Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center
Saturday July 21 All Day
Now in its 4th year in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, Caramoor’s annual Jazz Festival is back with exceptional talent and music for you to enjoy throughout the stunning gardens and historical venues within Caramoor. Join us for a full day of jazz, interactive activities for the kids, and evening headliner five-time Grammy winner, Dianne Reeves — we guarantee you will be talking about it for days to come.
“Dianne Reeves is one of our generation’s definitive jazz masters, a vocal stylist of extraordinary skill and vivacity.”
— The Huffington Post
Evening Performers 8:00pm
Dianne Reeves Romero Lubambo Reginald Veal Terri Lyne Carrington Peter Martin
Daytime Performers starting at noon
Benny Green Trio with special guest Veronica Swift
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Shenel Johns and Vuyo Sotashe — A Revolutionary Friendship: The Music of Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone
Ulysses Owens, Jr. THREE
Leonardo Sandoval and Eduardo Belo
Paul Nedzela Quartet
Sam Reider and the Human Hands
Patrick Bartley Presents The Mighty Cannonball Adderley
Andrew Renfroe/Luke Sellick Duo
Anthony Hervey Trio
Melissa Aldana and Lage Lund
Mariel Bildsten Septet
Jeffery Miller’s New Orleans Krewe
Joel Ross and Immanuel Wilkins
Jazz Chat with Ben Young: Jazz Vocals Throughout History
JALC Youth Orchestra Ensemble
Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings — a Grammy first in any vocal category.
Featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck, Reeves won her fourth of five Best Jazz Vocal Grammys for film’s soundtrack.
Reeves has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first singer to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Dianne Reeves is the winner of an unprecedented three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance and received another Grammy Award for her work on the soundtrack of Good Night, and Good Luck.
Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) on the Grammy winning A Little Moonlight, an intimate collection of standards featuring her touring trio. When Reeves’ holiday collection Christmas Time is Here was released, Ben Ratliff of The New York Times raved, “Ms. Reeves, a jazz singer of frequently astonishing skill, takes the assignment seriously; this is one of the best jazz Christmas CD’s I’ve heard.”
In recent years Reeves has toured the world in a variety of contexts including a program entitled “Sing the Truth,” a musical celebration of Nina Simone which also featured Liz Wright and Angélique Kidjo. She performed at the White House on multiple occasions including President Obama’s State Dinner for the President of China as well as the Governors’ Ball.
Reeves’ latest release, Beautiful Life, won the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her first album in five years, Beautiful Life was produced by Terri Lyne Carrington and features Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, and Esperanza Spalding. In January 2015 Reeves joined Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Bobby McFerrin in a tribute to Michael Brecker at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it’s no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.
Green, unconditionally, is the bearer of the torch and guardian of a legacy handed down to him, personally, by his musical mentors. His most recent recordings, Live in Santa Cruz (2015) and Magic Beans (2012) (Sunnyside) are shining examples of his brilliance. Since emerging under the tutelage of Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and Ray Brown in the early 1980s, Benny Green has become a highly regarded pianist and bandleader. His efforts to expand upon the language of the classical jazz canon have placed him not only among the best interpreters but also among the vanguard of musicians keeping jazz’s evolution going.
Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned to Jazz: “I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I’d been hearing from my father’s collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird … it was a gradual process of teaching myself.” Benny never looked back and never stopped learning as his blossoming talents, supported by mentors such as Walter Bishop, Jr. and others, plus his love for the music propelled him to the upper strata of jazz luminaries.
At age 23, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.
In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there — but her first as a headliner. She first appeared there at age 10 with Dave Adams’ Young Razzcals Jazz Project and the great saxophonist Richie Cole and later she sang a duet with the featured artist, Paquito d’Rivera.
Veronica has been on tour with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian. She has appeared on stage with Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Bob Dorough, Kim Nazarian, Danilo Perez, and others. With her family she has appeared at The Great Waters Music Festival in NH, Blues Alley Jazz Club in DC, the Jazz Standard in NYC, the Jazz Cruise, and for the New Jersey and Hilton Head Jazz Societies.
Veronica recorded two CDs as a child – one at age 9 with Richie Cole and her father’s rhythm section and her mother, and one at age 13 with saxophonist Harry Allen. Her latest recording project Lonely Woman features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene including Emmet Cohen, Benny Bennack III, Daryl Johns (with whom she shared the Grammy Choir/Band experience), Matt Wigler, and Scott Lowrie.
Stephane Wrembel is quite simply one of the finest guitar players in the world. The breadth and range of his playing and compositions are unmatched. To say that Wrembel — who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside — has already had a remarkable career would be an understatement. This prolific, virtuoso guitarist from France has been releasing a steady stream of music since 2006 and has truly made his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music.
David Frick at Rolling Stone Magazine called him “a revelation.” Oscar-winning director Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme song for the smash 2011 film, Midnight in Paris. Wrembel performed the irresistibly catchy “Bistro Fada” live during the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony. He has headlined Lincoln Center, played major festivals, recorded with mandolin legend David Grisman, toured with master violinist Mark O’Connor and shared stages with everyone from Elvis Costello to Patti Smith to The Roots. The Gitane guitar company has even named a model after him.
Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, Wrembel first studied classical piano at the age of four and in his mid-teens, he discovered that he had an affinity for guitar. “I started practicing very intensely,” he says. “I was a big Pink Floyd fan; that remains my favorite music. I spent hours learning David Gilmour’s style. When I was 17, I decided to become a professional musician. I knew I had to practice 18 hours a day and decided that was what I was going to do.”
Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S, and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, received an Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a tourist, saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson, and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence.
With a voice that embodies grace and passion and a personal style that sways effortlessly from jazz to R&B to gospel, Shenel Johns has emerged as one of the shining stars of her generation. A native of Hartford, CT, Johns has been performing since she was fourteen years of age, and has developed a distinctive, eclectic style that has increasingly caught the attention of her peers and some of the industry’s top performers.
Johns received a bachelor’s degree in music management from the Jackie McLean Institute at the Hartt School of Music and studied performance with such jazz legends as Rene McLean, Jimmy Greene, and Nat Reeves. She has shared the stage with music royalty including Curtis Fuller, Hank Jones, Dionne Warwick, and Sheila Jordan, and has performed and recorded with an impressive array of leaders in the field including Dominic Farinacci, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ulysses Owens, Jr., Ronnie Burrage, and Eddie Palmieri, among numerous others.
Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe, is gradually making his mark in the New York jazz scene. Sotashe moved to the NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue Master of Music (Spring 2015) at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014 and performed on the festival’s main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in 2015, held at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In the same he placed third in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal competition, where he was the very first male vocalist ever to place in the competition’s finals.
Ulysses Owens Jr. is an artist “who takes a backseat to no one” — The New York Times — seems to describe his remarkable ascent as one of today’s premier drummers, or perhaps, his evolution as a producer, composer, educator, and entrepreneur.
Owens has established himself as a leader in his generation of jazz artists, admired for his sensitive, fiery and complex playing, vivid display of textural nuance, and gift for propelling a band with charisma and integrity. Both humble in person and imposing behind a kit, he is a graduate of the inaugural Jazz Studies Program at The Juilliard School, a two-time Grammy® Award winner, and he earned his stripes as a member of bassist Christian McBride’s acclaimed trio and the driving force of McBride’s big band.
Ulysses received his first Grammy® in 2010 for his performance on Kurt Elling’s “Dedicated To You,” and his second Grammy® for the Christian McBride Big Band album “The Good Feeling.” In addition to the two Grammy® Awards, he has also received four Grammy® nominations for his work with Christian McBride and Joey Alexander.
Owens is incredibly versatile and has toured and recorded with artists including Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Diane Schuur, Renee Fleming, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone, and Mulgrew Miller. Ulysses has released three albums of his own beginning in 2009 with “It’s Time For U,” which featured four original compositions and arrangements. His second album, “Unanimous,” was released on the European jazz label Criss Cross, and “Onward and Upward” was released in 2014 on the D-Clef Record Label. As co-leader of New Century Jazz Quintet, he has released two albums with the Japanese record label Spice Of Life, “Time is Now” and “In Case You Missed Us.” In the summer of 2015, he was recommended by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center to compose a work for the Museum of Modern Art Summergarden Series, and he premiered “Stages Of Us”, a seven-movement suite, at their sculpture garden. Ulysses has been honored with a 2015 Jazz At Lincoln Center Swing Award, 2014 Global Music Award, 2013 ASCAP Plus Award, was designated a 2014 Downbeat Rising Star, and appeared as a TED X Jacksonville performer. He continues touring extensively and remains in demand for new projects.
Brazilian tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval, described by The Chicago Sun-Times as “strong, yet fine-boned, capable of authority and nuance,” and praised by The New York Times for his “rousing” choreography, has established a reputation in the tap world and beyond for his musicality and for adding his own Brazilian flavor to the American art of tap dancing. He helped bring tap to a wider audience in Brazil via numerous TV appearances, and by co-founding the Cia Carioca de Sapateado in Rio de Janeiro.
Now based in New York, he is in demand as a solo performer and choreographer, and had his work performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Chicago Human Rhythm Project, among others. Leo has also toured extensively as a solo artist, including at the National Folk Festival, a rare honor for a tap dancer, and is currently an artist in residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation. He is also a member of Michelle Dorrance’s acclaimed company, Dorrance Dance, performing across the United States and abroad.
A true dancer-musician, Leo’s artistry is rooted in America’s great jazz and tap dance heritage and in Brazil’s rich rhythmic and musical forms, with additional influences from contemporary dance.
Eduardo Belo is a young bass player and composer from Brazil with a unique sound and musical taste. Fluent in both jazz and Brazilian music, Eduardo plays on a regular basis with great artists/ musicians in New York, where he is now living, and internationally. Artists he has worked with include Duduka da Fonseca, Helio Alves, Claudio Roditi, Kevin Hays, Gabriel Grossi, Koran Agan, Ari Hoenig, Cyro Batista, and many others.
Paul Nedzela was born and raised in New York City. He is currently a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and has also played with many renowned artists and ensembles, including (in alphabetical order) Ruben Blades, Bill Charlap, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Garrett, Benny Golson, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Eric Reed, Diane Reeves, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wayne Shorter, Frank Sinatra Jr., and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
Nedzela has performed in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show, Come Fly Away, as well as in major festivals around the world, including The Monterey Jazz Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival, The Detroit Jazz Festival, The Banff Music Festival, The International Montreal Jazz Festival, The iLoveJazz Festival in Brazil, The Valencia Jazz Festival in Spain, The Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, and The American Festival of the Arts in Doha, Qatar.
He has studied with some of the foremost baritone saxophonists in the world, including, Joe Temperely, Gary Smulyan, and Roger Rosenberg. While pursuing his musical studies, Nedzela graduated with honors in 2006 from McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. A recipient of the Samuel L. Jackson scholarship award, he continued his musical studies at The Juilliard School and graduated with a Master of Music degree in 2008.
Jazz pianist turned roots musician, Sam Reider is redefining American music on the accordion. He’s performed alongside pop stars, jazz and folk musicians around the world ranging from Jon Batiste and Stay Human, to viral YouTube sensation CDZA and T-Pain, Bluegrass mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull to Venezuelan cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem.
Reider’s debut record Too Hot To Sleep presents his unique compositional voice alongside an ensemble of top-drawer musical collaborators and compadres called The Human Hands.
Reider grew up in San Francisco, the son of a musical theatre composer and klezmer musician. He began performing at a young age, and was interviewed on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR when he graduated high school. At Columbia University, he fell in love with American folk music. While writing his senior thesis comparing the songwriting of Woody Guthrie and Ira Gershwin, Sam began studying bluegrass and old-time music.
This set him off on a journey that has taken him from back porches and dive bars to concert halls and major festivals in practically every state in the country. Representing the U.S. Department of State as a musical ambassador, Sam has travelled to China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Turkey, and Azerbaijan.
Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Patrick Bartley, Jr. is a musician with experience in a wide range of situations, most notably for appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and being featured in the Emmy-nominated HBO special Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts Masterclass, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Although a South Florida native, Patrick is a has spent the majority of his professional music career in NYC prior to graduating from the Manhattan School of Music. As an on-demand sideman, he has performed and recorded with musicians such as Louis Hayes, Jonathan Batiste, Mulgrew Miller, Jeff Coffin, and Wynton Marsalis, and has performed at world-renowned venues such as The STAPLES Center, Madison Square Garden, and the Black Sea Jazz Festival.
Born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, Patrick owes much of his success to his primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. While in middle school, under the tutelage of Melton Mustafa, Jr., son of world-renowned trumpeter Melton Mustafa, Sr., Patrick became the youngest musician to perform at the Jazz In The Gardens jazz festival in Miami Gardens, Florida, as well as the only musician to have performed on the stage twice. It was with Melton Mustafa, Jr. and Sr. that Patrick also got his first professional recording opportunity, this time at age 17. The recording session included Mulgrew Miller, Essiet Essiet, Ray Mantilla, Jason Jackson, and Victor Lewis. While attending high school, after making the Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles for two consecutive years, Patrick was given the opportunity to perform with the Dave Matthews Band live on The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, and was also a YoungArts Gold Award recipient in Jazz.
From Jupiter, Florida, and with a Master of Music from Juilliard (2016), Andrew Renfroe credits much of his sound to his development at The Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in Hartford, CT, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in 2013.
He has performed in the bands of Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Javon Jackson, Terrace Martin, Mike LeDonne, and J.D. Allen. Currently, he is a member of many working groups including those led by veterans Carmen Lundy, David Weiss and Ned Goold, as well as groups led by his peers Braxton Cook, Jonathan Barber, Jonathon Pinson, Luke Sellick, Arnold Lee, and countless others.
Renfroe’s own projects reflect his diverse influences and have included a re-imagining of Delta Blues legend and originator Son House’s music through the aesthetic of the John Coltrane Quartet, as well as a project which takes traditional music from Burkina Faso and Mali, West Africa and places it in a modern jazz quartet setting. Both of these projects were presented at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is currently working on arrangements of French composer Olivier Messiaen’s Organ Works. an accomplished composer, he attended the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in 2013, and is a co-writer in the group BONOMO, led by his long-time collaborator Adam Bonomo.
Bassist-of-choice for top-tier artists Russell Malone, Benny Golson, Johnny O’Neal, and others, 27-year-old Luke Sellick is a compelling newcomer on the jazz scene. Raised in the rich and eclectic musical climate of Winnipeg, Canada, Luke’s musical journey lead him to New York where he attended The Juilliard School and was mentored by legendary bassist Ron Carter. He apprenticed musically with pianist Johnny O’Neal, performing weekly in classic New York clubs Smoke, Smalls, and Mezzrow.
Luke currently lives in Harlem, NYC. He has recently appeared in concert with Donald Vega, Jimmy Greene, Orrin Evans, Carl Allen, Renee Rosnes, and many others, at venues including The Village Vanguard, Blue Note, and Jazz Standard. Luke’s debut album Alchemist was released in March 2017 on the Cellar Live label, featuring a cast of brilliant instrumentalists from New York’s next generation.
Luke’s musical philosophy is epitomized in the words of J.S. Bach, that “the end of all music is none other than glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit.”
Trumpeter Anthony Hervey is currently a third year student at The Juilliard School of Music (in New York), majoring in Jazz Studies. Anthony has a deep understanding of the traditional roots of jazz music and is able to interpret the past while moving towards the future. He aspires to be a critical force in the future of Jazz music and is already making a name for himself on the New York Scene.
Anthony Hervey received the Outstanding Soloist recognition award four consecutive years (2012–2015) at the prestigious Essentially Ellington high school jazz band competition & festival in New York.
At the 2015 competition, he was awarded the Ella Fitzgerald Award representing the Outstanding Soloist for the entire competition. In recent years Hervey has participated in the 2014 Vail Jazz Workshop, the 2015 Grammy Jazz Band, 2014-2015 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and was invited to participate in the 2015 inaugural Summer Jazz Academy in Castleton by Wynton Marsalis.
Still in her 20s, Chilean saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana has had a remarkably rapid evolution from 6-year-old sax prodigy to, “bold new talent,” (NPR) widely considered one of the most compelling tenor saxophonists on the scene. As a child, Aldana studied with her renowned saxophonist father Marcos Aldana. In 2007 she moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee, coming under the mentorship of George Garzone.
In 2013, aged 24, she was the first female musician and the first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, in which her father had been a semi-finalist in 1991. The prize was a $25,000 scholarship, and a recording contract with Concord Jazz. Reporting her win, the Washington Post described Aldana as representing “a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz.” In addition, Aldana has been awarded the Altazor National Arts Award of Chile and the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. She has played concerts alongside artists such as Peter Bernstein, Kevin Hays, Christian McBride, and Jeff “Tain” Watts, and many festivals including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, Vienna Jazz Festival, and Providencia Jazz Festival in Chile. She also performed with Jimmy Heath at the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Award Ceremony and was invited to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis. This is Melissa Aldana and Norwegian guitarist Lage Lund’s — “casually magnetic” (The New York Times) — first duo performance.
Lage Lund is acclaimed not only as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also one of the most compelling jazz artists in the world today. A regular in the “Rising star — Guitar” category in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, he has been hailed by Pat Metheny as a favorite young guitarist, and is “all music and all soul” according to Russell Malone.
Armed with a mastery of the standard repertoire and a growing and impressive body of original compositions, Lund swings with great authority, displaying a staggering harmonic sophistication and a singularly fluid voice as a soloist. He also brings a “casually magnetic” presence to the stage, “channeling reticence into a whisper-quiet mystique” (The New York Times). Born and raised in Norway, Lund relocated to Boston after high school on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. In 2002 he moved to New York and soon became the first electric guitarist ever to enroll at the Juilliard School of Music. In the years since his Monk Competition victory, he has become a sought-after sideman with the David Sanchez Quartet, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Mark Turner, Seamus Blake, and many more.
Through frequent appearances and tours stateside and throughout Europe, Asia and around the world, Lund has ascended to the highest ranks as a performer and a creative force. He is among those setting the agenda for jazz improvisation in the 21st century.
“Of the younger cats, Lage is THE one. He’s a wonderful player. Scary actually!” — Kurt Rosenwinkel
Mariel Bildsten is a trombonist, based in New York City. Mariel currently works as a bandleader and side-woman in New York, playing mostly in jazz big bands and small groups, as well as world and Caribbean music, classical, funk, R&B, and Latin music bands. She has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Smalls Jazz Club, and Smoke Jazz Club, among other venues. Mariel has also performed alongside Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Hargrove, Wycliffe Gordon, Brian Lynch, Cyrus Chestnut, Lew Soloff, and Frank Lacy. Her own groups (ranging from duo to septet) have headlined jazz festivals, played around the country, and gig regularly in New York City. She graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in December 2015. During her time there, Bildsten had the opportunity to study with fantastic teachers and mentors, such as Elliot Mason, Steve Turre, Vincent Gardner, Sam Burtis, Jimmy Owens, Mike LeDonne, Reginald Workman, and Jane Ira Bloom.
At the age of 19, Miller stepped onto the stage of the famed Apollo Theatre, and he brought the house down. He was introduced by Irvin Mayfield of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) who proudly announced that Miller was a recently admitted student on a full scholarship at The Juilliard School. Not his first performance on a great New York stage, when he was just 15, Miller performed at Carnegie Hall at the celebration of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th anniversary. He also performed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for their sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, while on tour with Arcade Fire. The now-22-year-old’s resume already reads like the resume of an old jazz cat.
There are gigs with seasoned veterans including studio sessions with Donald Harrison Jr., Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Delfeayo Marsalis, and Herlin Riley. He played trombone in the 2014 Grammy Band. Miller has performed with Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra since he was 14, and he even went on their 2013 New York Tour. He can be heard on the big band’s debut album Make America Great Again! Jeffery Miller has been featured with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (2017 Opus Ball) and the Wynton Marsalis Septet (Abu Dhabi Festival 2017). He was also selected to be a part of the 2016 Disneyland Resort All American College Band. He’s played the New Orleans VooDoo Fest, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Satchmo Summerfest, French Quarter Fest, Vail Jazz Festival, and Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival. Mr. Miller has opened for songstress Patti Austin in 2012 at his alma mater, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). He’s done tour dates with the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra in 2015, and performed with Christian McBride’s Big Band in Philadelphia. He was featured on International Jazz Day 2016 at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a special event curated by Jon Batiste.
Chicago native Joel Ross has performed with historic and seasoned artists such as Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris — as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, Jon Batiste, and many more. Twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and a 2013 YoungArts Jazz Finalist — he’s also had the opportunity to perform at the Brubeck, Monterey, Seattle, and Chicago Jazz Festivals and at internationally-celebrated venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, SF Jazz in San Francisco, and Club Vibrato in Los Angeles. Ross recently completed a two year fellowship with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in California. Winning first place at the 2016 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival ‘Jazz Forward’ Competition, he was also a winner of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, in Amsterdam. Ross has just recorded his own debut album Good Vibes, to be released in 2018. He will be performing, also, with his newly minted Joel Ross’ Good Vibes ensemble.
Immanuel Wilkins is an American saxophonist, composer, arranger, and band leader. While growing up in the Philadelphia area, he played in his church and programs dedicated to teaching jazz music such as the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. Immanuel has had the opportunity to play in Japan, Europe, South America, The United Arab Emirates, and the United States, working and/or recording with Jason Moran, the Count Basie Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis, Aaron Parks, Gerald Clayton, Gretchen Parlato, Lalah Hathaway, Solange Knowles, Bob Dylan, and Wynton Marsalis. He currently attends The Juilliard School where he studied with saxophonists Bruce Williams and the late Joe Temperley. By being emerged in the scene at a young age around various masters, he continues to pursue his goals of being a force in music and society today. His mission is to create a sound that has a profound spiritual and emotional impact and to become a great leader in the lineage of jazz musicians throughout history. Through studying the human pathos of the music and the culture of jazz, he aspires to bring people together through the commonality of love and belief in this music.
Josanne Francis is an internationally known steelpan performer and music educator whose music blends together and draws influences from traditional Calypso music, Jazz, Indian, Funk, Rock, and Classical music — a unique mix which is not typical for the instrument. Her education includes a Bachelor’s in Music Education and a Masters Steelpan Performance.
Pursuing jazz is difficult when you lack an environment to develop in the Bahamas, but since the age of 10 Giveton Gelin (now 18) has taught himself how to play the trumpet simply by emulating what he would hear on his favorite records. Despite years of self-tutelage it wasn’t until he saw double bass player Adrian D’Aguilar playing live that Giveton realised “there was a place for jazz in the Bahamas!” Through this encounter led to Giveton taking part in music program abroad such as The Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp Jazz Band, Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp Latin Jazz Band, and The Spike Wilner Trio. Giveton has won top position at both the YoungArts Foundation and the Betty Carter Jazz ahead program. Giveton has received mentoring from some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Eddie Henderson, Barry Harris, Jason Moran, Ralph Peterson, Roy Hargrove, and much more. Giveton continues to excel in his musical growth. He now attends the Oberlin Conservatory Of Music on a full scholarship.
Ben Young is a music researcher and radio host. 20 years on air at WKCR have included continuing in-depth study of the avant garde jazz of the 1960s, focusing on Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, and their circles. Dixonia, his bio-discography of Dixon was published in 1998 and a forthcoming work proposes to be the definitive treatment of Taylor’s life and career. In addition to widespread work in Jazz reissues, Young has produced cornerstone projects on the music of Ayler, Jimmy Lyons, and the New York Art Quartet. Since 2010, he has lectured on the music for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University.