John Lee plays the guitar with biting power, flowing groove, and a fluency that reflects his wide range of influences. The Washington, D.C.-based guitarist, composer and bandleader draws inspiration from jazz, blues, Indian classical, alternative rock and West African music, but his work extends beyond all boundaries. Lee has performed with a host of stars, in a broad array of genres – from Matisyahu to Hassan Hakmoun to Cyro Baptista – and his own John Lee Experience has accrued a dedicated following in the D.C. area.
Guitarist, Composer, and teacher Donato Soviero has been performing in and around the Washington DC area for thirty years. Noted for his superb artistry as a guitarist and composer, Donato’s roots are firmly planted in the tradition of mainstream jazz, but his scope of musical interest is wide. Donato has appeared with top local and national artists, as well as leading many of his own groups in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
Following Sun Ra's death, the Arkestra was led by tenor saxophonist John Gilmore. Following Gilmore's death in 1995, the group has performed under the direction of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen. A 1999 album led by Allen, Song for the Sun, featured Jimmy Hopps and Dick Griffin. In the summer of 2004 the Arkestra became the first American jazz band to perform in Tuva, in southern Siberia, where they played five sets at the Ustuu-Huree Festival.
Meryl Justin Chertoff is Executive Director of The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program. She directs the program’s classic summer seminar in Aspen, as well as the Inclusive America Project, on religious pluralism in America, the TeamWork/Excellence in State Public Health Law program, and public programs in Washington, DC and Aspen on the rule of law and constitutional law and history. She blogs on the Huffington Post and for the Aspen Institute.
Leslie S. Whipkey, CIMA®, CFP®, C(k)P®, is a Retirement Benefits Consultant and is also among the select group of advisors firm-wide designated to provide co-fiduciary investment consulting services to qualified retirement plans. From 2006 to 2012, Mrs. Whipkey taught financial literacy to middle school and high school students in Montgomery County Public Schools on a volunteer basis.
Mr. Riddick is a senior lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in house in Fortune 250 multinational and high growth private companies and top tier global law firms. Mr. Riddick has deep experience in a wide variety of commercial transactions/negotiations, regulatory compliance matters, mergers and acquisitions and litigation strategy and litigation management, all in both the US and various international settings. Throughout his career, Mr.
Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper Experiment, Pat Metheny, Black Violin, Kenny Garrett, Roy Haynes, Ron Carter, Russell Malone, Hiromi, Edmar Castañeda, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Odean Pope Saxophone Choir among Musical Luminaries Set to Perform at 2017 DC JazzFest, June 9-18