Thurman Barker began his professional career at the age of 16 playing for Blues singer Mighty Joe Young. Classically trained at the American Conservatory of Music, his reputation as a professional drummer was quickly established. He has played backup for Billy Eckstein, Marvin Gaye, Bette Midler and Vicki Carr. He was the house drummer at the Schubert Theatre in Chicago for 10 years where he played for national touring companies in Hair; The Wiz; The Me Nobody Knows l; Promises, Promises; 1776; Bubblin Brown Sugar; A Raisin in the Sun; Grease; One Mo' Time; and Ain’t Misbehavin.
Mr. Barker is a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), an organization with which he continues his association to this day. He has performed and is known worldwide. He has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amina Claudine Meyers, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang, Joseph Jarman, and Henry Threadgill.
Erica Lindsay, tenor saxophonist and composer, currently leads her own quartet featuring Francesca Tanksley on piano, and co-leads a quartet with pianist Sumi Tonooka that features Bob Braye and Rufus Reid. Two new recordings with these ensembles respectively are, "Yes - Live at the Rosendale Cafe" and the soon to be released, "Initiation". She also currently performs with the Oliver Lake Big Band, the Baikida Carroll Quintet, the Howard Johnson, Hojo 5 Quintet, the Jeff Siegel Quartet and the San Francisco-based group, Trace Elements. Her most recent recordings with these ensembles are, "Cloth" (Oliver Lake Big Band), "Magical Spaces" (Jeff Siegel Quartet), "Marionettes on a High Wire" (Baikida Carroll Quintet) and "Parallel Universe" (Trace Elements). Lindsay is presently working on releasing two duo projects: one with percussionist Ricky Carter ("Soulcatcher") and the other with drummer Bob Braye.
Royal Stokes, writing for the Jazz Times has called her "a player of enormous gifts and a composer and arranger of striking originality".
John Esposito is an American pianist/composer/drummer/producer who works on a wide array of creative music projects. His technical skills and the range of his artistic palette extend across the stylistic boundaries of the Stride Piano, Swing, Bebop, Modal and Free Music movements. He has performed and recorded with artists including Nick Brignola, Dave Douglas, Dave Holland, Carter Jefferson, Franklin Kiermyer, Joe Lovano, J.R. Monterose, David â€œFatheadâ€ Newman, Eric Person, Arthur Rhames, Sam Rivers, Roswell Rudd, Pharaoh Sanders and John Stubblefield.
John is the owner/executive producer of Sunjump Records. He has created music for theater, dance, film, TV commercials, and multimedia performance art. He is a Visiting Full-Time Assistant Professor and Artist-In-Residence at Bard College and resides in New York Stateâ€™s Hudson Valley
Larry Ham (Piano - Jazz and Improvisation)
DAVID ARNER (Piano - Jazz, Classical and Improvisation)
MIKE DEMICCO (Guitar / Sight Reading Workshop)
CARLOS VALDEZ (Afro Caribbean/Brazilian Percussion)
BRUCE WILLIAMS (Sax, Flute & Improv)