Darren English (ZAF)

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DARREN ENGLISH Darren English is a jazz trumpet player from Cape Town, South Africa. He is the two-time recipient of the Fine Music Radio Award and the 2012 recipient of the SAMRO Overseas Award. He studied for a Masters in Jazz Music under the direction of Dr. Gordon Vernick at Georgia State University in the USA. Darren is currently at work …

Ivan Mazuze Quintet (NOR/MOZ)

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The multi-awarded Norway based saxophonist and composer Ivan Mazuze is a World Jazz artist of Mozambique origin. Mazuze initiated his studies in music at his home country Mozambique at the National Music School in 1987 with piano as first instrument. Norway based since 2009, Mazuze is representing World Jazz from Norway at numerous music events and festivals in many parts of the world in …

Jin Jim (DEU)

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German quartet Jin Jim is comprised of Daniel Manrique Smith (flute, altoflute, bassflute), Johann May (e-guitar), BenTai Trawinski (double bass) and Nico Stallmann (drums). The group released its debut album ‘Die Ankunft’ in 2015. The album was praised by the trade press in and outside of Germany. In 2016 Jin Jim did two international tours supported by the Goethe Institut. in April …

Jazzamboka (CAN)

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Jazzamboka is the Winner of the Stingray prize for best composition at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2017. Jazzamboka is the coming together of ‘jazz’ and ‘yamboka’, meaning village or country in the Congolese language of Lingala. Despite the name, the band, which consists out of five Quebec residents, two of Congolese origin, does not limit itself to conventional Jazz. …

James Macaulay (AUS)

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James Macaulay is a “powerful and obsessive” trombone player from Melbourne, Australia. In 2017 he won the National Jazz Award for Brass at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, earning an invitation to the Amersfoort Jazz Festival. He is best known for his work with a variety of traditional and contemporary jazz ensembles, such as the Eugene Ball Quartet, the Monash Art …

Ntando Ngcapu (ZAF)

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Ntando Ngcapu is a South Africa born pianist raised in Soweto. At a young age, he enrolled at the Soweto Youth Music Development and exposed to music played at home such as choral and classical music. Later he explored Jazz music with his high school band while attending The National School of the Arts. In 2011 he was awarded a …

Nikolay Moiseenko Quartet (RUS)

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Berklee College of Music graduate saxophonist Nikolay Moiseenko is a Russian saxophonist active in the field of jazzrock, fusion, funk and souljazz. In 2008 he released his album ‘Perfect World’, a well received album on which accompanied by the highly talented pianist Evgeny Lebedev, who was a laureate with his LRK Trio at Amersfoort Jazz 2017. Lebedev also plays with Moiseenko in …

Marco Mezquida Trio – Ravel’s Dreams (ESP)

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The versatile pianist, improviser and composer Marco Mezquida takes us on an oneiric journey throughout Maurice Ravel’s musical and personal imagery. A dream about the vitality of his legacy and the eclecticism of the music he was seduced by: from the French classics to the romantic virtuosos; from the experimentation with popular music to the influences of his contemporaries and …

De Beren Gieren (BEL)

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De Beren Gieren is an electro-acoustic World Jazz trio, formed by Fulco Ottervanger (piano and fx), Lieven van Pée (double bass) and Simon Segers (drums). It is said that De Beren Gieren are the most adventurous group in the Benelux. Since the birth of the group in 2009, four albums have been released, each well received in Belgium and The Netherlands …

Jef Neve Strings 'Spirit Control' (BEL)

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Composer/pianist Jef Neve, born in 1977, has quickly become a prominent figure in Belgian jazz, and his international reputation is still growing. He graduated in 2000 in Leuven as Master of Music in Jazz and classical piano, both with great distinction. In 2001 he specialized in Chamber Music and was rewarded the diploma ‘cum laude’. He followed master classes with …