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JazzIMpuls, performing in quartet lineup as well as duo have been playing a program featuring the music of female jazz composers since the band was founded in 2000 by canadian bassplayer Laura Cesar and swiss guitarrist Beat Baumli. Over the years they have regularly worked with many stars of the swiss jazz scene. For the recording of Close Your Eyes they chose to collaborate with two of the busiest players in the country, Carlo Schoeb on tenor saxophone doubling on flute, and Pius Baschnagel on drums.

Laura Cesar, bass/leader (CND) was influenced by the great musical variety in her surroundings, and motivated by a passion for jazz, Laura Cesar studied Music at York University and Humber College in Toronto. Her playing was decisively influenced by her mentor Rufus Reid in New York City and through later studies with Canadian masters Don Thompson and Jim Blackley. Cesar credits her light feathery attack and sense of melodic line to study with Prof. Dr. Ludwig Streicher in Vienna. She has performed in Canada, the USA and in Europe. Venues include the Montreux Jazz Festival with the RSP Quartett Toronto, the Hallenstadion Zurich “Art on Ice“with Blues Me Jazz, at Jazz Festivals in France “Parfum de Jazz“ in Buis les Barronies and Ceret. Cesar has played gigs with Clark Terry, Al Porcino, Bobby Shew, Charlie Mariano, Vince Benedetti and Sandy Patton among others.

Beat Baumli (CH) (co-leader) began to play guitar at the age of fifteen. He applied his at first self-taught skills playing in local rock and roll formations. The discovery of the legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery at the age of 23 was a life changing experience. Thus “converted” to Jazz he started studying at the “Swiss Jazz School Bern” and continued at the “Berklee College of Music” in Boston USA. Since 1987 he has been working with a variety of bands, well-known musicians of the Swiss Jazz scene, mainly in small combos, but also in Big Bands and musicals. Countless performances in Jazz clubs, at cultural venues and social events have informed his style and refined his individual expression as a guitarist and composer/arranger. He was nominated for the Swiss jazz Award 2015.

Carlo Schöb (CH) has studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in from the late seventies to the early eighties. Woodwinds with Andy McGhee und Joe Viola, composition and arranging with Phil Wilson and Michael Gibbs. He continued his education with Jerry Bergonzi and Joseph Allard at the New England Conservatory. Further Studies with David Angel at the Schaffhausen Conservatory in Switzerland. His countless performances include concerts with Benny Bailey, Caterina Valente, Michel Fugain, Sinead O'Connor, Vince Benedetti, Randy Brecker, Lincoln Goines, Ray Anderson and studio sessions as soloist with Jiggs Whigham, Benny Bailey, Tony Levin, Darryl Jones, Gerry Brown, Juan Munguia, Sammy Figueroa, Curt Cress. He's also teaching saxophone and arranging at St. Gallen jazz school

Pius Baschnagel (CH) began to play drums at the age of ten. Lates he studied at Jazz School Zürich with Andy Brugger, at Musicians Institute (PIT) in L.A. California, Specialaward „Vocational“, nominated for Jazzplaying Student of the year 1994. Further studies in Cuba with Enrique Pla (Irakere), in Brazil with Pascoal Meirelles (Jobim), Masterclass with Lewis Nash. 1999: 3rd place „national drummers“ in the Jazzreaderspoll of the magazine „Jazz‘n’more“, 2001: Diploma SMPV, 2004: Winner of the Cultureprize in the city of Illnau-Effretikon. Concerts and Recordings with Barbara Dennerlein, NDR Bigband, Benny Golson, Rhoda Scott, Till Broenner, Chico Freeman, Othella Dallas, George Gruntz, Franco Ambrosetti, Isla Eckinger, Jimmy Woode, George Robert, Benny Bailey, Bucky Pizzarelli, Peter Appleyard and others.