Ralph Alessi

Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco,CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. After taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass—he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts—he lit out for New York, where he swiftly became an ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Marc Copland. Alessi has recorded nine albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical music. He currently records for the ECM record label including his 2016 release Quiver. In 2018, he has released a new This Against That record on the label. As an educator, Ralph is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at University of Nevada-Reno as well as the director of the School for Improvisational Music.
“An individualist with a style and sound all his own"….Downbeat Magazine
"Alessi's tone conveys a rounded luminescence, like the moon in full phase…" NY Times
"Alessi has "drop-dead trumpet chops and his music is as clean and airy and sophisticated and disciplined as post-modern progressive jazz gets…." Jazz Times 

Arild Andersen

Norwegian bassist Andersen started out as a member of the Jan Garbarek Quartet (1967–1973), with Terje Rypdal and Jon Christensen. In the same period he also worked with the Norwegian singer Karin Krog and played in the rhythm section for visiting American musicians including Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon, Bill Frisell, Hampton Hawes, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Rollins, Sheila Jordan, and Chick Corea. During this time, he also worked with Don Cherry, George Russell, Ferenc Snétberger and Tomasz Stańko.

Andersen has recorded over a dozen albums for ECM Records as band leader and with Masqualero, and appeared on many others as side man.

In January 2009 Andersen was named Musicien Europeen 2008 by the French Academie du Jazz.

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Joey Baron

Baron was born on June 26, 1955, in Richmond Virginia. When he was nine, he taught himself how to play the drums. As a teenager, he played in rock bands and dixieland jazz groups. After high school, he spent a year at the Berklee College of Music. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s and embarked on a professional career, playing with Carmen McRae and Al Jarreau. He worked as a freelance drummer and session musician with Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Hampton Hawes.

In 1982 he moved to New York City and joined guitarist Bill Frisell, with whom he would play often throughout his career. He also played in groups with Red Rodney, Fred Hersch, Enrico Pieranunzi, and Marc Johnson. Starting in the late 1980s, he became a bigger part of the avant-garde jazz scene when he played regularly at the Knitting Factory, recorded with singer Laurie Anderson, and began a long association with John Zorn. For several years he participated in Zorn's projects Naked City and Masada.

Baron contributed to David Bowie's Outside (1995). Bowie would later praise Baron, stating: "Metronomes shake in fear, he's so steady." 

Tore Brunborg
Tore Brunborg (born 20 May 1960, in Trondheim) is a Norwegian jazz musician who plays saxophone. He grew up in Voss where a flowering jazz environment. Known from numerous appearances with international greats including Bugge Wesseltoft, Håvard Wiik, Audun Kleive, Anders Jormin, Diederik Wissels, Arild Andersen, Pat Metheny, Per Jørgensen, Geir Lysne, Misha Alperin, Bjørn Alterhaug, Jan Gunnar Hoff, Jarle Vespestad, Jon Christensen, Jon Balke, Nils Petter Molvær, Vigleik Storaas, Bo Stief, and Billy Cobham. Known from numerous appearances with international greats including Bugge Wesseltoft, Håvard Wiik, Audun Kleive, Anders Jormin, Diederik Wissels, Arild Andersen, Pat Metheny, Per Jørgensen, Geir Lysne, Misha Alperin, Bjørn Alterhaug, Jan Gunnar Hoff, Jarle Vespestad, Jon Christensen, Jon Balke, Nils Petter Molvær, Vigleik Storaas, Bo Stief, and Billy Cobham.
Jakob Buchanan

Danish trumpet and flugelhorn player, Jakob Buchanan have recorded and toured, among other musicians, with Marilyn Mazur, John Tchicai, Chris Speed, Andrew D´Angelo, John Scofield, Kurt Elling, Dennis Mackrel, Jeff Ballard, Lars Jansson, Ravi Coltrane, and Jakob Bro. He is one of the featured solists in Arhus Jazz Orchestra and Kluvers Big Band and teaches composition and reeds at the Arhus Concervatory.

Jon Christensen
Jon Ivar Christensen (born 20 March 1943 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz musician (drums and percussion).In the late 1960s Christensen played alongside Jan Garbarek on several recordings by the composer George Russell. He also was a central participant in the Jazz band, Masqualero, with Arild Andersen, and they reappeared in 2003 for his 60th anniversary. He appears on many recordings on the ECM label with such artists as Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, Barre Phillips, Arild Andersen, Enrico Rava, John Abercrombie, Michael Mantler, Miroslav Vitous, Rainer Brüninghaus, Charles Lloyd, Dino Saluzzi and Tomasz Stanko.He, along with Jan Garbarek and Palle Danielsson, was a member of the legendary Keith Jarrett "European Quartet" of the 1970s.
Gerald Cleaver

Gerald Cleaver (born May 4, 1963[1]) is a jazz drummer from DetroitMichiganCleaver's father is drummer John Cleaver Jr., originally from Springfield, Ohio, and his mother was from Greenwood, Mississippi.] Gerald had six older siblings.

Cleaver joined the jazz faculty at the University of Michigan in 1995. He has performed or recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitouš, Michael Formanek, Tomasz Stańko, Franck Amsallem and others.[1]

Under the name Veil of Names, Cleaver released an album called Adjust on the Fresh Sounds New Talent label in 2001. It featured Maneri, Ben Monder, Andrew Bishop, Craig Taborn and Reid Anderson and was a Best Debut Recording Nominee by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Cleaver currently leads the groups Uncle June, Black Host, Violet Hour and NiMbNl as well as working as a sideman with many different artists.


Yelena Eckemoff

Eckemoff was born in Moscow, Russia, in the Soviet Union. Her mother was a professional pianist and teacher. When Eckemoff was four, she was learning piano by ear and took lessons from her mother. At seven, she attended Gnessin State Musical College, a school for gifted children. Studied classical piano at Moscow State Conservatory. After graduating, she taught piano in Moscow. She gave solo concerts, took jazz classes, composed music for several instruments, and played in a jazz-rock band.[1][2]

In 1991, she moved to the U.S.[3] She recorded in several genres: classical, vocal, folk, Christian, and new-age.[4] She released her first jazz album, Cold Sun, in 2009, accompanied by drummer Peter Erskine and Danish bassist Mads Vinding. The album drew comparisons to the stark music of ECM Records.[5] She has now firmly landed in art/jazz territory.[6]

Although jazz is associated with improvisation, Eckemoff often writes her tunes out. Her music has been described as classical chamber music in the context of improvisational jazz.[7][3] She developed a highly acclaimed jazz style that incorporates her classical technique and influences very effectively.[8] With each new record Eckemoff's distinctive, recognizable approach to melody becomes even more prominent.[9] Yelena Eckemoff uses life and nature's bouquets as her muse to create the body of work that blends post-modern abstraction, classical thought, and jazz language into a seamless whole.[10] True to her classical-jazz impressionism, Eckemoff sees humanity in nature.[11]

For Glass Song (L&H, 2013), she reenlisted Erskine and brought bassist Arild Andersen into the fold for the first time. Surprisingly, neither veteran had ever recorded together, but you would never know it. Eckemoff, Andersen and Erskine create music that's focused, yet free floating, and open, yet never nebulous. Pure melody is of less importance than the greater narrative in each number, but the music still sings out with melodic grace. While Manfred Eicher and his storied label have nothing to do with this record, Glass Song has that "ECM sound," if ever it existed. Mystery, blooming musical thoughts and vaguely haunting notions are at the heart of this captivating album.[12]

Yelena Eckemoff 's Lions (L&H 2015), with bassist Arild Andersen and drummer Billy Hart is a long but comprehensive look at animals in the wild with human touches, a classical-jazz soundtrack that goes beyond the superficial, intermission grabs for attention and seeks out the feelings beneath the eerily accurate movements.[13]

Everblue (L&H, 2015) has Arild Andersen, saxophonist Tore Brunborg and drummer Jon Christensen. This Norwegian all-star contingent fits beautifully into Eckemoff’s aesthetic: Andersen with his looming pronouncements like final summations; Christensen with his suggestive rhythmic ambiguity; Brunborg with his clear, clean sound and respect for space. Glass SongLions and Everblue contain some of the most powerful, poetic work of Andersen's long career.[14]

Her album Leaving Everything Behind (L&H, 2016) is united around themes of departure and loss. She wrote a poem for each piece and made the cover art. She is accompanied by violinist Mark Feldman, whose background is in classical and country music.[15] Several of compositions date from the 1980s; a time when she was just beginning her exploration into jazz. These pieces seem highly refined, replete with airy, vague harmonies that refer equally to Bill Evans and Claude Debussy.[16]

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Matts Eilertsen

Mats Eilertsen (born 4 March 1975 in Trondheim, Norway) is a Norwegian jazz musician and composer. He is known for recording with numerous bands, including the Maria Kannegaard Trio, Ola Kvernberg, Nils Økland, Eldbjørg Raknes, Anders Aarum Trio, Tordavsen  Gustavsen Quartet, Eirik Hegdal, Sverre Gjørvad, Kåre Nymark Collective, SKRUK, «Jazzmob», «Dingobats», Håkon Kornstad Trio, Food with Iain Ballamy, Jacob Young Band, Solveig Slettahjell's Slow Motion Orchestra, Håvard Wiik Trio, and «JazzCode».

Eilertsen attended the Trondheim Musikkonservatorium, where he participated in the Jazz program and was part of the Jazz band Dingobats along with fellow students Eirik Hegdal (saxophones), Njål Ølnes (tenor saxophone), Thomas Dahl (guitar) and Sverre Gjørvad (drums), primarily playing Hegdals compositions. He has two band releases as leader of the band Turanga, with band members Fredrik Ljungkvist, Ernst Reijseger, and Thomas Strønen. He also performed with the quartet «Parish», with some of the same members as of «Turanga». In 2006, he released the album Constellations (Jazzaway Records), with the Finnish pianist Alexi Tuomarila's trio, along with Olavi Luohivuori.

Peter Erskine

Peter Erskine was born in Somers Point, New Jersey, U.S.. He began playing the drums at the age of four. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy  in Michigan, then studied percussion at Indiana University.

His professional career started in 1972 when he joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra. After three years with Kenton he joined Maynard Ferguson for two years. In 1978 he joined Weather Report,  joining the legendary Jaco Pastorius to form a formidable rhythm section. After four years and five albums with Weather Report and the Jaco Pastorius big band Word of Mouth, he joined Steps Ahead. His big band recordings with the Bob Mintzer Big Band are excellent modern big band jazz/funk performances studied by many students of drums and drumming.

His music-style spanning talent also features on Kate Bush's 2005 album Aerial, where Erskine teams with bass player Eberhard Weber. Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Queen Latifah and Linda Ronstadt among many more still choose Peter for his multifaceted musicality. Even Scottish and Finnish Classical Orchestras have had him as a featured musician.

Today, Erskine splits his time as a musician and that of a professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

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Mark Feldman
He has played on over 100 recordings in New York City as a soloist in contemporary music and modern jazz. In 2007 He was awarded the Alpert Award Prize in Music. In 2004 he received a grammy award certificate for his performance on Michael Brecker’s Verve Album “Wide Angles”. Mark has toured and Recorded Extensively with John Zorn, Michael Brecker,John Abercrombie, Chis Potter, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Uri Caine, BillyHart and Sylvie Courvoisier.
Drew Gress

 Drew Gress (born November 20, 1959) is an American jazz double-bassist and composer born in Trenton, New Jersey, raised in the Philadelphia area, and currently based in New York City.Gress became interested in jazz and the double bass while a teenager, joining the Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band, a nationally-prominent high school jazz ensemble, in 1975, spending two years as bassist and arranger for the group. His interest in composing original material for large ensembles, such as those of Johnny RichardsBilly May, and Pat Williams, led him to Baltimore’s Towson State University in 1977, where he studied composition and counterpoint with Hank Levy, known for his work with Don Ellis and Stan Kenton. While at Towson, Gress established a playing relationship with saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, with whom he cofounded Joint Venture with Paul Smoker and Phil Haynes. They released three albums on Enja Recordsbetween 1987 and 1994.

During the 1980s in the Baltimore/Washington DC area, he played with Sonny StittClifford JordanAlbert DaileyMose AllisonZoot SimsCab CallowayBuddy HackettPhyllis Diller, and pianist Marc Copland, with whom he still plays today. He also served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, Towson State University, and the Baltimore School for the Arts. He formed a quartet, Tekke, in 1989 with David KaneGlenn Cashman, and Michael Smith.

In 1997, he cofounded the cooperative improvising trio Paraphrase with saxophonist/composer Tim Berne and drummer Tom Rainey. Together, they pursued a compositional approach to free improvisational practice. They recorded three live albums together and toured extensively.

In 1998, he released his first album as leader, Heyday, with his band Jagged Sky (featuring David BinneyBen Monder, and Kenny Wollesen). 2001 saw the release of Spin & Drift with Uri Caine, Berne, and Rainey, in which he played pedal steel guitar for the first time.

Earlier in the 1990s, he served tenures as artist in residence at University of Colorado-Boulder and at Russia's St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Since 1992, Gress has maintained an extensive touring schedule, traveling to Europe, Asia, and South America. Those with whom he has and continues to work include Tim BerneRavi ColtraneUri CaineJohn HollenbeckFred HerschMarc CoplandDon ByronSteve ColemanDave DouglasJack DeJohnetteJohn SurmanRay AndersonErik FriedlanderKenny WernerBill CarrothersRalph AlessiTony MalabySteve Lehman, Samo Salamon and Edsel Gomez. To date, he has appeared on over 140 recordings, 4 of which have received Grammy nominations.

Gress’ own ensembles have toured Europe four times since 2002, in addition to isolated festival appearances in Italy and Portugal. In 2004, the UK’s BBC Radio and London’s Guardian selected his quartet’s live radio broadcast as Jazz Concert of the Year.

Composition awards include an NEA grant (1990), funding from Meet the Composer (2003), a Chamber Music America New Works Grant (2005), a CMA French-American Exchange Grant (2007), and an Encore Grant from that same organization (2008). He continues to compose for larger groups and has begun experimenting with virtual synthesizers.

Billy Hart

William "Billy" Hart (born November 29, 1940 in Washington, D.C.) is a jazz drummer and educator who has performed with some of the most important jazz musicians in history.

Early on Hart performed in Washington, D.C. with soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and then later with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was a sideman with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964–1966), and Wes Montgomery (1966–1968). Following Montgomery’s death in 1968, Hart moved to New York, where he recorded with McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul, and played with Eddie Harris, Pharoah Sanders, and Marian McPartland.

Hart was a member of Herbie Hancock's sextet (1969–1973), and played with McCoy Tyner (1973–1974), Stan Getz (1974–1977), and Quest (1980s), in addition to extensive freelance playing (including recording with Miles Davis on 1972's On the Corner).

At age 70, Billy Hart works steadily and teaches widely. Since the early 1990s Hart spends considerable time at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is adjunct faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. He also conducts private lessons through The New School and New York University. Hart often contributes to the Stokes Forest Music Camp and the Dworp Summer Jazz Clinic in Belgium.

He leads a group with Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, and Ben Street. He also is featured in a trio led by pianist Jean-Michel Pilc and one led by guitarist Assaf Kehati.

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Klavs Hovman

Klavs Hovman, born 1957, is a Danish double-bass and electric bass player, and is also a composer and arranger. As Politiken's Jazz Encyclopedia writes: "Hovmans bass playing has over the years come to encompass more than a conventional jazz tradition. He expresses itself effortlessly also in both Latin American music as more world music oriented contexts."

Over the years, K.H. Game tours or individual jobs with a long list of prominent musicians. Some of them come here: Palle Mikkelborg, Pierre Dorge, Jon Balke, Doug Raney, Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band, Horace Parlan, Toots Thielemans, Nils Petter Molvær, Lee Konitz, Helge Albin, Bob Rockwell, Richard Boone, Bent Jædig, Jesper Thilo, Duke Jordan, Kenny Drew, Horace Parlan, Thomas Clausen, Peter Kowald, Jeanne Lee, John Tchicai, Putte Wickman, Butch Lacy, Harry Beckett, Thad Jones, Atilla Engin, Niels Jørgen Steen, Ed Thigpen, Teddy Wilson, Harry " Sweets "Edison, Tim Hagans, Alex Riel, Svend Asmussen, Tomas Franck, Cæcile Nordby, Jakob Hoyer, Kenneth Knudsen, Buddy Tate / Al Grey, Art Farmer, Mills Brothers, Randi Laubek, Jesper Zeuthen, Dizzy Gillespie, John Abercrombie, Tania Maria, Etta Cameron.

Christian Howes

Christian Howes (born February 21, 1972) is an American musician, teacher and composer. He is an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music. His artistic collaborators have included Les Paul and Greg Osby, and his sponsors have included Yamaha.

The 2009 Down Beat Critics' Poll ranked Howes at #2 under "Rising Stars/Violin". The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune called him "the finest, fieriest jazz violinist since Billy Bang".

In 2011 Howes was awarded "Rising Star Violin" ranked #1 for Down Beat Critics' Poll. 

Manu Katché
Manu Katché

Manu Katche is a renowned French drummer. He performed on several successful albums in the mid-1980s such as Peter Gabriel's 1986 album So and Sting's …Nothing Like the Sun and The Soul Cages. Since then he has featured in the pop, rock and world music scenes playing with numerous bands and artists, including Afro Celt Sound SystemJeff BeckAl Di MeolaTears for FearsEurythmicsSimple MindsDire StraitsLaurent VoulzyJeanne MasMike LindupJan GarbarekMangoManu ChaoLoreena McKennittYoussou N'DourRobbie RobertsonJoan ArmatradingJoe SatrianiTori AmosRichard WrightKyle Eastwoodthe ChristiansRyuichi Sakamoto and the aforementioned Peter Gabriel and Sting, with whom he has also toured extensively. Manu has also worked with Zlatan Stipišić Gibonni, a Croatian singer, on his albums Mirakul (2001) and Unca Fibre (2006), and has toured with Gibonni supporting the two albums.

n 1992, Katché released his first solo album, It's About Time, largely in the rock genre. His subsequent solo releases have all been jazz. He released his second solo album on September 12, 2005 entitled Neighbourhood, which features Jan Garbarek on saxophone, Tomasz Stanko on trumpet, Marcin Wasilewski on piano and Slawomir Kurkiewicz on double bass. His second ECM album, Playground was released in September 2007. In March 2010, Katché released Third Round, again on ECM.

From 2003 to 2007, along with producer Dove Attia, composer André Manoukian and singer Marianne James, he was one of the four judges in the TV-show Nouvelle Star, the French version of Idol series. He was the most feared of them for his wit and his severe judgment about the groove and the rhythm of the singing contestants.

Since January 2008, Katché has hosted the monthly program One Shot Not[1] on Arte.

In 2010 Katché composed the instrumental music for the six themed lands of the Belgian theme park Bellewaerde. An album, with the twelve compositions for the park, including music for the Mexican, western, Indian and Canadian areas, was sold in souvenir shops at the park.


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Joe Locke
Joseph Paul Locke (born March 18, 1959) is an American jazz vibraphonist. As a jazz musician, Locke was precocious, having played with musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams and Mongo Santamaría while in high school.[citation needed] Since moving to New York City in 1981, Locke has performed with Grover Washington, Jr., Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves, Eddie Daniels, Jerry Gonzalez' Fort Apache Band, Rod Stewart, Beastie Boys, Eddie Henderson, Hiram Bullock, Bob Berg, Ron Carter, Jimmy Scott, Geoffrey Keezer, The Mingus Big Band and Randy Brecker, among many others. Locke has toured extensively throughout the world, both as leader and guest soloist. Some highlights include a 16-city tour of Russia, which culminated in a concert with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of violist Yuri Bashmet; a 30-city tour of all major capitals of Europe, performing Charles Mingus' magnum opus, "Epitaph", as a featured soloist under the direction of conductor Gunther Schuller; and a series of duet concerts in Italy with avant garde pianist Cecil Taylor.
Antti Lotjonen
Antti Lötjönen is a Finnish jazz bassist. He plays The Five Corners Quintet on and Ilmiliekki Quartet , as well as a number of other bands. He studied at Kuopio Conservatory of Music.
Olavi Louhivuori

Born into a musical family, Olavi Louhivuori grew up in Jyväskylä, Central-Finland, surrounded by music and musicians. Olavi began studying violin at the age of 4, but changed to cello and piano at the age of 8. He started playing drums at the age of 9 when he was accpeted into the music class of his primary school.

In 1998 Olavi enrolled at the Finnish Music Conservatory of Jyväskylä for 3 years.

In 2002 Olavi moved to Helsinki to start his studies at the prestigeous Sibelius-Academy, where he studied with Jukkis Uotila. It didn´t take long before Olavi found himself working full-time both in Finland and internationally. Winning the competition of the ‘Young Nordic jazz Groups’ three times (Joona Toivanen trio 2000, Ilmiliekki Quartet 2002 and Sun trio 2006) gained him numerous performances around the world including tours in U.S.A, Australia, Asia and Europe.

For the past few years Olavi has been touring the world as a drummer of Tomasz Stanko Quintet. Besides that Louhivuori has performed with internationally acclaimed artists such as Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell and Susanne Abbuehl. He has also played with groups such as the finnish UMO Jazz Orchestra and Piirpauke.

Morten Lund

Morten Lund (born 1972) is a Danish jazz drummer. He is co-leading a trio with Italian pianist Stefano Bollani and Danish Jesper Bodilsen on bass and he is a member of trumpetstar Paolo Fresu's Devil Quartet and Kind of Porgy and Bess ensemble. As a sideman he has participated on more than 60 albums.

In 2002 Lund and Morten Bodilsen were among the musicians selected for the Jazzpar Sixtet which Enrico Rava formed for the occasion when he received the Enrico Rava. As was the virtuoso Italian pianist Stefano Bollani and since chemistry was good among the three musicians, they formed a trio the following year. Their first album,Mi ritorni in mente, was released the same year to critical acclaim and became one of the ten best selling records in Italy that year. After tours in Italy and Scandinavia it was clear that the collaboration was going to be of a more lasting nature. They went on to play in jazz clubs and at festivals around the world. Their debut in New York City was at the legendary Birdland Club.  In 2006 the trio released their second album, Gleda, wgich is centred around Scandinavian songs.

Lund is also part of Paolo Fresu's Devil Quartet and he is working on a solo album.

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Marilyn Mazur

Marilyn Mazur (born January 18, 1955) is a percussionist, drummer, composer, vocalist, pianist, dancer and bandleader. She was born in New York and has lived in Denmark from age six. She is of Polish and African-American descent. Since 1975, she has worked as a percussionist with various groups, among them Six Winds with Alex Riel. Mazur is primarily an autodidact, but she has a degree in percussion from the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

She has worked with many musicians: John Tchicai, Pierre Dørge (New Jungle Orchestra), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Palle Mikkelborg, Arild Andersen, Eberhard Weber, Peter Kowald, Jeanne Lee, Jan Garbarek, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Gil Evans, to mention a few.

In 1989, she founded her band Future Song, with pianist Elvira Plenar, singer Aina Kemanis, trumpet player Nils Petter Molvær, her husband Klavs Hovman (bass) and Audun Kleive, as second drummer. Later jazz singer Tone Åse joined the band. In a second project, Percussion Paradise, she works regularly with percussionists Benita Haastrup, Lisbeth Diers and Birgit Løkke.

The U.S. magazine Down Beat, in 1989, 1990 and 1995, selected Mazur as a "percussion-talent deserving wider recognition". In 2001, she was awarded the Jazzpar Prize, the world's largest international jazz prize.

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Paul McCandless

Paul Brownlee McCandless Jr. was born into a musical family. His father taught him clarinet, his mother piano, and he attended the Manhattan School of Music. In 1971 he auditioned with the New York Philharmonic playing English horn and was a finalist.

McCandless has released a series of records of his own compositions with bands he led, including All the Mornings Bring (Elektra/Asylum, 1978), Heresay (Windham Hill, 1988), Navigator (Landslide, 1981), and Premonition (Windham Hill, 1992). With Oregon, he has recorded 28 albums and CDs, in addition to 7 records and CDs with Paul Winter.

In 1996, McCandless won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. He also won Grammys in 2007 and 2011 with the Paul Winter Consort, for Best New Age Album, and in 1993 for Al Jarreau's album Heaven and Earth. His performance on Oregon's album 1000 Kilometers was nominated for a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo in 2009. He won the Down Beat Critics' Poll for Best Established Combo, the Deutscher Schallplatten Preis for his albums Ectopia, and the Arbeitskreis Jazz im Bundesverband der Phonographishen Wirtschaft Gold Record Award.

In 1985, McCandless toured Europe with bassist Barre Phillips and German clarinetist Theo Jörgensmann. He has been a guest musician with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, appearing on the 1999 album Greatest Hits of the 20th Century and the 2002 album Live at the Quick, and has toured with tabla artist Sandip Burman. He also was a guest of Leftover Salmon and The String Cheese Incident multiple times in the late 1990s. He has appeared on stage in duets with pianist Art Lande, with whom he recorded the album Skylight. Since 2013 he has been playing regularly in Europe with the Samo Salamon Bassless Trio.

McCandless is active in the classical music world. As an orchestral soloist, he has performed with the Camerata Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Three of Paul's orchestral scores are heard on a CD called Oregon in Moscow. One of these, called "Round Robin," the opening track, received 2001 Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement.

In 2014, McCandless began performing with Charged Particles a jazz trio based in San Francisco, including opening the 2015 San Luis Obispo Jazz Festival with them on the main stage and headlining at the Stanford Jazz Festival. The quartet has also appeared at Birdland (in NYC), Blues Alley (in Washington, DC), Yoshi's Jazz Club, The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, The Dakota Jazz Club, and an array of other venues throughout the U.S. In 2017, McCandless and Charged Particles did a ten-day tour of Indonesia, performing at the Motion Blue Jazz Club (Jakarta), Jazz Centrum (Surabaya), the Jazz Gunung Bromo Festival (on Mount Bromo) and elsewhere. 

Ben Monder

Monder started playing guitar when he was eleven, after two years on violin. From 1979–84, he attended the Westchester Conservatory of Music, the University of Miami, and Queens College. One of his early jobs was in 1986 when he performed with Jack McDuff.

In 1995 he recorded his debut album, Flux, featuring drummer Jim Black and bassist Drew Gress. Bloom, a 2001 recording (an improvisation recorded in a single day) with saxophone player Bill McHenry, wasn't released until 2010. In between, he released Oceana (2005), a genre-bending solo album, and The Distance (2006), an album with pianist Chris Gestrin and drummer Dylan van der Schyff. In 2007, he recorded At Night with singer and electronic musician Theo Bleckmann and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Monder played guitar on Bowie's final studio album, Blackstar (2016).

He has worked with Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Chris Cheek, Tim Berne, David Binney, Theo Bleckmann, George Garzone, Jon Gordon, Julie Hardy, John Hollenbeck, Marc Johnson, Frank Kimbrough, Guillermo Klein, Dave Liebman, Michael Leonhart, Rebecca Martin, Donny McCaslin, Bill McHenry, Charles Pillow, Tim Ries, Pete Robbins, Josh Roseman, Maria Schneider, Kendra Shank, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Wheeler, Dan Willis, Miguel Zenón, and Patrick Zimmerli.

From 2002–2005, he taught at the New England Conservatory. 

George Mraz
George Mraz (born Jiří Mráz on 9 September 1944 in Písek, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, now Czech Republic) is a jazz bassist and alto saxophonist. He was a member of Oscar Peterson's group, and has worked with Pepper Adams, Stan Getz, Michel Petrucciani, Stephane Grappelli, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Raney, Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Richie Beirach and many other important jazz musicians. He also appears with Joe Lovano, Hank Jones and Paul Motian on Lovano's records, I'm All For You and Joyous Encounter. Mraz is also known for performing solos with a bow in arco style like Paul Chambers. During the 1970s he was a member of the New York Jazz Quartet and The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and in the 1980s a member of Quest.
Darek Oleszkiewich
Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz was born on February 20, 1963 in Wroclaw, Poland. In 1988, Darek arrived in Los Angeles, where  he received a full scholarship from California Institute Of The Arts and began studies with the legendary bassist Charlie Haden. After graduation in 1992, he accepted a teaching position at the Institute, where he has been conducting jazz ensembles and teaching bass ever since. Since 2002 Darek has been a jazz faculty member at the University Of California in Irvine.
Aside from his teaching duties, Darek has been very active as a performer and became one of the most sought after bass players on the West Coast. "Oles" (his American nick-name) had the opportunity to perform and record with the greatest masters in jazz. A partial list of his collaborations include: Brad Mehldau, Billy Higgins, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Eddie Henderson, Charles Lloyd, John Abercrombie, Bennie Maupin, Lee Konitz, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Bennie Wallace, Victor Lewis, Harvey Mason, Dave Grusin, Art Farmer, Horace Silver, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, James Newton, Arthur Blythe, Lew Tabackin, Steve Kuhn, Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber, Billy Hart, Kevin Hays, Munyungo Jackon, Steve Hass, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Marian McPartland, Janis Siegel, Bob Brookmeyer, Curtis Fuller, Roy McCurdy, Tom Harrell, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Chris Potter, Kei Akagi, Billy Childs, Bob Sheppard, Joe LaBarbera, Bill Cunliffe, Patrice Rushen, Bennie Golson, Piotr Baron, Teri Lynn Carrington, Buddy De Franco, Terry Gibbs, Anthony Wilson Nonet and Los Angeles Jazz Quartet.
With these and many others artists Darek has recorded approximately 100 albums and performed hundreds of concerts throughout America, Europe and Asia. Several of those recordings were nominated for Grammy Awards.
In 2003, Darek was also nominated to Fryderyk's Awards in Poland in the category “Jazz Musician Of The Year.” In 2005 Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz was voted the "Best Accoustic Bassist" in the Jazz Top readers poll in Jazz Forum European Magazine.
Stefan Pasborg

Stefan Pasborg is a Danish drummer, composer and bandleader, and the founding member of ILK MUSIC, a Danish record label.

In 2004 he was voted "New Name of The Year" at the Danish Music Award Jazz 2004 and his release Toxikum was voted Jazz Discovery of the Year. Danish Music Awards Jazz is being given each year by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. He has performed and recorded with many international recording artists such as John Tchicai, Miroslav Vitous, Ellery Eskelin, Tim Berne, Palle Danielsson, Marc Ducret, Anders Jormin, Michael Formanek, Tomasz Stanko, Carsten Dahl, Jesper Zeuthen, Ray Anderson, Alex Riel, Mikko Innanen and Lotte Anker are among others. Pasborg has toured the most of Europe, US and Asia as a leader, also as a sideman. His latest CD was named one of the "Best Debut Albums of 2007" All About Jazz-New York Best of 2007 New York.

Pasborg was already behind the drums at the age of three. He received a present, a drumset it was, from a close friend of his parents who happened to be an acclaimed Danish drummer, namely Alex Riel which also became Pasborg's first drum teacher. In later years, while kept playing, he decided to attend prestigious Copenhagen Jazz Conservatory where the teachers were among others internationally respected Jazz performers such as Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Ed Thigpen, Horace Parlan and Atilla Engin to name few. During his studies at the conservatory, he met other young musicians, thirteen of them, which they together formed an independent record label called ILK Music.

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Verneri Pohjola
Trumpeter and composer from Helsinki, Finland has been in the international spotlight for the past few years, and is acknowledged as a jazz star in the making. Son of the virtuoso bass guitarist Pekka Pohjola, Verneri first came to prominence as leader of Ilmiliekki Quartet, a band that won numerous accolades including the prestigious Teosto Award for original composition. Pohjola soon emerged as a rising star on the Finnish scene, picking up the coveted gong for Musician of the Year at the 2004 Pori Jazz Festival. As is the case with many great horn players, Pohjola has a distinctive tone, which has a deeply affecting purity and lyricism. His highly melodic improvising is matched by personal compositions marked by memorable and imaginative themes that steer clear of any hackneyed notion of ‘Nordic jazz.’A truly progressive artist with a firm grip on popular culture, Verneri Pohjola is ready to confirm that he is one of the most exciting and original artists of his generation.
Chris Potter

Chris Potter (born January 1, 1971) is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. His main instrument is tenor sax, but he also performs on soprano and alto saxes, bass clarinet, flutes, guitar, and piano.

Potter came to prominence as a sideman with trumpeter Red Rodney, before stints with drummer Paul Motian, bassist Dave Holland, trumpeter Dave Douglas and others. He recorded his debut album in 1993 and according to critic Steve Huey, "quietly became one of the more sophisticated and respected stylists of the '90s and early 2000s."[1]Potter has released over 15 albums as a leader and performed as a sideman on more than 150 CDs[2] with many leading musicians including Red Rodney, Pat MethenyMarian McPartlandPatricia BarberKenny Werner, the Mingus Big BandPaul MotianRay BrownJim HallJames MoodyDave DouglasJoe LovanoWayne KrantzMike MainieriSteve SwallowSteely DanDave HollandJoanne BrackeenAdam Rogers and many more.

His 1998 CD Vertigo was named one of the year's top ten jazz CDs by both Jazziz magazine and The New York Times. The album was inspired by a bout with Ménière's disease that caused severe dizziness and damaged his hearing in one ear.[1] He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for his work on the Joanne Brackeen recording Pink Elephant Magic. His 2004 CD Lift: Live At The Village Vanguard was named one of the year's ten best new jazz recordings by Fred Kaplan of Slate. His 2006 release, Underground, on which he records with an electric, more "groove"-based ensemble featuring Craig Taborn on keyboard; Wayne Krantz or Adam Rogers on guitar; and Nate Smith on drums, was followed closely by the 2007 release Follow the Red Line: Live at the Village Vanguard, featuring Adam Rogers on all six of its tracks. Another Underground group recording was released in 2009, Ultrahang.

Potter received widespread attention recently with a recording of his performance of "Lingus" with the band Snarky Puppy in Cheltenham, UK on April 30, 2017.

Potter has appeared many times in the Down Beat Critic's and Reader's Polls, and received the top prize as 'Rising Star' for 'Best Tenor Saxophonist' in 2004,[3] 2005,[4] 2006[5] and 2007.[6] He was recently honored as Tenor Saxophonist of the Year 2013 by the Jazz Journalists Association.[7]

In the December, 2014 issue of Down Beat, which featured the results of the annual readers poll, Potter was named the number one tenor saxophonist in the world.

Adam Rogers

The son of Broadway performers and musicians, he began playing piano and drums at just 5 or 6. He became "obsessed" with Jimi Hendrix and began collecting Hendrix recordings after starting guitar at age 11. He listened a great deal to the Hendrix recordings, and by 14 had learned to play in the style of Hendrix. It was at this time that he was exposed to the music of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery (among others) and began to study Jazz music. His jazz guitar teachers have included John Scofield and Barry Galbraith.

For five years, Rogers studied classical guitar at Mannes School of Music. Beginning in the 1990s, he spent over ten years as a member of the jazz fusion band Lost Tribe with David Binney, David Gilmore, Fima Ephron, and Ben Perowsky. For several years he was a member of Michael Brecker's bands. He currently leads his own acoustic quartet and the genre bending electric trio DICE.

He has also worked with Kenny Barron, Brian Blade, Walter Becker, Michael & Randy Brecker, Ravi Coltrane, Christian Mcbride, Uri Caine, James Carter, Regina Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Larry Coryell, Eliane Elias, Marcus Miller, Joe Jackson, George Russell, David Sanchez, Bill Evans, The Gil Evans orchestra, Forq, Norah Jones, Jack McDuff, Mingus Big Band, John Patitucci, Chris Potter, Paul Simon, Alex Sipiagin, Phillip Bailey, Kenny Werner, Cassandra Wilson, Lizz Wright, and John Zorn. 

Panu Savolainen
Vibraphonist Panu Savolainen ranks among the top prospects in the Finnish jazz scene. Despite his young age, Savolainen has already gained attention especially with his own combo HERD, which won the first prize of the European Jazz Competition presented by Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz Festival in 2011. Another noteworthy early accolade for Savolainen was the ”Artist of the Year” selection by Finland’s premiere jazz fest, Pori Jazz, in 2010. Savolainen’s mentors include David Friedman, Rob Waring, Jukkis Uotila, Tim Hagans and Dave Samuels, and collaborations the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton and Peter Erskine. He has studied at the Jazz Department of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and at the Jazz Institute Berlin in Germany. What makes Savolainen a unique jazz player is his background in classical percussion. That being said, his playing is a fresh combination of no-nonsense swing and technical finesse, always serving the music at hand.
Ben Street
Ben Street is an American jazz double bassist. Street has performed and recorded with many renowned artists including John Scofield, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Ben Monder, Sam Rivers, Billy Hart, Danilo Perez, and Adam Cruz, among others. He studied the acoustic bass with Buster Williams and the former Weather Report bassist Miroslav Vitous.
Mark Turner

Born in Fairborn, Ohio, and raised in the small Southern California town of Palos Verdes, Turner originally intended to become a commercial artist. In elementary school he played the clarinet, followed by the alto and tenor saxophones in high school. He attended California State University, Long Beach in the 1980s (playing in the jazz ensembles) and then transferred to and graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1990 before moving to New York. Turner worked at Tower Records in New York City for an extended period before working full-time as a jazz musician.[2] Turner performed extensively with pianist Brad Mehldau during the 1990s.

In September 2014, Turner has released his first album since 2001 on ECM Records; it features trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Marcus Gilmore.

Turner's sound is reminiscent of that of Warne Marsh; he also has elements of John Coltrane in his playing. Turner has mentioned both Marsh and Coltrane as influences, and has used elements of both players' styles in his music.[3] Turner's range extends into the high altissimo register. His improvised lines tend to be harmonically and rhythmically convoluted while maintaining melodic coherence. His compositions often make use of repeated patterns, odd-metered time signatures, intervallic leaps, and a selective use of space.[4]

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Mads Vinding

Mads Vinding (born 7 December 1948 in Copenhagen) is a Danish jazz double-bassist.

He is a Danish jazz musicians, and one of the 'aces of basses' with more than 600 recordings to his credit. Professional at age 16, Vinding became the house-bassplayer at Café Montmartre, the legendary jazz club in Copenhagen. He is the holder of a list of engagements with a multitude of jazz masters.

Mads Vinding has performed all over the world, produced several records and has received jazz awards:

  • 1978 first prize as best soloist in the International Radio contest NORDRING;
  • The Ben Webster Prize in 1982;
  • Palæ Jazz Prize in 1997;
  • Launy Grøndahl's honorary prize 2000;
  • winner of Readers Polls 1997 & 2000;
  • recipient of three Grammy's for Best Album 2000 in the jazz and folk category and
  • recipient of the Django D'or prize as "Master of Jazz" 2007.

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