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Armen Boyajian

Armen Boyajian is a jazz violinist and pianist who has been in the Charlotte, NC area since 2008. His jazz quartet Air Apparent was formed in Washington, DC and included Frank Kimbrough, Ed Howard, and Steve Williams. They played Blues Alley, Carter-Barron Amphitheatre and other DC and Baltimore venues. Armen has also played with Gary Thomas, Dennis Chambers, Wycliffe Gordon, Elisa Pruett, George Sykes, Greg Alewine and Ron Brendle. He has written a number of original jazz compositions: "Waltz for Bill Evans" (originally entitled "Sweet & Sour") was named Best Jazz composition by the Washington Area Music Association

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Luca Kézdy

Luca Kézdy was born in Győr, northwest Hungary, where she started her classical violin studies at the age of six. Later she studied aesthetics and philpsophy at the ELTE University’s liberal arts department. She placed in the finals in the first national Jazz Violin Competition held by the Hungarian Radio in 2006, where she won the Audience Prize. She has been playing with her band Santa Diver (violin-bass-drums) since 2006, and played at the most respected festivals and jazz clubs in Hungary, at many venues around Europe, and at the Chelsea Music Festival in New York. She is in more genres like jazz, free improvisation, pop and fusion

Hot Club of Baltimore

Hot Club of Baltimore performs inspired arrangements of Django Reinhardt repertoire, French Musette and Jazz. Michael Joseph Harris (Ultrafaux) is guitarist and artistic director of the group which consists of a collective of top jazz musicians. The ensemble boasts a variety of configurations which include the instrumental trio of 2 guitars and bass, the classic quintet with violin, the late 40's "Django in Rome" sessions adding piano, drums, and horns, and the big band sound of the early 50's when Reinhardt performed with Duke Ellington. The group often features captivating vocalist Alexis Tantau on gypsy jazz renditions of Occitan folk songs, Edith Piaf, Eartha Kitt, Maxine Sullivan, Charles Trenet, Jacques Dutronc, Ella Fitzgerald, and Henri Salvador.

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Ultrafaux

The Baltimore-based Ultrafaux Ensemble performs original Gypsy Jazz-inspired music with elements of swing, funk, blues, Brazilian choro, and French musette. Lead guitarist and composer Michael Joseph Harris is one of the most prolific writers in this style rooted in the technique of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. Harris and 2nd guitarist Sami Arefin trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies along with a rotating cast of sidemen including Dallas Vietty - accordion, Jason Anick - violin, Evan Price - violin, Aaron Malone - violin, Giacomo Smith - clarinet, Connor Stewart -clarinet, Jonathan Greene - clarinet and many more

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Aleksandra Kutrzepa Quartet

Aleksandra Kutrzepa Quartet was formed in December 2015. Members of the band are graduates the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice and Institute Of Music of the Art Department in Lublin. The band's repertoire consists of original compositions combining elements of contemporary jazz and free jazz with illustrative music. For a long time the band worked on a common sound, which is a priority for each member, and is created by the unconventional use of electronics supporting the color of acoustic instruments. In May 2018, the band released their debut album "Impressions". Album "Impressions" hit in December 2018 on the list of the 5 best jazz debuts in Poland

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Julia Bomfim

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Julia Bomfim is an exceptional violinist based in Boston, MA. Her unique style combines Classical music and Brazilian music with other South American flavors. Half Argentinian from her mother side and half Brazilian, Julia's energetic and versatile playing have ensured her place in these various musical genres. Born into a family of artists, Julia began her music studies at the age of seven. Inspired and encouraged by her father, the renowned flutist Marcelo Bomfim, the violin became the focal point of her early childhood.  In 2013, she graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) with a Bachelor of Music degree

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John Pearce Violin

Born in Bristol, John Pearce began learning the violin at the age of seven and has since performed in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Japan as well as at venues in London including the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St. John’s, Smith Square. He has performed live on BBC radio and television and has given world premieres of works by composers such as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. As a soloist, he has performed concertos by Bach, Bruch, Beethoven and Brahms and has given duo recitals with pianist and composer Motoki Hirai. Festival performances have included the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Bath Festival and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. John had the honour of receiving an award from the Former Parliamentary under Secretary of State for an outstanding contribution to music and was awarded a bursary at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Gyorgy Pauk, later continuing his studies privately with Bela Katona

Take Five with Omer Ashano

Read "Take Five with Omer Ashano" reviewed by Omer Ashano

About Omer Ashano Israeli jazz violinist Omer Ashano started playing violin when he was six years old, later taking up the guitar at age 13. At the time, his guitar teachers were the influencers who exposed Omer to the styles of Blues, Rock n' Roll and Jazz as well as the ideas and possibilities ...

Gregory Harrington

Born in Dublin to Irish parents, Gregory Harrington began to play the violin at the age of four at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He holds degrees in Business and Music from University College Dublin, American College Dublin, The Guildhall School of Music in London and Mannes College of Music in New York City. Today, Harrington is one of Ireland's most recognized violinists, having performed all over the world as soloist in some of the world’s greatest concert halls for Presidents, the United Nations, and millions of music fans at arenas and stages worldwide. He was invited to open the St Patrick's Day Parade live on NBC on 5th Avenue to a nationally televised US audience and was invited by the Green Bay Packers to perform the US National Anthem at Lambeau Field. Harrington has appeared with many great orchestras and esteemed conductors including the San Diego Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, RTE Concert Orchestra and the Janacek Philharmonic under Thomas Wilkins, Robert Houlihan, Mariusz Smolij and Mark Shapiro amongst others. In 2006 he founded his own record label, Estile Records, and has has enjoyed success on the Billboard Classical Charts having released 3 critically acclaimed albums to date


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