Born in upstate New York, Mike MacArthur has been playing the saxophone for over 20 years. With 3 CD's as the leader of the Mike MacArthur Group, Mike will be releasing his latest solo CD on October 15th at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. In 1998, Mike toured with Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band for a couple years followed by a few years as a sideman with Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist, Diane Schuur. Other performance credits include Roger Waters, Rick Derringer, Richard Smith, Chieli Minucci and more.
Currently, Mike is endorsed by P. Mauriat Saxophones and provides clinics and master classes to many students and schools. As a student from Florida State University and Manhattan School of Music himself, education and motivating young players is an important part of Mike's career.
Mike has recorded on over 20 albums ranging from jazz to rock to hip-hop. Blending the styles of jazz, funk, blues and fusion in his own playing, Mike strives to bring energy, excitement and passion to every performance.
For more information about Mike MacArthur or booking, visit www.mikemacarthur.com
Florida guitarist Nate Najar blends his classical background with funky, hot groovin' licks born out of his passion for all music. Nate considers himself a product of classical, R&B, Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Latin and many others styles. Says Najar, "I'm trying to use all of my musical experiences to create my sound."
Considered one of the most interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene, Nate Najar has finally arrived as a legitimate Smooth Jazz solo artist. He has performed with traditional jazz artists like, Clark Terry, Ken Peplowski Ray Kennedy, and many others. A personal and professional achievement, Nate has also shared the stage numerous times with the Joe Byrd Trio, to pay tribute to the late Charlie Byrd, who has been one of the biggest influences on Nate's style.
Nate Najar performs regularly with a growing list of Smooth Jazz artists including Eric Darius, Jackiem Joyner, Brian Simpson and Marion Meadows, just to name a few. Musicians love Nate's ability to take the lead as a soloist, and at the same time be a strong accompanist.
In fall 2009, Nate debuted his first Smooth Jazz CD, Until Now. The new CD features a jazzy, yet classical version of the Michael Jackson classic, Human Nature. Until Now has a blend of Smooth Jazz cuts that mix the many styles that have shaped Nate Najar as a solo artist.
Until Now is Nate's fourth solo CD. Other recordings include, Live At the Side Door, Christmas with the Nate Najar Trio and The Nate Najar Trio - I'm All Smiles.
Nate is proudly sponsored by Buscarino Guitars.
For more information about Nate Najar or booking, visit www.natenajar.com
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