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Nikos Chatzitsakos

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Born in Athens, Greece, bassist, arranger, and composer Nikos Chatzitsakos is an award-winning musician as a member of Ralph Peterson’s GenNext Big Band and leader of the Nikos Chatzitsakos Tiny Big Band & Quartet. Influenced by Black American music of the 1940s-60s, he attempts to find new ways to honor the era and perform it and connect it to other idioms. Nikos is a graduate of Berklee College Of Music in Boston, where he studied performance and jazz composition with a full-tuition scholarship. He continued his graduate studies at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute on a full-tuition scholarship

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Julian Mekler

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Andrew Woolf

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Andrew Woolf is a saxophone and clarinet player known for his versatility across a diverse range of styles, his sensitive musicianship, and his distinctive and expressive instrumental voice. Admired for his melodic and restrained approach as a jazz player, he is also now recognised as a leading exponent of choro in the UK, alongside his performances in a variety of settings, crossing between modern jazz (London Vocal Project, The Button Band), Brazilian music (Alvorada, Choro Matiz), experimental improvisation (Madwort Saxophone Quartet), burning Afrobeat (Afrik Bawantu) and more. This breadth of experience and interest finds a unified voice in his output as a band leader and composer

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Kris Monson

Kris Monson is a bassist and composer based in New York City, originally from Fairfax, Virginia. Kris has had the honor of performing in ensembles led by many of the top musicians in the international jazz and contemporary music scenes, including Marc Cary, Vince Mendoza, Lalah Hathaway, Jim McNeely, Tyshwan Sorey, Charles Owens, and Ari Hoenig, and at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Smalls Jazz Club, and Blues Alley. A product of the rich central Virginia jazz community, Kris studied with Pete Spaar and John D’earth while a double major in systems engineering and music at the University of Virginia

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Julian Costello

Julian Costello is a London-based saxophonist, composer and teacher. He composes music for his group and other ensembles. The latest album from the Julian Costello Quartet is called Connections; Without Borders and is released on 33Jazz records. It was recorded in Oslo and features highly in demand International musicians. Connections was recorded and mixed by Sebastian Ohmert in Berlin and is a truly cross European album telling stories and joining up music across borders and artificial lines that can separate us. Transitions, the last album by the Julian Costello Quartet was also released on 33 Jazz Records and It was recorded at Artesuono Studios in Italy and mixed and mastered by ECM engineer Stefano Amerio. This quirky quartet has completed three tours of the UK with support from The Arts Council of England and concerts in France, Germany, Poland and Belgium

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Roberto Montero

Roberto Montero is a Los Angeles based, Brazilian born guitarist & composer. Has performed and/or recorded with Sergio Mendes, Luis Fonsi, Baby Do Brasil, Rique Pantoja, Catina De Luna & Otmaro Ruiz - Lado B Project, Laércio De Freitas, Rickey Minor, Dorian Holley among others, (performed) at The Blue Note - Tokyo, across the United States, Europe & Africa, at NBC’s "The Tonight Show" & "The Voice", John Pisano’s Guitar Night, Honorary Oscars & many other venues in LA. His movie credits include Century Fox “Rio 2”, Walt Disney “Zé Carioca Goes To Carnaval”, “Golden Hour”, Discovery Channel “For better & For Worse”

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Michael Vitali

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A native of Zurich, Switzerland, Michael Vitali hit the New York music scene in 2002, shortly after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Though he arrived with little more than a change of clothes, a drum set and a voracious appetite for music, Michael immediately impressed his audiences and peers with his innate sensitivity and dynamism. The appropriately named Vitali maintains an astonishing performance schedule, with appearances in New York’s most popular venues, such as Fat Cat, Smoke, Cleopatra’s Needle and The Metropolitan Room, to name a few. Michael has toured throughout the US and Europe, he has recorded on several albums and performed live on WKCR. Steeped in jazz tradition, Michael is also known for his versatility


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