Michael Manring (born 1960 in Washington, D.C.) is an electric bassist from the San Francisco Bay Area (Northern California). In addition to a tenure as the in-house bassist for Windham Hill Records, Manring has recorded with Michael Hedges, Alex Skolnick (in the bands Skol-Patrol and Attention Deficit, also featuring Tim Alexander from Primus), Larry Kassin, Tom Darter, Steve Morse, David Cullen, and many other noted musicians.
Rob Reynolds - Biography. Rob Reynolds is an award winning singer/songwriter who plays acoustic/electric guitar, lap steel, dobro steel/ slide, has opened for the likes of Midge Ure, Errol Brown, Hazel O’Connor, China Crisis, Big Joe Turner, Arthur Lee, and Love, Pete Wylie, Procul Harem, Paul Carrack, Christy Hennessey, Glen Tilbrook, Hugh Cornwell and Amos Lee. 2009 see’s the release of Rob’s 5th album, ‘Coming home' recorded with multi Juno winning producer, Brandon Friesen in Winnipeg, Canada.
Jazz/funk experts Protect The Beat are: Derek Nash - sax (Jools Holland, Dave Grusin, Sax Appeal)
Winston Blissett - bass (Massive Attack, Jeff Lorber)
Tim Cansfield - guitar (Steve Winwood, Annie Lennox, Ray Charles)
Arden Hart - keys & trumpet (Bootsy Collins, Massive Attack)
Darby Todd - drums (Dennis Rollins, Hot Leg) Described as "the strongest live act within the genre in the UK at this time," "audiences just love these guys"... Could be the first UK act to 'live with' the likes of The Breckers, Herbie Hancock, The Yellow Jackets and other top US acts within this genre.
Noir is at least 11 different artists, amongst which: 1) Whether he is travelling the world DJing at some of the finest parties on the planet, or producing tracks that gain support from the cream of the world’s dj elite, Noir (a.k.a. René Kristensen) remains one of the industry’s most respected and hard working individuals.
With over 10 years experience under his belt, Noir gave up his daytime job at the end of 2003 to focus on his dj and production career and hasn’t looked back since.
Palle Mikkelborg (b. 1941) started playing trumpet in 1956 and became a professional musician in 1960. He consider himself an autodidact on trumpet. At first he was a member of the Danish Radio Jazz Group and the Danish Radio Big Band. As a leader of these bands in the 1970s, he developed his skill as a composer and arranger. Throughout the 1980's Mikkelborg toured Europe and Japan and made recordings with Gil Evans Big Band, George Russel Big Band, Terje Rypdal, Jan Garbarek, Gary Peacock, Dinu Saluzzi and others.
Chick Corea is best known for his work during the 1970s in the genre of jazz fusion, although his contributions to straight-ahead jazz have been tremendous. He participated in the birth of the electric fusion movement as a member of Miles Davis's band in the 1960s, and in the 1970s formed Return to Forever. In the 80s he formed the Chick Corea Elektric Band, utilising new technologies, whilst still exploring the fusion arena. This band gave new exposure to John Patitucci (Bass), Dave Weckl (Drums), Frank Gambale (Guitar).
Dylan Lee Howe (born August 4, 1969 in England) is a jazz drummer, studio/session drummer and composer. Biography Dylan Howe grew up in Hampstead, London.
He is the son of guitarist Steve Howe (of Yes)—his father named him after Dylan Thomas. The guitar instrumental "Clap" was written for Dylan. Howe attended King Alfred School (KAS) from 1975 to 1986. He started playing aged 10 and is mainly self-taught.
Osibisa, one of the most important jazz-rock bands ever, was founded in 1969 and made a very interesting fragment of musical history during 70s. Musicians from Ghana join jazz, funk, fusion, caribbean, r&b, latino and african rhythms. This legendary band from Ghana made 20 studio albums; Osibisa worked with many popular jazz musicians, Thin Lizzy, with Stevie Wonder and others. The best known albums are: Osibisa (1971), Woyaya (1971), and African Flight (1981).