Pianist James Weidman is indisputably an essential addition to whatever bandstand he graces. A partial list of Weidman's affiliations is staggering in depth & breadth: Max Roach, Woody Herman, Archie Shepp, James Moody, Greg Osby, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Jay Hoggard, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, MBase Collective, Cassandra Wilson, TK Blue, Abbey Lincoln, Ruth Naomi Floyd, Kevin Mahogany, Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and Ray Anderson.
A unique innovator in the idiom of creative music, Jorge Sylvester’s sound is reminiscent of another time in jazz history when artists like Dolphy and Ornette were exploding on the scene and experimenting with concepts that would ultimately revolutionize music at large.
Alexis Marcelo is a pianist who creates a soulful New York City sound. He instinctively delivers a sound representative of a wide range of influences. Alexis’s training began when he began studying with JD Parran (AACM) at the Harlem School of the Arts.
Dick Griffin is one of today's leading trombone players. Griffin has developed a highly personalized playing style, which he calls "circularphonics". His ability to combine playing chords on the trombone with circular breathing is unrivaled among Jazz trombonists.
Calvin Jones, acoustic and electric bassist, was born in North Carolina. His recording resume numbers over forty CDs. Touring and performing has taken Mr. Jones to some forty countries and forty-five of the fifty U.S. states.
Darius Jones is an extraordinarily gifted alto saxophonist and composer. He comes from a diverse musical background, which led to his unique and soulful approach to music. His repertoire includes compositions and performances in electro-acoustic music, chamber ensembles; contemporary and avant-garde jazz groups, modern dance performances, and multi-media events. Darius has collaborated with other artists including Gerald Cleaver's Black Host, Oliver Lake Big Band, William Parker's Essence of Ellington, Eric Revis Quartet, Trevor Dunn's Proof Readers, Nasheet Waits "Equality" Quartet, Bill McHenry, Elliott Sharp, James Carter, Jason Moran, Andrew Cyrille, Ryan Sawyer, Angelica Sanchez, Yo La Tengo, Beans, Brandford Marsalis, Chad Taylor, Sean Conly, Alex Harding, Sun Ra Arkestra, Shazhad Ismaily, Aruan Ortiz, Fay Victor, and many more. Darius' 2012 release, Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) was listed among NPR's Best Top 10 Jazz Albums of that year.
1st set: Noon – 12:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 1:00 – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30am
Flutist, composer, arranger, producer, educator, business owner, Andrea Brachfeld, is a graduate of The High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. Study with Hubert Laws, Jimmy Heath, George Coleman, and Mike Longo helped her develop her own improvisational style.
Guitarist/Composer Bruce Edwards was a member of Sun Ra's Arkestra from 1984-1992, traveling all over the planet and appearing on recordings such as "Sun Ra Sextet Live at the Village Vanguard", "Destination Unknown", "A Night in East Berlin" and more.
Santi Debriano has proven to be one of the most versatile and creative musicians to emerge from the New York jazz scene. Santi has a body of music that embraces a variety of traditions and genres.
A native of Tokyo, pianist, composer and arranger, Yoichi Uzeki received his bachelor's degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his master's degree and the Sir Roland Hanna Award from Queens College, City University of New York.
Chicago-born Lonnie Plaxico inherited a gift for music that was discovered and nurtured early. At the age of just fourteen, Lonnie Plaxico turned professional, playing the electric and acoustic bass with equal facility.
Gene Torres was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and picked up the bass at 15 years old and has not put it down since. Gene has had the pleasure of playing and or recording with a gamut of music styles, including Ben E. King, Al Hibbler, Rahn Burton, Public Enemy, Yousef Lateef, and Chico O’Farrel’s Afro-‐Cuban Big Band to name a few.
James Brandon Lewis (b. 1983 Buffalo, NY) is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural taste makers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in today’s scene.
Arthur Baron is a trombonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. His defining work was with Duke Ellington, where he toured and recorded from 1973 – 1974. He has worked with a host of luminaries, including Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, BB King, and Cab Calloway. In 2006 he was a member of Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Sessions Band, touring Europe and the US. There he performed on trombone, sousaphone, penny whistles & mandolin.
Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully -- but she doesn't stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers.
One who creates art using sound, guitarist/composer Kelvyn Bell has created a 35year legacy as one of New York’s most diverse creative artists. After composing for theatre and film, Mr. Bell is currently focused on expressing his talents through live performance of original works.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised musically in New York, pianist/composer/educator, Yayoi Ikawa is an experience in ingenuity and compassion. Being exposed to the diverse music scene in New York, Yayoi plays Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, African, and Caribbean music.
Bassist Melissa Slocum has been performing worldwide since 1982, and worked with such legends as Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones.
Tony Lewis is a drummer/songwriter from the South Bronx, New York who has worked with a variety of stellar artists including Little Richard, Sting, Cyndi Lauper, Rakim, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Michael Hill's Blues Mob, and Craig Harris.
Michael Marcus is a jazz clarinetist/multi-woodwind player, composer and arranger. Since releasing his debut recording as a leader, Under the Wire for Enja Records in 1991, he has appeared on more than 35 records and composed over 125 original/recorded compositions.
New York born bassist Alex Layne began his musical career in 1959 at Count Basie’s Night Club. He went on to become a major player on the New York scene, where Alex performed with many great musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach, Freddy Hubbard, and Sonny Stitt.
Ms. Cumberbatch is a native of Brooklyn and has toured extensively in such places as the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, West Africa, Russia, Japan, and the United States. She has worked extensively with trumpeter Hannibal Loukumbe as the featured vocalist in two of his symphonies and also performed his suite "Fannie Lou Hamer" with the Kronos Quartet and "Love Poems to God".
“Sweet” Lee Odom has been playing clarinet for years, along with other woodwind instruments, including flute and bass clarinet. A native of North Carolina, Lee ventured to New York City in 2011 where she quickly found her way into various musical communities.
Virtuosic pianist and Chicagoan native, Michael King began playing drums in his local church band at the early age of 4. This fortuitously melodic schooling nurtured an undeniable affinity to the piano and organ, the very seat that he began to occupy, by ear, at age 14.
T.K. Blue began his life in music by playing trumpet from ages 8 to 10, then switching to drums for a year. After a hiatus, at age 17 he dedicated himself to music by learning flute. While attending New York University Blue threw himself headlong into music, concentrating on the saxophone.
The Strivers Row Society Ensemble is a group of musicians with a long history of performing together. Pete Drungle – piano Calvin Jones – bass, Tony Lewis – drums and Stewart Soundz – trombone
Based in Ithaca and Manhattan, Don Slatoff has performed with Jaki and the Apollo Stompers, Jimmy Cozier’s Renaissance Big Band, Ray Abrams Big Band, Ray Draper Big Band, Nine Lives Nonet, The Microscopic Septet, Wayne Horvitz, Bob January Orchestra, and Loren Schoenburg.