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Michael Kaeshammer

Jazz is an art form that has a history of occasionally spawning pop stars. Think of Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole, and more recently, Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jr. Young jazz star Michael Kaeshammer is on a path to enjoy such exalted popular status.

The handsome, boyish keyboard wonder still tears up the piano on a series of fleet-fingered, eclectic instrumentals. But, more impressive, his phenomenal keyboard technique now serves as singular, expressive punctuation to a canon of well-crafted originals and clever versions of songs by reggae star Jimmy Cliff, blues great Willie Dixon, and folk legend Ewan McColl. Michael even brings new life to well-worn standards like St. James Infirmary and I Found a New Baby.

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