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Take Five With Mike McKoy

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Meet Mike McKoy: Mike McKoy is a former member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain with professional experience in musical theatre. He has performed in six European countries and aboard the Majesty of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Celebrity Cruises. He made his debut at London's Ronnie Scott's club opening for Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. His first CD, Mike McKoy Swings to the Bossa Nova (Zephyr, 2003), was recorded live at the Pizza on the Park with Bobby Wellins, Pete Letanka, Anthony Kerr, Simon Woolf, and Simon Morton. His latest album, Ludwig Manhattan's Germaican Blues ...

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Take Five With Jon Mapp

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Meet Jon Mapp: Jon Mapp sounds like no other bassist. He uses a bass guitar, a wooden box and a laptop to record layered pieces, creating music that is expressive, compelling and indelible. Jon is quickly emerging as a truly individual voice on the bass who is known for his unorthodox technique and creative approach to improvising. Instrument(s): Bass. Teachers and/or influences? Paul Westwood; he was my teacher for over five years, and--in my opinion--probably the best bass guitarist there is. He's part teacher and part philosopher. I loved jaco pastorius ...

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Take Five With Jon O'Bergh

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Meet Jon O'Bergh: Jon Carl O'Bergh, known as the “Jedi Of Cool," has released nine albums, including his new smooth jazz/funk/fusion album Skin Deep (Pearl Jazz, 2014). Skin Deep marks O'Bergh's first solo jazz album on the Pearl Jazz recording label. O'Bergh's first release, Millenial Landscapes (Self Produced, 2000) reached no. 2 on the NAV Chart, where his follow-up release Carta (Timescape, 2000) reached no. 1, and his fourth album, Meditations From a Lost World (Timescape, 2002) peaked at no. 3. OBergh along with his band Gemini Soul, reached no. 37 on Amazon.com's “Bestselling Hot New & Future Music ...

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Take Five With Mário Franco

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Meet Mario Franco: Mário Franco was born in 1965 and started music lessons when he was four years old in Centro Estudos Gregorianos. Franco studied music theory with Maria José Godinho then with Cristina Brito da Cruz in the Academia de Amadores De Música. During his time at Academia Amadores De Música, he initated double bass and chamber music with Fernando Flores and composition with Pedro Rocha. Franco attended double bass courses with Ludwig Strecher in Estoril and won 1st prize in the Prémio Jovens Músicos. Later he became a member of the Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil where ...

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Take Five With Carole Troll

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Meet Carole Troll: I am a jazz vocalist, professional actor, writer, activist and small business owner. I've appeared at numerous jazz venues and clubs, have been seen on several episodes of the Law and Order franchise as well as many other commercials, television and film projects. I am always looking to collaborate and perform with great musicians! Instrument(s): Vocals. Teachers and/or influences? Of the numerous influences, Sarah Vaughan is at the top of the list. I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I was old enough to know ...

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Take Five With Tim Paul Weiner

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Meet Tim Paul Weiner: Tim Paul Weiner is a freelance bassist, songwriter, and composer living in Boston, MA. His early musical career was spent between Los Angeles and the Midwest before moving to the east coast in 2000. He is a Fodera and Epifani artist and a Berklee College of Music Film Scoring graduate. He received his Master's degree in Modern American Music from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he most recently studied jazz bass with John Lockwood, classical bass with Pascale Delache- Feldman, free music with Joe Morris, and improvisation with Peter Cassino.

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Take Five With Lena Bloch

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Meet Lena Bloch: Lena Bloch was born in Moscow and has studied music in Israel, Germany, and the United States where she earned a Master's of Music in Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since moving to the United States in 2003, Bloch has been a solist with the Vermont Jazz Big Band, the Ambassadors of Light, Vishnu Wood Quartet, and the Northampton Jazz Workshop. In 2008, Bloch moved to Brooklyn and has performed with notable artists like Dan Tepfer, Roberta Piket, George Schuller, Frank Carlberg, Putter Smith, Mark Ferber, Sumi Tonooka, Kim Clarke, Vladimir Shafranov as well ...

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Take Five With Braxton Cook

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Meet Braxton Cook: As a young emerging saxophonist, Braxton Cook has already garnered several honors and accolades. While in high school, he had been honored to be one of 30 other high school musicians selected from a nationwide competition to participate in the 2009 Grammy Jazz ensemble, held during the same week as the Grammy Awards. During his freshman year at Georgetown University, Braxton was selected as NFAA's 2010 YoungARTS Finalist and participated in a fully-paid expense week in Miami, Florida with 150 other Finalists. During his time in Miami, he received the Silver Medal and was selected to ...

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Take Five With George Stavroulakis

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Meet George Stavroulakis: George Stravoulakis was born in Athens in 1978 and has been active in the Greek jazz scene since 2006. Stravoulakis has played with renowned Greek artists like Kostas Konstantinou, George Georgiadis, Seraphim Bellos, Dimitris Pantelias, Pantelis Benetatos and many others. Outside of his jazz-oriented activities, Stravoulakis also performs in rock groups and has toured Greece, Cyrpus and Belgium. He is currently performing with O3 and The Burning Sticks while working as a sideman for various ensembles. In June 2013, Stravoulakis won the “Best Guitarist" award at Ukraine's world jazz festival/contest. The festival featured famous ...

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Take Five With Martin Uherek

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Meet Martin Uherek: I am a young professional saxophonist from Slovakia. I have a deep admiration for the legendary jazz musicians of the '40s through the '60s. I am a leader of several bands-- notably the Martin Uherek Quartet and Jazz Pianoless Trio. My newest project is Stories of Jazz (Self Produced, 2014), which combines music performed by my trio and tells stories about jazz musicians, tunes, history and much more. Instrument(s): Tenor saxophone. Teachers and/or influences? My teacher has been for the past six years is the great Slovak pianist ...

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Take Five With Matt Ridley

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Meet Matt Ridley: I graduated from Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, London in 2005 and have been a full time bassist since then. Music has taken me all around the world and I've been very privileged to perform regularly with some of the finest jazz musicians in UK like Jason Yarde, John Turville, and George Hart who were on my debut album, Thymos (Whirlwind, 2013). I also produced a record with the MJQ Celebration, which plays the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet and features Jim Hart, Dave O'Higgins, Barry Green, and Steve Brown. We are ...

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Take Five With Dee Bell

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Meet Dee Bell: Dee Bell has three jazz albums that have all been at the top of the airplay charts. The most recent, Sagacious Grace (Laser Records) with Houston Person, was released in August 2011 and hit the JazzWeek charts at 31. Bell's debut album, Let There Be Love with Stan Getz on saxophone and Eddie Duran (a Benny Goodman Band graduate) on guitar, was released on the Concord Jazz label as an LP for Valentine's Day in 1983. The record also featured prominent Bay Area musicians Al Plank, Vince Lateano, and Dean Reilly. Let There Be Love posted ...

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Take Five With Brian Charette

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Meet Brian Charette: Grammy-nominated organist/pianist, Brian Charette, has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and bandleader, he has worked with many notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Lou Donaldson and countless others. Charette is a Hammond endorsed, SteepleChase and Posi-Tone recording artist. In 2013, Charette released Borderline(Steeplechase), his sixth as a leader and was rated with 3 ½ stars in Downbeat. His recordings have been dubbed as “Reliably burning" by Jazz Times and he has been called a “Master of space and time" by WGBO. In ...

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Take Five With Tim Wolfe, Jr.

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Meet Tim Wolfe: Bassist Tim Wolfe, Jr. keeps a busy schedule as a performer, recording artist, and educator. Wolfe has performed across the eastern seaboard, internationally, the greater Philadelphia area and central Pennsylvania. Tim earned his master's degree in jazz studies from The University of the Arts. He is an adjunct professor of music at Lebanon Valley College where he teaches bass, jazz improvisation, and directs small-group comobos. Working with students of all ages, Wolfe also teaches workshops, clinics, and master classes from elementary through high school grades in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In February 2014, The Tim Wolfe, Jr. ...



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