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Uli Geissendoerfer

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German-American pianist, composer and educator, Uli Geissendoerfer, originally from Munich, is a versatile and remarkable musician exploring rhythms and melodies across many styles of music, with a special emphasis on World, Jazz and improvisation. He worked with among others Tito, Puente, William Cepeda (awarded a Grammy nomination), Groove Collective, Giovanni Hidalgo, Blood Sweat & Tears, Leslie Uggams, Cirque du Soleil, Kofo the Wonderman, Ute Lemper, David Cassidy, several Symphonies, the Connecticut Opera and more. His current projects include, Colors a World Jazz Quintet featuring Belgium vocalist extraordinaire Pascale Elia with their first album charting on #2 in the JMC charts, the Beregovsky Project, a duo with fabulous award winning violin virtuoso Alicia Svigals and Bangalore Breakdown (first release “Diary”), an Indian World Jazz project featuring Premik Russell Tubbs

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Jesus Fuentes

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Jesús Fuentes was born in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. He is an active pianist, arranger and educator. Jesús is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. holds a MM in Jazz Piano Performance from Texas Tech University and a BM in Commercial Music from the University of Texas at El Paso.

While Jesús is mainly a Jazz pianist, he has studied and regularly performs a variety of genres including Classical, Latin, and most commercial music styles. As a Jazz pianist he has played with world renowned artists such as Tom Harrell, Allen Vizzutti, Jaleel Shaw, Jiggs Wigham, and The Glenn Miller Orchestra

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Wayne Powers

From jazz vocalist/bandleader to actor/comedian/radio talk show host, it's easy to see why Wayne Powers is often referred to as a “renaissance man”. Wayne started out as a “boy singer” in New York nightclubs at age 16. “I wasn’t very good,” he freely admits, “but you’ve gotta start someplace – and I grew up with this music inside me – in my heart and soul – and treasure it enough to gladly do whatever it takes for me to live inside the music. You see, when I was growing up we couldn’t afford a piano (and we had no room for one, anyway). so I just learned to play the human voice.” Persistence paid off as Powers eventually studied in New York with renowned vocal coach of the day, Fred Steele, mentor to Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Eddie Fisher and widely credited with helping restore Tony Bennett’s voice

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John Iannuzzi

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John "Ayanuze" Iannuzzi is a New York City based drummer and musical artist. He studied at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Program on a scholarship. A protege of Ralph Peterson, he has been hired by luminaries Curtis Lundy, Craig Handy, Bruce Williams, The Curtis Brothers, Don Braden, Justin Kauflin, as well as leading his own groups. In demand for his feel and musicality his main goal is to be a vessel by which music can flow through him and make people feel uplifted.

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Swingin'

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2008

Album

Swingin'

Label: Jen Bay Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: I Won't Dance, Indubitably, Lazy Bird, Gambinie's Bambinies, All Of You, Waltz For Wilke, Hey There, Middle Of The Night, Blowins' For the Cohen's, HOV Lane, Manhattan, It Might As Well Be Spring

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Mark Elf: Swingin'

Read "Swingin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


This is guitarist Mark Elf’s seventh album, and the first six have been a chart–topping best–sellers. There are two reasons for this: (1) Elf, bless his entrepreneurial heart, does almost everything to ensure the albums’ success short of selling them door–to–door (and he’d probably do that too if he had to); and (2), he’s a wonderful ...

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Mark Elf: Swingin'

Read "Swingin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


This is guitarist Mark Elf’s seventh album, and the first six have been a chart–topping best–sellers. There are two reasons for this: (1) Elf, bless his entrepreneurial heart, does almost everything to ensure the albums’ success short of selling them door–to–door (and he’d probably do that too if he had to); and (2), he’s a wonderful ...

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Mark Elf: Swingin'

Read "Swingin'" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Mark Elf breaks new ground on his Jen Bay studio follow-up to Live at Smalls. New York plectrist Mark Elf has been producing solid, bop-oriented music on his Jen Bay Records for the past 13 years. His playing style can be described as spherical. His tone is roundly polished and his playing is deliberately cyclical. His ...

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Mark Elf: Swingin'

Read "Swingin'" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


In an age when the marketing of images and attitudes often takes precedence over purely musical considerations, the quiet success of guitarist Mark Elf is impressive indeed. During the mid-90s, defying conventional wisdom, Elf took business matters into his own hands and founded Jen Bay Jazz. Since then the label has released six recordings under his ...


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