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Buzz Brooks

Buzz is a kind of a wacky dude who believes that "He who dies having laughed the most, wins." Bob Brooks acquired the nickname "Buzz" when, in his first band, circa 1967, he developed a reputation as a type-A, high-energy sort of fellow. Between the ages of 11 and 13, Buzz took piano lessons, and quit. Fortunately the piano teacher taught some ear training and theory, so that when an older friend started spinning 45s from the Stax and Motown labels, Buzz was able to decipher the chords. This led to a seven-year stint with an R & B show band called "300 Years", so named because they felt that it had taken 300 years here in the U.S

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Martin Perna

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My name is Martín Perna. I am a creative producer in Berkeley, California. and on the road the rest of the time. Since 1995, I have worked professionally as a musician, musical director and film composer. I perform and record music with a lot of people that maybe you know and many that you might not. 2020 Grammy-nominated Best Global Music Album - "Fu Chronicles" by Antibalas (Daptone Records). (Co-producer, performance). People/groups I've worked with recently: Antibalas, Jose James, Nona Hendryx, Bettyle Lavette, Alice Russell, Mark Ronson, Greg Phillinganes, Dr. John, Michael McDonald, Ledisi, Angélique Kidjo, Anthony Hamilton, Gregory Porter, Valerie Simpson, Ed Sheeran, The Roots, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Brian Jackson, Steven Bernstein, Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Saul Williams, Miguel Zenón, John Medeski, Ana-Maurine Lara, Karim Lopez, Mike Tyner, Zap Mama, Santigold, Lorenzo "Jovanotti" Cherubini, The Stepkids, and many others. I play exclusively Bari reeds and use SYOS mouthpieces

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Jason Keiser

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Jason Keiser is a professional guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, multi-stylist, recording artist, arranger and composer based out of the Bay Area currently residing in San Jose, California. He began pursuing the guitar at the age of 13, with his initial start in Leland High School in San Jose, California. His interest in music was heightened with the opportunity to play and collaborate with other musicians in the Leland High School Jazz Combo led by Instructor, Rian Rodriguez. This began his love for jazz and interest in different types of musical idioms and improvisation, including bluegrass and old-time music

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Brian Andres

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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio into a family of professional musicians it is no surprise that Brian found himself drawn to the origin of all music: Rhythm. His father is a woodwinds specialist and his mother a vocalist and pianist. The house was filled with the sounds of his father’s constant practicing and his mother’s piano and voice students. After nearly being put up for adoption due to his constant banging on inanimate objects, his parents decided to embrace their obstreperous sons undeniable talent by purchasing him a drum set and themselves earplugs. While living in the Midwest, Brian’s diverse range of styles led him to performances with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Little Anthony and the Imperials, as well as Tony Award winner and Broadway star, Faith Prince

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Mike Rinta

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Mike Rinta, a Grammy-winning trombonist and arranger, is native to the San Francisco Bay Area and has been freelancing for over 30 years. He has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia with many bands such as: Sly & The Family Stone, Jimmie Vaughan, Howard Tate, John Lee Hooker Jr. and many others. In addition, he has performed or recorded with many greats such as: Herbie Hancock, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Bernard Purdy, Arturo Sandoval, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop, Sammy Hagar, Robert Plant, Jerry Garcia, Irma Thomas, Steve Cropper, Elvis Costello and countless others! His Latin credits include: Tito Nieves, Eddie Santiago, Hector Rey, David Pabon, Larry Harlow, Maelo Ruiz, Lalo Rodriguez, La India, Pete Escovedo, Shiela E

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Andrew Joron

Since 2008 Andrew Joron has played theremin in various free-improv and ambient-music ensembles, including Cloud Shepherd. Joron has written an essay, "The Theremin in My Life," on the relation between his literary and musical activities. http://www.thevolta.org/ewc14-ajoron-p1.html

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Amanda Addleman

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Amanda Addleman is a San Francisco-based vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. Addleman’s musical approach is one well-steeped in a reverence for the traditions of great jazz singers and instrumentalists of the last century. Yet her sound represents an informed departure from the tropes and fixations of earlier generations of improvisational musicians. In fusing the spirit of contemporary folk, rock, and pop composition and performance stylings, Addleman’s style blossoms with a freedom from genre restraint, while maintaining a consistent and cohesive sound that still maintains an obvious reverence for those who came before. Addleman earned a B.M

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Katerina Brown

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Born in 1982 in a small town outside St. Petersburg, Katerina Brown was drawn to music as an infant. Jazz and American records were still hard to come by in the waning years of the Soviet Union, but she soaked up her father’s albums by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Studying classical music throughout her adolescence, she started performing in local clubs as a teenager, singing mostly blues and standards. Ambitious and eager to learn more, she moved to St. Petersburg at 19 and quickly fell in with a cadre of young musicians who loved and played jazz. A savvy bandleader by 21, she started performing regularly at the Red Lion Blues Club, which was owned by an American, and spent the next five years working steadily around the city as a blues singer

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Laura Karst

San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist Laura Karst surprised her audiences when they learned that, by day, she was the Chair of a prominent college’s French department, up until her retirement in 2017. She enjoyed her day job, but singing jazz has been her one true love. Her debut solo album, Little Did I Dream, was a labor of that love, and the result of years of serious study of the craft of vocal jazz. Now that she has retired from teaching, she is involved in numerous vocal activities, both jazz and classical. She is currently in the planning stages of a second solo jazz recording project

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Chip Boaz

Chip Boaz plays Latin Jazz with the bass on top. Six string bass highs and lows form the foundation for your musical experience. Melodic bass solos glide through a sea of Afro-Cuban rhythms and electronic sounds. Strong bass lines anchor contemporary sounds in the landscape of both Afro-Cuban and Jazz traditions. Infectious grooves inspire your feet to dance and your ears to listen a little closer. It's Latin Jazz with an emphasis on the low end, created to move you! Chip built the foundation for his musical explorations through early years of academic study. Chip’s teenage life was spent in high school bands and at-home garage bands, which inspired him to turn his passion for performance into a career


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