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The Jazz Label: Marc Free of Posi-Tone Records

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In this edition of Chats with Cats I interviewed someone from a jazz record label. It's no secret that selling music has become much more difficult in recent times so I was wondering what the outlook is for someone who's been doing it for 25 years. It was a nice surprise to hear the optimism that ...

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The Jazz DJ: Sheila Anderson of WBGO

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In this edition of Chats with Cats I interviewed an on-air host at one of the world's leading jazz radio stations. Sheila Anderson is someone who has worked in many communication mediums but I wanted to find out the status of jazz radio in particular, from someone who is at the center of the jazz broadcasting ...

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Charu Suri

Formed in the spring of 2018, the trio consists of Charu Suri on the piano, J. Brunka on the double bass, and Jay O'Brien on the drums. The ensemble has received praise for its renditions of standards and original music. Its debut album, "Lollipops for Breakfast," with original music composed by Suri, debuts soon. Charu Suri has been playing the piano since the age of five, and won an international piano competition at the age of 15. She has a Piano Performance certificate from Princeton University, where she received her undergraduate degree, and a Master’s in Music from the Manhattan School of Music. Her piece for chamber orchestra, “The Shield of Achilles” was performed by the Princeton University Chamber Ensemble

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Thomas Devinko

Thomas Devinko is a professional drummer and educator out of New Jersey with an Advanced Performance degree from the Drummers Collective, NYC. Currently backing his new Album 30217 accompanied by Sean Conly and Ben Monder. In addition to touring with bands Mandacing and Brewster. https://thomasdevinko.bandcamp.com/

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Jesus Garcia

Cuban-American Musician Educator

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Mark Sganga

2009 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Mark Sganga has enthralled audiences from Stockholm to Kuala Lumpur to the Thredbo Jazz Festival in Australia. His dynamic playing has been featured on tours and recordings with Indian violin virtuoso Dr. L. Subramaniam, alongside Larry Coryell and Herbie Hancock. Back in NY, Mark has appeared at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Stone, S.O.B.’s and The Bitter End. He’s performed numerous times at Iridium, often as a guest of the legendary Les Paul. Sganga has regularly participated in The Woodchoppers Ball (Kent Stage in Kent, OH). He is a repeat featured performer and a judge at The Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition

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Yuri Turchyn

World class, A-list performances and original music by 5-string jazz violinist Yuri Turchyn whose international flair crisscrosses cultures, blending Gypsy Jazz, Afro Cuban, Latin Beat into fusion symmetry and string swing along with his distinctive voice and smooth, melodic vocals. A singer/songwriter, he composes and arranges original music while having a highly visible career as a featured premier performing artist. An “International Jazz Cat,” Yuri was featured at the West Bloor Street Festival, Toronto and toured with renowned Gypsy jazz, acoustic trio, BARTENDER, performing at the Umbria Folk Festival in Orvieto, Italy returning for several tours to the Umbria-Tuscany area

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Kevin Ellis-Lane

Kevin was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, New York. Earlier in his career he played primarily throughout the tri-state area, playing most gigs locally at venues in the five boroughs of NYC. He has since gone on to play with such names as Isaac Hayes, Tito Puente, Peabo Bryson, Keith Richards, Miki Howard and Melba Moore, to name a few. Kevin began playing electric bass at age 10, and began upright bass at age 17. He studied music at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, while continuing to play local gigs, and for the occasional tours. He started his own band "Alternate Route" back in 1988, and has been a working musician and band leader ever since. His music is primarily contemporary and progressive, modern jazz.

Alexis Morrast

Alexis Jessica Morrast youngest of six, singer/song writer; a 15 year old phenom, native of Newark, N.J presently residing in Plainfield, New Jersey. She began singing in church at the age of three, leading her first solo in the adult choir by seven. Since that time Alexis has performed on several stages; the U.S. OPEN in 2013, 2015 Central Jersey Jazz Festival in New Brunswick featuring trumpet player Sean Jones, NJPAC with Christian McBride, the world renown APOLLO THEATRE emerging as Two Time Amateur Night Winner and later returning as their Special Guest. February 2017 back on the APOLLO stage she was named the Winner of SHOWTIME at the APOLLO nationally televised FOXTV hosted by Steve Harvey; most recently Alexis resounding tone was heard on Millennium Stage at The KENNEDY CENTER! Being so young she's had such great opportunities from sitting in to working with greats like Ray Chew, Amina Figorova, Alvester Garnett and the incredible Bertha Hope


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