Jazz at the library

Musicians

Our assortment of talented Jazz Musicians

Diane Hoffman

Diane Hoffman's singing is filled with direct and truthful emotional expression. She is playful surefooted rhythm and an easy rapport with accompanists. A multi- talented creative powerhouse, she is an accomplished painter as well as an exciting and dynamic jazz singer.

J. Brittany Band

J. Brittany is a singer/songwriter recognized for her soulful voice and witty lyrics. She has performed with her own jazz and blues combos in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. At the present time, J. Brittany is living in New York, working on her second independent album of original blues music.

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The Kerry Kearney Band

The most original sounding guitar player to come along in quite a while. A sensational showman!.. Simply stated, he's amazing. An interpreter, an innovator, a guy who can burn up the fret board one minute bringing you to your feet, and whose feel can reach deep inside you and make you cry the next. He’s a great showman. To hear/see Kerry is to become a fan. To meet Kerry is to become a friend. I've been privileged to become both. He's my favorite on-air guest by far. To see Kerry and the band is to be transformed into a blues junkie with no cure unless you see them again and again! And please do yourself a favor and read his book!!!”

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International Orange

International Orange (a.k.a. I.O.) is the brainchild of New York City veteran musicians and longtime friends Todd Isler and David Phelps. Leo Traversa provides the grooviest bass, and appearance by guest musicians such as Peter Apfelbaum are common. The members of IO have played around the globe. Their genre-crossing resume stretches from Joe Lovano to Phish’s Mike Gordon and Trey Anastacio, Angelique Kidjo, Tania Maria, John Medeski to Abdoulaye Debate and Francis Mbappe, Ivan Neville, Melvin Sparks, Steve Kimock, Jack McDuff, Betty Buckley and on and on… IO’s innovative funky originals marry the slide guitar of the American South to the sensibilities of India, Africa and Brazil. IO has played some of NYC’s finest venues such as the Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and as individuals, many music festivals around the globe.

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Guardavidas

Guardavidas performs a mix of Latin Jazz music, and covers by bands like Santana and the Buena Vista Social Club. The band currently features Jorge Ariza - percussion & vocals and son George Ariza - electric bass & alto saxophone. Vocalist and violinist J Brittany often appears with the ensemble.

Larry Mitchell Band

Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.

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Uppercut

"Uppercut is a nine piece, height energy funk, rock and R&B group whose repertoire is dedicated to the great horn bands of the last 40 years as well as their own original compositions."

Dean Brown Band

Dean Brown's music defies boundaries to combine Rock, Latin, Jazz, Funk, and Fusion into a joyful, soulful, dynamic and intense groove. He is well known in the global jazz/fusion scene for his powerful virtuosic rhythm guitar work and his passionate melodic soloing. Those who have seen and heard Dean perform are immediately pulled in by the energy he puts into each and every note.

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Larry Meyer Trio

Larry Meyer Trio
Larry Meyer… Acoustic and Electric Guitar. Studied with Lennie Tristano and presented in Solo Concert Recital. Went to Pratt Institute, Brooklyn for Fine Arts. Performed at Lennie Tristano Memorial Concert, Town Hall NYC, Album released on Jazz Records. Decades of Private Music Instruction. Taught at NYU. Stonybrook, Friends and Portledge. I have five books for the Guitar published by Cherry Lane Pub. Original Records released by my group “Liquid Jazz” “Liquidity” which went to #40 on the Jazz Charts. and ”Liquescence” on Mystic Music and Sound and Entertainment. Played and Recorded with Lennie Tristano, Sal Mosca, Connie Crothers, Eddie Gomez, Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Ted Brown, Pete Chivily, Jimi Halperin, Joe Ascione, Richie Blackmore, Noel Redding and many others. Have performed all over the Tri- State area, including Europe, Nashville and California. John Ray…Acoustic and Electric Bass. Played with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Haynes, Buddy Rich, Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Woody Herman, Joe Lovano, Barry Harris, Jaki Byard, Lenny White, and Warne Marsh. Teacher and Performer all over Tri-State area. George Hooks…Drums and Percussion. Toured the world playing drums for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Baily Circus for thirteen years. Has been on the cover of Modern Drummer 2/96. Teaches and Plays all over the Tri-state area. Recorded and Performed with “Liquid Jazz” on the “Liquescence” Album. Holds and gives Drum circles all over the country.

Alberto Pibiri Trio Special Guest / Miriam Waks

Alberto Pibiri is an Italian jazz musician based in New York. He formed his musical experience between Italy and France studying classical and jazz music. During his studies he was drawn to the music of Oscar Peterson who became a major influence. In the early years Alberto did many concerts and festivals with his trio featuring Oscar Peterson`s music and Alberto`s creativity. In France he started to collaborate with Sheila Jordan during her workshop and she became a mentor and a dear friend. She sponsored his artist visa to perform in the USA - Alberto`s dream since his childhood. In New York he worked with many important jazz musician on the scene like Dave Stryker ,Sheila Jordan, Enrico Granafei, Marco Panascia, Harry Allen, Essiet Essiet, and Les DeMerle to name a few. He made his first record with Dave Stryker called NYC produced by Strykezone records , the album has been presented in many clubs like Trumpets Jazz Club ,Smalls, and Fat Cat .The album drew the attention of another mentor, Monty Alexander who invited Alberto to play at his festival Monty Alexander Jazz Festival on Sep 2015 . New York based Miriam Waks made her performing debut at the tender age of 10 singing solo at the Sydney Opera House. Since that time she has developed into a highly original artist and vibrant performer who sings in 17 languages and a plethora of musical styles.

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Ken Simon Quartet

Ken has performed overseas on two continents. Journeying regularly to Japan performing at concert halls, clubs in Tokyo and Nagoya. Also performed in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Malaysia and South Korea. Mr. Simon received a grant from the American Music Center for composition and received many grants from the Meet The Composer organization to perform new works in the jazz idiom. He has performed special services for the community through Hospital Audiences (HAI). Other venues include The American Theater Wing and the Brooklyn Arts Council. He is a member of ASCAP. Ken Simon can also be heard on, "THE TWILIGHT OF TIME" (CADENCE), "THE LAST RETREAT" (A BRAY), and "KARA SUITE" (MUSTEVIC). Ken's "Four Corners" composition can be heard on "MIDNIGHT CANDIES" (ENJA). Alan Jones of One Final Note says: "Ken Simon has something special to offer."

Emedin Rivera

NY, and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He started playing the bongos at the age of 8, and his exposure and passion for music came from his father and uncle who both played in a trio in Puerto Rico. Emedin has a unique and creative ability to incorporate and blend his latin Caribbean african influences into a vast array of musical styles. Emedin has developed his own system of playing drums and congas simultaneously, (sounding like three people), calling it "Percussion Kit". Emedin is well known for his sound effects, many of which are hand made by him. They can be heard on some of the National Geographic shows. Emedin has also won five Emmy Awards - The American Experience (PBS) and Picture Perfect (PBS). Emedin has performed live with Harry Belafonte, Gregory Hines, Paquito De Rivera, Vicki Sue Robinson, Angela Bofill, Gloria Gaynor, Ben E King, Dave Samuels, Dave Valentine, Andy Narell, Latoya Jackson, David Broza. Emeline Michel and Bernie Williams just to name a few.