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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.