Walter Blanding 沃尔特·布兰丁
他的1991年首张专辑“Tough Young Tenors”被评选为年度最 佳爵士专辑之一，他的艺术才能给听众和评论家留下深刻的印象。
自1998年以来，他一直是林肯中心管弦乐队爵士乐队的成员，并与他自己的团体以及著名艺术家进行过巡演和录制，如Cab Calloway Orchestra，Roy Hargrove，Hilton Ruiz，Count Basie Orchestra， Big Band，Wycliffe Gordon，Marcus Roberts，Wynton Marsalis Quintet，Isaac Hayes等等。
Walter Blanding was born into a musical family on August 14, 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio. He began playing the saxophone at age six and by age 16, he was performing regularly with his parents at the Village Gate. Blanding attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts and continued his studies at the New School for Social Research where he earned a B.F.A. in 2005. His 1991 debut release,Tough Young Tenors, was acclaimed as one of the best jazz albums of the year, and his artistry began to impress listeners and critics alike. He has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1998 and has performed, toured and/or recorded with his own groups and with such renowned artists as the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, Hilton Ruiz, Count Basie Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts, Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Isaac Hayes, and many others. Blanding lived in Israel for four years and had a major impact on the music scene while touring the country with his own ensemble and with U.S. artists such as Louis Hayes, Eric Reed, Vanessa Rubin, and others invited to perform there. He taught music in several Israeli schools and eventually opened his own private school in Tel Aviv. During this period,Newsweek International called him a “Jazz Ambassador to Israel.”
他于1987年出生在佛罗里达州劳德代尔堡，14岁开始演奏电贝司，是为了可以演奏他热爱的摇滚音乐。在高中时，Barry无意中加入了爵士乐队，并在17岁时开始学习大提琴课程，为考大学打基础。之后就读佛罗里达州立大学，分别与Rodney Jordan和Melanie Punter一起学习爵士乐和古典乐。在佛罗里达州，他还与传奇钢琴家马库斯罗伯茨一起学习。毕业后，Barry搬到了新奥尔良，在罗兰古林的指导下，攻读硕士学位期间，与该市许多著名的音乐家一起演奏。目前，他在纽约爵士乐圈内演出。
2011年，他加入了Glen David Andrews乐队并参与了乐队专辑中的主打歌曲“Redemption”制作，并担任音乐总监。 Barry于2013年加入Jon Batiste和Stay Human，并与Stephen Colbert参加各类音乐节进行爵士乐表演，包括蒙特利尔，纽波特，北海，蒙特利，翁布里亚和花花公子爵士音乐节以及Bonnaroo和Lollapalooza。
众所周知，Barry在各种音乐类型中担任灵魂人物。 2011年，他获得了ASCAP基金会Louis Armstrong奖，随后于2012年获得了Svenson作曲奖。2015年3月，他发行了他的首张爵士专辑“Basic Truths”。现在，他与格莱美提名鼓手/主唱Jamison Ross，主唱Jazzmeia Horn和钢琴家Christian Sands在纽约各个酒吧里演出爵士乐。
Barry Stephenson Bio
Barry Stephenson is one of the most promising acoustic and electric bassist on the music scene today.
Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1987, he began playing the electric bass at the age of 14, with the intention of playing rock music. In high school, Barry inadvertently joined the jazz band and started taking acoustic bass lessons when he was 17 in order to prepare for college auditions. He then attended Florida State University where he studied jazz and classical double bass with Rodney Jordan and Melanie Punter respectively. While at Florida State, he also studied with legendary pianist Marcus Roberts. Upon graduating, Barry moved to New Orleans and played with many of the city's notable musicians while studying for his Masters degree at the University of New Orleans under the tutelage of Roland Guerin. Currently he is a resident of Harlem and making his presence felt on the New York Jazz scene.
In 2011 he joined the Glen David Andrews Band and appeared on several on the band's albums as well as serving as musical director on the album "Redemption". Barry then joined Jon Batiste and Stay Human in 2013 and has performed on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and a variety of festivals including the Montreaux, Montreal, Newport, North Sea, Monterey, Umbria, and Playboy Jazz festivals as well as Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. In 2014, Jon purchased a tenor banjo for Barry and had him learn and play it thirty minutes prior to a performance on NPR.
Barry has been known to lead and compose for bands in various genres of music. In 2011, he was awarded the ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Award followed by the Svenson Composition Award in 2012. In March of 2015, he released his debut jazz album Basic Truths featuring original compostions and is in the process of finishing his second album while touring with the Grammy nominated drummer/vocalist Jamison Ross, vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, and pianist Christian Sands while maintaining an active performance schedule around New York City.
Ask anyone who has ever experienced him play, he owns his music. There are no wasted beats, or breaks. Every sound, every moment of silence, has a purpose. You cannot hear him and not feel the intensity behind his playing. The rhythm talks to you and the conversation between sound and emotion has always been the best recipe for good music, with Jennings you get both.
Jerome is an internationally travelled artist whose distinct sound reflects a fierce connection to the swing tradition, soul music, and hip hop.All he considers authentic American musical art forms.
Jerome has always valued education and the pursuit of excellence. In 2004 he graduated from Rutgers University Mason Gross School for the performing arts. Later, the summer of 2007 Jerome earned a masters degree from the prestigious Juilliard School in Manhattan NY.
Beginning fall 2017, Jerome accepted the position as Resident Director of The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra.
At Juilliard, Jennings became the first Jazz Studies recipient of the Morse Fellowship, a program that brings the performing arts to New York City school students and their classroom teachers in annual artist residencies. Morse Fellows prepare their own curriculum and teach two classes per week throughout the academic year in area schools. This pioneering program brings much-needed music instruction to schools that are underserved in the arts, while providing select Juilliard students the opportunity to mature as teaching artists.
Jerome has a love and passion for history. In 2014, under the tutelage of historian, professor, disc jockey, producer Phil Schaap Jerome passed Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Swing University 301 course: The most comprehensive study of jazz from a non-performance perspective, available. Jazz At Lincoln Center has Jerome Jennings on file as an accredited jazz scholar. He has curated and taught specialized Jazz classes through JALC’s Swing University. Jerome has hosted and moderated Jazz panels through The Nation Jazz Museum in Harlem.
Tadataka Unno Bio
Born in 1980 in Tokyo, Japan to parents who are music fans, Tadataka Unno grew up listening to many kinds of music. He began playing the piano at age 4. At age 9 he started to play jazz. He attended Tokyo University for Music and Fine Art where he studied music composition. Upon graduation, Unno joined one of Japan's leading bassist Yoshio Suzuki's trio. This was when his career took off. He spent first 10 years in Japan in his career. He decides to move to the birthplace of jazz, the United States, in 2008 and start from scratch. Unno was selected to attend Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead 2010 at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Upon recommendation by Nathan Davis and Curtis Fuller, he attended the Jazz Rising Stars Program of Ravinia Festival in Chicago in the same year. In 2013 he performed for a week at the Village Vanguard as a pianist for Jimmy Cobb Trio with Paolo Benedettini. In 2014 Unno joined tribute concert for the late great Dick Morgan in D.C with Steve Abshire, David Jernigan, David Einhorn, Nasar Abadey. In autumn he released his fifth album "Journeyer" and toured Japan with recording member, Hassan J.J. Shakur and Jerome Jennings. He is the member of Jimmy Cobb Trio, Roy Hargrove Quintet (He sadly has become the last pianist of the late great Roy Hargrove for 2016-2018), Winard Harper and Jeli Posse, Clifton Anderson Quartet and Eddie Allen's "Push".
Since his arrival to the United States, Unno has performed at numerous famous jazz clubs like Village Vanguard, Kennedy Center, Dizzy's Club, Blue Note, Blues Alley, Jazz Showcase, Smalls, Mezzrow, Fat Cat, The Cell, Minton's, Lenox Lounge, Jazz Standard, Side door, Scullers, Dakota, Catalina as well as churches and local restaurants like Arturo's in West Village. He has performed / recorded / toured with Frank Wess, Joe Wilder, Jimmy Cobb, Jimmy Heath, Al Foster, George Mraz, Winard Harper, Clifton Anderson, Roy Hargrove, Hassan J.J. Shakur, Essiet Essiet, Jim Cammack, Ray Drummond, David Williams, Curtis Lundy, Gerald Cannon, Eddie Henderson, Wallace Roney, Eddie Allen, Roberta Gambarini, Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Billy Kaye, Jackie Williams, Steve Little, Steve Williams, Joel Press, Bob Mover, Victor See Yuen, Steve Nelson, Dave Pike, Chuck Redd, Javon Jackson, John Webber, Chuck Riggs, Neal Smith, Kenny Washington, Patrick O'Leary, Jacob Melchior, David Wong, Dezron Douglas, Yasushi Nakamura, Jerome Jennings, Jazzmeia Horn, Jovan Alexander, Jonathan Barber, Ben Solomon and many more. The stimulating environment of New York is improving his already refined musicality.
He is considered one of the Japanese most gifted jazz musicians and his technique, creativity, balanced sense and beautiful tone continue to mesmerize audiences. Towards the end of their lives, both the legendary Hank Jones and Japanese jazz pianist Yuzuru Sera mentored Unno, having the highest trust in his talents. Unno looked up to them not just as mentors in music, but as mentors of life. When Hank Jones, at the age of 91, passed away in May of 2010 to the sadness of countless friends and fans, Unno was at his deathbed. Through a great sadness, Unno now holds the baton of jazz piano left by Jones.
1980年出生于日本东京，其父母均为音乐爱好者，Tadataka Unno从小就接触很多风格的音乐。他4岁开始学习钢琴。9岁时，开始演奏爵士乐。他曾就读于东京音乐与美术大学，并在那里学习音乐创作。毕业后，Unno加入了日本先锋贝斯手Yoshio Suzuki的三重奏，这是他职业生涯起飞的时段。2008年，他决定从零开始，并搬到美国爵士乐的发源地进行深造。 Unno被选中参加Betty Carter在2010年肯尼迪中心举行的爵士乐比赛，后在Nathan Davis和Curtis Fuller的推荐下，他于同年参加了芝加哥Ravinia音乐节的爵士新星节目。 2013年，他作为Jimmy Cobb Trio和Paolo Benedettini的巡演钢琴手在Village Vanguard演出了一周。 2014年，Unno与史蒂夫·阿布希尔，大卫·杰尼根，大卫·艾因霍恩，纳萨尔·阿巴迪一起为已故伟大的迪克·摩根在D.C举行了致敬音乐会。秋天，他发行了他的第五张专辑“Journeyer”，并与Hassan J.J.一起日本巡演。
自从他到达美国后，Unno在众多著名的爵士乐俱乐部演出，如Village Vanguard，Kennedy Center，Dizzy's Club，Blue Note，Blues Alley，Jazz Showcase，Smalls，Mezzrow，Fat Cat，The Cell，Minton's，Lenox Lounge， Jazz Standard，Side door，Scullers，Dakota，Catalina以及Arturo's。他曾与Frank Wess，Joe Wilder，Jimmy Cobb，Jimmy Heath，Al Foster，George Mraz，Winard Harper，Clifton Anderson，Roy Hargrove，Hassan J.J.一起演出/录制唱片/巡回演出。 Shakur，Essiet Essiet，Jim Cammack，Ray Drummond，David Williams，Curtis Lundy，Gerald Cannon，Eddie Henderson，Wallace Roney，Eddie Allen，Roberta Gambarini，Scott Hamilton，Harry Allen，Billy Kaye，Jackie Williams，Steve Little，Steve Williams， Joel Press，Bob Mover，Victor See Yuen，Steve Nelson，Dave Pike，Chuck Redd，Javon Jackson，John Webber，Chuck Riggs，Neal Smith，Kenny Washington，Patrick O'Leary，Jacob Melchior，David Wong，Dezron Douglas，Yasushi Nakamura ，Jerome Jennings，Jazzmeia Horn，Jovan Alexander，Jonathan Barber，Ben Solomon等等。