Grupo X (1) UK soulful Latin/ boogaloo group 1996- present day. Not to be confused with: (2) A more recently formed Mexican band using the same name ("Veneno En La Piel" is their track.) 1)When Grupo X broke through in 2001 with their debut album, "X-Posure", their individual and unique London blend of salsa, soul, bugalu and descarga won them many friends worldwide. From latin and jazz radio stations across the USA to a host of international club DJs (Louie Vega, Gilles Peterson, Osunlade, Patrick Forge...
Lizz Wright is an American jazz singer and composer. In 2000 Wright joined the Atlanta-based vocal quartet In the Spirit, which soon achieved critical acclaim; in 2002 she signed a recording contact with Verve Records. Her first album, Salt was released in the Spring of 2003 (reaching number two on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz chart in 2004), followed by Dreaming Wide Awake in June 2005 (reaching number one on the Top Contemporary Jazz chart in 2005 and 2006).
Marilyn Crispell is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied classical piano and composition, and has been a resident of Woodstock, New York since 1977 when she came to study and teach at the Creative Music Studio. She discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and other contemporary jazz players and composers. For ten years she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble and has been a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra and guest with his London Jazz Composers Orchestra...
Performing the music of Nostalgia 77, lost jazz masterpieces, new group composition and improvisation Nostalgia 77 Octet are hotly tipped as the new british jazz explosion.
Largely formed from graduates of the Royal Academys jazz programme and Alumni of the NYJO the band boast members from Mathew Herbert Big Band and Mathew Bourns Electric Dr M group.
Playing a majority of the composers original compositions the group also pay homage to their influences which range from vintage british jazz compoitions by Graham Collier to the searching Afro-American sound of Sun Ra.
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful British composer of musical theatre. He has arguably been the most popular theatre composer of the late 20th century, with multiple showpieces which have run for more than a decade both on Broadway and in the West End. Throughout his career he has produced 16 musicals, 2 film scores, and a Latin requiem mass. He has also accumulated a number of honors, including seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Oscar, an International Emmy, six Olivier Awards, and a Golden Globe Award.
One of the UK's truly independent spirits" Guardian. Pianist and composer Huw Warren never ceases to amaze as an intriguing and thrilling musician and composer. The winner of the`highly coveted BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2005, Huw has established an international presence in recent years, as a musical director/pianist for contemporary folk singer June Tabor for well over a decade (they recently appeared to a full house at the Berlin Jazz Festival), and for his ongoing work with ex-Austrian Musican of the Year bassist Peter Herbert and NY violin virtuosio improviser Mark Feldman.
Keb' Mo' (born October 3, 1951 in South Los Angeles, California as Kevin Moore) is an American blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He first started recording in the early 1970s with Jefferson Airplane violinist Papa John Creach. Creach hired him when Moore was just twenty-one years old; Moore appeared on four of Creach's albums. He was further immersed in the blues with his long stint in the Whodunit Band, headed by Bobby "Blue" Bland producer Monk Higgins. Moore jammed with Albert Collins and Big Joe Turner.
"I hope people enjoy listening to my music as much as I enjoy making it. Thanks to everyone who’s supported the releases."
The most original and influential British Blues guitarist to have emerged since the sixties, Schofield’s guitar tone and distinctive phrasing have become highly influential, culminating in Guitar & Bass magazine (3/07) listing Schofield in their Top Ten British Bluesmen of All Time. Born in August 1977 in Manchester, Matt grew up in Fairford, Gloucestershire listening to his Dad’s American Blues records. A defining moment arrived when, aged 13, he saw a video of BB King, Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan jamming together. That set his course – he wanted to be a Blues guitarist!
Alex Riel was born September 1940 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has since the sixties remained firmly established as one of the most significant and influential jazz drummers in Europe. His career began in the mid-sixties when he was the house drummer at the legendary jazz club "Montmartre" in Copenhagen. With bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and pianist Tete Montoliu or Kenny Drew he accompanied musicians such as Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Dorham, Johnny Griffin, Don Byas, Donald Byrd, Brew Moore and Yusef Lateef.