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Transparent Sky

Label: Ruby Slippers Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: Santa Monica Samba; Random Journey; Nightingales & Fairy Tales; Living in Limbo; God Bless the Child; Chromatic Chronicles; Fall Upon a Miracle; Infinite Tango; Extraordinary Everyday Things; Transparent Sky.

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Dave Ricketts

Dave has committed his life to music. He plays guitar, sings, composes, songwriter and even plays a bit of cornet! His formal study and training was with Michael Chapdelaine (a student of Andres Segovia, among other accomplishments) at the University of New Mexico, where he earned a bachelors in music. Dave is founder and bandleader for nationally and internationally known Gaucho Jazz (gypsy jazz/blues/gutbucket music), which he has led since 2002. Gaucho is based in San Francisco and in 2009, won SFWeekly’s Reader’s Poll, “Best Jazz and Blues Band”. In 2016 Gaucho was very honored to have won the title of “Best Band” for the same publication

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Ikechi Onyenaka

Ikechi Onyenaka is a 24-year-old American jazz-neo soul saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and recording artist from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on the rise in the Philly music scene. Although his primary instrument is the alto saxophone, he also plays the tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, piano, keyboard, bass, and drums. As a saxophonist and songwriter, he takes a wide range of influences from the likes of Grover Washington Jr, Robert Glasper, Stevie Wonder, and J Cole. Through emotionally driven saxophone melodies, atmospheric piano chords, and immaculate bass lines, Ikechi Onyenaka has truly created his own lane in modern jazz with his original music

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Andres Hayes

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Zachary Biggus

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Zachary Biggus was surrounded by music at a young age. He began playing guitar at the age of 11, focusing first on rock and later turning his interest to jazz. By 16, he was working with local bands in the Chicago land area. In 2010 Biggus released his first album, "Jusqu’a Présent". This independent release displays Biggus’ capacity for composition as well as improvisation. Since it’s release, Biggus continues to perform regularly in the Chicago land area, and has established himself both in his tasteful complements to the rhythm section and on innovative solo flights.
"From The Very Start" is the latest studio release from Zachary Biggus and features original compositions, drawing from styles of Rock and Jazz

Musician

Ernst Bier

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Ernst Bier studied drums with Billy Brooks, Charlie Persip, Vernell Fournier, and Elvin Jones. He lived and worked in New York City from 1982 through 1987. After his return to Germany he lived first in Cologne, and later in Berlin, where he leads a continually running series of jazz workshops. The list of musicians with whom he has worked reads like a "Who's Who" of jazz. With his dedication, his sensitive playing style, and his constructive approach, he is a highly valued drummer who is continually in demand.

"The way I see it musicians are a lot like doctors - people come to a concert to be treated by the music."

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Neil C. Young

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Navigating musical highways with melodic flair and harmonious finesse whilst keeping live performance as alive as possible, UK based fusion guitarist Neil C Young has established himself as a composer, arranger, and musician on both the British scene and international stage. Praised for his cool, melodic and harmonic sophistication yet maintain a feel good instrumental format, Neil has worked with the likes of – Nick Blacka (Go Go Penguin), Nathan Bray (Guy Barker); Anton Hunter (Beats and Pieces, Sloth Racket, Ripshaw Catfish), Soweto Kinch; Wendy Kirkland (Piano Divas) Gary Boyle (Isotope, Soft Machine); Steve Tromans (Indo Jazz Fusions, Dan Nicholls, Alison Symons)

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Kevin Hart

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Kevin Hart is a jazz vibraphonist, pianist and drummer from Central Illinois. His stylistically eclectic The Road to Everywhere was chosen as a 2005 recommended release by Laura Kennedy from WGLT who says, “Kevin Hart is a masterful musician—a generous artist with style, class and a forever sense of fun. His originals sparkle with innovation and cosmopolitan charm and as Axel F demonstrates, his choice of cover material reveals imagination and vision.” Latin-flavored Corazón was also a 2010 top ten pick by KXLU in Los Angeles. Early on, Kevin played his father’s drums to jazz records, studied piano as required by his mother, imitated Lionel Hampton on an older sister’s vibraphone, and began drumming with local pros at 15

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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

Musician

Peter Janson

Peter Janson is a Boston-based solo guitarist whose passion for weaving elements of Jazz, European, Celtic, and improvisational music into originals and arrangements (covers) have earned him critical acclaim: “the substance of great jazz presented in an original and accessible style. Truly great!” (Jazz keyboardist Steve Hunt), “absolutely one of the best, heartfelt, acoustic players today” (Grammy winning producer, Chuck Ebert), and “a rare 10+” (Spirit of Change Magazine).  He has performed extensively throughout North America; notably at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Argenta Acoustic Music Series, WUMB Music Festival and more


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