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Meet Suzanne Cloud: Jazz singer-songwriter, educator, writer, and executive director of Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit that helps professional jazz and blues musicians in crisis. Instrument(s): vocals, piano Teachers and/or influences? My influences were wide and varied from the Broadway singer Mary Martin to jazz icon Sarah Vaughan to songwriter Randy Newman. When I was singing musical theater my voice coaches were Carol and Ed Locke. They were the best and when I couldn't afford the lessons, they taught me anyway. Great people who knew the human voice backwards and forwards. I ...read more
Meet Jonathan Curtis: Jonathan is a drummer from Nottingham, England, and one of the most exciting young talents to emerge onto the music scene. Involved in most things to do with the drums, Jonathan runs an educational YouTube channel, writes and records music, plays with lots of bands, and teaches the drums privately and in schools around Nottinghamshire. Jonathan began learning the piano aged 7, but switched to the drums at 11. Since then, he has studied with many teachers, including Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang, Sergio Bellotti, Stanton Moore, Massimo Russo, Paul Hose, and Grant Collins. While ...read more
Meet Delandria Mills: A flutist and educator, I am a native of jny: Houston, Texas. I began playing the flute at age seven and graduated from Houston's High School for the Performing Arts. Both my Masters in Classical Flute and Graduate Performance Diploma in Jazz Studies were earned from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in jny: Baltimore, where I now teach in the Preparatory Department. I also teach flute at The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York and in my annual summer camp, Kingdom Flute Works, which I began in 2010. I have ...read more
Meet Mike Pope: Mike Pope is a virtuoso acoustic and electric bassist who has toured extensively with Chick Corea, David Sanborn, Al Di Meola and Bill Bruford, and more recently, Joe Locke and Eldar Djangirov. Raised in Ohio by two parents who were both classical musicians and educated at the University of North Texas, Pope came under the influence of legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker and eventually played with him in New York City, as well as with Blood Sweat and Tears, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer, and many other jazz stars. Pope has recorded three albums, with artists ...read more
Meet Barbara Lusch: Barbara Lusch has a unique and compelling way with a song that goes straight to your heart. Her new recording, Rock Me Sweet (Slimstyle Records), is a surprising and magnetic reinterpretation of some of the best loved rock anthems of the 80's. Well-known hits of male rock icons such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Bono have been transformed by Barbara into sophisticated, sexy, and soulful songs. You can hear Dancin' in the Dark" sparkling with seductive style and U2's Where the Streets Have No Name" becoming a cry of despair that evolves into a statement ...read more
Meet Dr. Jack Cooper: Jack Cooper, has a wide range of experience as a performer, composer, and educator. His most recent CD recording of his compositions/arrangements, Mists: The Music of Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra (Planet Arts Records, 2014) was released in August to critical acclaim in the Chicago Tribune and All About Jazz. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and/or recorded by the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Junction Symphony, the Summit Jazz Orchestra (Germany), the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors," the U.S. Navy ...read more
Meet Rik Wright: A graph of Rik Wright's influences would read like a wave, running a gamut from jazz to rock and back again. As a guitarist he has taken on influences, often subconsciously, as varied as Andy Summers of The Police and John Abercrombie. Compositionally speaking, Wright hangs with a different crowd altogether, mingling instead with the spirits of Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis. Of this alliterative trio, Miles has been a decidedly conscious influence in terms of process. And in fact, as becomes obvious once you acclimate to its flow, Wright's improvising strikes more of ...read more