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Grace Kelly
Pasha Riger
Grace Kelly

New York, New York -“Grace Kelly has an electric charisma onstage that instantly ignites the room,” says Stay Human bandleader Jon Batiste. Featured in the 2017 Emmy-winning Yamaha production “The Right Note”, singer, saxophonist, and songwriter/co …

Rosana Eckert
Holly Kuper
Rosana Eckert

Dallas, Texas -With an international presence as a masterful vocalist, deep improviser, versatile songwriter, and a tasteful arranger, Rosana Eckert has often been called a musical force. Her shows are an effortless blend of tradition and originality, …

Matana Roberts
M Tarantelli
Matana Roberts

New York, New York -Matana Roberts is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. She ma …

Allison Miller
Allison Miller

New York, New York -NYC-based drummer/composer/educator Allison Miller engages her deep roots in improvisation as a vehicle to explore all music. Described by critics as a Modern Jazz Icon in the Making, Miller has also been recognized as one of the “Top 20 …

Roxy Coss
Roxy Coss

New York, New York -Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Educator and Activist Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative Saxophonists on the scene. A recipient of an ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, Downbeat Magazine listed her as a …

Avery Sharpe
Avery Sharpe

Amherst, Massachusetts -Honesty. Clarity. Dignity. These are words that come to mind when you listen to the music of bassist and composer Avery Sharpe. In an age of ephemeral pop stars and flavor-of-the-month trends, Sharpe is a reminder of the lasting value of …

Tanjore Viswanathan / T. Viswanathan
Tanjore Viswanathan / T. Viswanathan

-Tanjore Viswanathan (Madras, India, 13 August 1927 - Hartford, Connecticut, United States, 10 September 2002) was a Carnatic master musician specializing in the Carnatic flute and voice. T. (Tanjore/Thanjavur) Viswanathan was the grandso …

Myra Melford
Bryan Murray
Myra Melford

Berkeley, California -Throughout her life in music, the pianist and keyboardist Myra Melford has pursued a creative vision that is both wholly distinctive and all-embracing. Composition and improvisation interact seamlessly and ingeniously in her work, one si …

Peter Hum
Bruno Schlumberger
Peter Hum

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada -Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Peter Hum has been a mainstay of the city's jazz community for almost three decades. He has released two albums of original modern mainstream jazz. Alpha Moment, was released in the fall of 2015 t …

Ruthie Foster
John Carrico
Ruthie Foster

Austin, Texas -In the tightknit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t. If you do, word gets around. Praises are sung. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt …

Alexa Tarantino
Tory Williams
Alexa Tarantino

New York, New York -Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Alexa’s “exquisite soloing that is fresh, inspired, and original,” (Paul Rauch, All About Jazz) establishes her indi …

Nicole M. Mitchell
Nicole M. Mitchell

Irvine, California -Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top F …