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Beth Duncan

A treasure trove of melodic invention, distilled emotion, and vivacious wit, the American Songbook can also serve as a gilded cage, confining jazz vocalists to oft-interpreted material written during the first half of the 20th century. Sacramento jazz vocalist Beth Duncan has never been one to do things by the book, and her new album I’m All Yours exemplifies the ample creative rewards of grappling with the present moment. A collection of songs written by Oakland-based composer and lyricist Martine Tabilio, I’m All Yours is Duncan’s third release, and it’s a persuasively swinging project brimming with smart new songs that deliver many of the pleasures found in American Songbook standards

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Filippo Bonaccorso

Starting out on piano and drums, Filippo Bonaccorso gradually moved from being self-taught at a young age to attending several prestigious music schools, where he had the opportunity to study with teachers such as Agostino Marangolo, Giuseppe Urso and Giovanni Renzo for a basic foundation in jazz. He also attended many clinics (e.g. Giulio Capiozzo, John Scofield) and seminars (Roccella Jonica, Berklee-Perugia, Siena, Nuoro, Avigliana), where he honed his individual drumming technique with Eric Echampard, Ron Savage, Tyshawn Sorey and Ettore Fioravanti. He also studied new techniques in collaborative improvisation with Claudio Lugo, theory and analysis of harmonic improvisation with Larry Monroe, and atonal composition and improvisation with George Garzone

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Candice Tugby

Candice Tugby is a Jazz musician, composer, arranger, and educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Candice graduated with a Bachelor of Jazz (Trumpet) Degree from the University of Manitoba's Desautels Faculty of Music's Jazz Studies Program where she has had the opportunity to study with Derrick Gardner, Steve Kirby, Quincy Davis, Jon Gordon, Larry Roy, Will Bonness, and Anna-Lisa Kirby. She has performed at local venues such as the Lyric Theatre, CCFM, The Berney Theatre, Sam's Place, Joe Black's Coffee Shop, Resto Gare, The King's Head Pub, The Orbit Room, and The Palm Lounge where she has had the opportunity to perform with many talented local and international musicians. More recently, Candice played in New York City at several different venues including with the Anna-Lisa Kirby quintet at Small's Jazz Club and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at The Iguana. Candice is in the process of creating content for an album to be released in the near future.

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Geoff Mason

Geoff Mason, was born in North London, studied Trombone at London College of Music before moving on to join the Regimental band of the Coldstream Guards. He played with the band for twelve years, during which time he toured Japan, Australia, Kuwait and America; he also played at high profile events such as Trooping the colour and the Queen Mother’s funeral. Since leaving the Guards Geoff has built up a free-lancing career he has gigged aboard the QE2 and other cruise ships, playing with the touring Rat Pack show. TV and film work has included the soundtrack of the BBC drama “The Debt” , Brit film “Grow your Own” and the 2009 Jamie Oliver summer advert. Geoff also runs his own jazz quintet with the tenor sax player Simon Spillett and John Horler which has played most of the jazz festivals and clubs in the UK their two Cds have featured on BBC radio 2’s “The Best of Jazz”. He is a member of RMG Collective a Modern/Latin group with Jonathan Gee ,Steve Rubie and Winston Clifford

Tumbledown House

“Launched in the drizzly climes of Portland, Oregon by smoky-toned singer Gillian Wolfe and producer, guitarist and harmony vocalist Tyler Ryan Miller, Tumbledown House has thrived since relocating to the Bay Area in 2012, honing a sinewy, speakeasy sound with some of the region’s finest musicians. Focusing on beautifully crafted original songs, the band balances spacious, loose-limbed arrangements with precisely calibrated dynamics and tightly coiled energy… Tumbledown House brings together instrumentation that evokes the small combos of the swing era, while delivering songs that feel as if they were composed the day after tomorrow.” - Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, 2019 San Francisco songwriting deviants, Tumbledown House, have never been easy to describe

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Wayne D. Henderson

This NYC artist began playing the drums at the age of 8. He then moved to the NYC area where he began honing his skills by playing in the The Garden of Prayer Church under the direction of Bishop William James Robinson in Bronx, NY. He became a student of jazz the very first time he heard the great drummer Grady Tate who performed with Jimmy Smith. He was also impressed with the big band swing style of Buddy Rich, Count Basie's Orchestra and Earth, Wind & Fire. Over the next four decades Henderson has played at Birdland, Smoke Jazz Club, Showmans, BB Kings, The Roxy Hotel, Village Gate, The Jazz Forum, NYU, Churchill Grounds, Zinc Bar, Swing 46 and Avery Fisher Hall. Henderson has performed with several orchestras: The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, The John Peek Orchestra and The Cotton Club Orchestra

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Vinnie Corbo

I am a veteran producer, composer, artist and performer with over 100 albums to my credit and decades of performing. My music can be heard in everything from documentaries to the Channel 5 News. My photography and artwork have appeared on magazine covers, album covers, commercial advertising, countless catalogs, all over the internet and even in Times Square.   While I enjoy entertaining and composing my own music, I also genuinely enjoy working on other artists projects. I derive a great deal of satisfaction from helping an artist have their vision come to fruition.

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Monika Hoffman

MONIKA HOFFMAN is a Swedish singer with Hungarian-German roots. She is at home not only in classical music, latin, jazz and pop, but also in three languages, namely Swedish, Hungarian and English – all of which she uses for shades of musical expression that are quite distinct. Monika Hoffman studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she played with legends like Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. In Hungary she became well known for participating in the TV show Megasztár – Voice of the Year, which resulted in a recording contract and a spot in the Hungarian finals for the Eurovision Song Contest

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George Lake BIG Band

With lots of brass, a little sass, and plenty of pizzazz, the award-winning George Lake BIG Band would be happy to swing for you sometime soon. Their finely tuned repertoire draws on the timeless appeal of the greats; Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw and arrangements by modern swing artists like The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. This distinctive blend has given the George Lake Big Band a unique style that continues to win fans from every generation. Simply put, they can really swing!


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