TMO Entertainment Proudly Presents, Ray Gaskins...
Ray gaskins born in Baltimore , Maryland July 18th studied With Dr.Reppard Stone and Dr.Thomas Delaine in (performance and theory) started writing and producing dance music in the late 80's after 6 years of U.s. naval service. After 6 consecutive billboard charted hits in the house music category, Gaskins establish his jazz fusion based group sound with Standing members gene Jackson, Reggie Washington, Dave Gilmore, Mark Gilmore, Cook Broadnax, and others to also become a soul based function band with Gaskins as the keybroad/sax/vocalist. His soul tinged vocals mixed With varied vocal styles of Jareau, Benson, and a few other chart toppers of the 80's laid down a foundation for a functioning band in Brooklyn New York and soon to prove itself beyond Ray moved to London. After an offer to tour with the great vibraphonist Roy Ayers in 93. The tour so successful also in a promo/recording with the group Fishbelly Black recording were the base of Acid Jazz movement. So ray himself stayed and decided to record and market himself for Europe. His first release "Soul Crusade" was the debut CD limited to UK and Australia. Which prompted his next release "Cant Stop". Which had five Acid Jazz and two Pop hits that took him all over Europe for eight tours.
TMO Entertainment Proudly presents, Bob Gluck...
Gluck’s life story is as interesting as his music. Raised in New York City, he political activist/Julliard trained pianist eventually developed an interest in music as diverse as Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett’s American quartet, Jimi Hendrix, seventies era electric Miles Davis groups, Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band and Weather Report.
Following a long absence from the music scene, during which time Gluck was engaged in a religious life as a rabbi, Gluck returned to music, first electronic and, in 2005, to his most expressive instrument and first love, the piano.
Bob Gluck is a pianist and composer in the tradition of jazz’s truly great creative individualists. His approach as a pianist, composer and improviser is one that merges intuition with a broad sonic palate where lyricism and abstraction find a shared home. Gluck’s two quartets include Infinite Spirit, featuring drummer Billy Hart, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, and bassist Christopher. Dean Sullivan; and the Bob Gluck Quartet, with bassist Michael Bisio, drummer Tani Tabbal, and saxophonist Adam Siegel. Also an educator, Gluck is Professor of Music at the University at Albany.
"Gluck ranks with the likes of Andrew Hill and Cecil Taylor... completely original, artistically spontaneous, and intellectually challenging." -Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz
"an accomplished jazz pianist. Mr. Gluck performed... with virtuosic fluidity" –Allan Kozinn, New York Times
"...a brilliant improviser... [his recording of 'A Remark You Made' is] arguably the most touching and memorable take on it since its initial version."-Jay Collins, Cadence
TMO Entertainment Proudly Presents, James Zollar...
James Delano Zollar began his musical career at age 9 playing bugle in his hometown, Kansas City Missouri. At 12, he graduated to the trumpet where he began to discover his musical voice and focus. After high school he continued to study at San Diego City College and then the University of California at San Diego. At the same time he honed his chops with various funk and jazz bands and lead his own straight-ahead quintet. In, 1984, he moved to New York City and played with the Cecil McBee Quintet for five years and then recorded with Tom Harrell, with Weldon Erving and Sam Rivers. Zollar was featured in Robert Altman’s motion picture “Kansas City”, in Madonna’s music video “My Baby’s Got a Secret”, as well as Malcolm Lee’s film “The Best Man”. He played on the sound truck of “The Perez Family” and is proud to be included in The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (Oxford University Press 1999.) James was also a featured soloist with Jon Faddis and Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra as well as Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He remains New York based where he stands out in a wide range of musical settings. Today, he’s playing with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra, Don Byron’s Bands, The Marty Ehrlich Sextet and working with the Latin piano master Eddie Palmieri. “James is a really nice guy and very personal-sounding cat with a unique approach. He’s absorbed the history of the music, and he plays it with great care and warmth. And he doesn’t try to sound like someone else” says Ravi Coltrane his periodic jam-session partner.
TMO Entertainment Proudly Presents, Matija Dedic'...
Born in Zagreb on March 2nd 1973., Matija started playing classic piano at the age of five. After he finished Music high school «Vatroslav Lisinski» in 1991., went to Graz to Jazz Academy where he graduated in 1997. under prof. Harald Neuwirth and private lessons with J. Taylor in cologne, Hal Galper, Bill Dobins and Barry Harris.
Since he was raised in the family surrounded by pop and traditional musicians, he began to listen to all kinds of music very early, soon discovering jazz and finding that it allows him abstract and more personal musical point of view.
TMO Entertainment Proudly Presents, L.A. Blacksmith...
L A Blacksmith is a dynamic and charismatic performer who’s instrumental and vocal skills make his audiences “Groove, Hmmm, & Smile” at his musical prowess. He is a gifted saxophonist, flutist & vocalist whose technique, emotional blend, & interpretation, fuel his musical odyssey. His versatility on sax/vocals caught the eye of Ben E. King, & Shirley Alston & The Shirelles whom he did a worldwide tour with...He sang his way into a tour with the The Drifters. As a scintillating Saxman he has been a member of the highly acclaimed Brass Construction and currently the Crown Heights affair Funk/Dance Bands. Their recent performance at the B. A. M. Café has received rave reviews,and most recently L A was the M.D. for The Brooklyn Tonight Band @ The Barclay's Ctr for Marty Markowitz's Johnny Carson type show. L A has brought his special brand of electrifying funk and soul to Melba Moore, Me’Lisa Morgan, Freddie Jackson, Erykah Badu, Denice Williams, Isaac Hayes, & Ray, Goodman & Brown live concert performances. He is a graduate of the Center for Media Arts, and adds to his list of credits sound engineering for Whitney Houston, Kashif, Johnny Kemp, George Benson, & Najee. You can also find his sax and background vocals on the hit singles “I’ll do anything for you” - Denroy Morgan, “Somebody else’s Guy” -Jocelyn Brown, “Heartbeat”-Tanya Gardner, “Funky Sensation”- Gwen McRae & “Gonna get over you”-France Joli.
L A’s career can be viewed as a colorful journey in sound that totally embodies his Motto “I come to entertain you” He has successfully been the band leader for the “Blacksmith Organization”, the “L A Blacksmith Quartet” and the newly formed” L A BlackSmith & Jazz Plus”. His groups have played for numerous prestigious events and parties along the east coast including Windows of the World, and the Rainbow Room, Barclay's Center to name a few. L A’s performances always engage his audience with his signature brand of R&B, Soul, Smooth & Straight ahead Jazz. It’s a hybrid style that infuses various genres and produces his very unique sound. “Spice & Flava” can best describe the show you’ll get when you see him live on stage.
L A is a renaissance man that continues to reinvent his persona and musical approaches. He’s a quintessential musician that is ever evolving, and ever growing.
TMO Entertainment Proudly Presents, Yoron Israel...
Yoron Israel is one of the most gifted musicians of his generation. He has toured and been featured on hundreds and recordings with such notable artists as Ahmad Jamal, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Abbey Lincoln, Pharaoh Sanders, Kenny Burrell, Freddie Hubbard, David "Fathead Newman, James Williams, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut and numerous others. His exciting and tasteful drumming, along with his compositional and arranging talents are spotlighted on latest recording, “Visions...The Music of Stevie Wonder”, which features his quartet High Standards, as well as on such works as “Basic Traneing”, “Chicago”, both with his organ trio Organic, also “Live at the Blue Note” and “A Gift for You” with his quintet Connection. All of these fine works have received enthusiastic praise from journalists, fans, peers and the industry at large. They represent the extensive depth of Yoron’s musicianship as his mature vision as a leader.
Yoron Israel other projects include - Yoron Israel Israel/Frank Walton Septet, who are celebrating their new recording “Live in Chicago”, Yoron Israel and ICU Revisited, an ensemble that promises an uplifting musical experience, while extending the possibilities of “Gospel Jazz” and the Yoron Israel Septet - Musical Tribute to David “Fathead” Newman, a project that commemorates the less familiar large ensemble work of Yoron's former boss and mentor.
Yoron Israel is currently Professor and Assistant Chair of Percussion at Berklee College of Music. His latest DVD “Creative Improvisation for Drum Set” and upcoming instructional book demonstrates his mastery as an educator. He continues to inspire countless drummers and percussionists worldwide through his online course “Fundamentals for Drum Set”, as well as the many workshops, masterclasses and clinics that he engages in regularly.
“Conception and execution are well matched throughout ‘Basic Traneing’. While honoring John Coltrane, the music also heralds a fresh new sound from Yoron Israel, one of jazz’s true contemporary warriors” ~ Bob Blumenthal, Award Winning Jazz Journalist
“Yoron Israel is a drummer who has good taste. He has a sense of direction and a feeling of joy in his drumming, compositions and arrangements. Yoron Israel is an important voice you should listen to” ~ Jack Dejohnette, legendary Drummer, Composer, Bandleader
TMO Entertainment proudly presents, KLYMAXX...
The all-female band (AFB) with the 80’s R&B/Pop musical hits, “Meeting In The Ladies Room”, “The Men All Pause”, and “I Miss You” Billboard Magazine’s #3 song of 1986, as now being performed under the musical direction of the legendary original guitarist, Cheryl Cooley, with a revealing experience of professional high energy, commanding funky rhythms & sensual melodic movements. A musical journey you will never forget.