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MUSIC DC Scene

David Dyson: Bassist, Songwriter, Arranger and Producer
David began playing the bass when he was 12. He played bass in school, church, local bands and participated in studio sessions with local gospel artists. He followed his musical dream, attending and graduating from the Berklee College of Music. 

David Dyson
Unleashed (2008)
 
After which, he was the bassist for Saxophonist Walter Beasley. In January, 1989, he was called to audition for Maurice Starr (Producer of New Kids On the Block) and was hired as the bassist the for the show and eventually rose to the position of musical director.   Since then he's toured and worked with artists such as Kirk Whalum, Bob James, Chico Freeman, Tim Hagans, Terumasa Hino, Jonathan Butler, Me'shell N'degeocello, Rick Braun, and Najee to name a few.  He can be heard backing many musicians on albums. Over the years, he has released a few albums of his own. He recorded "Soulmates" (1999), he also joined Trumpeter Tim Hagans and producer Bob Belden to write and record two CD’s in that same year.  In 2004, he released "The Dawning," on his own label "Lohandfunk," and released his third CD “Unleashed!” in 2008.  David often performs with Pieces of a Dream and is featured on several of their CD's. He performs worldwide. Catch a performance at a venue near you. Link to  Website, Facebook, Reverbnation, YouTube, Discography and DC Bebop page.


MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

Reginald Cyntje, Trombonist
Reginald is from the island of Dominica, began his musical career at age 12, at that time he chose the trombone as his tool of expression with the goal of becoming a great trombone player. To this end, he has studied at Interlochen where he was exposed to the virtuoso trombonist Christian Lindberg. In 1993 Reginald began

Reginald Cyntje
Spiritual Awakening (2015)
 
studying jazz trombone at Berklee College of Music. During his time at Berklee Reginald performed with well-known international artists. Since that time, he has performed and/or recorded with world renowned musicians/ poets to include Nasar Abadey, Wayne Andre, Amiri Baraka, Ron Blake, Michael Bowie, Herman Burney, Marc Cary, Benito Gonzalez, Amin Gumbs, Michael Hawkins, Buck Hill, Ron Jackson and Illinois Jacquet to name just a few. Cyntje is currently leading The Reginald Cyntje Group and working as a sideman in other jazz, Latin, and Calypso groups. Link to: Website, Facebook, Reverbnation and DC Bebop page.


MUSIC US East 

Su Terry, alto and soprano saxophonist, songwriter and writer
Su Terry is an alto and soprano saxophonist, songwriter and writer. Su grew up listening to Jazz from her father's jazz album collection. She later pursued the study of music while in High School, studying under pianist and educator John Mehegan.  Her musical career started at the age of 16,

Su Terry    Live at the Deer Head Inn (2014)
 
performing at church functions and in musical theater. She attended and graduated from the University of Hartford where she was a protegee' of the late great saxophonist Jackie McLean at the Hartt School of Music, and the first graduate of the jazz studies program he founded. She began playing jazz gigs while attending Hartt. On the advice of Jackie McLean, Su moved to New York City where she was a featured soloist with many bands. Su has appeared as a Jazz soloist with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has performed at numerous jazz festivals, at Montreux Jazz Festival, the Nice Jazz Festival, the Pori Jazz Festival, the Northsea Jazz Festival and the Blue Note in Tokyo and many more. Links: Website, Wikipedia, Sonicbids, YouTube, CD Baby Discography, and DC Bebop

MUSIC US West 

Vel Lewis - Multi-instrumentalist
Vel plays primarily, the Hammond organ; but also piano, synthesizer keyboards, drums, and electric bass guitar. He started out as a vocalist, his first instrument was the flute, but the organ captured his heart after learning to play it.

Vel Lewis (2014)
Colors of Soul
 
While in high school, he performed on a televised jazz program playing organ. In the late 1960's, into the early 1970's, Vel performed with a number of gospel groups. In the early 1970's, Vel performed and traveled with "The Delfonics." and co-wrote and sang the opening lead vocal on a song released in 1974 on the Warner Bros. Reprise label entitled "Tell Me Why" by The Life Group, also known as "Life". In 1990, he co-produced songs with Tom Borton on Borton's albums "Dancing With Tigers" and "The Lost World", released on the Mesa/Bluemoon Records label. In the late 1990's, he composed music for Los Angeles Post Music, a production music library founded by Tom Borton. LA Post Music's tracks appear on popular TV shows "Sex And The City", "Friends", "Mad About You", and "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air". Between the years 2003 through 2005, he performed on a World Tour with legendary singer Dionne Warwick. In 2005, he released his first solo debut album "All Wound Up" under the stage name of Shady Grady. He composed eight of the ten songs and co-wrote the remaining two songs contained in this album. His song "Song For My Love" from his EP "Colors Of Soul" landed at #67 on the Groove Jazz Music "Top 100" list. Links: Website
, Facebook, Reverbnation, SonicBids, Bandcamp, All About Jazz, SoundCloud and DC Bebop page

MUSIC BANDS

São Paulo Ska Jazz
Founded by musician and composer Marcelo Calderazzo. The band is Marcelo Calderazzo (acoustic and

Sao Paulo SKA Jazz
Gringo (2015)
 
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 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 CD ARCHIVE: ONECD

Gabriela Anders
Gabriela Anders - Wanting (1998) "Gabriela Anders is Argentinean, and comes from Buenos Aires. This young lady delivers us a SUPERB and CONSISTENT Latin tinged "smooth jazz" set and has the production talents of George Duke, Paul Brown and Matt Pearson to lean on. The end result is a soul/jazz lovers dream. Vocally she comes to us in an extremely sensual and sexy way indeed. Imagine a vocal fusion of Astrud Gilberto and Chante Moore. Interested? Some of her vocal phrasing echoes of Sade, but this lady is far superior and has a much wider, varied and more interesting vocal range."   ~ SoulExpress.com, Facebook, YouTube and Website


MUSIC CD ARCHIVE: DOUBLECD

Chris Botti
Chris Botti - When I Fall In Love (2004) "While his ballad album emphasizes the clear tone and gentle spirit that this lyrical trumpeter releases quite naturally, it also serves to exhibit the nuances with which Chris Botti can convince. His subtle improvisations ooze heartfelt emotion from start to finish. Comparisons with Miles Davis and Chet Baker prove valid. While Columbia prefers to market his good looks and youthful, boyish charm, they know they've got a winning formula here, in this evocative trumpet soloist."   ~ JIM SANTELLA - AllAboutJazz.com, Website, Facebook and YouTube
Chris Botti - To Love Again (2005) "Trumpeter Chris Botti's To Love Again: The Duets picks up where his stellar 2004 release When I Fall in Love leaves off, with more gorgeously lush and heartfelt orchestral jazz via the London Session Orchestra. This time showcasing guest vocalists -- as well as a handful of instrumental tracks -- Botti takes an even more classicist approach than before and once again brings to mind such iconic jazz albums as Clifford Brown with Strings and Miles Davis' Porgy and Bess. Largely known as a smooth jazz artist with a sweet trumpet tone, it wasn't until When I Fall in Love that Botti dropped the smooth jazz synthesizers and pop-oriented compositions in favor of Gil Evans-style jazz orchestrations and an acoustic backing quartet."  ~ AllMusic.com



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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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