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Irini Konstantinidi

With her lyrical, expressive, and impressively clear sound, vocalist Irini Konstantinidi has achieved a very personal and refined interpretation of jazz and has been established as one of the most prominent Greek jazz singers. Reviews about Irini have highlighted her vocal brilliance, impressive tonal range, and flexibility. The audience and the press refer to her as the jazz voice of pure crystal that’s very exciting when she's improvising! After years of collaborating as jazz vocalist and lyricist with collective projects and discography (Nomadic Treasures in Holland and The Wonderfall Quartet in her home-country Greece), she is now reintroducing her voice to the audience, releasing new jazz songs under her own name and with her artistic signature as a songwriter, producer, and arranger. Irini has just recorded her new personal studio album entitled “Nothing to lose”, which will be released in April of 2021 and will contain original songs that unfold her joyful personality and jazz finesse. Her playful and creative approach to vocal improvisation and jazz phrasing makes her music performance unique

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Dom Franks

Former winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition, Dom Franks is a versatile musician, teacher and composer based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Following a spell with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Dom studied on the Postgraduate Jazz course at London’s Guildhall School of Music with former Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint and saxophonist Stan Sulzmann. Since then he has headed up promotions at London’s Jazz Café, and worked as manager and music booker at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston. At the same time he has maintained a busy career as a freelance session musician, bandleader and teacher. An adaptable saxophonist and arranger, Dom has worked in a wide range of styles; from classical solo engagements on soprano saxophone with the Oxford Pro Musica Singers to session work on alto and tenor sax with with Jocelyn Brown, Alison Limerick, Ikon and Shaft (on #1 chart-topping hit single ‘Mucho Mambo (Sway)’) among others

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Richard Whiteman

Richard Whiteman is a multi-instrumentalist based in Toronto, Canada. Introduced to the piano as a child, Richard enthusiastically took classical piano lessons for ten years which gave him a life- long love for the music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Debussy. While in high school jazz music entered Richard’s life via radio, television(Oscar Peterson often appeared on CBC during the 70’s) and his school’s big band.

Whiteman earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto where he studied with composer/arranger Phil Nimmons among others. Upon graduation Richard’s career began in earnest with performances with notable Canadian musicians, including Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, Jane Bunnett, Norm Villleneuve, Ed Bickert and Al Henderson.

Not content with being a pianist, Richard began studying the double bass in 2004, quickly becoming an adept performer and formed his“bass” quartet with Reg Schwager, Amanda Tosoff and Morgan Childs in 2012.

Richard has recorded ten CDs as a bandleader and has established himself as one of Canada’s finest musicians in a performing role and as a mentor and teacher to younger musicians.


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