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Kinetic Element

Mike Visaggio is the founder of Kinetic Element and has been involved in music since 1962, playing in a number of New York City cover bands, progressive rock groups Randori (early ‘70s), Innervision .(early ‘80s) and recording several albums with noted singer-songwriter Billy Falcon’s Burning Rose in the years 1977-1981 and the Richmond's legendary Strokers in the early 2000s. The veteran keyboardist began his first foray back into the realm of progressive music, after a long hiatus, with a spiritually tinged neo-symphonic solo CD called STARSHIP UNIVERSE in 2006, which served to indroduce him to the prog rock community

Butcher Brown

Marcus Tenney, Morgan Burrs, Corey Fonville, Andrew Randazzo, and DJ Harrison. Straight out of the underground, a steady rumble is building and it’s called Butcher Brown. Pulsing from the nerve center of Jellowstone Studios in Richmond VA, Butcher Brown takes careful note of the history and legacy of jazz and throws caution to the wind with wanton abandon. Garage punk jazz funk on the low end of the dial gives way to delicate and elegant compositions as the band shows off without trying. These are not just players, these are musicians.

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Spinntyte

Spinntyte is a Popp'd Out Jazz (tm) group from Richmond, Virginia. We "spin" Pop, Soul, Rock, standards, and more into fresh "tight" Jazz renditions!

Maroon Corey

Maroon Corey is a vocalist and trumpet/ flugelhorn player originally from the Charlotte area, now residing in Richmond for some years. Performing in various Jazz styles, he has recently collaborated with Gene Pendleton's contemporary group Sketches for selected dates.

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Jonathan Greenberg

Jonathan Greenberg was born and grew up in New York City, and got a musical education from his father, David Greenberg, a composer/arranger, pianist and band leader who taught him all styles of music. He recorded with Jimmy Knepper, Kenny Washington, Drew Francis, Loren Schoenberg, Howard Hodge, Jay Leonhardt, Ronnie Bedford, Jerry Kale, Santo “Sonny” Russo and Don Hahn. Jon played trumpet in pit orchestras for Guys & Dolls, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof plus concerts at Carnegie Hall four times and Alice Tully Hall once before the age of 16. At age 16, he moved to Virginia and played with The Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey Circus every time they came to Hampton and Norfolk, performed with the Temptations, O’Jays, Coasters, Drifters, Platters plus the Tidewater Jazz All-Stars which opened for Doc Severinsen at the Town Point Jazz Festival

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Forrest Young

Forrest became known as “The Emergency Drummer” in the late 90s* while studying jazz at VCU. He’s earned three Emmy Awards for his session work on separate PBS documentaries, along with Frank Coleman and VGO Productions. Forrest's band will be headlining the RVA Jazz Festival this summer with his band, The WWAY. Along with Chris Whiteman (D-Angelo) on guitar, Jonah Kane West on organ, and Dane Alderson (Yellowjackets, Bob Mintzer Big Band) on bass. Forrest is also a visual artist whose Lyric Portraits can be seen at ArtThruZ.com. *When your band’s regular rhythmist is out sick..

Rex Richardson

Hailed in classical circles as “among the very best trumpet soloists in the world today,” (Journal of the ITG, 2011) and “One of the finest virtuosos of our time” (Brass Herald, 2018) and in jazz as “a standout soloist with the power, range and flexibility to rival Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw,” (DownBeat Magazine, 2014) Yamaha Performing Artist Rex Richardson was named the 2008 Brass Herald International Personality of the Year. A veteran of the acclaimed chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet, William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek, known as the world’s “Rolls Royce of Brass Bands” (Brass Band World), he stays busy as a headline artist at international brass and jazz festivals and as a soloist with orchestras, concert bands, brass bands and jazz ensembles on six continents

Samson Trinh

At 23 years old, composer, arranger, orchestrator, bandleader, musical director, producer, and saxophonist, SamsonTrinh has had a lot on his plate! Born in Richmond, Virginia on May 8th, 1983, Samson received a Merit Scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music's Summer Program and several Merit Scholarships from Virginia Commonwealth University where he has earned his B.M. in Jazz Studies. At VCU, he studied composition and jazz arranging with Doug Richards (founder of the school’s jazz program) and saxophone with Skip Gailes, John Winn, and principal New York Philharmonic saxophonist, Albert Regni

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Lonnie Liston Smith

The Great Lonnie Liston Smith is one of contemporary music’s most versatile musicians. In a career that spans some 40 years, he has been heard in a variety of context as a featured sideman for some of Jazz music’s most illustrious leaders before stepping out to reveal his own original concepts as a bandleader in the mid 70’s. He is a keyboardist of the first rank and has influenced a generation of young players that have acknowledged his rhythmic urgency (swing), harmonic acumen and composing skills. Lonnie was born in Richmond, Virginia into a musical family. His father was a member of the Gospel Group, “The Harmonizing Four”


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