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Jeff Byrnes

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Jeff Byrnes began his journey in music at the tender age of 11, playing trumpet in his school band. After picking up the euphonium in the eighth grade, Jeff discovered that the deep end is where he likes to swim. Discovering the electric bass his freshman year of high school, he picked up the instrument & taught himself, listening to a combination of Motown R&B and 90’s era rock music. Playing in the high school jazz band is really where it all happened though, introducing him to the sounds of jazz in all its idioms. Jeff spent 2002–2007 attending Berklee College of Music as an upright bass principle. Stylistically, he enjoys playing jazz, classic R&B, soul, rock, the blues, and latin. Jeff plays a Chris Stambaugh Designs custom 4-string electric, and a Shen Willow ¾ Flatback upright bass.

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Zac Carson

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Bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator, Zac Carson has developed a modern playing style that draws from the jazz tradition, incorporating many influences from rock, classical, and folk. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Zac is known for his lyrical playing, innovative compositions, and intricate grooves.

Zac's recent album Something from Before includes original compositions that were written and recorded a month before the Covid-19 pandemic. The album features talented New York jazz musicians who each showcase their own voice and style through the music.

Performance highlights include performing alongside Chris Brubeck, Randy Brecker, the band Evanescence, and the premier of Harry Connick Jr.’s musical, Happy Elf

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Steve Perakis

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Anton DeFade

Nashville born, Pittsburgh raised Anton DeFade has established himself as one of the most in demand bassists in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. He is a full time member of the soul/rock band, The Commonheart, and when he's not touring the country with them he splits his time writing, arranging, and freelancing in his hometown of Pittsburgh. As a child, Anton was introduced to many different styles of music by following his dad, Ray DeFade Jr., around to his gigs from loud rock concerts to intimate jazz performances. A decade later at the age of 14, he began working as a professional musician performing in various rock groups, jazz gigs, and local productions of musicals

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Marilyn Chadwick

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William Chernoff

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William Chernoff is a Canadian jazz bassist and composer.

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Hugo Blouin

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Double bassist and sound artist Hugo Blouin composes with the musicality of life. His work involves a love of both experimentation and tradition, and a fascination for the musicality of the human speech. His Vocal Jazz project “Charbonneau ou les valeurs à’ bonne place” won the 2019 Jazz Concert of the Year Award from the Quebec Music Council, and the 2018 Jazz Album of the Year Award at the Gala for Quebec’s Alternative Music. Dubbed one of "documentary jazz", the project was created from the records of the tragic, yet comical testimonies at the Quebec-famous Charbonneau enquiry commission on corruption in politics. Hugo Blouin plays with the Jonathan Turgeon Trio (2018 Stingray Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festtival), the Christine Tassan Quintet and the folk band MAZ (2017 Womex Official Selection)

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Igor Kogan

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Igor Kogan is a jazz artist, bassist, composer and bandleader. He has performed at prestigious venues and festivals in U.S., Canada and Europe, including Jazz at Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall (New York), Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Toronto Music Festival (Canada), Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel); and appeared at renowned jazz clubs Smalls, Zinc, Fat Cat (New York); Herb Alpert’s Vibrato, Blue Whale, Vitellos, The Lighthouse (Los Angeles) among other venues.

Born in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, he started to play violin at age 7. He immigrated to Israel at the age of 15 where he simultaneously pursued his interest in music and science, and started to play bass and compose music

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Dion Kerr

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Dion Kerr is a multi-dimensional artist (multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, songwriter, photographer, and videographer) born and raised in South Florida who currently lives and works between New York City and Miami. Kerr’s work reflects a broad range of influences and mediums. He has toured and recorded all around the world as both a leader and a sideman to a wide variety of groups spanning across multiple genres.

Currently Dion can be seen at some of the most renown festivals, venues, studios and galleries with many great young and upcoming artists of all art-forms

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Jazz Interlude

Jazz Interlude is a 3-piece instrumental jazz band located in Portland, Oregon. We specialize in jazz and swing standards from the 1930's to 1960's as well as a diverse array of original compositions written by various members of the band. Jazz Interlude has been on the Portland music scene since 2012. During that time, we've been fortunate to have a monthly residence at O'Connors Vault where we continue to sell out the venue on a regular basis. We have also played at Mazza's, Camellia Lounge, Bar Carlo, Portland Pairings Wine Shop and special events such as the Newborn Oktoberfest, National Night Out, weddings, holiday parties, corporate parties, fundraisers, and many others


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