Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians ... the future "greats!" This is a chance to see them NOW! Bassist Caylen Bryant leads the band and the session. Session Special guest will be saxophonist Audrey Betsy Welber.
Armenia born, Lucy (Lucine) Yeghiazaryan immigrated to the US in 2001. As a child she studied classical violin at the National Conservatory and took an initial interest in singing as a result of her father's love for jazz. Lucy participated in NJPAC's Jazz for Teens Program where she studied under Don Braden. She graduated from William Paterson with a degree in jazz performance. She has performed alongside Winard Harper, George Colligan, Bernadette Peters and many others. Lucy performs regularly at various venues and festivals throughout the US and abroad. Don't miss this fantastic new vocalist!
Saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader, Virginia has been part of the NYC jazz scene since the mid '80s, and has led her own groups for 25+ years. She has worked with many renowned artists including Earl 'Fatha' Hines, Cab Calloway, James Brown, Junior Mance, Joe Williams, Marlena Shaw & Kenny Barron. She was selected a Downbeat 'Rising Star' and has been featured in Downbeat, Jazztimes and Jazziz magazines. An established and respected educator, she teaches master classes the world over and has been an Artist-In-Residence at several universities. Virginia's 2012 CD, Mary Lou Williams—The Next 100 Years, was selected by Downbeat as one of the Best New Releases that year.
Reed's unique brand of vocal and instrumental styling (Nancy: voice & bass, Spencer: voice & guitar) has been enjoyed by audiences for over 30 years. Their forte is their vocal blend, with tight yet natural phrasing and unusual harmony. Both grew up in New York City and started their musical collaboration as teenagers in the Bronx. They were influenced by the classic performances of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Carmen McRae and Jackie and Roy. Their audience is always treated to a warm, relaxed vibe yet the music is swinging and intense. They offer an unusual selection of rarely heard tunes punctuated by unique treatments of jazz standards.