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Tamara Bodie

With a voice that has been compared to Lalah Hathaway and Blanche McAllistar (Donald Lawrence & Company), Tamara “Tam” Bodie has been an accomplished and sought after background vocalist for more than 20 years, locally supporting a plethora of talented artists, and also blessed to work with and for national Recording Artists like Smokey Norful, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Kierra Sheard, Travis Green, Chris Blue (The Voice Season 12 winner), and the Legendary Celine Dion, among others. Tam debuted her first solo single in April 2017, “Oh God, You’re Amazing”, written by Wayne Bucknor and produced by Kelvin Wooten, both of Huntsville, AL, on Madison Avenue Records

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John Mailander

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John Mailander is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist who moves listeners in concert halls, festivals, and music camps at home and abroad. A sought-after performer, teacher, producer, and recording artist, John is known for his deeply rooted voice on the fiddle, mandolin, and other stringed instruments. John is a member of Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers. He has toured and performed with some of the greatest names in the acoustic music world and beyond, including Billy Strings, Darol Anger, Molly Tuttle, Joy Williams, Sierra Hull, Jacob Jolliff, Tony Trischka, Ruth Moody, Col. Bruce Hampton, Joe K

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Grammy Award-Winning Record Producer Charlie Peacock Releases New Jazz Album, 'Trout Creek Ranch,' Available March 5th, 2021

Grammy Award-Winning Record Producer Charlie Peacock  Releases New Jazz Album, 'Trout Creek Ranch,' Available March 5th, 2021

A unique collection of solo piano compositions and improvisations from the producer of Chris Cornell, The Civil Wars, Holly Williams, Ben Rector, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and The Lone Bellow. Grammy award-winning record producer Charlie Peacock adds another solo piano chapter to his diverse musical story, Trout Creek Ranch, his 5th jazz recording (3/04/21). The album was ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Matthew Alec

Read "Take Five with Matthew Alec" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Matthew Alec: Saxophonist, Executive Producer at Cleveland Time Records and bandleader for the jazz fusion group Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric. Nominated as 'Cleveland's Best Horn Player' by Cleveland Scene Magazine, Matthew earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music from Kent State University in 2007. While at KSU, he studied both 20th century classical music ...

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News: Education

Jazz Education Nonprofit Partners With World-Renowned Jazz Musicians

Jazz Education Nonprofit Partners With World-Renowned Jazz Musicians

Jazz Empowers, a national nonprofit bringing jazz programs to students in underserved schools, announced the founding of their advisory board. The advisory board is comprised of some of the top jazz musicians in the world and will provide expert advice to Jazz Empowers staff as they continue to develop best practices in teaching students jazz. The ...

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Brian Czach

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Nashville session drummer Brian Czach (pronounced "Zack") is currently playing sessions and live shows around Music City. Czach has devoted his life to being as creative and versatile anyone with a pair of sticks could hope to be. Born in Schenectady NY, he has experience playing in every imaginable musical setting, from live shows, film & TV scores, artist sessions, tours, dance bands, and live theater, Brian’s musical experience is vastly extensive. With a BA in percussion performance from Ithaca College (’98), Brian moved to New York City in 2001, where he toured internationally and played nearly every major jazz club in the USA (including Birdland & Blue Note) with Tony DeSare and recorded 3 records (Telarc Records)

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Brain Salad

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Formed in the summer of 2018 in Nashville, Brain Salad was initiated by bassist Ben Griego, who was committed to establishing a jazz fusion group that performed complex works by the likes of Hiromi, The Aristocrats, Mike Stern, and Herbie Hancock. Guitarist Joshua Sendish, drummer Felix Munger, and keyboardist Miranda Powell all quickly joined, with the goal of pursuing musical growth in their instruments, writing, and production. Brain Salad is intent upon pushing the limits of musical exploration, developing and honing creativity, and fostering an appreciation of jazz fusion in audiences young and old.

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News: Performance / Tour

E.S.P. "Live In The Midwest" Tour Announced

E.S.P. "Live In The Midwest" Tour Announced

E.S.P. is brewing an exciting concoction of original modern jazz infused with spicy Latin beats and seasoned with funky grooves. Originating from central New York, this quartet has passionately pursued creating new music for decades collecting three consecutive “Best Jazz Album of the Year” awards along the way. Always searching for a new challenge, E.S.P. performs ...

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Keven Eknes

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Following the trend of having the first professional gigs as a early teenager, I debuted my original EP “Extraterrestrial” at 19, and won prestigious awards: PwC Award; G9Alt Award x2; Helgåleiren Guitar Idol; Tom Wilhelmsen Stiftelse x5; Sandnes City Honorary Recognition 2014 in support of my career. As a quintessential musician, I was also a university drop-out at Paul McCartney's LIPA, desiring to chase the “American Dream” starting at Berklee College of Music in 2014. After being offered both the European Tour and the Writing&Composition Scholarship, I became a division award-winner the following year for "Outstanding Musicianship" as selected by faculty, and in 2016 was one-third of the recipients of the prestigious Artist's Diploma (A.D.) among the 950 graduates, closing with a packed arena concert. My journey as a full-time guitarist since have been ranging from recording lead guitar for National Geographic and Liam Ferrari to performing 1000s of shows in multi-million dollar productions and national tours as well as performing at Gardeball (King of Norway's Ball), being selected by Smoky Mountain Opry as their "Best Male Performer" nominee for the IAAPA Brass Ring Award

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GIG

GIG is the brainchild of a trio of legendary music-makers Randy Goodrum, Dave Innis and Bruce Gaitsch (hence GIG from their last names). Singer-songwriter Randy Goodrum has written or co-written countless hits, including “You Needed Me” for Anne Murray, “Who's Holding Donna Now” for El DeBarge, “Oh Sherrie” for Steve Perry and “I'll Be Over You” for Toto, to name just a few. Goodrum is also half of the renowned quality pop duo JaR, along with ace producer, songwriter and guitar player Jay Graydon. Bruce Gaitsch is an extraordinary songwriter, guitarist and top session player who has performed and/or recorded with dozen of major acts, including Chicago, Celine Dion, Elton John, Amy Grant and Peter Cetera


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