Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival

Featured Artists in R&B Frenzy!

Fritz Renold Musical Director

Fritz Renold : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar FestivalIn 1984, a 24 year old Renold received the Quincy Jones Full Scholarship Award at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he achieved his B.A in Jazz Performance in 1987 and was voted into the college’s faculty immediately. Since 1997, ‘Fritz Renold and the Bostonian Friends’ have been signed to the label SONY – BMG Music – Columbia Records in New York. With ca. 500 compositions, premiers and several Grammy pre-nomination recordings to his name, the composer, saxophonist and arranger from Aargau belongs to one of the few music entrepreneurs in Switzerland.
He is a founder of this Bandstand Learning with Role Models program at Jazzaar Festival that is now 20 years in operation.

Chico Freeman Tenor Saxophone Soloist

Chico Freeman : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival Chico moved to New York in 1976 where he worked with Sam Rivers, Cecil McBee and other representatives of the Loft-Jazz-Szene. He toured Europe with the Elvin Jones Band in 1977. He frequented large festivals in the USA and Europe with his own groups as well as with Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition and McCoy Tyner. He formed the all-star formation, ‘The Leaders’ in 1984 together with Famoudou Don Moye, Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, Kirk Lightsey, Cecil McBee, Don Cherry and Don Pullen.

Andre Zollinger Trumpeter

Andre Zollinger : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar FestivalAndre Zollinger is a multi talented artist who is from Switzerland. He is trumpeter who studied at the Berklee College of Music in the 1980s and has an education as a Chef too. Andre returned to Switzerland a few years back and is making a niche for himself as a musician cum chef!

Clifton Williams Vocal Soloist

Clifton Williams : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar FestivalClifton Williams, a native of Washington D.C, is a 20 years old accomplished pianist. Clifton is the first place winner in the 2009 DCPS Piano Competition, first place in the 2009 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Talent Hunt, third place in the FMMC Neva Greenwood Memorial Student Composition Competition and is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and was invited to perform on the NPR radio show, From the Top. Clifton has been featured in the Washington Post Style section for his From the Top performance. In the spring of 2010, Clifton was invited by the U.S Ambassador to Vienna to perform a series of concerts in Vienna, Austria and Paris, France. Clifton is a graduate(valedictorian) of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts High School and now attends Berklee College of Music with a presidential scholarship. While at Berklee Clifton has taken full advantage of its prominency, accompanying numerous concerts, vocal classes, and recitals. Clifton plans to dual major in Music Education and Contemporary Writing and Production. He aspires to be a well-rounded musician being an inspiration to all who encounters him.

Michael Bradley Vocal Soloist

Michael Bradley : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar FestivalMichael Bradley is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and is a Gospel and R&B musician and vocalist. This will be Michael’s second appearance at Jazzaar Festival, the first being in 2009 in the Louis Armstrong tribute production.

Torrence Nelson Vocal Soloist

Torrence Nelson : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar FestivalTorrence Nelson is a powerful vocalist born and raised in Chicago, IL. He has been singing since the tender age of 4. He specializes in Gospel and old school R&B. His rich and creamy vocals are often compared to that of the great Luther Vandross. Torrence has shared the stage with such artist as Ben E. King, Richard Smallwood, Bernice Reagon, Andre Rieu and countless others. This upcoming May, Torrence will be added to the long legacy of successful Berklee College Of Music Alumni. His main goal as a vocalist is to make a difference in the lives of real people with real life issues, one performance at a time.

Dennis Montgomery III Hammond B3 / Piano

Dennis Montgomery : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar FestivalProfessor Dennis Montgomery III has been leading Berklee’s gospel ensembles since 1983, when he was still a student. The nine-member gospel ensemble Overjoyed has a local and international following having raised hundreds of audience members to their feet at the Berklee Performance Center, at venues in Switzerland, and the Blue Note clubs in Japan. Having worked with the choir for more than 18 years, Montgomery has seen the fruits of his labors in the careers of those who have sung with the choir. Among those who have passed through and gone on to successful careers are Paula Cole ’90, Lalah Hathaway ’90, and Susan Tedeschi ’91. Guitarist Mark Whitfield ’87 who has recorded for the Warner, Polygram, and Transparent labels, used to play with the choir when he was a student. Another, Rob Lewis 86, went on to become music director for Brian McKnight and has toured with several other name artists.

Vernon Ice Black Guitarist

Vernon Ice Black : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar FestivalAn accomplished guitarist and vocalist, Vernon Black spent most of the past 20 years touring, recording and film tracking with music legends like Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Chakka Kahn and Lionel Richie. More recently, he’s performed and recorded with contemporary artists including Ashanti, Mariah Carey, India Aire, Busta Rhymes and Celine Dion. His work can be heard in films like “The Bodyguard,” “License to Kill,” and “Beverly Hills Cop II;” in advertising jingles for Jaguar, Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan, Mattel and Levi’s; and in songs and sound effects on video games for Sony Play Station, Nintendo, Sega and EA Sports (Electronic Arts). And at the Jimi Hendrix Festival at Bumbershoot Stadium in Seattle Washington he was the co-music director and opened the show with the legendary “Experience” (Jimi’s Hendrix’s original band) – Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Noel Redding (bass).
Vernon is also a producer, composer and music director. Credits include; The Spice Girls (music director), Regina Belle (composer), Phillip Bailey (composer), Lenny Williams (composer, producer) and his 1st solo record “Sneak Previews” (composer, producer) {guest artists including Herbie Hancock, Steve Smith, Tom Coster, Phillip Bailey} and for multiple artists on his “Ice Black Productions” production company / independent record label.

Dave Jones Bassist

Dave Jones : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar FestivalDave Jones is not only one of the United States’ most versatile and experienced bass players, he is also an accomplished Musical Director. Whether on the road with the likes of El DeBarge, Lenny White and JT Taylor, or producing tracks at his home studio, his is an unmistakeable sound and an essential voice on his instrument.
Jones takes his role as a musician in society, and in his community in particular, very seriously. This role is bound up with his approach to his practice as an artist – having the discipline to study and absorb new musical techniques and add them to his performance arsenal, and having the openness to always embrace the new vocabularies, the revolutions in sound. In his own words: “I play a lot of styles so I can give back to the young cats.” Among Jones’s favorite musicians are Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, George Duke, and Sting – all artists with an unmistakeable sound. Right now, Dave Jones is finishing work on the exciting new album by drummer and recording artist Camille Gainer.

Camille Gainer Jones Drummer

Camille Gainer Jones : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar FestivalCamille Gainer, a native New Yorker, has established herself with a rich career poised with artistic ability and versatility. Camille began playing drums and other instruments such as guitar, violin and piano at the age of 11. She then went on to study with master drummer Michael Carvin and later in Long Island University on a full scholarship.
Camille has gone on to work with such luminous artist as Roy Ayers, lonnie Liston Smith, Roberta Flack, Jean Carn, Noel Pointer, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Chuck Mangione, Marc Cary, Christian McBride, Michael Urbaniak, Ursula Dudziak, Melky Sedeck, Worl-a-Girl, Capelton, Lt.Stitchie, Tanya Stephens, Sugar Minott, M.C. Shan and the Juice Crew All-Stars of which she was the musical Director, Monifa, Heavy D, Angela Bofill, Weldon Irvine, Joan Jett, Onaje Allen Gumbs, leni Stern and kelis, J.T. Taylor, Les Nubians and Cyndi Lauper.

Music Arrangers for Jazzaar Productions

Bob Freedman

Bob Freedman : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival Having Bob Freedman on the Team is truly an Honor for Jazzaar Festival. Bob is a composer, songwriter, conductor, saxophonist and arranger. After his high school education, he became a saxophonist in the dance orchestras of Serge Chaloff, Vido Musso, Woody Herman, Herb Pomeroy and Maynard Ferguson. He joined ASCAP in 1958, and his popular-song compositions include “And We Listened”. Throughout his life Bob worked for Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Wynton Marsalis, Grover Washington, Miles Davis, Arther Blythe, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Herbie Mann, Michael Brecker, Billy Joel, Renee Rosnes, Dianne Reeves, won a Grammy together with Quincy Jones for The Wiz and conducted hundreds of Productions around the Globe. He also taught at the Berklee School of Music and was the chairman of their Arranging department until his retirement while being the music director at a Boston recording studio. In 2010 Bob wrote the arrangements and directed the recording sessions for this truly GREAT Big Band led by master bassist Ron Carter. It was released on Sunnyside Records on Sept 13, 2011 and worldwide in November 2011. The Japanese release (March 2011) is on EMI-Toshiba. Visit for more information and audio clips.

Ned Wilkinson

Ned Wilkinson : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival Ned Wilkinson graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1987 with a degree in Commercial Arranging and an emphasis in trumpet performance. He soon found himself in Branson, Missouri, a tourist destination where few musicians read music and fewer trumpet jobs existed. Undaunted, Ned established himself first as a multi-instrumentalist, playing brass, woodwinds, strings, keyboards, and drums at the Silver Dollar City theme park; he moved from there into show production and musical direction at the park, while arranging for shows on the “76 Strip” such as The Osmonds. He is most proud of his work with The Haygoods, fellow SDC alumni and current stars of a cable TV reality series. Ned recently moved to Orlando, Florida to continue production work, to explore comedy, and to launch his original stage musicals; his newest work, “Fosgate: Ferret Loan Officer”, will premier at the Orlando International Fringe Festival in May. Ned thanks Fritz Renold and Jazzaar for this opportunity to re-connect with his academic roots!

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Mathias Künzli Drummer

Mathias Künzli : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival Hailing from Switzerland, multi-disciplined drummer/percussionist Mathias Kunzli has become ubiquitous in the New York City music scene. In 1995, Kunzli received two scholarships from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and moved to the States. Kunzli has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Konzerthaus Copenhagen, and many more. As a drummer and percussionist he has had the chance to collaborate with artists as varied as Moby, Lauryn Hill, Yo-Yo Ma Silk Road Project, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Vieux Farka Toure, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Marc Ribot, John Zorn’s Electric Masada, Alessandra Belloni, Jamey Haddad, Yanka Roupkina, Theodosii Spassov, Bakithi Kumalo, Savina Yannatou, Dave Samuels, The Paul Winter Consort, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Frank London, Gary Burton, Makoto Ozone, Gina Gershon, Keyhan Kalhor, Mikael Burishnikov, Mark Gould, Mary Wilson, Steve Gorn, and Howard Johnson.

Phil Hilfiker Alto Saxophonist

Phil Hilfiker : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival Born in Switzerland, and growing up in Germany and Switzerland, saxophonist Phil Hilfiker was introduced to music through recorder and solfège lessons along with classical piano before picking up the alto saxophone at age 15.  Under the guidance of his high school saxophone teacher Fritz Renold (a former faculty member of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music), Phil was able to gain a hands-on introduction to the jazz tradition. In 1995, Phil was chosen as alto saxophonist for the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra, the pre-Jazzaar national big band project that was assembled annually from among the most promising young jazz performers throughout Switzerland. Phil went on to acquire his Bachelor’s degree in music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and later his masters in music history at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Phil has been based in Paris for the past decade, where he remains active as a freelance performer and composer and serves as faculty and board member of the American School of Modern Music. He is also a founding member and co-director of the recently established music pedagogy company International Music Educators of Paris (IMEP) that oversees all operations of the American School of Modern Music in Paris, and is creating tutor relationships for students in music and pedagogy through a growing network of international musicians and music teachers, such as Rick Margitza, Manuel Rocheman, Gilad Hekselman, Lionel Loueke, Ben Monder, and Yaron Herman.

Rick Margitza Tenor Saxophonist

Rick Margitza : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival Born into a musical family on October 24, 1961 in Detroit Michigan, Rick Margitza started playing music at an early age. His paternal grandfather was a Hungarian Gypsy violinist who started Margitza’s musical education by teaching him to play the violin at the age of four. Margitza’s father, a violist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra continued his musical education by enrolling him in the piano studio of Mischa Kotler. Shortly after, Margitza heard a recording by Charlie Parker. His maternal grandfather, a jazz bassist with the Glen Miller band, also played cello on the famed Charlie Parker with strings recording. After hearing Parker on this recording, Margitza switched to the saxophone.
Since then he has studied classical saxophone with Donald Sinta at the university of Michigan, and jazz with Sonny Stitt, Gerry Niewood, Michael Brecker, and David Liebman. He studied at Wayne State University in Detroit, the Berklee School of Music in Boston, the University of Miami, and graduated with a bachelors of music from the Loyola University in New Orleans.
After living in New Orleans, Margitza moved to New York in 1989. He has performed and/or recorded with McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Williams, Eddie Gomez, Chick Corea, Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas and Miles Davis. He has led his own band and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals around the world. His 10 albums as a leader document the evolution of his playing as well as his growth as a composer. Margitza has also composed music for orchestra including two symphonies and a saxophone concerto.
He currently lives in Paris and his most recent recording Bohemia, on the French label Nocurne, is his most personal to date. Recorded after moving to Paris in 2003, this project is completely different in style and content from any of his other recordings. The instrumentation ranges from violins, tablas and sitars, to harmonicas, voices and ethnic guitars. Margitza explores his Gypsy roots by tracing the origin of the Romany people from India across Eastern Europe. The music is programmatic in nature with each instrument and theme being a character in the story.

Peter Giron Bassist

Peter Giron : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival Peter Giron is a veteran bassist with versatility in many styles of music. He has played in Broadway, Blues, Motown, Latin and in Jazz Bands since the 60s. Peter has played and taught with the who’s who of the international music scene, such as Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Dave Liebman, Johnny Griffin, Steve Swallow, Steve lacy, Gary Burton, Rick Margitza and Kurt Elling. Since 1994, has been a free-lance musician, played in numerous concerts in Parisians jazz clubs, and in French and foreign festivals with Brad Wheeler, Laurence Hobgood, Jeff Boudreaux and many more. Since September 1989, Peter has been teaching at the American School of Modern Music in Paris,  where he teaches harmony, music theory, the string bass and electric bass

Featured Artists in Quincy’s Joint!

Gil Goldstein Conductor/Accordion

Gil Goldstein : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar FestivalGil Goldstein(born 1950) is American jazz pianist and synthesizer player who started on the accordion.
He began studying accordion at age 5, but later moved on to cello and piano. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and by 1973 was working with Pat Martino,Lee Konitz, and others. He started with the Gil Evans Orchestra in the early 1980s and also worked with Wayne Shorter. He has also worked in films including De-Lovely, where he performed “I Love Paris” and coached Kevin Kline, and in Little Buddha as an arranger.
He resumed doing occasional accordion work in the 1980s. The most notable of his accordion efforts in the 1980s might be when accompanying Michel Petruccianiand on his own. As an accordionist he toured with Richard Galliano in 2000, but also played piano on the tour.
During the 1980s and 90s he was a member of the group Elements. Goldstein has also composed music for films including the 1994 film Radio Inside.[1] 1999’s Simply Irresistible called for rousing
big-band ballroom music which goes from source music to programmatic during the climactic dance scenes. He has won three Grammy Awards two of which came from his production and arrangement credits for Michael Brecker’s Wide
In 2007 he co-released an album Your Songs: The Music of Elton John on ObliqSound with legends Steve Swallow, Paul Motian, and well known Italian saxophonist Pietro Tonolo. The quartet performed jazz arrangements of some of Elton John’s most popular songs.
Goldstein is currently a professor at New York University.

Paulette McWilliams Solo Vocalist

You’ve heard her voice!! The iconic voice behind Michael Jackson on Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough!!! Michael’s biggest hit!! On Aretha Franklin’s number one hit “Jump To It”! Billy Idol’s number one hit “Mony Mony”!! Luther Vandross’s “Stop To Love”, “Superstar”, “Wait For Love”, and her contagious laugh and vocals on “Bad
Boy/Having A Party”!! And so many others… She also toured and sang live with Luther Vandross and sang all of the Tammi Terrell duets with Marvin Gaye on his last tour.
You may recognize her name, and you have probably heard her voice hundreds of times. She has been the voice for so many TV and radio jingles for Coke, Pepsi,Folgers, McDonald’s, Cadillac, United Airlines, American Express and many others. Paulette’s highly anticipated CD “Telling Stories”, is a beautiful beginning to all to she’s hoping for. Paulette McWilliams is finally sitting in the driver’s seat and choosing her destination. Paulette was Quincy Jones’ lead singer on Body Heat and Mellow Madness, which title song she co-wrote.

Eric Miyashiro Lead Trumpeter and Soloist

Born and raised in Honolulu to japanese parents, Eric pursued in music education at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Upon leaving college Eric began playing with Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones Mel Lewis and many more. Besides these Eric also has played with Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughn, Stevie Wonder, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and the Tower of Power. Eric had appeared at Jazzaar 2011 and is back in 2012 by popular demand.

Eddie Henderson Trumpet soloist

Eddie Henderson was influenced by the early fusion work of jazz musician Miles Davis, who was a friend of his parents.[1] They met in 1957 when Henderson was aged seventeen, and played a gig together. As a young man, he performed with the San Francisco Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. After three years in the Air Force, Henderson enrolled at U.C. Berkeley, graduating with a B.S. in zoology in 1964. He then studied medicine at Howard University in Washington D.C., graduating in 1968. After completing his medical education, Henderson went back to the Bay area for his medical internship and residency – and the break that thrust him fully into music in the next two decades.
In the 1990s, he returned to playing acoustic hard bop, touring with Billy Harper in 1991 while also working as a physician.
In recent years Henderson has played at festivals in France and Austria. Following Miles Davis’ death, in May 2002, Henderson recorded an album using Davis’ tracks, called So What?. The group included Bob Berg on sax, Dave Kikoski on piano, Ed Howard on bass and Victor Lewis on drums.
Henderson’s fusion period has also been revisited in a live setting in the last few years, having played the UK and Europe to positive reviews, most notably his two night stint at the Jazz Cafe? in London being cited by Blues & Soul Magazine as one of the concerts of the year. His backing band for these concerts was a UK band called Mr. Gone. The musicians in the band, at various points, included Simon Bramley on electric bass, Phil Nelson on drums, Tommy Emmerton on guitar, Neil Burditt on keyboards, Robin Jones on percussion and Jamie Harris on saxophone.
Recent recordings by Henderson have included Oasis (2001 on Sirocco Jazz Limited label), So What?, a tribute to Miles Davis (2002, EPC, Sony, Columbia), Time and Spaces (2004 Sirocco Jazz Limited), Manhattan Blue (2005, unreleased), Precious Moment (2006 on the Kind of Blue label) and For All We Know (2010 Furthermore Recordings).

George Robert Alto Saxophone Soloist

George is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist of modern jazz. He is also a distinguished educator and is presently the head of all Swiss Jazz Universities. As an artist he’s performed with jazz greats such as: Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Ray Brown, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Cobham, Phil Collins, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Johnny Griffin, Charlie Haden, Lionel Hampton, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Lee Konitz, Diana Krall, John Lewis, Dave Liebman, Bobby McFerrin, James Moody, Lewis Nash, Adam Nussbaum, Nicolas Payton, Rufus Reid, Claudio Roditi, Renee Rosnes, Wallace Roney, Arturo Sandoval, Peter Schmidlin, Bobby Shew, Lew Tabackin, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Steve Turre, Buster Williams, Jimmy Woode, Phil Woods, etc. George Robert plays at Jazzaar Festival 2012 for the third time.

Marques Young Trombone Soloist

Marques is presently a member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and has also played with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the first student at Julliard that graduated with a classical and jazz education. To date he has played with musical greats such as Paquito D‘Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Marvin Stamm, Wycliffe Gordon, Benny Green, Vince Gardner, Roy Hargrove, Victor Goines and Joe Locke. Marques appeared at Jazzaar 2011 and also returns now in 2012 by popular demand.

Adam Rogers Guitarist

Adam Rogers was born and raised in New York City. He studied jazz guitar with Barry Galbraith, Howard Collins and John Scofield. During his four years at the Mannes Conservatory of Music he studied Classical Guitar with Frederic Hand. Since the beginning of his professional career he has played on over Two Hundred commercially released recordings and toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, South America, The Middle East and Russia. Adam has been enthusiastically reviewed in the New York Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice, Newsweek, Jazz Hot, The Chicago Sun Times and Tower Pulse Magazine among numerous other periodicals worldwide. For eleven years he co-led the innovative and critically acclaimed group Lost Tribe, which has toured nationally and internationally, releasing three albums. Adam has also been featured performing, touring and recording with artists such as Michael Brecker, Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, Walter Becker ( of Steely Dan ), Regina Carter and many more. A new trio record, “Time and the Infinite” with Scott Colley and Bill Stewart was released in February of 2007.
Adam resides in N.Y.C.

Helen Sung Pianist

Winner of the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition, pianist Helen Sung has been called “one of the brightest emerging stars in jazz today.” Breaking stereotypes as an Asian-American artist and composer, Sung’s experience with classical, jazz, & popular music gives her a compelling, unique voice. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, she has gone on to work with luminaries including Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Wayne Shorter, Steve Turre, Steve Wilson, and McArthur Fellow Regina Carter. She is also a budding bandleader with three albums to her credit – Helenistique was praised as “one of the year’s most exciting listens.” (JazzTimes), and her latest CD Sungbird after Albéniz, a jazz-classical adventure, is being hailed “a real winner” (All About Jazz). Sung has been featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, and with recent appearances at the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Festival; the Clifford Brown Festival; the Jazz Lucca Donna Festival (Italy); and a special duo concert with master bassist Ron Carter at New York City’s Rubin Museum, she is poised for the international stage – her band project NuGenerations was selected as a 2009 US State Department-Rhythm Road ensemble and toured Africa as musical ambassadors.

Tamir Shmerling Bassist

Tamir Shmerling is a double and electric bass player from Ashkelon, Israel. He served as the bassist in the Israeli Defense Forces Orchestra from 2005 to 2008. After his service, he performed with the Tel Aviv and Holon big bands.
In 2008 Shmerling was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee. He studied there with Hal Crook, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Jamey Haddad, Alain Mallet, John Lockwood and Ed Tomassi.
Since his arrival to the US, he has performed with artists such as Terri Lyne Carrington, Kevin Eubanks, Avishai Cohen, Ignacio Berroa, Jason Palmer and Jerome Sabbagh. Tamir has been fortunate to perform at: the Jazz Standard (NYC); Palau de les Art Reina Sofia (Valencia); Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.); Nuyorican (San Juan); Regatta Bar, Scullers, and Beehive (Boston).

Terri Lyne Carrington Drummer

Drummer, composer, producer and clinician. Terri Lyne Carrington, was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. Terri Lyne has played on many recordings throughout the 80’s and 90’s thru today. Notable examples of her work include Herbie Hancock’s Grammy winning CD “Gershwin’s World” where she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. She has toured with each of Mr. Hancock’s musical configurations (from electric to acoustic) over the last 10 years and is featured on his “Future2Future” DVD. Carrington’s latest CD is The Mosaic Project, released in July of 2011 by Concord Music Group and Groove Jazz Media, which won a Grammy award in the Best Jazz Vocal category in February 2012. The all female cast features friends and colleagues of Terri Lyne’s for over 20 years, including Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nona Hendryx, Gretchen Parlato, Esperanza Spalding, Carmen Lundy, Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, Sheila E., Ingrid Jensen, Tineke Postma, Helen Sung, and more.
Terri Lyne currently serves as Artistic Director for the Beantown Jazz

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