MARCUS MILLER & OJS
– Dir. Domenico Riina –
Marcus Miller is considered one of the masters of funk and for his personal playing style, Miller has been nicknamed “the superman of soul”
Numerous were his participations alongside famous artists, such as trumpeter Miles Davis, singer Luther Vandross, saxophonist David Sanborn and pianist McCoy Tyner.
He is counted among the masters of the slap technique which he uses in an excellent way and is put at the service of melody and groove.
DIANE SCHUUR & OJS
Growing up in the Seattle suburbs, she was encouraged to sing by her parents. His biggest inspirations are singers like Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington.
A powerful and eclectic voice with a magnificent range. Diane Schuur has more than deservedly earned a place of honor among the greats of jazz music.
BOB MINTZER & OJS
The immense Bob Mintzer is a saxophonist, arranger, educator and resides in Los Angeles. Bob has written over 500 big band arrangements, several jazz etude books, chamber and orchestral works.
He has played on over 1000 recordings and performed with Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones Mel Lewis Big Band, Eddie Palmieri, Jaco Pastorius, Mike Manieri, Randy Brecker and the New York Philharmonic.
GREGORY PORTER & OJS
Already from his debut album released in 2010 – “Water” – it was immediately clear how much talent there was in his warm and decisive voice, to the point that earned him his first Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Vocal”.
His third album, 2013’s “Liquid Spirit”, which reached number two on the jazz charts and won the Grammy for best jazz vocal album. Gregory Porter, in a few years has conquered first the American stages and then those of the whole world.
ANASTACIA & OJS
Singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. She is defined as “the white woman with a black voice” for her powerful and recognizable timbre, she is among the most successful artists of the third millennium with over 50 million records sold worldwide and 226 gold and platinum records won in her career.
His “sprock” style, a fusion of soul, pop and rock, is defined by critics as unmatched, unique. From 1983 to today he has made entire generations sing and dance with hits such as “Left Outside Alone” and “Paid My Dues”.
AL MCKAY’S EARTH, WIND & FIRE EXPERIENCE & OJS
– Dir. Carolina Bubbico –
Al McKay is one of the historic members of the Earth, Wind & Fire band and with them he entered music history and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Today he performs in the most important international festivals with his band Al McKay’s All Stars.
Hits like “September” and “Sing A Song” were born from his guitar: the greatest hits of the original band, today they also resonate together with some members of the early days of one of the most iconic groups in black music.
JUDITH HILL & OJS
– Dir. Vito Giordano –
True Californian with Japanese and Afro-American origins, music is in her blood. With her strong voice and attitude, Judith Hill quickly gained notice as a soul singer, songwriter and bandleader.
In his career he has prestigious collaborations: he was a backing vocalist for Prince, who produced his debut album, and Michael Jackson, with whom he duetted on I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, and worked with Spike Lee, John Legend , Josh Groban and many others.
DAVE HOLLAND con OJS
British bassist, composer and band leader with a full-fledged professional career spanning over fifty years.
His lively, bold and innovative creativity has led him to collaborate with revolutionary groups led by legends such as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Sam Rivers, Betty Carter and Anthony Braxton, and with the likes of Chick Corea or Gary Burton.
MANUEL AGNELLI & OJS
– Dir. Domenico Riina –
Eclectic and versatile personality. Manuel is an Italian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and television personality, founder and frontman of the alternative rock band Afterhours.
During his career he has also collaborated with Mina, Patty Pravo, and Verdena churning out one hit after another.
THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER & OJS
– Dir. Gianna Fratta –
A contamination of styles that overcomes the barriers of musical genres and which ranges from jazz classics to romantic ballads, from R&B to swing or rock & roll.
Part of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame since 1998, The Manhattan Transfer, with their perfect harmony, have that ability to transform any song into a feast for the ears, which over time has earned them numerous Grammys and millions of records sold.