Justin Randolph Thompson (Project Director, Slide Guitar and Voice)
Laurie Brown has been singing in one choir or another since she was eight years old. She grew up in a home where music of every genre was heard. She sang in community choirs in Westchester County (The Ossining Choral Society, The Choral Arts Society and The Hudson Chorale), in a quartet (With Spirit Sing!) and she was a featured soloist in the recent Jazz With the Spirit music series in Peekskill. Laurie is currently the choir director at the United Methodist Church of Peekskill. When she is not singing, she is a writer for Ernst & Young LLP.
Jason Thompson (Bass Saxophone and Arrangement)
Jason Thompson is a third generation jazz musician from Peekskill, NY. He began his professional saxophone career in 1996 when he gave up a scholarship to the University of Tennessee and started a six year stint on the road with Knoxville-based, nine member rock/R&B group Gran Torino. The group toured nationally, made several recordings, and enjoyed some college radio success before disbanding. Thompson returned to the UTK to study jazz under many great professors including Jerry Coker, and Donald Brown. Thompson's choice of the baritone saxophone as his main voice puts him in a smaller circle of the saxophone family, but it's his bass saxophone playing that makes him truly unique. He recently founded the band Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet. Thompson performs and composes regularly.
Stefan Zeniuk 'General Connquistador'
Stefan Zeniuk is a New York City born-and-raised saxophonist and performer. He plays all sizes of saxophones and clarinets, as well as a bit of oboe, english horn & bassoon. He leads the psycho-mambo band Gato Loco, heads up bands Egypt 2000 and the New York Fowl, and joins numerous friends' bands throughout the vibrant New York City community. He is the creator of the Flame-O-Phone, (a fire-breathing saxophone) and the Clar-O-Box (in R&D, to be unveiled fall 2014). He disrupts the aural spectrum with his sonic terrorist group, Baritone Army. He writes not-at-all serious compositions for very serious chamber music ensembles.
Saxophonist, Composer, Actor and Educator - Will Boyd has spent most of his life performing for many audiences with a variety of groups. He is known for playing in many genre\'s including jazz, gospel, rock, blues, latin, neo-soul, r & b and afro beat/ reggae. A native of Orangeburg, SC, Will graduated from South State University with a degree in music business. In 1997, he was inducted into the SC State Jazz Hall of Fame. Will Boyd serves as an artist in residence for the State of South Carolina and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha professional music fraternity. Will has performed with many artists from various genres.
Brad Hubbard is widely considered one of the pre-eminent Concert Baritone Saxophonists of his generation. As a member of the New Century Saxophone Quartet from 1988-2004, he appears on the first 6 NCSQ recordings and performed with the group throughout the United States, Europe Central America and Asia. As a soloist he has commissioned and premiered Benjamin Boone's "Concerto for Baritone Saxophone and Orchestra" as well as pieces from Sherwood Shaffer, MarkTaylor, Monica Ashton, and Michael Bellar. He is also a member of David Sanford's Pittsburgh Collective.
Sal played bari sax and clarinet with US Air Force band in Germany touring most of Europe,also jamming the Mainz jazz kellers on baritone with Army service men,local German musicians, soon to be notables Don Ellis,Leo Wright,Cedar Walton, Albert Mangelsdorf and numerous others.some time was also spent touring local Army and Air force bases in Germany playing alto and baritone with rhythm &blues group Irwin and the HeartBreakers sometimes with DooWop group Dell Vikings.Returning to the states Sal added tenor sax and worked the resorts in the Catskills and various lounge gigs and wedding bands and also attended Berlkee,UCCC,and Suny New Paltz A new Catskills resort opening resulted in a 15 year engagement adding flute bass clainet and backing numerous entertainers.
(1984-1988) Introduced to Jazz and inspired by Aptos High School, Band Director, Don Keller; (1989-1993) Berklee College of Music; (1995) Six month gig at the Abu Dhabi Hilton, Hemingway, Jazz Bar; (1991 to 2000) Worked on multiple cruise ships; (2000 to present) Residing in Brooklyn, New York where I have enjoyed playing with the following bands: Night Market, Off the Hook, Delphian Jazz Orchestra, Cecelia Colman Big Band, Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, The J.C. Hopkins Big-ish Band and AE.
Todd M.C. Li
Todd M.C. Li is based in Kingston, NY and is retired from prior careers as a lawyer and scientist. Todd has played tenor, alto and baritone saxophones in the Mid-Hudson Valley since about 1988, most recently with jazz ensembles at Bard College and SUNY Ulster, the Saugerties Community Concert Band and the Kingston Lions Club Band. Todd has also been tap dancing for over ten years, teaches beginner tap classes at the Rhinebeck Dance Centre, and volunteers as a small business counselor for SCORE.
Andrew Hadro has performed around the world with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, James Moody, the Bjorkestra, Tony Malaby, Chico Hamilton, and Junior Mance, among many others. He is active in the New York music scene and involved in several projects including performances with his own band, the Andrew Hadro Quartet, and currently tours with Junior Mance’s quintet. He is on faculty at the Litchfield Jazz Camp and maintains an active private lesson studio through the Lucy Moses School. He is currently the curator of JazzBariSax.com, a website dedicated to the baritone saxophone.