Our Team Members

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Anthony Wonsey

Pianist

An adventurous yet flexible pianist, Anthony Wonsey started playing music when he was six. He studied first with his mother (a classical pianist) and then Zilner Randolph. He was fortunate to get a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Donald Edwards

Drummer, Composer

Donald Edwards has played across the globe with some of the finest musicians in jazz and other genres. He has now built a reputation all his own.
Donald Edwards is a 2018 recipient of the Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works Grant, A Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Jazz Project.

Eric Revis

Bassist and Composer

GRAMMY Award-winning bassist and composer Eric Revis courts a stubborn
infatuation with exploration. A fixture on vibrant, evolving music scenes, he has sought
commitment to honest expression throughout his career.

Nasheet Waits

Drummer/Music Educator

NASHEET WAITS, drummer/music educator, is a New York native. His interest in playing the drums was encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist, Frederick Waits. Nasheet’s college education began at Morehouse where he majored in history and psychology.

Antoine Drye

Trumpet Player

Antoine Drye is a celebrated trumpet player. Throughout his 25 plus years career, Drye has worked across musical genres with a wide range of artists including his mentors Ellis Marsalis and Harold Battiste and others like Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Wessell Anderson, Brian Blade, Victor

Dr. Cheryl Keyes

Ethnomusicologist

Cheryl L. Keyes is the author of Rap Music and Street Consciousness (University of Illinois Press), Her work in hip-hop studies is recognized amongst peers as the first ethnographic study on rap music. Additionally, Keyes has written essays on funk-rock diva Betty Mabry Davis, legendary jazz trombonist-composer-arranger Melba Liston, New Orleans piano rock pioneer Professor Longhair along with several publications in journals and as book chapters.

JD Allen

Tenor Saxophonist

Hailed by the New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style,” JD Allen is a bright light on today’s international jazz scene, with 14 albums as a leader to his credit.

Reggie Workman

American avant-garde Jazz and Hard Bop Double Bassists

(Reginald) “Reggie” Workman (born June 26, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is recognized as one of the most technically gifted American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassists in history. He is an educator extraordinaire, composer, and jazz advocate whose style ranges from Bop, Post Bop and beyond.

Charles McPherson

SAXOPHONIST

Charles McPherson was born in Joplin, Missouri and moved to Detroit at age nine. After growing up in Detroit, he studied with the renowned pianist Barry Harris and started playing jazz professionally at age 19. He moved from Detroit to New York in 1959 and performed with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1972. While performing with Mingus, he collaborated frequently with Harris, Lonnie Hillyer, and George Coleman.

Dr. Kwasi Ampene

Ethnomusicologist

Kwasi Ampene is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of several books on the rich musical traditions of the Akan of Ghana. His latest book, Asante Court Music and Verbal Arts in Ghana: The Porcupine and the Gold Stool, was published by Routledge in June 2020.

Maya Cunningham

Jazz Vocalist/Ethnomusicologist

Maya Cunningham is an Africanist/African Americanist ethnomusicologist, an Africana studies scholar, a jazz vocalist, and a cultural activist. She is completing a PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Afro American studies with a concentration in ethnomusicology.

Steve Coleman

Alto Saxophonist and Composer

Born in Chicago, alto saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman moved to New York City in 1978 and has lived in the NYC area since.