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Java Jazz 2010 Artists Preview

Java Jazz 2010 Artists Preview

Java Jazz Festival 2010 artists lineup were released but the performance schedules aren't ready yet. Previews of the artist on their biographies and musics. Know them better before watching them.

Artists Lineup:

He's the drummer on David Gilmore's Ritualism album. Check out the album here:

Rodney Holmes is one of today's most unique and mesmerizing drummers. His talents as a composer and producer are showcased on this highly anticipated solo debut. Rodney has worked and recorded with some of the most respected musicians in both rock, and jazz worlds. Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul are just a few examples.

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 Steve Lukather -

Steven Lee Lukather stands atop the world of music recently voted in 1 guitarist worldwide in over 40 countries at Not to bad for the Los Angeles born and bred talent inspired by the Beatles and then onward to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Steely Dan and Miles Davis to name a few.

Steve Lukather segways the rock and roll hall of famer's performing on many chart topping tracks and holding a few Grammy's of his own as a songwriter, arranger, and multi Grammy awarded winner and 30 million plus sales as a worldwide solo artist and with the all encompassing respected Toto.


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Robben Ford is one of the premiere electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A four-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, and many, many others.

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Lee Ritenour -

 Ritenour was born January 11, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. He played his first session when he was 16 with the Mamas and the Papas. Nicknamed Captain Fingers, he was a sought-after session guitarist by the mid-1970s and won Guitar Player Magazines Best Studio Guitarist twice in the 70s. He is noted for playing his red Gibson ES-335 and his Gibson L5 guitars. One of his most notable influences is the pioneering jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery

Throughout his career, Ritenour has experimented with different styles of music. He has often incorporated elements of funk, pop, rock, blues and Brazilian music with jazz.In the early 1980s, Ritenour was given his own Ibanez signature model guitar, the LR-10. The LR-10 was produced from 1981 to 1987. It can be heard exclusively on his album Rit. Currently, Ritenour plays the Gibsons that he first played in the 1970s (the ES-335 and L5), and now also plays his signature Lee Ritenour Model archtop guitar made by Gibson. 

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Eric started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. After returning to Los Angeles, Eric became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CDs with Chick's band and 2 of those CDs were Grammy award winners.

Eric went on to perform with artists such as Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Lewis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.

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Randy Brecker -

 Randy Brecker is essentially a fine hard bop trumpet soloist, but one versatile enough to fit into nearly any setting, including in the pop world, funk bands, and electronic fusion. He studied classical trumpet and attended Indiana University. Brecker was with Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1967, and spent 1968-1969 playing with Horace Silver's quintet. He also appeared with the big bands of Clark Terry, Duke Pearson, Frank Foster, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis orchestra.

After playing with the early fusion group Dreams in 1969, he worked with Larry Coryell's Eleventh House and Billy Cobham, in addition to keeping very busy with studio work. He teamed up with Michael Brecker in the popular funk-oriented Brecker Brothers (1974-1979); in the '80s he often collaborated with his wife, pianist/vocalist Eliane Elias; and in the '90s he toured with the reunited Brecker Brothers. But Randy Brecker still sounds best when in a freewheeling bebop combo, and fortunately he occasionally records in that type of spontaneous setting. 

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  Los Angeles native Melvin Lee Davis was discovered at the tender age of 16 by Buddy Miles, when a horn player from Buddy Miles' band heard Melvin playing in a local club. Buddy Miles flew Davis to New York to audition for his band and immediately hired him. After playing the New York club circuit, Melvin found himself working with Don Cornelius of Soul Train.

He has toured and recorded with Chaka Khan, the Pointer Sisters, Lee Ritenour, Bryan Ferry, David Benoit, Larry Carlton, Patti Austin, Gladys Knight, and many other top acts.

Davis wrote the theme for the TV show "The Party Machine" and "Soul Train's A Coming" and has appeared on "Johnny Carson", "David Letterman", "Jay Leno", and "Arsenio Hall." Melvin has travelled the world and continues to be in high demand across many genres of music because of his incredible talent and positive demeanor on and off stage.

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 Although he was already a well-respected session musician, it wasn't until bassist Darryl Jones replaced original member Bill Wyman in the Rolling Stones that he became widely known. Born on December 11, 1961, on the south side of Chicago, Jones picked up both the electric and upright bass, later playing in a local band alongside pianist Ken Chaney and guitarist Phil Upchurch, and on occasion, drummer Vince Wilburn, Jr. Wilburn turned out to be jazz legend Miles Davis' nephew, and the drummer recommended Jones to Miles.

Jones continues to guest on other artist's recordings, including albums by Joan Armatrading, Buckshot LeFonque, Joe Cocker, and B.B. King, among others, while his bass playing can be heard on such archival Miles Davis releases (1998's Live in France, 2002's Complete Miles Davis at Montreux 1973-1991, etc.).

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Go to his site to stream his music. There are 5 songs you could listen there. You could also buy it online for 1$ each.

Ok, so I found only this video of the John Daversa Big Band with Ron King in it. But looking each of the players in that video, I'll know I'll be hearing something good from him :D

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 OK, that was actually my to-see list ...

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