In 1991 Cyrus went on the road with Betty Carter for two years as the pianist for the Betty Carter Trio. "She wanted you to create a mode of creating, not re-creating”…. He has often said that playing with Carter was a form of graduate school. http://www.cyruschestnut.net/
Born in New Orleans on July 28, 1965, Marsalis was destined to a life in music. “I remember my dad (Ellis Marsalis) playing piano at the house, and me laying underneath the piano as a child, listening to him play. After briefly trying bass and drums, in sixth grade I gravitated towards the trombone, which was an extension of my personality. .” Early influences included J.J. Johnson, Curtis Fuller, Al Grey, Tyree Glenn, Tommy Dorsey and Ellington’s trombone masters.
"When you hear Mala Waldron's soulful voice on “Always There”, you realize that you are experiencing something very special, for Waldron is not only an accomplished vocalist and songwriter, but also a fine pianist who hits the keys with great precision, bringing various musical influences into the jazz realm." Ernest Barteldes, All About Jazz www.malawaldron.com
Peter has also performed at numerous legendary performance venues, such as: Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York City), Town Hall(NYC),The Village Vanguard (New York City),Birdland (New York City), Blue Note (New York, Milan, Tokyo and Nagoya), The Fox Theater (Atlanta), Severance Hall (Cleveland), MGM Grand (Las Vegas),The Detroit Institute of Art (Detroit), Olympia Hall (Paris), Massey Hall (Toronto),The Jerusalem Theater (Jerusalem), Bulgaria Hall (Sofia), Chang Kai Shek National Theater (Taipei),Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Centro Nacional de las Artes (Mexico City),The Jazz Standard (New York City),Yoshi’s (San Francisco), Minton’s Playhouse (New York City), Dakota (Minneapolis), New Morning (Paris), La Cigale (Paris), Duc Des Lombards (Paris), Zappa (Tel Aviv) and countless more.
"...Sullivan supports with underpinned emotive interaction…" “Before long, piano and sax head off into almost opposite directions, with Sullivan often the only sonic connection…”~ Doug Simpson, Audiophile Audition “... Sullivan plays not just the upright bass strings but the bass itself, throwing himself into the performance not to draw the spotlight, but to impart a palpable joie de vive to go with his rhythmic, rippling (think Charlie Haden, somewhat) bass tones."
~ Mark Keresman, JazzReview.com
“Bobby is equally adept at the swinging big band sounds of drummers Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson along with another boyhood hero, fusion pioneer Billy Cobham and timbale titan Tito Puente” Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
Bruce completed his studies in 2004 earning a BFA in jazz performance. He continues to work tirelessly, striving for superior musicianship. In his spare time, Bruce inspires young musicians, teaching private lessons. His eclectic tastes are evident in the variety of bands he performs with including Latin, and Blues styled groups. He can be seen regularly performing with his Quintet, and Big Band in various clubs in New York City.
Percussion Master Clarke, in addition to his ongoing collaborations with Randy Weston and fellow African Rhythms sidemen. Clarke has enjoyed long- standing relationships with Harry Belafonte, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu, and many others. When not touring Clarke is a Lecturer at New York City College, his course on African Percussion Ensemble is requested by serious students of all music genres.
On April 8, 2017 Master Conguero Mongo Santamaria would have been 100 years old. On that evening, Percussion Master Neil Clarke introduced to an appreciative audience his Mongo Santamaria Project. “…Clarke played with bare hands on the conga skins…accenting rhythmic phrase-ends on two small cymbals, which gave the music a floating ethereal quality…Clarke supplied the most transformative moments with solos that, minus affectation or histrionics, revealed deep feeling for the music…” Tom Greenland, New York City Jazz Record.
The project personnel includes: EDDIE ALLEN, trumpet, renown for being part of the Mongo Santamaria recordings, Brazilian Sunset, Mongo Returns, Mambo Mongo, Free Spirit and others.