Andy Narell featuring David Rudder
With the release of ‘Tatoom - Music for Steel Orchestra,’ Andy Narell continues his extraordinary musical journey. With his 13th solo album, plus 2 as co-leader of the Caribbean Jazz Project (w/Paquito D'Rivera and Dave Samuels), and 2 with Sakésho (w/Mario Canonge, Michel Alibo, and Jean Philippe Fanfant), he is once again taking the sound of the big steel band into uncharted jazz territory - with special guests Mike Stern, David Sanchez, and Luis Conte. Andy has played and recorded with artists as diverse as Chucho Valdes, Bela Fleck, Marcus Miller, Angelique Kidjo, Toto, Nancy Wilson, David Rudder, Dr. Billy Taylor, Irakere, Tito Puente, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Vince Mendoza and The WDR Big Band (Koln), Maraca, and the Kronos String Quartet. He has performed on movie scores by James Horner, Maurice Jarre, Elmer Bernstein, Hans Zimmer, Michel Colombier, and Thomas Newman, and his compositions have been featured in the film The Firm, and TV shows like Designing Women and Going to Extremes, as well as commercials for Apple Computers, Sony, Porsche, and Southwest Bell.
As a bandleader he has played hundreds of concerts and jazz festivals throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, the Caribbean, South America, and South Africa. In 1999 Andy became the first foreigner to compose for Trinidad's Panorama steel band competition, guiding the 100 player Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra to the finals of both the 1999 and 2000 Panoramas. He has been an artist in residence at North Texas St. Univ., Wichita St. Univ., Univ. of West Virginia, Univ. of Akron, Univ. of Illinois, Northern Illinois Univ., Miami Univ., Univ. of Southern Mississippi, and many other schools. Andy is currently living in Paris and working with Sakésho, and the Andy Narell Steelband Project.
For more information visit: http://www.myspace.com/andynarell
Dwight West - Jazz Vocalist
Dwight West has been the lead vocalist for Amiri Baraka's jazz ensemble Blu Ark for close to twenty years. He has been performing around the world with several master musicians from Max Roach, Reggie Workman to Vjay Iyler and Curtis Lundy.
Dwight West has recorded several times and twice as leader, and he is now
working on his third CD, in which he is writing original material.
Dwight is presently writing lyrics to honor the great instrumental tunes that
give recognition to Trane, Monk, Strayhorn and the other jazz legends that we
Dwight is carving his niche as one of the jazz vocalist in the tradition of Eddie Jefferson and John Hendricks.
For more Information please visit www.Bluearkrecords.com
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Ebony Jo Ann - Jazz vocalist
Ebony Jo-Ann most recently reprised her role in The Sunshine Boys with Jack Klugman at the George Street Playhouse and appeared as Cookie in the Negro Ensemble Company’s production of Samm-Art William’s The Waiting Room. Also, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in the Equity tour of If This Hat Could Talkand Sanctified at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Ebony was in the Broadway production of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, after touring in Tambourines To Glory (Helene Hayes Award nominee). Ebony also appeared in the Broadway productions of Drowning Crow, The Sunshine Boys , Sheila’s Day, (co-author), the original and the 2003 revival of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Mule Bone, as well as the Off-Broadway productions of Crowns, Inacent Black and Do Lord Remember Me. Other regional credits include Crowns, Drowning Crow, Waiting To Be Invited, The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman, Spunk, From the Mississippi Delta, Lost In The Stars, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, Fame, The Wiz, (JEFF awards nominee), Satchmo, Apollo: It Was Just Like Magic, and Sheila’s Day.
Ms. Jo-Ann recently completed two upcoming films – Noise and Jumper. Also the NBC pilot, NY-70 and the WB pilot entitled The Prince. Also, The Jury , as well as, Law & Order SVU, Law & Order, 100 Centre Street, the PBS American Authors Series and the Campbell’s Chunky Soup campaign . Other films include Kate & Leopold , Marci X, The Orphan King, Pootie Tang , Eddie , The Other Brother, Fly By Night, Chain of Desires and Frederick Douglass: An American Life.
Ebony is the proud recipient of six Vivian Robinson AUDELCO awards.
For music visit: myspace.com/ebonyjoann
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Geri Allen - Jazz Pianist
Geri Allen is a celebrated, award-winning pianist/composer who performs for enthusiastic audiences worldwide. Since 1982, she has recorded or performed with artists as diverse as Charles Lloyd (with whom she has toured for several years), Mal Waldron, Sir Simon Rattle and the Birmingham Symphony, Vernon Reid, Tony Williams, Clark Terry, George Shirley, Ron Carter, Lee Konitz, Me'Shell Ndegelocello, Marian McPartland, Dewey Redman, Dave Holland, Mary Wilson and The Supremes, Jack De Johnette, Betty Carter, Bill Cosby, Charlie Haden, Hal Wilner, Mino Cinelu, Ruth Brown, Oliver Lake, Marianne Faithful, Wayne Shorter, Joan Rivers, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Bobby Hutcherson, Chico Hamilton, and Kenny Clarke among many others.
She has released a number of major recordings under her own name some of which include, Twenty One, Eyes in the Back Of Your Head, Maroons, The Gathering and most recently, the ambitious, critically acclaimed Telarc double cd Geri Allen: Timeless Portraits and Dreams
For more information visit: www.geriallen.com
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Jann Parker - Jazz vocalist
Sophisticated and elegant jazz vocalist Jann Parker is reminiscentt of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Nancy Wilson. She is tremendously impressive in her ability to deliver the message in a song and make it her own.
For more information and to hear music visit: cdbaby.com/cd/jann
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Louis Hayes Quintet - Drummer
For the last twenty-plus years, drummer Louis Hayes has led or co-led some of the most uncompromisingly swinging groups in all jazz. Each unit has displayed tight-knit harmonic cohesion and hard driving consistency as part of it's signature.
For more information and music visit: www.emusic.com/artist/Louis-Hayes-MP3-Download/11699398.html
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Monty Alexander - Jazz & Roots pianist
By grafting the traditions of American Jazz to his authentic Jamaican roots, pianist Monty Alexander has spent a lifetime exploring the rich depths of his musical and cultural diversity. In a career that spans more than four decades, he has performed and/or recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe: Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and many more.
As a band leader he has recorded over 60 albums in musical combinations that range from classic Jazz trio to big band, from piano solo to incisive recordings of piano trio and Jamaican rhythm section interplay.
Apart from being the best musician he can be, Monty Alexander’s most important objective is to express the joy of music to all within earshot, regardless of prevailing differences in taste or culture. His distinctive roots and jazz musical statements unite people in thrills of exhilaration, whether he performs at concert halls in Vienna, Monte Carlo, or Wellington (New Zealand), at worldwide Jazz Festivals, or at any US jazz club from New York to Seattle. In Monty’s own words: “The piano, to me, is a vehicle for connecting to other human beings. I'm very open to all forms of music. I'm not a bebop musician, I'm not a calypso musician, I'm not a reggae musician. I'm a musician who loves it all.”
For more information and videos visit: montyalexander.com/media.html
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Randy Weston's African Rhythms
After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world's foremost pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary.
Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa,
his global creations musically continue to inform and inspire. "Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest most inventive beat, "states jazz critic Stanley Crouch".
For more information, music and videos visit: www.randyweston.info/randy-weston-welcome.html
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Steve Kroon - Latin Jazz
Harlem-born Percussionist and bandleader Steve Kroon cites Tito Puente, Machito, Lester Young, and Count Basie as some of his musical influences. Steve has appeared on 7 platinum albums, 15 world tours, television shows such as Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The David Letterman Show, Arsenio Hall Show, Rosie O’Donnell Show, the Grammys, Soul Train Awards, and more. He has performed with Ron Carter from 1987 and played at the Iridium Jazz Club, Blue Note, and the Village Vanguard. He has recorded his own CD, “Senor Kroon,” for a Japanese label.
For more information and music visit: http://www.stevekroon.com
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William Cepeda AfroRican Jazz
Over the last 12 years, William Cepeda has broardened the consciousness of
Puerto Rican music worldwide with his Afrorican Jazz, an original concept he
created in 1993, presenting highly sophisticated jazz arrangements combined
with rythms and musical styles of Puerto Rico.
Since then, William Cepeda's eight-member band explores idioms from all over
the world creating a dense mosaic of rythms, a universal and challenging
Cepeda's surely gave birth to a new shade of jazz, revealing the multi-cultural
richness and creative potential of Puerto Rican traditional music. "William Cepeda's Afrorican Jazz swings between Africa and America; and the
cultural mix resulting seems to come as much from Fela Kuti, than Mario Bauza
or the Vienna Art Orchestra." Blaise Delay / 24 heures - Montreux Jazz Festival.
A union of virtuous musicians from different
parts of the world, different musical
backgrounds who play William Cepeda's
multicultural vision of music.
Accomplished and well-known on the jazz
scene, each of them is a master of its
instrument and brings to the Quintet its own
With a funky style of contemporary jazz and
dynamic musicality, William Cepeda
explores a more experimental jazz style,
rhythmic complexities and unexpected harmonies tinted of his vibrant Puerto
Instruments: Trombone, Shells, Percussions & Vocal / Drums / Piano &
Synthetiser / Bass / Saxophone & Flute.
For music visit: http://www.myspace.com/afroricanjazz
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Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone
sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders'
sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to
produce. Yet, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a
great many jazz fans. Although he made his name with expressionistic,
nearly anarchic free jazz in John Coltrane's late ensembles of the
mid-'60s, Sanders' later music is guided by more graceful concerns.
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