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Naïssam Jalal

A vertiginous flutist and prolific composer, Naïssam Jalal comes from a fertile background in music fuelled by passion and curiosity. Born in a Parisian suburb of Syrian parents, she assimilated and transcended the essence of European and Arab classical music, the art of jazz improvisation, the urgency of hip-hop, the euphoria of funk and the vitality of traditions from Africa, with a keen sense of synthesis and a hyper- sensitive touch. This fine trajectory has been marked by a number of excellent CD releases and prestigious awards such as the Coup de cœur from the Académie Charles Cros (2017) and the Victoires du Jazz (2019)

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Beth Duncan

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A treasure trove of melodic invention, distilled emotion, and vivacious wit, the American Songbook can also serve as a gilded cage, confining jazz vocalists to oft-interpreted material written during the first half of the 20th century. Sacramento jazz vocalist Beth Duncan has never been one to do things by the book, and her new album I’m All Yours exemplifies the ample creative rewards of grappling with the present moment. A collection of songs written by Oakland-based composer and lyricist Martine Tabilio, I’m All Yours is Duncan’s third release, and it’s a persuasively swinging project brimming with smart new songs that deliver many of the pleasures found in American Songbook standards

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Vince Mendoza

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The wide scope of his works demonstrates an extraordinary understanding of many musical languages. He has written scores of compositions and arrangements for big band, extended compositions for chamber and symphonic orchestra settings and his jazz composing credits read like a who’s who of the best modern instrumentalists, singers and composers. Heralded by critics as a master of contemporary idioms, composer and arranger Vince Mendoza has become a primary choice for the world’s most sophisticated contemporary musicians. Born in 1961 in Norwalk, Connecticut, Mendoza began learning classical guitar and piano from an early age

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Frank Macchia

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Born and raised in San Francisco, CA., Frank started on the clarinet at the age of ten years old. Soon afterward he began studies on bassoon, saxophone and flute. By the age of fourteen he began studying composition, writing jazz and classical pieces for his high school band and orchestra and for jazz ensembles that rehearsed at the local union hall, including trumpeter Mike Vax's Big Band. In 1975-76 Frank wrote jazz/classical hybrid works that were performed by the San Francisco Symphony and local professional jazz musicians at the Summer Music Workshop Programs, and he composed and conducted an orchestral overture for his high school graduation ceremony

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Rasmus Henriksen

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Rasmus Henriksen is an award winning composer, arranger, trombone player and band leader living in Odense, Denmark. Graduated from the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in 2009 with trombone as his main instrument. He has released two albums as a leader: "Rasmus Henriksen Oktet fortolker Herman Bang" in 2018 with text by the Danish author Herman Bang (1875-1912) and "Out of the Shadows" in 2016 with his own big band. Both albums contains original compositions and arrangements by it's leader. He has been increasingly used as arranger by several orchestras such as the Danish Chamber Orchestra, Roger Berg Big Band, The Tivoli Big Band, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Göteborg Wind Orchestra and The Danish Radio Big Band. CD's can be ordered from Gateway Music: https://www.gatewaymusicshop.dk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1010 Download: https://rasmushenriksen.bandcamp.com/releases


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