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(Published: July 09, 2013)

RS Berkeley is privileged to announce the additions of new company artists Hugh Masekela, Paul McCandless, Victor Goines, Ned Goold, Benjamin Koppel, Whit Sidener and Dave Schumacher.

Hugh Masekela
Hugh Masekela has covered the globe and played with just about every top star you can think of. Masekela was originally introduced to the trumpet by anti-apartheid activist Father Trevor Huddleston. The anti-apartheid movement became an important influence in his life, but not as important as the music that ended up taking him around the world many times. In his early days in the South African music scene Masekela played with such names as pianist Dollar Brand (now known as Abdullah Ibrahim), Jonas Gwangwa, and Kippie Moeketsi as teenageers in the Father Huddleston Band. In 1961 Masekela went into exile where Harry Belafonte helped him settle in the U.S. as a student. Hugh landed in New York where he recorded many records including his 1968 number one hit "Grazing in the Grass." Masekela also played with such luminaries as Miriam Makeba, Zimbabwean Dorothy Masuka, the Jazz Epistles, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Hedzoleh Soundz, Francis Fuster, Dudu Pukwana, and was instrumental in the South African Broadway-style musical King Kong with many of the same people. Masekela went on to perform with Paul Simon on the Graceland tour and defended Simon vigorously when the tour was seen as a violation of the ANC's cultural boycott. His 1987 hit "Bring Him Back Home" became the anthem for Nelson Mandela's world tour following his release from prison in 1992. Masekela once again lives in South Africa and still tours throughout the world extensively.

Paul McCandless
During a distinguished career spanning over three decades, Paul McCandless brings a soaring lyricism to his playing and composing that has been integral to the ensemble sound of two seminal world music bands, the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, OREGON. A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, he specializes on the oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, saxophones and a collection of folk flutes reflecting his grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines. A student of Robert Bloom at the Manhattan School of Music, he was a finalist in the 1971 English horn auditions for the New York Philharmonic. As a collaborator and solo artist he is credited with more than 200 albums and performances with such musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande, Tony Furtado, the String Cheese Incident, Nguyen Le, Proteus 7 and Fred Simon.

Victor Goines
Victor Goines is a jazz saxophonist and clarinetist and received his Masters in Music at Virginia Commonwealth University. Goines is the director of jazz studies at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. He previously served as first artistic director of the Juilliard School's jazz program from 2000 until 2007. He has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993. Goines has collaborated with such artists as Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Green, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, James Moody, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder. He has performed on more than 20 recordings, including the soundtracks for three Ken Burns documentaries and the films Undercover Blues, When Night Falls on Manhattan, and Rosewood. He composed more than 50 original works, including Jazz at Lincoln Center commissions. He has also served on the faculties of Florida A&M University, University of New Orleans, Loyola University of New Orleans, and Xavier University of Louisiana. He is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Ned Goold
Charles Ned Goold was born near Chicago and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He moved to New York in1983 spent the latter part of the 80's performing regularly at the legendary Village Gate with a trio he formed with bassist Ben Wolfe. During this time, Goold started experimenting with hybrid forms of twelve tone composition and metric modulations incorporated into standard blues and jazz chord structures. In 1990, he began a long-standing gig with Harry Connick Jr. and played lead alto and served as musical director of the big band. He was also featured on tenor with Harry's quartet, which recorded the critically acclaimed Other Hours in 2003. His trio spent the summer of 1999 as the opening act for Connick and was featured at the JVC Newport Jazz Festival as well as other major venues around the country (documented on his latest CD, The Flows). Goold continued to hone his compositional system during a year-long engagement at Smalls in New York City that started in the Fall of 2000. He has produced three independently released CDs, samples of which can be heard at NedGoold.com, along with whole tunes recorded by his current group.

Benjamin Koppel
Danish saxophonist and composer, Benjamin Koppel is one of the most award-winning musicians of his generation, known for his versatility and virtuosity. Koppel's musical background is deeply rooted in his family and can be as well compared to the musical heritage from the famous Jacksons 5 or even the world known Bach family from Germany. He is the grandson of famous Danish classic composer Herman D. Koppel, and the son of musician and composer Anders Koppel, who had a great success worldwide with the band Savage Rose and is well known for being the greatest Danish beat musician of his generation. The music genre of the family spreads out from classical to jazz and pop genre and Benjamin Koppel masters all the genres with the outmost perfection. He formed his first band, when he was 15 years old, and has appeared on more than 50 recordings. The variety of his musical collaborations is wide, and has established him as a sought after musician internationally. As a soloist and bandleader, he has performed/recorded with Phil Woods, Daniel Humair, Palle Danielsson, Alex Riel, Miroslav Vitous, Anders Koppel, Inger Dam Jensen, Michala Petri, Adam Nussbaum, Randy Brecker, Chano Dominguez, Phil Woods, Charlie Mariano, Portinho, David Sanchez, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Werner and others.

Whit Sidener
Whit Sidener is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami. He retired in May 2013. Professor Sidener is a recipient of the IAJE Award for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education, and the Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. When under his direction, the Frost Concert Jazz Band recorded and toured extensively, appeared at ten IAJE Conferences and won 15 Downbeat Student Recording Awards. Sidener has recorded with such artists as Harry Chapin, Jose Feliciano, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Frankie Valli, Gloria Estefan and Luciano Pavarotti, to name a few. He has performed live with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Judy Garland, Paul Anka, Johnny Mathis, Lou Rawls, Marlene Dietrich, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Perry Como and Sammy Davis Jr. and Ray Charles. Whit Sidener played saxophones and flute on nine platinum albums, three platinum singles, and three gold singles with the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb and K.C. and the Sunshine Band. He appeared with the Bee Gees on two national tours and as a featured soloist with Bob James on his Around The Town tour.

Dave Schumacher
As a freelance musician, Chicago native Dave Schumacher has been active on the New York scene for more than the 30 years. As member of Lionel Hampton's Orchestra from 1983 to 1987 he toured the Americas and Europe. He again toured with Hamp in 1988 and 1989. A highlight in Dave's career was traveling with the Art Blakey Big Band to Japan in 1987 to perform at the Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival.

Dave was an original member of Harry Connick, Jr.'s Orchestra from its beginnings in 1990 until 2009. He has thrilled audiences touring with Harry in North America, Europe, Asia (Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea) and Australia. His baritone sax can be heard on each of these Harry Connick, Jr., Columbia recordings: Oh My NOLA, Chanson du Vieux Carre, Only You, When My Heart Finds Christmas, Come By Me, Blue Light Red Light, Songs I Heard, Thou Shalt Not, What A Night and others. Dave was a touring member of the T.S. Monk On Monk Ensemble from 1999 to 2000 touring the U.S. and Europe, as well as touring Europe with the Tom Harrell Octet in 2000. Dave has also done freelance work with Nicholas Payton's Louis Armstrong Tribute Big Band, Joe Lovano's 52nd Street Themes Nonet. the groups of Jack McDuff, Eddie Gladden, Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Chico O'Farrill's Afro-Cuban Big Band, Lin Halliday and many others. Dave has recorded as a sideman with Lionel Hampton, Harry Connick, Jr., Tom Harrell, Scott Whitfield, Jason Lindner, Mel Torme, Ben Wolfe and salsero Billy Carrion among others.

Founded in 2002, RS Berkeley has established itself as a global musical instrument innovator, which manufactures and distributes a full range of brass, woodwind and string instruments and accessories to musicians of all ages and skill levels. Learn more about RS Berkeley products and artists by visiting RSBerkeley.com.

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