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Internationally acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Keyon Harrold will share his personal journey of how jazz and hip hop influenced his evolution as a musician. Join us for a live performance and conversation with the artist, followed by an audience Q&A. RSVP here.
KEYON HARROLD (trumpet, bandleader):
Raised from the fires of (now infamous) Ferguson, Missouri to become one of Rolling Stone’s top ten new artists to watch, Keyon has developed a reputation as one of the world's most sought-after, emotionally electric young trumpeters on the scene. Keyon is an eclectic trumpeter/music producer/arranger/songwriter who has been featured on nearly 100 albums ranging from jazz, R&B, pop, gospel, blues and hip hop. He has toured and recorded with or produced for some of the world's best artists and ensembles including Jay-Z, Keith Richards, Common, Beyonce, Eminem, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Rihanna, 50 Cent, Gregory Porter, Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige, and Maxwell to name a few. He has also had numerous platinum and GRAMMY Award-winning musical placements in film and TV. His latest critically-acclaimed album "The Mugician" was released in September 2017 and features collaborations with his world-renowned circle of esteemed friends including Gary Clark, Jr., Bilal, Big K.R.I.T., Robert Glasper, James Poyser, and others. Keyon was recently awarded Best New Artist of the Year by Jazz Japan Magazine.
NIR FELDER (guitar):
Called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, and hailed by The New York Times as a “whiz kid,” Nir Felder is a new voice in jazz guitar. After attending Berklee College of Music, Felder moved to New York City in 2006 and quickly became one of the city’s most highly sought after sideman, performing with an eclectic group of luminaries in jazz and other genres including Diana Krall, John Mayer, Chaka Khan, Terri Lyne Carrington (with whom he recorded the Grammy-winning “Money Jungle”), Dianne Reeves, the New York City Opera, and many others on tour throughout five continents. Seeking a more personal creative outlet, Felder formed his own quartet in 2010, recording the critically acclaimed debut “Golden Age” (Sony/OKeh), called “lyrical and lofty” by The New York Times. Four years after the release of "Golden Age," Felder released a set of two trio recordings featuring bassist Matt Penman and drummer Jimmy Macbride in 2018. Using the studio as an instrument and the latest in sound design technology the result is a layered music that blends jazz improvisation with other genres in new ways and stretches the boundaries of what a jazz record is and can be.
CHARLES HAYNES (drums):
Charles Haynes, a Golden Globe and Image Award winner, with an abundance of nominations, including two Grammy, one Oscar, and one Emmy, as a producer, songwriter, and drummer. He is a defying musician whose mastery of modern drumming, including jazz, gospel, Hip Hop, Folk and R&B, have lead him to work with array of amazing artists. This resume boasts serving as Musical Director (MD) for Ayo and Co-Musical Director for Lady Gaga. His impeccable skills of percussion have also accompanied Kanye West, Mos Def, Meshell Ndegeocello, UK superstar Ed Sheeran, “MIA,” Queen Latifah, Ledisi, the legendary Patti LaBelle, gospel giant Kirk Franklin, Kim Burrell, acclaimed jazz musician Roy Hargrove, Kenny Garret, Marcus Miller, Jason Moran, and Robert Glasper. The list continues.
JONATHAN MICHEL (bass):
Born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut Jonathan Michel is a bassist, composer and arranger of Haitian descent. Based in New York City, Michel is an eclectic artist known for his work as a producer, arranger as well as his bass playing. Jonathan spent five years in the bass chair for the late Billy Paul, the last two as musical director and arranger. Some other associated acts include Laurin Talese, Soundtrack ‘63, Orrin Evans, and Godwin Louis.
YEISSONN VILLAMAR (piano and keyboard):
Peruvian-American musician, Yeissonn Villamar, is one of the music industry’s leading pianists and musical directors. Electrifying stages for over twenty years, Yeissonn possesses the rare and unique ability to play multiple music genres and consistently impacts the hearts of music lovers with his personal charisma and musical expertise.Yeissonn has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in modern American music, ranging from Lauryn Hill, Nathan East, Charlie Wilson, Marcus Miller, Sheila E. Ray Chew, Eric Benet, Josh Groban, Ledisi, as well as Bruce Willis, Juanes, Prince Royce, and the great Nile Rodgers. Yeissonn has also worked with the world’s top Latin acts, including Latino urban megastars Don Omar and Tego Calderon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Fonsi, Victor Manuelle, Thalia, Fonseca and world-renown Latin percussionist Pedro “Pedrito” Martinez. As a musical director, Yeissonn has led concert-caliber performances for numerous stars including Bill Murray and even the Clinton Administration. He currently serves as director for Chevy Chevis Entertainment. Yeissonn attended New York City’s famed Fiorello LaGuardia High School of the Arts and has been previously awarded the prestigious Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Scholarship Award, as well as the famed Celia Cruz Foundation Award. Yeissonn holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance from The New School in New York City.
ANDREA PIZZICONI (vocals):
Award-winning vocalist, composer and producer Andrea Pizziconi’s dynamic voice combines her nimble technical versatility with her passion for storytelling. Originally classically trained, her deep appreciation for the art of song transcends stereotypes and communicates across cultures and genres touching audiences in concert halls, theaters and clubs in major cities across five continents. Andrea’s extensive international travels as an artist and music director of an award-winning vocal ensemble group, Whim N Rhythm, opened her eyes to the deep need for education access in countries where she performed. In response, offstage, she founded Africa Integras, a social impact venture focused on developing education facilities in Africa. This work exposed her to some of the world’s greatest stories of survival and triumph. She returned to the stage emboldened as the storyteller for those she met on with new stories and a burning commitment to use music to galvanize support for social activism. While her past collaborations include sharing the stage with various artists across multiple genres the most notable being Latin megastar Olga Tañon, in 2013, she partnered with GRAMMY Award-winning and world-renowned Cuban-born flautist, pianist and composer Oriente Lopez to release her second album "Learning to Live." In 2015, she and Keyon Harrold co-founded Compositions for a Cause, focused on creating socially conscious original music. Together, they have written and produced several critically acclaimed releases including “Running” (aka Refugee Song), which was listed by Billboard Magazine as a top song to inspire hope and change during the travel ban and featured Grammy Award-winners Gregory Porter and Common. Proceeds from the song raised funds and awareness for the global refugee crisis.
JERMAINE HOLMES (vocals):
Born in New Brunswick, NJ, Christopher Jermaine Holmes began embarking on his musical career at the tender age of four as a member of his grandfather’s choir of Mount Calvary Baptist church. The son of famed singer Jerry Minor, Holmes began crafting his talent for singing and performing at an early age, perfecting his craft through the tutelage of other professional musicians in his family, and sculpting himself into a better audio engineer, vocalist, and keyboard player. Since 2012, Jermaine Holmes has become an active member of the group The Vanguard with popular R&B/Soul artist D’Angelo as the group’s front man. The Vanguard toured successfully worldwide with little media promotion – success stemming predominantly from the fan base. With the success of D’Angelo’s 2014’s “Black Messiah” album, The Vanguard is now celebrating the album’s one-year anniversary. Holmes can proudly say he is a part of the now three-time GRAMMY nominated group and is looking forward to more releases of his own in the year ahead.
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