The Eric Byrd Trio's mission is to play splendidly within the broad & rich jazz tradition, taking a rigorous, modern approach to standards and original compositions. Though a work in progress, they've certainly achieved that goal through their series of studio and live recordings. These true ambassadors of jazz have performed internationally for well over a decade... and counting, exciting audiences across the globe. They are former Kennedy Center/U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors.
Saxophonist and composer Elijah Jamal Balbed is a native of Washington, D.C. and has been named Best Tenor Saxophonist (2013) and Best New Jazz Musician (2010) by the Washington City Paper. Elijah cites his many teachers and mentors that steered him in the right direction, to name a few, Joan Rackey, Paul Carr, Charlie Young, and Fred Foss. Balbed's credits reach beyond the district, having performed in cities across the United States, as well as four cities in Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagano, and Karuizawa).
By turns nocturnal, reflective, funky, and cinematic, the music of electric violinist and composer David Schulman is a weave of jazz harmonies, shimmering orchestral textures, and frolicsome grooves. His sound has been called “mysterious and beautiful” by the Washington Post.
Selections from David’s debut album, “Quiet Life Motel,” have been heard nationally on NPR and frequently licensed by choreographers and podcasters. The Washington City Paper has described his music as “spontaneous and completely unique.”
Crush Funk Brass Band is comprised of musicians who have or are going to school in the city of Washington DC.
The mission of the band is simple: to bring life to the city through music where least expected, and to continue growing and striving for high musical excellence.
You may see Crush Funk at a metro station, a festival, or other public and community areas around the city.
Christylez Bacon (pronounced: chris-styles) is a GRAMMY® Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Southeast, Washington, DC. As a performer, Christylez multi-tasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and the human beat-box (oral percussion), all while continuing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics.
Bruce Williams is a powerful young jazz saxophonist who hails from our nation's capital of Washington, D.C. He has made his presence known on the jazz scene by garnering critical attention with his own enthusiastically received CD releases - "Brotherhood" and "Altoicity" - issued on Savant Records. He's made an indelible impression as a sideman on over twenty other CD and video recordings.
Brad Linde is a saxophonist, bandleader, and presenter in the Washington DC metro area. He has worked with legendary musicians including Lee Konitz, Teddy Charles, Barry Harris, Grachan Moncur III, Andrew Cyrille, Joe Chambers, and Dan Tepfer, Matt Wilson, Ethan Iverson, and many others.
Alison Crockett has paid her musical “dues” in full… She is perhaps the quintessential nu jazz/progressive soul singer of her generation and yet you may not have heard of her – – but you’ve no doubt heard her voice… On seminal recordings by King Britt, Blue Six, Us3, Landslide, John Wicks, Mathematics and a whole host of others, Alison’s voice has provided the velvety, sensual sound of tomorrow’s yesterday’s…a captivating tone which evokes both the music of the past and that yet to come.
"The AfroHORN" a Jazz project; was conceived by Francisco Mora-Catlett in Sun Ra's home, during Francisco's tenure with the Arkestra in the 70's, after reading Henry Dumas's story, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?". In this story the “AfroHORN” is a powerful instrument that unites and completes the sound circle, bringing new light and life.
The New Reincarnation of “The AfroHORN”, with an outstanding line up; Sam Newsome (Soprano Saxophone), Alex Harding (Baritone Saxophone), Aruan Ortiz (Piano), Rashaan Carter (Bass), Roman Diaz (Percussion), and Francisco Mora-Catlett (Drums).