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Vertaal

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“You need to go hunt this down. They’re making incredible music!” Tony Minvielle – Jazz FM A shared love of groove, nu-jazz, and artists as diverse as, Bonobo, Yussef Kamaal and Badbadnotgood bonded session drummer Ajit Gill and keyboard player Theo Howarth when they met as teens in their hometown in Hertfordshire. The resulting burst of shared musical ideas traversing spiritual nu-jazz, Dilla-inspired hip-hop, broken beat and neo-soul, gave birth to Vertaal, the duo developing a passion for the freedom and raw expression of the music. As a youngster living in the capital, Ajit was exposed to the contrasting musical worlds of East-Coast hip hop, d‘n’b and rave culture mixed with traditional music from his family’s Indian heritage

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ctraltu

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Alive and active Jazz is freedom, I feel free to make music.

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Todd Pentney

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Louis de Mieulle

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Paris born bassist-composer Louis de Mieulle started his musical education at 7, playing the cello. Rebellion through rock’n’roll bass guitar. Eventually graduated from the National Conservatory of Paris (classical writing). In 2006, won a composition contest in Tours (Fr) with the opera “Tres Para Una”, co-written with Augustin d’Assignies and Edward Greaves. Moved to the Land of Donald to attend the Berklee College of Music. Now between NYC leading his own band, and France as a member of Moonsüün. 2011: first solo album “Defense Mechanisms”. Recorded in Brooklyn with Berklee comrades Matt Garstka (drums) and Casimir Liberski (piano)

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Joel Holmes

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Joel Holmes began teaching himself tunes by ear at age 10. He grew up playing with local bands and primarily in church. His family soon moved from Virginia to Baltimore so that he could attend the Baltimore School for the Performing Arts. Later, Joel Holmes became the Director of Jazz at his alma mater. He attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music at John Hopkins University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance. Over the years, Joel has received numerous honors including 2 Grammy Nominations, a gold medal in the Act-so competition of the NAACP, and honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, a finalist in the fifth annual Independent Music Awards and an honorable mention in the VH1 Song of the Year Awards. Over the last several years, Joel has toured the world with Grammy winning jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, vocalist Nnenna Freelon and Saxophonist Javon Jackson who is an ex jazz Messenger with Art Blakey

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earthTone

earthTone is a modern music ensemble based in Brooklyn, NY, rooted in the elements of jazz, improvisation, soul, funk and groove. The group was started in 2015 by trumpeter Patrick Adams, and also includes his brother Nicki Adams on pianos and synthesizers, Alex Cummings on saxophones, Dan Stein on bass, Mike Mohamed on drums, and Peter Manheim on percussion. Their open and expansive style connects and uplifts others while expressing the joy they feel in music.


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