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My first instrument was cello, then electric bass. When I found Jazz the upright bass found me. I have spent most of my life in Philadelphia except for a few years studying with John Patittucci in New York. Also studied with Buster Williams, Dennis Sandole and Al Stauffer. Played for many years and recorded with Ken Ulansey and Heath Allen, also with the Tom Lawton trio at the four seasons Hotel and Tony Williams Quartet at the Ritz Carlton. Was a long time member of Bobby Zankel's big band, made two records with them and a trio record with Edgar Bateman. I have also recorded with Larry Coryell and Mike Clark, Butch Ballard and Sam Dockery, Khan Jamal, and Kelly Meashey among others.
With their latest album House of Leaves, Just East have arrived at an extraordinary synthesis of sound, colour, light and imagery — the apotheosis of a musical idea whose roots go back to 1993. Back then Just East gained a reputation as one of the first and best groups to explore the connections between jazz and klezmer, but quickly developed a sound and approach all their own, and over time took in a much wider range of influences. The new material embodies their personal and idiosyncratic concept and compositional style, a collective voice which fans recognise and love. The band has a uniquely off-beam take on contemporary music, incorporating world, folk and classical influences in their impressionistic style
Latest album with Charlie Beresford Circle Inside the Folds was released in the spring of 2019.
Sonia was classically trained at Birmingham school of Music and Royal College of Music cellist and has since forged an eclectic freelance career. She has recorded with Chloe Goodchild, Barb Jungr, Babysnakes and Ennui and played in venues ranging from the rooftops of Timbuktu to the Camphill Communities of UK and Europe. She is currently principal ‘cellist of both the Brecknock and St Woolos Sinfonia's also playing regularly with her Castalia and Peregrine String Quartets and the Radnor Improvisers
Of European decent, Miss French was born in New Zealand to a musical family who fortunately decided to quit the rat race and move to Laingholm, a place with beaches, bush and lots of space in the Waitakere ranges. Here she would immerse herself in the magical world of native New Zealand bush, a world of day dreams and adventures. Her father, a jazz enthusiast, was not only a player of many instruments including trumpet and double bass, but he built instruments. Performing with the family at 10 years of age and later in Auckland bands, influenced by Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Billy Holiday and Joan Armatrading, she began writing songs from her own unique perspective
Victor Haskins is an international performer, visionary, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, sound artist, composer, arranger, bandleader, interdisciplinary collaborator, and educator. Victor’s main performing projects are “Victor Haskins & Moving Sound Pictures" and “Victor Haskins’ Skein". Moving Sound Pictures is an innovative, one-man-band where Victor extemporaneously improvises intricate, interactive soundscapes and spontaneous compositions. Elements of existing artistic traditions from around the world are evoked, repurposed, and filtered through his imagination. Additionally, Victor frequently collaborates with dancers in this setting, improvising collectively across mediums to orchestrate a powerful, cinematic experience
Classical, jazz, blues, and pop music have all been part of Jan’s life since he began playing by ear at the age of three. His education includes a degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Alberta, advanced courses in theory and orchestration, and jazz studies at Grant MacEwan and North Texas State University. Mr. Randall’s classical works include A Midsummer Night’s Ice Dream (1991) which is possibly the first ballet composed for figure skaters. CREDITS With over 800 film and television credits for CBC, NFB, the Discovery Channel and ACCESS TV, in 2001 he was Composer and Music Director for the IAFF World Championships Ceremonies that was broadcast to an estimated live audience of 4 billion people and featured original works performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a 1000 voice choir
Claudia Vorbach is a singer-songwriter and a jazz vocalist that comes from Tübingen, Southern Germany. Jazz, Folk and Blues is crossing her songwriting. She grew up in a musical home with Jazz and classical music. She took piano lessons and learned guitar playing as a self-educator. Later on she developed her voice with different teachers. Mainly the Jazz Vocalist Freddy Wilkes and then Fola Dada, both in Germany. “Miss Authentic” one of her fellow musicians has called her, a nickname that expresses an essential feature of her music. The way she sings makes you feel her passionate urge to get across to the audience what she herself feels about her songs. For her each song has a kind of impetus which she wants to follow while composing the music
Music has always played a major part in the life of Johanna Sillanpaa. She is described as “a bluesy Erykah Badu with a marvelous voice that begins in the smoky lows of Norah Jones and effortlessly climbs into the powerful, confident ranges of Lisa Stansfield”. She has become quite well known in Western Canada as both a solo artist, and through her band ‘Sillan & Young’. Most recently, Johanna’s solo debut album ‘Good Life’ was nominated for a 2007 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Urban Recording. Johanna originally began singing as a young girl in her hometown of Boras, Sweden
A/B Trio brings together three of Albertas most in-demand performing and recording jazz musicians – Thom Bennett (drums), Dan Davis (saxophone), and Josh McHan (double bass). This ensemble is inspired by the open sounding, chordless groups of Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman, as well as the work of Chris Potter and Ari Hoenig. Their material ranges from inventive re- interpretations of standards to modern, original repertoire and high-energy groove-based music. Its fresh, accessible and compelling music for all jazz lovers. Thom Bennett | Drums Multi-talented drummer, Thom Bennett splits his time between performing, producing, and engineering
ANDREA PAGANI Born in Rome, pianist, composer, arranger. Live and studio session man for many italians and international artist, like Roberto Ciotti, Enrico Montesano, Acustimantico, Frank Catalano, Enzo Scoppa, Massimo Moriconi, Francesca De Fazi, Randy Roberts, Claudia Marss, U.S.Z., Blue Joshua Band, José Martillotta, Joe De Vecchis. He played in many Jazz and Blues Festival around the world, among which: "Pistoia Blues" (2000), "Jazz & Image" a Villa Celimontana, Rome (4 years, 2000/2003), "Umbria Jazz Winter"(2001/02), "Philips Dubai Jazz Festival"( UAE-2003), "Jazz Tage Lichtensteig" (Suisse-2003), "Isola Liri Blues"(2004), "Nokia Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival" (UAE 2006), "Roma incontra il mondo-Villa Ada (Rome 2006/2007), "Out of the Blue's Festival" (Samedan, Svizzera - 2007), "Stadio della Pallacorda" (Roma, 2008) “FestambienteSud” (2008), “Notti d’estate a Castel S.Angelo, “Auditorium Ara Pacis”( Rome 2012)