The Celebration of Lionel Hampton is a phenomenal ensemble created by producer/vocalist Jacey Falk that features Hampton orchestra alumni and admirers of the Hampton songbook.
“Those who value serious musicianship, sensitive phrasemaking and thoroughly idiomatic performances of a broad span of repertoire will find this work deeply satisfying.” -Chicago Tribune
youngest brother of the 2010 NEA Jazz Master Marsalis family, Jason Marsalis has long been recognized as an in-demand drummer and record producer. Working with the Ellis Marsalis trio as well as the Marcus Roberts trio, he has fine tuned his playing in two of the most demanding settings in modern jazz. However, with the release of 2008’s Music Update, listeners are now recognizing Jason for his unique sound on the vibraphones.
A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the ‘40s and ‘50s, Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur’s rich, resonant vocals and mix of embracing both the jazz of her parents’ generation and the pop music of her youth during the late 1950’s and ‘60s, has led to an amazing career spanning nearly three decades.
Red Holloway got his start in the busy Chicago blues scene in the 1950s, backing up B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Muddy Waters, Billie Holiday, and many more. He received national acclaim in the 1960s as a member of “Brother” Jack McDuff‘s band, appearing on McDuff’s hit single, Rock Candy. He has been in demand as a solo artist and in collaboration with Sonny Stitt and Clark Terry for decades.
legend Fred Wesley began his career with Ike and Tina Turner‘s band, and is best known as James Brown’s Musical Director from 1968 to 1975. As one of the primary architects of funk music, he also arranged for and played with Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band. He has also worked with Ray Charles, The New York Voices, Van Morrison, and many others. Since his recent stint with the Count Basie Orchestra, Wesley has primarily focused on jazz playing.
Pianist Sharp Radway currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Some of his main influences as a pianist are Bud Powell, Red Garland, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal, and Herbie Hancock. Styles of music that have influenced his playing are Jazz, Reggae, Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Latin forms of music.