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Simon Spang-Hanssen

SIMON SPANG-HANSSEN saxophonist & composer 1955 Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on April 13th 1970 Starts playing alto-saxophone, later also tenor and soprano 1976 Member of ”Strange Brothers” with Peter Danstrup , Ole Rømer and John Tchicai. 1978 Receives the annual Ben Webster Price and creates his own quartet "Spacetrain” with Ben Besiakov, Jesper Lundgaard and Alex Riel. 1979 Plays in many different groups with among others: Jan Kaspersen, Pierre Doerge, Marilyn Mazur, Atilla Engin, Okay Temiz, Mozar Terra, Chuim, Jesper Zeuthen,the Voodoo Gang…. 1983 Joins the sextet of Brazilian drummer and composer Nenê, tours in Denmark and France (double-concertsl with Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo). 1985 Moves to Paris and plays with a.o.: Denis Badault ( National Jazz Orch.,quartet,duo,) Andy Emler, Nguyên Lê, Quintet Moutin, Ramuntcho Matta, Edouard Ferlet and with his own projects including musicians such as: Richard Bona, Billy Hart,Niels Lan Doky, J.F

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Atheen

A UK musician, Atheen supported Soul II Soul early in her career and later signed to an East London independent label, who released a white label cover of the Evelyn 'Champagne' King classic Back To Love. Now self-releasing on her own label, Modal Records, she's turning out a selection of original tracks featuring a long-time collaborator, bass player Gaz Rackham. She's also realising her dream of working with some of her favourite artists, with guest performances from Nick Van Gelder (drums) and Gary Barnacle (sax). Although she enjoys playing Jazz standards, her great passion is Jazz-Funk / Fusion and live performances include a mix of songs and instrumentals.

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LILLY

LILLY (aka Lilly-Ann Hertzman) is a singer, songwriter, composer and producer who has received great reviews for creating evocative songs and soundscapes of a rare kind and with a personal expression and sound. On Dec 1st 2017 LILLY released her 4th album titled Tenderly (feat. GILAD HEKSELMAN). It has received a lot of great reviews from US, Germany and Denmark. It was chosen as "TOP 5 BEST VOCAL RELEASE 2017! " by The New York City Jazz Record. It received 5 STARS in the first review in Danish musicmagazine, GAFFA, with fine words like: "One of the recent years best Danish vocaljazzalbums!" and "The voice and the guitar is like a match made in heaven”

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Richard Niles

I am an American composer, arranger, producer, guitarist, broadcaster and journalist - living in London. I was called "one of the most versatile men in modern music" by Sound On Sound magazine because of my extensive work across many genres. Credits include POP: Paul McCartney, Westlife, Mariah Carey, Boyzone, Cher, Tina Turner, Lulu, Cilla Black, Tears For Fears, Pet Shop Boys, Wet Wet Wet, Ronan Keating, Take That, Was (Not Was), Hue & Cry, Samantha Mumba, Heather Small, and Kylie Minogue. R&B: James Brown, Joe Cocker, Dusty Springfield, Michael McDonald, Bobby Womack, Jimmy Ruffin, Deniece Williams, Randy Crawford, and Gloria Gaynor. JAZZ: Pat Metheny, Bob James, Chris Hunter, The Yellowjackets, Guy Barker, Incognito, Morrissey-Mullen, Jim Mullen, Silje Nergaard, Michel Legrand, Gary Husband. CLASSICAL: Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe and Kiri Te Kanawa. My songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Kid Creole, Deniece Williams, Bobby Womack, Silje Nergaard, Clive Griffin and Spike Milligan. My jazz orchestra, BANDZILLA began life on Grace Jones's "Slave To The Rhythm" (1985) and Ruby Wax's first TV series "Don't Miss Wax"

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Emmett North Jr.

Emmett North Jr born in middletown,ohio a steel town not far from cincinnati and dayton june 5th,1947,use to watch 'American Bandstand' and became interested in music and started writing song poems in the 5th grade,use to sing in talent shows,introduced to the guitar at nine, after moving to dayton i started learning gospel and blues and traveled with gospel groups weekends performing churches in the midwest and south,after learning blues,soul and r&b i got more work,played my first club at 13 with blues singer 'Piney Brown',i had my first band at seventeen called 'The Twisters',played in the ISO in the army in germany,i had a band on post where i performed for the officers parties even called off guard duty and KP to perform with my band,i had german off post whom i also toured with when on leave.After returning home in started playing again in bands and was asked in 1974' to move to london to play with 'Heat Wave',it was too far from home,i moved to LA in february 1975 to audition and work for Bobby Womack after visiting Bobby's office his PR man told me Barry White was also looking for guitarist and his office was in the same building so i went to his office the band liked my personally,i auditioned for Barry's conductor and passed,i auditioned for Barry a week later was hired and two months later i was on tour in europe,my first meeting with Barry was at Soul Train before the show and also met Lee Ritenour at that time and the rest is history,i was with Barry White from 1975-1979 and from 1986-1990

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Peter Hostage

Peter Hostage is a jazz/blues pianist/vocalist from New Hampshire, USA. He cites Ray Charles, Mose Allison, Dr. John, Bill Evans, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner and Louis Jordan among his major influences. Mr. Hostage taught himself guitar and piano starting at the age of 10. The Beatles and Bob Dylan were his first major influences, but he was soon taken with the blues of B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Paul Butterfield, Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt. Peter started gigging in his early teens as a solo guitarist/vocalist playing country blues at coffeehouses and house parties

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Kira Martini

In few year, the Copenhagen-based vocalist & songwriter, Kira Martini, has become a strong and wellknown character on the danish jazzscene. With her positive energi and frank ways; her warm, true voice; and a broad repertoire of different styles, she is unlike any other singer on the scene. "It can not be said more simple and truthfully, than this: The danish singer, Kira Martini, sings in every minute, in a way that really makes you feel something!" (Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan, Sweden, dec. 2018) "Some places you feel instantly welcome. A special feeling of being seen, heard, understood and appreciated, and you never wish to end your stay

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Jan Leder

A born-and-raised New Yorker, Jan Leder decided to pursue her love for improvisation after twelve years of studying classical music. She studied for three years with the late pianist Lennie Tristano and then continued her jazz studies with pianist Connie Crothers for over ten years. A self-styled course of study in jazz history at SUNY Purchase led to her compilation of the first comprehensive history of women in jazz entitled Women in Jazz: A Discography of Instrumentalists 1913-1968 (Greenwood Press 1985). Ms. Leder has enjoyed teaching jazz improvisation, although teaching has not figured prominently in her career. In 1999 Jan recorded Nonchalant (A-Records 2000), a collection of mostly original melodies

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Natalie Hanna Mendoza

LA bred and based musician NATALIE HANNA MENDOZA is an award winning jazz vocalist and songwriter. She performs many other vocal genres including POP, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Motown and Classical. With a broad range of vocal stylings, Natalie is lead vocalist in several groups including The Fabus Four, Natalie and Shane, and the acoustic Americana band, The Frogtown Serenaders. She can be found performing tirelessly at venues throughout Southern California such as Herb Alpert’s Vibratos Grill Jazz, Disneyland, Clifton’s Cafeteria, the Cicada Club, the Queen Mary, Vitellos, and many more


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