Jazz Performers

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Keeping The Pipeline Full
Of Future Jazz Musicians

With performances scheduled from these outstanding school jazz bands.

Whitehall Yearling Jazz Band

St. Charles Jazz Band

Bexley High Jazz Band

Jazz Performers

For more than 20 years, Priscilla Woodson has proven she is an entertainer of immeasurable and
diverse abilities.  From singer and songwriter to musician and actress,
she is the embodiment of raw talent.  Characterized by class
and a commanding presence, Woodson graces her audiences
with vocal prowess in jazz, soul, classics, and gospel genres.  Her chords penetrate beyond the ears and touch the very soul of her listeners, creating a personal experience for anyone who truly hears.  Priscilla Woodson is co-founder and lead singer of TP Project, a Gospel-Jazz recording group.  With this band, Woodson has released three CDs: “The Message” (2003); “Trevitt & 169th” (2006); and “Juneteenth LIVE” (2009).  Woodson has also released two solo compilations, “Christmas Expressions” (2011) to set the holiday mood, and most recently, “Songbird” (2011), a set of 20th Century Classics which showcase not only her voice, but her moxie as well.  In the works are additional solo projects featuring traditional hymns and Christmas favorites.

J. London honed his chops and experience while traveling with
Philly International recording artist, The O’Jays, on their 20th anniversary tour.  He groomed his talent as both the producer and director for his solo project “Thank you Lady”. Nominated for a Grammy for the Best R&B Male Vocal Performance, Best R&B Album,
and Best R&B Song for his CD “Thank You Lady”. A nominee in the Composing and Arrangement field and now with his latest CD project entitled “Stop On By” featuring hits from Like Summertime, Don't Talk
To Me Like That, Hello and more ...

Their name “Copacetic” simply means “all is well” or “everything is cool”. That is the goal each time they perform – for those listening to walk away with a great listening experience and feeling that everything is cool, all is well.

Their Copacetic self titled CD has become a favorite of Jazz 98.5 FM listeners. Copacetic is ... Edward Hill (saxophones), David Jordan (keyboards) and Derek Brown (guitars)

Whitehall Yearling High School
675 S. Yearling Road
Whitehall, Ohio 43213

UNESCO International Jazz Day Website

Gary Bartz has recorded more
than 40 solo albums and over 200
as a guest artist. More recently, he released Coltrane Rules: Tao of a Music Warrior, Live at the Jazz Standard Volume 1 and Volume 2, and several others, on his own label, OYO, which is named for the Nigerian tribe and the acronym “
Own Your Own.” He was also spotlighted in the “Blindfold Test” section of DownBeat magazine in January 2008, and he continues to perform with McCoy Tyner in such cities as Tokyo and Los Angeles. Bartz
is a Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the Oberlin Conservatory jazz department.

Eddie Henderson came to prominence in the early 1970s as
a member of pianist Herbie Hancock's band. In addition to the three albums recorded by the group under Hancock's name, Henderson recorded his first two albums, Realization (1972) and Inside Out (1973), with Hancock and the Mwandishi group. After leaving Hancock, the trumpeter worked extensively with Pharoah Sanders, Mike Nock, Norman Connors, and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, returning to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1975 where he joined the Latin-jazz group Azteca, and fronted his own bands. Henderson is a medical doctor and also a faculty member of Julliard music school since 2007, and is Associate Professor of Trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory jazz department, beginning in 2014.

Greg Bandy is an inspiring music educator as well as a Grammy nominated drummer. Greg Bandy
is a musical treasure. Bandy has performed with Joe Henderson,
Betty Carter, Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Bartz, Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Yusef Lateef and many more, securing his status as a living legend. Of Greg, the New Yorker, wrote, "...one of those rare old-school drummers who remind you what the art of jazz percussion is all about, adds class as well as rhythmic friction to Bartz's band." His playing is described as "progressive, not nostalgic, employing music from all over the globe." Bandy is a staple of jazz festivals the world over.

Bobby Floyd, a 2019 Grammy nominated pianist with the Count Basie Orchestra, has toured and performed extensively with Ray Charles, Rusty Bryant, Jeff Tyzik, Chris Howes, Byron Stripling, Sarah Morrow and his own trio. His current touring schedule includes performances as featured soloist with orchestras throughout the
USA and Canada, including the Rochester Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Detroit Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and many others. Floyd is also a frequent soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra where his soulful sound has backed artists such as Chuck Mangione, Houston Person, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Mavis Staples, Gerald Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, John Clayton and countless others.

Vanessa Rubin, revered as both a torchbearer and a storyteller, jazz vocalist  possesses a voice hailed for crystalline clarity, hearth-like warmth and playful lioness sass. The Cleveland native brings a wealth of diverse influences to her vocal performance from both the Trinidadian/ Caribbean roots of her mother and traditional jazz by way of her Louisiana-born father. Additional homespun influences include the melodic bell tone clarity of a young Capital Records recording artist, Nancy Wilson, the fire of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, the sweet sounds of trumpeter Blue Mitchell as well as her love of the Motown Sound…especially girl groups like the Supremes.

Rick Brunetto is a composer, educator and drummer's drummer. Rick is also the leader of one of our country's finest jazz big bands.

The Rick Brunetto Big Band has
the distinction of being the longest running weekly act in Columbus, celebrating 30 years of Thursday night dancing at the 94th Aero Squadron. The Rick Brunetto Big Band (RBBB) is a 17 piece live
band featuring three vocalists. The RBBB started in the late 80's and has been playing for community events, wedding's and parties of central Ohio ever sinceT. he band has played for inaugural events and has traveled with Deana Martin the daughter of Dean Martin for her
mid-west shows. The band features vocalists Michael Phillips, Tia Harris and Jeremy Lahman.

Tim is an original jazz fusion pianist or keyboard artist and composer.  His energetic, expressive and passion-fueled performances are so contagious that no matter what mood you're in, you'll experience the same musical joy as the artist.

Tim moved to the United States in 1997 & graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2002.  While at Berklee, he received a "Best All Around Keyboardist" award in 2000 and has been involved in over 200 recording & film scoring sessions.  In addition to performances throughout Russia and Europe, he has also performed in over 900 shows all over New England, New York, Florida, Canada and now in his new Home, Ohio.

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