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Max Walker

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Steve Messick

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Steve Messick is a jazz and classical bassist, band leader, producer, and composer based in Seattle, Washington. Steve has produced four albums, two digital EPs, and one digital single. Steve also runs Opus Funkus Music, an independent record label and publisher.

On October 21, 2016, Steve's jazz quintet, the Endemic Ensemble, released Tangled, the band's second album of all-original mainstream jazz, released through Opus Funkus Music. Tangled features Steve Messick on double bass, Travis Ranney on tenor & soprano saxophones, Matso Limtiaco on baritone saxophone & bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, and Christian Krehbiel on drums, with compositions by Steve Messick, Matso Limtiaco, and David Franklin.

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Endemic Ensemble

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Founded by bassist Steve Messick in early 2010, the Endemic Ensemble is a modern jazz quintet based in Seattle, Washington with Messick on double bass, Travis Ranney on tenor and soprano saxophones, Matso Limtiaco on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, and Christian Krehbiel on drums. The music, composed by Messick, Franklin, and Limtiaco, is influenced by '60s hard bop, big band, and 19th and 20th century classical music, and is described as having "swinging rhythm, great tunes and purposeful playing - always in the service of the song, and usually anchored in the blues" (Lucid Culture)

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Random Access Quartet

The Random Access Quartet is not your typical jazz quartet: this quartet's repertoire includes the pens of rock and pop artists, such as Radiohead, Blondie, and Led Zeppelin, alongside jazz artists Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane, to name a few. The Seattle-based quartet features Alexey Nikolaev on tenor sax, Chris Morton on piano, Steve Messick on double bass, and Christian Krehbiel on drums.

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Francesco Crosara

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WHO FRANCESCO CROSARA is a Seattle-based Italian jazz pianist, composer and recording artist who has performed at select musical venues internationally. Format varies from piano solo to duet, trio, or larger ensembles. STYLE Straight-ahead jazz, with elements of latin, fusion, classical and world music. MUSIC INFLUENCES PIANO: Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Joe Zawinul.
OTHER: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Weather Report, Return To Forever, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny. PERFORMED WITH Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Richie Cole, Von Freeman, Lilian Terry, Bobby Shew, Ira Sullivan, Don Menza, John Heard, Gabe Baltazar, Mayuto Correa, Bruce Forman, Barbara Morrison, Earl Palmer, Mark Lewis, Osama Afifi, Jeff Busch, Milo Petersen, Mark Ivester, Steven Bentley, and more. ARTIST BIO Born in Milan, Italy, Francesco Crosara is a jazz pianist, composer and educator who has performed at festivals and venues across the USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, and Italy

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Mercedes Nicole

Soft-spoken Mercedes Nicole has an intimate and alluring stage presence that reaches out beyond the limits of time and space. Her voice is haunting and arresting, wrapping itself like a comforter around the human experience, encouraging uplift, seeking not only triumph but healing. She is that exquisite mix of a Mezzo-Soprano & Contralto blend that permeates and interrupts one's thoughts. Often with uncanny control...she lingers. Her own compositions acknowledge life's obscure and melancholy moments that so easily turn into beauty, and life journeys of the many faces of love. Her music exudes strength in the midst of tenderness and often soars so freely that the listener is caught up on wings of mystery and intrigue

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Jennifer Derrick Adams

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For the love of it is my first studio album. As a little girl I would tell anyone who would listen, “when I grow up i’m going to be a singer”. Here I am grown up, having been for quite sometime now and this debut is the realization of this life-long dream. Over the years I would step into the Seattle Jazz scene, scratch the itch, then step back out to manage my day gig, be a mother and deal with the crushing self doubt that can accompany standing on a stage and singing in front of strangers. I exchanged my passion for pragmatism. Singing in private, showing up at open mic nights, attending workshops and it occurred to me that it was time to put it on record, for the love of the music; the love for my son, may everything he does, and you do, be for the love of it.

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Groove Producer

Misz The Groove Producer Drummer. Keyboardist. Producer. Composer. Arranger. Lover of music and all things great. Misz The Groove Producer is a self-taught drummer. Her first formal music lesson was the piano. She has studied the trumpet, French horn and cello. Misz is a fan of Soul, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Country and Rock. It was the original fusion sounds of great jazz players who created jazz fusion that captured the ears and heart of Misz. She was immediately inspired by those great artists. She feels that their musical styles contributed so much to how she sounds today. “That music is a special musical memory for me

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Julian MacDonough

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Julian MacDonough is an award winning American jazz musician, studio drummer, and educator based in the Pacific NW. Since 1991, Julian has performed with over 200 musical acts and recorded 150+ albums to date. He is honored to have toured with such notables as Jimmy Heath, Harold Mabern, Joey DeFranscesco, Terell Stafford, Peter Bernstein, Joe Magnarelli, Gary Smulyan, Marcus Printup, Walter Banding Jr., and Dr. Lonnie Smith. A passionate educator, Julian holds over 20 years teaching experience with students of all ages in both private lessons and in leading combo classes. He has guest taught at institutions throughout the Pacific NW, as an adjunct professor at Cornish College of the Arts, Central Washington University, and Western Washington University, with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, the Ferndale High School Jazz Band, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Port Townsend Jazz Festival, and as a guest artist instructor at institutions throughout western Canada and the US

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Xavier Lecouturier

Xavier is a 21 year old, American, drummer, composer, with French and Mexican heritage. He is a Graduate of the Cornish College of the Arts Music Department where he spent his last four years completing his degree. In his four years in Seattle, Xavier primarily focused on developing a compositional and playing style that was manifested in his quintet. He has a commitment to the study and roots of the jazz tradition but also finds all the ways in which the things he carries can influence his music. The music he composes is drawn from the music he grew up listening to, including classical music, latin jazz, Mexican pop-rock, or pop


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