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Bob Gallo Quintet

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Up Tempo, Chops-Heavy Jazz

Most people (even non-wine drinkers) are familiar with the Gallo brand. Whether it is a coincidence or not, you may find yourself needed to relax with a nice cabernet and a Cuban after listening to the pulse-raising, blood sugar-elevating, blazing jazz runs and solos on the Bob Gallo Quintet's CD, Wake-Up Call. And that's an appropriate title as well, if not an understatement. While your overtaxed neural network takes a breather, you'll have time to appreciate the amazing musicianship found on the CD, as the fleet-fingered guitarist Gallo trades ideas with pianist Misha Tsiganov and trumpet ace Alex Sipiagin. No less talented are the other two-fifths of the quintet, drummer Gene Jackson and bassist Boris Kozlov - this is a group you'd really go the extra mile to see live if you could. Gallo is considered by many to be one of today's foremost accomplished, guitarist/composers, and Wake-Up Call can be considered an essential introduction to this amazing musician. The Bob Gallo Quintet was originally profiled in the August-September, 2006 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb For close to 10 years, jazz guitarist/composer Bob Gallo's playing could be heard world-wide in the incidental and theme song music in episodes of the popular and now syndicated number one television show of the late '80s and early '90s "The Cosby Show" and "It's A Different World". For five years, Bob was the featured acoustic guitarist who accompanied popular recording legend Aretha Franklin on the theme song of "It's A Different World" weeknights on NBC. Following his work for NBC, he could be heard weekly on the popular Fox 5 Network series "Living Single". Currently, he can be heard world-wide on syndicated episodes of all three shows for which he composed, performed and acted as assistant to the musical director. An active studio musician, Bob has recorded with singer Denise Williams on her Grammy Award-winning CD "This Is My Song".

Gallo currently has endorsements with Gibson Guitars, Buscarino Archtop Guitars and Di Carlo Guitars.

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Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services
269 S Route 94
Warwick, NY 10990
United States

E-mail: Bob Gallo Quintet

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Harri Stojka

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Infectious Gypsy Swing Guitarist

You just don't typically hear guitar-driven improvisations over songs such as "Swanee River" and "Bei Mir Bist Du Scheen" (a big hit for the Andrews Sisters in 1938) done in a swinging Gypsy style, at least not in 2006. You do now. A Tribute To Gypsy Music features the amazing playing of Austrian guitarist Harri Stojka, a flawless instrumentalist who can improvise over literally anything. Stojka almost single-handedly breathes new life into a collection of standards and covers that you'll never 'hear' the same way again. Proving that the "deeply engrained gypsy musicality and the spirit of jazz could merge in an exciting, explosive and deeply touching mixture" is the overriding mission in the music of Stojka. The type of music found on A Tribute To Gypsy Music is not his only iron in the fire - he also lends his abilities to other projects ranging from mainstream to fusion and experimental jazz. Highly recommended. Harri Stojka was originally profiled in the August-September, 2006 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic In 1963, at the age of 6, Vienna-born Harri started to play the guitar. His professional career began in 1970 when he played at the "Arena" in Vienna as a member of the band Jano + Harri Stojka. Then, young Harri became a bass player for Karl Ratzer's "Gypsy Love", followed by a stint as a guitarist for Peter Wolf's "Objective Truth Orchestra". When the band split, he founded the first "Harri Stojka Express" in 1973. In 1981, "Harri Stojka Express" was the only Austrian band to join Jimmy Cliff, Eric Burdon, Van Morrison and Carlos Santana at the Open Air Festival in Vienna 's Prater Stadion. Shortly afterwards, Harri Stojka was invited to appear at the Guitar Summit in Montreux, the Mecca of jazz musicians, where he played with the likes of Larry Coryell, Birelli Lagrene and Harri Pepl. His appearance before a very critical expert audience was a great success and earned him praise and recognition from world-class musicians and colleagues.

In fact, the LP "Live at Montreux" recorded on that occasion is an impressive document of the event, which was certainly a key point in Stojka's career. From then on, he was considered one of the most renowned Austrian jazz musicians.

Contact Information
Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services
269 S Route 94
Warwick, NY 10990
United States

E-mail: Bob Gallo Quintet
Web site: www.harristojka.com

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