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Gregg Karukas (Set 1)
Performance of the Month

One of urban contemporary jazz’s most versatile artists over the past 25 years, keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas is a Grammy Award winner for producing, engineering, co-writing and arranging Omar Akram’s “Echoes of Love,” which won Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in February 2013. As a solo artist, Gregg’s 11 CDs have garnered consistently solid reviews for his signature piano touch, pristine production, and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated. Always in demand as a musical director and keyboardist, Gregg has received multiple Best Keyboardist nominations at the Oasis and National Smooth Jazz Awards. His best-known singles, “Girl in the Red Dress” (#4) “Nightshift” (#1), and Jessy J.’s #1 hit “Tropical Rain” showcase Gregg’s funky, melodic compositional style familiar to his fans. For more information, please visit www.karukas.com. This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 11, 2016.


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Gregg Karukas (Set 2)
Performance of the Month

One of urban contemporary jazz’s most versatile artists over the past 25 years, keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas is a Grammy Award winner for producing, engineering, co-writing and arranging Omar Akram’s “Echoes of Love,” which won Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in February 2013. As a solo artist, Gregg’s 11 CDs have garnered consistently solid reviews for his signature piano touch, pristine production, and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated. Always in demand as a musical director and keyboardist, Gregg has received multiple Best Keyboardist nominations at the Oasis and National Smooth Jazz Awards. His best-known singles, “Girl in the Red Dress” (#4) “Nightshift” (#1), and Jessy J.’s #1 hit “Tropical Rain” showcase Gregg’s funky, melodic compositional style familiar to his fans. For more information, please visit www.karukas.com. This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 11, 2016.


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Fine Arts

Enjoy the artistry of these four spectacular artists. Violinist Marina Manukian was born in Armenia where she attended the prestigious Tchaikovsky School of Music and at age 11 became the youngest professional musician in the Republic. The New York Times calls Marina “a violinist extraordinaire whose virtuosity is exceeded only by her calmness and confidence…” Her featured guests include internationally renowned saxophonist, Doug Masek who is recognized as one of today's foremost exponents of contemporary saxophone music. Flutist Sara Andon is an international soloist and recording artist known for her ravishing tone and deeply engaging musical interpretations. All four programs are rounded out with Bryan Pezzone, pianist and accompanist extraordinaire. Originally aired on 1/19/12 ~ 1/21/12


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Gerald Clayton Trio
From the Kennedy Center Jazz Club

On February 28, 2014, the Gerald Clayton Trio—featuring Yamaha Artist Gerald Clayton at the piano, Joe Saunders on bass and Eric Harland on drums—played two sold-out sets at the KC Jazz Club at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Clayton, son of bassist John Clayton and nephew of Saxophonist Jeff Clayton, has a style that stands apart for its diversity—from swing, to funk, to hip hop, the GRAMMY-nominated pianist has forged a unique voice in today’s jazz world. This uncut, unedited performance was recorded on February 28, 2014 at the KC Jazz Club at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.


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Piano Extravaganza Closing Concert
Newport Music Festival 2013
Performance of the Month

Pianistic Fireworks from two to eight hands, a fitting end to the 2013 Newport Music Festival! This incredible closing concert features the Festival Family of Pianists Bernadene Blaha, Michael Endres, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Daniel del Pino and Grigorios Zamparas performing multiple impressive works including: Francis Poulenc's Sonata For Piano (four hands), Franz Schubert's Marche Militaire in D (four hands), Mozart's Overture from The Magic Flute (four hands), Johann Svendsen's Fest-Polonaise (arranged for six hands), Albert Lavignac's Galop-Marche (for eight hands) and more. This uncut, unedited performance was previously recorded at "The Breakers" on Sunday, July 28, 2013.


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Sarah Thiele & Friends
from Las Vegas, Nevada

American singer-songwriter and pianist Sarah Thiele has been playing and creating music since the age of three. After years of classical music training, she educated herself on the road, sharing the stage with noteworthy artists such as Toby Keith, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Bonham, Phil Vassar, Scotty Emerick and Chris Young—to name a few. Sarah is a prolific composer and songwriter, dividing her time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. For this exclusive performance, Sarah is joined by Mike Powers and Chris Brady (Guitar), Geoff Neuman (Bass) and Shaun Flannery (Drums). This uncut, unedited performance was recorded live on April 10, 2013 from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Downtown Piano Works presents Alexander Kobrin in Concert

Alexander Kobrin was born in 1980 in Moscow, Russia and is the winner of several international piano competitions. He has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the USA, giving recitals and performances with orchestras in major concert halls. This performance was recorded live on March 20, 2012 as part of the Fine Artist Concert Series from Downtown Piano Works in Frederick, MD.


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Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot (Set 1)
Performance of the Month

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. In this performance, he is joined by vocalist Gillian Margot, who feels equally at home in the musical worlds of jazz, R&B and pop. This was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 6, 2016.


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Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot (Set 2)
Performance of the Month

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. In this performance, he is joined by vocalist Gillian Margot, who feels equally at home in the musical worlds of jazz, R&B and pop. This was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 6, 2016.


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Roberto Plano in Concert
2015 Newport Music Festival

The 47th Annual Newport Music Festival welcomes the return of talented, award-winning, Italian pianist, Roberto Plano. Featuring works by Scriabin, Debussy, Say, Brahms, Liszt and Ginastera, this Newport Music Festival veteran and exceptional artist delivers a sensational performance. Enjoy Plano’s concert from one of the Newport Preservation Society’s historic Newport Mansions and most beautiful venues, The Breakers. This uncut, unedited performance was originally recorded on July 14, 2015 at the 47th Annual Newport Music Festival in Newport, RI.


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Frederic Chiu
Celebrating 25 Years with Yamaha
Performance of the Month

In this special performance, world-renowned pianist Frederic Chiu delivers an impressive concert in celebration of 25 incredible years as a Yamaha Artist. Acclaimed for his unique programming, innovation and artistic brilliance, Chiu’s list of accomplishments is boundless. This performance’s repertoire is focused on highlighting key elements of his inspiring career and a true celebration of his life—50 years of age, 44 years as a pianist and 25 focusing on the development of the piano through Yamaha. His program, with a unifying inspiration from Paris, features works by Prokofiev, Debussy, Ravel, Gao Ping and Chopin, including a groundbreaking performance of Chopin’s Rondeau in C Major; Opus 73, where he performs simultaneously on two pianos using Yamaha’s revolutionary Disklavier technology. This celebratory performance from a true visionary will have you looking forward to Chiu’s next 25 years inspiring, innovating and revolutionizing piano music. This performance was originally recorded on October 30, 2014. Photography by Chris Craymer.


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