contemporary jazz

Keith Jarrett

Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American pianist and composer. He is considered o...

150,000 - 300,000
{"key":"15020","name":"Keith Jarrett","bio":"Keith Jarrett (born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American pianist and composer. He is considered one of the most important jazz pianists, renowned for his elaborate solo improvisations. As well as recording under his own name, he has recorded a number of albums as the Keith Jarrett Trio. In 2003, Jarrett received the Polar Music Prize, the first (and to this day only) recipient not to share the prize with a co-recipient, and in 2004 he received the L\u00e9onie Sonning Music Prize.Jarrett[ began piano lessons at the age of two and played for the first time on stage at the age of seven. In 1962 he played a self-composed two-hour concert, without the benefit of any prior formal instruction in orchestration or composition. After working with a wide variety of musicians, beginning in 1966, including Chet Baker, Lee Konitz and Art Blakey, he founded his own band in 1968 with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. In 1971-1976 Dewey Redman (saxophone) joined the group and they played under the name the American Quartet. His work with Miles Davis between 1969 and 1971 gave his career an additional boost and the opportunity to play solo concerts such as the \"K\u00f6ln Concert\" (1975, Cologne, Germany), honoured by Time Magazine as Album of the year.Since the early 1970s, he has enjoyed a great deal of success, both artistic and commercial, in both classical and jazz music as a group leader and a solo performer. His improvisation technique combines jazz, classical, gospel, blues, and various ethnic-folk musics. He is considered by some, to be the \"Bach\" of jazz music. This title may have come from his recording of Bach`s Goldberg Variations, which, although it received many awards, was not entirely approved by critics. In the 1990`s he suffered CFS (Chronic fatigue syndrome) only to take up the piano again in 1998. He now works in a trio form with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette. In 2003 he received the \"Polar Music Prize\"\u2013the alternative Nobel prize for music and in 2004 he received the L\u00e9onie Sonning Music Prize.Jarrett stated in a 2005 TV interview that his music is influenced by the teachings and philosophy of Georges I. Gurdjieff, whom he honoured in \"Sacred Hymns\" (ECM, 1980). This philosophy informs many of his non-musical beliefs as well. In 2008, he was inducted into the Down Beat Hall of Fame in the magazine's 73rd Annual Readers' Poll.In 2010, to coincide with his 65th. birthday he released his first studio album in 12 years - Jasmine. It reunited Jarrett with his old bassist colleague Charlie Haden. The two had not recorded together for over 30 years and hopefully the success of this venture and their obvious enjoyment at playing together will mean more recording of this quality and in this vein in the future.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15020_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"150,000 - 300,000"}

Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau is an American jazz pianist born on August 23, 1970 in Jacksonville, Florida. He plays original compositio...

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{"key":"15068","name":"Brad Mehldau","bio":"Brad Mehldau is an American jazz pianist born on August 23, 1970 in Jacksonville, Florida. He plays original compositions and jazz standards, as well as interpretations of non-jazz songs by The Beatles, Nick Drake, Radiohead and Soundgarden, for example. He has also contributed to movie soundtracks, including Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Space Cowboys (2000), The Million Dollar Hotel (2000). In 1994 he founded Brad Mehldau Trio, with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy; in 2005, Jeff Ballard replaced Rossy. Brad Mehldau started playing piano at the age of six, and has released more than ten albums.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15068_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Avishai Cohen

There are two artists of this name: an Israeli jazz bassist and an Israeli jazz trumpet player Avishai E. Cohen.1. Avish...

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{"key":"15164","name":"Avishai Cohen","bio":"There are two artists of this name: an Israeli jazz bassist and an Israeli jazz trumpet player Avishai E. Cohen.1. Avishai Cohen (born 1970 in Jerusalem) is an Israeli jazz bassist, composer and arranger. He was raised by a musical family, and as a child he started playing piano. After a few years he moved to the bass guitar. Later, after playing in the army for a while, he moved to New York City. After performing some small clubs, he was noticed by Chick Corea and was given a record contract. He has performed in two of Chick Corea's bands, \"Origin\" and the \"Chick Corea New Trio\".After having recorded \"Adama\" in 1997 and \"Colors\" three years later, Avishai decided to create his own label in 2003. The label released its debut CD, \"Lyla\" in September 2003. In February of 2005 Razdaz Recordz released \"At Home\", an album that was arguably Avishai Cohen's most compelling and striking new recording to date. That is until the artist conceived of, and recorded his newest studio CD, the spectacularly beautiful, \"Continuo\". Cohen\u2019s third recording on his label Razdaz Recordz, and his seventh as a leader, was recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden in December 2005 with Avishai's core trio of pianist\/keyboardist Sam Barsh and drummer\/percussionist Mark Guiliana.New album \"Gently Disturbed\" released in 2008 performed by Avishai's trio. Avishai also shows more of his \"Avishai Cohen & Ensemble\" on their world tour.2. Avishai E. Cohen - trumpet player, who received the Clark Terry award. He recorded under his own name, with his brother and sister as the '3 Cohens', and with 'Third World Love'. Bio excerpt from his website (http:\/\/www.avishaicohenmusic.com\/):Albums under his own name are The Trumpet Player & After the Big Rain & Triveni II Avishai Cohen is a leading figure on the international jazz scene and one of the most sought-after players of his generation \u2014 \u201can assertive and accomplished trumpeter with a taste for modernism,\u201d according to Nate Chinen of The New York Times. Though deeply rooted in the bebop and post-bop tradition, Avishai is taking jazz in new directions, making waves as an improviser, composer and bandleader. Originally from Tel Aviv, he began performing at age 10. He toured the world with the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and went on to become the trumpet player of choice for many leading jazz, rock, pop, studio and television projects. He received a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and in 1997 he placed third in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition.Avishai came of age as part of the fertile scene at Smalls, the storied New York jazz club, where he developed his artistic vision alongside such friends and colleagues as pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Omer Avital and vocalist Claudia Acu\u00f1a. Here the imperatives of jazz tradition and innovation were not in conflict, but rather merged into one powerful creative stream. Avishai flourished in an environment where hard-driving swing, open-ended funk, Latin and Middle Eastern rhythms, complex extended forms and free improvisation converged under one roof, drawing enthusiastic audiences. All of Avishai\u2019s diverse work, as a leader, co-leader and sideman, is informed by this broad-minded legacy, which has given jazz new vitality and relevance in the 21st century.Avishai made his debut as a leader in 2003 with The Trumpet Player, a burning straightahead session with bassist John Sullivan (Roy Haynes), drummer Jeff Ballard (Chick Corea, Pat Metheny) and special guest Joel Frahm on tenor. His second album, After the Big Rain, is the last part of \u201cThe Big Rain Trilogy,\u201d a series of recordings that is now nearing completion. The trilogy also includes Before the Big Rain (part one), a large-group outing, and The Big Rain (part two), a trio encounter with Yonatan Avishai on piano and Daniel Freedman on percussion. Avishai\u2019s music is alternately moody and joyous, richly atmospheric yet beat-driven and grooving, suffused with compositional depth, inspired improvisation and a profound world-music influence. Avishai plays open and muted trumpet but also routes his horn through electronic effects that range from the dreamy to the snarling and distorted. He\u2019s been developing these sounds over the course of the last decade. \u201cWhen I play effects, I play a different instrument,\u201d he says. \u201cThe whole concept changes.\u201d Avishai\u2019s other credits range from touring with the celebrated French-American singer-songwriter Keren Ann, to sharing the stage with the great Bobby Hutcherson in the all-star San Francisco Jazz Collective. In addition, Avishai is the co-leader of Third World Love, with Omer Avital, drummer Daniel Freedman and pianist Yonatan Avishai, a group with four recordings to its credit. He also leads a funk-oriented band with bassist Me\u2019shell Ndegeocello and drummer Adam Deitch, and continues to perform extensively with the 3 Cohens, which he formed with his sister Anat and brother Yuval, both gifted reeds players. With his incredible instrumental skill and world-spanning musical interests, Avishai, in the words of critic Ben Ratliff, \u201chas all the power and tenacity he\u2019s going to need.Avishai is the chosen artist of Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (IcExcellence) since 2004.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15164_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Esperanza Spalding

Born in 1984, bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding began playing in small jazz and blues venues around her ho...

75,000 - 150,000
{"key":"17200","name":"Esperanza Spalding","bio":"Born in 1984, bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding began playing in small jazz and blues venues around her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Soon after picking up the acoustic bass at the late age of 14, she helped form Noise For Pretend, an eclectic band fusing jazz and pop for which she sang and played bass (often simultaneously). The group signed with indie rock imprint Hush Records, which released two albums of their original compositions.Spalding continued to branch out, playing with jazz groups as well as leading her own septet and trio. In 2002 she joined the hip-hop group Black Science Tribe, which gained a sizable following touring along the West Coast.Since moving East to attend the Berklee College of Music, Ms. Spalding has regularly worked as a freelance bassist and singer, both locally and internationally. Ms. Spalding has worked with many notable Grammy-winning artists such as pianist Michel Camilo, vibraphonist Dave Samuels, saxophonist Joe Lovano, violinist Regina Carter, guitarist Pat Metheny, and singer Patti Austin. She has also performed as a member of the Boston Pops, with drummers Bill Stewart (John Scofield, Chris Potter, Joe Lovano), Terri-Lyne Carrington (Herbie Hancock), Mark Walker (Paquito D'Rivera), as well as guitarist Adam Rogers (Michael Brecker, Chris Potter), saxophonist Seamus Blake (Mingus Big Band, Bloomdaddies), and trumpeter Byron Stripling and performed as an opening act for comedian and sometimes-jazz drummer\/vocalist Bill Cosby.Recently, Ms. Spalding released her debut album as a leader, Junjo on the Barcelona based jazz label Ayva Music. Her CD features pianist Aruan Ortiz, and drummer Francisco Mela.She is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Boston Jazz Society scholarship for outstanding musicianship. Spalding holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music, where she also enjoys the status as the youngest faculty member ever in the history of the College. Esperanza recently became a new artist represented by the Montuno management agency.In 2009 she played at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo(Norway), as the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama, artist of choice. In 2011 she was awarded the Grammy for best new artist, the only Jazz musician to be awarded the Grammy.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17200_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}

Erik Truffaz

Erik Truffaz (born in 1960 in Switzerland) received an early introduction into the world of a professional musician, tha...

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{"key":"15465","name":"Erik Truffaz","bio":"Erik Truffaz (born in 1960 in Switzerland) received an early introduction into the world of a professional musician, thanks to his saxophone-playing dad. When he was ten years old, the French trumpeter began performing in his father's dance band. As he grew older, Truffaz performed with other bands in the region until he was 16 and heard Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. The great jazz trumpeter's music inspired him to learn more, and he set off for Switzerland's Geneva Conservatoire, where he became a student. Truffaz's repertoire expanded to works by Mozart and Verdi, and he performed as part of Orchestre de Suisse Romande. He also played in cover bands before establishing a group called Orange. The band concentrated on Truffaz's compositions. Among its members was Marc Erbetta, a drummer who continued to play with Truffaz as the trumpeter evolved. Truffaz's jazz fusion artistry led France's Jury du Concours National de la Defense to bestow upon him the 1991 Prix Special, that country's coveted jazz award. Within three years, he became a leader with the release of Nina Valeria. In 1991, he made the first of his three appearances on the stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival. For two years beginning in 1994, he toured Europe, Russia, and Brazil, thanks to funds bestowed by the ProHelvetia Foundation. In 2000, Truffaz signed with Blue Note records and released The Mask, a straight ahead jazz session with Miles Davis similarities. By his second Revisite and third Mantis discs, however, Truffaz began to stretch the boundries of contemporary jazz by incorporating drum'n'bass and hip-hop rhythms, establishing himself as a cutting edge artist in his own right. In 2003, both Walk of the Giant Turtle and Bending New Corners were issued on Blue Note. Saloua from 2005 expanded his interest in hip-hop by adding some rap.Discography : * Arhangelsk (2007) * Face-a-Face (2CD Live + DVD) (2006) * Saloua (2005) * The Walk Of The Giant Turtle (2003) * Magrouni (2002) * Revisite (2001) * Mantis (2001) * Bending New Corners (1999) * The Dawn (1998) * Out Of A Dream(1997) * Nina Valeria (1994)","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15465_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Jan Garbarek

Jan Garbarek (born March 4, 1947 in Mysen, Norway) a Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist, active in the jazz, classi...

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{"key":"15067","name":"Jan Garbarek","bio":"Jan Garbarek (born March 4, 1947 in Mysen, Norway) a Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist, active in the jazz, classical, and world music genres. Garbarek was the only child of former Polish prisoner of war, Czes\u0142aw Garbarek, and a Norwegian farmer's daughter. Garbarek grew up in Oslo. At 21, he married Vigdis. Their daughter Anja Garbarek is also a musician.Garbarek's sound is one of the hallmarks of the ECM record label, which has released virtually all of his recordings. His style incorporates a sharp-edged tone, long, keening, sustained notes strongly reminiscent of Islamic prayer calls, and generous use of silence. He began his recording career in the late 1960s, notably featuring on recordings by the American jazz composer George Russell (such as Othello Ballet Suite and Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature). If he had initially appeared as a devotee of Albert Ayler and Peter Br\u00f6tzmann, by 1973 he had turned his back on the harsh dissonances of avant-garde jazz, retaining only his tone from his previous approach.As a composer, Garbarek tends to draw heavily from Scandinavian folk melodies, a legacy of his Ayler influence. He is also a pioneer of ambient jazz composition, most notably on his 1976 album Dis. This textural approach, which rejects traditional notions of thematic improvisation (best exemplified by Sonny Rollins) in favor of a style described by critics Richard Cook and Brian Morton as \"sculptural in its impact\", has been critically divisive. After recording a string of unheralded avant-garde albums, Garbarek rose to international prominence in the mid-1970s playing post-bop jazz, both as a leader and as a member of Keith Jarrett's successful \"European Quartet.\" He achieved considerable commercial success in Europe with Dis, a meditative collaboration with guitarist Ralph Towner that featured the distinctive sound of a wind harp on several tracks. (Selections from Dis have been used as incidental music in several feature films and documentaries.) In the 1980s, Garbarek's music began to incorporate synthesizers and elements of world music. In 1993, during the Gregorian chant craze, his album Officium, a collaboration with early music vocal performers the Hilliard Ensemble, became one of ECM's biggest-selling albums of all time, reaching the pop charts in several European countries. (Its sequel, Mnemosyne, followed in 1999.) In 2005, his album In Praise of Dreams was nominated for a Grammy.In addition to the selections from Dis, Garbarek has also composed music for several other European films, including French and Norwegian films. Also his song 'Rites' was used in the American film The Insider.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15067_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper was raised in Houston, Texas. His mother was his first and strongest musical influence. Mrs. Glasper not ...

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{"key":"16257","name":"Robert Glasper","bio":"Robert Glasper was raised in Houston, Texas. His mother was his first and strongest musical influence. Mrs. Glasper not only played piano and sang gospel music in the family's church, she led a band that worked the city's jazz and blues club circuit as well. By the age of twelve, young Robert was playing piano in that church. \"Gospel music is built on emotion and spirituality; you go to church and leave crying,\" he smiles. \"It definitely just gave me that sensitivity and knowing how to reach people and knowing how to be in tune with your feelings and the emotion of the music. My thing is, it helps me relate to the audience 'cause they're gonna give you what you give them. When you bring the crowd into your world, you can do anything you want.\"By the time he reached adolescence, Robert knew his destiny was to be a jazz musician. He was accepted to the Houston's famed High School for the Performing Arts (\"Jason Moran went there before me.\"). Post-graduation, Glasper enrolled at New School University in Manhattan. Soon after arrival, he hooked up with future bandmember Reid and vocalist Bilal, an old schoolmate. As an undergrad, Glasper gigged with Christian McBride, Russell Malone and Kenny Garrett. Professional life after the New School was even sweeter: stints with Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard, Carmen Lundy, and Carly Simon.The Bilal connection brought the pianist back to hip-hop. Glasper's contributions to Bilal's debut and subsequent tour brought him to the attention of Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest). \"Tip would come hang out at my shows, and one day he called me and said, \u2018I'm doing this tour and I need you to play keys. Can you do it?\u2019\u201d He's also since played with Mos Def, and is featured prominently on Bilal's forthcoming sophomore release.In 2003, Glasper's first album Mood was released on indie label Fresh Sound New Talent, and two years later, Blue Note came calling. At Blue Note, Glasper joins a jazz piano legacy that stretches back to 1939, beginning with Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis, and continuing through Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Andrew Hill, Cecil Taylor, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jacky Terrasson, Jason Moran and Bill Charlap. Undaunted, Glasper reflects, \u201cI\u2019m just happy to be a part of the Blue Note family and its rich history.\u201d\u2013 From Glasper's Official Website","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16257_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Paul Hardcastle

British synth player, born December 10, 1958. Enjoyed success on the underground dance scene in the early 80's before br...

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{"key":"17883","name":"Paul Hardcastle","bio":"British synth player, born December 10, 1958. Enjoyed success on the underground dance scene in the early 80's before breaking into the mainstream with \"19\", an international smash which spent five weeks at number one in the UK. In the latter half of the 1980s he specialised in TV soundtrack work. He made the theme tunes for Top of The Pops and Saturday Live, popular British entertainment shows. Paul now records mainly under the pseudonym Jazzmasters.Early tracks of note include the popular 'Rain Forest' and 'King Tut', both were big dance hits in the U.S.Paul was also half of the pop-funk duo Kiss the Sky.Paul has also remixed countless artists including 'D-Train', 'Third World', 'Barry White', 'Five Star' to name but a few!","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17883_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Brian Culbertson

Brian Culbertson (born January 12, 1973) is a smooth jazz musician and instrumentalist from Decatur, Illinois, United St...

30,000 - 50,000
{"key":"15911","name":"Brian Culbertson","bio":"Brian Culbertson (born January 12, 1973) is a smooth jazz musician and instrumentalist from Decatur, Illinois, United States. Son of jazz band director and trumpeter Jim Culbertson, Brian's instruments include the keyboard and trombone.Heavily influenced by funk, much of Culbertson's material is funk-based instrumental, but in recent years has called upon vocalists such as Trey Lorenz, Kenny Lattimore, Will Downing, Faith Evans, and Avant, to add to his pieces.Culbertson has released twelve albums so far. The first three were on the Blue Moon label: Long Night Out (1994), After Hours (1995) and Modern Life (1995). After moving to the Atlantic label, three more albums followed: Secrets (1997), Somethin' Bout Love (1999), and the critically acclaimed Nice and Slow (2001). Come on Up (2003) was released on Warner Jazz, and Culbertson then moved to GRP for his next albums It's On Tonight (2005), A soulful Christmas (2006), and Bringing back the funk (2008). Then Culbertson moved to Verve for his next album Live from the inside (2009). His latest work XII was released by GRP (2010).Brian Culbertson also works with many other musicians in the smooth jazz arena, often as a composer and arranger. Culbertson is credited with working with Dave Koz, Peter White, Richard Elliot and Michael Lington to name but a few.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15911_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}

Norman Brown

Since the release of his critically acclaimed 2002 album, Just Chillin' - which won a Grammy® in the prestigious Best P...

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{"key":"15588","name":"Norman Brown","bio":"Since the release of his critically acclaimed 2002 album, Just Chillin' - which won a Grammy\u00ae in the prestigious Best Pop Instrumental Category - this innovative and original guitarist has been front and center in the fast evolving fusion of pop, R&B and jazz that has captured the imagination of true music aficionados across the country and around the world.Now, with the release of West Coast Coolin', Norman Brown consolidates his reputation as a premier recording and performing artist with a collection of ten tracks \u2013 written and co-written by the artist - that take the sonic adventure of Just Chillin' into breathtaking new spheres. It's an innovation due in large part to Brown's exceptional skills as a distinctive urban vocalist, with the specially selected tracks of West Coast Coolin' providing the perfect vehicle for this dazzling new facet of his career. As a result, Norman Brown joins a very select list of versatile urban artists gifted as both instrumentalists and vocalists.All which should come as no surprise to savvy music fans. Over the course of five landmark releases and a virtually constant itinerary of international touring, this gifted and gloriously versatile guitarist and vocalist has established himself as one of a handful of preeminent instrumentalists and composers in contemporary musical realms, setting a standard for virtuosity that has placed the Shreveport, La. native in a category of one.It's a love affair with music that began at the tender age of eight, after the family had relocated to Kansas City. It was there that Brown first heard the mind-blowing brilliance of Jimi Hendrix and determined to make the guitar his life. The obligatory garage rock apprenticeship followed, but it was Brown's steelworker father who eventually introduced his son to the equally life-changing influence of Wes Montgomery and turned his talents toward jazz.After graduating high school, Brown headed west to study at the renowned Musician's Institute in Los Angeles, eventually landing a teaching job at the school even as he put together his first jazz combo and began playing on the city's thriving club scene. Adding George Benson to his list of seminal influences, Brown had already garnered a small but fanatical following when he landed his first recording contract with Motown Records. Over the course of the next four years he released three critically acclaimed albums, Just Between Us (1992), the gold-selling After The Storm (1994) and Better Days Ahead (1996). The decade drew to a close with a new label, Warner Bros. Records, and one of his most accomplished and assured offerings, the above mentioned Celebration, which marked the beginning of his fruitful collaboration with ace producer Paul Brown.Celebration was followed, two years later, by the Grammy winning Just Chillin', spotlighting an altogether more laid back sound and an A-list of supporting vocalists that included Michael McDonald, Chante Moore, Miki Howard and others.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15588_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Michael Franks

Michael Franks (born 18 September 1944 in La Jolla, California, USA) is a smooth jazz singer and songwriter from the Uni...

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{"key":"17884","name":"Michael Franks","bio":"Michael Franks (born 18 September 1944 in La Jolla, California, USA) is a smooth jazz singer and songwriter from the United States. He has recorded with a variety of well-known artists, such as Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Art Garfunkel, and David Sanborn. His songs have been recorded by The Manhattan Transfer, Patti Labelle, Carmen McRae, Diana Krall, Shirley Bassey and the Carpenters.Franks grew up in southern California with his father Gerald, his mother Betty and younger sister Christine who is the mother of Connor Sullivan (The lead singer of The Royal Nonesuch). Although no one in his family played music, his parents loved swing music and his early influences included Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer. At age 14 Franks bought his first guitar, a Japanese Marco Polo for $29.95 with six private lessons included - the only music education that he received.At University High in Irvine, Franks discovered the poetry of Theodore Roethke with his off-rhymes and hidden meter. In high school, he began singing folk-rock, accompanying himself on guitar. Studying English at UCLA Michael discovered Dave Brubeck, Patti Page, Stan Getz, Jo\u00e3o Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Miles Davis. He never studied music in college or later, but earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in comparative literature in 1966 and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Oregon in 1968. He had a teaching assistantship in a Ph.D. program in American literature at the University of Montreal before returning to teach part-time at UCLA.During this time Franks started writing songs, starting with the antiwar musical Anthems in E-flat starring Mark Hamill. He also composed music for the films Count Your Bullets, Cockfighter, and Zandy's Bride, starring Liv Ullmann and Gene Hackman. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee recorded three of his songs, including \"White Boy Lost in the Blues\" on their album Sonny & Brownie. Franks played guitar, banjo and mandolin on the album and joined them in touring. In 1973, he recorded an eponymous album, later reissued as Previously Unavailable, which included the minor hit \"Can't Seem to Shake This Rock 'n Roll\".In 1975 Franks released his second album The Art of Tea, beginning a long relationship with Warner Brothers Music. The Art of Tea featured Joe Sample, Larry Carlton and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders and included the hit song \"Popsicle Toes\". His third album, Sleeping Gypsy (1977), which includes the song \"The Lady Wants to Know\", was partially recorded in Brazil. Around this time, percussionist Ray Armando gave Franks a cabasa, which became a signature instrument for him to play on stage when he was not playing guitar. Burchfield Nines (1978), which includes the song \"When the Cookie Jar Is Empty\", reflects his move to New York City and features more of an East Coast sound. Since then, Franks has recorded more than 15 albums. His best known works include \"When I Give My Love to You\", \"Popsicle Toes\", \"Monkey See, Monkey Do\", \"Tiger in the Rain\", \"Rainy Night in Tokyo\", and \"Tell Me All About It\". His biggest hit came in 1983 with \"When Sly Calls (Don't Touch That Phone)\" from the album Passionfruit. Radio hits include \"Your Secret's Safe With Me\" from 1985's Skin Dive, and \"Island Life\" from 1987s The Camera Never Lies.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17884_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}

Euge Groove

Instrumentalist: saxSteven Eugene Grove (born November 27, 1962) , better known as Euge Groove, is an American smooth ja...

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{"key":"16456","name":"Euge Groove","bio":"Instrumentalist: saxSteven Eugene Grove (born November 27, 1962) , better known as Euge Groove, is an American smooth jazz saxophonist with a strong Top-40 background.Born in Annapolis, Maryland, he graduated from the University of Miami School of Music in 1984. A rather late-bloomer in the genre, Grove did not record his first solo album until 2000. Prior to that, he had replaced Richard Elliot in the Tower of Power when Elliot decided to pursue a solo career, and he also did session work with various pop acts, most noticeably the Miami girl group Expos\u00e9. He has a sax solo on their #1 hit \"Seasons Change,\" and another on their 1993 hit \"I'll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me).\"Grove adopted the name Euge Groove, which consists of a shortening of his middle name and a very frequent mispronunciation of his last. While initially it was presumed to be coined by fans who saw him perform in Europe, Grove later indicated in an interview on XM Radio during the summer of 2006 that his Mother-in-Law conceived the idea for his stage name.Euge Groove's best-known solo hits include \"Sneak a Peek (Album Version),\" \"Slam Dunk,\" \"Rewind,\" \"Livin' Large\" and \"XXL.\" His most recent hits include \"Get 'Em Going\" and \"Chillaxin'.\" Solid albums include; Livin' Large (2004) and Play Date (2002).Has done world tours with:Joe Cocker (1994 -1995, 1997, 1999, opening act 2005) Tina Turner(2000) Eros Ramazotti (1996, 1998, 2003-2004) Richard Marx (1990 - 1994) Tower of Power (1988 - 1992) Huey Lewis & the News (1988)","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/16456_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Richard Elliot

Richard Elliot is a Scottish-born saxophone player who first found fame as a member of the funk band Tower of Power. His...

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{"key":"17152","name":"Richard Elliot","bio":"Richard Elliot is a Scottish-born saxophone player who first found fame as a member of the funk band Tower of Power. His solo career took off when he remade the Percy Sledge classic \"When a Man Loves a Woman\" (which had also been remade by Michael Bolton). Other well-known songs include \"In the Groove,\" \"Take Your Time,\" \"Crush,\" \"Corner Pocket,\" and \"Sly\" (presumably a tribute to Sly Stone), as well as remakes of classic pop songs like \"I'm Not in Love\" and the Luther Vandross hits \"Here and Now\" and \"Your Secret Love.\"Elliot participated with fellow saxophonists Paul Taylor, Gerald Albright and keyboardist Jeff Lorber in the \"Grooving for Grover\" concert series. The series honored the legacy of the late Grover Washington, Jr., who was a founding father of smooth jazz.Elliot is best known for his zebra-striped tenor saxophone.In 2005, Elliot joined trumpeter Rick Braun as they co-founded their own label, ARTizen Music Group. Among the first albums on that label is Elliot's own, Metro Blue.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17152_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Jeff Lorber

Jeff Lorber (born November 4, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American Grammy Award-nominated keyboardist, com...

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{"key":"17057","name":"Jeff Lorber","bio":"Jeff Lorber (born November 4, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American Grammy Award-nominated keyboardist, composer, and record producer. After leading his own group, The Jeff Lorber Fusion, he went on to pioneer the smooth jazz genre in his solo career. Many of his songs were featured on The Weather Channel's \"Local On The 8s\" segments.Lorber started to play the piano when he was four years old and after playing in a number of R&B bands as a teen, went on to attend Berklee College of Music, where he developed his love for jazz.In 1982, Lorber recorded his first solo album It's A Fact, which explored Lorber's R&B roots with a smoother, more synth-heavy sound. The album featured a new backing band as well as contributions from former Fusion bandmate Kenny G and legendary percussionist Paulinho Da Costa. It's A Fact also contained several songs with vocalists, a stark contrast to the instrumental recordings of the Fusion.1984 was a prolific year for Lorber, who followed up his solo debut with In the Heat of the Night and Lift Off. Later that same year, Lorber teamed up with influential R&B production duo David Frank and Mic Murphy, otherwise known as The System, to produce his most successful effort to date, Step By Step. The synth-driven title track rose to number 31 on the R&B charts.His subsequent albums continued to evolve in a smooth jazz direction. Two greatest hits compilations, The Definitive Collection and The Very Best of Jeff Lorber, were released in 2000 and 2002 respectively. To date, he has recorded a dozen solo albums, his most recent being 2005's Flipside which was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category.Lorber has done extensive production and session work for other artists including Dave Koz, Eric Benet, and Herb Alpert, as well as working on a track for the critically acclaimed 1997 PlayStation game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. In addition to his recording and performing, Lorber also hosts his own show on Sirius Satellite Radio.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17057_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}

Kim Waters

Saxophonist, composer and producer Kim Waters is a trendsetter in the world of contemporary jazz. He has scored ten #1 h...

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{"key":"17881","name":"Kim Waters","bio":"Saxophonist, composer and producer Kim Waters is a trendsetter in the world of contemporary jazz. He has scored ten #1 hits, recorded 13 chart-topping albums and sold over a million records, placing him among the top 5 best selling instrumentalists in contemporary jazz. During his 16-year career, Kim Waters has paved the way as one of the premiere architects for Urban Smooth jazz, a soulful blend of R&B and jazz, of which he is the reigning king! Waters\u2019 model handsome good looks coupled with his impeccable fashion sense and masterful fusion of distinct musical styles have made him one of the most sought-after musicians in contemporary jazz.\"When I first emerged on the scene as a recording artist, there was no smooth jazz but there was support for my music on R&B and Urban radio and that support has only continued to grow,\" says Waters, who in recent years has enjoyed considerable airplay on Urban AC radio with his projects like Streetwize and Tha\u2019 Hot Club, which reinvent chart-topping hip hop, R&B and reggae hits with a jazzy twist. For Waters his formula is simple. \u201cI make music for everybody from eight to 80! There are several ingredients that are integral parts of my music mix. There\u2019s got to be a perfect blend of romance and groove and a singable melody that catches the ear.\u201d Kim Waters\u2019 2004 CD, In the Name of Love, held a spot in the top 25 of Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts for six months and stayed on that chart for an entire year.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17881_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Najee

Najee Rasheed born in New York, NY is a Jazz/Smooth Jazz artist.He was a member of Chaka Khan's band in 1983, (The Ain't...

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{"key":"17882","name":"Najee","bio":"Najee Rasheed born in New York, NY is a Jazz\/Smooth Jazz artist.He was a member of Chaka Khan's band in 1983, (The Ain't Nobody Tour). In addition to all the saxophones (Tenor, Alto and Soprano), Najee is an accomplished flutist. He attended The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He is one of the first innovators of Urban Contemporary Jazz\/Smooth Jazz, which grew in popularity throughout the 1990's to this day. His first 4 albums certified Gold by the RIAA. He was nominated for a Grammy in 1988 for \"Najee's Theme\". He won the Soul Train Music Awards in 1993 and 1995 for best Jazz Artist. Most recent awards include The NAACP Image Awards 2006 and the 2008 Trumpet Awards.Najee has performed and recorded with other artists, including singers Freddie Jackson, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Prince, Patti Labelle, Phyllis Hyman, and Jeffrey Osborne. He has recorded and performed with instrumentalists Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Charles Earland, Paul Jackson Jr. and George Duke. In 1998 He recorded a tribute album in honor of Stevie Wonder, featuring covers of songs from Wonder's 1976 album, Songs in the Key of Life. He also played and toured with Prince from 2001 to 2003 and recorded The \"Rainbow Children\" CD and is featured on the \"One Night Alone\" (Live)CD. His greatest-hits album, The Best of Najee, was released in 1998.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17882_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}

Fattburger

Fattburger is a smooth jazz band from San Diego. Their first CD was 'One of a Kind' in 1986. They released the album 'Wo...

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{"key":"17885","name":"Fattburger","bio":"Fattburger is a smooth jazz band from San Diego. Their first CD was 'One of a Kind' in 1986. They released the album 'Work to Do' in 2004. Their website is: fattburger.comOne of the most popular pop\/jazz groups, Fattburger has been classified by some as new adult contemporary music, contemporary jazz, or smooth jazz. The San Diego-based unit has survived through many trends and still plays the same type of accessible funky music that was its original goal. Saxophonist Hollis Gentry, while in high school, led a group (Power) that opened for Cannonball Adderley at a college concert in 1972. After graduating, Gentry toured with R&B groups. He attended San Diego State University and during the second half of the 1970s had opportunities to play straight-ahead jazz with Bruce Cameron. When their last band broke up, Gentry and the other musicians (keyboardist Carl Evans, bassist Mark Hunter, drummer Kevin Koch, and guitarist Steve Laury) went out on their own and became Fattburger. Tommy Aros joined the band as their percussionist and in the early '90s, when Laury started a solo career, Evan Marks became Fattburger's guitarist. In the mid 90's, Fattburger found a home on the Shanachie label, releasing a string of well-received albums into the 21st Century","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/17885_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"10,000 - 30,000"}

Kurt Rosenwinkel

Kurt Rosenwinkel (born October 28, 1970) is a jazz guitarist who came to prominence in the 1990s. His improvising style ...

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{"key":"15562","name":"Kurt Rosenwinkel","bio":"Kurt Rosenwinkel (born October 28, 1970) is a jazz guitarist who came to prominence in the 1990s. His improvising style was initially influenced by guitarists such as Pat Metheny and John Scofield, but has emerged as an individual stylist whose lines are lengthy and linear, recalling the styles of Lennie Tristano in the 1940s and 50s. His chordal language is amongst the more advanced for a guitarist, touching on ideas from George Van Eps and Ben Monder. He attended the Berklee School of Music for two and a half years before leaving in his sophomore year to tour with Gary Burton, the dean of the school at the time. Subsequently, he moved to Brooklyn where he continued to develop as one of the leading jazz guitarists of his generation by performing with the Human Feel, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Joe Henderson Group, and the Brian Blade Fellowship. In 1995 he won the Composer's Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and was eventually signed by Verve Records. Since then he has played and recorded as both a leader and sideman with fellow-alumni such as Mark Turner and Brad Mehldau as well as many others. His latest album, Deep Song (2005), features Mehldau and Joshua Redman. Some of his earlier albums include The Enemies of Energy, The Next Step and a more experimental Heartcore.Originally from Philadelphia, Kurt Rosenwinkel currently resides with his wife in Berlin, Germany.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15562_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Lars Danielsson

Lars Danielsson was born in 1958 and was educated from the Music Conservatory in Gothenburg. Both on double bass, electr...

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{"key":"15194","name":"Lars Danielsson","bio":"Lars Danielsson was born in 1958 and was educated from the Music Conservatory in Gothenburg. Both on double bass, electric bass and cello, originally his main instrument.\"Lars Danielsson Quartet\" with former Miles Davis saxophonist David Liebman, pianist Bobo Stenson and ECM drummer Jon Christensen has existed for 20 years and has been a playground for Danielsson's work as a composer and arranger. During the previous years in co-operation with Denmark's Radios RUO Orchestra (a Symphony Orchestra) he has served as a composer, arranger and producer and was the conductor and composer of the Jazz Baltica Ensemble for two years.As a producer Lars Danielsson has been responsible for productions with C\u00e6cilie Norby and The Danish Radio RUO Orchestra among others.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15194_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Dave Holland

Dave Holland (born October 1, 1946) is a British jazz bassist and composer who is a significant representative of avant-...

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{"key":"15170","name":"Dave Holland","bio":"Dave Holland (born October 1, 1946) is a British jazz bassist and composer who is a significant representative of avant-garde jazz.Born in Wolverhampton, England, Holland learned to play bass as a child, and spent three years studying the instrument at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. By 1967 he was a regular player at Ronnie Scott's, the premier jazz club in London, backing visiting musicians. He was also involved in the London free improvisation scene around the drummer John Stevens, and performed on the Spontaneous Music Ensemble's classic 1968 album Karyobin. That same year, Miles Davis and Philly Joe Jones heard him playing at Ronnie Scott's, and Jones told Holland that Davis wanted him to join his band (replacing Ron Carter). Davis left the UK before Holland could contact him directly, and two weeks later Holland was given three days' notice to fly to New York for an engagement at Count Basie's nightclub. He arrived the night before, staying with Jack DeJohnette, a previous acquaintance. The following day Herbie Hancock took him to the club, and his two years with Davis began. This was also Hancock's last gig as Davis's pianist, as he left afterwards for a honeymoon in Brazil and was replaced by Chick Corea when he couldn't return for an engagement due to illness. Holland's first recordings with Davis were in September 1968, for half of the album Filles de Kilimanjaro (with Davis, Corea, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams).Holland was a member of Davis's rhythm section through the summer of 1970; he appears on the albums In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew. All three of his studio recordings with Davis were instrumental in the evolution of jazz fusion. In the first year of his tenure with Davis, Holland played primarily acoustic bass. By the end of 1969, he played electric bass guitar (often treated with wah-wah and other electronic effects) with increasing frequency as Davis's music became increasingly electronic, vamp-based and funky. Holland was also a member of Davis's working group during this time, unlike many of the musicians who would appear on the trumpeter's studio recordings. The so-called \"lost quintet\" of Davis, Shorter, Corea, Holland and Jack DeJohnette was active in 1969 but never made any studio recordings as a quintet. A 1970 live recording of this group plus percussionist Airto Moreira, Live At The Fillmore East (March 7, 1970) - It's About That Time, was issued in 2001. (Steve Grossman replaced Shorter in early 1970; Keith Jarrett joined the group as a second keyboardist thereafter, and Gary Bartz replaced Grossman during the summer of 1970.)After leaving Davis's group, Holland briefly joined the avant-garde jazz group Circle with Chick Corea, Barry Altschul and Anthony Braxton. This started a long association with the ECM record label. After recording few albums with Circle, the group soon disbanded when Corea was replaced with Sam Rivers. 1972 saw the recording Conference of the Birds, with Sam Rivers, Altschul and Braxton \u2013 Holland's first recording as a leader, and the beginning of a long musical relationship with Rivers. The album itself is often mentioned being among the most important avant-garde jazz recordings. The title of the album is also the title of a 4,500 line epic poem by Persian Sufist writer, Farid al-Din Attar.Holland worked as a leader and as a sideman with many other jazz artists in the 1970s, including Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, and the Gateway Trio with John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette. The Gateway trio released two influential modern jazz albums in 1975 and 1977, and reformed in 1994 for a recording session which yielded another two albums. While Holland has recorded solo and duo albums, the bulk of his recording and performance work has been in small- and medium-sized groups.In the 1980's Holland left Rivers' group, and formed a variety of quartets and quintets, while continuing to occasionally work as a sideman for Herbie Hancock and others.The most recent incarnation of the Dave Holland Quintet, formed in 1997, has won multiple Grammy nominations and awards. The quintet includes Robin Eubanks on trombone and cowbell; Steve Nelson on marimba and vibraphone; Chris Potter on saxophone; and Billy Kilson \u2014 and more recently, Nate Smith \u2014 on drums. Holland's band invariably includes young musicians and he is known for his patronage of many young jazz musicians. The quintet has also recorded as the Dave Holland Big Band, augmented by eight brass and saxophone players. The second Big Band recording, Overtime (2004) was released on Holland's own Dare2 record label.Holland's trademarks as a composer include folk song-like motives, asymmetrical rhythms, and themes in two or more voices (usually trombone and saxophone).Holland currently resides in upstate New York. He is an avid fan of his home town football team Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/15170_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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