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Jason Keiser

Jason Keiser is a professional guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, multi-stylist, recording artist, arranger and composer based out of the Bay Area currently residing in San Jose, California. He began pursuing the guitar at the age of 13, with his initial start in Leland High School in San Jose, California. His interest in music was heightened with the opportunity to play and collaborate with other musicians in the Leland High School Jazz Combo led by Instructor, Rian Rodriguez. This began his love for jazz and interest in different types of musical idioms and improvisation, including bluegrass and old-time music


Russ Lossing

Pianist, composer and improviser Russ Lossing has been part of the New York jazz scene since 1986. Lossing played with drummer Paul Motian over a period of 12 years and was a member of the Paul Motian Quintet which played week long gigs at the Village Vanguard in New York. Russ Lossing has composed over 400 works and is in specialized demand as a world class jazz pianist and improviser. He has 18 CDs as leader and is featured on over 60 other CDs as sideman and collaborator with world acclaimed musicians. Lossing has 6 cds as leader on the storied Swiss avant-garde label HatHut Records in addition to releases on the Sunnyside, Cleanfeed, Fresh Sound, Double Time, Steeplechase and OmniTone labels as well as his own label Aqua Piazza Records


Paco Reinaldet

Paco Reinaldet (Campo Grande, MS 1976), after living for a while in the capital Brasilia-Brazil, moved to the city of São Paulo, where he studied music and worked as a gigging musician playing from blues- jazz to the erudite, as a way of survival. At that time, he already had contact with the bohemian music scene, participated in several projects with “big people” of São Paulo jazz. He went to Rio de Janeiro in 2000, in an attempt to start an authorial musical career, but even been unsuccessful, he persists in his choice of music by going to live in Lima-Peru, learning more of the Latin music and years later he went to Wales-UK to study and play. Paco devoted his time to refining the instrument's timbre and also embracing “indeterminism” as an integral part of his songwriting process


Michael Parkinson

Michael Parkinson is a professional trumpeter, conductor, and music educator in metro Kansas City. He most recently served as Director of the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University where he founded the Improv Ensemble and taught courses in jazz studies. He performed with the MTSU Jazztet on tours of China in 2017 and 2018, and was named Guest Professor of Performing Arts at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music. He previously served as Director of the Ohio University School of Music and as Music Department Chair at Webster University in St. Louis. He taught courses in jazz studies, contemporary music, and entrepreneurship at Ohio and founded the New Music Ensemble and the Mini-Big Band at Webster


Wayne has lead several area bands over the past 30 years, including the Branco / Stamas Big Band, Itchy Feet and Eclipse. As a trombonist, Wayne has performed with internationally renowned jazz artists Arturo Sandoval, Bill Watrous, Jon Faddis, Bob Mintzer and Slide Hampton. Performance credits as an on-call sideman with vocalists and bands include Frankie Valli, Johnny Mathis, Rita Moreno, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Robert Goule, The Drifters, The Shirrells, Harry James Orchestra with Fred Radke, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians. His work with Boston area bands includes the Hal McIntyre Orchestra, Mike Girard's Big Swinging Thing, Baystate Jazz Quintet, Itchy Feet, the Worcester Jazz Orchestra, Artie Barsamian's Boston Big Band and Swingtet, The Ovations, Silver Bullet Swing Orchestra, Ryle's Jazz Orchestra, Everett Longstreth Orchestra, White Heat Swing Orchestra and Amanda Carr


Will Boyd

Multi-reed instrumentalist, composer, educator Will Boyd hails from soul sax tradition like artists Eddie Harris, David Newman, and Houston Person. Originally from Orangeburg SC by way of Queens NY, Will currently resides in Knoxville TN. He is a member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and currently has 2 solo albums “Live at the Red Piano Lounge” and “Freedom Soul Jazz”. Will also co-leads a group with Wife, jazz radio host, and founder of the Knoxville Women in Jazz Jam Festival Kelle Jolly.  Will was playing with professional local R&B groups before he was 18. He then received more training at the music program at South Carolina State University where he received BA in Music Business and met future wife vocalist Kelle Jolly


Dennis van aarssen

“The past year was complete madness. Everything in my life has changed, except my family and my girlfriend”, says Dennis van Aarssen, winner of The Voice of Holland 2019, looking back on the past year. From project manager at a digital marketing company to full-time singer with a debut album and a tour with 31 shows in the Dutch theaters. In a not so obvious genre; jazz. Or swing, as ‘crooner’ Dennis prefers to call it. The voice: Even though Dennis had a good job as a project manager, he never lost interest in music and singing. Music was always in the back of his mind. “It started to itch again

Craig Brenner

Called "a fine and funky pianist" by Living Blues, pianist and composer Craig Brenner has been voted "Best Musician" in Bloomington, IN numerous times in the Bloomington Independent; Craig Brenner & the Crawdads have been selected best band in the same poll. A graduate of Florida Southern College, Craig attended the Indiana University School of Music from 1976 through 1980, studying with composer John Eaton, pianists Joseph Rezits and Enrica Cavallo Gulli, and jazz educator David Baker. Craig has also studied with boogie woogie and stride master Bob Seeley and blues pianist Big Joe Duskin through a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. Craig's first recording is "Backstage Boogie" (1990) with drummer Dan Hostetler


Igor Willcox

Considered one of the most important Brazilian drummers, Igor Willcox has achieved great notoriety in the instrumental music scene with his group Igor Willcox Quartet, standing out and performing in the most important festivals and Jazz clubs around the world such as Blue Note, Sescs, Santos Jazz Festival, São Paulo Jazz Festival, Play Jazz Festival, etc. On April of 2019, the group has made his first Canadian tour, performing in the most important jazz clubs, such as the legendary Yardbird Suite (Edmonton), The Jazz Room (Waterloo), Frankie’s Jazz (Vancouver), Bucking Jam Palace (Calgary), The Rex (Toronto). Soon afterward, the group has departed to Europe to perform at the North City Jazz Festival, in Serbia, one of the most important Jazz Festivals of Eastern Europe on May 18th. "The first Live album of the Brazilian drummer Igor Willcox Quartet, captures the spirit of a strongly welded band performing at a high voltage in the most impassioned and interactive way


Wong Foo Jeng

Foo Jeng is a Malaysian pianist and composer. It is the craft of storytelling that informs his musical character, and thus his work often finds itself between the spaces of Classical and Black American music. He’s both a finalist of The American Prize in Composition and winner of the El Paso Original Music/New Ideas Competition. Moreover, his compositions have been performed by orchestras and chamber groups at events such as the St. Petersburg New Music Festival and São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival. He’s also conducted chamber and choral music for the Berklee Composers Alumni Concert as well as performed piano pieces for their bi- annual Old South Church concerts. Foo Jeng holds a degree in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music and will be attending the Manhattan School of Music in Fall 2021


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