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Incognito: Connecting the World to Music

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What is in a song? Why is it that we connect to music? These are questions that the founder of Incognito, Jean-Paul “Bluey" Maunick has asked himself for the past several years. The UK-based band has returned with the release of Tales from the Beach (Heads Up, 2008). There are many layers to Incognito's music, representing ...


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Eric Darius: Goin' All Out

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Saxophonist Eric Darius has made his Blue Note label debut with Goin' All Out (Blue Note, 2008) and, as the title suggests, he is doing just that. The project includes covers of hits by Ne-Yo and Mary J. Blige, and he successfully puts his own spin on them. There is a new maturity in his music ...


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Rigmor Gustafsson: Alone With the Music

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Singer/songwriter Rigmor Gustafsson is perhaps best known for her vocal interpretations of other great singers, including Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach. Gustafsson's unique songwriting style has, however, garnered her accolades and top-ranking hits; she is the recipient of gold records in both Germany and Sweden. With Alone With You (ACT, 2008), Gustafsson showcases her amalgamated sound ...


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Brian Culbertson: Bringing Back the Funk

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Keyboardist extraordinaire Brian Culbertson has a style that is a mixture of inimitable funk and suave grooves. Growing up, Culbertson was heavily influenced by the work of Maynard Ferguson, Dave Sanborn, the Brecker Brothers, Blood Sweat & Tears, James Brown, and Earth Wind & Fire. Bringing Back the Funk (GRP Records, 2008) employs outstanding musicians to ...


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Billy Kilson: Billy's Groove

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The Berklee educated, innovative drummer Billy Kilson may have started out playing the trumpet and trombone, but playing the drums was certainly his calling. The virtuoso performer, who has toured with such famed musicians as George Duke, Diane Reeves and has been a part of Chris Botti's band for the past four years, is known as ...


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Chris Botti & Band: Two-Week Residence at Yoshi's

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Chris BottiYoshi's San Francisco/Yoshi's OaklandJanuary 23 and February 2San Francisco's Fillmore District has re-emerged to claim its rightful status as the epicenter for jazz on the West Coast. This renaissance is thanks to the visionary owners of the Yoshi's enterprise in Oakland, California and now in San Francisco: Kaz Kajimura and Yoshi Akiba. ...


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Paula Cole: Courage

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Paula Cole is perhaps one of the greatest jazz voices caught in modern-day times. What most vocalists hope to achieve within their art, Paula Cole can do in one song and, more often than not, in one take. With an ability to showcase seemingly effortless and incredible range and control, Cole has achieved mainstream success, winning ...


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Chris Botti: Italia

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When one thinks of Italy certain things come to mind, chief among them--romance, fashion, the culinary arts and a cherished optimistic outlook on life. For years, the Italian arts have chronicled the human condition. And now, prolific trumpeter Chris Botti has personified this through his release, Italia (Columbia, 2007); employing outstanding singers Andrea Bocelli, Paula Cole ...


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An Evening with Chris Botti: Gala and Concert

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Chris BottiMontalvo Arts CenterSaratoga, CaliforniaSeptember 19th, 2007On Wednesday night, concertgoers and performing arts supporters gathered in Saratoga, California at the Montalvo Arts Center--an exquisite venue and an ideal place to see an artist perform. It is quite intimate and offers a convivial atmosphere. The Chris Botti Gala and Concert is a ...


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Randy Scott: From The Heart

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Randy Scott is a consummate producer, composer and musician; he has performed and recorded with numerous luminaries including, Anita Baker, Patti Labelle and Randy Crawford.He is a three-time winner of It's Showtime At The Apollo, Winner of The Hennesy Jazz Search and protégé of his friend and mentor, the late Grover Washington, Jr. He ...


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