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Irini Konstantinidi

With her lyrical, expressive, and impressively clear sound, vocalist Irini Konstantinidi has achieved a very personal and refined interpretation of jazz and has been established as one of the most prominent Greek jazz singers. Reviews about Irini have highlighted her vocal brilliance, impressive tonal range, and flexibility. The audience and the press refer to her as the jazz voice of pure crystal that’s very exciting when she's improvising! After years of collaborating as jazz vocalist and lyricist with collective projects and discography (Nomadic Treasures in Holland and The Wonderfall Quartet in her home-country Greece), she is now reintroducing her voice to the audience, releasing new jazz songs under her own name and with her artistic signature as a songwriter, producer, and arranger. Irini has just recorded her new personal studio album entitled “Nothing to lose”, which will be released in April of 2021 and will contain original songs that unfold her joyful personality and jazz finesse. Her playful and creative approach to vocal improvisation and jazz phrasing makes her music performance unique

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Rubim de Toledo

Award-winning bassist and composer, Rubim de Toledo combines the influences of his Brazilian heritage and his dedication to the jazz tradition, to create an approach to music that is refreshing and uplifting. Boasting a diverse rhythmic palette inspired by world music, jazz, and contemporary music, a lure towards improvisation and a forward-looking traditionalism, Rubim nurtures a commanding sound and style as a bassist, soloist, and composer.

Rubim began his professional career in Edmonton at seventeen, performing with Albertan Jazz legends Tommy Banks, PJ Perry and Clarence “Big” Miller

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Abdallah Harati

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Abdallah Harati grew up in São José dos Campos and since 2015, is established in Munich, Germany. At home, there wasn’t a single day that passed without the radio on or his mom singing. With his grandparents addicted to the traditional Brazilian music, he couldn’t escape. Uncles and cousins, some amateurs, other professional musicians, music quality was always a must. He started learning music since childhood. Flute, piano and finally the guitar. He has completed classical guitar studies, however the home influence of Choro, Seresta and Samba was very strong

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Marco Pacassoni

MARCO PACASSONI is graduated cum laude at "G. Rossini" conservatory and in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music of Boston cum laude. He studied with Gary Burton, Ed Saindon, Victor Mendoza, Daniele Di Gregorio, Eguie Castrillo, John Ramsey, Steve Wilkes. On 2005 Marco wins the award of the best jazz italian talent at "Chicco Bettinardi Competition" organized by Piacenza Jazz Festival. Marco has been played with Michel Camilo, Alex Acuna, Horacio "el negro" Hernandez, Steve Smith, John Beck, Amik Guerra, Trent Austin, Greg Hutchinson, Chihiro Yamanaka, Bungaro, Malika Ayane, Petra Magoni, Raphael Gualazzi, Luca Barbarossa, Francesco Cafiso, Massimo Manzi, Massimo Moriconi, Filippo Lattanzi, Daniele Di Gregorio, Paolo Belli, Luca Colombo, Cesare Chiodo, THE BEST OF and many others... ...with his quartet, Marco released Finally (Groovemaster Edition 2011), Happiness (AlfaMusic 2014), Grazie (Nasswetter Music Group 2017) and Frank & Ruth (Esordisco 2018) Marco is percussion faculty at Liceo Musicale Marconi in Pesaro and at Urbino University for italian semsters of University of Texas San Antonio. Marco tought Masterclasses of Vibraphone at prestigious american colleges such as Oberlin Conservatory (Ohio), University of Minneapolis (Minnesota), Eastman School of Music (Rochester), Columbus University (Ohio), Cleveland University (Ohio), University of Texas San Antonio (Texas) and Washington University St

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Didier Verna

Born in 1970, Didier Verna gets quickly involved in music, since he enters conservatory at the age of 5 and studies music theory for 2 years. At the age of 7, he starts learning classical percussions while continuing his theoretical studies; an opportunity for him to discover group playing and enjoy his first on-stage experiences. From this first instrumental contact with music, he will keep a sense and love for rhythm that can be heard very clearly in his playing, whether in composition or in improvisation. At the age of 9, bored with playing without interruption the « Bolero de Ravel » on a plastic pad in order not to upset the neighborhood, he decides to try classical piano, which he will be practising for 2 years

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Mambo Kings/Richard DeLaney

Rochester's own MAMBO KINGS, together since 1995, are enjoying great success as Upstate New York's foremost Latin jazz ensemble, and have rapidly earned a national reputation for their explosive blend of Afro Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisation.Since their orchestral debut in 1997 with the Rochester Philharmonic and Conductor Jeff Tyzik, Mambo Kings have appeared at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and in Pops concerts with orchestras in Baltimore, Vancouver, Detroit, Dallas, Naples (FL) and Portland (OR), among many others, performing original compositions and arrangements by pianist Richard DeLaney. As a quintet, Mambo Kings have appeared as featured soloists at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest, the Music In The Mountains Festival in Durango, (CO), the Lewiston (NY) Jazz Fest and most recently, the 2017 Big Sky Arts Fest in Bozeman, MT

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Adrien Brandeis

Adrien Brandeis is a pianist, composer and arranger based in Paris. Born in Annecy, his musical career started in the south of France. After studying at the Conservatory of Nice, he moved to Paris in 2018 to study with Manuel Rocheman and graduated from the CRR Conservatory of Paris. ​ Musically very open, his influences are multiple, from Ruben Gonzalez to Brad Mehldau, including Michel Camilo, Chick Corea, Jon Lord, Red Garland, Bill Evans. That same year he produced and released his first album "Euforia", which was internationally successful after being awarded the prestigious Letter One Rising Stars Jazz Award 2018. This prize which rewards the best young European jazz artist of the year allows him to share his music on the biggest European stages: Nice Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Leopolis Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Heineken Jazzaldia Festival, Kongsberg Jazz Festival, JazzOpen Stuttgart. ​ He performs in South America, where he is invited to the international jazz festival of Zacatecas as well as to the jazz festival of Polanco and in many theaters of Mexico. Also invited in Asia (Jazzmandu - Nepal, Kolkata International Jazz Festival - India), Adrien shares his music in many countries. On the French scene, he has won numerous awards: First price of the 2017 Jazz à Juan, ; price of the public of the 2017 Jazz in Porquerolles. ​ In Paris, he met Orlando Poleo and invited him many times to play "Euforia" in concert. He collaborates with many musicians like Inor Sotolongo, Damian Nueva, Arnaud Dolmen, Abraham Mansfaroll, Félix Toca, Philippe Ciminato, Davy Sur. ​ Very attached to Latin music, he went to study in Cuba, La Havana with Ernan Lopez Nussa in order to perfect his knowledge in September 2019. ​ These travels and experiences enrich his game and allow him to write his second album "Meetings", record in quartet with Damian Nueva, Arnaud Dolmen, Inor Sotolongo and as special guest Orlando Poleo.

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Max Haymer

Max Haymer was born and raised in Los Angeles. He began his classical piano studies at the age of seven and was introduced to jazz piano at the age of 14. He studied with the great LA based pianist Tamir Hendelman through high school and went on to continue his music education at UC Irvine, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors and a Bachelor of Music degree in 2007. At Irvine, Haymer studied Jazz Performance with Kei Akagi, Darek Oles, Bobby Rodriguez, and the late Sherman Ferguson. During that time, he also studied Musical Theater Direction with Dr. Gary Busby. Haymer has won 2nd prizes at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville Florida, and was a finalist in the Horace Silver Piano Competition and UWF Phillips Jazz Piano Competition and UWF Phillips Jazz Piano Competition

The New Acoustic Collective

The New Acoustic Collective started as a trio comprised of fiddle, guitar & double bass featuring David Boyden and Alonso Sanchez led by guitarist Jason Keiser. The collective performed at local Bay Area jazz club Cafe Pink House in November of 2018, using a unique blend of bluegrass & jazz to forge new territory in the New Acoustic Music scene. At the time, the collective drew inspiration from David Grisman, John Carlini, Tony & Wyatt Rice (Keiser's guitar instructor) who currently teaches at East Tennessee State University. The New Acoustic Collective brings together a variety of strings, brass, and percussion collaboratively led by Jason Keiser, Alonso Sanchez and Daniel Williams

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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


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