And here’s our coach: Jim Black

Jim Black is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians bringing jazz into the 21st century, in addition to being one of the most influential drummers of our time. Based on the foundation of his virtuosic but highly personal approach to jazz drumming, Black’s aesthetic has expanded to include Balkan rhythms, rock song-craft and laptop soundscapes. Though he is revered worldwide for his limitless technique and futuristic concepts, what many listeners treasure in most Jim Black’s work is the relentless feeling of joy and invention he brings to his performances.  Jim Black’s smiling, kinetic, unpredictable presence has enthralled and inspired audiences worldwide for over twenty-five years.
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On vocals, meet Sanne Rambags

Singer, composer and improviser Sanne Rambags (1994) moves listeners in her own deliberate, very personal way. She uses her voice to express her deepest feelings freely, with no boundaries, interacting with her fellow musicians. At a young age, she was noticed by Martin Fondse – conductor and artistic director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of the Netherlands. In the interim, she also completed a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (vocal performance) at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg (2017). During her studies, Rambags discovered the music of singer Susanne Abbuehl and later studied under her in Lucerne. Rambags also released a trio album in 2017. Singing her own lyrics, Rambags works with several groups, including Mudita.  Rambags’ vocals are reminiscent of Susanne Abbuehl, Simin Tander and Mari Boine. As a singer-songwriter, Rambags gets inspired by the great Joni Mitchell.
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On saxophone, meet Aleksander Paal

Aleksander Paal is a demanded jazz saxophonist who is currently working as a performer, composer and educator in Tallinn, Estonia. Knowing his way around different styles of music (including free jazz, contemporary free improvisation, pop, funk, R&B and more) is definitely one of the strongest sides of Paal’s playing. Besides leading his own groups (one quartet and two trios) Aleksander plays lead alto in Estonian Dream Big Band and New Wind Jazz Orchestra. As a sideman he has played and recorded with various local groups such as S.P.A.R. Quartet, Trading Fives and many more.
Aleksander teaches at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre since 2018.
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On bass, meet Mr. David Bowden

Bass player David Bowden won the title of ‘BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician Of The Year’ in 2017 and is a key player of the vibrant Scottish scene. His main outlet is the world/fusion Mezcla ensemble, but besides that you can also hear him in the contemporary jazz band Square One or as a sideman in the Fergus McCreadie Trio.
David is also active as an educator and has performer in Europe, Africa and Australia.
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