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Hanna Inui

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Hanna Inui is a Japanese pianist, composer, and improviser. Hanna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA 2020/Jazz Piano) from School of Jazz at The New School. Hanna’s music molds influences from classical, Japanese pop music, and Black American music, and has two distinctive characters; one being the punk, and the other being the healer. Hanna is currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, exploring solo piano performance, composition, electronics, texts, sound art, and movement designs, searching ways music can exist in this society where every (recorded) music is available for (almost) anyone to hear.

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Alan Broadbent

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Alan Broadbent was born in Auckland, New Zealand and in 1966, at the age of 19, received a Downbeat Magazine scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1969 he was asked to join Woody Herman's band as his pianist and arranger for 3 years. In 1972 he settled in Los Angeles, beginning a musical relationship with the legendary singer Irene Kral (no relation to Diana Krall). Soon he was also invited into the studio scene as a pianist for the great Nelson Riddle, David Rose and Johnny Mandel. In the early 90s he was asked to be a part of Natalie Cole's famous "Unforgettable" cd, at which time he toured as her pianist and, a little while later, as her conductor

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Sean Michael Giddings

Sean Giddings is a pianist, guitarist, composer, and record producer. Born and raised in Kansas City, Sean now resides in Austin, Texas. He currently tours with both Christopher Cross and Pat Green. He has also toured and performed with Eric Johnson, Alejandro Escovedo, Cory Morrow, Wade Bowen, Mary Wilson, and the BoDeans. As a studio musician, Sean has been on recordings with Tanya Tucker, Kris Kristofferson, Houndmouth, Brad Cook, Donald Fagen, John Forté, Josh Abbott, and Whiskey Myers. Sean’s piano playing can be heard on Daniel Hart’s film score for “The Old Man and the Gun” starring Robert Redford

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Alex Koo

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Belgian-Japanese pianist and composer Alex Koo is currently paving his way as a promising young talent in the European jazz scene. Recently, his CD ‘Appleblueseagreen‘, with American icons Ralph Alessi and Mark Turner, was praised by Downbeat Jazz Magazine and included in their list of ‘Best Albums of 2019‘, with 4 stars and the mention ” Stunningly original “ (Clever Tree Records, March 2019). Jazzism also praised his album with no less than four and a half stars: “Beautiful, touching, elevating“. In his home country, the young pianist has been quoted by many as a rising star, backed by first prizes in the Prinses Christina Competition (NL), the SABAM B-Jazz Composition Award (BE), a Fulbright Award-Music Fellowship (USA- BE) and a Prins Bernhard Culture Prize (NL). He has been complimented by some of the scene’s biggest icons, such as Kurt Elling, Kenny Werner and Brad Mehldau and has studied with masters of the trade, such as Kris Goessens, Kenny Werner, Craig Taborn, Barry Harris and Jakob Bro. Alex also performed all over the world, from Europe to the U.S

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Dennis Lambert

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Dennis Lambert was born in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico and began playing the piano at age 5. After 24 years of dedicating his life to playing the piano, he has traveled the world entertaining millions of people with his music. Dennis served in the United States Air Force as a band member. During his time in the service, he performed for President Clinton twice and did two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has recorded four albums with his latest being released recently entitled 'Testimony'.

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Aziza Mustafa Zadeh

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Aziza Mustafa-Zadeh born in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan. Yet despite a mysterious name that could be straight out of Arabian Nights, this pianist & singer does not regard herself as the exotic product of a distant land. Since she was born, music has been an integral part of her life. Aziza's Father - Vagif Mustafa-Zadeh (1940-1979) is a legendary founder of Mugam-Jazz, composer & pianist, who played an important role in making Jazz acceptable in Soviet Union. Her Mother Eliza Mustafa-Zadeh is trained and famous singer of traditional Azerbaijani music and has rarely left her daughter's side during the constant rise of fame within last decade

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Angela Turone & Chris Platt

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Angela Turone and Chris Platt are Canadian musicians that have been collaborating since 2014. Angela and Chris met in their hometown, Toronto, while completing their studies in the jazz performance program at the University of Toronto. There, they discovered a common love and appreciation for Brazilian music and came together as an ensemble. With Angela on vocals and piano and Chris on guitar, they seek to explore the diverse and beautiful music of Brazil, performing their creative interpretations of repertoire from the bossa nova, samba and jazz genres. Their 2020, FACTOR-funded album Sounds of Brazil is a reflection of Angela and Chris’ deep interest in Brazilian music and how it intertwines with their jazz roots

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Todd Pentney

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Mathias Lundqvist

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Pianist, composer, arranger, teacher.

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Sopio

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Sopio Murusidze is a New York-based vocalist, composer, and lyricist from the charming city Tbilisi, Georgia. She has been singing since she could speak and started training in classical piano from the age of five. Having a musically immersive childhood led Sopio to be influenced by jazz, classical, Georgian folk, R&B and soul. While attending Tbilisi State Conservatorium she had performed in the city’s major concert halls, jazz clubs and was featured in the most-watched daytime TV shows such as “Our Morning” on Georgian Broadcaster and “Afternoon” on GDS TV. In 2015 Sopio was awarded for participating in Young Musicians Contents at Movement Theatre in Tbilisi, Georgia. Sopio moved to New York City to expand her musical horizon and earned her Bachelor's Degree at The New School of Jazz & Contemporary Music


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