James Weidman on the Hammond B3 organ
Pianist James Weidman is indisputably an essential addition to whatever bandstand he graces. A partial list of Weidman's affiliations is staggering in depth & breadth: Max Roach, Woody Herman, Archie Shepp, James Moody, Greg Osby, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Jay Hoggard, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, MBase Collective, Cassandra Wilson, TK Blue (co-leader of Taja), Abbey Lincoln, Ruth Naomi Floyd (Producer), Kevin Mahogany (Music Director), Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and Ray Anderson.
Steve Salerno on guitar
He has performed with many of today’s top musicians including Jaco Pastorius, John Abercrombie, Mark Dresser, Bennie Wallace, Eric Marienthal, Regina Carter, Tim Berne, Lonnie Plaxico, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, Matt Wilson, Mark Helias and Adam Nussbaum. He is a member of the Ray Anderson Quartet, Paul Smoker Notet, Mala Waldron Quartet, Blue Pipa Trio, has a duo with Christopher Lamb (principle percussionist with the NY Philharmonic), another duo with guitarist, John Abercrombie and leads a variety of groups, including his jazz quartet, Exiles.
Barry Altschul on drums
History incarnate, Barry Altschul has played with more jazz greats than we can possibly name here, but just to mention a few, he worked regularly with Paul Bley’s trio from 1964 to 1969, then joined Chick Corea’s trio with bassist Dave Holland in 1970. With the addition of saxophonist Anthony Braxton, it became a quartet known as Circle, and the group released stellar albums on Blue Note and ECM before disbanding after two years. Altschul was part of Holland’s landmark 1973 release, Conference of the Birds, which also featured Braxton and tenorman Sam Rivers. He subsequently joined Holland in the Sam Rivers Trio, which released a string of acclaimed recordings through the mid-’70s. During this period Altschul participated in frequent sessions at Rivers’ Studio Rivbea, captured in the Alan Douglas recording Wildflowers: Loft Jazz New York 1976. I was in his trio in 1976! Recent recordings include saxophonist Jon Irabagon’s Foxy, and his own trio record, The 3dom Factor.
"Ray's chops are phenomenal - from swooping legato to breakneck staccato, from the nastiest growls to the sweetest whimpers - but it's evident that he's not about technique, that he'll sometimes altogether forget technique. It's the feeling he's playing,..." (Michael Bourne, Downbeat)