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John Scofield's guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Steve Swallow is a jazz bassist and composer noted for his numerous collaborations. Bill Stewart is a famous jazz drummer.

Grammy-nominated supergroup Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B and pop to jazz, appealing to a broad mainstream audience.

Kool & the Gang is an American jazz, R&B, soul, and funk group, originally formed in 1964 as the Jazziacs based in New Jersey. 

They went through several musical phases during the course of their recording career, starting out with a purist jazz sound, then becoming practitioners of R&B and funk, progressing to a smooth pop-funk ensemble, and in the post-millennium creating music with a modern, electro-pop sound. 

They have sold over 70 million albums worldwide.

Victor Wooten is an American bass player, composer, author, producer, and recipient of five Grammy Awards. At the Bratislava Jazz Days he would play with his brothers, the guitarist Regi and the drummer Roy. 

Marla Glen is an American singer. She is known for her unique voice, haunting lyrics, for her fierce commitment to social change and the cause of human unity. 

Three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands today.  Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs, festival stages and dance venues, Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms.  

Hailey Tuck is a jazz singer from the most unlikely of backgrounds. On her 18th birthday, her parents presented Hailey, then at Baptist Military Boarding school, with a college fund to further her education. She promptly did what any teenager with a love of 30s jazz, vintage dresses and Edith Piaf would do: purchased a one-way ticket to Paris.

Joshua Redman is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. In 1991, he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. As a band leader he released 13 albums. Redman is coming to Bratislava with his Quartet and the brand new album Walking Shadows.

Les McCann is an American soul jazz pianist and vocalist whose biggest successes came as a crossover artist into R&B and soul. Javon Jackson played in the Jazz Messengers until Art Blakey's death.

Gregory Porter iis an American jazz vocalist, songwriter and actor. Porter won the 2014 Grammy for best jazz vocal album, Liquid Spirit. Since his 2010 debut on the Motéma label, Porter has been well received in the music press. The New York Times described Porter as "a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift" in its review of Liquid Spirit.