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Vivify® Music, Inc: Bio

Vivify Music

DEFN: viv·i·fy
To give new life or energy. To make more lively, intense, or striking. [syn: animate, recreate, revive, renovate, repair ]
Vivify Music, Inc. was founded in 2005 to fill a gap in the relationship between the avid Jazz listener and the Jazz artist. As many music lovers know, it is not always the most talented musicians who get played on the radio, or whose CDs are found in major retail stores. Some of the best musicians in the world are tucked away in their home cities and doing the best they can at promoting themselves, playing with as many artists as they can, selling CDs from stage, and bringing joy and awe to a handful of lucky listeners.

What We Do for Artists
Vivify Music is focused on bringing the best Jazz to the public, and supporting the best Jazz artists.

We provide the artist with the management, the marketing and the business of music while they focus on creating great music. Vivify Music, Inc. has several departments including: Artist Management, Record Label, Touring, and Music Publishing.

What We Do for Listeners
We provide listeners the promise of pure creative talent. If it’s a Vivify Music artist, you know that they are a solid Jazz musician and fantastic performer.

Who We Are
Vivify Music was founded by a CEO of a technology industry company (the JAZZ FAN), a Jazz Artist Manager, and a Jazz Artist. The company’s interest is to promote world-class Jazz musicians ensuring that fans around the world can hear their music, and ensure that the artists are making a good living from the magic they create for us Fans!

Brian Nova - Guitar / Vocals

Brian Nova is considered one of the top Jazz Guitarists/Vocalists in the nation, according to a recent poll in Jazz Improv Magazine. He has toured and performed with many of the Jazz elite around the world including Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Red Mitchell, Jimmy Smith, Eddie Harris, Ray Brown, Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson, Oscar Peterson, Kurt Elling, Arturo Sandoval, Gregg Field, Shelly Berg, Diane Schuur, Ernestine Anderson, Danny Turner, Frank Foster, Stanley Turrentine, Mundell Lowe, Pete Christleib, Med Flory, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Gerald Wiggins, Kenny Drew, Benny Green, Andy Simpkins, Dick Berk, Mel Brown, Butch Miles, Bobby Durham, Charlie Byrd, Larry Coryell, Julian Priester, Fred Wesley, Dee Daniels, John Pisano, Leroy Vinnegar and Freddie Cole, to name a few.
Tirelessly promoting jazz as player, booker, and educator, he’s managed to find the time and energy to develop his skills to the level where the great guitarist Joe Pass said: “Brian is one of the finest jazz guitarists on the scene.” Brian is one of the few guitarists in the world to not only study, but also tour and record with both Pass and Ellis.
Nova has brought this major league talent to appearances with a Who’s Who of jazz mainstays, from Pass to Herb Ellis, Eddie Harris to Jimmy Smith. And he’s taken it all over the world, touring extensively in Europe and Asia, as well as the U.S. In addition, he served as Director of Jazz and Guitar Studies at Seattle University from 1990-1996. Brian tours every year in Japan with his trio, and also plays occasionally with Rock Icon Steve Miller.

“Nova’s musicianship and creativity are significantly stellar”! Jazz Improv

Buddy Catlett - Bassist

Buddy Catlett
Jazz legend George “Buddy” Catlett is a true Jazz treasure. He began as a youngster in late 1940's Seattle gigging with Quincy Jones and Ray Charles, and went on to play with just about every great Jazz musician.

Buddy toured and recorded with The Count Basie Orchestra for ten years, performing on several landmark-recording collaborations with Frank Sinatra and Basie, including “Fly Me to the Moon”. He toured with Louis Armstrong for seven years, and can be heard on many of his recordings including “What a Wonderful World”. Buddy has also toured with his dear friend Quincy Jones for four years and performed and recorded with: Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Johnny Griffin, Johnny Smith, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Cal Tjader and Chico Hamilton to name just a few. Buddy now plays and tours with Vivify Music artist Brian Nova.

Stephanie Porter - Vocalist

Stephanie Porter
Stephanie Porter has been developing her own unique style for the past decade performing around the Northwest. We can’t say it any better that the Editors at CD Baby, so here is their comment about her debut album Mood Swings.

"Rather than ensnare you with a lot of vivid adjectives, I'm just going to get right to the point... listen to this album! I was and am in total awe with this woman's voice. It's something like Norah Jones with more harmonics, but more broad, more full and just spilling over with emotion. It's been a long, long time since an album has stopped me in my tracks so completely. Even if you don't claim to be much of a jazz vocals fan, at least give this a whirl. Stephanie Porter is not going to be "indie" very long. With an instrument like that voice, she's sure to be chasing the popularity of Diana Krall in no time. It's pure silk. Just listen."

Steve Yusen - Drums

Steve Yusen is THE consummate drummer. Having studied music all his life, he is likened to the modern-day Sonny Paine. Steve has toured and performed with some of the biggest names in entertainment including –
Brian Nova, Harry James Orchestra, Diane Schurr, Kenny G, Ben Vereen, Bud Shank, Pete Christlieb, Barney Kessel, The Kingsman, Steve Allen, Ernestine Anderson, Larry Fuller, Steve Madaio, Steppenwolf, Steve Miller, Peter Noone/Herman's Hermits, Lesley Gore, The Coasters, The Inkspots, Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Ivan Neville, Devo, Joe Elliott/Def Leppard, Foghat, Savoy Brown, Melissa Manchester & Waylon Jennings to name a few.
Steve now tours with The Brian Nova Orchestra as well as occasionally with The Harry James Orchestra with Fred Radke.

Primo Kim - Pianist, Vocalist

Seattle’s Primo Kim has headlined major concerts at Benaroya Hall, The 5th Avenue Theater, the Paramount Theater, and Meany Hall. He was chosen to welcome His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, at an Olympic Hotel gala performance in 1997. Primo has played Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco and Taipei, Taiwan. He appeared at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in 1994. He worked the Las Vegas hotel circuit. In Seattle, Primo hosted a music/talk variety show called Baysounds, which aired on KIXI radio for two years.

A graduate of San Jose State University, Primo started playing piano at age five; he later studied voice with Barbara Streisand’s teacher, Judy Davis; and with David Kyle of Seattle. Jazz piano became his passion. Primo was a teen sensation whose mellifluous voice and elegant phrasing led to a big variety show at the famous Latin Quarter in New York City.

His first major CD, Primo: To Be Near, released in 1997, was arranged and conducted by Joe Kloess, who worked with Peggy Lee and Jack Jones. In 1999, Primo gave a major concert with an 18-piece big band orchestra at Benaroya Hall. In 2000, again at Benaroya Hall, he produced and preformed at the United Negro College Fund’s concert variety show. In 2004, Primo was a special guest of Marvin Hamlisch playing with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall. In 2005, he was a guest artist with the Everett Symphony. He performed in a jazz concert in Tokyo, Japan in 2008. Primo did a major concert at the Kirkland Performance Center in 2008. He appeared at the stately Fairmount Olympic Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel for many years.