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Take Five with Wataru Uchida

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About Wataru Uchida Wataru Uchida studied saxophone technique and jazz composition with Chico Freeman, and has led jazz projects in jny: New York City since 2003. In May 2010, Wataru performed at the Museum of the City of New York, leading his quintet with Japanese jazz performers as part of a series of events that celebrated the 150th year anniversary of Japan-U.S. trade. Wataru has also performed at Birdland, Jazz Standard, and Schomburg Center for Research ...

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Take Five with Oytun Ersan

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About Oytun Ersan Oytun Ersan is a Cypriot electric bass and upright bassist, composer, instructor and conductor. At the early age of 15, Oytun joined the International Nicosia Municipality Orchestra as a bassist where he is still working for the past 20 years. During his career as a musician, Oytun has contributed to a great number of album projects, and performed at various international festivals and venues. He has worked with a number of world famous musicians including ...

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Take Five with Aaron Akins

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Aaron Akins' music is something out of the ordinary. After all, a voice strongly reminiscent of Nat “King" Cole wrapped up in a sophisticated urban beat is not something heard every day. Stir the ingredients, jazz it up a little, and Aaron Akins might be it. Produced by Darryl Swann (Macy Gray), the singer's second studio album Love is All Around combines the tradition of Great American Songbook. Songs like “Mona Lisa," “Let There be Love" and “Nature Boy" were absolutely ...

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Take Five with Jeff Oster

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About Jeff Oster: Jeff is one of the few trumpet / flugelhorn artists working in ambient terrain. His music will take you through chilled and dramatic soundscapes, led by the silken sound of his horn. Three of his albums, Released, True, and Surrender have been voted as ZMR Album of the Year by broadcasters worldwide. His new album, Next, is now available. With Next, Jeff creates a new genre--New Age Ambient Funk--and along for the ride are guitarist ...

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Take Five with Althea Rene

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Meet Althea Rene: She was born December 25th in jny: Detroit, Michigan and began her musical journey at the tender age four. She studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. and later gained further musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and her father, one of Motown's original Funk Brothers, Dezie McCullers. Althea has since developed her own creative style. For more than ten years she was employed as a Wayne County Deputy ...

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Take Five with Devin Roth

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Meet Devin Roth: Originally from Kelowna, BC, Canada, Devin Roth is an accomplished pianist and composer. He is in demand as a composer and orchestrator in the film industry in jny: Los Angeles and has worked on projects including The Book of Life, Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, Empire (TV series) and Crimson Peak. He studied jazz composition at New England Conservatory in jny: Boston, MA under the tutelage of Cecil McBee, Jerry Bergonzi and Fred Hersch. Devin's debut album ...

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Take Five With John Raymond

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Meet John Raymond: John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in New York. Originally from jny: Minneapolis, MN, John performs regularly with musicians such as Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Linda Oh, Ethan Iverson and Gilad Hekselman among others. He has recently been a featured artist at the NYC Winter Jazz Festival as well as the FONT Festival, and has also performed at notable events such as the ...

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Take Five with Stephen Prutsman

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Meet Stephen Prutsman Active as classical, world and jazz pianist, and composer and music event/festival curator, Stephen Prutsman continues to explore and seek common ground in music of all cultures and languages. On April 8, he performs his album Passengers for the first time in its entirety at Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. The music on the album was inspired by a revelatory time for Prutsman, as he came to terms with his son's autism. “The most important ...



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