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Dave Ricketts

Dave has committed his life to music. He plays guitar, sings, composes, songwriter and even plays a bit of cornet! His formal study and training was with Michael Chapdelaine (a student of Andres Segovia, among other accomplishments) at the University of New Mexico, where he earned a bachelors in music. Dave is founder and bandleader for nationally and internationally known Gaucho Jazz (gypsy jazz/blues/gutbucket music), which he has led since 2002. Gaucho is based in San Francisco and in 2009, won SFWeekly’s Reader’s Poll, “Best Jazz and Blues Band”. In 2016 Gaucho was very honored to have won the title of “Best Band” for the same publication

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Zachary Biggus

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Zachary Biggus was surrounded by music at a young age. He began playing guitar at the age of 11, focusing first on rock and later turning his interest to jazz. By 16, he was working with local bands in the Chicago land area. In 2010 Biggus released his first album, "Jusqu’a Présent". This independent release displays Biggus’ capacity for composition as well as improvisation. Since it’s release, Biggus continues to perform regularly in the Chicago land area, and has established himself both in his tasteful complements to the rhythm section and on innovative solo flights.
"From The Very Start" is the latest studio release from Zachary Biggus and features original compositions, drawing from styles of Rock and Jazz

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Neil C. Young

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Navigating musical highways with melodic flair and harmonious finesse whilst keeping live performance as alive as possible, UK based fusion guitarist Neil C Young has established himself as a composer, arranger, and musician on both the British scene and international stage. Praised for his cool, melodic and harmonic sophistication yet maintain a feel good instrumental format, Neil has worked with the likes of – Nick Blacka (Go Go Penguin), Nathan Bray (Guy Barker); Anton Hunter (Beats and Pieces, Sloth Racket, Ripshaw Catfish), Soweto Kinch; Wendy Kirkland (Piano Divas) Gary Boyle (Isotope, Soft Machine); Steve Tromans (Indo Jazz Fusions, Dan Nicholls, Alison Symons)

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Joseph Mammarella

Joseph was born in Ontario, Canada, and grew up just outside of Portland, Oregon. The son of a classical pianist, he was introduced to music at a young age and quickly took to the guitar. In high school, Joseph signed up for every music class he could, and decided to continue his education at Portland State University. At PSU, Joseph studied under jazz greats George Colligan and Darrell Grant, and in 2019 he earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. Joseph honed his unique & eclectic sound while playing as a sideman in groups from all different genres. Joseph's music is heavily influenced by fusion greats like the Tony Williams Lifetime, Chick Corea, and Steps Ahead

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Dafna Naphtali

Dafna Naphtali is a sound-artist and improvisor-composer from an eclectic background of music- making. As singer/guitarist/electronic-musician she performs and composes using custom Max/MSP/ Jitter programs for sound processing of voice and other instruments that she has been writing since 1992. Besides her composing and improvised projects, she co-leads the digital chamber punk ensemble, What is it Like to be a Bat? with Kitty Brazelton (http://www.whatbat.org) and has collaborated / performed with Lukas Ligeti, David First, Joshua Fried, Ras Moshe, Alexander Waterman, Kathleen Supové, Hans Tammen, and Sarodist Stephen James, among others

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The Witherbees

The Witherbees, a sweetheart folk-jazz group, explores, composes, performs, and deconstructs songs. Composed of vocalist/violist/songwriter Jacqui Armbruster and guitarist Mike Lorenz, the Witherbees are the outcome of their collective and collaborative process as performers, composers, arrangers, and producers. Trying to discern or identify influences and inspirations leads to many open doors and windows that the collaborative duo freely and willingly explore, brought into its fullest expression and form when the music is performed with their quartet. Out of their homebase in Bethlehem, PA, they invite the listener on a roundtrip of cozy mystery and blurred edges. Although they met first as teacher and student, Lorenz and Armbruster share a musical connection and friendship that is dynamic, special, and rare

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Waxwing

Formed in 2007, Waxwing is a co-led group created by three veterans of the Vancouver music scene: Tony Wilson on guitar, Peggy Lee on cello and Jon Bentley on saxophones. The trio has released three studio recordings featuring their original compositions: "Flicker Down" (2021 Songlines Recordings) , "A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists" (2015 - Songlines Recordings), and "Escondido Dreams" (2007 - Drip Audio). The recipient of numerous Canada Council Grants, Waxwing has performed their unique works in concerts across Canada and has been a regular favourite in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival

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Don Wood

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Jocelyn Gould

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Jocelyn Gould has been called "a leader in the next generation of great mainstream jazz guitarists" by Howard Paul, CEO of Benedetto Guitars. Her joyful energy has captivated audiences around the world and her passion for music is infectious. She has absorbed the influences of the jazz guitar greats and has woven them into an exciting personal sound. Her unique ability to connect with audiences always leaves them wanting more. Jocelyn Gould has performed internationally in the groups of Grammy nominated vocalist Freddy Cole, Trumpeter Etienne Charles and DownBeat Rising Star trombonist Michael Dease


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