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Mike Jones

Specifically, Mike Jones performs music from what’s become known as the Great American Songbook for more people each year than any jazz pianist in the world. Really. This is because, as music director for the enduringly popular Penn & Teller Show in Las Vegas and other venues across the globe, he plays these classic standards in the “warm-up” hour – and during and between the onstage magic – for the millions of visitors who attend the show. In a career spanning four decades, Jones has wowed audiences with his virtuoso skills and stylistic flair – nowhere to greater acclaim than at the sold-out houses in New York that marked Penn and Teller’s 2015 six-week return to Broadway. In general? Mike Jones plays the piano as if had more than 88 notes and as if each of his fingers were Usain Bolt. How He Does It Mike Jones is a thoroughly modern throwback to what used to be called the “two-handed pianist,” which is not as obvious as it sounds

Rotem Sivan

Rotem Sivan is a well-praised and fascinating new voice in the New York jazz scene. Born in Haifa, Israel, Sivan’s early attraction to guitar and jazz started at a very early age. He was exposed and influenced by a variety of music genres including Baroque compositors, classic rock, Middle-Eastern and Indian music. His early influences were Led Zeppelin, J.S. Bach, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, Leonard Cohen, John Schofield, Erik Satie, W.A. Mozart, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal and Brad Mehldau. Sivan is a graduate of the prestigious WIZO arts high school’s music department. He continued to study in the Tel- Aviv University Music Academy, where he completed his B.A

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Matt Richards

Born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, guitarist Matt Richards grew up in the culturally fertile cross-currents of the late 1960s. His musical pathway opens in the mix of folk, rock and psychedelic music that defined that decade and eventually guides him into the hyperactive jazz-fusion of the 1970s. Initially a self-taught player, Matt began earnestly developing the technically advanced musical abilities necessary to be part of that highly-energized genre. As his musicianship developed, he discovered straight-ahead jazz and classical music and began incorporating the acoustic guitar in various projects

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B/Y Organism

At 20 years old, Daniel Bulatkin is already one of the leading voices of young jazz in the Czech Republic. Despite his age he actively collaborates with world-famous players such as Ulf Wakenius, Justin Faulkner, Tineke Postma and Gergo Borlai. Kirill Yakovlev is a skilled crossover guitarist and composer well-known from his previous project CIRILIC, but also from many projects where he performs as sideman. This duo cooperates with highly in-demand European drummers such as Utsi Zimring or Petr Nohavica. Balancing between piano and organ; guitar, duduk and balalaika; drums, exotic percussion and electronics; Organism seeks to create unforgettable music textures and powerful rhythms

Confusion Project

Confusion Project is a jazz trio from Gdańsk, Poland, established in 2013. It has performed in various European countries, as well as Russia, Kazakhstan and China. According to critics, Confusion Project's music is considered to be a neoromantic approach to jazz fusion, with extensive compositions, strong melodies and complex rhythms. Confusion Project has released 3 albums so far, the third being a concept album entitled "Primal". PRIMAL is a suite divided into parts describing the journey of a lonely man who finds his true nature and primality in his contact with nature. It is a story about a man who has the courage to give vent to his dreams and instincts, and go into the unknown

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Mathieu Soucy

UNSTABLUES GROUNDS and TRINKLE TINKLE, Mathieu’s debut singles as a leader of his jazz trio, are hitting la Toile on September 1st 6 PM ET (Youtube, Spotify, Apple music, etc.). Jeu d’ombres, Mathieu Soucy’s first incursion into the magical space out of which half- improvised music and poetry emerge and to which they both return, will be launched on September 24th under FLORAFONE RECORDS. The short suite features Montreal-based mythic vocal storyteller Sarah Rossy and bears the poetical imprint of Paul Éluard and Charles Baudelaire to whom Mathieu lends his soundboard, so as to let their conjoined light shine forth in an undistorted yet very personal manner

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Wolfgang Seligo

Pianist and composer Wolfgang Seligo is very much at home in many divergent musical styles. His original music is influenced by jazz, rock, and modern classical music and driven by a funky and powerful sound from the piano. He brought his work onto the international stage in various formations but also solo. He gave concerts in the Forbidden City of Peking, on the Red Square of Moscow, but also in Morocco, Senegal, Chicago and Washington. Other performances include festivals and concert series in Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. After jazz studies in Vienna, Wolfgang Seligo gathered his first experiences as a composer, producer and musician in the early 1990s

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Denin Koch

Award-winning guitarist Denin Koch is a recognized performer, composer and educator whose musical conception synthesizes jazz, classical and rock music traditions into one powerful and unique sound. He has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Pat Metheny, Wycliffe Gordon, Branford Marsalis, Dee Daniels, Ellis Marsalis, Lynn Ligamari and Ryan Keberle and has held memberships in the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, Spokane Jazz Orchestra and the Bob Curnow Big Band. His mentors and teachers include Gary Versace, Bob Sneider, Steve Kovalcheck, Clay Jenkins, Brent Edstrom and Dan Keberle. Koch's style has been lauded for its deep commitment to the jazz tradition whilst exploring modern ideas


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