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Spanish singer and composer Pepa Niebla is renowned for her vocal versatility that has allowed her to be involved in a great variety of projects: from blues, soul and jazz to Cuban son and popular music. Living in Granada, Havana, London and Brussels gave her the opportunity to grow, learn and experiment in different genres. Now, settled in Belgium, Niebla has found her sound and direction as an artist, bringing to life her own compositions and arrangements with her new project: The Pepa Niebla Quintet. 2020 will see the release of Renaissance, Niebla’s first album of original compositions (following her releases Pepa Niebla Project and Pepa Niebla & Ricky Vivar), featuring guitarist Toni Mora, pianist Maxime Moyaerts, double bassist Alex Gilson and award-winning drummer Daniel Jonkers


Mike Casey


Saxophonist, songwriter, and teaching artist Mike Casey has been a fixture on the Hartford jazz scene and beyond since 2011, when he began attending the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Harford’s Hartt School. In 2015, Mike was one of 24 young jazz composers worldwide chosen by Jason Moran to participate in the prestigious “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC where he studied with an all-star faculty including Eric Harland, JD Allen, Eric Revis, Cyrus Chestnut, and Jason Moran. After a sold out NYC debut at the Minton’s in Harlem in September 2016, Mike went on to accomplish an incredible feat: the crowdfunding campaign for his debut album "The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door" (due for a February 2017 release) reached 111% funded in under 30 days


James Austin, Jr

Jazz Pianist James Austin Jr. Debuts Plunging Heart First into the Bedrock Book of Wonder - Stevie Wonder Blissful Songs in the Key of Wonder Brilliantly Covers Motown Legend’s Prolific Mid-`60s to Mid-`80s Heyday in Straight Ahead and Latin Veins Pianist James Austin Jr. traveled from his hometown of Chicago to New York City to tackle Jazz on its highest level after surprising himself as a semifinalist in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C


Andreas Toftemark


Andreas Toftemark is a 30-year-old saxophonist and composer who currently lives in Copenhagen. For 4 years Andreas lived and performed regularly on the New York jazz scene, he has been on tour in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Spain; and performed at venues such as The Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Christanias Jazz Club Copenhagen, The Hat Bar in Berlin and Unity Jazz Club in Sweden, both as a sideman and bandleader. You can listen to Andreas Toftemark's debut album - A New York Flight- on all digital platforms. The Album consists of a mix of original tunes and arrangements of American songs


Nobuki Takamen


Guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen was born in Hiroshima, Japan. Jazz historian Scott Yanow describes him as ''an excellent improviser in his own bop-inspired style.'' John Heidt of Vintage Guitar Magazine has also called him ''a mature player with keen sense of composition [and] considerable technical skill.'' A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, Nobuki has toured with his group in North America and Europe, performing at some of the best international jazz festivals and clubs including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Blue Note NY, Iridium Jazz Club, Blues Alley and Smalls Jazz Club


Sten Hostfalt


Acclaimed guitar virtuoso, composer, bandleader, veteran music educator, producer and record label proprietor Sten Hostfalt's four decade contribution to the global improvised music scene at leading concert stages, alongside some of the worlds most innovative musicians, has via longtime innovative work with the parameter of pitch and self-invented techniques to interpret microtones earned him recognition for contributing to the expansion of the vocabulary of the guitar, and to music of our time. Released on the Sonus Rex label, his ninth album as a leader 'Four Pieces For Microtonal Guitar/Transformations' including Cuatros Piezas Para Microtonal Guitar commissioned by Fundació ACA for a 2014 solo premiere performance at the XXXV Encontre de Compositors at Pilar i Joan Miro' Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain celebrates eighteen years of recordings of original Microtonal work


New York Jazz

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009


New York Jazz

Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2006
Track listing: Norman's Blues; I Know That You Know; If I Had You; Alone Together; Twelfth Street Rag; Down Home Blues; Sonny's Tune; Stars Fell On Alabama; Body And Soul; Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea.


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Sonny Stitt: New York Jazz

Read "New York Jazz" reviewed by Samuel Chell

"Genius" is a misunderstood, overused term. In music there have been only a few geniuses--visionaries who have tapped into the original, vital stream that we might consider musical consciousness and changed it--Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Armstrong, Parker, Coltrane. Sonny Stitt was not one of the geniuses, nor one of the innovators. Rather, he took the complex language ...


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Cynthia Sayer: Cynthia - The Reissue Recordings

Read "Cynthia Sayer: Cynthia - The Reissue Recordings" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Cynthia Sayer Cynthia - The Reissue Recordings New York Jazz 2005 While many people who are into jazz are always looking for the next newest thing (perhaps you), there are also people (perhaps you) who listen to jazz of the past and get transported to that place and time, or ...


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