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Marilyn Chadwick

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Pedro José Pastrana

Born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, Pedro J. Pastrana grew up immersed in the "jibaro" music, playing the national instrument "el cuatro”. His first steps in music started at the age of 10. Pedro’s passion for discovery got him to move out his native Puerto Rico and travel different countries allowing him to explore other musical cultures. These experiences added more vocabulary to his musical dictionary, and helped him develop a keen instinct for connecting with musicians at the most fundamental level. After years as a sideman, all of these collaborations have been the spark for his debut album

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Chick Corea

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A DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, 23-time Grammy winner, and keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering. Chick is the fourth-most-nominated artist in the history of the Grammys, with 63 nominations. He's also earned 3 Latin Grammy Awards, the most of any artist in the Best Instrumental Album category.

From straight ahead to avant-garde, bebop to fusion, children's songs to chamber music, along with some far-reaching forays into symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is awe-inspiring

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Wack Cheddar

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Philadelphia’s own, Wack Cheddar, brings the party to every show with their blend of classic, soulful funk and sophisticated modern jazz. The band draws inspiration from artists like James Brown, Lettuce, Wayne Krantz, and Led Zeppelin. The band was formed in 2017 by drummer John Venezia, who sought to create a musical collective of his friends from college and his hometown. The group includes some of Philadelphia’s and NYC finest musicians: Nathaniel Hawk (keyboards), Phil Anthony (Electric Bass), Nick LombardelliI (Trombone/Keyboards), Anthony Nigro (Alto Sax) and Joe Lockwood (Trumpet)

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Arie Salma

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Nicolas Meier & Dewa Budjana Group

Nicolas Meier UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the world's most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more — all mixed with jazz — Meier's versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that, even. (... so much so, that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group — carrying him on two world tours during the course of the last several years.) Meier originally hails from Switzerland; born in 1973, to parents who are great lovers of the arts

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Scott Jones

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My name is Scott Jones. I’ve been a full time pro musician (guitarist, composer, arranger) for about 4 decades, residing in the St. Louis area.

My contemporary jazz album “Fictional Characters” is released in association with Michael Silverman and Autumn Hill Records.

Featuring myself as composer and guitarist, along with musicians Steve Hunt, (long time keyboardist for the late guitar legend Allan Holdsworth), as well as drummer Archibald Ligonnière and bassist Romain Labaye, (both of whom have been renowned guitarist Scott Henderson’s band* on his recent tours and latest album “People Mover”, *which was just voted Best Jazz Fusion Group by Jazz Times Magazine’s 2020 Reader’s Poll)

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Allen C. Paul

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Allen C. Paul, pianist, educator and author, began learning the piano at the age of 3, taught by his mother, an elementary music teacher. A graduate of the University of Miami School of Music in Jazz Piano, he has since performed both locally and internationally, working closely with myriad top-tier artists as a musical director and accompanist. He has worked with and appeared on stage with artists such as Miki Howard, Betty Wright, Raheem Devaughn, Jaguar Wright, Mike Phillips, Rhonda Thomas, Anthony David, Algebra Blessett, Chantae Cann and many others. He also worked in theater alongside award winning singer and actor Chestor Gregory in his hit musical “The Eve of Jackie” in 2017

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Matt Richards

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Born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, guitarist Matt Richards grew up in the culturally fertile cross-currents of the late 1960s. His musical pathway opens in the mix of folk, rock and psychedelic music that defined that decade and eventually guides him into the hyperactive jazz-fusion of the 1970s. Initially a self-taught player, Matt began earnestly developing the technically advanced musical abilities necessary to be part of that highly-energized genre. As his musicianship developed, he discovered straight-ahead jazz and classical music and began incorporating the acoustic guitar in various projects

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Ray Sandoval

RAY SANDOVAL is an award winning composer, performer, producer and educator, trained in both the Classical and Jazz genres. Born of Japanese and Mexican-American parents, Ray’s musical career began at home in Tucson, Arizona. At the age of eight, he was playing drums in a family band with his older brother, Richard. A family hobby turned into serious study when both became the first students selected for APEX (Academic Preparation for Excellence) at the University of Arizona. Under the guidance of Thomas Patterson, Professor of Music, Ray began to perform solo works of classical guitar earning a number of awards and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music


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