Ahmed Abdullah

Ahmed Abdullah

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

Ahmed Abdullah was born and raised in Harlem, however this is only the first time he has performed in Harlem with his own band. Ahmed has been leading a band since 1972. Over the years he has worked with or recorded with bands led by Sam Rivers, Sun Ra, Rashied Ali, Ed Blackwell, Billy Bang, Arthur Blythe and Bluiett. Ahmed has been involved with notable collective ensembles like The Melodic Art-Tet, The Group and NAM. Abdullah has twelve recordings as a leader and is on at least other 25 recordings with Sun Ra and the Arkestra as well as recordings with the aforementioned artists. Besides playing trumpet, composing, singing, curating and educating, Ahmed is also a writer and has written a thesis that defines the art-form he is concerned with as Jazz: A Music of the Spirit. Ahmed currently teaches a Sun Ra Music and Philosophy course at the New School and is a NYC Department of Education Fellow teaching music to children.  


Akua Dixon


Jazz string pioneer Akua Dixon's contributions to bowed jazz cannot be overstated. She rose to prominence during the early 1970's through her involvement in the String Reunion, a 30-piece orchestra founded by Noel Pointer. Concurrently, she launched her own quartet, Quartette Indigo, which made its big-league debut at the Village Gate with her sister Gayle Dixon, Maxine Roach, and John Blake Jr. Dixon collaborated, performed and/or recorded with jazz giants Max Roach, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre, Buster Williams and Tom Harrell. Dedicated to educating young string players she has been on the roster of Carnegie Hall’s Educational series for more than eight years. Akua has received several awards from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. She has lectured at the Smithsonian and is the 1998 recipient of the African American Classical Music Award.

Alex Harding

Alex Harding is a powerful and innovative saxophonist, with a unique and contemporary baritone sound. The sincerity of his musical expression and the dynamism of his performance reach out and touch the human spirit and soul. A review in the Jazz Times stated that Alex “ … attacked the music with steamroller momentum and uncommon ferocity … it was sheer fireworks.” Alex has a member of Julius Hemphill’s Saxophone Sextet and Hamiet Bluiett’s Baritone Group. He has performed with the Mingus Big Band, Muhal Richard Abrams, Craig Harris, Lester Bowie, Frank Lacey, Oliver Lake and David Murray’s Big Band. Alex Harding has recorded several CDs for the CIMP label and since 2008 has performed on Broadway and toured with the Tony Award winning show FELA!

Andrew Lamb

Andew Lamb

Andrew Lamb is a jazz saxophonist and flautist, who came into New York City's avant-garde community during the 1970s, becoming an active presence in the Bedford Stuyvesant arts world. Lamb and his own ensembles perform regularly in the New York area, and have frequently performed at the annual Vision Festival. Lamb performed with the Henry Grimes Quartet with Marshall Allen and Hamid Drake at the 10th Annual Vision Festival. Lamb has also been part of Alan Silva's Sound Visions Orchestra, and a member of the Cecil Taylor Big Band. Lamb toured with the Henry Grimes-led quartet Spaceship on the Highway and the Sublime Communications Trio. Steven Loewy of Allmusic writes that Andrew Lamb is "a serious musician seeking to uplift his soul through art, and, like John Coltrane and his progeny, Lamb's vehicle is the psalm-like expression of his tenor saxophone. The results reflect his quest, testifying to his musical abilities, enormous potential, and depth of character." 

Antoine Roney

Antonie Roney

Philadelphia-born tenor saxophonist Antoine Roney grew up surrounded by music. After a short period learning the clarinet, he took an interest in the saxophone, after his older brother - renowned saxophonist Wallace - introduced him to John Coltrane's Live at Birdland album. Inspired by what he heard, Roney pursued studies in both alto and tenor sax. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and attended college at the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with alto saxophonist, Jackie McLean. Antoine has released five albums as a leader, in addition to working with Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Ted Curson, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Arthur Taylor, Jesse Davis, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Carvin, Geri Allen, Chick Corea and Elvin Jones, to name a few. Antoine also participated in the Miles Davis tribute project Bitches Brew Revisited, with drummer Cindy Blackman.

Art Baron

Art Bloom

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. He has received several commissions, including Jazz at Lincoln Center. Art has been deeply involved with education, conducting workshop/clinics and guest appearances with a variety of age groups from pre-school to colleges and universities. In addition, Art was featured nightly as a soloist in the Broadway hit, AFTER MIDNIGHT, bringing his Ellington expertise to the production. Currently, he leads The Duke's Men, an ensemble of Ellington alumni, and is a mainstay at The Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, with his group Art Baron & Friends.