Kind of New: Jason Miles
Jason Miles, the Grammy Award-winning New York native, has been called the “Quincy Jones of contemporary music”. As a keyboard player, arranger, and producer working with such notables as David Sandborn, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, George Benson, Joe Sample, and Grover Washington, Jr., he has demonstrated true creativity and innovation. His collaboration with trumpeter, Ingrid Jensen on the Whaling City Sound CD, Kind of New, is his latest project
Guitarist Nir Felder spent his youth playing in rock bands and learned about jazz at his local record store. After attending Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship he moved to New York City and became a sought after sideman playing with such musicians as Esperanza Spaulding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack DeJohnette and Greg Osby. His debut CD, “Golden Age” has been called ‘lyrical and lofty” by the New York Times and “mesmerizing by the Boston Globe.
Jay Rodriguez, a native of Columbia, is equally adept at playing saxophone, flute, or clarinet. He studied at New York‘s High School of the Performing Arts and then at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Jay co-founded the NYC phenomenon of the early 90’s the Grove Collective and he has performed, recorded, produced or arranged for such artists as Elvis Costello, Natalie Cole, Roy Hargrove, The Gil Evans Band, and Miles Davis.
Buster Hemphil currently plays bass with the legendary jazz-rock group, Blood, Sweat and Tears. A graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, he spent a short time working in Nashville music circle. After relocating to New York, he performed, toured or recorded with Chaka Khan, Ashford & Simpson, Peter Cincotti, and the Harlem Gospel Choir in some of the most famed stages and studios around the world.
Billy Kilson began music studies on the trombone and trumpet, but discovered that playing the drums was his true calling. While studying at Berklee College of Music, Alan Dawson became his teacher and mentor. Since then Billy has toured and received Grammy Awards for his work with such famed musicians as Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, Ahmad Jamal, Dianne Reeves, Gladys Knight, and Chris Botti.
Nina Ott Group
Nina Ott is a jazz pianist /composer/arranger and educator. She recently returned to the east coast after living in the San Francisco area and participating in the area’s salsa and Latin jazz scene. While in the bay area, she played the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Chinatown Music Festival, SF Jazz Women in Jazz Concert Series, and the Stanford Jazz Festival. Ms. Ott has taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in Palo Alto, California and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Chris Lopes on bass has been playing, writing and recording music for almost three decades. An original member of Rob Mazurek’s Chicago Jazz Underground, he has been featured on all three of Jeff Parker’s trio recordings. Chris is adept at performing in a wide range of musical forms from straight ahead and free jazz to funk, reggae, and blues. Most recently he has been writing for his Latin jazz and funk group which he co-leads with Nina Ott.
Percussionist Ernesto Diaz, a teacher at the Berklee School of music for more than 20 years, is a mainstay in Boston’s Latin music scene. He has performed with Latin pop star Gloria Estefan, Paquito D’Rivera and with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on its 200th album, The Latin Album, which received a 2001 Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Pop instrumental Album category.
Hilary Noble, woodwind player, is also an Afro-Latin percussionist, composer, and music educator. He has been featured on WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” jazz show on which he performed live with his group, Enclave, an Afro-Cuban jazz suite he composed after receiving a grant from Chamber Music America. Hilary has played all over the United States, Europe, and in Puerto Rico.
Mark Walker is a five time Grammy winning drummer and composer. A 26-year member of the Paquito D’Rivera Quinter, Mark has also performed with Arturo Sandoval, Michael Brecker, Dianne Reeves, Ivan Lins, and Sammy Davis, Jr. He teaches privately and at Berklee College of Music and is the author of “World Jazz Drumming”, a drum set instruction book.
Women in World Jazz
Lead vocalist Candida Rose, a New Bedford native, is a magna cum laude graduate of UMass Dartmouth where she majored in African American and World Music. Her uniquely compelling voice combines the over and undertones of jazz, rhythm and blues and gospel. Candida’s debut CD, “KabuMerikana: The Sum of Me” is a mixture of her Cape Verdean musical roots and American, primarily jazz influences, which she has dubbed “KabuJazz.”
Tal Shalom-Kobi, leader of the World Jazz quintet, plays upright bass and accordion. A native of Israel, she has a degree in music education from Berklee College of Music and a masters in jazz performance from New England Conservatory of Music. Tal has performed at jazz festivals abroad and in Boston area venues like the Ryles Jazz Club, Jordan Hall, and Berklee Performance Center. She teaches piano and youth ensemble groups at her home studio.
Laurie Goldsmith, an award winning songwriter, plays guitar and bass and has been performing in the Boston area for over twenty-five years. The leader of the Laurie Goldsmith Project, she plays jazz, blues, reggae, Latin, and world music. Laurie is a professional early childhood educator and has assisted in writing and recording four albums of children’s music.
Gillian DeLear, a California native, began playing drums at age 10. She has played with the techno pop group, Hawkins & DeLear, won a TAMMIE Tucson Area Music Award for best country group with the band, Girls With Guitars, and played with The Jazz Chicks, who opened for Shirley Horn at the Women’s Primavera Jazz Festival. Now studying for a masters’ degree at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Ma, she teaches at the Music Master School in Acton, Ma.
Ririka Tokushige, a performer in the Boston area for 20 years, plays saxophone, clarinet, and flute. Although she studied jazz at Berklee College of Music, she is equally adept in rock, funk, blues, gospel, Latin and world music. Ririka has recorded in a variety of musical genres and teaches privately in the greater Boston area.
Southcoast Jazz Orchestra
A New Bedford and JazzFest staple! Southcoast Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band style jazz orchestra. This will be SJO’s 4th year playing at NBJF.
Dr. Michael Rocha
Native Spaces is a quartet of UMass Dartmouth students who have been performing together for a year in bars, clubs and churches around New Bedford and Worcester. They play a combination of different styles to form a more unique genre than solely jazz. All majors in jazz performance, they plan to teach privately upon graduation and continue performing.
Miles Flisher – Piano
Tony Menotti – Guitar
Evan MacLeod – Bass
Al Nawrocki – Drums