Helge Schneider (born 30 August 1955 in Mülheim an der Ruhr) is a German comedian, jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist, author, film and theatre director, and actor. Schneider’s works are an unconventional mixture of horseplay humor, parody, and jazz-influenced music. They involve spontaneity and improvisation as important elements.
“Being part in the act of creation” -with this credo, Peter Weniger has worked in numerous musical projects of various genres with renowned artists. High emotional and brilliant virtuosity distinguish his musical statement.
Peter Weniger is active both as a composer and bandleader as well as a teacher. His recognized musical integrity is emphasized by numerous prizes, awards and tours.
Tony Lakatos was born in a musician family in Budapest, Hungary. His Father was a famous gipsy violinist as well as his younger Brother Roby Lakatos. The musical study began on the violin at the age of 6. Began to play the saxophone when he was 15 years old, and became a professional musician when he won a national jazz competition in 1977. He graduated from the jazz department of the Bela Bartók Conservatory in Budapest 1979. Shortly after he moved to Germany in 1981, became one of the most respected saxophone player in Germany as well as worldwide. He performed as a saxophone soloist in numerous jazz/pop/rock recordings and concerts. Tony has played the saxophone about 350 LP/CD recordings as a leader or as a sideman.
From 1985 thru 1996 member of the succesful PILI-PILI Band ( leading by Jasper Van’t Hof )
He has been living in Germany since 1981, Frankfurt am Main since 1993 and working as a soloist in the H. R. Big band – Radio station.
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Randy Allison plays saxophone at one of the largest churches in America, Lakewood Church in Houston Texas, home to Joel and Victoria Osteen and Spanish pastors Marcos and Miriam Witt. “I am so blessed to be a sideman to some of the biggest names in gospel music- Israel Houghton, Cindy Ratcliff-Cruse, D’adra Greathouse, Steve Crawford and Coalo Zamorano.” Randy can be heard on numerous studio and live albums including Marcos Witt’s Recordando Otra Vez (2004 Latin Grammy winner in the Category of Best Christian album, 36th GMA Dove Awards winner for Spanish Album of the Year) and Israel Houghton’s Love God, Love People: The London Sessions (2011 Grammy Award winner for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, 42nd GMA Dove Awards winner for Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year).
When Randy is not playing saxophone, he is a lead analyst for the University of Texas Medical Branch and creating web sites at his own company, Rockpress Studio.
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The son of two opera singers, Robert Martin was trained as a classical French horn player at the prestigious Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. There he studied with Mason Jones, principle horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and played week after week under the greatest conductors in the world. He would use that experience to good advantage when transitioning into the realm of recording and world tours with the upper echelon of pop music stars. Before leaving Philadelphia, Robert played horn on numerous hit records produced by the highly successful writing team of Gamble, Huff and Bell. Though his recording career began as a French horn player, he would soon be recognized for his prodigious skills as a keyboard player, sax player and vocalist.
Robert used all those talents while recording and touring with the successful pop group from Woodstock, Orleans. He then auditioned for Frank Zappa and performed on all of Frank’s tours and live albums from that time on. In between tours with Zappa, he earned the position of Musical Director for Bette Midler, and toured or performed with Paul McCartney, Michael McDonald, Stevie Nicks, hornsBoz Scaggs, Etta James (on tour with The Rolling Stones), Patti LaBelle, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins and many others.
In addition to recording his own solo album for MCA Records, Robert also recorded with Prince, the Moody Blues, Lyle Lovett, Gladys Knight, Glenn Frey, Bobby Caldwell, Michael Bolton, David Sanborn, The Stylistics, The O’Jays, Sheila E, The Blues Brothers, and a long list of other artists. Robert played keyboards, , sang backing vocals, arranged and co-produced Wilson Pickett’s 1987 Grammy nominated album on Motown, “American Soul Man.” That same year, he also broke into the inner circle of L.A. commercial singers and sang on numerous local and national spots for Ron Hicklin, Don Piestrupp and Gary Ramal.
Since 1986, Robert has owned and operated his own studio and branched out into programming, engineering, mixing, mastering and producing music for advertising, film and television. He composed the music for the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television show Cybill on CBS. He also composed for Baywatch, Martial Law, and three seasons of Lifetime Television’s Intimate Portrait series
German-born, Dannie Hofmann earned his BA in music from Brown University and New England Conservatory. Upon graduation he joined the Israeli acoustic jazz band ‘From the Other Side’ which released a CD of the same name on Black Saint/Soul Note records out of Italy. Dannie racked up years of live and studio performance, recording many tracks of jazz, blues, R&B, Rock, Rap with numerous production companies. In 1997 he helped found Zoot, a swing band that released a self-titled CD. In 2004 he began touring with the now deceased blues legend Little Milton. 2008 marked the beginning of numerous European tours with the King of Rock and Soul, Solomon Burke, ending with his passing in 2010. At the same time, Dannie was the saxman for punk-funk band Iodine69 and for latin afro-funk band G-Tonic (both defunct) and played with many DJ’s. He also plays with ArToFjAzZ, a creative music collective founded 1997 by drummer Anthony Riedelsheimer. Currently, Dannie is a member of OC’s own soulful R&B band Private Property; funk-rock-latin outfit The Suedeheads; the classic Freestyle Rock band and plays with LA bluesman Bobby Warren.
Most of Dannie’s current efforts are invested in the instrumental group redShift Musicworks – a collaboration with Oliver Althoen (gtr), Martin Torres (b) and Ray Glider (dr) – www.redshiftmusicworks.com . This Creative Music Ensemble compositions expand upon the traditions and explorations of jazz, rock, fusion, blues, classical, experimental, hip-hop, reggae & more. redShift works with structured sound, which is designed to invite and explore reflective meditation, human reaction, intentional creation and is influenced and inspired by the current manifestation of our species. An invitation to engage in authentic listening and inspired evolution and to create positive social change to uplift the consciousness of humanity.
Throughout the years, Dannie has been teaching saxophone, flute and clarinet privately, in small groups and as concert band director. He is an exciting and enthusiastic instructor who brings a wealth of experience as a musician and his passion for music translates into creative instructional strategies. Understanding and kindness coupled with discipline are the cornerstone of Dannie’s teaching. His lessons are structured for student comprehension and sequentially constructed, building on prior knowledge to move to the next level of development.
Born in Ierissos Halkidiki (north Greece) in 1974, moved in Kavala later where he studied, music theory piano and saxophone at Music local conservatory . Coming to Thessaloniki , he continued his studies at NEO music conservatory and graduated in 1999 with diploma . Even though he took diploma in Harmony and also , Fugue, Counterpoint and Orchestration at Kentrikon music conservatory Thessaloniki . Masterclasses: Greg Badolato , Ron Savage (Perugia Berklee music school ) Chico Freeman , Eric Alexander ,Haris Ioannou , Ovidiu Caplescu . Recital at music center of Thessaloniki 1999 , Papaioannou Festival , Attico alsos athens and many other places playing around in Greece and also in some countries as Russia , Germany , Turkey , Bulgaria and , Italy . Collaborations and recordings with well known greek singers and composers as S. Kraounakis , V. Lekkas ,M. Hatzimanolis ,N. Pitloglou, Lizeta Kalimeri ,Sasha Kovalyev and many others from abroad.
Talented, attractive and very sexy – Katja Rieckermann is truly a “Horn Star”, also the title of their second album. Born and raised in Lübeck, she moved to Hamburg to study music. The first major highlights at the beginning of her career included performances with the Scorpions around frontman Klaus Meine and her brother Ralph in 1997 followed by a guest appearance at a concert of legendary Canadian rock band “Saga”.
Restless, always resolute and always the big goal in mind – after all, it took Katja across the pond to Hollywood.
She also earned – how could it be otherwise in Hollywood – soon the first spores in the movie business. In the TV series “Ally McBeal” she appeared several times with, as in Star Trek Fim “Nemesis”.
By thereby increasing presence and the increased awareness of it was not long before the entertainment industry Katya noticed musical talent and became aware of the firm in Lübeck.
In 2001, she then got the “opportunity of a lifetime”. The legendary rock star Rod Stewart hired the saxophonist for his two years “Human” -Worldtour.
International touring and recording artist Johnny Ferreira combines style and boundless energy in his performances throughout Europe, United States, and Canada.
His infatuation with the saxophone began late in high school when he was 17. “It was the sound that attracted me,” he recalls. “It’s the instrument that closest resembles the human voice.” By 19, he was wailing on the sax. “I was impatient to get a good sound and two years seems like a long time when you’re a kid,” he reflects.
Johnny’s professional career started in 1980 being active in his local Vancouver music scene playing the clubs, casual gigs, and joining The Pointed Sticks who were recording and touring nationally at the time. They came from Vancouver’s Punk scene so Johnny was asked by many of the bands to record with them, most notably DOA.
His music education continued at the University of British Columbia where he pursued a music degree but withdrew a year early as he hooked up with still unknown blues rocker Colin James. “I felt more comfortable on stage than in a classroom”. Ferreira was recruited as an original member of James’ band, featured soloist on stage and in the studio and co-arranging the swingin’ “Little Big Band album”.
A whirlwind 11 years passed quickly, touring with some of history’s most profound rock names, including The Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, ZZ Top, Keith Richards, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He left Colin’s band in 1998 to pursue his solo career, discovering new fans and excitement fronting his own band, which was in demand constantly. Performing, recording, and teaching continues and his 4th CD “Rock & Roll Saxophonist” being the most “sax-heavy” recording yet.
Many of Ferreira’s songs have weaved themselves into Movies and television. His unmistakable sax sound is featured on many other CDs besides his own, many of which have reached gold and platinum status. He stays rooted to his sax, flirting with many sounds from swing to rock to pop. He continues to write, perform, and educate.
Magdalena was born in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
She began to play the piano at the age of 6. Later on she learned to play the saxophone and flute. Still in her teens, she won several national music competitions and began recording and touring together with other musicians and bands. After her studies in Prague, she moved to Germany where she founded the Threestyle band together with Robert Fertl (guitar, bass, trumpet) and her twin sister Gabriela Chovancova (drums, vibraphone). Since that time they have been touring the world on regular basis .
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Saxophonist Eddie Berg is a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/composer born and raised on Long Island, New York. Eddies music education was focused in classical and jazz performance. His performance not only includes tenor, alto, soprano, and baritone saxophones, but in addition he plays keyboards, percussion and EWI (electronic wind instrument.) His music interest has been focused in traditional and contemporary Jazz to R&B, Blues, Funk, and Inspirational Music.
Eddies interest to music started at an early age when he discovered the sound of saxophone as he listened to his dad spinning music from the 50s. The most memorable song was Yakety Yak, by the Coasters, featuring King Curtis on tenor. Eddie was later introduced to the music of Boots Randolph where he realized his own creative ability to take vocal songs and turn them into his own style of the original. Eddie was an active member of concert, jazz and marching bands throughout school and performed in competitions outside of school as well.
Eddies work also includes credit as a session musician and stands in for live performances. His interaction with the audience brings the show to a new level. His multi instrument talent can be seen when he performs, where he also contributes to playing keys, percussion and EWI instruments in addition to his saxophones.
Eddie released his debut CD titled, “Generations, From The Heart”, which offers Smooth Jazz music. Influenced by past artists, this music will inspire the soul.
Today his music is being played on internet jazz radio stations in many countries. His current release of music can be found on I-Tunes and Cdbaby.com
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Not only does it respond greatly in all registers, it also offers me a wide scope for design of my sound, and is therefore usable in many ways.
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Thanks to Nadir Ibrahimoglu for this masterful mouthpiece!