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Jazzaar Artists featured in Jazzaar Festival 2007

Gary Burton – Vibraphone (USA)

Gary Burto : Jazzaar Artists 2007His most recent release in 2002 is a unique project with Makoto Ozone, his pianist collaborator of the past twenty years. In Virtuosi the pair explore the improvisational possibilities of classical themes including works by Brahms, Scarlatti, Ravel, Barber and others. In an unusual move, the Recording Academy nominated Virtuosi in the classical category of the Grammy awards, a unique honor for Gary.

Makoto Ozone – Piano (Japan)

In 1983, I signed the contract with CBS, and released my first and self titled album named “Makoto Ozone” which contains all of my own compositions. At the same time, I joined Gary Burton quartet, and started to tour around the world. I had my debut solo piano concert at “Carnegie Hall” as a part of “Coal Jazz Festival”. I ended up recording 3 more albums for CBS, “AFTER”, “Now You Know”, and one CD called “Spring is Here” which contained jazz standards (this album was for Japan release back to only)….I moved back to New York City this year, and the trio recently recorded a new album which has a name of “No Strings Attached”. This album is to be released in Japan first on June 16th.

Randy Brecker – Trumpet (USA)

In February 12 2007 Randy’s “Some Skunk Funk,” won a Grammy Award in the category of BEST LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE ALBUM adding to his already numerous Grammy collection. …Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians, and thoughout the years, has been in constant demand as a Yamaha Clinician, performing at Colleges and Universities the world over.

Michael Baker – Drums (USA)

For the past seven years, Michael Baker has worked with ?World Renowned Superstar’ Whitney Houston as her Music Director and drummer. Michael was also the producer/musical director on a Whitney Houston event featured only in Germany , the Divas Tour, also featuring Dionne Warwick and Natalie Cole. Over the years he has worked with many stars including, Missy Elliott, Sting, Cristina Augulera, James Taylor, Elton John, Shaggy, Wycliff, Aretha Franklin, Mary J., Ricky Martins, Usher, Luther Vandross, Ray Charles, and many others. Michael also played with jazz artists such as Al Jarreau, The Zawinul Syndicate, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Childs, Dianne Reeves, Clark Terry, The Ellington Orchestra, as well as being the drummer in the Broadway Musical Sophisticated Ladies in LA Shubert Theater.

Shedrick Mitchell – Piano/Keyboards (USA)

Shedrick Mitchell is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He started playing the piano at the age of 9. His first formal lesson was the music of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven besides playing gospel at his grandfather’s church. At the age of 14 he heard his first jazz recording – of the legendary trumpeter Miles Davis. Upon hearing this recording he knew that he wanted to become a professional jazz musician. After high school he left on a music scholarship to Mannes School of Music in New York City. While a student by day he played professionally at night with top jazz artists such as Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Betty Carter, and Jimmy Heath to name a few. After touring extensively with such artists he started reworking his craft in music to deal with the rapid change that was taking place in commercial music. These days you may see Shedrick on tour with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, rapper Jay-Z or producing such artists such as soul singer Maxwell, Allure, or Bill Cosbys cartoon ‘Fatherhood’. No matter where you see him he strives for perfection in his music. 2008 will mark the release of his sophomore project, so be on the lookout on whats to come.

Reggie Hamilton – Bass (USA)

Stanley Clark and George Duke embraced Reggie like a little brother, mentoring him in the subtleties and nuances of music and the pros and cons of the music business. In short order Reggie amassed a substantial discograpy and list of touring credits due in part to the generous insight of Stan and George along with his own capacity to absorb different musical styles free from any predisposed notions.

Vernon “Ice” Black – Guitar (USA)

An accomplished guitarist and vocalist, Vernon Black spent most of the past 20 years touring, recording and film tracking with music legends like Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Chakka Kahn and Lionel Richie. More recently, he’s performed and recorded with contemporary artists including Ashanti, Mariah Carey, India Aire, Busta Rhymes and Celine Dion. His work can be heard in films like “The Bodyguard,” “License to Kill,” and “Beverly Hills Cop II;” in advertising jingles for Jaguar, Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan, Mattel and Levi’s; and in songs and sound effects on video games for Sony Play Station, Nintendo, Sega and EA Sports (Electronic Arts). And at the Jimi Hendrix Festival at Bumbershoot Stadium in Seattle Washington he was the co-music director and opened the show with the legendary “Experience” (Jimi’s Hendrix’s original band) – Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Noel Redding (bass). Vernon is also a producer, composer and music director. Credits include; The Spice Girls (music director), Regina Belle (composer), Phillip Bailey (composer), Lenny Williams (composer, producer) and his 1st solo record “Sneak Previews” (composer, producer) {guest artists including Herbie Hancock, Steve Smith, Tom Coster, Phillip Bailey} and for multiple artists on his “Ice Black Productions” production company / independent record label.

Adam Nussbaum – Drums (USA)

Adam has toured the USA, Europe, Japan, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand. His energy and sensitive approach towards the cymbal playing is unique. He combines the soft brushes playing with the high energy stick virtuosity. Adam has this great sense for melodies and forms that makes him one of the most sought after drummers around, influencing many young drummers. His openess towards all kinds of music shows his versatility in the articulation of his drum playing. A very versatile drummer who generally plays in advanced settings, Adam Nussbaum is considered a major asset no matter where he appears and one of the finest jazz drummers since the 1990s.

Barrie Lee Hall Jr. – Trumpet (USA)

His interest in jazz was engendered by his high school big band leader, Sammy D. Harris, whose insight into the music of the big band era guided Barrie toward the pursuit of jazz studies at Texas Southern University (TSU). As a music major (with trumpet his principal and piano his secondary instruments), Barrie won several soloist awards in national big band college jazz festival competitions around the country. One day the legendary Arnett Cobb called him and asked if Barrie would take him to see Duke Ellington in concert in return for the chance to meet Duke. Indeed, as promised Arnett introduced him by saying, “This is Barrie Lee Hall, at trumpeter in the Texas Southern University Jazz Ensemble,” and Duke’s reply was, “Ah, how come you’re not playing in my band?” A subsequent call from Duke at 3:00 a.m. ultimately led to Barrie’s joining the Duke Ellington Orchestra on June 8,1973 and a tenure with that group that lasted for 24 years. Barrie served not only as principle soloist on trumpet, but also as orchestrator and arranger for the group, as it endured after Duke’s death (in 1974) under the direction of Duke’s son, Mercer. After Mercer Ellington died February 8, 1996, Barrie assumed the position of conductor of the group.

Christoph Schnyder – Clarinet (CH)

Born in 1981 in Burgdorf, Christoph was a student of Prof. Ernesto Molinari on the Clarinet and free improvisation at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern. He also studied contemporary chamber music with Prof. Bruno Canino and Verena Bosshard. He was a student participant in the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra in 1998 and 1999 therefore an alumni of BATS programme. He’s returned to “jazzaar concerts” as a favourite mentor to the Aargau Youth Symphony Orchestra every year since 2005!

Dave Taylor – Bass Trombone (USA)

Mr. Taylor has won the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Most Valuable Player Award for five consecutive years, the most it could be awarded and has been awarded the NARAS Most Valuable Player Virtuoso Award, an honor accorded no other bass trombonist. He has been a member of the Gil Evans Band, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band, George Russell’s Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, and the Chuck Israel Band to name a few.

Vincent Gardner – Trombone (USA)

Vincent has been playing the Trombone since the age of 13. He became interested in jazz while attending High School in Hampton, Virginia, and upon graduating from High School went on to Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida, which he attended from 1991 to 1994. In 1995 he tra nsfered to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where the jazz department is headed by saxophonist/educator Bunky Green. He graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance in May of 1996.
Since he has been performing professionally he has performed in the U.S. and abroad and/or recorded with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Chaka Kahn ,The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Nancy Wilson, Teddy Edwards, Tommy Flanagan, Joe Williams, Milt Jackson, Marcus Roberts, Illinois Jacquet, A Tribe Called Quest, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and others. Most recently, he completed a world tour led by 1999 grammy winner, Lauryn Hill.

Marius Bröchin – Guitar (CH)

Marius is educated at the conservatory of Lucerne on the Guitar where he also graduated in music pedagogy. Since his debut at “jazzaar concerts” 2005, his competence and talents in both teaching and performance has been highly acknowledged for a comeback. He has a keen understanding on how to present his performance beautifully to compliment the sound concept of the music while still maintaining a low profile as a sideman in a band. His sensitivity allows him to be an excellent accompanist as well as a soloist, a role model for student musicians to emulate.

Gildas Bocle – Acoustic Bass (France)

Gildas has played the bass within the Gary Burton Quintet from 1986 to 89, appearing in festivals such as: Montreux, North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, Paris Jazz Festival. Gildas toured with Maynard Ferguson in the U.S and Japan in1990-91 & co-lead his band with his bro’ Jean-Baptiste, since 1986. Their 3rd Album “Celtic Tales” was out on Sony in most of Europe, with guest musicians such as Michael Brecker & Ronan Le Bars (Master of uilean pipe).

Tom Garling – Trombone (USA)

Tom studied arranging and composition at the Berklee College of Music from 1983 to 1985. At the age of 20, he left Berklee to tour with Buddy Rich for one year, starting January of 1986. In 1987, he enrolled at the University of Miami where he stayed for four years to receive a degree in Jazz performance and a Masters degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging. In the meantime, he played with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Randy Brecker, to name a few. …Shortly thereafter, he joined Maynard Fergusons Big Bop Nouveau Band, and toured with Maynard as Musical Director and Trombonist for six years. …Along with his own album, “Maynard Ferguson Presents Tom Garling”, he is featured as soloist, composer/arranger, and guitarist on numerous Maynard Ferguson albums… His talents as arranger have been utilized by Maynard Ferguson, Liza Minelli, Tito Puente, and Dianne Schuur. He has also been commissioned to arrange and compose by numerous Professional, College and High School bands around the country. …Tom currently resides in the Chicago area, and is highly sought after around the world as a recording artist, composer and arranger, teacher, clinician and professional musician at any capacity.

Rafael Baier – Saxophone (CH)

Rafael Baier war schon vor seinen Studien am Berklee College of Music Boston(“summa cum laude”) und an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater konzer tant tätig (Jazzfestival Lugano, Jazzfestival Solothurn, Alain-Festival in Romainmôtier etc.). …Der Jazz war hierbei die zwingende Musikrichtung für den jungen Saxophonisten (geb. 1975 in Aarau), sei es unter anderem als Mitglied des Schweizerischen Jugendjazzorchesters oder auch später mit seiner eigenen Formation “Rafael Baier Quar tett” (mit Heiri Känzig, Willy Kotoun und Christian Gall).

Christian Jacob – Piano (USA-France)

Jacob toured with the introspective Gary Burton from 1987 to 1989, then joined ebullient big-sound trumpeter Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band as Music Director in 1990. He’s spent most of the ’90s writing and arranging for Ferguson and working on various free-lance projects, as well as playing the occasional trio gig, and dates with Bostonian Friends, a sextet featuring trumpeter Herb Pomeroy and drummer Adam Nussbaum….In recent years, Christian has concentrated on taking his personal style to a new level with his recordings with The Christian Jacob Trio. He has also continued to tour and record with some great ladies of jazz, Flora Purim and Tierney Sutton. His tours include Europe, Asia, and the USA.

Adi Yeshaya – Conductor/Arranger (USA-Israel)

Adi Yeshaya is credited as an arranger/producer on a long list of projects, including recordings by Aretha Franklin and Lena Horne. His arrangements have been performed by various artists, such as Whitney Houston, Donny Osmond, Michael Bolton, Doc Severinsen and ensembles, such as the Scotland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony and Jazzaar (Aarau, Switzerland).

Pirmin Rohrer – Trombone (CH)

Jodok Hess – Piano (CH)

Jodok Hess studied at the Berklee College of Music with Tim Ray. As the pianist of the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra, he played with Franco Ambrosetti, Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Richmond, among others. He started composing in his own trio with Peter Hunziker and Pit Gutmann, and played his music with Roli v. Flue, Christoph Grab, Tony Renold, Dominic Egli, Raetus Flisch, Peter Frei, and Fabian Gisler. He composes all the songs played by the blue goat quartet. Playing with the band at the Jazz Festival Zurich, Hess won an award as outstanding soloist. He currently plays as a sideman with Rodrigo Botter Maio in ‘The Return of the Bossa Nova’ and ‘Gafiera Alpina’.

Matthias Künzli – Drums (USA-CH)

His desire and ability to adapt to a wide range of musical situations have enabled Mathias to tour extensively with numerous projects. …As a drummer and percussionist he has had the chance to perform or record with: Lauryn Hill, Yo-Yo Ma Silk Road Project, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Oscar Castro-Neves, Gary Brown, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Marc Ribot, John Zorn’s Electric Masada, Alessandra Belloni, Bobby Watson, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, George Garzone, Jamey Haddad, Mark Soskin, Herb Pomeroy, Bill Pierce, Cecil Bridgewater,John Lockwood, Lenny Hochmann, Yanka Roupkina, Theodosii Spassov, Bakithi Kumalo, Tony Cedras, Oscar Stagnaro, Savina Yannatou, Dave Samuels, The Paul Winter Consort, Mike Richmond, Donny McCaslin, Eugene Friesen, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Matt Dariau, Frank London.

Matt Marvuglio – Flute (USA)

Matt Marvuglio has performed throughout the US, Europe, and Japan premiering his own compositions for flute. He has been the jazz chair of the National Flute Association and has presented clinics for the Acoustic Society of America, the International Association of Jazz Educators, and was a soloist/clinician for the British Flute Society and the International Flute Convention in Sao Paolo, Brasil. He has authored articles on jazz flute playing in The Instrumentalist and other national magazines. Also, he is the curriculum editor and composer for the Berklee Practice Method series. Matt’s most recent recording on bass flute is with Phil Wilson for the Capri label. Matt is also dean of the professional performance division at Berklee College of Music.

Reto Anneler – Saxophone (CH)

Reto Anneler, born on 25.07.1977 in Lenzburg, begins at a young age with his musical training at Beat Blaser and Fritz Renold and discovered his love for jazz. The “Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra”, the funk band “larynx” and the jazz quintet “Blue Light District” are projects during his time at the New School Canton Aarau. According to the Federal Graduate Studies abgeschlosenem gymnastics and physical education teacher at the ETH Zurich II, he decides to attend the vocational school at MHS Luzern (Department III). In studies with Nathanael Su, John and Kurt Rosenwinkel Voirol follow a semester in Amsterdam with Tineke Postma and various master classes, with Nils Wogram, Dick Oatts, Sylvie Courvoisier, Chris Potter.

Patrick Sommer – Bass (CH)

Patrick studierte Bass an der Swiss Jazz School in Bern und in Los Angeles. Er lebt in Zürich und arbeitet als freischaffender Musiker. Patrick betreibt eine rege Konzerttätigkeit im In- und Ausland und wirkt als Musiker und Komponist bei Theater und Tanzprojekten mit.

Bardia Charaf – Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet (CH)

Bardia Charaf was born in Zurich in 1982 and grew up in a family combining a variety of different cultures. Among his influences were Iranian music, classical western music, jazz and pop. Bardia Charaf studied jazz and classical music at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana.

Don Randolph – Trombone (USA/CH)

Der in New Orleans geborene und in Florida aufgewachsene Posaunist hat nach Abschluss seiner Studien viele Jahre auf dem »Chitlin‘ Circuit« im amerikanischen Süden in verschiedenen Tanz – und Showbands gespielt. Seit fast zwanzig Jahren jazzed er nun in Europa und hat während seiner Tätigkeit unter anderem Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn und Shirley Bassey begleitet. Jetzt wohnt er im Zürcher Oberland und arbeitet als Freelance Posaunist und Arrangeur.

Shelley Carrol – Saxophone (USA)

Shelley evolved to record as a leader in 1997. He was able to feature members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra on his debut CD for Leaning House Records. His second CD, A Distant Star was released in the fall of 2001. The new disc features pianist Bernard Wright, bassist Curtis Lundy, and drummer Sebastian Whittaker. This sophomore effort is sure to get the critics and fans excited. …Shelley also feels a need to share his musical gift with today’s youth. He currently teaches part-time at West Mesquite H. S. and gives clinics whenever he can.

Phil Hilfiker – Saxophone (France-CH)

Phil recently relocated to Paris, France, where he is currently active as a freelance performer and serves as faculty member of the American School of Modern Music. …Phil has appeared on Swiss National Television, local radio stations in both Switzerland and the United States, and has performed at Jazz Festivals and in concert halls and other live music venues throughout the U.S., Switzerland, Sweden, and Italy.

Claudia Vollenweider – Baritone Saxophone (CH)

Willie Murillo – Lead Trumpet (USA)

Willie Murillo is one of L.A.’s hottest young musicians. At the age of twenty-six, Murillo has already performed and recorded with such renound artists as Natelie Cole, Dianne Schurr, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Billy Taylor, Mercer Ellington, Brian Setzer and many others. Willie has also appeared on television shows such as Sabrina the Teenage Which and For Your Love. In addition to television appearances, Murillo can be heard on such Motion Picture soundtracks as Stuart Little, Three To Tango, The Thirteenth Floor, and Me, Myself, and Ireen. Willie is currently traveling with the two-time Grammy Award winning Brian Setzer Orchestra playing lead trumpet. Murillo can be heard as a featured soloist with the bands new release Vavoom. When Willie is not traveling, he spends much of his time teaching a self written course entitled “Blues In the Basics” to assist in furtherance of Jazz education in Southern California.

Steve Reid – Lead Trumpet (USA)

Steve Reid has been playing professionally for more than 20 years in many bands and orchestras of varying musical styles. From 1990-1994, he played lead trumpet for Disneyland and Walt Disney World backing up and working with artists such as Bobby Shew, Maynard Ferguson, Della Reese, Joe Williams, Jerry Hey, Matt Harris, Diane Schurr, Rosemary Clooney, Billy Taylor, Mercer Ellington and Lionel Hampton. He has worked with Columbia Artists Management and played solo trumpet for the touring Tribute to the Artie Shaw Big Band featuring the Ink Spots, Julius La Rosa and Abe Most. Steve has completed his second year with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. While on tour, this band has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Rachel Ray Show, and The Tony Danza Show among others.

Robert Bennett – Lead Trumpet

Samuel Wehrli – Trumpet (CH)

Patrik Lerchmüller – Trombone (CH)

Wolfgang Drechsler – Flugelhorn (CH-Germany)

Wolfgang has worked on different projects as composer/arranger/orchestrator/conductor for various german and swiss producers (Jack White, Dieter Falk, Betty Legler, Urs Wiesendanger, Sergio Fertitta, DJ Bobo,…) and orchestras and chamber ensembles (Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern, Stadtorchester Winterthur, Kammerorchester Basel, Sinfonietta Basel, Sinfonietta Lausanne, Royal Concertgebouw Orchester Amsterdam,„Miss Saigon“-/“Beauty & The Beast“-Ensemble of Stuttgart, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Reutlingen Philharmonic Orchestra, German Pops Orchestra).

Eliane Zweifel – Harp (CH)

Eliane Koradi-Zweifel wuchs in Aarau auf und studierte Harfe und Kammermusik an der Musikhochschule Lausanne in der Klasse von Chantal Mathieu. 2004 erhielt sie das Lehr- und Konzertdiplom mit Auszeichnung. Weiterführende Studien führten sie nach Paris zu der weltweit bekannten Harfenistin Marielle Nordmann.

Dennis Montgomery III – (Hammond organ B3) (USA)

Professor Dennis Montgomery III has been leading Berklee’s gospel ensembles since 1983, when he was still a student. The nine-member gospel ensemble Overjoyed has a local and international following having raised hundreds of audience members to their feet at the Berklee Performance Center, at venues in Switzerland, and the Blue Note clubs in Japan.

Michael Neff – Trumpet (CH)

Matthias Spillmann – Trumpet (CH)

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