Danish-American tenor saxophonist and composer Christian Winther has established himself as a voice demanding attention on the jazz scene today. Through his soulful sound and style of composing, Christian exudes an expressive melodious quality. His latest recording “Refuge In Sound” (2016 SPM) earned him critical acclaim from national and international jazz publications and features a set of all original compositions. Joining Christian will be Shea Pierre on piano, Jasen Weaver on bass and Jamison Ross on drums
Ricky Sebastianis one of the premier drummers and music educators in the American music world. Fluent in all styles, Ricky has recorded on hundreds of CD’s, toured the world four times, performing at all of the top jazz festivals with numerous jazz and latin artists, and has taught thousands of students throughout his career. Born in southwest Louisiana,Ricky was raised in a family setting which exposed him to music at a young age; particularly Soul, New Orleans R & B, Cajun, and Zydeco styles, as well as Jazz and Blues. He has one CD, “The Spirit Within”, released under his name and is the author of an instructional book/CD entitled ” Independence on the Drum Set”. He is an active clinician for Zildjian Cymbals, Pearl Drums, Pro-Mark drumsticks, Remo products, and LP Percussion. He has given clinics and masterclasses around the globe. In 2004, Ricky was invited as a clinician for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, which is attended by music educators from around the world.He has become an in demand educator in the New Orleans area and is producing the next wave of young musicians in a city that is famous for its music and musicians.
“These three musicians sound as if they were destined to play with each other. Their interactions, improvisations and the seamless way their compositions flow from cut to cut feel instinctive. Extended exemplifies creativity.”– Geraldine Wyckoff, OffBeat.com
American trombonist, vocalist and composer David L. Harris embodies the edge of modern jazz and the sultriness of blues. Every time he steps on stage, David takes us on the emotionally engaging journey of love and liberation, wrapped in a sound that embraces the groove, grit and swing of the past. Growing up in a neighborhood called Scotlandville, in Baton Rouge, La, David L. found his fingers pressed against the sliding brace of the trombone at the age of sixteen and has never let go since. International and domestic audiences alike adore his band (as do the critics!) Music lovers have stepped and grooved to the sound of his trombone at some of the liveliest jazz festivals in the world such as The Newport Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, and The New Orleans & Heritage Jazz Festival . David L. has graced legendary concert halls, such as the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY, The Lincoln Center in New York, NY, and The L’Olympia Music Hall in Paris, France; and has performed, recorded and collaborated with artist Herlin Riley, Wynton Marsalis, Shannon Powell, Aaron Neville, Aloe Blacc, Dr. Michael White, Dee Dee Bridgewater and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Zakkary Garner is a jazz musician, composer, and music educator currently based in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He completed his undergraduate degree in music education at Southeastern Louisiana University and his master’s degree in jazz studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Zakk has performed with artists such as Ellis, Branford, and Delfeayo Marsalis, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Herlin Riley, Victor Goines, David Torkanowsky, Bobby Broom, James Carter, Ari Brown, Stephanie and Marlon Jordan, Ernie Adams, and many more. He has also toured nationally and recorded two albums as a guitarist with Louisiana’s own, “Tyler Kinchen and The Right Pieces”. Most recently Garner made his international debut at the 2017 JazzIt Festival in Feltre, Italy, where he performed with Chicago based jazz pianist Julius Tucker and the legendary Italian jazz musician, “Maestro” Enrico Intra.
Zakk holds the positions of Gifted and Talented Music Instructor for Tangipahoa Parish and Instructor of Jazz Saxophone and Combo at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts while maintaining a very active performing career as a bandleader and sideman. Garner’s debut album, “Humble Ambition”, is set to release in the summer of 2018.
Leni Stern is an unstoppable force of bottomless energy. Her long-time fans know her from a successful jazz career that saw her touring the globe on the stage of every major festival and legendary club with bands that included some of the biggest heavyweights on the scene (Dennis Chambers, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell… to name a few). Everything changed when in 2005 Leni was first invited to perform at the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. It was there that she would meet Bassekou Kouyate and his wife Ami Sacko, embraced by their family and their bands, she dove headfirst into the traditions of West African guitar and later the n’goni (African banjo). It was a natural path from jazz, a personal journey to where her playing and the genre all began, a sort of spiritual exploration coupled with devoted study and practice.