Posts Tagged ‘Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival 2019’

Named “a genius on the guitar” by the Los Angeles Times, “a guitar player’s guitarist” by Critical Blast, and “amazingly talented” by Dave Koz, the Southern California based guitarist, composer and producer Blake Aaron launched his career as an L.A. studio musician and sideman. He has recorded and performed with artists such as Philip Bailey, Sheila E., Bobby Womack, Carlos Santana, The Gap Band, Keiko Matsui, Warren Hill and many others. A first call TV & Film Session Guitarist, Blake has also worked for shows such as Steven Seagal’s “Half Past Dead 2” and “The Ben Stiller Show”. “People are most familiar to me now as a contemporary jazz artist, but I’ve been in different bands playing rock, funk, R&B and straight ahead jazz. So I’ve never been able to focus on just one style. Many artists like to focus on one trademark sound, but I have to use different modes of expression because that’s really who I am. It keeps the albums fresh and allows for more spontaneity onstage”, says Aaron, who loves working with different guitars at live shows. His favourites: D’Angelico hollow body, Fender Stratocaster and Cordoba Nylon string.

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Gabriel Mark Hasselbach plays many instruments – trumpet, flute, flugelhorn and trombone –, but trumpet remains his first choice. Born and raised in Colorado, he followed his muse to Vancouver in the 1970s. “I brought my bike, my trumpet and a stack of music books,” he said in an interview. “I never went to a conservatory, but I read the books, I practised a lot and I performed a lot. I think, this way, I kept my musical self, my uniqueness as a musician.” His career on the world stage started with the multiplatinum Powder Blues Band. After many national and international tours, he launched his solo career. Although he has also had notable straight ahead jazz successes, he prefers “the more rhythmically succinct domain of smooth jazz for the variety of color and texture that it provides”. Also as a soloist, he has toured many festivals (e.g. Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Fest), and has recorded or performed with artists such as Bob James, Little Richard, George Benson, John Denver, The O’Jays, Ben E King, John Lee Hooker, Paul Hardcastle or Michael Bublé (whose album ‘Dream’ was produced in Gabriel’s studio).

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Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician following his junior high introduction to woodwinds. He became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with “The Rippingtons” in 1989. Jeff performed hundreds of shows worldwide and appeared on many of the band’s recordings. After his decade long tenure with that group, Kashiwa’s instincts led him to more dynamic endeavors through his solo career. It surprised many when he left the group, but he had things to say through his own music. In 2004, Kashiwa founded “The Sax Pack”, a trio of sax headliners, ft. himself, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. The group charms audiences with their “Rat Pack style” in tours across the U.S. and abroad. For their 20th Anniversary Tour, Jeff reunited with “The Rippingtons” two years later and continued to record and tour with the group another ten years. In addition to touring with “The Sax Pack” and his own group “Coastal Access”, Kashiwa has also been teaching various music courses.

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Paul Brown started as a drummer, he then became an engineer for R&B legends such as Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin before evolving into a two-time Grammy winning urban jazz producer and finally a popular guitarist, artist and performer in his own right. Over the past 12 years, after he had released his debut album, the Los Angeles born and raised guitarist produced/composed over 60 #1 radio airplay hits for himself and other artists as well as seven previous hit solo albums. He also did thousands of performances worldwide, including gigs with fellow guitarists Larry Carlton, Chris Standring and Marc Antoine, but also others of the genre’s most influential artists, e.g. Euge Groove, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Jeff Golub and Al Jarreau. And yet Paul admits he’s still trying to find himself as an artist. After all those accolades and live performances, he remains joyously restless – and the only place for him to go is deeper into the music that’s driven his life from the start, the blues.

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Singer-songwriter-guitarist Javier Colon hails from Connecticut. The son of a Dominican father and a Puerto Rican mother emerged as a musical prodigy early in life. Soon after graduating from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music with a degree in Music Education, he first became lead singer of the neo-funk group EmCQ and after that he spent two years touring with Derek Trucks Band, as their lead singer. After striking out on his own, Javier’s career took an unexpected but propitious turn in 2011, when he became the winner on the inaugural season of NBC’s “The Voice”. His coach on “The Voice” was Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, so Javier played a series of concerts in Mexico and South America with that band. He has also been part of the Dave Koz Cruises and his collaboration with the renowned jazz saxophonist also includes a run of shows in Japan. Blessed with an incredibly soulful voice, a charismatic personality and a commanding stage presence, Javier has already won the attention of an international fan base. They embrace his blend of pop, rock and R&B – a distinctive style that Javier’s dubbed “acoustic soul”.

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Pianist and keyboardist Bobby Lyle has been a fixture in the jazz scene for more than three decades. He began his career at the age of 16, playing in local clubs in Minneapolis. After high school he enrolled in Macalester College in St. Paul, where he took two years of advanced piano studies before hitting the road as a full-time musician. A move from Minneapolis to Los Angeles set in motion a fortuitous set of circumstances that led him to Jazz Crusader co-founder Wayne Henderson, who secured his first record deal; and also became his first record producer and mentor in the business. His musical journey has taken Bobby all over the world to various festivals and he has served as musical director for such notable artists as Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Bette Midler, and Phyliss Hyman. Bobby is also involved with teaching and mentoring jazz piano students. In 2014, in association with smooth jazz radio personality Guy Michaels, he launched Houston’s first ever TV Jazz Show called The J-Spot.

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If you’ve ever seen him perform, you know what a high-energy entertainer he is. A consistent chart-topper and two-time winner of the Gavin Report’s Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year award who has amassed a catalogue of #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and radio hits, Rick Braun has remained modest. A native of Allentown/Pennsylvania, the trumpeter, vocalist, composer and producer first surfaced as a member of the jazz-fusion outfit Auracle. After two LPs the group disbanded, and Braun turned to songwriting, scoring a hit with REO Speedwagon’s “Here with Me”. That was his entry, and he became a highly-respected sideman touring and recording with Rod Stewart, Sade, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole and Tom Petty. When his own Single “Cadillac Slim” had become a big hit, he had to either continue touring with Rod or really commit to his solo career. Instinctually he made the decision right away and never looked back. Rick has not only crafted his own, but also many (#1) hits for other musicians. He’s also a member of RnR (with Richard Elliot) and BWB (with Norman Brown and Kirk Whalum). Rick’s new album “Crossroads” was released on August 16, 2019.

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