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Dimitri Gollety

HIS MUSICS ———— His heart balances and dances on bossa nova, but Dimitri is “jazzing" instinctively everything he plays. Whether Funk, RnB, Rock, Pop or Blues, his playing and his musical chords give a more or less jazz colours to each of his creations and arrangements. He owes his inspiration to very great artists who have made significant contributions to him throughout their productions over the past 30 years. One with which he feels the most intimate is Al Jarreau. It also owes much to George Duke in terms of musical arrangements. Of course he gives a high gratitude to Carlos Antonio Jobim whose works inspire many of his compositions in Bossa Nova

Pepa Niebla

Spanish singer and composer Pepa Niebla is renowned for her vocal versatility that has allowed her to be involved in a great variety of projects: from blues, soul and jazz to Cuban son and popular music. Living in Granada, Havana, London and Brussels gave her the opportunity to grow, learn and experiment in different genres. Now, settled in Belgium, Niebla has found her sound and direction as an artist, bringing to life her own compositions and arrangements with her new project: The Pepa Niebla Quintet. 2020 will see the release of Renaissance, Niebla’s first album of original compositions (following her releases Pepa Niebla Project and Pepa Niebla & Ricky Vivar), featuring guitarist Toni Mora, pianist Maxime Moyaerts, double bassist Alex Gilson and award-winning drummer Daniel Jonkers

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Yuri Turchyn

World class, A-list performances and original music by 5-string jazz violinist Yuri Turchyn whose international flair crisscrosses cultures, blending Gypsy Jazz, Afro Cuban, Latin Beat into fusion symmetry and string swing along with his distinctive voice and smooth, melodic vocals. A singer/songwriter, he composes and arranges original music while having a highly visible career as a featured premier performing artist. An “International Jazz Cat,” Yuri was featured at the West Bloor Street Festival, Toronto and toured with renowned Gypsy jazz, acoustic trio, BARTENDER, performing at the Umbria Folk Festival in Orvieto, Italy returning for several tours to the Umbria-Tuscany area

The Royal Bopsters

Fresh from their successful debut at the Newport Jazz Festival, The Royal Bopsters is a jazz vocal quartet made up of New York’s finest jazz singers/music educators that specializes in Bebop and Swing music. Their highly acclaimed break out release on Motema Records allowed them to sell out a week at NY’s Birdland Jazz Club and garnered them 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine as well as making many top picks for 2015. Their eagerly awaited second recording will be released this Spring and once again features the true jazz royalty of Sheila Jordan and the late Bob Dorough, each lending their iconic voices and stylings (not to mention their writing) that has garnered such praise as, “If this disc featured just the quartet, it would be sensational

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Elaine Skeffington

“Elaine has a significant voice that commands attention, whether she's singing a ballad, a blues tune or plain old R & B” “Elaine's style makes for a great connection between audiences and the music. She almost never stops smiling—and better, it's joy and you know it.” “A beautiful woman who can sing *anything*...” "What a beautiful, expressive voice!" "Elaine, your sultry sounds are wonderful and mesmerizing" Elaine Skeffington is an experienced vocalist who sings from the heart, covering everything from soulful to sultry. Performing in several Seattle-area bands, Elaine is also available as a soloist for special events & other occasions. Since before she could speak, Elaine has been expressing herself through sound and music

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Alex Bird

THE STORY... Alex Bird is a singer/songwriter and actor in Toronto, ON. With a swinging style and an indescribable charm, Alex is currently working on an entirely new chapter in the Great American Songbook, with his soon to be released debut album “Whisky Kisses”, recorded at Canterbury Studios with the masterful, Jeremy Darby. The album is comprised of 12 songs with 11 being originals written by Alex. “The Way She Moves”, one of the originals off the album, is being released on November, 30th, 2019. Alex literally grew up with the classics. As a young boy he was taken to hang around the Toronto Jazz scene, and had the opportunity to see and meet many of the greats along the way; Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Mel Torme, Ray Charles...the list goes on

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Amanda Addleman

Amanda Addleman is a San Francisco-based vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Addleman’s musical approach is one well-steeped in a reverence for the traditions of great jazz singers and instrumentalists of the last century. Yet her sound represents an informed departure from the tropes and fixations of earlier generations of improvisational musicians. In fusing the spirit of contemporary folk, rock, and pop composition and performance stylings, Addleman’s style blossoms with a freedom from genre restraint, while maintaining a consistent and cohesive sound that still maintains an obvious reverence for those who came before. Addleman earned a B.M

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Heather Bambrick

JUNO-nominated vocalist Heather Bambrick prides herself on being an entertainer through and through. From her skillful, effortless interaction with audiences, to the variety and breadth of her material, Heather approaches every aspect of her performances with the goal of leaving audiences feeling far better after her shows than before they arrived. This is why her concerts have been described as what happens when “Ella Fitzgerald meets Carol Burnett at a Newfoundland kitchen party”. It’s not only audiences who appreciate Heather’s talent. Critics and industry professionals place Heather on the top rung of the musical ladder

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Virginia Schenck

Virginia Schenck, known by the stage name VA, is an accomplished international vocal artist and jazz performer, utilizing both straight-ahead, spoken word, and free improvisation. VA is an imaginative vocalist with a broad stylistic reach. She can soothe her audience with a beautiful ballad, invigorate them with a re-imagined standard and challenge them with a powerful blast of free improvisation. Yet all of these aspects exist within one singular and unique voice. VA often spices up her shows with world music influences from her own vocal exploration and CircleSinging, which she studied under the legendary Bobby McFerrin


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