Fall 2010

SARAH JERROM (CANADA)

SARAH JERROM (CANADA)


Toronto based vocalist, composer and arranger Sarah Jerrom is recognized as one of the top young Canadian Jazz talents to have burst on to the scene in recent times. Although Jazz remains a central component of Sarah’s work, she represents an eclectic mix of diverse influences ranging from Rock and Blues to Country and Irish music. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Jazz performance program, Sarah studied with some of the most in-demand musicians in Canada including Heather Bambrick…

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prasanna

PRASANNA (INDIA)


Hailed by critics and fans around the world as one of the world’s most innovative guitarists and composers today, Prasanna truly exemplifies the notion of a global musician. From being a pioneer in performing the ancient art of traditional Indian Classical Carnatic music on the guitar to being a cutting edge guitarist and composer that blends Jazz, Rock, Classical, Blues, Reggae and everything else he feeds on into a unique signature sound…

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Manu Koch

MANU KOCH (SWITZERLAND)


Keyboardist, pianist and composer Manu Koch belongs to a New York-based, transnational tribe of artists who are reshaping the contours of contemporary groove-based music in the 21st century. His debut album, Triple Life, released in March 2011, distills his multiple- dimensional musical life as a performer into one funky, jazz-inflected amalgam of global electronic music…

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steve jenkins

STEVE JENKINS (USA)


Steve Jenkins has been involved with music since the age of three. His logic for wanting to play bass was simple; he just couldn’t decide between the drums or guitar. This partially explains where his eclectic, versatile approach to his instrument comes from. A recent review of Jenkins’s playing on David Fiuczynski’s 2008 release KIF express sums up his unique style in one sentence: “He belongs in the vanguard of formidable young bass soloists, but he separates from that pack by locking down every groove that comes his way.”…

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 David Anderson (USA)DAVID ANDERSON (USA)


David Anderson began playing drums at the age of 7 under guidance from his brother, a professional drummer in Chicago. After moving to Oklahoma, he played his professional gig at the age of 14 with a local R&B band and since then, has never looked back. At a local jazz club he met Lee Rucker, the Head of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma and he offered David a full scholarship to study the next five years at the University’s jazz program…

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Jovol Bell

JOVOL ‘BAM BAM’ BELL (USA)


 Jovol Bell is a native of the city of Angleton in the “big” state of Texas. This young, fresh, soulful, and unique drummer has a sound that is just as big as the state he hails from. Jovol started playing drums at the age of 5 in church. His formal study of music and introduction to Jazz began at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson…

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Natalie John

NATALIE JOHN (USA)


Natalie John is one of the finest young talents to emerge in recent years in the highly competitive and world class New York Jazz scene. A native of Marin County, California, Natalie was classically trained at a very young age. She was soon drawn towards Jazz and joined the music program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where studied with such luminaries as Russ Ferrante, Shelly Berg, Alan Pasqua, Bill Watrous and others.Natalie was awarded the prestigious John Coltrane Foundation Scholarship…

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Andro Biswane

ANDRO BISWANE (SURINAME)


Andro Biswane was born in Suriname, South America. He started studying classical guitar when he was 13 years old and eventually graduated in classical guitar performance from the prestigious Rotterdam Conservatory. He went back to the same conservatory to get a degree in Jazz guitar a few years later. Extending his eclectic background further, he studied west African culture for several years living in Gambia, Mali…

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Ed DeGenaro

ED DEGENARO (GERMANY)


Ed first studied Cello but quickly moved on to guitar. He received a degree in performance and teaching at the German National Conservatory of Music in Nurenberg. Ed’s unique mix of Heavy Metal and Bebop Jazz styles and his masterful shredding earned him comparisons to other guitar heroes like Steve Vai, Frank Gambale and Scott Henderson…

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Vardan Ovsepian

VARDAN OVSEPIAN (ARMENIA)


 Born in Armenia, Vardan Ovsepian started playing piano at the age of 5 and was soon accepted into the Junior music school where he studied for 8 years. He went on to study at Melikyan college, majoring in Music Theory. Vardan has studied at major institutions around the world including Classical Composition at Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia, Contemporary Composition at Estonian Music Academy in Estonia, Jazz and improvised music at Helsinki Jazz Conservatory and Piano performance at Berklee College of Music…

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STEVE ZERLIN (USA)

STEVE ZERLIN (USA)


Steve “Z-man” Zerlin is a brilliant and versatile bassist, fluent in many styles. He is accomplished as a jazz musician on both electric and acoustic bass and is well versed in Eastern modalities having adapted the bass guitar to perform nuances of Indian music. He has toured India, Europe and extensively throughout the USA and performed with many top artists including Dennis Chambers, Carl Filipiak, Jack DeJohnette, Paul McCandless…

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 Atma Anur’sATMA ANUR (POLAND)


Hailing from Barbados and born in England, Atma Anur’s extraordinary drumming skills have long been a focal point of some of the biggest artists and bands in the Rock and Fusion world such as Journey, Joe Satriani, David Bowie, Greg Allman of Allman Brothers Band, Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Jason Newstead of Metallica, Derek Sherinian of Dream Theater…

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Harvey Wirht (Suriname)

HARVEY WIRHT (SURINAME)


Harvey Wirht was born and raised in Suriname, South America’s multi-cultural paradise. He started his drum studies at the Suriname Public Music Academy under the tutelage of the late Albert Collins. During his formative years, he became a member of the VMS symphony orchestra directed by the Legendary Eddey Snijders, playing timpani, drums and percussion…

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DR. S. KARTHICK (INDIA)

DR. S. KARTHICK (INDIA)


One of the most recognizable ghatam artists in the world today, Karthick has earned an international reputation for his path-breaking work in Carnatic music and in Crossover music. He studied for many years with the legendary ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram. Karthick has performed and recorded with every major Carnatic artist, done sessions work with film composers like A.R. Rahman, Harris Jayaraj and others, and done numerous collaborative projects with French Pianist Ariane Gray Hubert and others…

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