|Chet Baker Foundation
Judi Silvano made her way to New York City in 1976 where she launched her career as an
improviser -- of dance at first.....but jazz would not be far behind. An alchemist of music
and movement, her career as a choreographer and dancer led her straight to NYC's
downtown music scene where her improvisational spirit could run free. It also steered her
toward what would become a long-term collaboration with saxophonist Joe Lovano that
began in 1980 and continues to this day. She's performed at a multitude of festivals and
concert houses around the globe, including the Montreal, Paris, London, Verona, Perugia,
Istanbul and North Sea Jazz Festivals as well as the JVC Jazz Festival in NY. Judi has
recorded 8 CDs for BLUE NOTE, SOUL NOTE, ZOHO , and JSL records-including a
duo CD with Mal Waldron; and she teaches master classes internationally. Her WOMEN's
WORK CD featuring songs by American Jazz Women received a 4 star Downbeat review
and her 2008 release CLEOME-LIVE TAKES features George
Joe Cartwright has lived, performed and taught in the Kansas City area for the last twenty
three years. He is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Cartwright currently
leads his own duo, trio and quartet. Joe has performed on and produced numerous jazz
recordings. His credits include work with internationally recognized jazz artists Eddie Harris,
Sheila Jordan, Bill Watrous, Conte Condoli, Jeff Clayton, Rob McConnell, Carl Fontana,
Red Holloway, John Clayton, Karrin Allyson, Tiger Okoshi, Claude "Fiddler" Williams,
Richie Cole, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kevin Mahogany and Mel Torme.
Lenore has been given the title “Queen of Swing” because of her hard-swinging, lyrical
piano style. She is consistently touring and selling out her shows at such venues as Arturo
Sandoval’s club in Miami, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dazzle in Denver, Steinway Jazz Showcase
in Scottsdale, S.S. Oosterdam Jazz Cruise Jazz In The Sangres festival, East Coast Jazz
Festival, Panansonic festival (NYC) and more. She has recorded five CD’s on the Swingin’
Fox label that have gotten major jazz airplay
and won ASCAP awards for her original jazz tunes. Along the way, has performed with such
jazz greats as Clark Terry, Al Grey, John Pizzarelli, Jr., Marlene VerPlanck, Harry Allen,
legendary drummer Artt Frank and others.
Ali Ryerson has emerged as one of the most exciting and versatile flutists on the scene
today. She has performed with such diverse talents as Dr. Billy Taylor, Kenny Barron,
Stephane Grappelli, Frank Wess, Red Rodney, Laurindo Almeida, Art Farmer, Maxine
Sullivan, Roy Haynes, Julius Baker, and (as principal flutist with the Monterey Bay
Symphony) with Luciano Pavarotti. Ali has toured the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and
Africa, and has performed in many major jazz festivals, including the famed Monterey Jazz
Festival, the JVC in New York, Guinness Festival in Scotland, Edinburgh Festival in
Scotland, and Carnegie Hall.
Jean "Toots" Thielemans is simply the best jazz harmonica player to have handled the
instrument. Born in Brussels, Belgium his long and illustrious career includes working with the
likes of Benny Goodman, Clifford Brown and Ella Fitzgerald, and recording with George
Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Bill Evans, Jaco Pastorius,Natalie Cole, Pat Metheny,
P Simon, Billy Joel, and many more.
" I can say without hesitation that Toots is one of the greatest musicians of our time. On his
instrument he ranks with the best that jazz has ever produced. He goes for the heart and
makes you cry. We have worked together more times than I can count and he always keeps
me coming back for more ..." from Quincy Jones' liner notes "Q's Jook Joint", 1995
Phil Bowler has performed with many top names in Jazz:, Jackie McLean, Wynton Marsalis,
Max Roach, Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Jon Faddis, Donald Harrison , Terence Blanchard,
Ralph Peterson Jr., Geri Allen, Slide Hampton, and Big Nick Nicholas . After being band
bassist for the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bowler went on tour and record with Wynton
Marsalis, appearing on his Grammy - winning album THINK OF ONE; played major jazz
festivals and venues like Carnegie Hall, in the US, and at Montreux in Switzerland. He has
also perform-ed at Major Jazz festivals in Japan and Canada. Additionally, he has
appeared on Swiss, Dutch, Spanish, French, Austrian, German and BBC television in
Europe,and on NBC, CBS, and PBS here in the US.
MATT CRISCUOLO , alto sax player and composer, was born in The Bronx and has
performed and recorded with the likes of Artt Frank, Etta James, Gerry Mulligan, Harold
Danko, Rich Perry, David Murray and many others. Matt studied music at Manhattan School
of Music. "One of the things that always impressed me about Chet was his ability to overcome
gigantic odds and create a sound and tone all his own. I also loved the way he phrased."
Matt also dug the likes of players like Bunky Green and Eric Doplhy.
Phil Urso is a solid and expressive jazzman who played with Woody Herman, Jimmy
Dorsey, Miles Davis, Terry Gibbs, Oscar Pettiford, and others in the 1950s. In 1954, he
co-led a quintet with trombonist Bob Brookmeyer that recorded for Savoy, but Urso's
best-known association came in 1955 and 1956, when he was a sideman for Chet
Baker. Urso was prominently featured on some of Chet's Pacific Jazz recordings of
1956. He went on to work with Chet on many occasions spanning 15 years.
Stan Levey was an American jazz drummer. Stan Levey first began playing with Dizzy
Gillespie at the age of 16. Levey is considered one of the earliest bebop drummers...one of
bop's most important drummers, along with Kenny Clarke and Max Roach. He played in
Philadelphia with Dizzy Gillespie's group in 1942, at the age of 16. Soon after he went to
New York, where he and Dizzy worked on 52nd Street with Charlie Parker and Oscar
Pettiford. Levey has played on over 2000 recordings and has played with musicians Dizzy
Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra,
Nat King Cole and bands such as Quincy Jones, Stan Kenton, Skitch Henderson, and "The
tonight show band".
Marvin Stamm has been praised for both the art and the craft of trumpet playing. Leonard
Feather stated that “Mr. Stamm is an accomplished performer whose technical skill is used as
a means to stimulating original ends." After being discovered by the great Stan Kenton, he
played and recorded with Kenton's orchestra for several years, later joining Woody Herman's
band before moving to NYC in 1966. Marvin has performed with Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz
Orchestra (1966-1972) and the Duke Pearson Big Band (1967-1970), as well as performing
with Frank Sinatra (1973-1974) and the Benny Goodman Sextet (1974-1975), among others.
Stamm was also a recognized first-call studio player (1966-1989). Some of the Jazz artists with
whom he recorded include Bill Evans, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Duke Pearson, Thad
Jones, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Patrick Williams, Michel
Legrand, Lena Horne, Frank Foster, Paul Desmond, George Benson, and many other popular
artists of the period as well. Currently, Mr. Stamm spends much of the year
Ed Soph's touring and recording work includes the groups of Stan Kenton, Bill Watrous,
Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Marvin Stamm, Dave Liebman, and Stefan
Karlsson. He is the author of a video, THE DRUMSET: A MUSICAL APPROACH (Warner
Bros.) and a DVD, MUSICAL TIME (Carl Fischer). His books include THE BIG BAND PRIMER
(RonJon Publishers), ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES (Meredith Music), and MUSICAL TIME (Carl
Fischer). Ed is an artist clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, the Avedis Zildjian
Company, Evans drum heads, and Innovative Percussion drum sticks and mallets. Ed is an
Associate Professor in the Jazz Studies and Performance Divisions of the College of Music at
the University of North Texas. He teaches applied drumset students, the Rhythm Section
Master Class, and coordinates the Summer Drumset Workshop.
Roni Ben-Hur has been building an increasingly stellar reputation for himself since he first
migrated from his native Israel to New York City, back in 1985. A passionate leader, player,
composer-arranger, published author and respected educator, Roni now stands as one of the
elite players in modern jazz. Keepin' it Open, his fifth release and his debut on the Motema
imprint elevates his game yet another notch or two as he leads a company of fellow jazz
greats - pianist Ronnie Matthews, drummer Lewis Nash, bassist Santi Debriano, percussionist
Steve Kroon and new trumpet sensation Jeremy Pelt through a very personal and
multicultural jazz adventure.
Greg Glassman is emerging as one of the most important young jazz artists in New York
City. Born in Queens, N.Y. and raised in the Hudson Valley...the young 30 year old
trmpeter/composer has packed a wealth of knowledge and experience into his as yet young
career. He remains among the most in-demand freelance trumpeters on the scene today.
Chet Baker's tone, along with his mastery of poignant melody, serves as an endless
inspiration for Greg Glassman and his artistic endeavors.
Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which
blends her Brazilian roots, her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental
jazz, classical and compositional skills. Her first album release was a collaboration with
Randy Brecker entitled Amanda in 1984. In 1988 she was voted Best New Talent by the
jazz critics poll of JAZZIZ magazine. Together with Herbie Hancock in their duet, she was
nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Jazz Solo Performance” category for her 1995
release, “Solos and Duets”. In the 1997 Downbeat Readers Poll, her recording “The Three
Americas” was voted Best Jazz Album. In 2007, Ms Elias returned to Blue Note Records.
Her 2007 release, “SOMETHING FOR YOU”, Eliane Elias Sings and Plays Bill Evans
received “Best Vocal Album of the Year” and the “Gold Disc Award” in Japan .
Marc Johnson studied at the University of North Texas where he was a member of the
famed One O'Clock Lab Band along with Lyle Mays. Johnson toured with Woody
Herman's Thundering Herd in the late 1970s. After a year, the 25-year old Johnson
was hired by Bill Evans in 1978, and remained in Evans's trio until the pianist's death in
1980. Johnson has played extensively with John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Eliane
Elias (to whom he is married) and Enrico Pieranunzi. His latest (2005) recording for
ECM, entitled Shades of Jade, includes Joe Lovano on saxophone. Elias contributed
several compositions to the CD, including the ballad, "Apareceu".
Terri Lyne Carrington, was a child prodigy, drumming with jazz veterans Dizzy Gillespie,
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Oscar Peterson, Joe Williams, and many more. At 7, she was given
her first set of drums, which had belonged to her grandfather, Matt Carrington, who had
played with Fats Waller and Chuck Berry. After studying privately for three years, she
received a full scholarship at age 11 to Berklee College of Music where she started playing
with such people as Kevin Eubanks, Mike Stern, Greg Osby and others. Throughout high
school Terri traveled across the country doing clinics at schools and colleges and in 1983,
encouraged by her mentor, Jack DeJohnette, moved to New York and started working with
Stan Getz, James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, and David