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2015 Artist Bios

Airmen of Note
Airmen of Note
The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band.
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Ali Ryerson
Ali Ryerson
With a career spanning over four decades, jazz flutist Ali Ryerson consistently ranks among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll. Born in 1952 in New York City, Ali grew up in a musical family.
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Bria Skonberg
Bria Skonberg
In 2013 she earned a Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year” and has been included in DOWNBEAT Magazine’s Rising Star Critics‘ Poll the last two years.
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Christine Jensen
Christine Jensen
Christine Jensen was born in Sechelt, British Columbia, in 1970, growing up in Nanaimo among some of Canada’s finest musicians, including Phil Dwyer, Diana Krall, blues guitarist, David Gogo, and her sister Ingrid.
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Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves is among the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world. In her first studio album in five years, Reeves delivers what is destined to become a soul-jazz classic.
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Ernie Andrews
Ernie Andrews
Ernie Andrews has managed to be both popular and underrated throughout his lengthy career.
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Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
"Grace Kelly plays with intelligence, wit and feeling. She has a great amount of natural ability and the ability to adapt that is the hallmark of a first-class jazz musician." Wynton Marsalis
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Graham Dechter
Graham Dechter
An accomplished guitarist, composer and arranger, Graham Dechter plays with the kind of swinging authority and seasoned maturity that belies his young age.
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Holly Hofmann
Holly Hofmann
Holly Hofmann’s first memories as a musician are some of her fondest. At age 5 she would spend evenings playing a child’s flutophone, accompanying her father, a jazz guitarist, on standards from the Great American Songbook.
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Ingrid Jensen
Ingrid Jensen
Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, Ingrid headed east after receiving a number of scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
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Jeff Coffin
Jeff Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator and has been traveling the globe since the late 20th Century.
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Josh Nelson
Josh Nelson
Josh Nelson, born and raised in Southern California, maintains an active and creative schedule as a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and recording artist. At only 36 years old, he has already performed with some of the most respected names in jazz.
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Katie Thiroux
Katie Thiroux
Katie Thiroux is a bassist and vocalist of outstanding talent and determination. Coming from a musical family in Los Angeles, she was surrounded by music; beginning with violin lessons at age 4 then switching to the acoustic bass at age 8.
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Ken Peplowski
Ken Peplowski
“Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” Russell Davies, BBC2 August 2013
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Kevin Kanner
Kevin Kanner
Despite his age, over the years Kevin has amassed a large summary of jazz credits in collaboration with other artists.
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Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns
Meschiya Lake
Meschiya began her singing career at the age of nine, earning a regular gig and winning $500 upon winning an adults only singing contest in a South Dakota Steakhouse.
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Rumi Inoue
Rumi Inoue
Rumi was born in Kyoto Japan. She is a performer, composer and recording artist in Jazz and other music on flute. She holds a Master of Music degree in Afro-Latin Music Performance from California State Los Angeles.
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Stefon Harris
Stefon Harris
Stefon Harris' passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene.
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Tia Fuller
Tia Fuller
"Fuller is a modernist who incorporates touches of funk, gospel and R&B into her sound. Nevertheless, it's all articulated through a language that is rooted in postbop." – JazzTimes
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Wycliffe Gordon
Wycliffe Gordon
Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
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