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Troy Roberts: NU-JIVE: Nations United

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Troy Roberts is a two-time Grammy nominee who is becoming one of the most broadly recorded saxophonists of his time. Roberts' robust saxophone playing adorns several essential recordings ranging from the legendary Joey DeFrancesco to the iconic Van Morrison to the indispensable Jeff 'Tain' Watts to the assiduous Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, ...

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Juanita Euka: Mabanzo

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Juanita Euka is a Congolese vocalist, raised in Buenos Aires, who has recently immersed herself in London's vibrant world music scene. Euka's influences range from soukous, son, and soul to hip hop and jazz. She has fronted top UK Afro-Latin bands, London Afrobeat Collective, Animanz, and Wara, and is also the niece of Congolese rumba legend ...

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Alexis Valet: Explorers

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Alexis Valet is a vibraphonist making a name for himself in the French jazz scene as an accomplished sideman with the Xavier Belin Quartet, Shauli Einav Quintet, Joachim Govin Sextet, and most importantly, as a leader. His compositions draw their insight from contemporary jazz, hip hop, free jazz, and electronica while keeping a strong footing in ...

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Ryan Daunt: Essence

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Drummer, educator, bandleader, and composer Ryan Daunt hails from Australia. Daunt is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a First-Class Honours Degree in Music, majoring in Jazz Performance. In 2016, he released his debut album. A busy sideman, Daunt has performed with a myriad of jazz artists including Kneebody, Troy ...

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Kaylé Brecher: Bredux: Collected Edges

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Vocalist Kaylé' Brecher has continuously honed her skills as a creative composer and arranger. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Temple University with a double major in performance and compositions/arranging, she has always pushed for continued growth. Brecher studied composition and arranging privately with Jim McNeely and Michael Abene, a vehicle to polish her creative writing. ...

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Slowly Rolling Camera: Where the Streets Lead

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Slowly Rolling Camera is a jazz ensemble. Its core is pianist-composer Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts, vocalist-lyricist Dionne Bennett, and drummer Elliot Bennett. Their newest album Where the Streets Lead is a follow-up to their acclaimed album, Juniper (Edition Records, 2018). The album presents eight tracks with a large ensemble, including an 8-piece string section and ...

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Sue Maskaleris: Love is the Key

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Jazz composer Sue Maskaleris has quite the arsenal of skills in her toolbox. A pianist, vocalist, and crack lyricist, she bestows wry wit in her approach to writing that harkens to Dave Frishberg. Maskaleris is a product of the rich hummus of New York schools. She studied arranging with Don Sebesky and composition at Manhattan School ...

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Dan Costa: Live in California

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Born in London into an Italian-Portuguese family, Dan Costa studied classical piano for six years at the Académie de Musique Rainier III in the south of France, in addition to jazz studies. In 2010, he was awarded a diploma with merit at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in the UK. His interest in Latin music ...

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Jeff Reed: Look for the Light

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Bassist Jeff Reed resides in Maryland but is widely known as a sideman on over fifty albums. Reed is a schooled musician earning his Bachelor of Music from Towson University and a Master of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park. Coming full circle educationally, Reed is an adjunct faculty member at Towson University. Surprisingly, ...

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Michael Waldrop: Triangularity

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Drummer and educator Michael Waldrop focuses on both drum set and tuned percussion (marimba/vibraphone). He is a Professor of Percussion and Jazz Studies at Eastern Washington University. Recording for Origin Records since 2014, Waldrop has already released two offerings on the label: Time Within (Origin, 2015) and Origin Suite (Origin, 2018). Waldrop's 2020 endeavor ...


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