Yiannis Kassetas has been working as a saxophone player ,piano player and composer from the age of 18 ( 1995 Pallini Music High School 1998 Nakas Conservatory 2001 Berklee College of music ). He has played in almost every jazz festival and club in Greece and has collaborated with many of the giants of the Greek music scene like George Kontrafouris, Dimitris Vasilakis and many others.
He has toured and recorded with international Jazz Giants Clarence Penn,Miles Griffith,Jason Yarde and others. He has three personal cd's in one of the best Jazz Labels in Athens, puzzlemusik.
Yarde says about Yiannis composing abilities: "His music is beautiful and evocative..". `Griffith has also expressed deep passion for the saxophone players works and has been singing compositions of Kassetas every sunday at one of New Yorks finest Jazz Clubs,"the Smoke"!
Recently his cd collaboration with drummer George Spanos was chosen from the NY Label "Blue Truffle" among many American jazz musicians,to distribute their album in the States and South America.
Kassetas is now in the mastering prosses of his new cd wich was recorded in Lofish Studios Manhattan with some of NY finest jazz musicians.He has allready been offered propositions from labels there.Soon he will present his new composing project "Moving Sound" wich has been created and directed by Dimitris Karalis and combines music and dance in a very unique way (Deree American College March 22).
Session Musician: Yiannis has been working constantly in many different events,not only jazz.He has played as a soloist saxophone player in many musicals ,rock bands,Latin bands and Funk Bands.He is currently working as a Baritone saxophonist in one of Greece's best Boogie and Swing Bands ,the HiRollers.
"Jungle of Illusions", Kassetas - Spanos Group (2011)
"Lyrical,authentic,inspirational", Athinorama magazine
"Untamed music that charms you with its power of freedom..", Θανος Ματζανας,Αυγη
"Funkabyss", Yiannis Kassetas and The Funk Wizards (2009)
"Best cd of the year!": Sonic magazine
"Simply inspiring.An amazing composer" Difono magazine
"The Truth About The Aliens Invasion in Egypt", Yiannis Kassetas and The Funk Wizards (2007)
"Best Greek Jazz Funk Ever..." Ethnos News
"Pure Jazz Funk with a personal touch. Reminds me of Freddie Hubbards works" Jazz & Jazz magazine