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Jonathan Ruiz

Active member of the Colombian jazz scene and professor at El Colectivo Music School, Jonathan Ruiz has participated in different kind of records including his project Azuljauz, modern band which reflects in his arrangements the liking for irregular metrics, the Pacific folklore, and the forefront sounds of New York through his compositions. His versatility has allowed him to participate in diverse formats from trios and ensembles to orchestras and big bands playing in addition to jazz styles such as Funk, salsa, folk music and rock. He has also stood out as a bassist accompanying various artists in different festivals, such as Dafnis Prieto and Miguel Zenón.

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Kari van der Kloot

Described by Roseanna Vitro as “ethereal”, 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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Florian Hoefner

Born and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer, Florian Hoefner, draws from a myriad of influences that culminate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times and a “harmonically daring pianist […] reaching toward new sonic territory” by Downbeat, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz. With the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe

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Jean Lenke

www.jeantherapymusic.com. Crossover Jazz Folk Fusion artist Jean Lenke has been creating diverse live music for many years in the Philadelphia area and is now starting new adventures in Washington’s great northwest. As a performing artist, composer, lyricist, and bandleader she brings the joy of her parent’s music of the 1940’s together with the spirit of the Folk & Jazz-Rock Fusion soundtrack of her own youth in an eclectic mix ~ familiar, yet slightly off center, with haunting appeal. Musically, Jean’s approach is free spirited and bold, crossing boundaries and mixing genres with a wild creative hand

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Klas Jervfors Turner

I was born and now I'm alive... I play various brass instrument with various success. “For me the longing to be able to live in harmony with family, nature, work and music has always been a soul searching quest. I still search for that state of mind and balance in life where everything is just flow. The fishermen in the film had their challenges and anxieties that came out of their way of living. Just as the fishermen I have my fair share of those thoughts from where I stand, a midlife father, working in the rat race… But, that can´t keep me of dreaming of something bigger and better

Amanda Tovalin

Originally from Mexico City, Amanda Tovalin is a singer, violinist and composer. Her music could be considered genreless although it does has profound roots on jazz and latin american folk music. In 2014, Amanda Tovalin recorded her first album "Amanda Tovalin" (Jazz Collective), generating positive national and international reviews. Her second production "Punto de partida (Starting Point)" turned out No.1 of the 2015's albums by the magazine Sin Embargo MX and generating great reviews in media such as Rolling Stone MX. She is currently working in "Crónicas (Chronicles)", her third album, to be out in 2019

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Mike Lorenz

Mike Lorenz, guitarist/composer/educator, hails from Bethlehem, PA where he is a member of the music faculty at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. Since 2007, Mike has kept a busy schedule as a freelancing performer, leading his trio/quartet in performance up-and-down the Northeast Corridor. He has held a residency at Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA, recently rated the best brewery in PA and one of the top 50 breweries in the world, for 7 years. Since his first album in 2012, Of the Woods, Mike has since released 6 records under his own leadership, the most recent of which, released in August 2019, features his group, Mike Lorenz & the Witherbees.

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Aaron Dolman

Aaron Dolman is a drummer, composer and bandleader born and based in Montreal who is rapidly establishing himself as an exciting voice in the city's diverse music scene. Having performed with many notable North-American Jazz musicians, including André White, Sasha Berliner, Jean-Michel Pilc, Dan Faulk, Kevin Dean, and Mike Rud, as well as members of Canada’s diverse folk music scene, such as Connie Kaldor and Folle Avoine, he is equally at home performing in contemporary Jazz and experimental musical contexts as he is in Folk, Rock and Pop settings. Aaron will release his first full-length album of original music on November 22nd of this year

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Anita Ivette Ferrer

Flatted Fifths and Major Sevenths My Jazz Journey, for All About Jazz Website Serendipity seems to be the description of my jazz journey. As a teen gal dreaming that I’d be a rock star-fashion designer when I grew up, I never would have thought I would be a folk-jazz chanteuse. No relatives in either my German or Puerto-Rican side s of my families were musicians. I had a beautiful soprano 4-octaved voice but never had the inclination to play an instrument. When I came to know Christ as my Lord and savior in 1982, two twin sisters with beautiful voices invited me to harmonize and minister to the elderly and dying at many Jersey shore nursing homes. In 1989


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