Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author … Eddie Allen is one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. Playing everything from jazz to R&B/Pop to Latin to symphonic to Broadway, and everything in between. Eddie has worked with such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre. He has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Jack McDuff, Etta Jones & Houston Person, Mongo Santamaria, Chico Freeman, Charli Persip, and Vanessa Rubin. Eddie leads a quartet, a quintet, a Latin/Brasilian project, a large ensemble and a big band, who not only plays Eddie’s compositions and arrangements, but also the music of such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Rufus Reid as they come to lead the band.
Violinist and composer of Greek origin, Elektra Kurtis was raised in Poland. She graduated from the Warsaw Conservatory, and Finnish Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki. She has performed throughout the US, Europe and Finland in numerous chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, ethno-music ensembles, including her own group, Ensemble Elektra, a world jazz improvisational ensemble. Elektra has performed in concerts, theatrical and television productions, radio broadcasts and worked with such stellar artists as Lester Bowie, Gerry Mulligan, Paquito d'Rivera, Lionel Hampton, Shirley Horn, Ray Barreto, Max Roach, and the notable Arabic music master Simon Shaheen. Elektra played in trombonist Craig Harris' jazz, hip-hop, rap, poetry and song project in Paris, and participated in a performance in 1997 with Nona Hendrix and Erykah Badu, among others. In 2002/03 she appeared in concerts with Henry Threadgill’s Aggregation Orb and with Butch Morris’ Skyscraper.
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