Amina Figarova

September 24, 2010

Amina Figarova has been earning recognition not only as a captivating pianist, but also as, “among the most important composers to come into jazz in the new millennium” (Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes). A native of Baku, Azerbijan, Figarova studied classical piano before switching to jazz after a 1988 trip to the Moscow Jazz Festival. She then […]

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Jeff Lorber

July 9, 2010

A key figure in fusion and contemporary jazz for over 30 years, keyboardist/composer Jeff Lorber draws upon his background in RB, rock, and other idioms to create a musical voice that’s distinctly his own. With the Jeff Lorber Fusion, he toured the world in the ’80s and scored a Best RB Instrumental Grammy nomination for […]

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Ali Jackson

March 24, 2010

A prodigious talent since childhood, Ali Jackson is one of jazz’s premier drummers, as well as a leading advocate of jazz/music education. A long list of credits includes performances and recordings with the likes of Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redmond, and many others. Currently the drummer for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, […]

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Najee

December 9, 2009

Among the more commercially successful instrumentalists of the past two-plus decades, saxophonist/flautist Najee consistently connects with both jazz and RB aficionados his crossover appeal has led some to dub him the “innovator of urban jazz.” Najee’s broad appeal as a player also when considering the artists whom he has recorded or performed with: Prince, Larry […]

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Wayne Wallace

October 28, 2009

Collaborations with the likes of Carlos Santana, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, John Lee Hooker, and Tito Puente, among many others, have established trombonist, composer/arranger, and producer Wayne Wallace as a powerful force in the world of jazz and beyond. Recipient of a NEA grant for jazz composition and frequently singled out in critics’ and readers’ […]

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Seth Abramson

September 14, 2009

As artistic director of Jazz Standard, Seth Abramson has played an instrumental role in shaping one of the most successful and beloved clubs in New York City. His creativity in booking offers guests an eclectic mix of both established and emerging jazz artists in addition to blues, world, and RB musicians. In addition, Abramson serves […]

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John Clayton

June 9, 2009

Since the late ’70s, The Clayton Brothers Quartet has showcased the unique talents of, and symbiotic musical relationship between, Jeff and John Clayton. An acclaimed musician and Grammy Award winner for his arrangement on Queen Latifah’s 2008 disc, Travlin Light, John is also a passionate jazz educator. Currently artistic director for the Lionel Hampton International […]

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Walter Beasley

March 18, 2009

Walter Beasley has made a name for himself in the world of contemporary jazz as both an accomplished saxophonist and a respected vocalist an unusual one-two punch within such a highly scrutinized musical genre. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music (studying alongside the likes of Branford Marsalis and vocalist Rachelle Ferrell), Beasley later went […]

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Steve Shapiro

February 6, 2009

A respected session musician, vibraphonist, and music producer, Steve Shapiro has worked with such diverse artists as Steely Dan, Ornette Coleman, Whitney Houston, Spyro Gyra, and They Might Be Giants. Shapiro is also an accomplished composer and arranger whose work has appeared in hundreds of television and film projects. In addition to having performed with […]

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Ken Hatfield

January 22, 2009

Guitarist, composer, and educator Ken Hatfield is a truly unique voice in the world of contemporary jazz. His distinctive fingerstyle playing and songwriting is colored by eclectic tastes, which are informed by both traditional jazz as well as classical music, as evidenced by his recent book/CD, Etudes for Solo Guitar in 24 Keys (Arthur Circle […]

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