Jackie Allen

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Jackieweb.jpgJackie Allen has been singing jazz in Chicago since 1992 and has nine CDs to her credit. She became a Blue Note Artist with the release of Tangled (2006) that was called "Exquiste" by the Capitol Times. Love is Blue (2004) reached number eight nationally in airplay and the top fifteen on the Billboard charts. The Jazz Times Magazine said of The Men in My Life (2003), a collection standards from Frank Sinatra to Sting, “There’s only one word to describe it: Wow!” She recorded two duet CDs with legendary pianist/vocalist Judy Roberts. Her debut album, Never Let Me Go (1994), remained on the national charts for 13 weeks. Jackie has appeared as a featured performer at many of the most famous U.S. jazz clubs including the Blue Note (NYC), Yoshi’s (San Francisco), Catalina’s (Los Angeles), the Dakota (Minneapolis), and the Jazz Showcase (Chicago). She has appeared at the Detroit, Ravinia and Chicago jazz festivals as well as internationally at the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Thessaloniki Jazz Festival (Greece), Bejing Music Festival (China) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland). Allen currently teaches at Roosevelt University in Chicago and has held teaching posts at the Wisconsin Conservatory, Elmhurst College and The Old Town School of Folk Music. Allen co-produced and starred in the sold-out benefit show, "America 1941," with actor John Mahoney. Jackie lives in Muncie, IN with her husband, bassist and composer Hans Sturm, and their son, Wolfgang.


Robert Nairn

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Rob.jpgA native of Australia, Robert Nairn received his Bachelor of Music with distinction from the Canberra School of Music and a post-graduate diploma from the Berlin Musikhochschule by courtesy of a two-year DAAD German Government Scholarship.

His teachers have included Klaus Stoll, Tom Martin, and Max McBride. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players, the Australia Ensemble and the Australian String Quartet. He has served as guest Principle Bassist with the Halle Orchestra, the London Mozart players, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and held the position of Principle Bass with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Working in Historical performance for over 14 years Rob and has performed with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the Aulos Ensemble, the Handel and Haydn Society, the Washington Bach Consort, the English Baroque Soloists, Florilegium, Rebel, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

An active performer of new music, he has given premiers of over thirty newly commissioned works for solo double bass and for ensembles that feature the bass, championing in particular the music of Australian composers. In these performances he has worked both alone and with such groups as the London Sinfonietta, Gruppe Neue Musik Berlin, Australysis, the Music Theatre of Wales, and the Sydney Alpha Ensemble. Current commissions include concertos by English Composer Michael Berkeley and Australian composers Barry Conyngham and Elena-Kats Chernin. A solo CD of works by Australian composers will be released in Dec 2008.

As soloist he has performed several concerti with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (including Bottesini's Passiona Amorosa with international soloist Gary Karr) and has given many recitals in Europe, the U.S., and Australia. He has recorded for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, EMI, Decca, Virgin, ABC Classics, and Channel Classics.

Having previously taught at the Sydney and Elder Conservatoriums in Australia and as a guest at Trinity College in London, Rob Nairn joined the faculty at Penn State University in the U.S. in 1999 and in  2003 won the Principal Double Bass position with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston.

A member of the ISB board of directors since 2005 and a presenter at the 03, 05 and 07 conventions (including hosting the first U.S. Conference on Historical performance for Double bass/Violone he is current President elect of the Society and in 2009 will host the next Convention at Penn State. In 2008 he was awarded a Fellowship from the Howard Foundation at Brown University and in 2009 he will join the faculty of the Julliard School of Music in New York.


Milton Masciadri

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Double Bassist Milton Masciadri is the third generation of double bass players in his family. His graduate degrees are from the Hartt School of Music and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying with Gary Karr, Julius Levine and Lawrance Wolfe. As a frequent recitalist and soloist, Masciadri has appeared in South and Central America, the United States, and Eastern and Western Europe. Recent summers have included teaching at the Londrina and Brasilia music festivals. Masciadri is the editor of two Anthologies for Double Bass, and has solo recordings for DMR, ACA, Fonetcetra and Nuova Era. He is a faculty member of the Philarmonic Academy of Bologna, Italy. Dr. Masciadri is the coordinator for UGA's annual Double Bass Symposium.

Christophe Dinaut

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dinautweb.jpgIl débute la musique par la pratique du hautbois dans les harmonies du nord de la France puis découvre la contrebasse dans les musiques traditionnelles (folklores, blues, country...)
                  A 17 ans il arrête la musique pour des études de médecine qu’il poursuivra jusqu'en début de troisième année. Et puis  regrets, interrogations se posent sur sa véritable vocation... Il découvre alors la contrebasse classique et après deux années de travail avec Jean-Loup Dehant à Douai , il entre au Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris dans la classe de Jean-Marc Rollez.
     En cours de troisième année, il est nommé sur concours  contrebassiste solo à l'orchestre de Bretagne puis termine ses études au conservatoire avec un premier prix à l'unanimité.
                  En 1993 il est récompensé du premier prix au concours international Giovanni Bottesini à Parma.
                  En 1994 il est nommé contrebasse solo à l'orchestre national de Lille 

                  Il occupe actuellement le poste de super- soliste à l'orchestre philharmonique de Radio-France  depuis 2004.
                 Il est également professeur dans le cadre de la formation supérieure aux métiers d'instrumentiste à cordes (Nantes) et à l'académie musicale d'été de Gérardmer.

Michel Zenino

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is a mixture of original compositions and adaptations of French songs.As a composer Michel Zenino achieved succes with his sextet by winning first prize in the orchestra competitions at the festivals of Sorgues and Paris-La Defense as well as the Sacem prize for the double-bassist. Claude Carrière described “Derive Gauche” Zenino’s album of deranging arrangements, as “a wonderful repertoire of genuine symphonies and French songs as never heard before...” In the group AMAZe we find these qualities of the double-bassist, combined with more freedom for the solo artist (“a virtuoso of great sensitivity”) than in his previous work. This new group is an unique combination of the drummer Jean-Pierre Arnaud (formely with Johnny Griffin) with whom Michel began his jazz career in Marseille. This exciting rythm section has performed with among others, Steve Grossman, Archie Shepp, Barney Wilen, Siegfried Kessler and the Belmondo Brothers;The saxophonist Christophe Monniot plays in Daniel Humair’s Baby-Boom and created the Cie des musiques à ouïr”; And the pianist Frank Avitabile, who won the”Django d’or” in 1999, the “Victoire du Jazz” in 2004, and who devide his time between his own trio, his solo albums world tours with Manu Katche. All in all, an explosive coctail! The quartet played to an ecstatic audience at their first concert at the coemedia in Miramas: the newspaper “La Provence” exclaimed in its headline “Zenino set the house on fire!”

Michel Zenino has performed with :

Toots Thieleman, Archie Shepp, Barney Wilen, James Carter, Steve Grossman, Arturo Sandoval, Mal Waldron, Erik Truffaz, Dave Douglas, Norma Winstone, Hermeto Pascoal, Christian Vander, Sophia Domancich, Franck Avitabile, Danillo Perez, Sam Woodyard, Chico Freeman, Cyrus Chestnut, Eddie Henderson, Didier Lockwood, Simon Goubert, Alain Jean-Marie, Mario Canonge, Simon Spang-Hansen, Alex Tassel, André Ceccarelli, Joe Cohn, Meredith D’Ambrosio, Christian Escoudé, Manuel Rocheman, Clifford Jarvis, Laurent De Wilde, Teddy Edwards, Glen Ferris, Michel Grailler, Romane, Urbie Green, François Jeanneau, Bert Joris, Mark Levine, Jean-Michel Pilc, Turk Mauro, Stochelo Rosemberg, Bill Mobley, Nelson Veras, Hod O’Brien, Billy Pierce, Donald Brown, Philip Catherine, Sarah Lazarus, Aldo Romano, René Urtreger, Catherine Ringer and many others....

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