Gianna's Jazz Quartet
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Gianna’s Jazz Quartet performs vintage jazz standards from the swing era from famous composers such as Cole Porter, Gershwin, and Irving Berlin.
Gianna Koutsou was born in Paralimni and is a professional jazz singer. She has a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nicosia. From 2014, she has participated in numerous events around the island and is the lead singer of the band Jazz Boulevard. Now she is currently teaching her own students and also performing in local venues in Nicosia.
Loizos Paphitis studied Jazz guitar at the Ionian University of Corfu and holds a masters degree in guitar performance from Leeds College of music. He has been active in the Greek music scene since his university years playing with George Kontrafouris “Baby Trio”.
Since 2014 Loizos is based in Cyprus and he is one of the most active musicians on the island, where he composes and performs his music with various group arrangements around the local scene and festivals.
Costas Challoumas was born and raised in Larnaca. He studied pedagogy at the University of Cyprus, where he graduated in 1999. He studied double bass and music theory with Nikos Ioannou and continued his studies at ‘The Collective School of Music’ in New York with Sean Conly and Joe Fitzjerald. For twenty years he is a member of various musical ensembles (traditional, jazz, latin etc.) and also of music and theatre performance groups. Amongst others, he was a member of the musical ensemble of ancient instruments “Terandros”, the original Cuban band “Havana Noche” and “Turnaround Jazz Quartet”, while the last years he is the artistic director of “Makam Ensemble”.
Drummer Emmanouil Pitsiladis was born in South Africa and began playing drums as a teenager. He has performed with a number of South African, Danish, German, and Cypriot musicians. He is currently working towards completing a Masters in Performance and Pedagogy from the University on Nicosia.
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