Jason Marshall is a highly sought after and established fixture on the global music landscape. A rare specimen even among the highly competitive New York City music scene, the Washington D.C. born saxophonist can be seen playing soul music with Aretha Franklin, Latin jazz with Arturo O'Farrill, pop with Desi Di Lauro, avant garde jazz with the Charlie Mingus Big Band, and rock music with the Young Presidents. In addition, the graduate of the New School and Aaron Copeland School of Music can also be found performing weekly with the iconic NYC hip hop band, Nickle & Dime Ops, and with his own, The Jason Marshall Organ Trio in Harlem. Also a highly sought after composer and arranger, Mr. Marshall wrote and arranged the modern day classic "Miss Garvey, Miss Garvey!!" which was nominated for a Grammy in 2009. He has also written and arranged music for the Taipei Jazz Orchestra and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. His work for large ensemble can be heard most regularly performed by his critically acclaimed orchestra, the Jason Marshall Big Band. The jazz orchestra will release its debut album Order of Magnitude this fall.
Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy-nominated Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Film Composer, Producer and Arranger. He studied under a full scholarship at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, co-founded by Arnie Lawrence, who said, “Mr. Rodriguez is … a visionary… and a true light to hear and see.” Jay is the consummate artist; his resume reads like a Who’s Who of the music world. He has performed, produced recorded and/or arranged for a variety of artists and taught/lectured all over the world. Jay co-founded the NYC phenomenon, the Groove Collective, which influenced many modern hip hop and dance music bands. Today’s performance is Soul Inflections – featuring new compositions for clarinet, flute and saxophones.
Website - http://jayrodriguez.com/
Jeff King is an exciting tenor player who is capturing the jazz world with his fresh approach. The current version of his band brings to the fore all that is good about Jazz sextet, swinging hard with great new arrangements and originals. Close your eyes and you are listening to the Messengers at the Old Blue Note. Jeff King is sure and confident of the music he plays and the direction it’s headed! As leader of The Jeff King Band and Musical Director of the CBJ All Star band, Jeff continues to dig deep and explore the legacy of jazz music. He has been called a master by his contemporaries, in finding and selecting music that captures the essential spirit of Jazz. Jeff performs with some of New York’s great Jazz artists, and has toured the U.S., Europe, Africa, Canada and Australia.
Website - http://jazzking.net/index.html
Jonathan Finlayson has been recognized by the New York Times as "...an incisive and often surprising trumpeter," who is "...fascinated with composition." Finlayson is a disciple of saxophonist Steve Coleman, having joined his band Five Elements in 2000 at the age of 18. He is widely admired for his ability to tackle cutting-edge musical concepts with aplomb. Finlayson has performed and recorded with artists such as Craig Taborn and Henry Threadgill and played alongside notables such as Von Freeman, Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer.
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. A throwback to the future, Mr. Sylvester has been on the cutting edge of that scene since 1980 when he first came to New York City. His blend of African-Caribbean rhythms with new music is what gives Sylvester his distinguished voice. An impressive composer and arranger, Sylvester has performed with Stefon Harris, Rodney Kendrick, Karl Berger, the David Murray Big Band, poet Sekou Sundiata, the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, the Oliver Lake Big Band, Kuumba Frank Lacy’s Vibe Tribe, the Next Legacy Orchestra, Joe Bowie’s Defunkt Big Band and Nora McCarthy, with whom he also co-leads several groups, namely The ConceptualMotion Orchestra and A Small Dream In Red. Mr. Sylvester performs frequently and conducts workshops through out the United States teaching his unique approach to composition using Afro-Caribbean rhythms.