SHOWS FOR 2017
Our Fall Season Opens with
September 15, 2017
Born and raised in North Carolina, drummer Shirazette Tinnin’s sound resonates with jazz, soul, and many other styles of music. As an in demand drummer based in New York City, she has recently performed with Alicia Keys on BET’s Black Girls Rock. She has been on tour with Tia Fuller at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz Festival, and the Turkish Ambassadors, as well as leading her own goup - The Shirazette Experiment Core-Tet. Shirazette is also collaborating with numorous other artists, and is the resident drummer for the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet. She strives to keep the motion of jazz music progressive in all of her endeavors. Besides performing, Shirazette is an active clinician, teacher, health coach and author, writing articles for Modern Drummer and Tom Tom Magazine that involve keeping the musician healthy. Shirazette is currently working on the release of her debut album as a bandleader, and is signed with the new record label Hot Tone Music. It is to be released in 2013. Shirazette is endoursed by Canopus Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Latin Percussion, Beato Bags, and KickPort.
Victor Provost is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading voices on the unique, and often misunderstood, steel pan (or steel drum). Through appearances at concert halls, clubs, and stages throughout the world, he has been meticulously developing a reputation as a “dazzling” soloist, crafting an impressive improvisational voice and style. With a strong foundation in Bebop, a contemporary sensibility, and deep roots in Caribbean music, he seamlessly melds and mixes genres. The Washington D.C. City Paper’s “Jazz Percussionist of the Year” six years running, his new recording Bright Eyes debuted at #5 on the iTunes Top 40 Jazz Charts and has been met with praise from The Washington Post, Downbeat Magazine, and Hot House Magazine, as well as artists and presenters.
In addition to leading his own group, Victor tours with NEA Jazz Master, Paquito D’Rivera, is a member of the GRAMMY award-winning Afro Bop Alliance, and works with several of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most lauded musical collectives. Already in his relatively young career, he has performed and recorded with Jazz luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masakela, Joe Locke, Nicholas Payton, Terell Stafford, Dave Samuels, Steve Nelson, Ron Blake, and Wycliffe Gordon, among others.
Victor is an Adjunct Professor of Music at George Mason University and conducts residencies and master classes throughout the United States and the Caribbean at schools such as Berklee College of Music in Boston, University of Akron, Miami University, NYU, TTU, and Northern Illinois University. He is also an Arts Ambassador to his hometown of the U.S. Virgin Islands, which honored him with a Special Congressional Recognition in 2014, and to which returns frequently to perform and teach as part of Dion Parson’s community-based arts initiative, the United Jazz Foundation.
We are all Transient Beings. As far as we know, all beings on this earth have a temporary existence on this planet in our present form. This common fact unites us all, because it is just one of the many things we all share. Thus, we're all together in that sense.
When drummer E.J. Strickland founded the electric group Transient Beings in 2015, it was his intent to unite everyone through the music in that same sense. This group's sound is one that can be appreciated by all. This music has uplifting & insightful lyrics that speak to the human condition. Jazz, Afrobeat, Hip Hop, Funk, Fusion, etc. You'll hear it all in this music!
Part of what gives this group it's unique sound is it's instrumentation. There are vocals that often times have effects throughout. There are 2 guitars which play different but equal roles in the group: one may play 2nd line harmony or counter melodies while the other plays more of a rhythmic or atmospheric role. There's an electric bass always providing a funky foundation and movement. And, finally the drums which provide a series of grooves without losing interaction with a jazz sensibility.
E.J. Strickland - drums - http://www.ejstrickland.com
Sarah Elizabeth Charles - vocals & effects - http://www.sarahelizabethcharles.com
Nir Felder - guitar - http://www.nirfelder.com
Tom Guarna - guitar - http://www.tomguarnamusic.com
Ben Williams- bass - http://benwilliamsmusic.net/
Tixier was born in Montreuil, France. And studied classical violin and solfege from the age of 5 at the conservatory in Paris 10th district and at the ENMD of Montreuil. Following that, he studied improvisation as a self-educated jazz musician and under Florin Niculescu then Malo Vallois.
Guitarist Pat Metheny says, "[Scott] has found a place for himself within the elite community of New York jazz musicians, no small feat."
Proven To Defy Genres And Labels, this young harpist plays in a style reminiscent of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, yet has developed a beautiful, fresh sound all her own. A New York native, Brandee Younger has made her mark as a unique artist having worked with jazz royalty including Ravi Coltrane, Jack Dejohnette, Reggie Workman, Charlie Haden, Bill Lee and Butch Morris, as well as Grammy winning Hip Hop/ R&B producers and artists such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Common, Ryan Leslie, John Legend and Ski Beatz.
Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, the world’s foremost institution for the study of Jazz and modern American music in the spring of 1987. Shortly thereafter, he returned to his to his native New York to embark on a career as a Jazz Guitarist that afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Carmen McRae, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry, Shirley Horn, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Joe Williams, Stanley Turrentine and his greatest teacher and mentor George Benson.
Shamie Royston, pianist, composer and educator is a unique musician in her own way. Shamie's exquisite style of piano playing combines a traditional and contemporary sound embodied by a soulful spirit.
Shamie's ensemble will include her younger sister Tia Fuller on alto sax, drummer Billy Kilson, Yasushi Nakumura on bass, and Arnetta Johnson on trumpet.
“Larsson represents a new class of vocalists
who are pushing the limits of jazz vocals to the edge of post bop conventional wisdom into a realm not otherwise traveled.”
- All About Jazz
Pianist and composer Noah Haidu is evidence that 21st century jazz can be adventurous, fresh and swing hard, that an exciting, modern pianist can play memorable melodies and soulful grooves. Jazzwise described Noah as “Unquestionably one of the most confident and impressive of all the new pianists…an important new talent.” Downbeat called his music “beautifully wrought” and All About Jazz said simply “the cat can play his butt off.”
Tixier, at the age of six, started studying classic piano and, at seven, made his first stage appearance. For the next 14 years, he studied choral, classical harmony and counterpoint, writing and composition, and graduating with honors.
Grammy award-winning Latin bassist John Benitez cut his teeth in Puerto Rico and has made a name for himself through his work with many well-known American and Latin artists.