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Marc Mommaas
Nikolaj Hess
Tony Moreno
Jay Anderson
John Hebert
Nate Radley
Vic Juris

Rez Abbasi, electric guitar

Out of the oriental flash and filigree of a Pakistani ancestry; exposed to the musics of the sub-continent at an early age through his family's more than casual involvement; removed at four to the driving surf sounds of the So. California beach scene; schooled at U.S.C. and the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, and a brief pilgrimage in India under the tutorial of master percussionist, Alla Rakha, Rez Abbasi is a vivid synthesis of all the above stated influences and genres.








Some of the Musicians that Rez Abbasi performed and recorded with:

Among Rez's projects is his long-standing association with bassist David Phillips, drummer Tony Moreno and alto saxophonist John O'gallagher in the highly acclaimed collective ensemble "Freedance", the Christian Howes/Rez Abbasi Quartet which features the virtuostic violinist, and a project involving Juno award winner of 2004, Kiran Ahluwalia in an Indian World Music ensemble. Rez has also performed with a variety of artist including Ruth Brown, Victor Lewis, Ron McClure, Kenny Werner, Barre Phillips, DD Jackson, Gary Thomas, Jeff Williams, Billy Hart, Michael Formanek and a host of others.







Some of the places where Marc Mommaas performed;



New Orleans Jazz Fest, Chicago Jazz Festival, Twin Tower Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Calgary Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, The Dutch Jazz Festival in Madrid, Arhus Jazz Festival, Edmonton Jazz Festival, Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, Tri-C Cleveland Jazz Festival, Hudson 400 Festival, New Port Jazz Festival...


Carnegy Hall, Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, 55Bar, Corneliastreet Cafe, Improv. San Diego, Atheneum La Jolla, Kitano, Dakota Club, Blue Wisp, Copenhagen Jazz House, Thorveldson Museum, Circulo des bellas Artes, Nighttown, Fundacion Carlos de Ambers, Mahogany Hall, Artishock, Jazzaffairs Hoorn, Jazzpower Eindhoven, SJU huis, Kunsthuis 13, Bethanian Klooster, Brewery Arts Center, Jazzbakery, Scandinavia House, Smalls, Blaagaardse Apotek, The Blender theater, Sweet Rhythm, Joe's Pub, Kerrytown Concerthall, Yardbird Suite, Yukon Arts Center, Erie Art Museum, Philadelpia Art Museum, Settlement Music School Philly...


Schedule a lesson through skype.

If you are not in the NYC area and would like advice, lessons etc a new option is to hook it up through skype. For this you need to email me a link to a music sample etc......