Jazz Festival Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center 2016

Jazz Festival

Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Saturday July 23 All Day


Now in its 23rd year, this annual day-long festival is a celebration for jazz enthusiasts of all ages and includes performances set throughout our picturesque gardens and grounds, fun activities for little ones, tours of the historic Rosen House at Caramoor, extensive food and beverage options, and more. A summer day well spent with your friends, on your own, or with the whole family!

Curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center and headlined by the celebrated CHICK COREA TRIO, the 2016 Caramoor Jazz Festival brings an eclectic mix of established jazz legends, future phenoms, big bands, and solo performers together for one-of-a-kind artistic collaboration and new jazz synergies. In recent years, Caramoor’s exquisite setting and laid-back charm – just an hour’s drive from Manhattan – have attracted such performers as Wynton Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Vijay Iyer, Dr. John, Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Paquito D’Rivera, and more.

Members’ Jazz Lounge for all membership levels.

“You really couldn’t come up with a prettier setting for a jazz festival … Caramoor is a perfect day trip for city slickers who want to hear some of the most prominent jazz artists of the day without going very far to do so.” – Jazz Times

Take the train! Metro-North’s Getaway package offers discounted round-trip rail fare and Day-Only admission. Metro North
Free Metro-North Katonah Shuttle starting at 11:00am supported by

First Niagara Foundation




11:00am  Gates Open

11:00am Welcome Area
Jazz House Kids
12:00pm Friends Field
Gotham Kings: Riley Mulherkar & Alphonso Horne
12:30pm Sunken Garden
Eddie Barbash Band
1:15pm  Friends Field
The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn
1:15pm  Venetian Theater
Evan Sherman Big Band
1:15pm  East Lawn
Riffin with Riley!
Led by Riley Mulherkar
1:45pm  Spanish Courtyard
Jonathan Barber Quintet:
Jones, Jones, Jones
2:15pm  Friends Field
Bria Skonberg
2:30pm  Sunken Garden
Brandee Younger Duo
2:30pm  Spanish Courtyard
Eddie Barbash Quintet
3:00pm  Garden Courtyard
Fernando Saci
3:15pm Friends Field
Etienne Charles & Creole Soul
3:30pm  Sunken Garden
Russel Hall, Gabe Schnider, Michela Marion Lerman Trio
3:30pm Spanish Courtyard
Harlem Stride Piano Hour / Marc Cary, ELEW, Mathis Picard
4:15pm Venetian Theater
Ladies Sing the Blues featuring Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade
4:15pm Garden Courtyard
Evan Sherman Entourage
5:15pm Spanish Courtyard
Jazz Chat with Seton Hawkins / Chick Corea: 75 Years of Jazz Piano
5:30pm  Friends Field / Tapestry Hedge
Zoe Obadia Trio
5:30pm  Members Lounge
Jazz House Kids
6:15pm  Picnic Lawn
Jazz House Kids

8:00pm Venetian Theater

Chick Corea
Christian McBride
Brian Blade

Other Daytime Events

Riffin’ with Riley Gotham King’s Riley Mulherkar leads an interactive workshop exploring elements of swing, blues, and improv for kids (and adults!).

Music & Arts Instrument Petting Zoo Kids can play and try out a selection of instruments.

Historic Rosen House  Tours for kids & adults. Sign up at the Festival.

Scavenger Hunt  Explore the gardens, woodlands & grounds.

Raffles  Win free tickets to upcoming shows.

Food + Drink  A full selection of delicious eats: See the menu.

Picnic Lawns  Lounge, eat, drink, listen, and play.

Jazz Festival: Chick Corea Trio


Chick Corea
Christian McBride
Brian Blade

Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods – and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Yet Chick has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo, or collaborating with a who’s who of music. Underscoring this, he has been named Artist of the Year three times this decade in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Chick remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. As The New York Times has said, he is “a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.”

Chick’s classic albums as a leader or co-leader include Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes), Paris Concert (with Circle: Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland and Barry Altschul), and Return to Forever (with Return to Forever: Joe Farrell, Stanley Clarke, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim), as well as Crystal Silence (with Gary Burton), My Spanish Heart, Remembering Bud Powell, and Further Explorations (with Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian).

A venturesome collaborator, Chick has teamed with artists from jazz legend Lionel Hampton to new-generation pianist Stefano Bollani, from banjoist Béla Fleck to vocal superstar Bobby McFerrin. Chick’s duo partnerships with Gary Burton and Herbie Hancock have endured decades.

Chick’s 2014 release ranks as a new classic in his discography: Trilogy, a live triple-disc set with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. Winner of two Grammys, the album documents this trio interpreting classic Chick compositions (such as “Spain”), plus previously unreleased pieces by the pianist (“Piano Sonata: The Moon”), an array of jazz standards and even a Prelude by Alexander Scriabin. All About Jazz noted: “This one certainly ranks among his most memorable trios… [Corea] has never been more active—and with albums as superb as Trilogy … clearly at the top of his game.”

Rare for a “jazz musician,” Chick received the Richard J. Bogomolny Award from Chamber Music America in 2010, and he broke new ground as a composer with The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra, released in 2013 by a storied classical label, Deutsche Grammophon. Chick recorded his first album of solo piano in 1971, and he continued his intimate journey with the instrument on Solo Piano – Portraits. For the 2013 album The Vigil, Chick put together a new-era electro/acoustic quintet, featuring himself on keyboards and longtime associate Tim Garland on reeds, alongside some hot young players.

For a sold-out international tour and live album in 2008, Chick reconvened his pioneering jazz-rock fusion band Return to Forever, which he founded in 1972. Then in 2011 a new version of Return to Forever – with Clarke, White, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Frank Gambale – toured the world to acclaim, yielding the live CD/DVD The Mothership Returns.

2015 has found Chick himself as active as he’s ever been. A major highlight of the year was Chick’s hugely acclaimed world tour with fellow piano legend Herbie Hancock, reuniting for their first full-scale tour as a duo since 1978. That first duet outing—just the pair of world-class musicians playing acoustic pianos—resulted in a pair of massively popular album still viewed as benchmarks today. Corea & Hancock filled some of the greatest venues on the planet. Said Chick about the tour, “Herbie is my longtime friend, one of my most important teachers and big musical inspirations. To be able to share the stage each night with him is such a highlight of the creative imagination for me.”

His latest album, Two, documents his constantly-evolving duet with Béla Fleck, the estimable banjoist. In an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered, recorded during their US tour celebrating album’s release, Chick said the duet is “like a friendly, very fast-moving ping-pong game… It opens up whole new ideas for me of how to integrate my phrases. I’m always thinking about accompanying. So that’s my pleasure in the duet, is to see how I can make the banjo sound good.”

Four-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has described a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today. Raised in a city steeped in soul, McBride moved to New York in 1989 to pursue classical studies at the Juilliard School. There he was promptly recruited to the road by saxophonist Bobby Watson. In 2000 the lessons of the road came together in the formation of what would become his longest-running project, the Christian McBride Band. In 2009 McBride began focusing this same energy through a more traditional lens with the debut of his critically-acclaimed Inside Straight quintet, and again with the Christian McBride Big Band, whose 2012 release The Good Feeling won the GRAMMY for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album. As his career entered its third decade, McBride added the role of mentor, tapping rising stars pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. for the Christian McBride Trio’s GRAMMY-nominated album Out Here.

Brian Blade, the multi-talented young veteran, is already widely respected in the jazz world as drummer/composer/leader of Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, with whom he has released three albums. He is also known as the drummer for many heroes of the music world, including Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Wayne Shorter, Seal, Bill Frisell and Emmylou Harris. Brian Blade was born on July 25, 1970 in Shreveport, Louisiana. His mother, Dorothy Blade is a retired kindergarten teacher and his father, Brady L. Blade, Sr. is the pastor of the Zion Baptist Church in Shreveport. During his childhood, Brian would hear Gospel music in his everyday life, as well as the music of Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, and the Staple Singers. In elementary school, his music appreciation teacher, Lucy Bond, introduced her students to the music of Maurice Ravel and in this class, Brian would play the recorder and various melodic percussion instruments associated with the Carl Orff pedagogy. From about age nine to age thirteen, Brian played violin in the school orchestra and continued to play until following in the footsteps of his older brother, Brady l. Blade, Jr. who played the drums in the Zion church. During high school, both Brady, Jr. and Brian were students of Dorsey Summerfield, Jr. and performed as part of Dorsey’s professional group, the Polyphonics. During this time and through his experience with Mr. Summerfield, Brian began listening to the music of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Elvin Jones, and Joni Mitchell. In 1988, Brian moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University. It was at this time that Brian would become friends with Jon Cowherd. Both Brian and Jon were able to study and play with most of the master musicians living in New Orleans, including: John Vidacovich, Ellis Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Bill Huntington, Mike Pellera, John Mahoney, George French, Germaine Bazzle, David Lee, Jr., Alvin Red Tyler, Tony Dagradi and Harold Battiste. There were many inspiring musicians living and visiting New Orleans who helped Brian in his development. Some of these friends are Chris Thomas, Peter Martin, Nicholas Payton, Antoine Drye, Martin Butler, Delfeayo Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Harry Connick, Jr., Gray Mayfield, Marcus Roberts, Victor Goines and Daniel Lanois. In 1998, Brian and Jon Cowherd began recording their own music with the group Fellowship. The band members are Chris Thomas, Myron Walden, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Melvin Butler. They have released 3 albums together – Fellowship andPerceptual, both on Blue Note, and the 2008 Verve recording, Season of Changes. Since 2000, Brian has been part of the Wayne Shorter Quartet with Danilo Perez and John Patitucci. His 2009 album Mama Rosa marked a new endeavor for Blade: a lovingly crafted, emotionally affecting song cycle that’s deeply rooted in a rich vein of personal experience. “All That Was Yesterday”, “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “Nature’s Law” show Blade to be a soulful and expressive vocalist and a songwriter capable of rendering evocative stories that resonate with insight and empathy. “Revealing more of ourselves is always daunting,” says Blade, “but I feel like I need to keep challenging myself and peeling away layers to get to the core of who I am and what I have to offer.”


Gotham Kings

Gotham Kings: Riley Mulherkar and Alphonso Horne

Alphonso Horne and Riley Mulherkar join forces in the two-trumpet act that is Gotham Kings, presenting the music of the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band. The virtuosity of the young Louis Armstrong and innovative genius of King Oliver is passed back and forth interchangeably between Horne and Mulherkar, and fueled by a high energy band including fearless tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman. Gotham Kings weaves the sound of New Orleans into a rich musical fabric that demonstrates the history of the trumpet and the story of jazz.

Trumpeter Alphonso Horne has performed with many renowned jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Wess Anderson, Marcus Roberts, Delfeayo Marsalis, Diana Reeves, Michael Feinstein, and Jane Monheit. Alphonso has won many awards including the National Trumpet Competition and in the Aug, 2011 issue of JET Magazine, world-renowned trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis included Alphonso in a list of 16 young jazz musicians entitled, “Wynton’s Picks: Who’s Got Next.”

In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Horne subbed for Wynton Marsalis in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and toured with the orchestra for the 2013 25th Anniversary Tour. Mr. Horne also performed on Broadway in the 17-piece orchestra for the show “After Midnight” featuring guest artists Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill, K.D. Lang, Babyface, Toni Braxton, and many more. Mr. Horne holds degrees from Florida State University (BM), and The Julliard School (MM). Mr. Horne is a member of the Count Basie Orchestra and is currently premiering in the Broadway show, “Shuffle Along” featuring Savion Glover, Audra McDonald, and many more.

Riley Mulherkar has been recognized as a “smart young trumpet player” (The New York Times) and praised by The Wall Street Journal as a “youngster to keep an eye on.” Born and raised in Seattle, Riley moved to New York in 2010 to study at The Juilliard School, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 and his Master’s in 2015, receiving the Knowles Prize for Jazz and the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. He is also an inaugural recipient of Juilliard’s Marks Fellowship. In 2011, Riley was named a “rising jazz artist” by Wynton Marsalis in JET Magazine, and in 2014 was the first recipient of the Laurie Frink Career Grant at the Festival of New Trumpet Music.

Riley has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, and Carnegie Hall, and has shared the stage with Marsalis, Leonard Slatkin, and Dave Douglas, among others. Riley is a founding member of The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet that has premiered over 50 original works since its inception in 2011. Their debut album, Wish The Children Would Come On Home, was hailed as “an impressive feat from almost any angle” (Nate Chinen, JazzTimes), and named Debut Album of the Year by NPR Music’s Francis Davis.


Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles & Creole Soul

Etienne Charles is the Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Michigan State University. Hailed by New York Times as “an auteur” and by Jazz Times as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism.” According to Downbeat Magazine “Charles delivers his ebullient improvisations with the elegance of a world-class ballet dancer.” Etienne has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. In June 2012, Etienne was written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the world.

Perhaps more than any other musician of his generation of Eastern Caribbean origin, Etienne brings a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English, and Dutch speaking Caribbean to the table. Crucially, as a soloist, he fully understands the New Orleans trumpet tradition (which is readily discernible in his trademark instrumental swagger) and what famed Crescent City Pianist, Jelly Roll Morton so succinctly captured in the now immortal phrase, ‘The Spanish Tinge.’

His latest recording, Creole Soul has received critical acclaim worldwide for it’s fusion of root grooves from the Afro-Caribbean. His previous release, Kaiso (Culture Shock Music 2011), features his arrangements and interpretations of the music of calypso legends Lord Kitchener, Mighty Sparrow & Roaring Lion.

As a sideman he has performed and or recorded with Monty Alexander, Roberta Flack, Frank Foster, Ralph MacDonald, Johnny Mandel, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Maria Schneider, Count Basie Orchestra, Eric Reed, Lord Blakie, David Rudder, and many others. He holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

For more information please visit etiennecharles.com.


Bria Skonberg

Bria Skonberg

Hailing from Chilliwack, BC, and now living in New York City, award winning trumpeter / vocalist / composer Bria Skonberg is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” (Wall Street Journal).

In 2013 she earned a Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year” and is included in DownBeat Magazine’s Rising Star Critics‘ Poll for 2013/2014. She has recently been honored with a New York Bistro Award for “Outstanding Jazz Artist” and swept the 2014 Hot House Jazz Magazine Awards in all categories nominated: Best Jazz Artist, Best Trumpet, Best Female Vocalist and Best Group for the Bria Skonberg Quartet.

Her first professional gig was as a big band singer at age sixteen doubling on trumpet and she has since performed as a bandleader and guest artist at over 50 jazz festivals in North America, Europe, China, and Japan. Since moving to New York in 2010 she has headlined at Symphony Space, Birdland, The Iridium, Dizzy’s, and Cafe Carlyle. She has performed with the likes of Nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, Scott Robinson, and Bucky Pizzarelli; she has been featured on Wycliffe Gordon’s projects, studied with Warren Vache, experimented with electronic effects, and presented a gig fusing jazz and stand up comedy.

Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and instigative nature, she is now creating an adventurous style rooted in New Orleans jazz and blues, world percussion, soul, and cabaret. In 2014 she released her sophomore album on Random Act Records, Into Your Own. Her debut US release So Is The Day, peaked at #7 on the Jazz Radio Charts. She currently tours the world, headlining major clubs and festivals as well as programming music education workshops for all ages. She is an active volunteer at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens and co-producer of the New York Hot Jazz Festival.


Jonathan Barber

Jonathan Barber Quintet

Drummer, Jonathan Barber, born in Hartford, CT, has been playing the drums since the age of 5. Jonathan was first introduced to the drums by his father and began nurturing his passion and talents at his family church. During his senior year of high school, Barber became a member of the Artists Collective in Hartford, CT founded by Jackie and Dollie McLean. There he studied with Master Artist, Renee Mclean, who introduced him to jazz, and its African roots and rhythms; it was at that point Jonathan knew he wanted to be a musician. He furthered his studies at the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music, Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, where he graduated Cum Laude, receiving a B.A. in Music Performance (Jazz Studies).

Wasting no time Jonathan became an on-demand drummer in the Hartford, CT Jazz scene, and began building his career in the New York jazz scene. Jonathan has had the opportunity to perform with many artists such as, Jimmy Greene, Erykah Badu, Wallace Roney, Jeremy Pelt, Kenny Barron, John Patitucci, Kurt Elling, Terrace Martin, Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan, Harold Mabern, Steve Davis, Larry Willis, Abraham Burton, and many more. Jonathan has been privileged to give back to his community and worked as a teacher at the Artists Collective, Litchfield Jazz Camp, University of Hartford (Hartt School) and the Greater Hartford Arts Academy. He has been featured on recordings such as Bloom (2014, J.D. Allen), Grace (2013, J.D. Allen), Collective Consciousness (2014, Jovan Alexandre), State of Emergency (2012, Nat Reeves).

Since moving to New York, NY Jonathan has traveled and toured internationality and performed in notable festivals and clubs. Currently, Jonathan Barber continues to tour nationally and internationally and is now stepping out as a bandleader, performing in jazz clubs and festivals around the world, giving private lessons, and conducting workshops.

Jonathan endorses Canopus Drums, Evans Drumheads and Pro-Mark Drumsticks.


Fernando Saci

Fernando Saci

Fernando Saci is an accomplished percussionist, producer, arranger, composer, and educator based in New York City. Throughout his career, he has performed and recorded with renowned artists including samba, bossa nova, and jazz greats Dona Ivone Lara, Leci Brandão, Almir Guineto, Nilson Matta, Kenny Barron, Leny Andrade, Steve Wilson, Harry Allen, Grechen Porlato, Anat Cohen, Duduka Da Fonseca, Paul Lieberman, Mario Adnet, Moacir Santos, Mark Walker, Oscar Stagnaro, Alexei Tsignov, Fernando and Sergio Brandão, Alberto Netto, R&B singer Cherryl Pepsii Riley, and Brianna Thomas. Saci is frequently sought after as a collaborator. He currently performs with the Nilson Matta Group, Brianna Thomas, Catarina dos Santos Project, Nation Beat, Brazista, Tiago E A Familia, and the traditional Brazilian samba ensemble Turma do Samba.

Originally from Campinas, Sao Paulo, Saci demonstrated a passion and natural talent for all things percussion at a young age. Surrounded by music as a child, his grandfather hosted several musical gatherings where he first learned to play various percussion rhythms from family and friends. At age 7, he began his percussion studies at the community center Casa de Cultura Tainã. Here he quickly mastered his craft and soon began teaching various percussion instruments to others at the center. After playing professionally for several years, in 2002, Saci was selected to study at one of the most respected musical conservatories in Brazil, Conservatório Dramático e Musical “Carlos de Campos” in Tatuí, São Paulo. At Tatuí, he specialized in jazz and MPB percussion and graduated in 2005, going on to explore many other genres of music.

Fascinated by jazz, in 2011 he moved from Brazil to the United States, first settling in Somerville, MA outside of Boston. Here, he founded the first maracatu group in the area, and was invited by Berklee College of Music professor Alberto Netto to participate in his percussion week workshops teaching Brazilian rhythms. He also met and collaborated with a range of respected jazz musicians at the top of their craft, including Duduka Da Fonseca, Nilson Matta and Paul Lieberman, with whom he toured. In order to pursue more opportunities to play with the great artists of the genre, he was encouraged to move to NYC, and did so in 2012 where he currently resides.

In the fall of 2012, he was asked by the legendary bassist Nilson Matta to participate in the recording sessions for his new album Nilson Matta’s Black Orpheus released the following spring. In May of 2013 he served as a faculty member at the Samba Meets Jazz workshops in Bar Harbor, ME. Currently he lives in East Harlem and teaches private percussion and drum set lessons. He is at work on his first solo album to be released in 2014.



160723 Eddie Barbash

Eddie Barbash

Eddie Barbash plays American roots music on alto saxophone. He brings his horn and sensibility to Texas and Appalachian fiddle tunes, bluegrass, old time, R&B, soul, and New Orleans jazz. He has performed at the major jazz festivals worldwide, and with artists ranging from Vince Gill to Wynton Marsalis to Lenny Kravitz. He is a founding member and the lyrical core of Jon Batiste Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In New York City he has led residencies at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Django, and the Manderley Bar.

His luminous sound and creative vitality first caught the attention of legendary drummer Chico Hamilton, who invited him to join his sextet when he was 19 (70 years younger than Chico) and a freshman at The Juilliard School. He began playing with Batiste the same year (2008). New York Times critic Ben Ratliff in a review that fall described him as “gifted, young and driven.” He was raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, Atlanta, Georgia and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He currently lives in Brooklyn.


160723 Lady Sings the Blues

Lady Sing the Blues featuring Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade

Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Ruth Brown. Catherine’s professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she embarked upon musical adventures with Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, and Rosanne Cash, among others. With universal acclaim, Catherine Russell has performed on four continents. She’s been a hit at major Jazz Festivals including Monterey, Newport, North Sea, JazzAscona, Montreal, Bern, Rochester International, Panama, Tanglewood, and at sold out venues like The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Scullers in Boston, The Dakota in Minneapolis, Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, SFJazz in San Francisco, and Pasadena Pops in Los Angeles. All Music Guide says, “Russell emerged as a retro old school vocalist for the ages.”

In 2001 and 2002, Brianna Thomas was a resident at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program – an international artist-in-residence program that assembles a select group of jazz musicians to perform their original compositions at the Kennedy Center. At “Jazz Ahead” she worked with a host of premier jazz educators and performers including renowned vocalist Carmen Lundy, drummer Winard Harper, saxophonist Nathan Davis and trumpeter Jimmy Owens. In 2005 Ms. Thomas moved to Tennessee where she regularly performed with many of Nashville’s finest including the Barber Brothers. In 2006, Ms. Thomas had her New York City debut performance at the Women in Jazz Festival held at Dizzy’s Club – Jazz at Lincoln Center, and also made a guest appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC that same year. In 2007, she decided to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where she met and studied voice with Richard Harper, and Kenneth Kamal Scott. It was in New York where Ms. Thomas connected with Pianist and Swing Band Leader, Gordon Webster – with whom she soon became a featured vocalist. She has also had the honor to perform with legendary musicians including: Clark Terry, Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Junior Mance, Charles Tolliver, Reggie Workman, Frank Wess, Paul West, Rene Marie, Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Jimmy Owens, Norman Simmons, Art Barron, Winard Harper and Houston Person. In 2009, she was voted “Best of the Best” among New York’s vocalists, as the winner of New York’s Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, judged by such jazz legends as pianist and educator Billy Taylor, Grady Tate, and Gloria Lynn. In May 2011, Ms. Thomas Graduated the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music with a Bachelors of Fine Arts.  As for Brianna Thomas’ future – the best illustration is given by the words of legendry trombonist Curtis Fuller: “a marvelous new artist who has all it takes to reach the top of the jazz profession and music in general.”

Inspired by Sarah Vaughn, Brooklyn native Chareneè Wade began singing jazz at the age of twelve. Through years of intense studies in jazz, world and classical music, she has grown to become a critically acclaimed vocalist, composer, arranger, bandleader and educator. Since completing her Master’s degree in jazz vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music she has been featured in settings from jazz trio to big band to symphony orchestra. Her original compositions were performed in 2006 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program; and in 2009 she was selected by bassist Christian McBride to participate in the JAS Summer Jazz Academy. Among her awards have been the ASCAP Foundation Award and Scholarship and the International Women in Jazz Youth in Jazz Award. She was 1st runner-up in the 2007 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition and subsequently served as a judge alongside Billy Taylor and Grady Tate. Wade came to prominence in 2008 with her critically acclaimed interpretation of Since I Fell For You on the Grammy nominated recording Big Band Urban Folktales by the Bobby Sanabria Big Band. Another highly visible event was her participation in the Thelonious Monk Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in which she was the 1st finalists. Wade has toured extensively both in the U.S. and worldwide. Her domestic engagements have included appearances at the Apollo Theater with the Bobby Sanabria Big Band, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Savannah Music Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, and the Allen Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She has performed at Festival de Riou, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and has recently toured Russia with the Yakov Okun. Her most recent recording, Offering-The Music of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson, was released to critical acclaim in the spring of 2015.



Harlem Stride Piano Hour featuring Mathis Picard, Eric Lewis, and Marc Cary

Mathis Picard is an young pianist from Grenoble, France, who’s musical path has already taken him around the globe. Mathis began playing piano at age 4 in Pittsburgh, PA and went on to continue his work as a student, composer, and performer all across Europe. He was recently awarded a recognition in  ‘excellence in musicianship & leadership’ by the Juilliard School, where he just graduated in May and who’s activity has been diffused worldwide by renowned arts channel, Arte. Mathis is a winner and member of the Montreux Jazz Foundation and has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Sonny Moore, Jason Moran, Lee Ritenour, Yaron Herman, to name a few and can be seen as a leader or sideman all over NYC. Upcoming performances include an inclusion in Wynton Marsalis’ “Young Jazz Stars Of The Future” at Jazz At Marciac, this coming August.

Once upon a time, Eric Lewis was a decorated, up-and-coming jazz pianist, a sideman for Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones, among others, and the winner of the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Piano competition. A decade into his career, he had an epiphany. The songs he was playing weren’t speaking to him the way he wanted them to: while they were part of the traditional jazz repertoire, they weren’t part of his own emotional repertoire. On the other hand, there were contemporary rock songs whose lyrics meant the world to him. Lewis considered the landscape, drew the curtain, and reemerged as ELEW, a revolutionary artist who combines virtuosic skill on the grand piano with an unprecedented openness to modern pop and rock music.

Jazz pianist, keyboardist, producer and composer Marc Cary holds tight to his roots in Washington, D.C.’s go-go music scene, but they represent only one element among the myriad. Cary’s interests run from Indian classical to Malian music to hip-hop. He started his career working with Betty Carter, a legendary vocalist famous for drawing soul and sincerity out of her bands, and went on to work with Roy Hargrove, Dizzy Gillespie, Erykah Badu, Shirley Horn, Stefon Harris, Q-Tip and – most influential of all – Abbey Lincoln.


160723 Evan Sherman

Evan Sherman Big Band

Evan is a 22 year-old drummer, bandleader, composer and arranger. He has played all over the world with the likes of James Moody, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, and Jon Batiste. He continues to tour with pianist Cyrus Chestnut, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars.  In 2014, Evan formed the Evan Sherman Entourage and 16-piece Big Band, which consists of up-and-coming creators alongside a rotating cast of incredible veterans and guests. In addition to its residency at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola‘s late night dance parties and frequent appearances at the legendary Rainbow Room in New York’s Rockefeller Center, the Entourage’s upcoming performances for the summer and fall of 2016 include Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing and a Big Band Battle at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. A native of New Jersey, Evan graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2015 and is based in New York City.


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Zoe Obadia Trio featuring Zoe Obadia, Daryl Johns, and Jared Silverstein

Zoe Obadia is a saxophonist from Glen Ridge, New Jersey. During high school, she participated in a local jazz program called Jazz House Kids, based in Montclair, New Jersey. Through this program, Zoe was able to study with many notable local musicians, such as saxophonists Mike Lee, Bruce Williams, and Julius Tolentino and took part in many performances with Jazz House ensembles.  She was selected as a member of the 2014 Grammy Camp Jazz Session, a Young Arts finalist, and a Downbeat student soloist award. Zoe will begin her third year at Juilliard this fall, where she studies with Ron Blake, Frank Kimbrough, and many others. She has had the opportunity to play with prominent musicians, including Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, and the Mingus Big Band.

Bassist Daryl Johns has already wowed the international jazz community at the age of nineteen. With a sound that eludes labels and navigates both mainstream and obscure musical genres, Daryl has performed and recorded with a remarkable variety of jazz musicians and communities. Daryl has played nationally and internationally with some of his favorite musicians: Wallace Roney, Lenny White, Mike Clarke, Greg Osby, Michael Mwenso, Aaron Johnson, and Harold Mabern, among countless others.

Drummer Jared Silverstein, age 19, grew up in Hillsborough, New Jersey and currently lives in Hopewell, New Jersey. Currently, Jared is enrolled in the Jazz Studies department of the Juilliard School. He has been playing drums ever since the age of 5 and has studied under Billy Hart, Jerome Jennings, Billy Drummond, Kenny Washington, Craig Buchman, Sebastian Guerrero, and Lewis Nash while attending the 2014 Vail Jazz Workshop. Jared has performed with the likes of Christian McBride, Johnny, O’Neil, Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, and the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He has participated in the 2015 National YoungArts Jazz Combo, the 2015 GRAMMY Jazz Combo, and has played in the 2015 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.



The Artistry of Jazzmei Horn

Winner of the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself capturing her very essence. Hailing from the great Dallas, Texas Jazzmeia has already earned a reputation in New York as a “Rising Star.” With the ambition to pursue a solo career, Jazzmeia graced the New York scene in 2009 and earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and contemporary Music . It wasn’t much later when she began to perform as a sideman with musicians Winard Harper, Junior Mance, Billy Harper, Lincoln Center Alumni Vincent Gardner, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Johnny O’Neal, Vincent Herring, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Wess, and Ellis Marsalis.

Jazzmeia then began to appear in world famous jazz festivals and legendary jazz clubs such as Lenox Lounge, Bill’s Place, The Apollo, The Blue Note, Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca­Cola, Minton’s, The Jazz Standard, Smalls Jazz Club, Zinc, Jazz Gallery, Birdland, and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Her accolades include Downbeat Student Music Award Recipient 2008, 2009, and Best Vocal Jazz Soloist Winner 2010, The 2013 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at The Kennedy Center­Washington D.C., The Rising Star Award for the 2012 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition, Finalist for Mid­Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition 2014, and The 2015 ­16th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s Young Lioness Award.

Currently, Jazzmeia is a teaching artist in The NJPAC Well’s Fargo­Jazz for Teens Program and Jazz In The Schools Program in Newark, New Jersey. She appears in various clubs on the jazz scene nationally and internationally leading her dynamic group “The Artistry of Jazz Horn” which includes­ pianist, bassist, drummer, saxophonist, poet, dancer and herself­vocalist. Jazzmeia humbles her life and gift of music before God and says “I am thankful for the opportunity to play music professionally and have a deep desire to uplift the souls of others in need through my artistry in the spirit of music.”


Jazz House Summer Camp Group shot 2015

Jazz House Kids

Jazz House Kids is a nationally recognized arts organization with a mission to transform young lives and open doors to the future by offering pre-professional, year-round musical training along with community engagement and education programs for K-12 students from diverse backgrounds.  Its mission is to foster global citizens using jazz as an exciting teaching tool where students gain an “artistic edge” by creating a culture of success where students from all backgrounds excel using music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship as guiding pillars.  Each year, Jazz House Kids touches the lives of 800+ students at the Jazz House, in the schools and in the community. 

JazzTimes calls Jazz House Kids “one of the most successful and respected jazz education programs in the country.”

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