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Anton DeFade

Nashville born, Pittsburgh raised Anton DeFade has established himself as one of the most in demand bassists in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. He is a full time member of the soul/rock band, The Commonheart, and when he's not touring the country with them he splits his time writing, arranging, and freelancing in his hometown of Pittsburgh. As a child, Anton was introduced to many different styles of music by following his dad, Ray DeFade Jr., around to his gigs from loud rock concerts to intimate jazz performances. A decade later at the age of 14, he began working as a professional musician performing in various rock groups, jazz gigs, and local productions of musicals

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Shuffle Demons

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The Shuffle Demons leaped onto the scene in 1984 with an electrifying musical fusion that drew from Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. This genre bending, visually entertaining, virtuosic jazz funk group have nine CDs, 2 hit videos, several music awards, toured 25 times in Canada, 5 in the US, 17 in Europe, Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. The Shuffle Demons are excited to release their 9th album, crazy time. The album includes 10 original Shuffle Demons songs, seven instrumental and three vocal. The album also introduces new and virtuosic Shuffle Demons Matt Lagan on tenor sax and Mike Downes on bass as well as demons regulars Kelly Jefferson on sax, Stich Wynston on drums and Richard Underhill on sax and vocals

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Wack Cheddar

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Philadelphia’s own, Wack Cheddar, brings the party to every show with their blend of classic, soulful funk and sophisticated modern jazz. The band draws inspiration from artists like James Brown, Lettuce, Wayne Krantz, and Led Zeppelin. The band was formed in 2017 by drummer John Venezia, who sought to create a musical collective of his friends from college and his hometown. The group includes some of Philadelphia’s and NYC finest musicians: Nathaniel Hawk (keyboards), Phil Anthony (Electric Bass), Nick LombardelliI (Trombone/Keyboards), Anthony Nigro (Alto Sax) and Joe Lockwood (Trumpet)

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Jozef Nadj

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Jozef is a contemporary violinist, recording artist and educator. Classically trained from a very young age, Jozef entered the world of jazz and blues in his early teens looking for something different, more modern. After studying classical music at academies in Hungary and Serbia, Jozef entered a new world while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he developed a deeper understanding of harmony, jazz composition and improvisation. This helped him further nurture his talent, establishing his own style which has been influenced by Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Brecker, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Michael Jackson and many others

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Frank Bond

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A veteran of the Vancouver Canada music scene, Frank Bond's interest in music started at an early age. Picking up the guitar by age 11 Frank started lessons at the first school he attended. With a hunger to learn more Frank took lessons from local music teacher Faust Pinto. As well as learning piano this is where he was taught the basics of music composition and creating music in various styles. Other early music endeavours included learning flute for school band and backing the school choir on guitar. During junior and senior school years Frank took advantage of immersing himself in as many different bands as possible thus opening the door to start playing professionally by age 16

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Travis Brant

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

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Matthew Alec

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Bandleader for the jazz fusion group Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric Nominated as ‘Cleveland’s Best Horn Player’ by Cleveland Scene Magazine, Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Kent State University in 2007. While at KSU, he studied both 20th century classical music and jazz with Grammy-nominated saxophonist Greg Banaszak and longtime Cleveland Jazz Orchestra trombonist and composer Chas Baker. He is also a two-time attendee of the highly exclusive Inside / Outside Retreat for professional saxophonists held at Wooten Woods just south of Nashville, Tennessee

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Wolfgang Seligo

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Pianist and composer Wolfgang Seligo is very much at home in many divergent musical styles. His original music is influenced by jazz, rock, and modern classical music and driven by a funky and powerful sound from the piano. He brought his work onto the international stage in various formations but also solo. He gave concerts in the Forbidden City of Peking, on the Red Square of Moscow, but also in Morocco, Senegal, Chicago and Washington. Other performances include festivals and concert series in Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. After jazz studies in Vienna, Wolfgang Seligo gathered his first experiences as a composer, producer and musician in the early 1990s

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