Professor of Saxophone for the Royal Marines, Simon Bates is known and respected for his stylistic versatility and instrumental prowess. He is in great demand on the London session scene and has appeared live and recorded with a wide variety of bands and musicians including Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum, Shane MacGowan, Bette Midler, Lulu, Rick Wakeman, D:Ream, Chaka Khan, Emma Bunton, Seal, The Zappatistas and Peter Erskine.
Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. Born on November 3, 1939, in Miami, FL, McPhee first began playing the trumpet at age eight. McPhee continued on that instrument through high school and then in a U.S.
Martin Speake was born in Barnet, England, in 1958. There was music in the family and his grandmother was a pub pianist all her life having started off playing for silent films. A cousin was a semi professional jazz pianist who was inspired by Bill Evans, his mother loved Ella Fitzgerald and his auntie and uncle listened to Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and Errol Garner. Parties would always have music at them, which usually meant family and friends would take it in turns to sing a song.
Mark Turner was born on November 10, 1965 in Fairborn, Ohio. He grew up on the West Coast, spent time in Boston and New Orleans, and moved to New York City in the Mid-1990's. He has been a frequent partner with Kurt Rosenwinkel for over a decade. The collective Fly with Jeff Ballard and Larry Grenadier is has been touring and performing since 2002.
Bob Mintzer (born January 27, 1953), originally from New Rochelle, New York, is a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and big band leader based in Los Angeles. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1970, Mintzer made his mark as a soloist, mainly on the tenor saxophone and the bass clarinet. He is also proficient on flute, EWI, and other saxophones and clarinets. He is a member of the jazz rock band the Yellowjackets...
Wayne Shorter (born August 25, 1933) is an American jazz composer and saxophonist. Shorter has recorded dozens of albums as a leader, and appeared on dozens more with others. Many of his compositions have become standards. Shorter was born in Newark, New Jersey, and attended Newark Arts High School. He was encouraged by his father to take up the saxophone as a teenager (his brother Alan became a trumpeter).
Bass Guitar - Marino Pliakas
Drums - Michael Wertmuller
Tarogato, Saxophone [Alto, Tenor] - Peter Brötzmann
The Kandinsky Effect is a band formed in 2007. They are a modern jazz ensemble; both powerful and sensitive within their own unique sound. Constantly searching for new ways to improvise within the jazz idiom. The Kandinsky Effect can be found lurking along the borders of jazz, rock, electronica, hip-hop, and experimental sounds searching for freedom of expression. Tenor saxophone, double bass and drums play subtly with sounds, colors, rhythms and forms to create a rich and original musical world, which mixes personal compositions and covers from their individual influences.