Photos by Jill Alikonis


Thursday Apr 3: EMRAH KOTAN

EMRAH KOTANEmrah Kotan is a classically trained percussionist who came to the United States from his native Turkey. The New Anatolian Experience, his current CD, is a collection of original compositions and arrangements that fuse world music and jazz, creating stylistically sophisticated vibes and a genuine model of personal artistic expression. After playing some of the most renowned venues in the world such as the Istanbul Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival and The Blue Note in New York, Emrah is one of the most sought after musicians in the Atlanta music scene. His unique musical ability transcends many genres and cultures. He is involved in various musical projects, including his own, and is the drummer/percussionist for Grammy award winning artist, India.Arie.                                                          

Emrah is also an enthusiastic music educator. He currently serves as the Director of the Jazz and World Percussion Ensembles at Agnes Scott College. 

Thursday Apr 10: JASON PASSMORE

JASON PASSMOREAtlanta musician/composer Jason Passmore is a dynamic saxophonist, flutist, and clarinetist. Since then, Jason has performed in Atlanta, New York and throughout the country with world class musicians in many diverse musical setting from orchestral to jazz to Latin.  Like so many of Atlanta’s best jazz artists, Jason earned his Bachelor of Music degree (Jazz Emphasis) and his Masters of Music degree (Jazz Emphasis) from GSU

Thursday Apr 17: AUDRY SHAKIR

AUDRY SHAKIRAn accomplished jazz vocalist, Audrey Shakir has worked extensively in New York City and has studied vocal improvisation with famed jazz pianist, Barry Harris. She has performed with many major jazz artists including Kenny Baron, Duke Pearson, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Turrentine, Clifford Jordan, Walter Booker Jr., Vernel Fournier, Johnny O’Neal, Pharaoh Sanders, Millie Jackson, Johnny Lytle, Johnny Coles, Lionel Hampton, Kenny Burrell and Percy France. Audrey Shakir has performed at Tavern-on-the-Green, Town Hall, and was a regular at the Village Gate in NYC. She appeared at the opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center and at several Atlanta Jazz Festivals.


Guitarist Dan Baraszu and organist Dave Ellington have just released a new CD on Blue Canoe titled, "Organ Trio". This CD has an amazing array of original tunes and a fabulous a Quincy Jones cover.

Detroit DAN BARASZUborn Guitarist/Composer Dan Baraszu started playing guitar at the age of 9. His major influences include guitarists Joe Pass, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and John Scofield and such great instrumentalists as Bill Evans, Horace Silver, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker In November 2005 he signed with Blue Canoe Records and released his debut CD as a leader entitled Nightfall, featuring one of the South's most accomplished and versatile rhythm sections: Kenny Banks (piano), Zack Pride (bass), Kinah Boto (drums). Baraszu’s CD is receiving considerable traditional radio airplay on jazz stations across the country and overseas as well as internet radio and satellite, cable and subscription services.

David EllingtonDAVID ELLINGTON spent 22 years in New Orleans immersed in its extraordinary music scene where he worked and recorded with dozens of acts including Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, The Wild Magnolias and the late, great Marva Wright and Tommy Ridgely. Since moving to Atlanta in 2005, David has been busy focusing on the Hammond organ with The David Ellington Organ Trio. In addition to Dan Baraszu’s Planet Zu, David has played with many of Atlanta most accomplished jazz groups and leaders, including The Rick Lollar Band, Will Scruggs’s “CC Booker 3rd” Group, The Karen Greene Quartet, Tommy Dean’s League of Decency, Chris Burroughs Trio, Jacob Deaton Group, Kenyon Carter Trio and accompanying jazz singers such as Laura Coyle, Gwen Hughes, and Karin Williams.



Web Design by DoubleDome