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.”
The Makanda Project is an ensemble dedicated to performing the previously unrecorded compositions of Makanda Ken McIntyre. Makanda was a brilliant composer, with compositions marked by a distinctive rhythmic and lyrical quality, along with how effectively he could do the unexpected.
Matt Lavelle is a trumpet, flugelhorn, bass and alto clarinet player, and composer based in New York City. He began his music career with Hildred Humphries, a swing-era veteran who played with Count Basie and Billie Holiday.
Kenny Davis is a native of Chicago, Illinois, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. Upon entering Northeastern University, he discovered jazz music and he quickly became part of the Chicago jazz scene.
Ronnie Burrage is considered a virtuoso, exceptionally skilled and regarded as one of the best in the business at his craft. He has toured all continents from Siberia to South Africa to Japan.
Jack Jeffers, a largely self-taught, all-around bass trombone and tuba player who composes, conducts, contracts studio musicians, perform in Broadway pit orchestras and jazz bands, and for the last eight years has led his own N.Y. Classics Big Band.
“Fiery, lyrical, and impossibly virtuosic”– such has been called master Cuban percussionist, Joaquín Pozo’s style. Christened “El Pulpo” (The Octopus) because it is said his two-handed style rivals the eight hands of four drummers.
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."
Malick Koly is a rapidly up-and-coming young drummer and member of The Wallace Roney Quintet. Malick Koly is a rapidly up-and-coming young drummer and member of The Wallace Roney Quintet.
Ask anyone who has ever experienced him play, he owns his music. Every sound, every moment of silence, has a purpose. The rhythm talks to you and the conversation between sound and emotion has always been the best recipe for good music, with Jerome Jennings you get both.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.