Noah Bless (trombone) has been performing for over 20 years. Style and execution merge gracefully in his trombone playing. He received his Bachelor's degree in classical and jazz performance from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a Master's degree from Manhattan School of Music. Since arriving in New York City in 1990, Mr. Bless has contributed his authoritative sound to over 50 albums for various artists including Paquito D'Rivera, Mario Bauza, Don Braden and Celia Cruz. Mr. Bless' work and contributions have been honored with major industry awards including the Grammys and the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He has played with dozens of bands including Lincoln Center Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Kamikaze Ground Crew, Marc Anthony, J LO, Willie Colon, La India and Eddie Palmieri.
"Superb" soloist, able to "drive up the tension of the clave rhythm"
-New York Times
DEBORAH DAVIS is a gifted singer and consummate performer with a warm angelic yet sultry voice that has captivated and seduced audiences throughout the world. Poet, lyricist, actress, artist, dancer, teacher, and athlete, the basics of her multi faceted character hasn’t altered much since she was chosen most versatile class favorite in high school. But it is her singing that makes one really take notice. Be it jazz, classical, gospel, pop, country, R&B, hip-hop or commercial jingles, you name it, she has been asked to sing it at one time or another, and has accepted each challenge developing a personal motto, “If there’s gigs to be, I’m gigging ‘em. She can do it all and make it look easy, but her chosen repertoire consist of a wide selection of familiar, and obscure jazz standards that outline her life's experiences, including love ballads, blues, latin, and whimsical swing tunes. Constantly working on the New York, European & Asian jazz scenes has given Deborah Davis a sophisticated poise that is tempered with sensitivity and grace. Her natural flowing charm, obvious talents, charisma, and flawless stage presence draw you into her show. Amongst her colleagues, she’s developed a reputation as a hard swinging, hip tempo setting singer as she plays around with rhythmic & melodic improvisations. Amongst critics she’s also know for seducing her audiences with a ballad. Deborah sings with a pure honesty that will strike emotions deep within the core of your being.
After graduation, Gabrielle quit her job as a paralegal at a corporate law firm to sing professionally. She performed in bars and at club dates, did session work, voice-overs, and worked as a private voice teacher. Her first break came when Gabrielle was chosen out of thousands of hopefuls to compete in the largest music festival in Latin America: Festivál de la Canción in Vina del Mar, Chile. Gabrielle represented the United States in this international competition and performed in English and Spanish before a live audience of 25,000. Her performances were broadcast live all over Latin America as a competition finalist.
He has shared the stage with such luminaries as Patti Smith, Gov't Mule, Leslie West, Johnny Winter, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and more. He has performed on the Emeril Lagassi Show, The Mitch Albom Show and Late Night With Conan O'Brien. His original songs have been used in network TV, movies, award-winning documenaries and an off Broadway play. When he's not playing, performing or writing you can find him twiddling the knobs on the big board at his Brooklyn studio. Excello Recording is where he's worked with talented folks like Debbie Harry, Kiki & Herb, Michael Brecker, Radio 4, Joseph Arthur, Larry Campbell, Tony Garnier, and, well, the list does go on.
Brian Pareschi has performed with Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, tours each Christmas season with the Harlem Nutcracker, and is currently a member of the Beale Street Swing Mavens. Also performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Louis Bellson Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, the New York Voices, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Artie Shaw Orchestra, and the New Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Monty Alexander, Kenny Wheeler, Dennis Irwin, Sir Roland Hanna, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Bobby Durham, and Bobby Watson.
Daniel Block is a jazz clarinetist and saxophonist who has worked with artists such as Charles Mingus, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Maria Schneider. He is a member of the Marty Groz' Band, and also can be found in the pits of various Broadway shows in New York City.
Victor Prieto (accordion) Victor Prieto was born in Orense (Spain). He pursued his studies in classical accordion at the Orense Conservatory (Spain), while studying harmony, arranging and improvisation at Estudio Escola de Musica (Santiago de Compostela, Spain). He is the creator of a new technique for the accordion called “chord approach on both hands,” which creates rich and elaborate harmonies. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a performance major in Accordion, he moves to New York City where he is the Jazz Accordion Professor at the Brooklyn Conservatory. Victor has performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Diego Urcola, Carlo DeRosa, Mark Walker, David Sammuels, Allison Miller. He teaches Master Classes in Spain, Italy, Portugal, and USA and is a recipient of more than twenty coveted awards such as the first prize at the Citta De Catelfidardo Jazz Competition (Italy), the Creative Performer award from the Spanish Association of Artists and Performers, and the first prize at CMZK’s Concourse of Composition (Argentina). He has performed at many prestigious venues such as Berklee Performance Center, Blue Note NY, Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club, New Jersey Performance Art Center. Victor now lives and performs in New York City and has recently released his first CD, Persistencia, Foxhaven Records.
Argentine born bassist and producer Pablo Aslan directs Avantango, a tango-jazz ensemble featuring New York based Argentine musicians and dancers that performs throughout the United States. His CD “Avantango” (Zoho Music) was selected as one of the Best Albums of the Year, Critics Choice 2004 by JAZZIZ magazine.
"a dazzling guitarist and fearless singer at the heart of a burgeoning New York City bluegrass scene"
-New York Times
As Relix magazine saw it, "It only takes one song to realize that vocalist/drummer Josh Dion was born for the stage. Flanked by five friends and fellow jazz students from New Jersey's William Paterson University, and owning a genuinely slackjawing command of '70s funk—especially for a white boy—Dion sweatily bashes his tom toms and cymbals with boundless soul at center stage, channeling the spirit of Earth, Wind and Fire and The Gap Band. To be certain, it's a sight to behold."