David Sanborn

October 21, 2008

For the past 40+ years, David Sanborn has been perhaps the most influential saxophonist in the worlds of RB, jazz, rock, pop, and crossover, spawning countless imitators. The iconic saxophonist has added his distinctive touch to recordings by such diverse artists as David Bowie, Gil Evans, Guru, Ween, Ron Carter, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, George […]

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Esperanza Spalding

August 19, 2008

Bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding was just 15 years old when she began her professional music career, performing at a Portland, Ore. blues club. Other early gigs included stints with area jazz septets, a trio, and the fusion group, Noise for Pretend, that released two albums on the Hush Records label. Spalding has since collaborated with the […]

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Diane Schuur

May 7, 2008

Diane Schuur, who has collaborated with the likes of B.B. King, Stan Getz, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Ray Charles, first made major waves in the jazz world with her stirring interpretation of “Amazing Grace” at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1979. Following a televised gig at the White House in 1982, Schuur’s career was […]

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Frank Macchia

March 11, 2008

Composer/arranger/saxophonist Frank Macchia has collaborated with such legends as Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Yes, and Clare Fisher. In 2004, he was a Sundance Labs Composer Fellow and the recipient of a National Endowment Grant for Jazz Arts. Frank has written and orchestrated music for a number of television shows and films. Recently, […]

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Dana Leong

January 9, 2008

Dana Leong is an accomplished young performer, composer, and producer who has been gaining recognition for his distinctive fusion of jazz, hip-hop, classical, rock, and sonic soundscapes. At the age of 27, Leong has already collaborated with the likes of Paquito D’Rivera, Ray Charles, Diddy, Norah Jones, Dafnis Prieto, Talib Kweli, Wynton Marsalis, and Christian […]

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Roni Ben-Hur

October 30, 2007

A powerful force in the jazz scene since the 1990s, Roni Ben-Hur is widely recognized as one of the most significant guitarists, bandleaders, and educators of his time. Winner of the JAZZIZ Reader’s Poll for “Best New Talent” in 2000, Ben-Hur has performed with the likes of Jimmy Heath, Etta Jones, John Hicks, Barry Harris, […]

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Spryo Gyra

September 5, 2007

Since the mid-#149;70s, Spryo Gyra’s infectious and danceable take on pop-jazz has made them one of the more successful practitioners of the genre. Skillfully incorporating aspects of RB, rock, and Caribbean music into their sound, the band’s music is lively, infectious, and (significantly) very accessible albums such as Morning Dance, Freetime, and In Modern Times […]

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Alex Skolnick

June 21, 2007

Having made a name for himself in the late ’80s and early ’90s as one of metal’s most gifted guitarists, Alex Skolnick’s career took an abrupt left turn when he departed the San Francisco-based thrashers, Testament, in late 1992 and refocused his energies on studying jazz. By the late 1990s, Skolnick had relocated from the […]

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Stanley Clarke

May 3, 2007

An inspired and innovative player, Stanley Clarke sits alongside a select few as one of the most influential bassists in contemporary music. From his early gigs with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, Gil Evans, and Dexter Gordon to his groundbreaking work with Chick Corea in Return to Forever, to his more recent solo […]

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Satoko Fujii

March 8, 2007

Since emerging on the scene in the mid-’90s, pianist Satoko Fujii has quickly established herself as one of the most compelling and exciting voices in avant-garde jazz.Influenced by classical, Japanese folk music, rock, and beyond (as well as jazz), Fujii’s recorded output reflects the wildly diverse scope of her talents and interests: solo piano pieces, […]

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