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Russ Kaplan

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Russ Kaplan is a musical storyteller. A creatively restless composer and versatile keyboardist, his diverse musical obsessions have led him through the worlds of jazz, rock, and theatre music. His newest project is a band that brings all these elements seamlessly together - a postmodern jazz supergroup known simply as "Russ Kaplan + 7." Taking Jazz into a high-concept narrative realm, RK+7 tells fantastic stories through Kaplan’s evocative compositions, which draw on influences from dixieland jazz to ambient rock. Kaplan's debut album as a bandleader - The Ulysses Cycle - is a 20-song narrative suite based on Homer's Odyssey

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Brian Woods

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Brian Woods is an African-American pianist, vocalist, producer, songwriter, actor, and author. Brian’s musical roots are based out of the gospel church in Akron, Ohio where he has performed for most of his life, but his musical accolades expand far beyond that. Serving as a radio DJ for 88.9 “The Edge,” he began to broaden his musical tastes. In college, he also ran security for the national entertainment acts that were brought in. It was there that Brian saw his future. On a fateful evening working detail for Blessed Union of Souls, Brian saw one man playing a piano and singing and watched as it transformed the entire atmosphere

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Dulce Resillas

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Mexican pianist graduated from the Higher School of Music (INBA) who has performed in various National and International Jazz Festivals (Philippines, Bolivia). She in international independent performances as well as classical music festivals (Montrèal, France and Italy). She has collaborated with the Panamerican Big Band Jazz, with the JazzFest AC Foundation Ensemble and various independent projects. She has 2 jazz record productions titled "Hilando Lunas" (2010) and "Leitmotiv" (2015) by Resijazz where she composed pieces made for Big Band, quintet, sextet and trio. She is the creator of Jazz en Movimiento in Querétaro (JEM) where she currently resides, that she is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of this genre. She is currently developing her career as a composer, pianist and arranger.

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Aleks Izotov

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Aleks Izotov is a pianist and composer based in the DC metro area. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Aleks graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University, where he studied with pianist Michael Kocour. While in college, Aleks was awarded the Most Outstanding Rhythm Section Player at the Reno Jazz Festival and was privileged to attend Ravinia's Steans Institute. Since moving to DC in 2016, Aleks has been steadily growing his reputation as a sideman, appearing with Tarus Mateen, Michael Bowie, Marshall Keys, and Mike Cemprola. His first solo release, solo piano, was released in February 2021.

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Matt Ratcliffe

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Chris Nordman

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Chris Nordman - Piano, Electric Piano, Hammond Organ Chris Nordman plays Multi Keyboards, and performs with his own band, and other bands in Michigan, Florida, and surrounding areas. Coming from Classical roots (several years at Interlochen National Music Camp performing on Piano, Organ, and 'Cello), staff organist at St. Hugo in the Hills Church in Bloomfield, Choir Director at Fellowship United Methodist Church in Troy, MI, Chris became a top "on call" musician to back many acts for shows in Michigan in the 1970's on, playing with the Drifters, Coasters, Chuck Berry, Mel Torme', Bob Hope, and many other acts across all genre's During this time, Chris and his "Detroit" Trio and augmented group played regularly for corporate and private events, and house gigs at the Detroit Yacht Club, Detroit Athletic Club, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Hyatt Regency, and other venues. He has led the Chris Nordman Group since 1979, playing thousands of events, shows and clubs

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Amanda Tosoff

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Amanda Tosoff is a B.C.-raised Toronto-based pianist, composer, and bandleader, with five albums to her credit. Along her fascinating career path, Amanda has performed with such internationally recognized artists as Ingrid Jensen, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Phil Dwyer, Christine Jensen, Brad Turner, Kelly Jefferson, and Jodi Proznick. She has also opened for jazz legends Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes, Oliver Jones, and Brazilian singer Luciana Souza, and her groups have recorded for CBC Radio programs Hot Air, Tonic, Jazz Beat, and Espace Musique’s series, Portraits Jazz. Tosoff has earned critical kudos, the respect of her peers, and such prestigious awards as the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at the 2007 Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the General Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the 2009 Montréal Jazz Festival

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Dave Ihlenfeld

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Dave Ihlenfeld grew up in St. Louis, where at age 3 he started picking out bass lines on the family piano while listening to Motown tunes on the radio. Lessons followed, to be abandoned in favor of viola, euphonium, and finally the tuba, but a piano opening in his high school jazz band provided the musical outlet he was seeking. Fame and fortune did not follow, so he attended DePauw and Indiana Universities, and then worked out of Indianapolis for too many years as a professional musician. Since 1996 he has resided in Arizona, where he is in demand as a performer on jazz piano and tuba

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Arie Salma

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Jesus Fuentes

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Jesús Fuentes was born in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. He is an active pianist, arranger and educator. Jesús is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. holds a MM in Jazz Piano Performance from Texas Tech University and a BM in Commercial Music from the University of Texas at El Paso.

While Jesús is mainly a Jazz pianist, he has studied and regularly performs a variety of genres including Classical, Latin, and most commercial music styles. As a Jazz pianist he has played with world renowned artists such as Tom Harrell, Allen Vizzutti, Jaleel Shaw, Jiggs Wigham, and The Glenn Miller Orchestra


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