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.
The Derek Trucks Band is a band started by slide guitarist prodigy, Derek Trucks, who began playing guitar and touring with The Allman Brothers Band, as early as eleven years old. Raised partly on tour with them throughout his youth, meeting and playing with famous musicians, Trucks was still unsure about his own future. He resolved to start his own band while still an adolescent. What first began as a side project, and a way for Trucks to explore his own creativity, has evolved into an eclectic band with some of the most talented musicians from the southeastern United States.
At least three different Think Twice bands exist: 1) Think Twice is the name of the producer of the Hip Hop band "Specifics", composed of himself, the MC Golden Boy and DJ Goser. With whom he released two album: "Lonely City" in 2003 and "II" in 2007. Originally from Montreal, its productions are an expressive blend of jazz, soul and Hip-Hop. In 2007 he released his first solo album "With a Loop and Some Swing" which he produced naturally all tracks, it prompted her companion Golden Boy and several other rapper: Manchilde, Shogun, Mr.
Tower of Power is a horn-based funk/soul band from Oakland, California. In the mid-1960s, 17-year-old tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo moved from Detroit, Michigan, to Fremont, California. He started a band called the Motowns, specializing in soul music. In 1968, Castillo teamed up with baritone saxophonist Stephen "The Funky Doctor" Kupka and trumpet/trombone player Mic Gillette, moved to Oakland, and began writing original material. They changed the band's name to Tower of Power and began playing frequently in the Bay Area.
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Frank Vignola is a superb young jazz-fusion guitarist. He plays in just about every genre of music, composes original material, and loves to improvise.
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).
Tuba Skinny of New Orleans, Louisiana has played traditional Dixieland Jazz and Old Blues songs under the name Tuba Skinny since 2009. They're cousins of Loose Marbles, as is Baby Soda in NYC. These groups have interchangeable players and it is a joy to witness these youngsters spreading the word about the New Orleans music. They have three albums, 'Tubaskinny' (2009), 'Six Feet Down' (2010) and 'Garbage Man' (2011), all of which can be streamed for free and are also available for download on their Bandcamp page.
The Melodics are a cross genre band. They mess around with New wave, Synthpop, 2 Tone and Hip-Hop to create some damn fresh flavours... Crowds get down to it; they dance, they sing, they think and they get into Electro-Dionysian trances. Melodics play colourful music for a grey world. They have painted a fluorescent foundation across Australia selling thousands of EP's including The Glen Shnieblic EP and the Nought n' Crosses EP. They have played along side such acts as Dizzee Rascal, Lyrics Born, TZU and Jackson Jackson and have come out crowd favourites at festivals like Woodford.
There are 2 groups known as Fourplay, 1) An American smooth jazz group, 2) An Australian string quartet: 1. Fourplay is a jazz group, founded around 1990, in the USA. Current members are: Bob James (keyboards & programming), Nathan East (bass & vocal), Chuck Loeb (guitar) & Harvey Mason (drums & percussion). Loeb replaced Larry Carlton who himself had replaced the founding guitarist, Lee Ritenour in '98.