Miles Griffith voice
Miles Griffith was lead male vocalist on Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer prize winning jazz oratorio Blood on the Fields. Other instrumentalists who featured Griffith on their CDs in the ‘90s included trumpeter Bill Mobley and guitarist Mark Elf. It was in 1999 that Griffith released Spiritual Freedom himself; although most of the album was recorded in 1997 and 1998, a few of the tracks went back to 1994. The early 2000s found Griffith keeping busy as a featured vocalist for drummer T.S. Monk (son of the seminal pianist Thelonious Monk) and the Masters of Suspense, a post-bop outfit led by trumpeter Jack Walrath. In 2002, Griffith recorded Expanded Interpretations, an album of adventurous vocal duets with female singer Vered Dekel. Mobro marks his second collaboration with Bragen and Ellis. (www.milesgriffithmusic.com)
Johnaye Kendrick voice
Johnaye Kendrick works extensively with the Nicholas Payton SEXTET. Johnaye is also the featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The Orchestra won a Grammy® Award in the 2009 “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” category for their latest release, Book 1 on which Ms. Kendrick is featured. (www.johnaye.com)
Becca Stevens voice
In 2008, The New York Times described North Carolina-bred, Brooklyn-based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens as “a best-kept secret”. No longer a secret to those in the know, Becca has garnered praise from the press, her peers, and fans alike for her unique ability to craft powerfully intricate compositions both for her own band, and for artists who run the gamut of genre from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, singer Jose James, to classical pianist/composer Timo Andres. Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk from her native North Carolina, Stevens composes seamless arrangements on guitar, ukulele, and charango that embrace inventive textures and idiosyncratic melodies, communicated with effortless warmth through her pitch perfect and inimitable vocals. Since her release of Weightless in 2011 (Sunnyside), Stevens has been touring the world with her band as well as enjoying collaborations with internationally acclaimed artists such as Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Dave Douglas, Taylor Eigsti, The Fly Trio (Jeff Ballard, Larry Grenadier, Mark Turner), and Tillery (Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato, Stevens) to name a few. This year will see the highly anticipated follow-up to Weightless with a new record of originals and covers produced by engineer Scott Solter (Spoon, John Vanderslice, St. Vincent) and mixed by Matt Pence (Here We Go Magic, Midlake) as well as a featured track on Billy Childs’ forthcoming Laura Nyro tribute record produced by Grammy-winner Larry Klein. (www.beccastevens.com)
Sachal Vasandani voice
With his breakthrough 2007 debut, Eyes Wide Open, vocalist/composer/arranger Sachal Vasandani established himself as one of the most promising voices in modern jazz. A 2010 DownBeat “Rising Star” poll winner, Vasandani presented his distinctive blend of jazz and pop with the critically acclaimed release, We Move in 2009. His latest album, “Hi Fly” was released in 2011. (www.sachalvasandani.com)
John Clark french horn
As one of only a handful of horn players proficient in non-classical genres, Clark has performed or recorded with a wide variety of musicians. These include Glen Velez, Jerome Harris, Anthony Jackson, Linda Ronstadt, B. B. King, Oliver Lake, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Sting, Lew Soloff, David Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Akiko Yano, Leroy Jenkins, Gerry Mulligan, Isaac Hayes, Mike Richmond, Howard Johnson, Carla Bley, Grachan Moncur, Ashford and Simpson, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Pat Metheny, Frank Sinatra, Dave Grusin, John Scofield, Spyro Gyra, Diana Ross, Carly Simon, LL Cool J, Gil Evans and the Gil Evans Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Jaco Pastorius, Paquito D’Rivera, Jim Hall, Rachel Z, Jimmy Heath, Johnny Griffin, Toots Thielemans, John Faddis, Gary Bartz, Billy Joel, the Fugees, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Speculum Musicae, the Aspen Wind Quintet, and the Paul Winter Consort. He has performed as a studio musician for many films, including Mission to Mars, Fargo, and Pocahontas. He is on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. (http://www.hmmusic.com)
Shane Endsley trumpet
Brooklyn-based trumpeter/percussionist Shane Endsley is an avant-garde, jazz, and post-rock-leaning musician who finds work across a broad spectrum of musical styles from folk to free improvisation. Born in Denver, Endsley studied trumpet, percussion, and composition at the Eastman School of Music. After graduating, he found work performing with several name artists, including singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Endsley is a founding member of the post-rock/jazz outfit Kneebody — all of whose members met while attending Eastman — and has appeared on several albums with the ensemble, including the group’s 2005 studio debut on trumpeter Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf label. A regular performer with such downtown N.Y.C. artists as trumpeter Ralph Alessi — with whom he often plays drums — and saxophonist Tim Berne, Endsley released his debut solo album, 2nd Guess, in 2002 on WenEnd Music. In 2007, Down Beat magazine picked Endsley as one of the Top 25 trumpeters of his generation. In 2011, he returned with “Then the Other” on Low Electrical Records.
Alan Ferber trombone
For the last four years, Alan Ferber has been recognized as one of the leading trombonists of his generation in Down Beat magazine’s International Critics’ Poll and Readers’ Poll. He has released five albums as a bandleader, all of which blur traditional boundaries through an intriguing mix of influences. The Wall Street Journal affectionately describes his music as “somehow both old school and cutting edge.” Alan’s 2010 release, Chamber Songs, on Sunnyside Records features his nonet and string orchestra. According to WNYC, the album creates an “instantly transcendent musical experience that floats effortlessly and beautifully between jazz and classical music” and was named one of the best CDs of the year in Down Beat Magazine. Alan’s newest release, March Sublime, features stunning new music for big band and has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy award in the ‘Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album’ category. Additionally, it has received rave reviews including an editor’s Pick of the Week on eMusic which stated, “This is one of those albums where I just want to forgo the synopsis and just say go buy the damn thing. Just stellar.” Ferber’s music draws from a broad stylistic base considering the array of artists with whom he has closely worked: Esperanza Spalding, Charlie Hunter, Sufjan Stevens, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Toshiko Akiyoshi, The National, Harry Connick Jr, Lee Konitz, Dr. Dre, Kenny Wheeler, John Hollenbeck, Don Byron, and They Might Be Giants. His discography lists over 100 CDs on which he has played trombone. As a composer and arranger, Alan has written for the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Paul McCandless, Sara and Rachel Caswell, the Asphalt Orchestra, Sarah Darling, Steel Magnolia, and Jon Gordon. He is also the recipient of a 2013 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant, funded by the Doris Duke Foundation. Alan is currently an adjunct professor of jazz trombone and composition at New York University’s Steinhardt School, Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory, and Montclair State University’s John J Cali School of Music. (http://www.alanferber.com)
Rodney Green percussion
Rodney Green (percussion) is a seasoned professional with experience and skill beyond his years. He continues to grow and challenge himself creatively, stepping out as a leader with the Rodney Green Group, writing music and pursuing projects that interest him. Artists Rodney Green has worked with include Charlie Haden, Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Diana Krall, George Benson, Nicholas Payton, Cyrus Chestnut, Michael Brecker, Kenny Barron, Wycliffe Gordon, Herbie Hancock, and Dianne Reeves.
Roberto Carlos Lange sound design
Roberto Carlos Lange (Sound Design) is a composer and sound artist born in South Florida and is the son of Ecuadorean immigrants. Growing up he was surrounded by tropical heat and hurricanes that represented the rich colors of sound and people living in South Florida. The sound of bass and late-night “peñas” in and around his house carved a deep foundation into his interest for sound and the things producing them.
The “pause-tape” gave birth to his first sounds and music. With whatever he could grab; guitars, tape-loops, hand claps and voice, Roberto was slowly revealing his way of hearing things. Roberto’s musical pieces are adjusted and aligned with the moment they exist in, they are constructed through improvised performances and accidental happenings. The music and sounds themselves have been over the years documented and compiled together by him and a few record labels. These “albums” are extensions of the after thought of what these songs do together as a group. The albums are based on themes that carry weight and maybe criticize an idea as an observation. (http://robertolange.com/)
Mike Moreno guitar
Mike Moreno has recorded with major artists such as Interscope Records’ “Bilal”, and Universal Motown’s “Q-Tip” Rising star Jazz Artists such as Jeremy Pelt, Robert Glasper, John Ellis, Jimmy Greene, Myron Walden, Sam Yahel, Marcus Strickland, Yosvany Terry, Geoff Keezer, Frank Locrasto, Kendrick Scott, Leonardo Cioglia, Louise Setara, and Bob Reynolds . Leading his own band, Mike recently released his debut CD “BETWEEN THE LINES” on World Culture Music. The band is a quintet including tenor and piano, playing all his original music. More recently he recorded his follow up record for the renowned Jazz Label Criss Cross Records. (http://www.mikemoreno.com/)
Josh Roseman trombone
Josh is a New York City based person.
He is descended from a long lineage of other such humans, many of them.
he enjoys making low, nearly-silent sounds on trombone, bass and tuba, mixing records, putting fanciful projects together and building applications in coordination with other humans and technologies.
He has a shiny head today:
Roseman’s been generating sound ecosystems for his patented subversive wispery burblings, they include Line of Swords, an edgy trio config featuring Ben Monder and Nasheet Waits, really excellent band. Also, the “The Water Surgeons,” a chamber quartet featuring turntables, three trombones, amps and electronics;
the (classic) The Josh Roseman Unit, a dub-influenced jazz quartet;
a 12 piece petting zoo known as the The King Froopy Allstars,
..and the “The Josh Roseman,” a solo trombone program featuring an artist of the same name.
His work as a supporting musician dates back to the 1900’s, including recordings with Dave Holland, Dave Douglas, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, MMW, Me’Shell, John Ellis, Charlie Hunter, Peter Apfelbaum, the Roots, The Groove Collective, Alan Ferber among other culturally viable aggregations.
Roseman maintains a parallel existence as founder/director at THE LOOVE, a busy media and technology startup in Williamsburg- which is to say, it’s a music and design studio building a custom distribution platform online.
He is also the founder of the New York Slideworkers’ Union, a curatorial program for recovering improvising trombonists. In Roseman’s free moments, he plays trombone, records music, does some laundry and talks to other humans.
He is reachable.
Ryan Scott guitar
Born in Northern California, composer, arranger, producer and performer Ryan Scott was drawn to the guitar at a very early age. Starting with his self-formed band at age 12 called ‘Blue Nova’, the young musician has been performing ever since. Originally drawn to New York City at the age of 18 by the rich bebop tradition, he soon began to branch out, diving into all of the other things that the city had to offer. In 2007, He released an album of self composed songs on Velour Records entitled ‘Smoke & Licorice’. Ryan continues to work as a multi-instrumentalist on recording sessions in New York and elsewhere, and performs frequently in a variety of different settings.
On April 15th, 2014, Ryan released an EP of new songs entitled ‘Demonstration Record’ on Hundred Pockets Records. Go to https://ryanscott.bandcamp.com.
Joe Sanders bass
Joe Sanders has made a name for himself through his versatility, dedication, and steady pulse. He is without doubt, one of the most sought-after young bass players of his generation. He has played, recorded, and toured with many great musicians, including Ravi Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, Mulgrew Miller, Geri Allen, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Karriem Riggins, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Gerald Clayton (whose album Two-Shade was nominated for a 2010 Grammy®, featuring Sanders), Geoffery Kezzer, Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Chris Potter, Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Scott, and Taylor Eigsti. (http://joesandersbass.com)