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Kate Skinner

Jazz pianist and vocalist Kate Skinner maintains an active performing, composing, and teaching career in the western United States.  A native of Ogden, Utah, Skinner pulls influences from the bluegrass and classical roots of her childhood into both her songwriting and performing as a jazz musician.  In her teenage and college years, Kate delved into R&B, funk, and hip hop, genres that also continually find their way into her musical explorations helping to create her own unique voice.  Part of this unique voice is an obsession with alternative keyboard instruments and a study of the great keyboardists of jazz, rock, and funk. 

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Gaby Cotter

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Keith L. Brown

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Keith L. Brown is an accomplished composer, educator, and pianist, who has established himself as one of the most sought-after pianists in contemporary jazz. He was born in Memphis, TN, and raised in Knoxville, TN, where he began playing piano and bass at a young age. Keith grew up in a musically inclined family, where both his parents were musicians, and many of his aunts and uncles possessed exceptional musical talent. His father, Donald Brown, is a world-renowned jazz pianist/composer, having performed with many greats, and his mother, Dorothy, is also a pianist who plays various woodwind instruments.

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Angelina Kolobukhova

Angelina Kolobukhova was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She started classical piano lessons when she was 5 years old and at 8 years old, she fell in love with singing when she met her voice teacher, Veronika Yanovskaya, who introduced Angelina to jazz music and sparked the fascination with Ella Fitzgerald’s improvisation and Ray Charles’s soulful singing. While receiving her primary education, Angelina participated in international vocal competitions and festivals in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), attending masterclasses and meeting like-minded musicians. In addition to jazz music, Angelina also became inspired by soul artists like Stevie Wonder and Jill Scott, and she released her first single, Off the Road when she was 17.

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Kaori Yamada

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KAORI YAMADA DRUMMER Jazz drummer Kaori Yamada was born in Takamatsu, Kagawa Pref., Japan. Kaori started to learn the piano at the age of 4 and she graduated from the School of Music, at Takamatsu Junior College, majoring in classical piano. Kaori began to play drums on her own initiative at the age of 14. She was particularly interested in Soul, R&B, and Jazz, music her brother was listening to at the time, and she developed a strong desire to become a professional drummer. From 1991 to 1995, Kaori was based in Hiroshima where she qualified as a drum instructor under the R.C.C. Takeshi Inomata Drum School at YAMAHA Music Shops, Chugoku Region

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Barry Danielian

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Trumpeter/Producer/Arranger Barry Danielian has for nearly four decades performed with many of the biggest names in the music industry.
Barry’s touring and recording credits read like a who’s who of the music business. Having worked with such diverse artists as Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Sting, Tower of Power, Jon Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Charles, KRS One, Public Enemy, Branford Marsalis, Paul Simon, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tito Puente, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Southside Johnny and the Jukes, McCoy Tyner, Illinois Jacquet, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, The Roots and Bono.
Since 2012 he has been on tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Barry has been one of the most in demand trumpeters and arrangers in NYC. He has recorded on over 500 records, and is constantly requested by such legendary producers as: Phil Ramone, Jay-Z, Arif Mardin, Randy Jackson, Barry Eastmond and Narada Michael Walden. He is a prolific writer, arranger and producer whose music is used throughout the media industry including NBC, CBS, HBO, Showtime, A&E, The Discovery Channel and Fox. He has two CDs as a solo artist. “Common Ground” released in 2004 received much critical praise and his release “Metaphorically Speaking” has been available since 2013.
Trained from an early age in his first love, jazz, some of Barry’s most memorable performances have been with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Illinois Jacquet, Paquito D’Rivera, McCoy Tyner and Branford Marsalis. Equally valuable in the evolution of his style were some of his first New York gigs, with Latin music giants Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente. Starting in 1984, he toured widely with these bands over a number of years and began an impressive series of Latin recordings with such artists as Marc Anthony, Shakira and Ricky Martin.
Barry has been on the “short list” of legendary R&B artists such as The Temptations, The OJays, The Four Tops, The Spinners, The Dells and The Whispers.

Barry attended the Berklee College of Music from 1980-82, where he graduated with the 1982 Faculty Performance Award. He earned a B.A. in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University. In 1984 he was honored with the University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Competition’s Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award, and in 2000 and 2001 became the only unsigned artist nominated for the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards.
Barry currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he spends most of his time composing and producing when not on tour with “The Boss”. Barry is also a licensed Acupuncturist and a board certified Herbalist.

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Tony Exum, Jr

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Bobby Faria

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Raised in Middletown, RI by two very musical parents, Bobby has been playing music since the age of 5 or 6 when he used to jam with his parents. Little Bobby would be strumming on the ukulele while his father Tony Faria, stretched out on violin or guitar and his mother, Lolly played the piano. Later, in junior high school, he played a rented tenor saxophone in the school concert band.  Then in high school he realized how much he loved performing when he sang and played guitar in several locally successful rock bands. His first real instrument had been the electric guitar and he has wielded it successfully for over 30 years in a wide variety of musical genres. In 1998, he bought his first saxophone and before too long, he was getting calls for gigs.  

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HANKA G

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HANKA G is a New York-based jazz, soul, R&B, world music, and gospel singer & lyricist originally from Slovakia, growing up in the Mongolian desert. Considered one of the most talented jazz singers of the present times with her powerfully sensitive, gospel-filled voice, she is the rising star in the US and world jazz scene, fusing Slovak folk music with jazz, R&B, soul & gospel, and performing with her band all over the world. HANKA is a soulful singer who stretches the boundaries of jazz with her multi-cultural sensibilities masterfully fusing Slovak folk music with jazz, soul, and gospel music. She transcends any sort of limitations that the designation "jazz sings" might put on her. HANKA has been acknowledged by her mentor Cassandra Wilson as "The Best of the Next Generation".

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Lori Hendrix

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With a famous last name like Hendrix and raised in the same neighborhood that nurtured the likes of Nat King Cole, Quincy Jones, Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Ramsey Lewis, Chaka Khan and Minnie Riperton, it was only natural that Lori Hendrix would be interested in music. Possessing vocals in the range of such musical divas as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, Lori came from a musical household on both sides of her family including an aunt who enjoyed a jazz career in the 40's, an aunt who trained vocally with opera singer, Grace Bumbry, and a cousin whose single, "Whatchu Gonna Do With Me Now" became an iconic R&B single


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