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MUSICIAN Born:

Maria Jacobs

Maria Jacobs is an American Jazz vocalist, singer/songwriter and author. She is the Adjunct Professor of Applied Vocal Jazz at Kent State University. Born of Syrian Lebanese and Armenian descent, Maria was raised in Cleveland, Ohio where she frequently shared the bandstand with her father Mike Jacobs, a drummer and singer in the area. She is a national voice over artist and a Traditional/Smooth Jazz recording artist who has charted on the Groove Jazz and Smooth Jazz Global Holiday Charts. Maria became a licensed music educator following the completion of her second degree in music education from Kent State Universiy and began working as a Principal Conductor and Curriculum Advisor for The Open Tone Music Academy, who now partners with Jazz At Lincoln Center

MUSICIAN Born:

Nicoló Ricci

I was born in 1987 and I grew up in Sesto San Giovanni, an industrial town in the north of Milan, Italy. I was lucky enough to be brought up in a stimulating and creative family environment and soon I began to show interest towards music. By the age of 12 I received a saxophone as a gift from my mother and I started my studies, first in a local music school and then in the Conservatory G.Verdi of Milan. While still a student I threw myself into the jazz music scene of Milan and I began to perform throughout Italy. During my career, I had the chance to play with great musicians such as: Steve Swallow, Adam Nussbaum, Jesper Bodilsen, Gerald Cannon, Paolino Dalla Porta, Antonio Zambrini, Roberto Gatto, Giovanni Falzone, Andrea Dulbecco, Pietro Tonolo, Tino Tracanna, Marco Vaggi, Achille Succi, Bebo Ferra, Giulio Corini, Alfonso Santimone, Francesco Lento, Harris Eisenstadt, Joe Fonda, Roberto Rossi, Roberto Cecchetto, Fausto Beccalossi, Greg Burk, David Binney, Reinier Baas, Ben Van Gelder, Mark Schilders, Bo van der Werf, Clemens van de Feen

MUSICIAN Born:

Bodhisattwa Ghosh

"The Bodhisattwa Trio" is an Experimental Jazz Fusion/Avant Garde outfit from Kolkata, India, which believes in expressionism, social reflection and spontaneous creation. Drawing influences from life, the universe and everything, the trio, with Bodhisattwa Ghosh on Guitars, Premjit Dutta on Drums and Shonai on Keyboards & Synth Bass delivers a mix of original instrumental compositions with special emphasis on harmonic and rhythmic expansion, theme and variation, virtuosity and spontaneous improvisation. Formed in 2012, the trio has under their belt a 4-track EP “Fuzzy Logic” and 2 full length instrumental albums “Intersections” and “Heart of Darkness”

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Brooklyn Conservatory Of Music Presents The Art Of Improvisation

Brooklyn Conservatory Of Music Presents The Art Of Improvisation

One semester course, Two hours/week September 14, 2011 to January 23, 2012 (fall) or February 3 to June 10, 2012 (spring) $325/$195 58 7th Avenue, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce a new class for teens: The Art of Improvisation. An ...

The Art of Improvisation

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2010
Track listing: We Pray; Moses; The Story; Dreams; Elements of Life; Call for Peace; The Awakening; Swing Rock; Enlightenment Part I; Enlightenment II; The Art of Improvisation; Star Spangled Banner.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charnett Moffett: The Art of Improvisation

Read "The Art of Improvisation" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Discs that focus on a single instrument are not that uncommon in jazz, but recordings focusing primarily on the bass are quite rare, even for bassists who lead their own bands. Charnett Moffett's The Art of Improvisation joins the rank of such gems as Paul Chambers's Bass on Top (Blue Note, 1957) and, ...

The Art of Improvisation

Label: Motéma Music
Released: 2009
Track listing: We Pray; Moses; The Story; Dreams; Elements of Life; Call for Peace; The Awakening; Swing Rock; Enlightenment Part l; Enlightenment ll; The Art of Improvisation; Star Spangled Banner.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charnett Moffett: The Art of Improvisation

Read "The Art of Improvisation" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

A fascinating recording, The Art of Improvisation is as mysterious as it is a showcase for the formidable bass playing skills of its leader Charnett Moffett; his playing on electric and acoustic basses has a grounded, vocal quality--he always seems to be singing through his instruments. Even when he is playing a fusillade of notes (and ...

The Art of Improvisation

Label: Mutable Music
Released: 2006
Track listing: To Live; To Sing; To Run; To Believe.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leroy Jenkins: The Art of Improvisation

Read "The Art of Improvisation" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Leroy Jenkins' Driftwood rarely floats, but readily burns. In addition to the violinist leader, pianist Denman Maroney and percussionist Rich O'Donnell, Min Xiao-Fen joins on pipa, a four-stringed lute from 7th Century China. A classically trained musician, Xiao-Fen began improvising with the encouragement of John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith and Derek Bailey. The quartet roils with ...


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