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Jesse Shafer

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Jesse is a composer, jazz guitarist, producer, and session musician based in Charleston, SC. He began his career through the grassroots and DIY local music scene in Charleston playing original music, as a hired member of various groups and playing jazz standards for restaurants and events. Since time has gone on, Jesse has transitioned further into a career of studio work - playing multiple instruments on recordings for various artists and composing and producing folk, jazz, experimental, new age and chamber music. Likewise, he performs in Charleston multiple times a week within various styles and occasionally travels to perform

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Bancroft And Lyne

New Bancroft & Lyne CD: MONDAY NIGHTS As a long-running husband & wife duo, Scottish-based Sophie Bancroft & Tom Lyne took full advantage of being ‘locked down’ together in Spring this year. They launched a weekly Monday night livestream session, direct from their living room, which not only garnered thousands of views, but also allowed them to rehearse and refine a catalogue of their favourite songs. The result is Monday Nights; a mix of reimagined classics and original compositions featuring British singer-songwriter Sophie on vocals and guitar alongside Canadian expat Tom Lyne on acoustic & electric bass. ABOUT EACH OF US SOPHIE heralds from one of Britain’s top jazz families

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Giuliano Ligabue

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Giuliano Ligabue is an Italian singer, guitarist, arranger and composer. He is an exceptional interpreter of the Great American Songbook, endowed with a crooner’s voice and a great mastery of guitar. He is one among the few musicians in Italy who plays a seven strings guitar inspired by George Van Eps, Bucky and John Pizzarelli. He released three albums: “Swing Affair” (2013) with his own drumless trio to honor the musical style of Nat King Cole, “Live at Summertime in Jazz” (2016) recorded live with a band of 8 musicians to recreate the intimate musical atmosphere of the Big Bands and “Ci può stare” (2019) which includes original songs in Italian language and international hits by Frank Sinatra, Sting, Queen, Nina Simone and Elvis Presley, expertly arranged by Giuliano

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Seth Okrend

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LITANGEN

LITANGEN - Kjell Harald Litangen - from Skudeneshavn, Karmøy, on the Norwegian west coast has for years been one of Norway’s most sought after session guitarists. He has performed with artists like Maria Mena, Rebekka Bakken, Ole Edvard Antonsen, LidoLido and Al Jarreau, and in TV shows like “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “Skavlan” and “The Nobel Peace Prize Concert”. His very first solo project, released 2020, was written and recorded in his home studio outside Oslo during the coronavirus lockdown. Musical freedom was LITANGEN’s main focus for this album project

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Rhys Marsh

Rhys Marsh, based in Trondheim, Norway, is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & producer. He’s a solo artist, leader of The Autumn Ghost, as well as a part of Kaukasus & Mandala. — Solo — In the autumn of 2013, Marsh put out his first solo release — a five-song collection of covers, called ‘Suspended In A Weightless Wind’. Songs covered included Nick Drake’s ‘Things Behind The Sun’ & King Crimson’s ‘Moonchild’. Marsh’s debut solo album, ‘Sentiment’, was released in November, 2014. It was written & recorded over a two-year period in Marsh’s own Autumnsongs Recording Studio

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George Cole

GEORGE COLE: Breakneck acoustic guitarist George Cole inhabits a musical world all his own.... a world in which Django Reinhardt, The Ramones, Artie Shaw, Nat King Cole and Doc Watson get equal billing with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Willie Nelson and the Great American Songbook. Cole currently occupies the guitar chair for the David Grisman Quintet and has two releases on Grisman’s highly regarded Acoustic Disc Label. George was guitar teacher and mentor to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day. George Cole, a San Francisco native and BAMMIE award winner brings an expertise to his guitar playing and singing that is filtered through Rock and Roll, Gypsy Jazz and All things American. Cole is a composer, lyricist, and highly skilled arranger; his current projects include The George Cole Quintet Riverside Drive Redux (acoustic string/swing ala David Grisman Quintet), The George Cole Orchestra (7-16 piece big band), The Guitar Professor™ instructional video series with accompanying books, and recording an all new solo record.  ACCOLADES “George Cole is a major guitar talent who plays everything from gypsy jazz to rhythm & blues

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Angela Turone & Chris Platt

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Angela Turone and Chris Platt are Canadian musicians that have been collaborating since 2014. Angela and Chris met in their hometown, Toronto, while completing their studies in the jazz performance program at the University of Toronto. There, they discovered a common love and appreciation for Brazilian music and came together as an ensemble. With Angela on vocals and piano and Chris on guitar, they seek to explore the diverse and beautiful music of Brazil, performing their creative interpretations of repertoire from the bossa nova, samba and jazz genres. Their 2020, FACTOR-funded album Sounds of Brazil is a reflection of Angela and Chris’ deep interest in Brazilian music and how it intertwines with their jazz roots

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Philip Czarnecki

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Hey there! I'm Philip - I'm a guitarist, composer and educator living in Cologne (Germany). Although my guitar-playing and composing is highly jazz influenced, you probably won't argue to hear lots of other influences in my music. What Santana once said about Coltrane: "He´s playing life!" does definitely apply to me as well. My life has always been full with Rock, Funk, Blues, Soul and Hip Hop. So that's all me, I´d say... I started by playing Classical guitar though, then became a youth-student at the Conservatory of Hamburg (Germany), my hometown, first and went on to do my Bachelor and Master Degree in Jazz Guitar at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).​ During the course of my career I won a bunch of prizes for both my guitar-playing and my (Bigband-) compositions and I was lucky to share the stage with fantastic musicians in numerous European countries and in South Africa and India. I am leading my trio PC ENERGETIC, just released a solo-guitar single and am working closely with the Neo-Soul singer Rakel Salazar and also do other projects & session work.

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Stefanos Tsourelis

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Using the oud and guitar as his vehicle, Stefanos imprints his experiences from Greece and London on his music, taking the audience on an authentic journey that uniquely fuses Mediterranean music with jazz. The collaboration with bass player Dave Jones and drummer Eric Ford allowed the project to creatively evolve to its final form. Currently, the trio presents its debut album “Native Speaker” as well as new material while performing in the UK and abroad, at venues and festivals including the EFG London Jazz Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, the Bulls Head, Jazz Cafe POSK, the Vortex and the Green Note


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