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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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Kris T Reeder

Kris T Reeder was born in 1984 and was brought up in a single-parent family in Banbury. His family claimed state benefits for most of his childhood. He has never met his father who is believed to be an African-American service personnel who served in the UK during the cold war. Kris T Reeder’s alleged father died in the 1990s after being shot dead outside his apartment in St Louis, Missouri, according to US archives. It is highly probable that Kris T Reeder’s paternal grandfather is Jeff Greyer, a drummer in the legendary ‘Prince Gabe and the Millionaires’ band.

Angela on the Arts

Freely improvised chamber jazz for trumpet, viola and bass clarinet with special guests

Angela on the Arts is a trio convened by jazz trumpeter/composer John D’earth who has performed internationally, and appeared on over 100 recordings with Dave Matthews, Bruce Hornsby, John Abercrombie, Emily Remler, Kait Dunton, Pat Metheny, Lionel Hampton, Tito Puente, and Buddy Rich, among many others. D'earth has recorded as a leader for Vanguard Records, ENJA Records, DoubleTime Jazz and his own Cosmology label.

Within is Angela on the Arts' debut album. D’earth plays trumpet, flugelhorn, flutes and percussion, Bonnie Gordon plays viola, and Michelle Oliva plays bass clarinet and employs looping


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