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Junichiro Mataga

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Junichiro Mataga is a Jazz Pianist, Jazz Composer, Arranger, and Educator based in New York City. He grew up in Niigata, Japan. He began playing piano when at six years old. He moved to Tokyo after graduating high school and began studying Jazz Piano in the University Jazz Club. He graduated from The University of Electro-Communications with a major in Master of Engineering and then worked as a Sound and Vibration Researcher at Central Research Lab of NEC Corporation. In parallel, he was active in the Jazz scene in Tokyo, Japan. He performed in his leader band, the big band “Shiny Stockings”, the gospel band “7season”, the jazz quartet “Beyond the Cinema”

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Enrico Orlando

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Russ Kaplan

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Russ Kaplan is a musical storyteller. A creatively restless composer and versatile keyboardist, his diverse musical obsessions have led him through the worlds of jazz, rock, and theatre music. His newest project is a band that brings all these elements seamlessly together - a postmodern jazz supergroup known simply as "Russ Kaplan + 7." Taking Jazz into a high-concept narrative realm, RK+7 tells fantastic stories through Kaplan’s evocative compositions, which draw on influences from dixieland jazz to ambient rock. Kaplan's debut album as a bandleader - The Ulysses Cycle - is a 20-song narrative suite based on Homer's Odyssey

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Alex Koo

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Belgian-Japanese pianist and composer Alex Koo is currently paving his way as a promising young talent in the European jazz scene. Recently, his CD ‘Appleblueseagreen‘, with American icons Ralph Alessi and Mark Turner, was praised by Downbeat Jazz Magazine and included in their list of ‘Best Albums of 2019‘, with 4 stars and the mention ” Stunningly original “ (Clever Tree Records, March 2019). Jazzism also praised his album with no less than four and a half stars: “Beautiful, touching, elevating“. In his home country, the young pianist has been quoted by many as a rising star, backed by first prizes in the Prinses Christina Competition (NL), the SABAM B-Jazz Composition Award (BE), a Fulbright Award-Music Fellowship (USA- BE) and a Prins Bernhard Culture Prize (NL). He has been complimented by some of the scene’s biggest icons, such as Kurt Elling, Kenny Werner and Brad Mehldau and has studied with masters of the trade, such as Kris Goessens, Kenny Werner, Craig Taborn, Barry Harris and Jakob Bro. Alex also performed all over the world, from Europe to the U.S

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Heitsi-Eibib Ogun

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Brooklyn born and raised. Highschool and college years he played with R&B and cover bands. 1994-2001 played with smooth jazz musicians in the NY, CT area. 2001-2006 explored avant-garde music. 2006-2009 moved back and forth, from Philly to Nashville. 2010 Moved to Kentucky. From 2006 to 2013, he has played with straight ahead jazz musicians and jammed in other genres. For more music and contact info, check out soundcloud.com/thomasbirl or facebook.com/tbirl

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Adam Ahuja

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NYC-based Adam Ahuja is an x-genre live-looping artist, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist, and entrepreneur. He has drawn international recognition touring independently as an artist and as a past member of acts such as Robert Randolph & Family Band and the Ana Popovic Band. Ahuja’s keen sense of the contemporary music scene prompted him to establish Infinity Gritty, a global music label and consultancy. The label focuses on pushing the creative limits of artistic expression at the intersection of jazz and beyond, and has landed features in Spotify's State of Jazz playlist, Atwood Magazine, Mathematical Association of America, and others. Ahuja's influences range from from jazz, rock, world, funk, hip-hop, electronic, and some Vanilla Ice dance partying at age six, amalgamating a sound that melds a love for the groove, an affinity for harmonic exploration, and an expression of metaphysically-bent lyricism

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Connor Lafollette

Connor Lafollette is a drummer and keyboard player based out of Knoxville, TN. He is junior at University of Tennessee School of Music. He has played in numerous jazz bands including The Terrapin Quartet, the Jake Bird Trio, and Swingbooty.

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Ian McDonald

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Bryan McAllister

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Bryan McAllister is a composer, bandleader, and keyboardist from Rocky Mount, NC and currently living in Reno, NV. Influenced by many genres and music styles, Bryan has found a voice in his playing and writing through blending electronics with acoustic instruments. Bryan has toured his own bands as well as touring with a handful of rock and metal bands, and the acclaimed indie rock group The Tragic Thrills. After finishing graduate school at the University of Nevada, Bryan was hired to the faculty, teaching courses in musicology and the arts. Bryan has had the honor of playing with many great musicians including Peter Epstein, Donny McCaslin, Marvin 'Smitty' Smith, Bennie Maupin, Dara Tucker, and Lage Lund.

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Ken Aihara

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Ken Aihara is Boston and New York based Japanese Multi-Keyboard player/Composer/ producer and Sound designer. Ken mixes different elements of music ( Jazz fusion, EDM, Rock, etc..) to create his own style. also his performance produce deep and energy sound. Called “New type of keyboardist….. such as keyboard beast!!” In 2018-2019, Ken recorded Progressive Fusion single "Theia Impact"(release end of Jan 2019) and Album "Multiverse"(Release Feb 2019) with Bob Lanzetti(Snarky Pappy, 3-times Grammy winner), Evan Marien(Allan Holdsworth), Marko Djordjevic(Matt Garrison) and Aaron Nevezie(Emmy Award-nominated for tracking and mixing music for the documentary film "In a Dream" ) at Bunker studio.


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