The Idea of North is an Australian a cappella quartet, originally composed of Trish Delaney-Brown (Soprano), Megan Corson (Alto), Nick Begbie (Tenor), and Andrew Piper (Bass). They formed in 1993, while studying music at the Australian National University in Canberra, with their first album The Idea of North recorded in 1997. They followed this up with their second album The Sum of Us. When Megan left to move to Melbourne in 2002, they recruited Naomi Crellin to fill the slot.
Hiromi Uehara (上原ひろみ, born 26 March 1979) is a Japanese jazz composer and pianist. She is known for her virtuosic technique, energetic live performances and blend of jazz with other musical genres such as progressive rock, classical and fusion in her compositions. She performs as a trio alongside bassist Tony Grey and drummer Martin Valihora. On October 19, 2006, the trio added guitarist David Fiuczynski (from the Screaming Headless Torsos), to form Hiromi's Sonicbloom.
Jazzanova is a crew of DJs/producers from Germany (Berlin, Hamburg & Munich), inc' Alexander Barck, Axel Reinemer, Claas Brieler, Jürgen von Knoblauch, Roskow Kretschmann & Stefan Leisering. They have been producing hits in the breakbeat / electronic scene since 1996. Their music fuses many styles, including: acid jazz, soul & broken beat.
John Paul Hammond (born 13th November 1942), also known as "John Hammond Jr", is a blues singer and guitarist. He usually plays acoustic guitars and dobros and sings in a barrelhouse style. Since 1962, when he made his debut on Vanguard Records, Hammond has made 29 albums. In the 1990s he recorded for the Pointblank label. Hammond has earned one Grammy Award and been nominated for four others. He is the son of the legendary record producer John H. Hammond.
The Stepkids are three singer/songwriters. “A lot of what excites us about this band is this band itself,” says bassist and keyboardist Dan Edinberg. “It’s not either of us; it’s about creating an entity where the entity itself is what’s important.” As a result, every song on the Stepkids self-titled debut album is written with equal input from each member. “All three of us write and all three of us sing,” says Jeff Gitelman, who resigned from touring as Alicia Keys' guitarist to concentrate full-time on recording the Stepkids self-titled debut album.
Audio artist Barry Adamson started out as bass player for British punk band Magazine, however, he's since carved more of a name for himself equally for being a founding member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and also for composing a large chunk of the score of David Lynch's Lost Highway. Adamson's solo work varies heavily between Film Noir and classic to industrial rock, whilst taking in everything in between, making him almost impossible to pigeonhole.
The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is an instrumental group comprised of 8 horn players and a drummer, all but one of whom are sons of jazz musician Kelan Phil Cohran (who played trumpet in Sun Ra Arkestra). Originally from Chicago, IL, they are currently based in New York City. Band Members: * Gabriel Hubert aka "Hudah" - trumpet
* Saiph Graves aka "Cid" - trombone
* Tycho Cohran aka "LT" - sousaphone
* Amal Baji Hubert aka "Baji" or "June Body" - trumpet
* Jafar Baji Graves aka "Yosh" - trumpet
Jazz / Tropical / Melodramatic Popular Song Band Members: Jess Guille - Vocals, Ukulele... Eamon McNelis - Vocals, Trumpet... Mark Elton - Double Bass, Vocals... Ben Hendry - Drums and Toys.... Influences:Far too many to list, lots of smashing Melbourne grown bands like The Band Who Knew Too Much, The Hoodangers, Pete Baylor, Virus.... There are some amazing vibes floating about! We like to boogie.
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (born January 2, 1986) is a trombone and trumpet player from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Troy Andrews is the younger brother of trumpeter and bandleader James Andrews . Growing up in New Orleans' Treme neighborhood, "Trombone Shorty" was participating in brass band parades as a child, carrying his trombone even before his arms were long enough to reach all the positions of the slide. Andrews was a bandleader by the age of 6. Originally attracting attention for his youth, by his teens he was attracting attention for his musical virtuosity as well.
Femi Kuti is an award winning Nigerian musician, and the oldest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Femi was born in London on 16 June 1962 and grew up in the former Nigerian capital Lagos. Like his father, Femi has shown a strong commitment to social and political causes throughout his career, but he differs in his religious views. In 2001, Femi collaborated with a number of US musicians such as Common, Mos Def, and Jaguar Wright, on his Fight to Win album. This album was widely regarded as the most influential Neo-Afrobeat album of the early 21st century.