. Yeats’s poetry set to music and orchestrated for a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble, achieved critical praise and international airplay. Sarah’s debut album, “Illuminations” (2007), encompassing original compositions, jazz-inspired arrangements of contemporary songs and traditional jazz standards, has also received widespread media attention and international radio airplay

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Felipe Mendoza

Músico nacido el 23 de Mayo de 1988. Su incursión a la música no es la usual. A pesar de estar inmerso en ella desde pequeño con los discos de música clásica, boleros, música colombiana y demás que había en su casa y de tomar ocasionalmente clases de piano y guitarra en escuelas de barrio, no descubre el jazz, específicamente a John Scofield, hasta cuando entró a la universidad estudiando otra carrera. En el 2009 conoce al maestro Óscar Acevedo quien por un tiempo le ofrece guía en el género, y que posteriormente le presenta al maestro Enrique Mendoza, con quien estudia durante la mayor parte de su carrera en la Javeriana, iniciada en el año 2012


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