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2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

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Joe Sturges

Joe Sturges is a drummer/composer based in Madrid. Merging jazz, hip/hop, classical, and a variety of other influences, he creates a unique and honest sound in his compositions, always aiming to tell a story with his music. Currently living in Madrid (Spain) Joe spends most of his time performing behind the drumkit, or writting new compositions for films, videogames, or any of his new personal projects.

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Pato Muñoz

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Juan Saiz

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Born in 1986 in Santander and begins to play the transverse flute at the age of 10 at the Conservatory Jesus de Monasterio de Santander, where he studies flute with Jaime Salas and composition with Emilio Otero. During his last years at the conservatory he focuses on the study of jazz and contemporary composition and, shortly thereafter, moves to Barcelona to study the upper level of Jazz and Modern Music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC). He completed his studies between Barcelona and the Kask-Koninklijk Conservatorium de Ghent (Belgium) with professors such as Bart Defoort, Eladio Reinón, Gary Willis, Agustí Fernández, Gorka Benítez, Julia Gallego

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Pagliuca-Mena

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Natanael Ramos

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Born in La Orotava (Canary Islands, Spain) in 1988. Natanael graduated with a Master in Jazz Music degree at the CvA (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) with Ruud Breuls, Jan Oosthof, Joris Roelofs and many others after having completed the Bachelor in Jazz Trumpet at MUSIKENE (Center for Advanced Musical Studies of the Basque Country) with trumpeter Chris Kase. He has also been taught by Perico Sambeat, Bob Sands, Miguel Blanco, Roger Mas, Joaquin Chacon, and masterclasses with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Ambrose Akinmusire, Avisahi Cohen, Terence Blanchard, Terrell Strafford, Till Brönner, Jerry Bergonzi, Polo Orti, Javier Colina, David Pastor and many others. He leads his own band, a latin jazz nonet ‘La Banda del Solar’ and a salsa collective in Tenerife called ‘IBAKÓ’, projects for which he composes and arranges

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Chip Wickham

Chip Wickham started out in the highly influential UK breakbeat, hip-hop and drum & bass scene that was Manchester’s Grand Central Records, working and playing with the likes of Rae & Christian, Fingathing, The Pharcyde, Jimpster, Nightmares On Wax, Jenna G and Graham Massey. It wasn’t long before he found himself touring all over the world, and began working with more mainstream artists like Badly Drawn Boy and Roy Ayers. He also played on the soundtrack to the Guy Ritchie’s Snatch. The following years were spent writing, producing and remixing tracks for a wide range of artists, including his own electro-Latin project Malena, releasing the Fried Samba album on Freestyle in 2007. However, jazz has always been his first love, and soon he found himself working with award winning UK trumpeter Matthew Halsall, playing live and eventually appearing on Halsall’s critically acclaimed breakthrough album Sending My Love

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Sibyl González

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Sibyl Gonzalez is a young virtuous singer from Caracas Venezuela and living in Madrid, though it might be thought that her musical career is at it's beginnings, she has a great vocal jazz performance and deep knowledge and understanding of the gender, as if it were instinctive, reactive and emotional. She has won college festivals and was part of several Big Bands in his hometown, she has made multiple concert halls in Caracas and Madrid, and has been involved in jazz festivals in Venezuela, additionally, has been Granted by the Foundation Barquisimeto Jazz Festival twice. The Jazz and contemporary music are the protagonists of their proposal, mixing classic trends swing, the Blues, the Venezuelan music and the fusion of different styles with contemporary jazz

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Ricardo Tejero

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RICARDO TEJERO Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, improviser and conducter. Born in Madrid Ricardo Tejero lives in UK since 2001. His work ranges through improvisation, jazz, Latin and African music as well as his own compositions, and conduction of large orchestras. Initially self-taught, Tejero studied with Wade Mathews and in 1998 started playing improvised music under the guidance of Chefa Alonso at the same time as he was playing in different ad hoc bands, developing an active role in Madrid's improvised music scene of late 90's. Graduated in Jazz and Contemporary Music at Leeds College Music in 2005, Tejero obtained in 2007 a Masters Degree in Contemporary Music at Brunel University (London) under professors Richard Barret and Peter Wieg. Since he moved to London in 2005 Tejero has maintained an active role mainly in the local improvised music scene for several years, but also covering other styles playing with musicians like Steve Noble, Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders, Tony Marsh, Niko Meinhold, John Edwards, Alexander Hawkins, Matthias Muller or Frank Paul Schubert amongst others

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Yeray Jimenez


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