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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 ...Read More
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. ...Read More
Meet Billy Carrion Jr: I've been around music since I was in my mother's womb. My dad-- singer, Billy Carrion Sr. --would play sounds of Batacumbele through headphones over my mom's belly. My first saxophone experience came at nine. After being taught to read and write, I started my musical journey. At 16, I was performing with the likes of Robbie Ameen, Ned Sublette, and Pete Rodriguez. Through that experience, I got a taste for what my life could be like if I worked hard enough. 15 years later, I've made music with some amazing cats in many different ...Read More
Meet Noah Peterson: My first jazz gig was showing up at the U.S Marine Field Band fresh out of boot camp and the Armed Forces School of Music. I was asked if I wanted to be in a combo. I said yes and was told to get a fake book from the supply room. At the time, I had to ask what a fake book was. I showed up to the officer's club and the Staff Sergeant calls out Ceora." We read the head down and I stopped playing because I didn't what to do no next. The Staff ...Read More
Meet David Tughan: I was born and raised in Northern Ireland. My passion for jazz began at 13 when I encountered the Count Basie Orchestra while vacationing in Florida. Inspired by the swinging energy and joyful sounds of the big band, I began listening to many instrumentalists like Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Stephane Grappelli, and singers like Nat “King" Cole, Chet Baker, and Mel Torme. Currently, alongside working with my quintet in clubs and festivals in UK and Ireland, I have sung with big bands like NYJO, Skelton Skinners All-stars, the RTE Concert Orchestra, and Grammy-Award nominee ...Read More
Meet Charlie Peacock: Charlie Peacock is an American multi- genre Grammy Award-winning record producer, composer, and recording artist. He has award-winning and chart-topping credits in jazz, gospel, country, folk, Americana, rock, and pop. Lemonade (Twenty Ten Music, 2014) is Peacock's third recording in the jazz genre. His first release, Love Press Ex-Curio (Thirty Tigers, 2005) was followed by Arc of The Circle (Runway Network, 2008), a duet recording with saxophonist Jeff Coffin. Each recording reached the Top 5 on the CMJ Jazz Chart and amply provide clues to Peacock's unique solo piano approach, which is now fully ...Read More
Meet Willie Oteri: An anomaly in the music world having survived tragedy and financial hardship that forced him to quit music as a profession during the early part of his career, Willie Oteri has come back to music. With a small budget he released two well-received blues/rock albums in the late '90s before moving to Austin, Texas where he befriended some of Austin's top jazz musicians. Wanting to pursue the freedom of electric jazz and improvisation, Oteri contracted producer Ronan Chris Murphy to produce Spiral Out (DIW, 2003), a progressive jazz album featuring King Crimson and Frank Zappa alums ...Read More
Meet Doug Robinson: Born in San Diego, multi-instrumentalist and composer Doug Robinson started playing drums in the Crawford High jazz ensemble in the '70s. Robinson studied with Frank Rehak and has recorded with notable artists like Mike Stern, Peter Erskine, John Patitucci, and many more. Instrument(s): Piano, organ, bass, drums, guitar, and vibes Teachers and/or influences? Dennis Foster, Frank Rehak, Al Bauman, and Jim Pappageorge from my high school days! I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I heard the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. Your sound ...Read More
Meet Matt Davis: Matt Davis is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and teacher based in New York. Davis has released three albums with his group, Aerial Photograph, and performs regularly around the tri-state area. JazzTimes and Downbeat have described his playing as eloquent" and inspired." Matt Davis has performed with many of the biggest names in jazz and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the ASCAP and the American Composers Forum. He is a faculty member at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Recently, Davis received his Master's degree from Manhattan School of Music.Read More
Meet Bill Cornish: In addition to producing solo CD, which are an eclectic blend of jazz, funk, orchestral, and world fusion, Bill Cornish is also the keyboardist for the jazz-rock fusion project The Odd Get Even. From the early '80s through the mid '90s, Cornish was the keyboardist for Crystal, a band where he spent 12 years touring throughout the United States and Japan. During that time, Bill Cornish opened for artists like Kansas, Steelheart, Joan Jett, Steppenwolf, Firehouse, The Romantics, Pat Travers, and many others. Instrument(s): Keyboards. Teachers and/or influences? ...Read More
Meet Shlomi Cohen: Grammy-nominated saxophonist Shlomi Cohen, born in jny: Tel Aviv, Israel, has had a multicultural musical education, based in part on his surroundings both in Tel Aviv and New York City, and also from his Moroccan and Yemeni heritage. This mix of styles in his sound has made him a much sought-after saxophonist. Shlomi is based in jny: New York City and regularly collaborates with various musical projects around the city and beyond. Instrument(s): Saxophone Teachers and/or influences? The first and most influential person in my life was my father who ...Read More
Meet Noel Akchote: Trained from the age of eight, Noel Akchote debuted as a guitarist in 1990. Noel Akochote has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians like Henri Texier, Louis Sclavis, Daniel Humair, Jacques Thollot, Sam Rivers, Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Firth, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Tim Berne, and George Lewis. Later in his career, Akchote began contributing on records by artists like David Grubbs, Luc Ferrari, David Sylvian, J.G Thirwell's band Steroid Maximus, Max Nagl, Andrew Sharpley, Jean-Francois Pauvros, and Dylan Carlson's Earth. Akchote is the founder of Rectangle Records and is the older brother of ...Read More
Meet Eyal Lovett: Israeli-bron pianist and composer Eyal Lovett creates a wide range of music. Although classically trained, he is deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, as well as other musical traditions rotted from Israel and the Middle East. Lovett's debut album, Let Go (Self Produced, 2013), was recently released this past November. Let Go features Kenneth Dahl Knudsen on bass, drummer Aidan Lowe, and appearances from guitarist Ramiro Olaciregui, and Malte Schiller on soprano-saxophone. Eyal Lovett has studied with renowned teachers like Sarah Tal, classical pianist, Rachel Fienstein, Amit Golan, Ofer Ganor, Omri Mor, ...Read More
Meet Joseph Daley: After nearly 40 years of recognition as one of the consummate sidemen on the adventurous music scene with remarkable artists like Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Taj Mahal, and many more, Joseph Daley stunned musicians and fans alike with his brilliant CD, The Seven Deadly Sins (Jaro, 2010). The album also received rave reviews and made several Best of 2011 lists. The Seven Deadly Sins features his Earth Tone Ensemble, a full jazz orchestra augmented by six additional low-toned horns, a seven-member rhythm section, and four special guests. This powerfully innovative music mines ...Read More