Kahlil Kwame Bell, having made nearly 90 recordings with numerous musical icons and legends as well as with his own talented band, has been called “one of the most prolific musicians in the industry today.”
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.
Linda Oh - Born in Malaysia and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Linda started classical piano at age four and took up clarinet at eleven and bassoon at thirteen. At fifteen, Linda dabbled on electric bass, playing jazz in the high school and community big bands.
Hilliard Greene has been studying music for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally for over twenty. His emphasis is in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B, Tango as well as the music of other continents and US regions, and solo performances.
Michael Wimberly is a composer, percussionist, educator, and music producer based in Harlem, New York. Having recorded and toured internationally with innovative artists such as Charles Gayle, Steve Coleman, William Parker, Cooper-Moore, David Murray, and many others, Michael has earned his place in the pantheon of cutting-edge, avant-garde jazz drummers.
Ahmed Abdullah was born and raised in Harlem. In 2016, he performed in Harlem for the first time with his own band. Ahmed has been leading a band since 1972. Over the years he has worked with or recorded with bands led by Sam Rivers, Sun Ra, Rashied Ali, Ed Blackwell, Billy Bang, Arthur Blythe and Bluiett.
“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.
Rod Williams is a Pianist, Keyboardist, Composer, Multimedia Composer and Programmer. Bill Shoemaker of JazzTimes wrote, "Williams can produce rich melodic improvisation on asymmetric thematic materials full of sudden shift in tempo and mood, extended structures, and tangy idiomatic mixture, and make them swing."
The Summer of 1968 was one of PROTEST. Fifty years later, we are politically in the same place. To honor the Summer of 2018, we present STAND UP AND RESIST, a series of Friday evening concerts featuring Craig Harris and Friends.
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.
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.