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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Isaac Bustos

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    Classical guitarist and educator Isaac Bustos’ performing career has taken him throughout North and Central America and Europe.  He has garnered top prizes in major international competitions, including the Miami International Guitar Competition, JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, Boston GuitarFest Competition and the prestigious Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Alhambra in Valencia, Spain.

    Bustos has…

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Lamont Dozier

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    Lamont Dozier as a member of Holland-Dozier-Holland, is responsible for writing and producing over 54 #1 hits for The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and a host of others, giving them credit for being the architects of the Motown sound. As a result, he has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, from which he recently received the 2009 Johnny Mercer Award, the highest praise a songwriter can…

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  7. Leon Fleisher

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    At 83 years young, 2012 Stamps Distinguished Visitor Leon Fleisher continues to thrive as a conductor and pianist.  The youngest-ever student of Artur Schnabel, Fleisher debuted with the New York Philharmonic in 1944.  In 1952, he became the first American to win the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, establishing him as one of the world’s premier classical pianists.
    At age 36, a neurological affliction left two…

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  8. 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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  9. Steve Houghton

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    Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age 20 as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Since then, he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Clay Jenkins, Shelly Berg, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hooper, Bob Florence, Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat LaBarbara, Bill Cunliffe, Steve…

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  10. Rene Izquierdo

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    As a concert artist, classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo has performed throughout North America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Asia, and Europe as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra.  He has received critical acclaim from Classical Guitar Magazine and other publications for his performances, and was the winner of numerous competitions, including the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura…

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Michael Ludwig

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    Classical violinist Michael Ludwig enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. His Grammy-nominated recording of John Corigliano’s Violin Concerto “Red Violin” with the Buffalo Philharmonic hit the Billboard Top 100 within the first week of its release.

    Ludwig began studying with his father Irving, a violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has gone on to appear as a soloist with…

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  16. Maria Schneider

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    Maria Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, and she is among the few artists who have received Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical. Her “evocative, majestic, magical, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous” compositions distinctly highlight the unique voices of her 17-member collective, which includes some of the finest jazz musicians today. 

    Schneider and her orchestra’s distinguished recording career have earned…

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  17. Gunther Schuller

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    Pulitzer Prize winner Gunther Schuller began his career at age 16 when his French horn playing was heard in the American radio premiere of Shostakovich’s then brand-new “Leningrad” Symphony. Soon after he joined the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and performed 14 seasons in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In the 1950s he turned his attention to composing and began combining jazz and…

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  18. Tiempo Libre

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    Three-time Grammy®-nominated Tiempo Libre is one the hottest young Latin bands today.  Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, the members of the Miami-based band are true modern heirs to the rich music tradition of their native Cuba. The group is celebrated for its incendiary performances of timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of son. Since their formation…

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  19. Dawn Upshaw

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    Singer Dawn Upshaw is known worldwide for powerful performances ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her numerous distinctions include five Grammys, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” prize, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and 2014 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy for Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks

    Upshaw began her career by winning the 1984 Young…

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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