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FLASHPOINT- Performing on the Circle Friday, Aprill 11th

Flashpoint's web site is: http://www.flashpointjazz.com/.
The musicians that will be performing with Flashpoint (including special guest Rich Dixon) are:
Paul Messina - Flute and Sax
Rich Dixon - Trumpet
George Schoendorfer - Guitars
Adrian Gonzalez - Keyboards
Carlos Torres - Bass
Jaime Vila - Drums
Ignacio Nunez (3X grammy award winning percussionist) - Percussion
Paul Messina
Multi Instrumentalist (Flutes, Saxes, Keyboards, Synth Sequencing), Composer, Arranger, Producer.
Paul was born on the U.S. Marine airbase in Cherrypoint, N.C on January 25, 1952. In 1954, His family moved back to their home in Miami Florida, where he was raised and still resides.
His start in music began when he was 12 years old. His sister was playing the flute in Junior High school and he showed an interest in learning. She taught him the basics. From there he played in the Jr. High School band and in Senior High School, he played in both the Marching Band and Concert Band. He formed a rock band while in the Navy. He is presently the lead arranger for producer Gary M. Vandy, and is the band leader for the Contemporary Jazz group “Flashpoint”.

Education: Majored in Music at Miami-Dade College from 1974-1979 and again from 1991- 1994
Studied Flute with Althea Kaplan from 1974 to 1979 and again from 1991-1994. Studied Jazz Theory and Arranging, Improvisation, and Electronic Music with Dr. Mike Diliddo. He attended the Jaime Aebersold Jazz camp at U of L, where he studied theory with David Baker, Jazz Flute with Lida Baker, and Jazz combo with Hal Galper.
Recorded at Criteria , Studio Center, Quadradial, Coconuts, The Cutting Edge, M&I Recording (NYC).
Played with Wormwood, Tiger-Tiger, August Campbell, Relative Viewpoint, Fully Involved, Flashpoint, Franklin’s Wheel, Hi Tide, and many more.
Influences: Jethro Tull, Herbie Mann, Dave Valentine, Hubert Laws, Jean Pierre Rampal, J.S. Bach, Grover Washington Jr., Davis Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Kenny Garrett, Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and James Moody, to name a few…
Instruments: J.S.Haynes Flute, Armstrong Bass Flute, Gemeinhardt Piccolo, Selmer Mark VI Soprano Sax, Selmer Paris Reference 54 Alto Sax, Selmer Paris Reference 54 Tenor Sax.
Albums appeared on: Mark Hale, Jan Leslie, Tiger-Tiger’s “Eye of the Tiger” (which was part of South Florida Rock and Roll Legends featured at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida), Relative Viewpoint, Rick Lamas, Valerie C. Wisecracker, Hi-Tide, Mark Harris, Clyde Butcher, Franklin’s Wheel, Ryan Dreyer, Flashpoint (Cool Heat & Backstreet), and many more…He is presently in the process of recording his first solo CD, and Paul is also co-produced and recorded with Richard Lee (Grover Washington Jr.’s guitarist).
Most popular venues and festivals:
Harbor Festival (NYC), Miami Metro Zoo, Merrick Festival, Hollywood's Hispanic Fest, River Cities Festival, Taste of the Springs, Springs River Regatta, Suntrust Hollywood Streetbeat.
Suntrust Hollywood Artwalk, Miramar/Pembroke Pines Fall Fest.
Hollywood's Tropical Nights Festival.Fiesta Tropical Mardi Gras - South Florida,
Shops at Sunset Place, Garlic Festival (Delray Beach), P.A.C.E. Concerts,
Hollywood's Love Fest, Homestead's Friday Fest. Sunfest.
Paul also recorded a music video with Tiger-Tiger, in the Grand Cayman Islands
Paul Messina’s compositions were in the top ten jazz rack at WUSR (99.5 FM – Royal Radio) at the University of Scranton and many of his compositions are presently in the top ten Contemporary Jazz chart on Broadjam.com.
As a strong believer in giving to and supporting the community he lives in, Paul frequently performs community service for various organizations, such as; “Safe Haven for Newborns”, “Walk to cure Juvenile Diabetes”, numerous Miami Dade Fire Department functions, “Fund raisers for 911 victims”, and many more…

 

Their collective influences include many genres past and present. The result is the future of heavy music, an all consuming, unpredictable fire ready for war.
Passion drives their music, not trends. The sound is heavy and explosive. This band is not afraid to evolve or try something new. On stage is where this band belongs. A KTT show is charged with pure energy. Chaotic and alive, A sacred covenant between audience and band ensues. Driving this phenomena is the music of KTT. On guitars, Oscar Jhon and Randall McMillan 2 freaks of nature, Heavy groove and unorthodox riffing are the order of the day. For them there is no box. Holding down the low end, Jesse Glassford on bass. Storming the stage with an uncompromising subsonic assault, he brings a vengeful, and melodically intelligent presence to the KTT sound. On drums, Johnatan Jhon, Brings the monster to life injecting it with organic beats, mechanized destruction and a tasteful dose of raw power. On Vocals, Cole, he screams a lot. For KTT, nothing is more vital than to write honest, powerful music that pushes limits, takes chances and opens minds

 

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