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MUSIC BANDS

Sao Paulo SKA Jazz
Founded by musician and composer Marcelo Calderazzo. The band is Marcelo Calderazzo (acoustic and electric bass), Renato Guizelini (guitar, mandolin and guitar), Ramon Montagner (drums), Sidney Ferraz (piano and keyboards), Manu Falleiros (baritone sax, tenor and high), Marcelo Pereira (baritone sax, tenor and

Sao Paulo SKA Jazz
Gringo (2015)
 
flute), Gabriel Stampfli (trumpet) and André "Porão" Gomes (trombone). "South America's ska scene started developing in the mid-1980s. South American ska bands typically play traditional ska rhythms blended with strong influences from Latin music and rock en Español.  São Paulo SKA Jazz ebmraced the musical style to entertain the people and to pay respect to Jamaican rhythm. To these rhythms, the band adds the sophistication of jazz to create their own unique sound.    Links: Reverbnation, Website (BR), YouTube, Facebook and DC Bebop page.

MUSIC DC Scene

Wayne Wilentz - Pianist and bandleader
Wayne is originally from New York, moved to the DC area in 1989 and has played Brazilian Jazz in the nation's capitol since then. Before coming to DC Wayne was a keyboardist and composer for the '80's funk band "SKYY", and received a gold record commemorating their #1 Album "Skyy Line" on Salsoul

The Wayne Wilentz Quartet - Recordar Viver (2008)
 
Records. During his career he has performed with such famous R&B acts as Carl Gardner's Coasters, The Shirelles, The Marvellettes, and Jimmy Norman. Since moving to the DC area, Wayne has recorded on a number of CD's, many of which he co-produced. In 2004, Wayne released his first compilation of original material entitled "Break of Dawn". It featured vocals by four of DC's finest jazz singers, Pam Bricker, Patrick Desantos, Nicki Gonzalez and Steve Washington. Over the years Wayne has done many sessions for ESL Music and Thievery Corporation, and can be heard on remixes by them. The Wayne Wilentz Quartet released Recordar E Viver (2008) on CDBaby.com. Wayne performs regularly in the DC area. Check his calendar for coming performances.  Links: Website, Reverbnation, Facebook, YouTube, and DC Bebop page.


MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

TOSIN - Drummer, Songwriter and Musical Producer
Tosin grew up in Nigeria. As far back as he can recall, he was drawn to music of various origins through his father's vast album collection, which included artists from around the world. Tosin's initial education in music started from consciously listening to those records, as well as reading the liner notes. His early attraction to music and its influence on him gave rise to a passion for the music of his homeland. Today,

TOSIN
What Are We Gonna Do? (2016)
 
his music reflects these early roots. As a person of Pan-African viewpoint, Tosin professes that, "my music is a mixture of African rhythmic idioms and elements of jazz and blues, with lyrics of hope, love and human realities." In the mean time, Tosin is in the studio working on his next album." Tosin has appeared at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention as both a clinician and a performer. He has received the Individual Artist Awards for World Music Compositions from the Maryland State Arts Council. Over several years, Tosin has been nominated for the Wammie Awards for "best world music instrumentalist" by the Washington Area Music Association. Tosin has appeared on the MTV’s Realworld Show and Fox 5 News in Washington DC with his group, Afrikan Rhapsody. He "has released 4 albums (What's On Your Mind, 2006; Drum Monologue, 2008; Restoration, 2012; Life Begins, 2013). His most recent projects are some singles released in 2015 and 2016, which include an afro-jazzy remix of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”. His band has performed, both as headliner and opening act, at various festivals and jazz venues. Tosin continues to develop his musical concept, teach and conduct workshops." Links: TosinBeats.com, SoundCloud, Reverbnation, YouTube DCB Musician feature page


MUSIC US East 

Kiku Collins -Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Valve Trombone, Vocals, Actor, Songwriter.
Kiku Collins, classically trained trumpet player at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy and Manhattan School of Music, found her way to a successful pop/jazz career, sharing the stage with many musicians - most notably with Beyonce (on trumpet and trombone) and Michael Bolton (trumpet and vocals).

Kiku Collins (2007)
Here With Me
 
She has also been seen as an actor/musician in off-Broadway shows in NYC, as an on-camera actress in Television commercials, as well as heard on countless television and radio commercials and television shows. Kiku is a Getzen featured trumpet artist and  "Freelance Trumpet Player who began playing the trumpet in the fifth grade in the footsteps of her older brother."   Kiku has released two CDs. "Here With Me" (2007) and "Red Light" in June 2011.  Links: Reverbnation, website, Facebook Fans page, CD Baby.com and DC Bebop page.

MUSIC US West 

Lao Tizer, Keyboardist and composer
Lao is a "Best New Jazz Artist" nominee; a Yamaha-endorsed pianist and keyboardist. "TIZER" has performed at premier venues all over the United States and events worldwide. Lao has performed along side artists like, "Isaac Hayes, Boney James, Zappa Plays Zappa,

Lao Tizer
Downbeat (2012)
 
Wayne Shorter, George Benson, The Commodores, The Rippingtons, Bruce Hornsby, Jethro Tull, and Spyro Gyra", and the list goes on.  Lao's attraction to music was realized in his early childhood.  He was drawn to the piano his parents bought for his sister, when he heard heard her playing.  From age five to age nine, Lao "tinkered" with the piano until his parents "gave in" and allowed him to begin formal training.  Once he bagan lessons, his natural talent for improvisation and composition blossomed.  Lao self-produced and released his first three solo keyboard recordings while in high school. In 1997 he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his musical calling, where he met guitarist Chieli Minucci, who was a strong influence and advisor. In 2001 Lao released his first CD titled "Golden Soul".  In 2006 he recorded his second CD, "Diversify".  In 2008, Lao created "TIZER", featuring "Chieli Minucci and international violin virtuoso Karen Briggs". In that same year, he produced his third album "Passages". Since the release of "Passages", TIZER has performed concerts on tour in Asian and African. In 2010, Lao released his fourth album "Tizer Live". "Downbeat," released in 2012, the first studio album by TIZER, a collection of 12 brand-new originals. TIZER can been seen and heard at concerts, festivals and in clubs all over the world. Check his calendar for a venue near you.  Link: Facebook, Reverbnation, Website and DC Bebop page.


MUSIC CD ARCHIVE: ONECD

Bob Baldwin
Bob Baldwin - Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson (2007) "Baldwin interprets Jackson in a pretty straightforward and direct manner, with few frills or unnecessary flourishes. Another artist might have overly embellished the material with strings, horns, a battery of overdubbed keyboards, vocalists and other trappings; instead, Baldwin lets the music do the talking, and guest appearances by guitarists Steve Oliver, Chieli Minnucci and Chuck Loeb, along with trumpeter Joey Sommerville, add subtle but not showy contributions. Loeb—the newly recruited replacement for Larry Carlton in Fourplay —shines especially on "Never Can Say Goodbye.""   ~ Jeff Wimbush - AllAboutJazz.com, Website, Facebook, DiscographyReverbnationand DC Bebop page


MUSIC CD ARCHIVE: DOUBLECD

Me'Shell N' Degeocello
Me'Shell N' Degeocello - Plantation Lullabies (1993) "Before Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, rapper/singer Me’Shell NdegéOcello injected hip-hop with the adrenaline of Alternative, organic soul humming with the politics of sex and "black-on-black love." A significant influence on Madonna (her boss at Maverick), NdegéOcello’s debut, Plantation Lullabies, is the quintessential hip-hop album, mixing the soul of Sly Stone and the funk of James Brown with the pop sensibilities of Prince and the grace of Lena Horne. The album’s lead single, "If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night)," was the most unlikely of hits with the most unlikely of pop hooks: "Boyfriend, boyfriend/Yes I had your boyfriend." If anyone had ever doubted that the Civil Rights Movement was still alive and necessary, Plantation Lullabies exists to prove them otherwise." ~ Sal Cinquemani - slantmagazine.comWebsite, Facebook and Wikipedia.


Me'Shell Ndegeocello - Devil's Halo (2009) "Intense. That's always the first word that comes to mind when anyone mentions Meshell Ndegeocello. Her music eschews sentiment for emotion. There's a stark acceptance that life is rough, passionate, trying, and beautiful in Ndegeocello's work. She never shies away from how heavy and messy human emotion can be.... For Ndegeocello fans though, it is tempting to say that the Devil's Halo and Bitter are just two sides of the same coin""which isn't really accurate, I don't think. Anyone who insinuates that this is the happier version of Bitter is missing the point. Devil's Halo, even with songs like "Bright Shiny Morning" isn't really a happy album. But it isn't really a sad one either. It rejects this paradigm as a false choice and as such it is really Bitter with a greater sense of perspective of life's realities. "   ~ Tyler Lewis - PopMatters


MUSIC CD ARCHIVES:
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*The most recent featured musicians and play lists from the five Music listings on DC Bebop.   A musician listed on a DC Bebop page with an intro, is featured for 10 days with one of their songs.  Included in the play list are songs by nine other musicians in a table on DC Bebop. The songs are linked to a page (MySpace, Reverbnation, YouTube or where ever the song can be heard). The play list is not a top 10 list. It features songs I liked and think perhaps others might appreciate the music as well.

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