winning composer Maria Schneider has been referred to as "one of America’s leading composers."? Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heartstoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence.? With that recording, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for her 18-member collective, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the unique voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She herself has received numerous commissions and guest conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries spanning Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and North America. Schneider has become a strong voice for music advocacy and in 2014, testified before the US Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property about digital rights. go to projects…
“To call Schneider the most
important woman in jazz is
missing the point...
Jim Hall (1930-2013) influenced an entire generation of Jazz musicians and is considered by many to be one of the greatest ever Jazz guitarists. From his early work with Jimmy Guiffre and Chico Hamilton to his now legendary collaborations with Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond, Ron Carter and Art Farmer, Hall was a major figure in the legacy of American music. go to projects…
“His intensely intimate music gets
under your skin rather than
grabbing you by the lapels...
Mr. Hall has a sound as recognizable as the voice of a friend."
— WALL STREET JOURNAL
the clayton brothers
Originally founded in 1977,
The Clayton Brothers continue to share a common musical vision.
John Clayton is a Grammy winning bassist/composer/arranger/conductor and has
written and arranged music for Milt Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Ray Brown,
Regina Carter, McCoy Tyner, Carmen McRae, Quincy Jones, Diana Krall,
Kurt Elling, Dee Dee Bridgewater Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Michael Buble'
and many others.
Jeff Clayton has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson,
Patti Labelle, Earth Wind & Fire, and solo'd on Madonna's recording
"Back in Business." As a jazz musician, he has worked with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Woody
Harmon, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, McCoy Toner, Dee Dee Bridgewater and
in Los Angeles on March 8th, 1957, to Joseph and Mable Childs. At age six, he was enrolled in piano lessons by his parents, both fervent music lovers. The younger Childs developed rapidly, and at age sixteen entered the Community School of the Performing Arts, a preparatory music program sponsored by the University of Southern California. Although the initial focus of his energies had been piano performance, he was so inspired by the teachings of his theory professor, Marienne Uzsler, that he shifted his attention to composition. Soon after graduating, Childs began touring with Freddie Hubbard and went on to record or perform with other influential jazz musicians such as J.J. Johnson, Joe Henderson, and Wynton Marsalis.
He went on to record numerous albums under his own name while simultaneously occupying a parallel niche as an in-demand composer. His commission credits include Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and others. Childs has garnered 13 GRAMMY nominations and four awards as well as a Chamber Music America Composer’s Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and an award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. go to projects…
“...powerful and compelling...”
— AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
A world-class soloist,
accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat called him "One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet" while Jazz Times identified him as "a figure of international renown."
Born in Chicago on New Year’s Day 1971, Chris Potter took up the alto sax at the age of ten and played on his first jazz gig at the age of 13. His education took him to New York City’s New School and Manhattan School of Music. Graduating from Manhattan in 1993, Potter began a long series of sideman activities with top names like the Mingus Big Band, Paul Motion, Ray Brown, Jim Hall, James Moody, Dave Douglas, Mike Mainieri and many more. Although he’s performed extensively with the incredible bassist/composer Dave Holland’s various ensembles, Potter has been performing all over the world with his own groups since the release of "Gratitude" early 2001. Potter has consistently appeared in the Down Beat Critic’s and Reader’s Polls and has been named Tenor Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. He received a Grammy nomitation for Best Instrumental Solo for his playing on Joanne Brackeen’s "Pink Elephant Magic."
“…easily the most
of his generation.”
— DETROIT FREE PRESS
Grammy® nominated composer/trombonist
Bob Brookmeyer (1929-2011) was named as one the National Endowment for the Arts' 2006 Jazz Masters. He was best known for his writing, especially his arrangements for big bands, which captured the spirit of past masters like Duke Ellington and Count Basie while remaining thoroughly contemporary. His charts in the 1960s for Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra helped invigorate the big-band genre at a time when many critics considered it moribund. As a valve trombonist, Bob worked with artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Jimmy Guiffre, and Clark Terry. Also an accomplished pianist, he recorded a two-piano album with Bill Evans in 1959. Highly respected as a teacher, he taught classes at the New England Conservatory. ArtistShare was fortunate enough to have recorded and released two monumental recordings by this Jazz master, "Spirit Music" and "The Standards Project." Bob passed away on December 15, 2011 and will be greatly missed by us all.
"Melodic elegance, advanced awareness of harmony and
counterpoint... a composer and arranger whose work has
inspired such contemporary big-band stars as Maria Schneider..."
— THE GUARDIAN
Trombonist and current SFJAZZ
Collective member Robin Eubanks has an impressive list of performance credits, including Slide Hampton, Sun Ra, Stevie Wonder, Art Blakey, Bobby Previte, Steve Turre, Dave Holland, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Avishai Cohen, Miguel Zenón, Stefon Harris, Edward Simon, Matt Penman, The Tonight Show Band, and the Saturday Night Live band. Robin teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, and New York University. He won Grammys for his performances on Michael Brecker’s Wide Angles and Dave Holland’s What Goes Around and Overtime. And in 2014, Robin won the Jazz Times Critics Poll for Best Trombonist and is a multiple winner of Downbeat’s Readers and Critics Polls for Trombonist of the Year. He’s also won compositional grants from Chamber Music America and an ASCAP Composer’s grant.
Robin comes from a musical family which includes his brothers guitarist Kevin Eubanks and trumpeter Duane Eubanks.
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“In his hands the trombone is transformed
from an aging relic of big-band day's
into a youthful augur of the future.”
in 1965, Pérez started his musical studies when he was three years old with his father, a bandleader and singer. He went on to study at the National Conservatory in Panama and the Berklee College of Music. While still a student, he worked as a sideman with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi and Paquito D’Rivera, and went on to perform with the likes legends Wayne Shorter, Steve Lacy, and Roy Haynes.
Perez has released eight ablums a leader, earning Grammy® and Latin Grammy® nominations for "Central Avenue (1989)," "Motherland (2000)," and "Across The Crystal Sea (2008)." As a composer he has been commissioned by The Lincoln Center, Chicago Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall and Imani Winds Quintet among others.
Pérez, who served as Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF, has received a variety of awards for his musical achievements, activism and social work efforts. He currently serves as UNESCO Artist for Peace, Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, Founder and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, and Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
“A masterful soloist who came to prominence
with the late Art Blakey…Lynch is even in command today...
offering peerless, flawless improvisations and collaborating empathetically...
Lynch is also a gifted composer.”
— LA TIMES
Born in Vancouver
and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, she recorded three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, soon becoming one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the global jazz scene. After a teaching stint in Europe in her early twenties (as the youngest professor in the history of the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria), Ingrid settled in New York City in the mid-1990s where she joined the innovative jazz orchestras of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue.
More recently, Ingrid has been performing with the Grammy- winning Terri-Lyne Carrington and her Mosaic Project. Ingrid is a featured soloist on the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra’s JUNO award winning album Treelines (2011), and its successor, Habitat (2013). She has performed with a multi-generational cast of jazz legends ranging from Clark Terry to Esperanza Spalding. Ingrid has also performed alongside British R&B artist Corrine Bailey Rae on Saturday Night Live and recorded with Canadian pop icon Sarah McLachlan. In addition to her busy sideman and featured soloist schedule, Ingrid leads her own quintet, quartet and organ trio. Her own bands have garnered glowing reviews and a loyal fan base in Australia, South Africa, Europe, Canada, the US, South America (including Brazil, Peru and Chile), Japan and Mexico. Ingrid won the Carmine Caruso Trumpet Competition in 1991 and has twice served on the judges' panel.
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"Ingrid plays trumpet and flugelhorn with all the
brilliance and fire of a true virtuoso, following the spirit
of the muse as she creates…warm, sensitive, exciting and totally honest..."
— MARIAN MCPARTLAND
A graduate of
the Berklee School of Music, Donny McCaslin picked up the saxophone at an early age and has explored the extensive stylistic possibilities of the instrument, from modern jazz to funk to lush ballads. At the age of 12, McCaslin began playing with a group led by his father, a vibraphonist. As a senior at Berklee, he joined vibraphonist Gary Burton’s quartet and toured internationally with the group for four years. McCaslin went on to work with Steps Ahead, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Gil Evans Orchestra, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, The Danilo Perez Quartet, and Santi Debriano’s Panamaniacs. He was also a member of the experimental jazz group Lan Xang. McCaslin has released numerous records under his own name and has received three Grammy nominations.
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“McCaslin seems to have direct access to
emotional expression in his playing, as if
it were a valve he could open at will.
— NY TIMES
Scott Colley graduated
from CalArts with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1988. He has been the bassist of choice for such jazz legends as Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Andrew Hill, and Michael Brecker.
His remarkably empathetic skills, strong melodic sense and improvisational abilities have served him well in groups led by colleagues Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, Brian Blade, David Binney, and Kenny Werner. Colley has flourished as a composer and bandleader, starting with his 1996 release, “Portable Universe.” Colley has appeared on more than 200 albums to date.
Eau Claire, WI, Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18, and touring in the company of Joshua Redman, Benny Golson and Ray Brown in his 20s. More recently he has toured with David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Joe Locke and Christian McBride; worked with vocalist Denise Donatelli on projects garnering three GRAMMY® nominations, and released a series of albums drawing influences from Hawaiian, Okinawan and Afro-Peruvian folk traditions. Perhaps the most exciting turn in Geoffrey’s career is his recent focus on solo piano and his first solo release in thirteen years, "Heart of the Piano." Geoffrey Keezer’s singular style of intellectually abstract lyricism woven over exotically complex rhythms and harmonies makes him one of the most sought-after artists on the modern jazz scene. go to projects…
“Geoffrey possesses a refreshingly open-eared sensibility in the
modern manner, and he has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit
and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence
into an original and compelling whole.”
— TIME MAGAZINE
musician Kate Schutt is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer living in New York City. Raised in Chadds Ford, PA, Kate was schooled in Boston, both in Harvard’s English department, where she studied the influence of jazz on modern poetry, and at Berklee College of Music, where she studied jazz guitar. A constant collaborator, Kate has worked with John Ellis (Charlie Hunter), Terri Lyne Carrington (Herbie Hancock), and Viktor Krauss (Lyle Lovett, Bill Frisell), to name only a few. In 2007 & 2009 Kate was the John Lennon Songwriting Contest Winner in the Jazz Category and received the ASCAP Plus Awards for Jazz Composition from 2006- 2009.
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"From the first notes I heard,
I knew Kate was the real deal.
A huge talent."
— MARIA SCHNEIDER
Julian Lage emerged
on the music scene at a young age. The young San Francisco Bay Area-based musician was offered record deals on numerous occasions. Playing a unique style that melded blues, classical, folk and jazz influences, Lage decided to wait for the right moment to document his own music. He chooses instead to become a sideman with established instrumentalists like Gary Burton and to collaborate with contemporaries such as pianist Taylor Eigsti. He also went on to perform with Pat Metheny, Kenney Werner, Toots Thielemans, Martin Taylor, and others. He performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards. Along the way, Lage received recognition from musical luminaries, including Herbie Hancock and Béla Fleck, and patiently waited until he was ready to go into a studio with a band of like-minded players to realize his own musical vision. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2008 and has since released nine albums as a leader or co-leader.
“No longer a prodigy,
Julian Lage now qualifies
as a modern master.”
Fabian Almazan is
an award-winning Cuban-born American pianist and composer based in New York City. Fabian is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts High School in Miami, FL, the Brubeck Institute, and the Manhattan School of Music. He has been a touring member of the Terence Blanchard Group for a number of years, and has also worked with artists such as Gretchen Parlato, Paquito D'Rivera, Christian Scott, Chris Dingman, David Sanchez, Stefon Harris, Kendrick Scott, and Ambrose Akinmusire among others.
Fabian received the Cintas Foundation 2010/11 Brandon Fradd Award in Music Composition, and he was selected to participate in the Sundance Composers’ Lab in 2011. He was voted #1 Rising Piano Star on the Downbeat Magazine Critics 2014 Poll and was granted the Chamber Music America 2014 NEW Jazz Works commission. Fabian was recently nominated for a Grammy for his work on Terence Blanchard’s "Breathless."
The Kentucky-born, New Orleans-schooled, New York-based
pianist/composer Jon Cowherd is best known for his long-running partnership with drummer/bandleader Brian Blade, with whom he co-founded the Brian Blade Fellowship, whose acclaimed, influential albums showcase Jon's keyboard work and compositions. When not recording and touring with the Fellowship, Cowherd has worked extensively with a broad array of players, singers, and ensembles from the jazz, pop, classical, and rock worlds including Cassandra Wilson's band, Rosanne Cash, Lizz Wright, Iggy Pop, Marc Cohn, Mark Olson and Victoria Williams, Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, John Leventhal, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dave Easley, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jeff Parker, Marcus Strickland, Jack Wilkins, the New Orleans Ballet, and the New Orleans Symphony and Opera. As a producer, Cowherd has overseen albums by Lizz Wright, Alyssa Graham and The Local NYC.
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"Cowherd's playing shows an artful touch to the keys...
emphasis on just the right dynamic at just the right time
and a sense of harmonic imagination that is tied to the music of the moment."
Niels Lan Doky has recorded more than 30 albums as a leader and has worked with many artists including Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Joe Henderson, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette, Ray Brown, Randy and Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Al Foster, Billy Hart, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Bill Evans, Bob Berg, Tom Harrell, Ray Drummond, Al Jarreau, Charlie Haden, Gino Vannelli, Thad Jones, and others. Niels is a "melodic player with a deep and enlightening touch" -Michel Contat (Telerama, France). He has been commissioned by United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to compose, record and perform the innovative suite “The Story Of Earth and Water” on the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010. He is also the recipient of the Ben Webster Award, the Prince Henrik Award, Fermaten Live Award/Best Jazz Concert Of The Year and others. Doky was knighted by HRH the Queen of Denmark in 2010.
Gonzalo Grau established himself through performances with Venezuelan music projects like Maroa, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, Camerata de Caracas and the Simón Bolivar National Youth Orchestra, jazz icon Maria Schneider and the Latin jazz giant Timbalaye. A Berklee College Suma Cum Laude, Gonzalo developed skills in many instruments, including the viola da gamaba, the cello, and the flamenco cajón. As a music director he leads two projects of his own, "Plural" (Latin jazz-Flamenco-Venezuelan fusion) and "La Clave Secreta" (salsa fusion), which was nominated for the 2008 Grammys in the Best Tropical Album category. As a recording artist, Grau has participated in over eighty productions that bridge both classical and popular music worlds.
His most recent productions include the studio recording of Golijov's "La Pasión Según San Marcos" (winner of the ECHO award 2010), the album "México of Rolando Villazón" (winner of the ECHO award 2011), and "Nazareno" with pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque. He has also produced a performance of "West Side Story" with the Labeque sisters (winner of the Choc the Classica).
As a composer he has collaborated with the legendary Osvaldo Golijov for the opera Ainadamar and La Pasion Segun San Marcos. He has been commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Bach Academy Natural, pianists Katia & Marielle Labeque, and others.
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“Grau's sophisticated, jazz-schooled
harmonic sensibilities achieve
a perfect sonic frisson..."
— ALL ABOUT MUSIC
Doug Beavers has
established himself as cutting-edge studio trombonist and as a world-renowned producer, composer, and arranger. Winning a Grammy for his work with Eddie Palmieri in 2006 on "Listen Here!" and working with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Doug has become known for his attention to detail and his exceptional musicianship.
Nine-time Grammy Winner Eddie Palmieri first took notice of Doug as his reputation rose in New York. While working with Eddie, Doug was asked to re-arrange music from the 1960's ensemble, "La Perfecta." Eddie developed a new project, “La Perfecta II,” where Doug became lead trombonist and arranger. This allowed Doug to work with some of the best in Latin Jazz, such as Dave Valentin, Brian Lynch, Mario Rivera and John Rodriguez, Jr.
Since then, Doug has been recognized as one of today’s leading musicians. In addition to the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Eddie Palmieri, he has worked with the, Rosemary Clooney, Don Omar, Sheila E., Pete Escovedo, Mingus Big Band, and countless others.
Doug’s ArtistShare project, "Titanes del Trombón," shares his artistic vision and pays homage to greats of both jazz and Afro-Cuban idioms. The project features musicians that are at the forefront of these idioms today, including Oscar Hernandez, Edsel Gomez, Luisito Quintero, Luques Curtis, and more. go to projects…
"For the efforts of Mr. Beavers,
the new millennium finds me