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Damien Escobar | Violinist

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Damien Escobar | Violinist

Damien Escobar, also known as Dame Esco, is an American violinist. He was previously in the duo Nuttin' But Stringz with his brother Tourie, but has been a solo artist since 2012. His "crossover violin" musical style consists of a mix of classical, jazz, pop, R&B, and hip hop.

As kids Damien and Tourie worked as street musicians, playing at Grand Central Station and on the New York City subways. In 2003, they began playing professionally under the name Nuttin' But Stringz. In 2005, Nuttin' But Stringz won a talent contest at the Apollo Theater. In 2006, Escobar appeared in the film Step Up. Nuttin' But Stringz took third place in the 2008 season of America's Got Talent. They performed at the First inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009[2] and won two Emmys. In 2012, Nuttin' But Stringz separated. Escobar returned to school and got his real estate license…

Miles Davis - Jazz Musician - the most colorful musical shape-shifter personality in the jazz community.

Miles Davis: Jazz Trumpet Player

Miles Dewey Davis III was born May 26, 1926, in Illinois. He remains one of the most colorful musical shape-shifter personalities in the jazz community.

Traditionally, historians have focused on three distinct areas of Miles' work. His music had far-reaching effects on the overall course of jazz and it's development. Some will say that his Birth of the Cool nonet sessions from 1949, in which he, Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, and Johnny Carisi widened the field with a new way of writing for medium-sized forces.

His and Evans subsequent orchestral collaborations produced Sketches of Spain and the Porgy and Bess suite. Miles Davis' new jazz model was evident in his sextet of 1958-1960, which recorded Kind of Blue     

Miles Davis deserves equal attention for his 1960s quintet with Herbie Handcock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, and Wayne Shorter. New relationships would begin between rhythm section and soloist. This included a radical re…