Alex Sipiagin

Alex Sipiagin

  Alex Sipiagin was born on June 11, 1967 in Yaroslavl, Russia, a provincial city 150 miles from Moscow known for being home to one of Russia’s most famous opera singers, Leonid Sobinov, also Alex’s great-grand uncle.  At 12 years of age, he began playing in a children’s orchestra, studying under the great symphonic trumpeter and teacher, Mikhael Tsamaiev, his […]

Dave Holland

Dave Holland

Dave Holland (born October 1, 1946) is an English jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader who has been performing and recording for five decades. He has lived in the United States for over 40 years. His work ranges from pieces for solo performance to big band. Holland runs his own independent record label, Dare2, which he launched in 2005. He has explained his musical philosophy by quoting […]

Seamus Blake

Seamus Blake

New York based tenor saxophonist/composer SEAMUS BLAKE is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. His music is known for its sophistication, bold improvisations and “sheer swagger”.  John Scofield, who hired Seamus for his “Quiet Band,” called him “extraordinary, a total saxophonist.” Seamus Blake’s recent releases, Live at Smalls (Smalls Live 2010), Bellwether (Criss Cross Jazz 2009) […]

Antonio Sanchez

Antonio Sanchez

When a powerhouse arrives on the scene, be it in the fields of sport, literature, or music, what initially attracts are the artifacts of talent, not talent itself. As consumers we are wowed by prowess, by technique, by human gifts that can appear superhuman when present in a Michael Jordan, a Garcia Marquez or a Herbie Hancock. But as the […]