Jazz and Beyond

  1. Karrin Allyson

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    Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Karrin Allyson moves with ease and authority from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazz Songbook of Duke and Thelonius and Miles and Dizzy, jet-setting to Rio and Paris and swinging back home to pick up Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb.  Legendary jazz critic Gary Giddins said in The Village Voice: “Allyson coolly stakes her claim. She brings…

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  2. Patti Austin

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    Grammy winning artist Patti Austin crosses all musical genres as a performer, songwriter and vocalist.  She is one of the most beloved artists in the world, and a mainstay on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts with 17 solo albums.  Her most recent release, Avant-Gershwin with the WDR Big Band won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance and her album For Ella in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald was Grammy nominated. …

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  3. Steve Bailey

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    Bassist Steve Bailey is a master of styles, from bebop to smooth jazz, rock to country, new age to blues.  Famous for his pioneering work with the six string fretless bass, he has recorded and toured with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Liebman, Paquito D’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, the Rippingtons, David Benoit, Jethro Tull, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Larry Carlton, Kitaro, Tab Benoit, Johnny Witherspoon, Mel Tormé, and…

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  4. George Benson

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    Ten-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master George Benson is heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled chops and a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication. 

    Benson’s musical passion began early.  At age eight, he was singing and playing the ukulele in local nightclubs in Pittsburgh. By his teenage years, he had switched to guitar, and his musical sensibilities shifted toward jazz, and the music of Wes…

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  5. Chuck Bergeron

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    Jazz bassist Chuck Bergeron is a full time lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is also the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Bergeron teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles and is an active clinician at schools throughout the country. He is one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz and serves as…

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  6. Terence Blanchard

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    Terence Blanchard is a legendary jazz trumpeter who recently joined the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as artistic director.  Blanchard has more than 29 albums to his credit, earning a “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” Grammy for his performance on Jeff “Tain” Watts’s project, Watts, a Grammy for his solo for “Be-Bop” on Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival, and a…

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  7. Dee Dee Bridgewater

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    Over the course of her multifaceted, 40-plus-year career, the Grammy and Tony Award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater has risen to the top tier of today’s vocalists. She earned her first professional experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 1970s she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1974 she broke into Broadway and earned a 1975…

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  8. John Clayton

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    Grammy-winning bassist, composer, and conductor John Clayton’s talents are consistently requested by jazz industry luminaries such as Quincy Jones and Tommy LiPuma.  His awards include the legendary Leonard Feather’s Golden Feather Award and the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s Composer/Arranger award.  Clayton’s arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” went platinum and was performed by Whitney Houston at the 1990 Super…

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  9. Freddy Cole

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    Lionel Frederick Cole plays piano and sings, and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like his brother, Nat “King” Cole.  But with his raspier, smokier voice, he has distinguished himself from his older sibling.  His vocals - suave, elegant, formidable, and articulate - are among the most respected in jazz.  An Atlanta resident, Cole leads a trio including guitarist Randy Napoleon, drummer Curtis Boyd and bassist…

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  10. Andrew D’Angelo

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    Appearing in INSPIRED IMPROVISATION with Matt Wilson,Andrew D’Angelo’s charismatic presence and iconoclastic musical ambition have been well-established over the course of his career and his key roles in bands like Human Feel, the Matt Wilson Quartet, and Tyft. His dedication to pushing his limits and his willingness to delve into new musical areas has been a powerful inspiration to his peers and to a new generation of improvisers. His…

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  11. Dr. John

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    Multiple Grammy Award winner Dr. John, also known as Mac Rebennack, is the embodiment of the rich musical heritage of New Orleans.  After a half century, Dr. John writes, arranges, produces and interprets with a passion that hasn’t waned.

    His colorful career began in the 1950s working on recordings with Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.  In the 1960s, he went west, playing on records by Sonny and…

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  12. Susan Egan

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    Susan Egan, appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER, has traversed all four corners of the entertainment industry, making powerful impressions in theatre, film, television and music. She headlined on Broadway as Thoroughly Modern Millie, won critical acclaim as Broadway’s (longest-running) “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret, starred in Triumph of Love and State Fair, and received Tony Award® and Drama Desk® nominations for “Best…

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  13. Michael Feinstein

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    Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

    Feinstein earned his fifth Grammy Award nomination in 2009 for The Sinatra Project.…

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  14. Diego Figueiredo

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    Guitarist Diego Figueiredo’s music fuses jazz, bossa nova and classical styles into unique interpretations marked by technique and emotion. He has won the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize, released over 19 albums, three DVDs, and several books. He has performed in over 40 countries around the world.
    Born in Franca, Brazil, Figueiredo played many instruments before choosing the electric guitar. By the age of 15, he was…

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  15. Benny Golson

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    NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award and was recently named a Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend. A tenor saxophonist known for his expressive playing, his career spans a remarkable six decades—from his early years with John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, to his continued success as a solo performer and composer, arranger, lyricist and producer—Benny Golson…

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  16. Wycliffe Gordon

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    Wycliffe Gordon’s hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz and signature sound has earned him recognition as “Best in Trombone” by the 2012-2014 DownBeat Critics Poll and “Trombonist of the Year” by Jazz Journalists Association in 2001-2002, 2006-2008, and 2011-2013.  A former member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Gordon tours regularly as a soloist and leads the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet,…

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  17. Denyce Graves

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    USA Today identifies mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as “an operatic superstar of the 21st Century.”  The combination of her rich, expressive vocalism, elegant stage presence, and exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals, as well as delight audiences in concert and recital appearances. She is particularly known for her performances in the title roles of Carmen and Samson et Dalila

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  18. Dave Grusin

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    Dave Grusin is a Grammy Award-winning pianist and Academy Award-winning composer with over 30 scores to his credit.  He began his career as music director and pianist with vocalist Andy Williams (1959-1966). He met drummer Larry Rosen in the band, and the two became business partners nearly two decades later when they launched the contemporary jazz label, GRP Records.

    Grusin’s early recordings as a leader were two jazz trio…

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  19. Niki Haris

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    Singer Niki Haris’ experience reads like a who’s who of the music world. From pop to R&B and jazz, she has worked with Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Leann Rimes, Santana, Kylie Minogue, Luther Vandross, the Righteous Brothers, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and many more.

    The daughter of jazz pianist Gene Harris, she toured with her father promoting their albums Down Home Blues and In His Hands.…

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  20. John Hart

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    Jazz guitarist John Hart is a lecturer at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. A New York fixture for 29 years, he is one of the most prolific and versatile guitarists on the jazz scene today. He released eight albums as bandleader on such prestigious labels as Blue Note and Concord and has appeared on over 100 albums as a sideman, including a 16-year stint with organist Jack McDuff. JazzTimes wrote, “An alum of the Brother…

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  21. Nicole Henry

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    Jazz vocalist Nicole Henry’s expressive, soulful voice and uplifting energy has earned her three top 10 albums along with international accolades from Moscow to Madrid.

    Growing up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Henry pursued the arts early on, singing in school and church, and studying cello and ballet. After graduating from the University of Miami, Henry launched a successful acting career, appearing in commercial roles and voiceover…

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  22. Michael A. Kerker

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    Michael A. Kerker has been Director of Musical Theatre for ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) since 1990. In addition to coordinating ASCAP’s Musical Theatre Workshop in New York, he works with Disney Theatricals to produce the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles, (both of which are led by composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz).  Together with Michael Feinstein, Michael Kerker produces a regular…

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  23. Kirk Knuffke

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    Appearing in INSPIRED IMPROVISATION with Matt Wilson, trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has studied improvisation with great jazz artists Ornette Coleman, Art Lande and Ron Miles. He currently leads his own groups, including the Kirk Knuffke Quartet and trio, with 3 recordings now available as a leader for the Cleanfeed and No Business labels.

    Knuffke stays very busy as a member of the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet, touring the US, performing…

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  24. Julian Lage

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    When Julian Lage, appearing with Mark O’Connor in SIZZLING HOT SWING, emerged on the music scene 13 years ago, the young San Francisco Bay Area-based musician was not only deemed a guitar-playing prodigy, but he was also offered record deals on numerous occasions. Lage played a unique style that melded blues, classical, folk and jazz influences. He became a sideman with established instrumentalists like Gary Burton and to collaborate…

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  25. Larry Lapin

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    Larry Lapin is professor emeritus and former program director of Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He retired in May 2013 after 45 years of teaching at UM. A pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Larry Lapin’s career is vast, including performances with jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Bobby Shew, Johnny Smith, George Duvivier and Sarah Vaughn. In addition, he has appeared with such show…

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  26. Jeff Lederer

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    Jeff Lederer is a saxophonist, performer, teacher, and arranger/composer. Born in Los Angeles, he attended Oberlin College, studying comparative religion, and earned the Masters of Music degree from Western Michigan University. As a saxophonist, he currently tours internationally and records with Matt Wilson Quartet as well as with Salsa artist Jimmy Bosch. Lederer has also performed with the Mingus Big Band and Latin music legend Tito Puente.…

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  27. Dave Liebman

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    David Liebman’s four-decade career as a saxophonist/flautist began in the 1970s with the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups.  Since then he has led his own groups including Lookout Farm, Quest, and The Dave Liebman Group, featuring John Scofield, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart, Adam Nussbaum, Al Foster, John Abercrombie and Vic Juris.

    His eclectic repertoire ranges from original adaptations of standards to 20th century inspired…

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  28. Chris Lightcap

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    Bassist and composer Chris Lightcap simultaneously played violin in a local youth symphony and took gigs on bass guitar with local rock bands as well as his school’s jazz and concert bands. Upon graduating from Williams College, he moved to his current home, New York City.

    Lightcap has performed and recorded within the New York’s jazz and contemporary music scenes. With two critically acclaimed albums of original music, Lightcap…

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  29. Frank Loesser

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    1910 - 1969

    Frank Loesser has been called the most versatile of all Broadway composers. His five Broadway musicals, each a unique contribution to the art of the American musical theatre, were as different from each other as they were from the theatre of their day: Where’s Charley?, Guys And Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, Greenwillow, and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. …

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  30. Jo Sullivan Loesser

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    Jo Sullivan Loesser, appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER, became a musical theatre star with her legendary performances in Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella. At the pinnacle of her career, she married composer Frank Loesser and left the stage, devoting herself to raising their two daughters, Hannah and Emily. After Loesser’s untimely death, she returned to performing, honoring her husband with an acclaimed salute…

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  31. Dante T. Luciani

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    Dante T. Luciani is a lecturer in jazz trombone in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where is coordinator of the Jazz Brass program, and conducts the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band (CJB). Dante Luciani earned B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Miami. Formerly the lead trombonist and soloist with the Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson Orchestras, Luciani has performed…

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  32. Brian Lynch

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    Grammy Award winner Brian Lynch is associate professor of music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he teaches jazz trumpet. A highly esteemed musician within both the hardcore straight ahead and Latin Jazz communities, Lynch is as comfortable negotiating the complexities of clave with Afro-Caribbean pioneer Eddie Palmieri as he is swinging through advanced harmony with bebop maestro Phil Woods. A honored graduate of Art…

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  33. Monica Mancini

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    Concord Records recording artist and 2005 double-Grammy nominee Monica Mancini, has carved out an impressive career as a concert performer, appearing with major symphony orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Pops, Boston Pops, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the London Metropolitan Orchestra. She is the daughter of famed film composer Henry Mancini and the notable studio singer Ginny O’Conner Mancini.

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  34. Gary Mazzaroppi

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    Appearing in SIZZLING HOT SWING with Mark O’Connor, Gary Mazzaroppi attended Berklee School of Music, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in music education. After graduating, Mazzaroppi toured extensively with the Lionel Hampton Big Band for five years. Since then, he has accompanied many jazz artists including Red Norvo, Herb Ellis, Stan Getz, Joe Morello, Buddy Rich, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, Clark Terry, Charlie Byrd, and Mark…

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  35. Christian McBride

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    Not yet 40, jazz bassist Christian McBride has already collaborated with an impressive list of top performers, including Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and more.  In the classical world, McBride has worked with Kathleen Battle, Edgar Meyer, and the Sonus Quartet, and in the R&B, hip-hop, neo-soul and pop worlds, he has worked with Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, the Roots, Queen Latifah, Sting, Carly…

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  36. Vince Mendoza

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    Composer, arranger, and conductor Vince Mendoza has written for a wide variety of top artists, including Joni Mitchell, Sting, Al Di Meola, and Randy Brecker.  His compositions include big band, chamber, orchestra, and jazz compositions for Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, and John Abercrombie.  Mendoza won his sixth Grammy for John Scofield’s 54 album.

    Mendoza studied classical guitar, piano and trumpet,…

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  37. Jason Moran

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    2010 Macarthur Foundation Recipient Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taking pianist and innovator of new directions for jazz.  His awards include Jazz Artist, Jazz Album & Pianist of the Year in the 59th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll; Rising Star Jazz Artist, Rising Star Pianist, Rising Star Composer in the 2003-04 Downbeat Critics Polls; and the first Playboy Jazz Artist of the Year award.
     
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  38. New West Guitar Group

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    Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith, and Jeff Stein, New West Guitar Group has been making their mark as a fresh, cutting-edge guitar ensemble. Performing classic popular covers, jazz standards, and exciting originals, NWGG combines the acoustic and electric guitar to create their signature sound. Based in Los Angeles and New York, the ensemble tours extensively through the United States and abroad giving concerts and master classes.

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  39. New York Voices

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    Celebrating their 24th anniversary this year, New York Voices is the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing. Their interests are rooted in jazz, but often Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop influences are infused with equal creativity and authenticity. The group consists of Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, and Lauren Kinhan.

    NYV has made many guest…

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  40. Mark O'Connor

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    Violinist and composer Mark O’Connor is artist-in-residence at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. A product of America’s rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, his creative journey pays tribute to two musical giants: American fiddler, Benny Thomasson and French jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. O’Connor’s first recording Appalachia Waltz (Sony Classical), was with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar…

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  41. Renne Olstead

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    By the age of 14, Renee Olstead had already amassed a list of credits including appearances in hit films and television programs along with a major-label music debut, making her a veteran in the entertainment world. Born in Houston, Olstead developed a great love for music at an early age and honed her voice by singing along with the radio. Before long she was entering talent contests and appearing in local musical productions. In 2002 she…

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  42. Gretchen Parlato

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    Singer Gretchen Parlato’s genre-bending jazz repertoire emphasizes the power of subtlety, distinguishing her as one of the most inventive vocalists of her generation. She has performed and recorded with notable musicians including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron, Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard, Marcus Miller, and Lionel Loueke. Her performances have been hailed as “a revelation… her diaphanous voice expands into…

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  43. Ken Peplowski

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    Ken Peplowski has been called “arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” by BBC2’s Russell Davies.  Winner of the 2014 Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” award, Peplowski’s list of musical collaborators reads like a who’s who: Mel Tormé, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Allen, Woody Allen, and Marianne Faithfull. From intimate clubs to headlining in Las Vegas,…

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  44. Don Pippin

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    Appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER,Don Pippin’s distinguished career on Broadway includes A Chorus Line (for which he received the Gold Record Award), Oliver! (which won the Tony Award®), Applause, Woman Of The Year, Mame, Dear World, Cabaret, Seesaw, Jerry’s Girls, Mack and Mabel, and La Cage Aux Folles. Pippin has been the musical director…

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  45. Noah Racey

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    Appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER,Noah Racey is a Boston Conservatory graduate who is known for his starring role as Lucky Garnett in the Broadway production, Never Gonna Dance. Racey starred internationally in such shows as Crazy For You and On The Town. He also starred in regional theatres, including the La Jolla Playhouse production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. He recently won rave reviews for his portrayal of Bobby Child...

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  46. Ron Raines

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    Ron Raines, appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER, is well known to theater audiences in New York and around the country as one of America’s leading musical theater performers most recently starring on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago. He also starred on Broadway as Gaylord Ravenal in the 1983 revival of Jerome Kern’s Showboat co-starring Donald O’Connor. He originated the role of Teddy Roosevelt’s…

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  47. Paul "Polo" Rosales

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    Paul “Polo” Rosales, better known as “Polo,” is a Venezuelan singer and sound engineer based in the United States. He began experimenting with music by the age of 16, founding his own band 7 Stars and touring and performing in Venezuela, the United States and the U.K. The group launched a well-received Venezuelan hip-hop mixtape in 2007 entitled “The 7 Stars.” Polo runs a recording studio in Miami and his…

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  48. Frank Vignola

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    Born and raised in New York, composer and improviser Frank Vignola, appearing in SIZZLING HOT SWING with Mark O’Connor, started playing the guitar at the age of five. He grew up admiring a variety of guitarists, which range from Django and George Barnes to rock icons like Frank Zappa and Eddie Van Halen.

    As a young adult, Vignola studied at the Cultural Arts Center of Long Island and went on to enjoy an enormous amount of sideman…

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  49. Roseanna Vitro

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    Singer Roseanna Vitro has toured the world as a performer, clinician, recording artist, vocal instructor and official Jazz Ambassador, sponsored in 2009 by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department, and in 2004 by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the U.S. State Department. 

    In 2011, Vitro earned a Vocal Jazz Grammy Nomination for The Music of Randy Newman on Motéma Music, featuring pianist Mark…

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  50. Derico Watson

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    Derico Watson, an accomplished educator and clinician has performed and recorded with artists such as legendary bassists Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and the group Bass Extremes; George Duke, Jeff Coffin, Prasanna, Tommy Sims, and Ken Reynolds just to name a few. He has also toured with Marvin Sapp, The Dynamites, Stacie Orrico, and SMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten). The Derico Watson Group has appeared with James Brown,…

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  51. Sunny Wilkinson

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    Sunny Wilkinson has taken her place in that elite group of jazz vocalists who have stretched the boundaries and found themselves “one of a kind.”  Her performance credits are impressive, having sung with The Count Basie Band, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, Milt Hinton, Curtis Fuller, and Edgar Winter, among others.  Sunny’s latest CD release is a duo project featuring Los Angeles based…

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  52. Matt Wilson

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    Matt Wilson was born in the prairie town of Knoxville, Illinois. He became interested in playing the drums in the third grade after seeing Buddy Rich on the Lucy Show.  He was judging a local drum contest featuring drummer Ricky Jr. Inspired, Wilson purchased some Ludwig 9a sticks at a local Byerly Music store. With sticks in hand, Wilson used a range of cookware and five gallon buckets as sound sources. His parents soon bought him…

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  53. Victor Wooten

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    Victor Wooten is a founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones as well as a five-time Grammy Award winner, and has graced the covers of bass magazines the world over. He has been voted Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player magazine readers more often than anyone alive and is in constant demand as an artist/clinician/producer. His novel, The Music Lesson, has been translated to several languages and is integrated into…

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  54. John Yarling

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    John Yarling (drum set, jazz percussion) is a full time lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He teaches private lessons, coaches numerous ensembles, and teaches music appreciation courses. His flawless musicianship and commitment to his art make him the drummer of choice for many South Florida performers such as Ira Sullivan & the Inter-Outer Continental Quintet, The Shack…

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