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Alvaro Rojas

Alvaro Rojas is a guitarist, composer and educator based in Vancouver B.C. As a guitarist he has been a regular performer with local pop, r’n’b, and free improv artists, as well as leading his own Alvaro Rojas Trio a​nd the dub reggae band B​ig Buck. A​s a composer, Alvaro has had his works performed by many of Canada’s finest new music groups, including the Turning Point Ensemble, Aventa Ensemble and the Microcosmos String Quartet. He has written music for choir, big band, orchestra and various chamber groups, and has scored 15 short films. His passion for many types of music is synthesized in the trio’s recent recording, Gala, which brings a broad range of influences together in the familiar guitar/bass/drums trio setting

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Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk

Read "Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

A high-stakes election season. Streets filled with rage and protest. Cries for racial justice and equity. The latest news from summer 2020? Of course, but that also describes the American Scene in the summer of 1968, when a high school student in Palo Alto, California, first got the idea to book Thelonious Monk to play his ...

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Angela Verbrugge

JazzTimes Magazine writes that Canadian jazz vocalist Angela Verbrugge "possesses a winsome, brightly-burnished, pliable voice, with ample emotional intelligence, considerable song-writing skills, and conspicuously good taste.” Angela recorded her debut album featuring a New York City-based piano trio, and released it through Gut String Records in 2019. Toronto Music Report described, “Verbrugge addresses each song with the breathtakingly, absolutely natural and unaffected purity of her voice… her material sounds magical.” The album debuted at number one in jazz on iTunes-Canada

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Doug Quiring

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Alexander Boynton Jr

If silky smooth is your preferred musical texture, then Alexander Boynton Jr.’s got just the audio flow. An established American/Canadian smooth jazz artist, Boynton Jr. is a bassist, composer and producer who has played with some of the most well-known musicians around the world. And with his first solo album Doo Bee Doo Bop, he is primed to take listeners on a jazz-filled journey where fresh melodies lead to intimate connections. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Boynton Jr. spent his formative years moving church-goers in Los Angeles to the spirit of gospel music before migrating to Vancouver’s milder climes and joining forces with iconic Canadian rocker and producer Bob Rock and The Payola$ in the 1980s

Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson began his musical studies in 1981 at Malaspina College in Nanamio, B.C., where he studied composition with Pat Carpenter. He took private guitar instruction from Oliver Gannon. Further schooling, included two summer sessions at the Banff School of the Arts. His teachers there included Dave Holland, John Abercrombie, Kevin Eubanks, Steve Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrams and others. Tony has also studied composition privately with multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia and new music composer Georgio Magnenensi. After moving to Vancouver, B.C. in 1987, he started playing and writing for the sextet Video Barbeque

Grupo Cubano Brisas del Palmar

El Grupo Cubano Brisas del Palmar was formed in Santiago, Cuba, by brothers Rosel and Yordanis Lamoru in 1999, with Rosel as arranger, composer and guitarist. The band is a vital part of the "Grupo 450", a prestigious catalogue at the Cuban Institute of Music of the best Cuban music groups in the Province of Santiago de Cuba. What makes Brisas del Palmar unique is their ability to arrange and perform as well as to harmonize their four voices to produce a sound that is captivating to all audiences. Brisas del Palmar is known in Cuba as one of the leading bands of traditional music. They have won recognition at several International and Cuban music festivals

Malonie Carre

Malonie Carre is a Canadian Contemporary Jazz Singer currently residing in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico. Performing with Jazz artists from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Cuba including Gianny Laredo, Mario Patron and Esteban Herrera, Corporate Private Events, International Jazz Festivals and Jazz Sessions in Mayan Palace, Wine Bar. Current Album Debut 2014 "Forever" Malonie Carre Quartet with Gianny Laredo. "Our main objective is to bring Vocal Jazz back into the modern sound of music."

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Bill Sample

Bill Sample is a composer, producer, arranger and pianist. Bill’s career has spanned four decades and his reputation is unsurpassed. Bill is a ‘first call’ musician and composer in Vancouver. As a jazz pianist, Bill opened for Oscar Peterson and Monty Alexander. He performed with Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Robben Ford, Art Pepper, Dee Daniels and Fraser MacPherson. As musical director for David Foster for 9 years, he performed with Celine Dion, Brian Adams, Peter Cetera, and Kenny Loggins, to name a few. He was music director for the Variety Club telethon from 1985 to 1995. In 2003, Bill was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame


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