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Norman Brown - 88% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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18 December 1970, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Brown played guitar from around the age of eight, initially taking his cue from contemporary pop artists. By chance he heard Wes Montgomery on record and this redirected his interest towards jazz. Moving to Los Angeles, he studied at the Musician’s Institute, a move that led to his developing a thorough foundation for his ca Read more

Brian Culbertson - 76% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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12 January 1973, Decatur, Illinois, USA. Encouraged by his father, Jim Culbertson, a music teacher and trumpet player, Brian began his formal musical education at an early age. At eight he studied piano, then drums, followed by trombone and finally, four years after beginning his studies, the bass. His first musical listening was to contemporary big bands and small jazz grou Read more

Jonathan Cain - 72% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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26 February 1950, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Although not an original member of Journey, keyboard player Cain was present for the soft rock band’s most commercially successful period, from the early to mid-80s. Cain began learning the accordion at the age of eight, and later the piano as a teenager. During the 70s, he relocated to Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon, and short Read more

Urban Knights - 71% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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A jazz collective formed in 1995 by combining the talents of Ramsey Lewis (27 May 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA; keyboards/piano) and Grover Washington Jnr. (b. 12 December 1943, Buffalo, New York, USA, d. 17 December 1999, New York City, New York, USA; saxophone), with sidemen Omar Hakim (b. c. 1959, New York City, New York, USA; drums) and Victor Bailey (b. 27 March 196 Read more

Art Porter - 70% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s
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1961, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, d. 23 November 1996, Sai Yok, Kanchanburi, Thailand. Jazz saxophonist Art Porter grew up in a musical family. His father, Art Porter Snr., played in his own band and that of John Stubblefield, and also accompanied singer Carmen McRae in a long career as a professional pianist. At the age of 15 Porter Jnr. joined his father’s band in Lit Read more

Special EFX - 68% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in New York in 1982 by George Jinda (4 June 1940, Hungary, d. 11 January 2002; drums/percussion) and Chieli Minucci (b. 17 April 1958, Huntington, New York, USA; guitar), Special EFX blended African and Latin rhythms and produce a mixture of light rock and MOR jazz. Their music is perfect for the GRP Records label and consequently their output is prolific. They employ Read more

Craig Chaquico - 66% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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26 September 1954, Sacramento, California, USA. Already interested in music, when he was aged 12 Chaquico was severely injured in a road accident. In hospital, with a broken leg, wrist, thumb and both arms, he was encouraged by his doctor to play the guitar as a form of therapy. Although self-taught, he progressed rapidly and while still in high school was playing engagement Read more

Chieli Minucci - 63% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Jazz
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Dan Siegel - 63% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Jazz
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Russ Freeman - 61% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Jazz
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Jeff Lorber - 57% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 November 1952, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A pioneer of the smooth jazz/New Adult Contemporary format, keyboard player Lorber’s compositions are characterized by syncopated, chromatic melody and modal writing and a seamless fusion of electric jazz, rock, R&B and funk styles. Lorber started playing the piano when he was four and played in local R&B bands w Read more

Tom Grant - 57% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Dance Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
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Lee Ritenour - 54% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Classical Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Benoit - 49% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bakersfield, California, USA. Benoit gained an early appreciation of music from his parents, who played guitar and piano. He began piano lessons at the age of 14, by which time he was steeped in the influences of both Ramsey Lewis and Henry Mancini. Following his musical studies at El Camino College, he met with composer Richard Baskin and played piano on the movie soundtra Read more

Boney James - 48% match to Thom Rotella

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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James Oppenheim, 1 September 1961, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. Raised in New Rochelle, New York, Boney James played clarinet at school, then the tenor saxophone and later the alto and soprano. His early musical tastes leaned towards contemporary pop, fusion and rock, including Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind And Fire and Grover Washington Jnr. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1 Read more

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