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All Stars

International jazz-fusion project featuring three world-class virtuosos: one of the most versatile and musical drummers Paul Wertico, gained world recognition as a member for the Pat Metheny Group, worldwide acknowledged for his skills as a virtuoso electric bass player, John Mclaughlin's Trio long-time member Dominique Di Piazza and multi-Award winning guitarist Roman Miroshnichenko, who is one of the most prominent virtuosos in the contemporary instrumental jazz-fusion field in Europe. Also, the band participates Hungarian pianist Janos Nagy.

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Paul Wertico
(Drums, USA)

Paul Wertico

One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today, Paul Wertico gained world recognition when he became a member of the Pat Metheny Group in 1983. During that time, he performed on ten CDs and three videos with Pat, appeared on many television shows, and toured the world dozens of times. Also, during those years, he won seven Grammy Awards, numerous magazine polls, and received several gold records. Paul left the PMG in 2001.

When Paul is not touring, he divides his time between studio work, producing, and leading his own groups. Paul has played with such jazz greats as Eddie Harris, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Sam Rivers, Bob Mintzer, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Roscoe Mitchell, Evan Parker, Jay McShann, Herbie Mann, Randy Brecker, Jerry Goodman, Ramsey Lewis, and many others. He was a member of both the Larry Coryell Power Trio and the Jeff Berlin Trio, and for seven years (2000-2007), Paul was also a member of the legendary Eastern European rock band, SBB. In reviews, his playing has been compared to that of an "Impressionist painter", while Paul has also been described as "an inspired madman" and "a restless innovator." In 2004, the Chicago Tribune honored Paul as one of their "Chicagoans of the Year".

Paul is also extremely active in the field of education. Besides teaching privately for over 50 years, Paul is an Associate Professor of Jazz at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, and he previously served on the percussion faculty of Northwestern University for 16 years. He's written educational articles for magazines such as Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Drums & Drumming, Drum Tracks, and Downbeat, as well as for Musician.com. He also performs drum clinics and master classes at universities, high schools, and music stores in the U.S. and around the world. In addition, he's released two instructional videos, "Fine Tuning Your Performance" and "Paul Wertico's Drum Philosophy".

Paul played drums on Paul Winter's 1990 Grammy nominated release, "Earth: Voices Of A Planet", and he's also played on and produced a number of CDs for various artists including vocalist Kurt Elling's 1995 Grammy nominated release, "Close Your Eyes", Elling's 1997 Grammy nominated release, "The Messenger", Elling's 1998 Grammy nominated release, "This Time It's Love" and Elling's 2003 Grammy nominated release, "Man In The Air". Paul also served five terms on the Board of Governors of the Chicago Chapter of NARAS (The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences).

Dominique DiPiazza
(Bass, France)

Dominique DiPiazza

Worldwide acknowledged for his skills as a virtuoso electric bass player. A member of the John McLaughlin Trio from 1991 to 1992 along with Trilok Gurtu a world tour of 300 concerts and an album Que Alegria. In 2001 his album Front Page with a group of the same name, consisting of Biréli Lagrène on Guitar and Dennis Chambers on Drums. was awarded the Victory Music Award for the year's best jazz CD. In 2005 and 2006 DiPiazza toured in Réunion, Mauritius, Madagascar and 10 other countries in Africa, accompanied by Meddy Gerville - a pianist from Reunion, Jean-Marie Ecay on guitar, and drummer Horacio Hernandez. In  2008, John McLaughlin asked Dominique Di Piazza to join him on his major European tour,  "The 4th Dimension",  with Gary Husband (keyboards and percussion) and  Mark Mondésir (drums). From Spring through to Summer they travelled across Europe, playing over 30 venues together in all the major cities, from Spain to Russia, Ireland and Eastern Europe. Since 1985 he has been teaching at music schools in France and throughout the world. His unique voice, style and commitment to music have kept him at the forefront of the jazz scene, and we will be hearing a lot more of him in the near future...

 

Roman Miroshnichenko
(Guitars)

Roman Miroshnichenko

World class multi-Award winning guitarist, who subdues his audiences by astonishing performance skills, improvisational flight and rich melodies. Roman Miroshnichenko holds the prestigious international musical awards and he is one of the most prominent virtuosos in the contemporary instrumental jazz-fusion field in Europe. WInner of 9th, 10th and 15th Annual Independent Music Awards, 1st Prize winner USA Songwriting Competition, "Honorable Mention" Award of the International Songwriting Competition, Finalist of the International Acoustic Music Awards, Finalist of the UK Songwriting Contest recognition (Best album, Best song categories) for his recordings.

His soaring career as an artist includes numerous awards from international jazz festivals and contests, as well as collaboration, performances and recordings with such world-renowned musicians as: Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Jennifer Batten, Djivan Gasparyan, Heather Headley, Marco Mendoza, to name a few. Roman is endorsed by Ovation Guitars, Paul Reed Smith guitars, Roland Music, IK MultimediaOrange Amplification, DPA Microphones and D'Addario Strings Proud Artist.

Janos Nagy
(Keyboards, Hungary)

Janos Nagy

Janos Nagy is one of the handful of world-class jazz pianists in Hungary. In 1995 he won the second prize at the 14th Jazz-piano Improvisation Contest in Vilnius. In 1996 his band the Hard Line Trio won the first prize and the prize of the audience at the 24th Jazz Juniors International Competition in Cracow. In 1997 his band participated in the 21st International Jazz Festival of Getxo where he won the prize for the best soloist awarded by both the jury and the audience. At Mediawave Festival 2001 in West Hungary his trio (Janos Nagy Trio) played with David Murray. The critics of Gramofon magazine (specialising in classical music, jazz and world music) voted their concert to be the concert of the year. In May, 2002 the partner of the group was Dewey Redman at the same place. In October, 2002 the trio performed at the 12th Macau International Jazz Festival with great success. Janos Nagy Trio's new album Yancha with Dominique Di Piazza and Mike Stern is expected to arrive in spring 2019.