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Jimmy Cheatham

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James Rudolph Cheatham was an American jazz trombonist and teacher who played with Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Ornette Coleman.

In 1978, Cheatham was invited to lead the jazz program at University of California, San Diego. In 1979 he began to direct the school's African American and jazz performance programs. He retired in 2005.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, it was while serving in the United States Army during and just after World War II, that Cheatham played in the 173rd Army Ground Force Band.

Cheatham met his wife, Jean Evans, in 1956 in Buffalo, New York, when the local musicians' union chief called them separately to replace two musicians who could not make a job at the local Elks Ballroom

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Jason Holcomb

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Having trained, in both the classical and contemporary arenas, at the highly-esteemed Lionel Hampton School of Music at The University of Idaho, Holcomb’s career has been notably prolific. From Music Director and producer on the high seas for Carnival Cruise Lines to sideman for some of the biggest names in the music industry to recording sessions at Capitol Records, he’s performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world. Holcomb’s time at The Lionel Hampton School of Music afforded him the rare privilege to participate in the renown Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. It was here that he performed with jazz greats such as trumpeter Claudio Roditi, trombonists Bill Watrous, and the late Al Grey of The Count Basie Orchestra

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Intergalactic Brasstronauts

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Since landing on an abandoned planet Earth in January 2021, the Intergalactic Brasstronauts have been studying the strange conical, mechanical and electronic instruments left behind by the enigmatic human race. Our quest is to understand the purpose and significance of the phenomena the humans called "music". Our debut album, "Music For The People", will be released on 16 July 2021 across all digital platforms.

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Clifton Anderson: Road Taken

Clifton Anderson: Road Taken

The trombone's personality shares much in common with a scatting singer. To play the instrument effectively, you need to sing through it. Not literally, of course, but you do have to make the trombone sound as if it's functioning as a wordless vocalist. Clifton Anderson is among my favorite trombonists for this very reason. When he ...

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WAYNE BRANCO

Wayne has lead several area bands over the past 30 years, including the Branco / Stamas Big Band, Itchy Feet and Eclipse. As a trombonist, Wayne has performed with internationally renowned jazz artists Arturo Sandoval, Bill Watrous, Jon Faddis, Bob Mintzer and Slide Hampton. Performance credits as an on-call sideman with vocalists and bands include Frankie Valli, Johnny Mathis, Rita Moreno, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Robert Goule, The Drifters, The Shirrells, Harry James Orchestra with Fred Radke, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians. His work with Boston area bands includes the Hal McIntyre Orchestra, Mike Girard's Big Swinging Thing, Baystate Jazz Quintet, Itchy Feet, the Worcester Jazz Orchestra, Artie Barsamian's Boston Big Band and Swingtet, The Ovations, Silver Bullet Swing Orchestra, Ryle's Jazz Orchestra, Everett Longstreth Orchestra, White Heat Swing Orchestra and Amanda Carr

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Mike Rinta

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Mike Rinta, a Grammy-winning trombonist and arranger, is native to the San Francisco Bay Area and has been freelancing for over 30 years. He has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia with many bands such as: Sly & The Family Stone, Jimmie Vaughan, Howard Tate, John Lee Hooker Jr. and many others. In addition, he has performed or recorded with many greats such as: Herbie Hancock, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Bernard Purdy, Arturo Sandoval, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop, Sammy Hagar, Robert Plant, Jerry Garcia, Irma Thomas, Steve Cropper, Elvis Costello and countless others! His Latin credits include: Tito Nieves, Eddie Santiago, Hector Rey, David Pabon, Larry Harlow, Maelo Ruiz, Lalo Rodriguez, La India, Pete Escovedo, Shiela E

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Seth Weaver

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Seth Weaver has rapidly established a reputation as one of the most exciting new jazz names on the NYC jazz scene. Whether though his brilliant improvised trombone solos, rich baritone vocals, original compositions, or his dedicated teaching, his passion for music and unique talent shines through. Seth’s latest project is a big band album titled “Truth,” slated for release in March 2020, and will be showcased at Birdland in an April 2020 concert. Weaver has performed at Dizzy’s, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Bass Performance Hall, to name a few, and has performed in Amsterdam and Dublin

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Geoff Mason

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Geoff runs his own jazz quintet with the tenor sax player Simon Spillett and John Horler which has played most of the jazz festivals and clubs in the UK their two Cds have featured on BBC radio 2’s “The Best of Jazz”. He is a member of RMG Collective a Modern/Latin group with Jonathan Gee ,Steve Rubie and Winston Clifford. He has played at the Ronnie Scotts, the 606 Club,The Pizza Express jazz club Dean Street, Cork Jazz Festival, Ealing jazz Festival,and has worked with many top jazz stars including visiting Americans Scott Hamilton ,Greg Abarte & Daryl Sherman and UK musicians Steve Waterman ,Henry Lowther, Derek Nash, Steve Fishwick and Dave O’Higgins

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Michael Wang

Trombonist, composer, and arranger Michael Wang is an up and coming talent in the NYC music scene. Originally from Sacramento, California, Wang began his studies on the trombone at the age of eleven. In 2012, he moved to Boston to begin his studies at Berklee College of Music as a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, where he studied with Phil Wilson, Marshall Gilkes, David Santoro, George Garzone, Darren Barrett, among others. He was a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the direction of Danilo Perez, from 2013-2016. During his time in school Wang participated in several jazz trombone competitions, becoming the winner of the American Trombone Workshop's "Division 1" solo competition in 2015 and was a finalist in the ITA's Carl Fontana and JJ Johnson Competitions, in 2015 and 2016


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