Join Swamp style Guitarist & Vocalist Walter Parks & Vocalist Vivian Sessoms as they pay tribute to the American roots music that gave birth to Jazz & Blues -- spirituals, field hollers and work songs.
Walter Parks & VIvian Sessoms will be performing with a full band (Craig Aikin (upright bass), Steven Williams (drums), Andrae Murchison (trombone) and Michael Bellar (organ)) on June 9 at noon on the Skyline Stage.
Flutist Andrea Brachfeld, a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, and recipient of the “Best Jazz Flute“ award from Hot House Magazine, began her musical career at 16 and has associated with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentín, Paquito D’Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon and Wallace Roney, among others.
In June 2017, Andrea was awarded a grant from the prestigious organization, Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, to compose a new jazz work. Her new CD, “If Not Now, When? ” which will be released on Jazzheads in May of 2018, reflects this new music.
Andrea Brachfeld & Insight will be performing on June 9th at 1pm on the Riverview Stage.
New York City organist/pianist, Brian Charette, has established himself as a leading voice in modern Jazz. Charette is a Grammy-nominated, Hammond-endorsed artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll Rising Star: Organ award and has climbed to 4th place in The Critic's Poll main organ category. In 2015 Brian also won The Hot House Magazine's Fan's Decision Jazz Award for Best Organist in New York. His last Positone Records recording, Once and Future, reached #17 on the Jazz Week chart and was also on the Itunes new music Top 20. This Summer, Brian just released his new Circuit Bent Organ trio recording, Kürrent, featuring Ben Monder and will have a traditional Jazz organ trio release coming out on Steeplechase Records in Fall 2017.
Brian Charette's Kürrent will be performing on June 9th at 2pm on the Skyline Stage.
ROOTS MUSIC FROM THE NORTHEAST OF BRAZIL Rob Curto's Forró for All is a band dedicated to Forró, the accordion-driven party music of Brazil, and the legacy of its primary innovator, the great Luiz Gonzaga.
Forró for All is led by accordionist Rob Curto, originally from New York City, and widely considered Forró's main ambassador in the United States. Rob is one of the principal musicians responsible for introducing North American audiences to Northeastern Brazilian Music, and was an original member of the band Forró in the Dark along with Mauro Refosco (David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Smokey Hormel (Beck).
"America's finest purveyors of the Forró sound"- San Francisco Bay Guardian
Rob Curto's Forró For All will be performing on June 9 at 3pm on the Riverview Stage
Drummer WINARD HARPER is passionate about jazz. "This music is powerful," he says. "It can do a lot of good for people. If they'd spend some time each day listening to it, we would see many changes in the world."
Inspired by the musicianship of greats such as Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Jackie McLean, Cannonball Adderley, Dr. Billy Taylor, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins, Harper has been the leader and musical inspiration for a vibrant sextet for almost a decade. The group appears regularly all over the United States from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to Yoshi's, the legendary West Coast jazz club. Although clearly the dominant force behind this extraordinarily gifted ensemble, Harper has surrounded himself with superbly talented young guardians of the jazz tradition (including Lawrence Clark, Ameen Saleem, Josh Evans, Stacy Dillard and Alioune Faye), who are as entertaining to watch as they are to listen to.
Winard Harper & Tap Sensational will be performing on June 9th at 4pm on the Skyline stage
Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin's electric stage presence and fiery sax work, has shared stages with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Macy Gray and many others, brings the soul and funk up to a fever pitch in a show that's guaranteed to keep crowds dancing day or night. Though her own music with her band Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad is immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone and the Meters as well as classic jazz, Benjamin's soaring, dance floor-friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level.
Catch Lakecia Benjamin & SoulSquad at 5pm on the Riverview Stage
Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He was one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis.
Catch Wallace Roney & Friends on June 9th at 6pm on RNA's Skyline Stage
2018 GRAMMY® Nominee Doug Beavers has been hailed by critics and fellow musicians as a leading trombonist of his generation and “an arranger of the first-class” (Harvey Siders, JazzTimes). After moving to New York and receiving his Master’s Degree in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music in 2002, he was catapulted to international significance when he was discovered by NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri to transcribe and arrange the complete repertoire from his historic La Perfecta group of the 1960s. He won a Grammy® Award with Palmieri for Listen Here in 2006, an album which featured such jazz leaders as Michael Brecker, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, and John Scofield.
Doug Beavers has since went on to perform, arrange and record for Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Willie Colón, Mingus Big Band, Ruben Blades, Típica ’73, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Paul Simon, and countless others. As a leader, he’s recorded four critically acclaimed albums; his most recent release, Art of the Arrangement (Artistshare, 2017), is rapidly garnering critical acclaim, earning a 4 Star review in the November 2017 issue of Downbeat Magazine.
Beavers currents leads a multi-faceted and active career touring, recording, producing and engineering for top New York City and world artists. Always a strong advocate for music education, he can be seen teaching an extensive number of annual masterclasses and workshops in Mexico and Colombia, and at his studio in New York City with the New York Jazz Workshop.
Catch Doug Beavers Salsa Big Band on June 9th at 7pm on the Riverview Stage