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BANN is a jazz supergroup of sorts, consisting of saxophonist Seamus Blake, bassist Jay Anderson, guitarist Oz Noy and drummer Adam Nussbaum. The group has toured together at festivals and jazz clubs across Europe since 2007. Every one of these participants are accomplished jazz musicians. Oz Noy's spotlight came in the form of a funky fusion record.
BANN's drum chair is occupied by Adam Nussbaum, a versatile musician who regularly supports some of the most notable names on today's jazz scene. After studying at the Davis Center and City College of New York, Nussbaum was making a strong impression in the jazz world by 1978, playing regularly with both Dave Liebman and John Scofield. His other important associations through the years have included Stan Getz, Gil Evans, Gary Burton, Steve Swallow, Michael Brecker, Don Grolnick, James Moody, Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, Charles Lloyd, and countless others.
Seamus Blake handles Bann's saxophone duties. A New York-based musician, he is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. His music is known for its sophistication, bold improvisations, and "sheer swagger." John Scofield, who hired Seamus for his Quiet Band, called him "extraordinary, a total saxophonist." Blake's recent releases Live in Italy (2009), Bellwether (2009), and Live at Smalls (2010) have garnered him considerable critical praise for his masterful playing, his fine compositional skills, and his facility as a leader.
BANN guitarist Oz Noy has made a huge impact on the jazz scene since his arrival in New York City in 1996. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All-stars such as Keith Carlock.
Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute to his projects on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington holding down the low end. His latest release is Twisted Blues Vo. 1 (2011).
Rounding out the quartet is bassist Jay Anderson. Among the most versatile and respected jazz artists performing today, he has been featured on over 300 recordings, including work with Paul Bley, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Donald Byrd, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, and more. He's also performed with the big bands of Kenny Wheeler, Bob Mintzer, Mel Lewis, and Maria Schneider. The foursome swing like champs.
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