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Norman David

Norman David directs, plays with and composes the music for his ensemble, The Eleventet. For almost 20 years beginning in the early 1980s, David led versions of the Eleventet in Boston, central Maine, and NYC. Among the musicians who have played with the band are George Garzone, Dick Oatts, Tim Hagans, John Fedchock, John Swana, Seamus Blake, Terell Stafford, Joe Magnarelli, Greg Hopkins. Jon Gordon, Ben Schachter, Gary Smulyan, Scott Robinson, Tom Lawton, John Hébert and Tim Horner. In 2000, David debuted the first Philadelphia version of The Eleventet. In mid-2007, he finalized an ongoing Philadelphia roster of players, comprised of the cream of that city's jazz artists

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César Cardoso

Born in 1982, in Leiria, soon dedicated his time to studying music, with only 7 years old. In 1995 César Cardoso enrolled at Escola de Música do Orfeão de Leiria (EMOL), where he completed the conservatory in classical saxophone with Alberto Roque, in 2003. Throughout those years, he participated in several master classes, where he had the opportunity to work with Hugo Gaito, José António Lopes, Mário Marques, Jean-Marie Londeix and other musicians. From 2004 to 2008 he studied at Hot Clube de Portugal’s Jazz School, where he had lessons with Jorge Reis and Pedro Moreira and started to distinguish himself as a jazz musician: in 2007 he was part of José Luís Peixoto’s play “Quando o Inverno Chegar”, with musical direction by Pedro Moreira; in December of that year he played in the Main Auditorium of Centro Cultural de Belém, representing the school in the festival “Portugal Jazz Itinerante”; and in May 2008 he was the only Portuguese selected to join the European Colours Jazz Orchestra. In 2008 he enrolled at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, where he continued to work with Jorge Reis e Pedro Moreira, having completed the Jazz Bachelor Degree in saxophone performance

Pepa Niebla

Spanish singer and composer Pepa Niebla is renowned for her vocal versatility that has allowed her to be involved in a great variety of projects: from blues, soul and jazz to Cuban son and popular music. Living in Granada, Havana, London and Brussels gave her the opportunity to grow, learn and experiment in different genres. Now, settled in Belgium, Niebla has found her sound and direction as an artist, bringing to life her own compositions and arrangements with her new project: The Pepa Niebla Quintet. 2020 will see the release of Renaissance, Niebla’s first album of original compositions (following her releases Pepa Niebla Project and Pepa Niebla & Ricky Vivar), featuring guitarist Toni Mora, pianist Maxime Moyaerts, double bassist Alex Gilson and award-winning drummer Daniel Jonkers

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Kari van der Kloot

Canadian vocalist Kari van der Kloot presents an exciting new voice on the horizon. Living somewhere in the space between jazz and folk, Kari’s compositions fit seamlessly into a tradition of great Canadian singer-songwriters, such as Joni Mitchell, while still honoring her roots in jazz music. The current iteration of the Kari van der Kloot Quintet features a stellar cast of New York based musicians, including Canadian violinist Lisanne Tremblay, Canadian pianist Jamie Reynolds, bassist Gary Wang and drummer Nathan Ellman-Bell. The live show keeps the listeners on their toes, from full-on intricately arranged ensemble playing, to four-part vocal harmonies and intimate dialogues between the voice and violin

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James Edward Hill

James Hill is an award-winning Toronto-based pianist and composer. He is a member of multiple bands, most notably BADBADNOTGOOD and Autobahn Trio. As a co-leader he has released three albums with his band Autobahn Trio, and is currently working on a studio album with BADBADNOTGOOD. Further, Hill is near completing a solo piano project under his pseudonym Projectwhatever, which he intends to release in 2020. Hill is now touring internationally with BADBADNOTGOOD, while the release of his new self-led project titled LOCAL TALENT (December 13, 2019) quickly approaches. LOCAL TALENT is a trio of Canadian musicians Rich Brown, Ian Wright and Hill

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Heshima Moja

Garnering International acclaim in the jazz and R&B world throughout Europe, Africa, the U.S. and Asia, Heshima Moja is an incredibly dynamic individual. As a Bassist, Vocalist. Percussionist, Composer/Songwriter, Music Director, and Cultural Arts Presenter, Heshima has moved audiences around the world with his soulful voice, fiery bass licks, and unforgettable songs and compositions. Heavily influenced by Jazz, Afro-Cuban Rumba, Hip-Hop and R&B, he has been touching audiences with his brand of Diaspora Jazz. Throughout his impressive career, Heshima has composed music for Nickelodeon, PBS, and various films throughout Latin America, and has released two C.D.’s, The Awakening(2017) and Round and Round (2011), which still remain in heavy rotation throughout Europe and Asia

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Max Marinaio

Compositore e chitarrista iscritto alla SIAE sin dal '90. Compone ed arrangia i propri brani scrivendo tutte le parti strumentali (contrabbasso, piano, strumenti a fiato e quant'altro). Inizia a suonare sin da piccolo formandosi su una chitarra classica e sviluppando uno stile ed un tocco personale. Multistrumentista suona anche basso, piano e svariati altri strumenti creando anche le proprie ritmiche, prediligendo il suono che si ottiene con le spazzole. Dapprima si appassiona a blues, ragtime, boogie woogie, swing, dixieland. In seguito anche ad altre forme più elaborate ma continua a preferire il jazz classico. Nelle sue composizioni usa frequentemente oltre al contrabbasso e pianoforte la tromba con sordina harmon il vibrafono. Le sue composizioni spaziano dalla canzone jazz, blues, al swing al be bop. Ha collaborato con la cantante jazz di Varese Irene Di Vilio (anche insegnante) e con la bresciana Lara Quaranta

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Ada Rovatti

Italian native Ada Rovatti started playing saxophone in high school after years of classical piano training. After winning a scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Italy she divided herself between Boston where she studied with Joe Viola, George Garzone and Italy where she was working in Big Bands with guest artists such as: Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker. After spending one year in Paris touring Europe and Africa she moved in new York City. She has performed in important festivals such as JVC in NYC Rochester Jazz Festival, IAJE, Detroit Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, San Francisco Jazz Fest, NorthSea Jazz Fest appearing and performing with an impressive and diverse list of artists and bands such as: Mike Stern, John McLaughlin, Anne Ducros, Bob Mintzer, Victor Bailey, Joanne Brackeen, Tony Levin, John McLaughlin, James Moody, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath Patti Austin, Joe Bonamassa and many others. In 2003 she released her first two CDs as a bandleader with the Elephunk Band and with her quartet with guests: Randy Brecker, Mike Stern and Don Alias. Ada was part of the Grammy winner CD by Randy Brecker –“34 th N Lex” and on the acclaimed CD of John McLaughlin “Industrial Zen”and also appeared in the movie ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ featuring Julia Roberts As a band leader she has released 5 Cds: Ada Rovatti & The Elephunk Band – For Rent (2003),Under The Hat (2003) Airbop (2006) Green Factor (2009) and Disguise (2014). She has toured with the Brecker Brothers Band Reunion with whom she recorded a live double DVD/CD from the Bluenote Jazz Club in NYC. She just finished recording her new recording co-leading with Randy Brecker “Brecker Plays Rovatti” to be released mid 2019.

Billy Joe Wiseman

Billy Joe Wiseman is an undeniably talented guitarist, having gained industry recognition and a fan following for his chops as an award-winning independent performer, session guitarist for Virgin Artists, and Guitar Chair for both the Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra and Hilton Hotels. In addition to teaching and coaching the popular female pop band Haim, Billy Joe has accompanied countless artists across the globe, including Paula Abdul, Joe Sample, Maynard Ferguson, Charo, Tony Newton, Doc Severinsen, Gladys Knight, John Klemmer, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Ed Shaughnessy,  Joe Williams, Louie Bellson, Brandon Fields, and slew of others


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