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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 BANDS

MILCK
MILCK is Connie Lim's latest passion project. She officially launched it with a single ("devil devil") in 2016, which also aired on E! Network's show The Royals. Connie is "a songwriter, producer, vocalist, pianist, performer, and recording artist."

MILCK (2016)
Devil Devil (single)
 
In an interview, she was asked, "how would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it?" To which she replied, "As a performing / recording artist, I go by the name of MILCK. That music is cinematic soul pop. It's dramatic, powerful, and yearning for a sense of freedom, healing, and hope. As a songwriter/producer/vocalist I am a super eclectic musician. For example I just released a deep house single with producer Fontaine Ivory. Previous to that I released a singer/songwriter track that I cowrote with Hayden Bursk, "Run Home to You". This song got placed on LifeTime TV's Movie Trigger Point. I produce and write for other artists, ranging from artists like soulful crooner Will Jay, to dark pop singer Mia Rashap, to indietronica project Lion-S." ~ Interview - traktivist.com.   Links:  Website, Facebook, Connie Lim (DC bebop)


MUSIC CD ARCHIVE: ONECD

Duane Eubanks Quintet
Duane Eubanks Quintet - Things Of That Particular Nature (2015) "Things Of That Particular Nature is the record that the jazz world has been waiting for from trumpeter Duane Eubanks. My Shining Hour (TCB Records, 1999) and Second Take (TCB Records, 2001) put Eubanks on the map as a leader, positioning him as a purveyor of all manner of bop-derived music. He instantly came off as one to watch, but his voice was tied to the past on those releases, both through the material he covered and the debts that his sound betrayed. Now, with more than a decade of experience under his belt since those albums were released, Eubanks is speaking with a voice that's all his own. ""   ~ DAN BILAWSKY - AllAboutJazz.com, Website, Facebook, Discography  and Whirlwind Recordings


MUSIC CD ARCHIVE: DOUBLECD

Joanna Pascale
Joanna Pascale - Wildflower (2015) "Whether referring to the lesser-known repertoire to which she’s drawn or to the singer herself, nurtured in the concrete jungle of her native Philadelphia, Wildflower is the ideal title for Pascale’s captivating new album. Supported by an excellent band led by the session’s producer, pianist Orrin Evans, and a host of special guests including Christian McBride, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gregoire Maret, Bilal, and Cyrus Chestnut, Pascale finally comes into full bloom, a wildflower whose beauty is emerging into the sunlight."   All About Jazz, WebsiteDiscography, Facebook and YouTube


Joanna Pascale - When Lights Are Low (2004) "Joanna Pascale's debut CD, When Lights are Low, is a searching exploration of the female voice, its many facets and subtleties, within the context of rendering ballad standards in a "classic," timeless way. There are no "frills," cliches, or "tricks of the trade" in this album, nothing clever or stylish about it. It is simply an attempt to manifest the "pure clear word" of these songs as transparently as possible. The accompaniment follows suit. Terell Stafford's solo on "Easy Living" states the case. It is a lyrical improvisation that makes no attempt to be "modern" and flashy- rather, it echoes the evolution of jazz trumpet playing from Armstrong through Beiderbecke to Baker as a unified whole rather than a series of signature styles. This CD is entirely a statement about classic jazz as having one core, one essence. And Pascale is up to that challenge."  ~ VICTOR L. SCHERMER - All About Jazz


MUSIC CD ARCHIVES:
DOUBLECD  - SINGLES  - ONECD


*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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