Amina Figarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. She learned to play the piano as a small child and began composing when only six years old. Amina attended the Baku Academy of Music where she studied to become a classical concert pianist.
In command, infectious, energetic and strong, Fay Victor hypnotizes audiences, whether she sings a blues, sculpts a free piece, or reinvents a Herbie Nichols tune. Running the full gamut of human emotion in an original mix of traditional song forms and free improvisation - “FreeSong” - is Victor’s trademark approach to improvised vocal music.
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.
Sharp Radway is a pianist/composer/arranger/author who is a native of Hartford, Connecticut and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He remains in demand throughout the country and abroad.
Philadelphia-born tenor saxophonist, Antoine Roney grew up surrounded by music. After a short period learning the clarinet, he took an interest in the saxophone, after his older brother - renowned saxophonist Wallace - introduced him to John Coltrane's Live at Birdland album.
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.
“Ed Cherry is a great, soulful, swinging underrated player deserving of wider recognition.” “An expressive instrumentalist, Cherry has a hip, melodic approach that is a refreshing contrast to guitarists who frequently resort to playing “finger music.”
Carlton Holmes is a pianist of exceptional talent, musicality, and creativity. His sensitivity and inventiveness has allowed him to be one of the most sought after musicians in the New York area.
Drummer, Shirazette Tinnin was born and raised in North Carolina. Her early influences were gospel music, R&B and soul music. Her stylistic influences would eventually expand into jazz, rock and music from many parts of the African diaspora.
Andrae Murchison grew up surrounded by traditional gospel music at home and in church. He first experienced playing music at The United House of Prayer as a drummer alongside his grandfather’s lead vocals.
Music is definitely part of Darrell Green’s family pedigree – his father was a bass player after all – but this jazz drummer has his own preternatural sense of groove. Over a career that’s spanned more than two decades, Green has become a master technician and prolific sideman, sharing stages with everyone from Blue Note vibraphonist Stefon Harris to saxophonist Red Holloway.
Lil Phillips is a Jazz Vocalist, Producer, and Bandleader. Lil and her trio have worked professionally in the New York metropolitan area and abroad for more than 18 years, and received enthusiastic responses from all types of audiences.
Ras Moshe Burnett (Theodore Burnett III) is a Jazz musician, saxophonist, poet, activist, teacher and returning student working toward a music therapy degree in the NY area. He hails from East New York-Brooklyn NY with maternal Grandparents who hail from Harlem, NY.
Khemestry Khem began playing trumpet at the age of 11, eventually studying jazz at The Juilliard School, following in the footsteps of his teachers Jerome Austin and Wynton Marsalis. Khemestry continued his studies at The New School conservatory, receiving instruction from Reggie Workman, Jimmy Owens, Charles Tolliver, George Cables, Kenny Barron and many others.
Taru Alexander is an award winning American jazz drummer, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is a son of jazz legend Roland Alexander, an American post-bop jazz tenor saxophone player from Boston, Massachusetts. During his three decades of professional successful career, Taru appeared as a side man on more than fifty albums.
Pete Drungle is a Bessie Award-winning composer and pianist who has made music with Ornette Coleman, The Kronos Quartet, Yoko Ono, the Decoding Society and many others; he has composed scores for theater, television, film and video, and has collaborated with visual and performance artists
Queen Esther is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, librettist, playwright, actor and recording artist. She received a BA from The New School (Screenwriting) and flourished in the alt-music/alt-theater scene.
New York-based Roman Filiú has been a saxophonist, bandleader, composer for over 20 years. Born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, he has played, recorded, and toured worldwide with a variety of artists.
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.
New York jazz 6 and 7 string master guitarist Ron Jackson is a composer, arranger, producer, recording artist, instructor and writer. Ron is currently Contributor/Writer for Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
Stafford Hunter is a Philadelphia native and three-time Grammy nominated trombonist and sea shells plays (and sometimes vocalist). He became a professional musician at the age of 16. Stafford has performed at former-US President Bill Clinton's first inaugural.