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Each episode focuses on one New York based musician from a new generation of artists and their story. We witness their inner motivation in a context full of pure emotional musical experience.
Bilal came up in Germantown, a northwest neighbourhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A deep interest in jazz was fostered by his father, who took him to the city’s clubs, singing eventually became more than an interest. He attended New York’s new school for jazz and contemporary music, where he received voice training, as well as training in jazz and big-band arrangements. While some inspirations were detectable, his recordings were wholly modern and became increasingly creative. Bilal is noted
Gerald Clayton has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of Jazz artists who are fluent in the range of styles that make up today’s Jazz lexicon.
Theo Croker was raised in central Florida. At the age of eleven he heard his grandfather Doc Cheatham (a great jazz trumpeter) play. Doc died the following year, but Theo continued to listen to his music. In 2013 Croker returned to the US after seven-years in Shanghai, China, where he broadened his concept of jazz. He's new album doesn’t attempt to fit a single musical category, but draws upon the first principle of Jazz: to merge and interpret history, styles and ideas and create a unique sound
Over the course of eight years, with three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a Sideman, and countless worldwide performances, Gerald clayton has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists who are fluent in the range of styles that make up today’s jazz lexicon.
A New York times profile of Mark Turner titled “the best Jazz player you’ve never heard” called him “possibly Jazz’s premier player”, noting his reputation among his peers and his influential stature in the Jazz world.
Damion Reid hails from West Covina, California. He is the son of a well-respected bassist and astute operatic singer and teacher. Damion continued to cultivate his love for music through his high school and college. He then began performing and touring alongside: Greg Osby, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, and many others. Adrian Kirchler, founder of AK Drums, has created “the Damion Reid signature snare”, inspired by the Damion Reid’s highly individual playing style and unmistakeable sound.
Stefon Harris passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene. Widely recognized and lauded by both his peers and jazz critics, Harris is committed to exploring the rich potential of jazz composition and blazing trails on the vibraphone.
Vicente was born in Woodstock, NY, and here embraced the rich cultural arts of this historical town by listening to local Jazz artists. After earning a business degree, Vicente moved to New York City where he soon began performing and touring with the likes of Kenny Garret, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, Stefon Harris, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, among many others. Vicente Archer has emerged as one of today’s profound new voices on the bass.
Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2004, Stevens has established himself in the contemporary jazz scene performing and recording with numerous artists including Christian Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding. Regarded to be one of "most exciting up-and-coming jazz guitarists" in his generation, Stevens was placed in the Rising Star Guitar Category of the 63rd Annual DownBeat Critics Poll.
Luis Perdomo has appeared on over two hundred records, and has become a first-class sideman to artists like Dave Douglas, David Sanchez, and other great musicians. He was a member of Ravi Coltrane’s Quartet for ten years and recorded on three Grammy-nominated CD’s. Mimi Jones has been a member of the Central America, and the Caribbean for the school jazz band. Jones has also been a member of the Tia Fuller Quartet. She became a jazz ambassador and toured the world for the US Department.
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