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Ryan Marquez

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Missourian Ryan Marquez’s music has been called many things but “accessibly out there” might be the keyboardist, producer, songwriter, arranger, and vocalist’s favorite description of his unique sound that is baptized in Blues, indoctrinated by Jazz and raised in Hip-Hop culture. “Passionate in everything he does” (WSIE 88.7, “The Sound''), he “truly embodies the creative collaboration...essential to moving St. Louis forward full steam ahead.” (Regional Arts Commission of STL) His music represents a diverse ecosystem of “feel good vibes” that he channels by infusing tasteful jazz piano chops, a Pop songwriter/arranger sensibility, with vocal flavors from Progressive R & B/Hip-Hop

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Naïssam Jalal

A vertiginous flutist and prolific composer, Naïssam Jalal comes from a fertile background in music fuelled by passion and curiosity. Born in a Parisian suburb of Syrian parents, she assimilated and transcended the essence of European and Arab classical music, the art of jazz improvisation, the urgency of hip-hop, the euphoria of funk and the vitality of traditions from Africa, with a keen sense of synthesis and a hyper- sensitive touch. This fine trajectory has been marked by a number of excellent CD releases and prestigious awards such as the Coup de cœur from the Académie Charles Cros (2017) and the Victoires du Jazz (2019)

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Nimbus Sextet

Nimbus Sextet are a major new talent on the UK Jazz scene. Led by pianist/keyboardist and harmonica player Joe Nichols, the Glaswegian contemporary jazz outfit plays infectious original music that spans the jazz, world music and funk spectrum. Newly signed to the internationally renowned Acid Jazz Records, Nimbus Sextet’s fresh take on jazz blends instantly relatable melodic hooks with driving grooves, sophisticated musicianship and episodic compositions.

Nimbus Sextet have already made their mark on the UK Jazz scene, with the group being championed by Jazz FM and critics placing them alongside luminaries such as Nubya Garcia, Moses Boyd and Joe Armon Jones

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SM Shahbaj

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SM Shahbaj (born : April 12, 2002) is an independent artist from Bangladesh. He is a hiphop, house, jazz, chillout beat creator. Shahbaj started by posting song covers on his YouTube channel. Few months later he think about create his music. And he start making beat music. Those provided by his videos sparked a new following for the artist. In July 2020 Shahbaj released his first single City Colours and later released his EP dark hiphop instrumental, Darkest Nightmare in August 2020. And then he constantly released single instrumentals like Fuzzy Sky, Death Dreams, Chilled Boozer, Thousand Nights.... He’s constantly releasing new singles and encouraging people to follow his journey and inspiring them to pursue their dreams.

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Mike Casey

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Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the Hartford jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Harford’s Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen by Jason Moran to participate in the prestigious “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC where he studied with an all-star faculty including Eric Harland, JD Allen, Eric Revis, Cyrus Chestnut, and Jason Moran. After a sold out NYC debut at the Minton’s in Harlem in September 2016, Mike went on to accomplish an incredible feat: the crowdfunding campaign for his debut album "The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door" (due for a February 2017 release) reached 111% funded in under 30 days

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Lushh

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Lushh is an electronic jazz band based out of Kalamazoo, MI. The band has been together since late 2015, after meeting through the Jazz Studies program at Western Michigan University. While merging their jazz roots with more modern and contemporary styles, Lushh draws their influences from the likes of Kneebody, Donny McCaslin, Hiatus Kaiyote and much more. Lushh frequently performs around the Midwest, particularly in Michigan, collaborating with various musicians and artists. In addition to performing, Lushh teaches masterclasses at local Michigan high schools. Recently, Lushh performed at the Audiotree Music Festival in Kalamazoo, MI

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Brownman Electryc Trio

BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO
:: Brownman Ali - electric trumpet
:: Sean Dennis - 6-string electric bass
:: Colin Kingsmore - drums
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— 2007 National Jazz Award “Electric Jazz Group of the Year”
— 2011 Trinidad High Commission citation: “Distinguished National"
— 2013, 2015, 2016 : 3x Toronto Independent Music Award winner
— 2014 International Independent Music Award winner
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“Awards are nice, naturally, but to dig what Brownman is doing, you’ve got to see him live. I had a chance to do just that over the summer when Brownman fronted his killer trio ..

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Shawn McGowan

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Shawn McGowan is an Indianapolis based pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, and educator. Shawn studied at the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of David N. Baker and Luke Gillespie, earning a B.A in Jazz Studies, a minor in instrumental and choral conducting, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. In 2013, Shawn won first prize for Best Musical Score in the National Campus Movie Festival screened in Hollywood and Paris, France. From 2015- 2016 he served as the Associate Instructor of Jazz Piano for the Jacobs School of Music and as a piano instructor for the IU Young Pianists Program

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JAKSPIN

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JAKSPIN is a Greek/Lebanese producer, singer and DJ born and raised in Cologne, Germany, where he started writing rhymes at the age of 12, deejaying at age 14. He embarked on his musical career as a DJ in Cologne's legendary underground soul music club called Kauri Keller. His first official release was a party break 12“ vinyl winning the Club Bangaz Worldwide competition. After remixing R&B songs for the label Da Source Records he finally metamorphosed into the artist JAKSPIN with a new sound ranging from lofi hip hop beats to vintage 70s Jazz and R&B grooves. He began to gain recogintion with the release of his first beat tape „Beats From the Attic“

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Sanah Kadoura

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Electrifying Lebanese-Canadian drummer, Sanah Kadoura has received a Diploma, Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Jazz performance. Sanah has performed and toured the world with masters of the music as well as young up and comers. Sanah has shared the stage with the legendary Kirk Lighstey,(Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker), Philip Harper (Art Blakey), Ed Cherry (Dizzy Gillespie) Mark Whitfield (Herbie Hancock), Joe Locke, Pat Bianchi, Tivon Pennicott, Roy Hargrove, Sullivan Fortner, among many others. Sanah now tours and records with her own band Hawk Eyes.


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