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Dan O'Brien

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FOUR Plus Six

Continuing a long tradition of wonderful jazz saxophone quartet recordings FOUR adds trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums for a smorgasbord of new tunes by the amazing composer, Mark Watkins. 

FOUR is Mark Watkins, soprano saxophone; Ray Smith, alto saxophone; Sandon Mayhew, tenor saxophone; and Jon Gudmundson, baritone saxophone. 

They are joined by Derrick Gardner, trumpet (Count Basie Band); Vincent Gardner, trombone (lead trombone with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra); Justin Nielsen, piano; Corey Christiansen, guitar; Braun Kahn, bass; and Kobie Watkins, drums (Sonny Rollins). (See Gordon Goodwin’s review in the FOUR bio and Mark’s own notes.) 

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Nick Stefanacci

Pop Fusion Saxophonist, Nick Stefanacci, has toured the world for over two decades. As a sideman, Nick, has shared the stage with legends such as Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Derek Trucks, and Hip-Hop Icons, Ja Rule and DMC (RunDMC) to highlight a few. As a leader, Nick has toured Europe and North America, bringing a new vision and swagger to the music industry.  Driven by passion, Sweet Lion Music Group brilliantly takes music to the next level.  Whether Nick is the producer, artist or philanthropist, it is clear that his vision is the same.  

Nick's passion is at the very heart of Sweet Lion Music Group.  Producer, Pop Fusion Saxophonist, Festival Developer and Philanthropist, Nick's endless pursuit to balance life and music is the roar behind Sweet Lion Music Group.  As a producer, bringing an artist's vision to sound and achieving the highest level of musicianship is what Nick strives to accomplish every time he steps behind the glass. 

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Alex Madeline

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From the heart of Europe to the vibrant
landscapes of the USA, saxophonist and
composer, Alex Madeline is continuously
seeking the music that reveals the stories
yearning to be told. He discovered his love
for the saxophone at age 14 and has since
infused 17 years of professional classical
jazz into being a musician - composer
who creatively brings novel sonic
experiences to the international jazz
stage.
Recognized for his exceptional talent, Alex
was awarded a scholarship to the
prestigious Berklee College of Music in
Boston where he studied under the
tutelage of George Garzone, Bill Pierce and
Hal Crook. Since then he has garnered
prestigious awards, including: Paul
Wagner Award in 2014 and the Queens
Council on the Arts New Work Grant in
2022.
His performances have graced renowned
venues worldwide, from the iconic
Carnegie Hall and the Blue Note in NYC to
the illustrious Kennedy Center. As opening
acts for Maceo Parker (as part of his band
TBK) and Iggy Pop (featured in the rock
band Kim Novak), his music has resonated
at international festivals, including the
Saint Germain dès Près Jazz Festival in
Paris and the Mugham Center in Baku,
Azerbaijan, showcasing the depth and
versatility of his artistry.

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Mick Foster

Mick Foster is a saxophonist, woodwind player and composer, and is especially known as a baritone and bass saxophonist.  He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and has since worked extensively in the fields of jazz, commercial and classical music.  He has played with many ensembles such as the big bands of John Dankworth, Stan Sulzmann and Mike Garrick, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Swing Out Sister, The Back To Basie Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 

Mick currently plays with his own quartet and quintet, Alan Barnes’ +11 project, Jim Rattigan’s ensemble Pavillon and is a long standing member of The London Jazz Orchestra. He also regularly works with Tony Jacobs, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Other notable jazz musicians that Mick has worked with include Dame Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth, Trudy Kerr, Mark Lockheart, Guy Barker, Laura Jurd, Digby Fairweather and the Humphrey Lyttelton Band.  Mick has recorded three albums under his own name and is in demand as a session musician, having played for many film and TV soundtracks including Prometheus, Vice, Don’t Look Up and Downton Abbey. 

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Miho Wada

Japanese-born New Zealander Miho Wada leads her pocket-sized jazz orchestra on flute and saxophone, performing her unique style of music described in the media as "Afro-Cuban flute meets J-Pop". Growing up in the seaside town of Miyazaki, Japan and later Christchurch, New Zealand, she seamlessly blends stylish contemporary jazz with her unique pan-pacific flavour. After completing her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance at the University of Canterbury, she moved to London for further study at the Trinity College of Music. She worked for the National Orchestra of Malta in Valletta for a short time before deciding to challenge her creativity and explore other musical possibilities

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Rob Cope

Rob is a freelance teacher and performer. Rob studied at Chetham’s School of Music with James Muirhead (1998-2006). He then studied at Royal Northern College of Music (2006-2010) before studying for a Masters in Music Performance and Royal Academy of Music (2010-2012). Rob teaches privately as well as at being a visiting music teacher at Shrewsbury School. He performs in Matt Robert’s Bigish Band, Andy Scott’s Group S and contemporary classical ensemble, SoundSPARK. He has appeared with the Halle and the English Symphony Orchestras as well as with the Matthew Herbert Big Band

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Andrew Pereira

Andrew Pereira is a saxophonist and composer currently residing in Brooklyn, NY.  Originally hailing from the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, Andrew was first acquainted with the saxophone under the tutelage of his father at the age of 9.  His growing obsession with jazz prompted him to study music at Rutgers University, before transferring to Temple University in Philadelphia. 

In the years following his studies, Andrew became steeped in the vibrant Philly music scene, learning from the established musicians in town, while developing his creative concept of the saxophone with the young talent present on the scene.  During this time, he had the chance to work professionally in a diverse array of genres, from big band engagements that featured artists such as Peter Erskine and Ignacio Berroa, to being a side-man on a wide range of small-group projects.  During this time, Andrew was also awarded 2nd place in the North American Saxophone Alliance 2016 jazz competition. 

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Steve Griggs

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Stephen Reed Griggs (b. NYC, 1960) earned certificates in Narrative Non-Fiction and Arts Management from the University of Washington, a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Pace University.

As a writer, Griggs is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association. His work has been published in the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, Earshot Jazz, Raven Chronicles Volume 26, Creative Colloquy Volume 3, Stories of Music Volume 2 (2017 International Book Award), and Rhythm in the Rain: Jazz in the Pacific Northwest. Griggs’ historical research has been mentioned in The John Coltrane Reference and Wild Isle in the City.

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Slowmusic

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SLOW was founded in 2010 by guitarist Tomasz Kaczmarczyk and pianist Krzysztof Wermiński. In 2011 they recorded a remarkable debut album ART OF SILENCE which received great welcome from listeners, radio and press worldwide. In 2015 a new album SONGS FOR EVERYONE has been released with V-Records boutique label. Both recordings were done with outstanding musicians on bass, drums and saxophones. You'll find here some electronic flavors as well as the chamber string quartet and very cool female vocals.


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