FACULTY 2015

NILSON MATTA – ARTISTIC/MUSIC DIRECTOR                                                                                     (Bass, Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, Brazilian Rhythms, Styles, Phrasing) 

Nilson Matta

Nilson Matta

2009 Grammy nominee Nilson Matta has been a creative force in the evolution and popularity of Brazilian Jazz in the United States. Not long after he came to New York in 1985, he was performing and recording with Grammy-winning jazz greats Joe Henderson, Don Pullen, Kenny Barron, Bob Mintzer and Randy Brecker, as well as Herbie Mann, Lee Konitz and Mark Murphy. Drawing from these collaborations, and from his work with Brazilian luminaries such as Hermeto Pascoal, Joao Gilberto, Luis Bonfa, and Johnny Alf in Brazil, (to name a few), Matta has developed his own musical signature making him a first-call bass player of Brazilian music and jazz musicians. It’s not surprising therefore, that when Yo Yo Ma sought band members for his Brazilian project, Nilson was the obvious choice for bass. Their recording of two Grammy CDs (Obrigado Brazil and Brazil – Live in Concert) prompted a two-year worldwide tour touching every corner of the globe. A founding member of two internationally acclaimed groups – Trio Da Paz (Rumero Lumbabo, guitar; Duduka de Fonseca, drums) and Brazilian Trio (Helio Alves, piano; Duduka de Fonseca, drums) – Matta has emerged in recent years as bandleader, composer, arranger and producer. In 2008, he released Walking With My Bass, an autobiographical CD incorporating special guests from his long and distinguished career: João Bosco, Ivan Lins, Harry Allen, Rosa Passos, Robertinho Silva, Mauricio Einhorn, Joyce, Helio Alves, Vic Juris, Filó Machado, Claudio Roditi, Kenny Barron, and more. His next release, Brazilian Voyage – Copacabana on Zoho Records took listeners on a musical journey through Brazil’s diverse geographic regions – via Matta’sartful arranging of classics masterpieces (e.g.,Villa Lobos), not to mention Matta’s original compositions such as Baden and Copacabana which have earned him wide acclaim as a composer. His CD Black Orpheus was released February 2013 by Motema, Matta is committed to passing on his talents and experiences to the next generation. He is a member of the International Society of Bassists, making frequent appearances as a featured guest and performer at the ISB conventions. He has taught at NYC’s Bass Collective, Litchfield Jazz Camp, and has conducted master classes worldwide. As Artistic Director of Samba Meets Jazz Workshops in Bar Harbor Maine (SmJ-Bar Harbor) and Samba Meets Jazz Workshops – Brazil (SmJ-Brazil), he has become a leading figure in promoting the music he is passionate about – Brazilian Jazz.

SMJ-BAR HARBOR  2015   – WEEK 1 

 

JEREMY PELT  -  Jazz Ensemble – Harmony & Improvisation (Week 1)


Jeremy Pelt

Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz.  Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Ban very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre’s greatest masters.  These projects include performances and recordings with Cliff Barbaro, Keter Betts, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring, John Hicks, Charli Persip, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Short, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Nancy WIlson and The Skatalites, to name a few. Pelt frequetly performs alongside such notable ensembles as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Big Band, and is a member of the Lewis Nash Septet and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes.  As a leader, Pelt has recorded ten albums and has toured globally with his various ensembles, appearing at many major jazz festivals and concert venues. Pelt’s recodings and performances have earned him critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally.  He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal by legendary jazz writer and producer, Nat Hentoff, and was voted Rising Star on the trumpet, five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association.

KEVIN MAHOGANY- Jazz Vocal Repertoire, Technique, Improv & more! (Week 1) 

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With over 10 recordings as a leader, vocalist, businessman and educator, Kevin Mahogany has been the standard setter for jazz vocalists for three decades.  His broad baritone was forged in his hometown: the legendary jazz metropolis known as Kansas City, where he learned to swing like Charlie Parker, shout the blues like Big Joe Turner, and cry a ballad like Lester Young — while extending, elaborating and refining, elaborating and refining the jazz vocal legacies of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Eddie Jefferson and Al Jarreau into the myriad, interwoven dimensions of music – from gutbucket, the Great American Songbook, and gospel, to Mingus to Motown. Mahogany played the piano, clarinet and baritone saxophone before he started singing in high school.  He played saxophone on his first professional gig with Eddie Baker’s New Breed Orchestra.  Mahagony studied with local jazz legend Ahmad Aladeen at the Charlie Parker Academy, and matriculated to Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas, where he formed a jazz vocal choir and earned a BFA in Music, English and Drama in 1981.  He returned home and joined a nine-piece horn band called Robinson-Pike.  He later formed two R&B-centric bands, The Apollos and Mahogany.  In 1991, he toured with the NRE Trio and was featured on pianist Frank Mantooth’s CD, Dangerous Precedent. The same year, Mahogany released his debut recording, Double Rainbow, was released on the Enja label in 1993.  Specializing in performing and seldom-heard songs, the stylistic range of Mahagony’s recordings range from the kinetic big band bravura of Pussy Cat Dues, The Music of Charles Mingus — which featured Mingus sidement trombonist Jimmy Knepper, alto saxophonist Charles MacPherson with the WDR Big Band, to Pride and Joy, his ebullient Motown tribute featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Mahogany published a magazine, The Jazz Singer, and with his business partner Rick Cioffi, started his own Mahogany Jazz Label, and recorded two recordings:  Kevin Mahogany: Big Band, and To:  Johnny Hartmann, a tribute to the exceptional vocalist who recorded with Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltraine, and The Coltrane Hartman Fantasy, Vol. 1, with tenor saxophonist Tony Lakatos, inspired by the legendary 1963 Impulse recording, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. In addition to being a trend-setting leader of the first order, Kevin Mahogany has also been an in-demand sideman and guest artist with a select cadre of jazz stars.  He’s recorded with T.S. Monk (Monk on Monk), The Ray Brown Trio (Christmas Songs with Ray Brown), Marlena Shaw (Dangerous), Roseanna Vitro (Passion Dance) Carl Allen (Testimonial), Barbara Morrison (Visit Me) and Elvin Jones (It Don’t Mean a Thing). In 1996, Mahogany made his screen debut in the 1996 Robert Altman film Kansas City, protraying a character based on blues singer Big Joe Turner, and was also featured on soundtrack.

Chico+Pinheiro+chico2    CHICO PINHEIRO – (Week 1) 

 One of the leading figures in modern Brazilian music, guitarist/composer/arranger Chico    Pinheiro, 35, was born in São Paulo. Self-taught, Pinheiro started playing the guitar and the piano when he was 7 years old. After starting to perform professionally at age 15, he rounded out his musical education with a stay in Boston, where he received his music degree from Berklee College of Music (Summa cum laude), studying with legendary teachers Mick Goodrick and Hal Crook and winning several academic/ musical prizes there during his studies. Not only an exceptional guitarist with a wonderful sound and great fluidity, Chico Pinheiro is a unique composer of originality and maturity, qualities that stand out on his solo recordings.  

Chico is a remarkable presence in – and outside the Brazilian music scene, who has distinguished himself as a guitarist, composer and arranger. He has performed and recorded with the ‘cream of the crop’ of Brazilian artists such as Rosa Passos, Chico César, Dori and Danilo Caymmi, João Donato, Johnny Alf, Luciana Souza, César Camargo Mariano,while also making his mark internationally, recording and playing with Dianne Reeves, Bob Mintzer, Roberto Fonseca, Cachaíto Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club), Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Fleurine, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Eddie Gomez, Claudio Roditi, Duduka da Fonseca, Giovani Hidalgo, amongst others. About Chico Pinheiro latest album There’s a Storm Inside: Throughout, Pinheiro’s charms as a guitarist, composer and vocalist are hard to resist. Imagine a young Chet Baker, with Luiz Bonfa’s chops and Marcos Valle’s aching sense of melody , and you get a record that will have you surrendering with a ‘Yes, yes, yes’. Jazz Times Magazine

FERNANDO SACI -  Brazilian Percussion, Percussion Accompaniment for Vocalists                                                                                                                                                   

Fernando Sacii

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, Mark Walker, Oscar Stagnaro, Alexei Tsignov, Fernando and Sergio Brandão, Alberto Netto and R&B singer Cherryl Pepsii Riley. Saci is frequently sought after as a collaborator.  He currently performs with the Nilson Matta Group, 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, Saci was selected in 2002 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, he moved from Brazil to the United States in 2011, 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.   He currenlty he lives in East Harlem and teaches private percussion and drum set lessons.  His first solo album is to be released in 2014.

 

MATT KING -   Piano, Vocalist Accompanist, Jazz Theory

Matt King
Matt King

Matt King began his piano studies when he was 5, and was playing professionally by age 14.  He attended University of Illinois as a classical music major before relocating to the New York area, where he earned his degree in Jazz Studies & Performance from William Patterson University in NJ. A Composition Fellowship recipient from the NJ State Council on the Arts, Matt has garnered numerous awards for his playing, composing, and arranging.  Matt was a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition semi-finalist, and the winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2000. He has performed with major jazz figures including Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, Billy Hart, Benny Golson, Joe Morello, Vic Juris, & Dave Stryker; Brazilian artists Claudio Roditi, Nilson Matta and Leny Andrade; iconic groups such as Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Shirelles; pop vocalists Phoebe Snow and Curtis Stigers; blues great Earl King, bluegrass master Tony Trischka, and many others across a broad stylistic spectrum.  Matt is also currently keyboardist and musical director for the distinguished jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb. Benny Golson, Joe Morello, Vic Juris, & Dave Stryker; Brazilian artists Claudio Roditi, Nilson Matta and Leny Andrade; iconic groups such as Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Shirelles; pop vocalists Phoebe Snow and Curtis Stigers; blues great Earl King, bluegrass master Tony Trischka, and many others across a broad stylistic spectrum.  Matt is also currently keyboardist and musical director for the distinguished jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb. He has performed with four symphony orchestras in the US, appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, played Holland’s renowned North Sea Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Cape Town Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival and countless other venues throughout the U.S., as well as 20 countries abroad. King has appeared at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Beacon Theater, the Rainbow Room, the Waldorf-Astoria, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and regional jazz meccas including The Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, Shanghai Jazz, and Trumpets.  Currently free-lancing as a pianist, Hammond organist, and vocalist in a variety of musical genres, King also teaches piano and music theory privately, and in residencies through NJPAC, the Paper Mill Playhouse, and the Morristown Community Theatre Performing Arts School He recently released his second album, “Kaleidoscope”, which features 10 of his original compositions, to critical acclaim.

SMJ-BAR HARBOR  2015   – WEEK 2 (August 2-8) 

BOBBY SANABRIA – Drums, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Big Band 

Bobby Sanabria - jpg Bobby Sanabria is a drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, filmmaker, conductor, educator, activist, multi-cultural warrior and 7X Grammy nominee as a leader–has performed with a veritable Who’s Who in the world of jazz and Latin music, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensembles. His diverse recording and performing experience includes work with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Charles McPherson, Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, Marco Rizo, Arturo Sandoval, Roswell Rudd, Chico O’Farrill, Candido, Yomo Toro, Francisco Aguabella, Larry Harlow, Henry Threadgill, and the Godfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mario Bauzá. Bobby, the son of Puerto Rican parents, was born and raised in NYC’s South Bronx. He is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, being the first Puerto Rican student there obtaining a Bachelor of Music in 1979 receiving their prestigious Faculty Association Award. Bobby has become a leader in the Latin jazz and jazz fields as both a drummer and percussionist and is recognized as one of the most articulate musician-scholars of la tradición living today. He has been featured on numerous Grammy-nominated albums, including The Mambo Kings and other movie soundtracks. Mr. Sanabria was the drummer with the legendary “Father of the Latin jazz movement,” Mario Bauzá’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra recording three Grammy nominated CD’s which are considered to be definitive works of the Latin jazz big-band tradition. In 1993 Bobby and his nonet Ascensión released ¡NYC Aché!, on the Flying Fish label. It received worldwide acclaim and garnered four and half stars in Down Beat magazine, as well as receiving a nomination for Best Record of the Year by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD). In June 2000 Bobby released Live & In Clave!!! recorded live at Birdland in New York City, it features Bobby powering a big band. Critically acclaimed worldwide, it has been hailed by both the jazz and Latin music cognoscenti as a masterpiece, and was nominated for a mainstream Grammy as the Best Latin Jazz Album of 2001. Afro-Cuban Dream…Live & In Clave!!! was also nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association 2001 Award for the Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Album of the Year. ¡Quarteto Aché!, (2002) documented Bobby’s virtuosity in a small group setting and was hailed a “classic” by Modern Drummer and acclaimed by the New York Times. It was nominated for Best Latin Jazz recording of 2003 by the Jazz Journalists Association. He received a second Grammy nomination in 2003 for, 50 Years of Mambo – A Tribute to Damaso Perez Prado. Bobby’s next CD, Big Band Urban Folktales, was nominated for a mainstream Grammy in 2008 for Best Latin Jazz recording, his third nomination. It garnered critical acclaim for its futuristic approach to the Latin jazz big band canon. Big Band Urban Folktales won the 2008 Jazz Journalists Award for Best Latin Jazz Recording of 2008. Maestro Sanabria was an assistant producer, on air personality in “FROM MAMBO TO HIP HOP” – A SOUTH BRONX TALE winning the 2007 ALMA Award for Best Television Documentary. He co-produced and was in the nationally broadcast documentary, THE PALLADIUM – Where Mambo Was King,” for the BRAVO network which received the award for Best Documentary for a Cable TV in 2003. Mr. Sanabria was a consultant in the Smithsonian’s historic four year traveling exhibit, Latin Jazz: La Combinación Perfecta and also featured in two of the exhibits short films. He appears in the groundbreaking 4 hour documentary on Latin music aired nationally on PBS in the U.S.A. entitled, LATIN MUSIC U.S.A. in October, 2009 which is available on DVD and is featured in the interactive website. Mr. Sanabria was a presenter at the prestigious 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival speaking about this ground breaking series. His recording, KENYA REVISITED LIVE!!!, a masterful tribute and re-working of the Machito Afro-Cubans legendary KENYA album features him conducting the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Latin Jazz recording of 2009, it gave him his fourth nomination. In 2011 his big band headlined at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater in a concert produced by Bobby celebrating the 100th birthday of his mentor Mario Bauzá, the founding Father of the Afro-Cuban Jazz tradition. His 2011 CD, TITO PUENTE: MASTERWORKS LIVE!!! Bobby conducting the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, was nominated for a Latin Grammy establishing this student ensemble as a shining example of the heights that can be achieved through jazz education giving him his fifth nomination. As with KENYA REVISITED LIVE!!!, partial proceeds of the sale of each CD go to the scholarship fund of the Manhattan School of Music. In 2006 Mr. Sanabria was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame having a permanent street sign named after him on the famed Grand Concourse. Mr. Sanabria has been awarded the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award by KOSA for his outstanding accomplishments in jazz and Latin music both as a performer and educator and the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Mentor Award was presented to him by the Manhattan Country School for his work in the world of jazz. The Jazz Journalist Association named him Percussionist of the Year in 2011 and 2013. Maestro Sanabria’s own multi-Grammy nominated Multiverse Big Band has appeared at numerous high profile jazz festivals across the country. In 2011 they shattered the attendance record at N.Y.C.s Lincoln Center Out of Doors performing for a crowd of 18,000 attendees. His orchestra has also appeared at the Verona Jazz Festival in Italy and recently in 2013 at Central Park’s Great Hill performing for a crowd of 4,000 fans. As an activist he has long been a champion for the recognition of Latin jazz as a legitimate art form and its proper place in the history of the jazz continuum. In 2006 he spearheaded a successful campaign to restore the Latin Jazz Cruise on Jazz 88 WBGO FM after it was suddenly taken off the air without an explanation. In April, 2011 when NARAS, the governing body of the Grammys summarily cut 31 categories, including Latin jazz, from the awards process with no rhyme of reason, Mr. Sanabria spearheaded a campaign uniting well known musicians from both the west and east coasts. A law suit filed by Mr. Sanabria and fellow plaintiffs Eugene Marlow, Ben Lapidus and Mark Levine in New York State Supreme Court finally pressured NARAS into reinstating the category in 2013. For his role as an activist and his efforts in restoring the category to the Grammys Bobby has received the BORIMIX Award from the Society of the Educational Arts and the prestigious Puerto Rican Heritage Award from Comite Noviembre, the leading Puerto Rican organization in the country. In 2012 Maestro Sanabria was selected by the legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock to represent Latin jazz with his Quarteto Ache’ as part of the first Annual UNESCO International Day of Jazz at the United Nations. His current new big band CD released in August of 2012 is entitled MULTIVERSE. Inspired by the writings of Mexican author Octavio Paz and the current scientific theories of multiple universes, it blurs the boundaries between jazz, Latin, funk, rock, r & b, gospel, the avant garde and even rap. MULTIVERSE has been praised by critics for its incredible multi-dimensional vision bringing the big band tradition into and beyond the 21st century. It was rnominated in 2013 in two categories for the mainstream Grammys: Best Latin Jazz Recording and Best Instrumental Arrangement, giving Bobby a total of seven nominations for the coveted award. Upcoming events for his orchestra include a concert honoring “Composers of the Americas” at the America’s Society in NYC (October 15); a mega concert in honor of Puerto Rico’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernandez, which will feature his Multiverse Big Band with strings, and headlining for the first time at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC, November 21st through the 24th. If this weren’t enough, Maestro Sanabria celebrates this year his 20h anniversary as Associate Professor at the New School and his 15th as Professor at the Mighty Manhattan School of Music. Bobby, along with folklorist Elena Martínez, are the Co-Artistic Directors of the Bronx Music Heritage Center and the co-curators of the Bronx Rising! series there.

STEVE WILSON –  Sax, Clarinet, Flute –  Jazz Ensemble – Harmony & Improv, Big Band

Steve Wilson purple shirt - jpgSteve Wilson has attained ubiquitous status in the studio and on the stage with the greatest names in jazz, as well as critical acclaim as a bandleader in his own right. A musician’s musician, Wilson has brought his distinctive sound to more than 100 recordings led by such celebrated and wide-ranging artists as Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves, Bill Bruford, Gerald Wilson, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, Charlie Byrd, Billy Childs, Karrin Allyson, Don Byron, Bill Stewart, James Williams, and Mulgrew Miller among many others. Wilson has seven recordings under his own name, leading and collaborating with such stellar musicians as Lewis Nash, Carl Allen, Steve Nelson, Cyrus Chestnut, Greg Hutchinson, Dennis Irwin, James Genus, Larry Grenadier, Ray Drummond, Ben Riley, and Nicholas Payton.

Starting his formal training on saxophone in his native Hampton, Virginia, Wilson also played oboe and drums in school bands while performing in various R&B/funk bands throughout his teens. After a year-long stint with singer Stephanie Mills he decided to major in music at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he performed and/or studied with Jimmy and Percy Heath, Jon Hendricks, Jaki Byard, John Hicks, Frank Foster and Ellis Marsalis. During those years he was also in constant demand for recording studio work, and as backing musician for touring shows such as The Four Tops and Sophisticated Ladies. Landing a chair with O.T.B (Out of the Blue), a sextet of promising young players recording on Blue Note Records, Wilson moved to New York in 1987 and the following year toured the U.S. and Europe with Lionel Hampton. Becoming a first-call choice for veteran and emerging artists alike, Wilson was the subject of a New York Times profile “A Sideman’s Life”, highlighting his work with Ralph Peterson, Jr., Michele Rosewoman, Renee Rosnes, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Joanne Brackeen, The American Jazz Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Leon Parker, and Buster Williams’ Quintet “Something More”. In 1996 he joined the acclaimed Dave Holland Quintet, and from 1998-2001 he was a member of Chick Corea’s Grammy winning sextet “Origin”.

Cited by his peers in a New York Times poll as one of the artists most likely to break out as an established leader, Wilson recorded four CDs – New York Summit, Step Lively, Blues for Marcus and Four For Time – on the Criss Cross label. He then recorded two projects for Chick Corea’s Stretch Records label – Generations, his multi-generational quartet with Mulgrew Miller, Ray Drummond and Ben Riley — and Passages which features his long-time musical partners Bruce Barth, Ed Howard and Adam Cruz, and special guest Nicholas Payton. Containing nine original compositions Passages established Wilson as a leader whose vision reveres the past, creates a soundscape of the present, and reaches toward the future.

In 2003 Wilson’s recording Soulful Song was released on MAX JAZZ launching the label’s Horn Series. It features special guest vocalists Rene Marie, Carla Cook, and Phillip Manuel and issues forth a powerful and provocative performance from these dynamic and versatile artists. As Wilson explains, “It’s a tribute Black radio, as it was called then, that was particularly inclusive in its programming and a galvanizing force in the community. On the same station one could hear R&B, jazz, blues, gospel, comedy, local news and affairs, and social commentary”. In addition to new original material the program includes arrangements of songs by Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Abbey Lincoln, Gil Scott Heron, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patrice Rushen, and The Staple Singers.

In 2009 Wilson was a member of the Blue Note 7, an all-star septet assembled to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. The project culminated in a successful 50-city tour of the U.S., and their recording Mosaic. Also that year Wilson made his orchestral debut performing Heitor Villa Lobos’ Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra with the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra. By popular demand he returned to the VMF in 2010 performing a commissioned work Sweet For Duke for Saxophone & Chamber Orchestra by Jonathan Ragonese.

In February 2011 Wilson celebrated his 50th birthday with a six-night engagement, leading six different bands at Jazz Standard, NYC’s premiere jazz club. The all-star line-up included Mulgrew Miller, Bruce Barth, Karrin Allyson, Lewis Nash, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Carla Cook, Geoffrey Keezer, Christian McBride, Linda Oh, Ed Howard, Adam Cruz, Diane Monroe, Joyce Hammann, Nardo Poy and Troy Stuart. In a major interview feature preview, the Wall Street Journal proclaimed, “The Sideman Becomes the Star.” The WSJ article by award-winning journalist Larry Blumenfeld added, “Mr. Wilson is essential to this city’s jazz landscape.” Since the 1990′s Wilson has been regularly cited in the Downbeat Magazine Critics and Readers Polls in the soprano and alto saxophone categories. The Jazz Journalists Association nominated him for Best Alto Sax Player in 2008, and for Best Soprano Sax Player in 2010. His work in film has included being artistic consultant to Harvey Keitel for “Lulu On The Bridge” as well as being featured on the soundtrack.

An in-demand and passionate educator Wilson is an Associate Professor of Music at City College of New York, and on faculty at the Juilliard School. He has been artist-in-residence and/or guest artist at University of Oregon, University of Maryland-College Park, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Delaware, Lemoyne College, North Carolina Central University, Bowling Green University, Lafayette College, University of Northern Colorado, SUNY New Paltz, Florida State University, California State University at Stanislaus, University of Manitoba, Hamilton College, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and for the award winning arts organization CITYFOLK in Dayton, Ohio. With the support of friend and mentor Dr. Billy Taylor, Wilson has been a frequent guest performer/educator at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has been a featured performer, panelist, and clinician at conferences of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Chamber Music of America, and International Association of Jazz Educators. Wilson was honored with the Marc Crawford Jazz Educator Award from New York University 2001 and the Virginia Jazz Award 2003 Musician of the Year presented by the Richmond Jazz Society, recognizing his outstanding service in the advancement of jazz and education in their respective communities. He is an active mentor in the nurturing and promotion of his former students’ emerging careers who have performed with The Count Basie Orchestra, Johnny Mandel, Beyonce Knowles, Roy Hargrove, and many others.

Wilson’s current projects reflect his multifaceted artistry, versatility, and associations with some of the most highly regarded artists on the scene. His quartet Wilsonian’s Grain, which consists of Orrin Evans, Ugonna Okegwo, and Bill Stewart or Clarence Penn, has been featured on NPR live from the Kennedy Center and the Village Vanguard in New York City, and headlined at the prestigious Detroit Jazz Festival in 2011. Wilson is one-half of two dynamic duos, “Musical Dialogue” with renowned drummer Lewis Nash, and in another with pianist Bruce Barth as documented on their recent recording “Home” on the We Always Swing label. He co-leads an elegant trio with pianist Renee Rosnes and bassist Peter Washington, and with composer/arranger David O’Rourke has a repertoire as soloist with strings. Wilson is touring member of the Grammy-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Billy Childs Quartet, Christian McBride & Inside Straight as well as McBride’s Grammy-winning Big Band, and the Buster Williams Quartet.

 DAVE STRYKER –  Guitar, Jazz Ensemble, Harmony & Improvisation

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 23 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in the 2001 Downbeat Readers poll, and a Rising Star for the last 5 years in the Downbeat Critics Poll. His approach combining the jazz burn to a soulful blues feeling is communicating to new fans wherever he plays. His most recent CD “Blue Strike” has made many Best of 2011 lists including WBGO Jazz Radio and Tom Reney/New England    Public Radio…

CLAUDIO RODITI  - Trumpet, Brazilian Ensemble, Brazilian Rhythms, Phrasing 

Claudio Roditi

Claudio Roditi

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, composer/arranger and trumpet artist Claudio Roditi boasts fourteen critically acclaimed albums, a Grammy nomination, and a busy international touring schedule that includes the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world.  A strikingly proficient technician, Roditi brings enormous zest and fire to his playing. Claudio integrates post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts with ease and plays with power and lyricism. This versatility keeps him in demand as a leader, a studio musician and a sideman. His eclecticism was put to good use during his work with the United Nations Orchestra, a band originating through Dizzy Gillespie. He has also worked with Slide Hampton’s Jazz Masters.

Claudio’s  native Brazilian music upbringing, which began at age 5, almost took a back seat as he became enamored with jazz and heard recordings of Louis Armstrong trumpet , Harry James and other American trumpeters. By age 13, thanks to an American uncle’s record collection; he became familiar with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. And at the age of twenty, Claudio was named a finalist in the International Jazz Competition in Vienna, moving the next year to Mexico City where he was active on the contemporary music scene. In 1970 he  relocated to Boston to study at the Berklee School of Music.  He  later he joined the faculty of the School of Contemporary Music and rounded out his schedule with club and concert performances.

Moving to New York in 1976, Claudio quickly broke into the local circuit, performing and recording with Joe Henderson, Charlie Rouse, Herbie Mann, Tito Puente, McCoy Tyner, and Paquito D’Rivera.  Subsequent albums under his own name have been in the Jazz idiom but his Brazilian musical roots often emerge.  Roditi continues to blend the two musical forms he loves. As he describes himself; “I am a Gemini. I was born in one country and live in another but I love them both – and both kinds of music, too.”

HELEN SUNG – Piano  -  Jazz Ensemble – Jazz Harmony & Improvisation

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Pianist/composer Helen Sung has spent most of her life in two distinct worlds. A classical student from a young age who transitioned to jazz in her early twenties, she understands the limitless range and potential of the piano in a way that few specialists in either genre can. In addition, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, Sung embodies two diverse cultures and has discovered a musical voice and identity that are true to both – and more importantly, true to herself.

Sung was born in Houston, Texas. She began playing classical piano at age five, studying for most of her youth with a teacher who took a very narrow and hard-line approach. “She didn’t want me to listen to anything except classical music,” Sung recalls. “It was her way or the highway.”

Sung walked this straight and narrow path all the way through four years of Houston’s High School of Performing and Visual Arts. “It’s such a shame,” she recalls, “because I was right across the hall from the jazz department at HSPVA, but I never had any contact with the jazz students.”

Despite her parents’ hopes that she pursue a more traditional career in medicine, Sung enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin, where she studied classical piano. The plan was to become a concert pianist and probably teach in tandem with performing, but the seismic shift occurred in her last year of undergraduate studies, when a friend invited her to a Harry Connick, Jr., concert.

“As a classical major who lived in the practice room, I didn’t know who he was,” she says. “He had his big band, and they were very entertaining. But then in the middle of the concert, he sat down and played some solo piano pieces, and I remember wanting to jump out of my skin. This music was so alive. He was banging on the piano in a way that I was taught never to do. But it sounded so good.”

The result was an immediate – and dramatic – course correction. Sung enrolled in beginning jazz courses and immersed herself in the work of every jazz pianist imaginable, from Jelly Roll Morton to Cecil Taylor to Keith Jarrett. “I didn’t know what I was doing,” she admits. “I was just listening to all the recordings and reading all the books I could find.”

Sung stayed at the University of Texas past the usual four-year program and received both a Bachelor & Master’s of Music in Classical Piano Performance (she would’ve gone for a Master’s in Jazz but at the time no such degree was offered at UT). Thus, she stayed to do a Master’s in Classical Piano while taking all the jazz courses that were available at the time. The result was something akin to a double Master’s.

A growing concern over this change in Sung’s musical studies caused her parents to insist that she consider doctoral programs in classical piano after she received her Master’s degree. Walking a fine line between their agenda and her own, Sung requested information from various schools, including the New England Conservatory. A modest paragraph in NEC’s brochure announced the brand new Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to be housed there. Putting it all on the line, she submitted an application for the Monk Institute only.

“Getting to be on the stage with folks like that is so heavy. You just learn so much. Terri Lyne is someone I recently started working with and it’s been a great experience and inspiration. She’s had such a fascinating and diverse life. I love how she continues to be open and curious about music.”

“I really don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t been accepted, but lo and behold, I got in,” she says. “It was such a special experience. Ron Carter was the artistic director, and he worked us hard. It was an incredible two years where I was able to just practice and focus on jazz.”

In addition to Carter, the Monk Institute’s inaugural two-year program – which included just seven students in all – boasted an impressive roster of teachers, including Clark Terry, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Heath, and John Faddis, to name a few. “It was a very intense experience,” says Sung. “The seven of us went on tour in India and Thailand with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. I feel so blessed to have had that opportunity. I would not be who I am as a musician, and I would not be doing what I’m doing with the music, if it weren’t for that experience.”

Upon graduation, Sung gigged around Boston with some of her Monk Institute alumni and area artists before moving to New York in 1999, where she established a small group with whom she further refined her performance chops and also began testing her abilities as a composer. By 2002, she had compiled enough material to record Push, her first album released on the Fresh Sound label in 2003. Helenistique followed in 2006, before she switched to Sunnyside with the 2007 release of Sungbird After Albeniz.

Going Express (also on Sunnyside) was recorded live at the Jazz Standard in New York City and released in 2010, and (Re)Conception followed a year later on Steeplechase, a Danish label.

Along with the recordings came more and more touring. In addition to performing with her own band in the U.S, and internationally, Sung also took part in various stage and studio projects along the way with a range of artists, including Clark Terry, T.S. Monk, Steve Turre, Regina Carter, Lonnie Plaxico and Terri Lyne Carrington.

“Getting to be on the stage with folks like that is so heavy. You just learn so much. Terri Lyne is someone I recently started working with and it’s been a great experience and inspiration. She’s had such a fascinating and diverse life. I love how she continues to be open and curious about music.” (Sung appeared on Carrington’s GRAMMY® Award-winning Mosaic Project recording released in 2011.)

In 2011, Sung played with the Mingus Dynasty Band in the city where her parents grew up in Taiwan. “We played the outdoor jazz festival, and there were more than 2000 people there, all of them going crazy for jazz…a simply incredible experience!” she says. “I also heard some young Taiwanese jazz musicians, and they could play! It was a really cool experience. I felt a connection with them – and I felt connected to being Chinese – in a way I had never felt before.”

Anthem for a New Day, Sung’s Concord Jazz debut, is set for release January 28, 2014. A mix of original material, a few standards and a few surprises, Anthem for a New Day is a declarative statement that finds Sung at the forefront of a six-piece band, with guest appearances by violinist Regina Carter and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera.

“This album is my way of saying, ‘This is me, take it or leave it,’ instead of something more tentative like, ‘Okay, I’m still working on it,” she says. “Not that I won’t always keep growing and developing, but I’m grateful to be in a place where I’m more comfortable with who I am. I can’t believe how rare that feeling is as an artist.”

“So this album really represents the next chapter in my artistic journey, and I am thrilled to get the opportunity to release it on Concord Records. That this comes at a time when I am more confident and happy about the kind of artist I am becoming is a great blessing, and I’m excited to share it with the world: it’s a new chapter, a new day, and I invite you to join me in the celebration of this album and music!”

CAFÉ  -  Latin & Brazilian Percussion, Batucada (Brazilian Carnival Music) 

Cafe

Cafe

Edson Aparecido da Silva, Café, Percussionist, Singer, Composer, and Producer, was born in Villa Maria, São Paulo, Brazil. His dedication to the drums began at the age of 8 when he became fascinated by the Afro-Brazilian rhythms he heard and felt at the spiritual meetings which he attended with his parents.  In his late teens, his studies included a period of classical training in preparation for the Municipal Symphonic Orchestra of São Paulo, but his passion for the rhythms of his heritage took him at night to the clubs where he listened to and began playing jazz and popular music.

In his early 20′s he moved to Rio with a theater troupe and studied technique at the Villa Lobos School. From 1976 to 1979 he performed for the Ministry of Education and Culture of Brazil in the National Arts Program “Seis e Meia.”

In 1980 his world touring began with such artists as Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Djavan and Simone. After moving to the US in 1985, it continued with James Last, Phillippe Saisse, Sadao Watanabe, The New York Samba Band, Roberta Flack, David Byrne, Tania Maria, Herbie Mann, Larry Coryell, Morthiam, Gato Barbieri, Vinx, Pepeu Gomes, Michael Franks, and Harry Belafonte, among many others.

Café has recorded with Chuck Mangione, Stevie Winwood, Jon Lucien, Dave Liebman, Eliane Elias, Rob Mounsey’s Flying Monkey Orchestra, Edu Lobo, Batacoto, Gilberto Gil with Ernie Watts, Paquito d’Rivera, David Byrne, Steve Khan, Baden Powell, Tom Harrell, Richard Stolzman, Joyce, Judy Niemack, Danny Gottlieb, Herbie Mann, Ana Caram, Bireli Lagrene, James Taylor, Djavan with Stevie Wonder, Sergio Mendes, and on Randy Brecker’s Grammy® Award Winning “INTO THE SUN.”

He has performed on video with Mick Jagger, David Byrne, Margareth Menezes and PBS’ Harry Belafonte and friends. Besides numerous independent film and TV commercials, Café’s percussive improvisations have been heard in the musical backgrounds of ABC’s documentary series “TURNING POINT” and, most recently, in the motion picture “BELOVED“, directed by Jonathan Demme, as well as the soundtrack of the motion picture “FOUR COPS,” directed by Connor McCourt.

Café has also appeared in the US with Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, Michael Brecker, Paul Winter, Astrud Gilberto, Betty Buckley, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Alex Foster, Lew Soloff, Manfredo Fest, David Kikoski, Aydin Essen, Vinicius Cantuaria, Claudio Roditi, Tony Cedras, Dianne Reeves, and many others.

Caféalso devotes his time and talent to share his knowledge in many educational programs, residencies and workshops.??Café toured Spain with his own band, Café Quintet, and performs regularly in the US with his trio. He is a founding member of the groups Fôlia de Reis, and Ave. Brazil. His CD Fôlia de Reis’ was released in Japan by Bomba Records, and in the U.S. by Cafe Percussion Records.

SAMBA MEETS JAZZ – RIO 2015

 

Chico+Pinheiro+chico2    CHICO PINHEIRO – Special Guest Artist 

 One of the leading figures in modern Brazilian music, guitarist/composer/arranger Chico    Pinheiro, 35, was born in São Paulo. Self-taught, Pinheiro started playing the guitar and the piano when he was 7 years old. After starting to perform professionally at age 15, he rounded out his musical education with a stay in Boston, where he received his music degree from Berklee College of Music (Summa cum laude), studying with legendary teachers Mick Goodrick and Hal Crook and winning several academic/ musical prizes there during his studies. Not only an exceptional guitarist with a wonderful sound and great fluidity, Chico Pinheiro is a unique composer of originality and maturity, qualities that stand out on his solo recordings.   Chico is a remarkable presence in – and outside the Brazilian music scene, who has distinguished himself as a guitarist, composer and arranger. He has performed and recorded with the ‘cream of the crop’ of Brazilian artists such as Rosa Passos, Chico César, Dori and Danilo Caymmi, João Donato, Johnny Alf, Luciana Souza, César Camargo Mariano,while also making his mark internationally, recording and playing with Dianne Reeves, Bob Mintzer, Roberto Fonseca, Cachaíto Lopez (Buena Vista Social Club), Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Fleurine, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Eddie Gomez, Claudio Roditi, Duduka da Fonseca, Giovani Hidalgo, amongst others. About Chico Pinheiro latest album There’s a Storm Inside: Throughout, Pinheiro’s charms as a guitarist, composer and vocalist are hard to resist. Imagine a young Chet Baker, with Luiz Bonfa’s chops and Marcos Valle’s aching sense of melody , and you get a record that will have you surrendering with a ‘Yes, yes, yes’. Jazz Times Magazine

GILSON PERANZZETTA – Composer – arranger – pianist 

Gilson - 2One of the most requested contemporary arrangers and pianists of MPB, Gilson Peranzzetta has had classical training since he was a child, also being heavily influenced by jazz and Brazilian instrumental music. As a composer, he has had his songs recorded by Djavan, Edu Lobo, Leny Andrade, Sarah Vaughan, George Benson, Dianne Schurr, Quincy Jones, Toots Thielemans, Shirley Horn, and other artists. He has been touring extensively through the U.S., Europe, and Japan. His classical compositions include the suites “Miragem” (for piano and orchestra) and “Metamorfose” (for piano and string quartet). In the ’60s, Peranzzetta was a member of the group Samba Jazz, also playing with Taiguara. He toured Europe with the group Central do Brasil, and became Ivan Lins’ arranger and pianist for several years. His longtime affinity for guitarist Sebastião Tapajós yielded the most interesting album in duo with him, Afinidades.

 

CÉLIA VAZ – Vocalist – arranger – guitarist 

Popular Brazilian artist Célia Vaz, has earned international recognition as a vocalist, guitarist, arranger,  songwriter and educator.  As an arranger, she recorded over 15 albums with the best-selling Brazilian group Quarteto em Cy, considered the most important female vocal group of modern Brazilian music.  In addition to her work with this quartet, Celia performs with Nos Quatro, nominated as Best MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), and finalist for Premio Visa competition.  Vaz is also famed for her work with artists including Billy Eckstine, Joyce and the Rio Jazz Orchestra..  As a performer, she has recorded and toured extensively within Japan, Europe and even Cuba.  Célia began her music studies in the ’60s at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music, also  taking guitar classes with Sidney Miller and Jards Macalé.   After her recording of her “Lembrança” by vocalist Dóris Monteiro, she dedicated herself fully to her music, winning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music for Arranging & Composing.  Returning to Brazil in 1976, she continued her harmony studies alongside her active recording career.  Célia’s first solo album,  Mutação (Polygram) with guest artist Pat Metheny amongst  others, was released in 1980.   In the ’80s, she organized and conducted the Orquestra Célia Vaz, which included Rosinha de Valença.  It was in 1987, she became musical director, arranger, and guitarist of the vocal group Quarteto em Cy. Célia has taught vocal arrangement and harmony across Brazil at leading universities, and in Europe as well.  

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FACULTY  - SMJ-BAR HARBOR 2014

   DAVE STRYKER (Week 2)

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 23 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in the 2001 Downbeat Readers poll, and a Rising Star for the last 5 years in the Downbeat Critics Poll. His approach combining the jazz burn to a soulful blues feeling is communicating to new fans wherever he plays. His most recent CD “Blue Strike” has made many Best of 2011 lists including WBGO Jazz Radio and Tom Reney/New England    Public Radio…

ARTURO O’FARRILL – Latin Jazz/Piano/Big Band  (Week 2)

Arturo O'Farrill

Arturo O’Farrill

Pianist, composer, educator, and winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, Arturo O’Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. In 2002, Mr. O’Farrill created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) for Jazz at Lincoln Center due in part to a large and very demanding body of substantial music in the genre of Latin and Afro Cuban Jazz that deserves to be much more widely appreciated and experienced by the general jazz audience. His debut album with the Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a GRAMMY award nomination in 2006. Educated at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Mr. O’Farrill played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band from 1979 through 1983. He then went on to develop as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte.  In 1995 Mr. O’Farrill agreed to direct the band that preserved much of his father’s music, Chico O’Farrill’s Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, which has been in residence at Birdland, New York City’s famed nightclub, for the past 15 years, as well as performing throughout the world as a solo artist and with his smaller groups. As an educator, he has taught master classes, seminars, and workshops throughout the world for students and teachers of all levels. Recently, Mr. O’Farrill received the Distinguished Alumnus Medal from Brooklyn College, has served as the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist in Residence at Lafayette College, as Visiting Artist at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Assistant Professor of Jazz at The University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and as Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase.  He now teaches at CUNY in Manhattan, and at Brooklyn College.

CLAUDIO RODITI – Trumpet, Brazilian Ensemble (Week 2)

Claudio Roditi

Claudio Roditi

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, composer/arranger and trumpet artist Claudio Roditi boasts fourteen critically acclaimed albums, a Grammy nomination, and a busy international touring schedule that includes the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world.  A strikingly proficient technician, Roditi brings enormous zest and fire to his playing. Claudio integrates post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts with ease and plays with power and lyricism. This versatility keeps him in demand as a leader, a studio musician and a sideman. His eclecticism was put to good use during his work with the United Nations Orchestra, a band originating through Dizzy Gillespie. He has also worked with Slide Hampton’s Jazz Masters. Claudio’s  native Brazilian music upbringing, which began at age 5, almost took a back seat as he became enamored with jazz and heard recordings of Louis Armstrong trumpet , Harry James and other American trumpeters. By age 13, thanks to an American uncle’s record collection; he became familiar with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. And at the age of twenty, Claudio was named a finalist in the International Jazz Competition in Vienna, moving the next year to Mexico City where he was active on the contemporary music scene. In 1970 he  relocated to Boston to study at the Berklee School of Music.  He  later he joined the faculty of the School of Contemporary Music and rounded out his schedule with club and concert performances. Moving to New York in 1976, Claudio quickly broke into the local circuit, performing and recording with Joe Henderson, Charlie Rouse, Herbie Mann, Tito Puente, McCoy Tyner, and Paquito D’Rivera.  Subsequent albums under his own name have been in the Jazz idiom but his Brazilian musical roots often emerge.  Roditi continues to blend the two musical forms he loves. As he describes himself; “I am a Gemini. I was born in one country and live in another but I love them both – and both kinds of music, too.”

HARRY ALLEN – Saxophone, Jazz Ensemble, Improvisation (Week 2)

Harry Allen

Harry Allen

Gene Lees writes, “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, ‘My technique, Al Cohn’s ideas, and Zoot’s time.’ The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in … Harry Allen.” Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Nilson Matta, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others. Harry is featured on many of John Pizzarelli’s recordings including the soundtrack and an on- screen cameo in the feature film The Out of Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has also done a series of commercials for ESPN starring Robert Goulet.

CAFE – Brazilian & Latin Percussion (Week 2)

Cafe

Cafe

Edson Aparecido da Silva, Café, Percussionist, Singer, Composer, and Producer, was born in Villa Maria, São Paulo, Brazil. His dedication to the drums began at the age of 8 when he became fascinated by the Afro-Brazilian rhythms he heard and felt at the spiritual meetings which he attended with his parents.  In his late teens, his studies included a period of classical training in preparation for the Municipal Symphonic Orchestra of São Paulo, but his passion for the rhythms of his heritage took him at night to the clubs where he listened to and began playing jazz and popular music. In his early 20′s he moved to Rio with a theater troupe and studied technique at the Villa Lobos School. From 1976 to 1979 he performed for the Ministry of Education and Culture of Brazil in the National Arts Program “Seis e Meia.” In 1980 his world touring began with such artists as Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Djavan and Simone. After moving to the US in 1985, it continued with James Last, Phillippe Saisse, Sadao Watanabe, The New York Samba Band, Roberta Flack, David Byrne, Tania Maria, Herbie Mann, Larry Coryell, Morthiam, Gato Barbieri, Vinx, Pepeu Gomes, Michael Franks, and Harry Belafonte, among many others. Café has recorded with Chuck Mangione, Stevie Winwood, Jon Lucien, Dave Liebman, Eliane Elias, Rob Mounsey’s Flying Monkey Orchestra, Edu Lobo, Batacoto, Gilberto Gil with Ernie Watts, Paquito d’Rivera, David Byrne, Steve Khan, Baden Powell, Tom Harrell, Richard Stolzman, Joyce, Judy Niemack, Danny Gottlieb, Herbie Mann, Ana Caram, Bireli Lagrene, James Taylor, Djavan with Stevie Wonder, Sergio Mendes, and on Randy Brecker’s Grammy® Award Winning “INTO THE SUN.” He has performed on video with Mick Jagger, David Byrne, Margareth Menezes and PBS’ Harry Belafonte and friends. Besides numerous independent film and TV commercials, Café’s percussive improvisations have been heard in the musical backgrounds of ABC’s documentary series “TURNING POINT” and, most recently, in the motion picture “BELOVED“, directed by Jonathan Demme, as well as the soundtrack of the motion picture “FOUR COPS,” directed by Connor McCourt. Café has also appeared in the US with Ashford & Simpson with Maya Angelou, Michael Brecker, Paul Winter, Astrud Gilberto, Betty Buckley, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Alex Foster, Lew Soloff, Manfredo Fest, David Kikoski, Aydin Essen, Vinicius Cantuaria, Claudio Roditi, Tony Cedras, Dianne Reeves, and many others. Caféalso devotes his time and talent to share his knowledge in many educational programs, residencies and workshops.??Café toured Spain with his own band, Café Quintet, and performs regularly in the US with his trio. He is a founding member of the groups Fôlia de Reis, and Ave. Brazil. His CD Fôlia de Reis’ was released in Japan by Bomba Records, and in the U.S. by Cafe Percussion Records.

CÉLIA VAZ – Vocals/Arranging (Week 1)

Popular Brazilin artist Célia Vaz, has earned international recognition as a vocalist, guitarist, arranger,  songwriter and educator.  As an arranger, she recorded over 15 albums with the best-selling Brazilian group Quarteto em Cy, considered the most important female vocal group of modern Brazilian music.  In addition to her work with this quartet, Celia performs with Nos Quatro, nominated as Best MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), and finalist for Premio Visa competition.  Vaz is also famed for her work with artists including Billy Eckstine, Joyce and the Rio Jazz Orchestra..  As a performer, she has recorded and toured extensively within Japan, Europe and even Cuba.  Célia began her music studies in the ’60s at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music, also  taking guitar classes with Sidney Miller and Jards Macalé.   After her recording of her “Lembrança” by vocalist Dóris Monteiro, she dedicated herself fully to her music, winning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music for Arranging & Composing.  Returning to Brazil in 1976, she continued her harmony studies alongside her active recording career.  Célia’s first solo album,  Mutação (Polygram) with guest artist Pat Metheny amongst  others, was released in 1980.   In the ’80s, she organized and conducted the Orquestra Célia Vaz, which included Rosinha de Valença.  It was in 1987, she became musical director, arranger, and guitarist of the vocal group Quarteto em Cy. Célia has taught vocal arrangement and harmony across Brazil at leading universities, and in Europe as well.     Fernando Saci

FERNANDO SACI

Brazilian Percussion (Week 1)  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, Mark Walker, Oscar Stagnaro, Alexei Tsignov, Fernando and Sergio Brandão, Alberto Netto and R&B singer Cherryl Pepsii Riley. Saci is frequently sought after as a collaborator.  He currently performs with the Nilson Matta Group, 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, Saci was selected in 2002 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, he moved from Brazil to the United States in 2011, 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.   He currenlty he lives in East Harlem and teaches private percussion and drum set lessons.  His first solo album is to be released in 2014.

MATT KING - Piano, Vocal Accompaniment, Theory, Improvisation (Week 1)

Matt King
Matt King

Matt King began his piano studies when he was 5, and was playing professionally by age 14.  He attended University of Illinois as a classical music major before relocating to the New York area, where he earned his degree in Jazz Studies & Performance from William Patterson University in NJ. A Composition Fellowship recipient from the NJ State Council on the Arts, Matt has garnered numerous awards for his playing, composing, and arranging.  Matt was a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition semi-finalist, and the winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2000. He has performed with major jazz figures including Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, Billy Hart, Benny Golson, Joe Morello, Vic Juris, & Dave Stryker; Brazilian artists Claudio Roditi, Nilson Matta and Leny Andrade; iconic groups such as Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Shirelles; pop vocalists Phoebe Snow and Curtis Stigers; blues great Earl King, bluegrass master Tony Trischka, and many others across a broad stylistic spectrum.  Matt is also currently keyboardist and musical director for the distinguished jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb. Benny Golson, Joe Morello, Vic Juris, & Dave Stryker; Brazilian artists Claudio Roditi, Nilson Matta and Leny Andrade; iconic groups such as Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Shirelles; pop vocalists Phoebe Snow and Curtis Stigers; blues great Earl King, bluegrass master Tony Trischka, and many others across a broad stylistic spectrum.  Matt is also currently keyboardist and musical director for the distinguished jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb. He has performed with four symphony orchestras in the US, appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, played Holland’s renowned North Sea Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Cape Town Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival and countless other venues throughout the U.S., as well as 20 countries abroad. King has appeared at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Beacon Theater, the Rainbow Room, the Waldorf-Astoria, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and regional jazz meccas including The Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, Shanghai Jazz, and Trumpets.  Currently free-lancing as a pianist, Hammond organist, and vocalist in a variety of musical genres, King also teaches piano and music theory privately, and in residencies through NJPAC, the Paper Mill Playhouse, and the Morristown Community Theatre Performing Arts School He recently released his second album, “Kaleidoscope”, which features 10 of his original compositions, to critical acclaim.

2013 SmJ FACULTY – RIO DE JANEIRO

IVANS LINS — GUEST FACULTY  (Vocalist/Composer)

Ivan Lins

Ivan Lins

Three-time Latin Grammy winner Ivan Lins has been an active and prolific performer, songwriter, and superstar of Brazilian popular music (MPB) and jazz for over 30 years. His songs have made their way from Brazil into the American jazz lexicon and have been performed by a “who’s who” in jazz – from Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Barbara Streisand to Toots Thielemans and Dave Grusmin. Lins’ longtime composing partner is Vitor Martins. Their songs typically feature lush harmony with a distinctive jazz sensibility. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Ivan spent several formative years in Boston while his father, a naval engineer, continued graduate studies at M.I.T. Relocating to his native Brazil, Ivan studied at the Military College in Rio and later received a degree in industrial chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He considered a career in volleyball before discovering his passion and talent for music. In 2005, Ivan won two Latin Grammy Awards; Album of the Year and Best MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) Album for Cantando Histórias. He became the first Brazilian artist and Portuguese-language artist to win the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year. No other Brazilian artist or Portuguese-language artist has won the award since then. In 2000, his career was celebrated by Carnegie Hall, when he performed there at a tribute concert to his music and career.  Other performances in New York include NYC’s Blue Note (2003) and Jazz at Lincoln Center when he performed with Rosa Passos. Ivan Lins continues to maintain an active touring schedule.

MIKE DiRUBBO – JAZZ ARTIST (Ensemble, Jazz Improv & Harmony)

Mike DiRubbo

Mike DiRubbo

BIO COMING SOON…. in the meantime, here are some “Raves” “Mike DiRubbo has a big, bold alto tone, an unerring time feel and remarkable facility on the instrument” – Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times; “Mike DiRubbo plays with fire and intelligence, and his music dances with life.” Francis Davis, Village Voice   “There is something inexplicably unique about his tunes.  Whether it’s a ballad, a mid-tempo jaunt or an uptempo cooker, once you get a feel for his style, his songs become instantly recognizable.  That’s a trait that few modern jazz composers possess, and it wouldn’t surprise me if some of his tunes were to be considered standards some day.” – Roman St. James, Jazz Review.com

ALFREDO CARDIM – (Piano/Ensemble/Vocal Accompaniment)

Alfredo Cardim

Alfredo Cardim

Having studied piano at Berklee College of Music during the first half of the ’70s, Alfredo Cardim continued his advanced studies with Don Sebesky and later at the Juilliard School of Music. As a sideman, Cardim performed with Cláudio Roditi (with whom he recorded Red on Red), Astrud Gilberto, Joe Lovano, Naná Vasconcelos, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Hunt, Milton Banana, Fogueira Três (Bossa Nova Vol. 1 and Bossa Nova Vol. 2), Edison Machado (with whose quartet he recorded Obras), Raul de Souza, Paulinho Trumpete (Um Sopro do Brasil), Mônica Hatch (If You Never Come to Me), Toninho Horta, and Joyce (Áqua e Luz and Joyce Live). As a soloist, he performed at the Blue Note, Sweet Basil, Village Gate, the Telecom Jazz Festival (Argentina), Umea Jazz Festival (Sweden), Mozart Concert Hall (Austria), and in the New Morning Jazz Club (Paris, France), recording Bossa Blues with Joe Hunt and Barry Smith and Bossa Nova & MPB with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca.  His composition Constelacion was just recorded on the Brazilian Trio’s (Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca and Romero Lubambo) most recent CD.

PASCOAL MEIRELLES – (Drumset/Percussion)

Pascoal Meirelles

Pascoal Meirelles

Pascoal Meirelles is known as one of the best drummers in Brazil. Also a composer and arranger, he has worked extensively as session musician for performers such as Tom Jobim, Gonzaguinha, Hélio Delmiro,Wagner Tiso, Chico Buarque, Danilo Caymmi, Edu Lobo, Paulo Moura, Maysa, Wilson Simonal, João Bosco, and Ivan Lins. His first solo album was Considerações a Respeito (1981), followed by four others (in 1983, 1987, 1992, and 1998), and a compilation (1995). Pascoal Meirelles is one of the founders of the group Cama de Gato, one of the most successful instrumental groups in Brazil, which has recorded several albums and toured Brazil, Spain, France, Belgium, and the United States. Starting as a self-taught drummer, he became a professional at 18 in his hometown. In 1966, he formed his group Tempo Trio, with which he recorded his first album through Odeon. In 1967 he moved to Rio de Janeiro RJ, joining Paulo Moura’s group as well as recording and performing shows with Maysa, Wilson Simonal, João Bosco, Ivan Lins, and other artists. He toured Mexico in 1972 and the U.S. in 1974 with the group Festa Brasil (which also employed Simone, Tenório Jr., Fernando Leporace, Chiquito Braga, and João de Aquino). In 1975 he received a scholarship for the Berklee College of Music (Boston) where stayed until 1979. He also performed in jazz clubs in the U.S. and performed the show Saravá in New York. During that stay he also contributed to Tom Jobim’s double album Terra Brasilis. Returning to Brazil, he performed for over ten years in Gonzaguinha’s band, having also recorded with Hélio Delmiro (“Emotiva”), Wagner Tiso(“Coração de Estudante”), Chico Buarque (“Ópera do Malandro”), Danilo Caymmi (“Cheiro Verde”), andEdu Lobo, among others. As an educator, he started workshops in Europe and released a book in 2000.

MUIZA ADNET – (Vocals)

Muiza Adnet

Muiza Adnet

Muiza Adnet, a graduate of UniRio teaches Brazilian Popular Singing at Escola In Concert, a private music school in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro,” and is actively engaged in performing and recording.  Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1970, into a family of musicians, she started recording children’s albums when she was still a child. Later she recorded advertisement jingles and started participating as a backing vocalist in several recordings for Brazilian Popular Music artists.  Between 1991 and 1992, she joined Banda Nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim, taking part in shows at Mangueira’s Samba School, the Jockey Club and Canecão, besides recording in “Noel Rosa’s Songbook” produced by Almir Chediak, and in the CD “No Tom da Mangueira” produced by Hermínio Belo de Carvalho.  Muiza also participated in Brahma’s historic commercial with Tom Jobim in a virtual meeting with Vinícius de Moraes, singing “Eu sei que vou te amar.” In 1999, she took part in the CD series “Decadas Collection” MPB of 50s and 60s, released by Indie/Universal, produced by Roberto Quartin, with Mario Adnet’s musical arrangements. In 2000, she took part in Mario Adnet’s CD “Villa-Lobos Coração Popular” and the release of the same with a show in Teatro do Leblon, being then very flattered by the critics. In 2001, she took part in the double CD ”Ouro Negro”, produced by Mário Adnet and Zé Nogueira, singing with Moacir Santos. In 2002, she participated of “Jobim Sinfônico” CD and DVD, recorded in Sala São Paulo, with the São Paulo Estate Symphonic Orchestra. In December 2004, she graduated from Unirio (University of Rio de Janeiro) as a music teacher. In 2005, she participated of “Jobim Sinfônico” Concert presented at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; of “Choros e Alegria” CD by Moacir Santos; of “Ouro Negro” DVD; of the release shows of “Choros e Alegria” in Auditório Ibirapuera in São Paulo and in Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro. In 2006, recorded her first solo CD “Muiza Adnet sings Moacir Santos”, with special participations of Moacir Santos himself, Milton Nascimento and Ivan Lins, with her brother Mario Adnet’s musical arrangements and direction. In December 2006, she participated of “Jobim Sinfônico” Concert presented at Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro with the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra. In July 2007, she took part as a backup vocalist in the recording of Paulinho da Viola’s “Accoustic MTV” DVD. In August,  2007, she launched her first solo CD “Muiza Adnet sings Moacir Santos” with a show at “Estrela da Lapa” in Rio de Janeiro.