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Marlon Simon

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Educator, Percussionist, Composer Marlon Simon was born in the small town of Punta Cardón, Falcón state, Venezuela. His first contact with music, at the age of 10, came from his father, Hadsy Simon, a philosopher with deep insights into spiritualism and metaphysics, and guitarist and vocalist. “Whenever we had a visitor my father used to take his guitar out and invite me to join him, playing on a little bongo. Later on, I drove him nuts. When I reached the age of 15, he bought me a set of timbales. I learned most of the Latin rudiments on my own. Listening mostly to dance bands, salsa, merengue and other South American dance music styles helped me begin playing with top local bands in the area, Marlon says. By the time he was 18, Marlon had organized his own band and had begun performing locally at concerts and clubs, sometimes opening for major national acts. His interest in jazz was sparked when he was 19 and a friend brought him a video he had recorded of Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea and Miroslav Vitous, and others. Marlon also quickly became hooked, and with an abiding interest in jazz and African-originated music he came to the United States in 1987 and began formal studies on drums at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia. In 1988, he received a grant from the Philadelphia Music Foundation. He moved to New York in 1989, and later obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the New School for Social Research. During his studies, Marlon worked locally in the city, developing his unique style and gaining the respect of noted jazz and Latin musicians.

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Mario Guarneri

Mario Guarneri has done everything from sitting in with Louis Armstrong at the age of thirteen to performing in the Los Angeles Philharmonic for fifteen seasons under conductors Zubin Mehta and Carlo Maria Giulini. He was principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for a decade, toured Europe with the Los Angeles Brass Quintet. 

In addition to his solo albums on the Crystal and Nonesuch labels, one of which was nominated for the Prix de Rome, Mario has played on hundreds of television and motion picture soundtracks, and was a featured soloist for movies like Lonesome Dove and Godfather III.

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Dr. Joan Cartwright

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Amazing Musicwomen Ensemble Jazz Vocalist/Historian Joan Cartwright and her ensemble trace the origins of Jazz from the West Coast of Africa to the clubs of Harlem. This presentation highlights the life, times and tunes of America’s premiere Blues and Jazz Women from Bessie Smith to Betty Carter and beyond. Selections include compositions of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Cole Porter, Norman Mapp and Joan Cartwright. (1-2 hours)

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Free Webinar for Jazz Musicians: How to build a professional website for your music on September 29th at 1pm EST

Free Webinar for Jazz Musicians: How to build a professional website for your music on September 29th at 1pm EST

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Marius Billgobenson

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A true musical citizen of the world committed to bridging longstanding cultural divides, Stockholm, Sweden based singer, songwriter and guitarist Marius Billgobenson has created a soulful and empowering fusion of jazz, blues, pop, R&B and the dynamic rhythms and vocal sounds indigenous to his homeland of the Congo. His invigorating blend of jazz instrumentation and African music seeks to bring awareness of disenfranchised communities. Starting with the release of his 2017 debut album The Sum of My Pardon, the multi-talented artist – also an award-winning anthropologist with intense interests in ethnomusicology and curating cultures - has used jazz as umbrella to bring about intellectual dialogues

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Wesley Crispus

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Wesley Crispus, professionally acknowledged as 'Wes', is an exceptional Indian saxophonist, who stands out as a prominent figure among his peers, embodying an unmatched blend of creativity and educational expertise.

In 2020, Wes achieved a significant milestone by earning Distinction at the London College of Music, showcasing his unwavering dedication and expertise in the realm of music education—a testament to his fervent commitment to nurturing the next generation of musicians. He fostered a deep and enduring connection with APL Global School, inspiring and guiding aspiring students. His proficiency extends across diverse musical ensembles, including collaborations with bands at the KM Conservatory, Jatayu, Second-sight, and Staccato, as well as with contemporary dancers and theater groups, all of which further showcase his saxophone prowess. Additionally, he holds a distinguished role in education, having made significant contributions as a valued member of the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music College. Initially serving as an academic counselor during the pandemic, he later advanced to the position of Academic Manager. His dedication to music education and academic leadership is truly commendable.

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Perry Thoorsell

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Performances and/or recordings with top jazz musicians including Smith Dobson, Jessica Williams, Larry Vuckovich, Donald Bailey, Eddie Henderson, Sonny Simmons, Mark Levine, Joe Henderson, Jamie Davis, Marvin Stamm, Kurt Elling, and Tootie Heath. Live shows backing traveling headliners including Bobby Rydell, Dick Contino, Julius LaRosa, Rita Moreno, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Pete Barbutti, Jim Bailey, Jerry Vale, Diahann Carroll, and Frankie Laine. Musical Theater credits include "Stardust," "By George," "Godspell," "In the Heights," and "Camelot." Festival performances include Biamp Portland Jazz Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), and Stanford Jazz Festival.

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