Christie Dashiell – Episode 146: Unsurpassed
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by Leander, IMPROV EXCHANGE
4d ago
Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Greenville, NC, contemporary jazz vocalist Christie N. Dashiell honed her skills at Howard University and later at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Dashiell’s trajectory includes performances with Howard’s premiere vocal jazz ensemble, Afro Blue. She has also performed at the Kennedy Center as a participant in the 2010 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program; at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C.; and, as a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program. She is the recipient of DownBeat magazine’s Best College Graduate Jazz Vocalist and ..read more
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Lois Deloatch – Episode 145: The Griot
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by Leander, IMPROV EXCHANGE
1w ago
Lois Deloatch is a songwriter and vocalist known for her powerful contralto voice and distinctive blend of jazz, soul, blues, folk, and spirituals.  Her original compositions and interpretations of classic tunes resonate with purity and emotion, simultaneously intellectual and passionate. Shaped by and reflective of her early life as the seventh of ten children raised in a rural southern town, Lois’s music expresses cultural richness and timeless truths. She has appeared in concerts throughout the United States and internationally, written and lectured on music, arts, and culture, and co ..read more
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Vinnie Sperrazza – Episode 144: Supercharge
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by Leander, IMPROV EXCHANGE
1M ago
Vinnie Sperrazza is a Brooklyn-based jazz drummer, composer, bandleader, author, and educator noted for his versatility and commitment to new music. Born in Utica, NY, Sperrazza moved to Brooklyn after completing his studies at William Paterson University, where he was mentored by pianist James Williams. He leads the groups Vinnie Sperrazza Trio, featuring Ethan Iverson and Michael Formanek, whose first album was released in March 2023, and Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal, with a new album coming later in 2023, featuring Loren Stillman, Brandon Seabrook, and Eivind Opsvik. He is part of several co ..read more
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Shai Jaschek – Episode 143: Little-known Talent
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by Leander, IMPROV EXCHANGE
1M ago
Shai Jaschek is an Israeli-born guitarist, composer, and music educator in New York City. After first picking up the guitar at 10 years old, Shai has since dedicated his life to music, playing and performing constantly. Before establishing himself in NYC, Shai completed his Bachelor’s in Arts from Israel’s top jazz performance programs, such as “The Jazz Institute” at the “Rimon School of Music”, and the “Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance”. During this time, Shai sought the opportunity to seek mentorship from world-renowned musicians, such as trumpeter Avishai Cohen, saxophonist Eli Degibri ..read more
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Kavita Shah – Episode 142: Wondrous tracks
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by Leander, IMPROV EXCHANGE
1M ago
Award-winning vocalist, composer, and educator Kavita Shah’s latest album, Cape Verdean Blues, is the culmination of a diasporic quest to find a spiritual home. The carefully curated album of traditional Cape Verdean music is also a tribute to the charismatic and unapologetically individual artist Cesária Évora, and a love letter to her breathtaking archipelago and its welcoming people. On Cape Verdean Blues, Shah’s ethnographic research on the island of São Vicente, and her bold self-possession have enabled her to achieve a rare feat: creating a world music album that feels like home. At the ..read more
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Terence Hsieh – Episode 141: A Cut Above All
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by Leander, IMPROV EXCHANGE
1M ago
Terence Hsieh 謝燕輝 is a three-time Golden Melody Award-winning producer, trombone and trumpet specialist, and keyboardist from Durham, North Carolina who lives and works in Greater China. He is the bandleader of The Spice Cabinet 五香放克乐团 whose 2020 album “The Adventures of Pie Boy” won Best Instrumental Album, Best Instrumental Recording and Best Arrangement (Bittersweet) at the 32nd Annual Golden Melody Awards and serves as music director for Tia Ray 袁婭維. He has recorded, produced, performed and arranged for dozens of artists across Greater China, including David Tao ..read more
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MaryLynn Gillaspie – Episode 140: Delightful Blast
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by Leander, IMPROV EXCHANGE
2M ago
MaryLynn was a founding member of the Grammy-nominated vocal jazz group, Rare Silk. The group started in Boulder, CO. Their very first album, New Weave flew to the top of the Billboard Jazz charts and received 2 Grammy nominations. MaryLynn and the group toured the world singing in the US, Europe, and Japan. Rare Silk received acclaim working alongside artists such as Miles Davis, Branford Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, and as an opening act for Spyro Gyra and BB King. Their touring took them to some of the best venues in the country – The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl ..read more
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Nicole Zuraitis – Episode 139: Promising Venture
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by Leander, IMPROV EXCHANGE
2M ago
Nicole Zuraitis is a 2X GRAMMY-nominated jazz singer-songwriter, pianist, and arranger, New York-based bandleader and winner of the prestigious 2021 American Traditions Vocal Competition Gold Medal. With a “heart as big as her remarkable voice,” (Jazz Police), Nicole has positioned herself as one of the top artists and “prolific songwriters” (Broadway World) to watch in jazz and beyond. As a recording artist, Nicole has released five albums as a leader, and her sixth album How Love Begins, co-produced with eight-time GRAMMY-winner Christian McBride, was released July 7th, 2023, featuring all o ..read more
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Sean Mason – Episode 138: Emerging vibes
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by Leander, IMPROV EXCHANGE
2M ago
Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Sean Mason taught himself to play piano by ear at the late age of 13. Driven by an insatiable passion for learning, Sean’s piano virtuosity evolved into a distinctive language, marking his unique presence in the jazz scene. Sean’s educational path unfolded from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to Juilliard in New York City. This transformative transition defined Sean as an artist seamlessly blending his Southern roots with the cosmopolitan essence of New York City. As the bandleader of the Sean Mason Quartet, Mason directs an ensemble celeb ..read more
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Kevin Sun – Episode 137: Reckoning Drive
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by Leander, IMPROV EXCHANGE
3M ago
Kevin Sun is a Chinese-American saxophonist and composer. His music has been called “…intense, harmonically virtuosic and compositionally complex” (DownBeat Magazine), and he has released five albums to date—most recently a double album entitled The Depths of Memory in October 2023. Sun has also released album four with the bands Mute, Earprint, and Great On Paper, and he appears on recordings led by Jacob Garchik, Dana Saul, Xiongguan Zhang, and Elijah Shiffer. In addition to performing in the U.S., Sun has performed extensively in China and previously served as the Artistic Director of the B ..read more
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