Marvin Sewell

Marvin Sewell is a highly professional, talented and accomplished musician, composer, and producer who has a truly dynamic and distinct sound that encompasses a “fantasy fusion” of jazz, blues, funk, alternative and world music. In 1990 Marvin moved to New York City where he began playing with bands of various music styles, ranging from acoustic to electric; and a few years later he became affiliated with Jack Dejohnette’s Special Edition. In 1995 Marvin began a long-time creative collaboration with multiple GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist Cassandra Wilson. In addition to leading the Marvin Sewell group, he is a member of the Jason Moran Bandwagon and travels the globe touring with a host of amazing performing artists. Sewell’s concept about being a world-class musical talent is to be everywhere at the same time. “It’s all about the music, the connection and the moment … no labels, no boundaries – just thinking outside the box and letting it flow.” 

Website - http://marvinsewell.com/

Melissa Slocum

Bassist Melissa Slocum has been performing worldwide since 1982, and worked with such legends as Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones. Comfortable in genres ranging from duo to big band, traditional to avant garde, she performed and recorded with Charli Persip and Superband, Ralph Peterson and the Fo'tet, Avery Brooks with Craig Harris, Howard Johnson and Gravity, Dakota Staton, Kevin Mahogany, the Firey String Sistas, and the all woman big band DIVA, among many others. Television appearances include Newport Jazz Festival 1999, Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Gala, BET Interview, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN with the Kevin Mahogany Quintet and CBS News with Lionel Hampton.  Ms. Slocum holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music.  

Michael Marcus

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. Marcus was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant. His first professional gigs were with Albert King and Bobby "Blue" Bland. Marcus has recorded and toured with the Saxemble (Frank Lowe and James Carter) and with the great Mr. Jaki Byard. With Sonny Simmons, he is the coleader of The Cosmosamatics w/ 9 recordings and multiple domestic and international tours. Marcus performed in a duo context with master drum legend Edgar Bateman. Marcus and Ted Daniel comprise Duology, which has collaborated with Andrew Cyrille. Marcus continues to record and tour with his own group. 

Milton Suggs

Milton Suggs

Website - http://www.miltonsuggs.com/

"A commanding singer...steeped in tradition...but with modern sensibilities" is just one of the things Downbeat magazine had to say about Milton Suggs. Thus far, Milton has had the pleasure of sharing the stage or recording with such notable musicians as Roy Hargrove, Wycliffe Gordon, Sean Jones, Vincent Gardner, Winard Harper, and Wynton Marsalis. Milton has recorded and produced three studio albums and has received praise from in the popular publications Downbeat and Jazz Times magazines. His third studio album, Lyrical Volume I, was released in July 2012. He currently resides in New York where he performs his music frequently throughout the city while also establishing his presence as a recording and performing artist throughout the country.
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