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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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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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