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Event details:

P.S. 154 Spring Concert 2013
Thu., May 23, 2013 – 1:30 PM
P.S. 154 The Harriet Tubman School
250 West 127th Street, New York, NY 10027
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Lineup: Hailey Niswanger, Kazu Kumagai, Kyle Pool, Michela Marino Lerman, Rob Duguay, Theo Hill,  

Performer Details:

Hailey Niswanger — Saxopohone

Hailey Niswanger

Hailey Niswanger, grew up in Portland, Oregon, and graduated in December of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, on a full scholarship. Hailey leads her own quartet that has performed at many jazz festivals and clubs across the United States, including the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Saratoga Jazz Festival, and Blue Note Jazz Club. Her debut CD "Confeddie" was released in June 2009 and received stellar reviews in JazzTimes, Jazziz and Downbeat Magazine and inspired veteran jazz critic Nat Hentoff to pen a profile of Hailey in The Wall Street Journal. Her second album, The Keeper, was released April 2012. On this release, Hailey demonstrates even greater virtuosity on her horns—alto and soprano saxophones—and deeper grounding in tradition, and features eight of her original compositions. Most recently, Hailey has been touring around the world with Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society.

Hailey Niswanger's website
Kazu Kumagai — Tap Dancer

Kazu Kumagai

Kazu Kumagai was born in Sendai City, Japan. He started tap dancing at the age of 15 and came to NY at the age of 19. As he was attending the New York University at the age of 20, he also trained in the New York Institute of Tap`s "FUNK UNIVERSITY," which was the  training workshop for the big hit Broadway Musical "Bring in Da` Noise Bring in Da` Funk.  He studied with Ted Levy, Buster Brown, Gregory Hines, Barbara Duffy, and Derick K. Grant. Since then, he has been performed in many NYC downtown clubs such as the Knitting Factory, Tonic, and the Puppet Jazz Club. From 2002 to 2010, he performed for in Tony Waag’s Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival nine times, and was dubbed by the Village Voice as the "Japanese Gregory Hines." In 2006, He was selected as "25 to Watch" in Dance Magazine.  After Kaz went back to Japan in 2002, he made numerous solo appearances all over the country and collaborated with many artists and musicians, and appeared in several television commercials, such as SONY CYBERSHOT. He also performed in a  MIHARAYASUHIRO fashion show in Milan, Italy, where he succeeded in opening up a new field of the Arts. In 2008, he opened his first tap dance studio "KAZ TAP STUDIO" in Japan, and has subsequently taught throughout Japan including in his home town of Sendai City, where there was severe damage due to the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami. Kaz dedicates his passion and love for the art of Tap Dance to the great masters such as his mentor Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde, Gregory Hines and others, as well as to his hometown Tohoku where his family and friends live.   

Kyle Pool — Drums

Kyle Pool

Kyle Poole is emerging as one of the great young drummers of his generation. He moved to New York at 17 years old, since then he has moved performed with Paul Jeffery, George Cables, Jeremy Pelt, Mike Ledonne, Peter Bernstein, Frank Lacy, Stacy Dillard, Joel Frahm,  as well as many other great musicians in New York City. He also competed in the world class 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Drums Competition, and was selected as one of the top 12 young jazz drummers in the world.

Michela Marino Lerman — Tap Dancer

Michela Marino Lerman

Michela Marino Lerman is a tap dancer and New York City native.  She has been tap dancing since the age of 5, and made her first appearance on Sesame Street at this time.  Since then she has found herself teaching and performing across the globe.  In 2002, Michela was showcased on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine with Gregory Hines, in 2005 was named as one of the 20 hottest tap dancers under 20, in 2008 Dance Magazine named her as the only female tap dancer in it’s “25 to Watch in 2008”and in 2012 was featured in the NY Times.  Michela is the only lifetime honorary female member of the legendary tap dance group The Copasetics.  She runs the only weekly tap jam in NYC at the great Smalls Jazz Club and monthly sessions at Fat Cat.  She has performed and/or collaborated with with such musical greats as Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Strickland, Ravi Coltrane, Rasheed Ali, Frank Lacy, Joe Sanders, Ben Williams, Reggie Workman, Jennifer Holliday, and Theo Hill to name a few. Michela is eternally grateful for the mentoring and guidance given to her by Dr. James “Buster” Brown, Gregory Hines, Leroy Myers, and Marion Coles. She has taught in numerous schools, studios, programs, and festivals throughout the world. As a performer, teacher, director, and choreographer Michela is dedicated to spreading the art of tap around the world.

Rob Duguay — Bass

Rob Duguay

Rob Duguay is a promising young bass player well-versed in many styles of music.  A budding musician on the New York scene, Rob has also performed in such places as Montreal, Quebec; New Orleans; Washington D.C.; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia; Paris, France; and Montreux, Switzerland and more.  Since his arrival in New York four years ago, Rob has had the opportunity to share the stage with such greats as Harold Mabern, George Coleman, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Roy Hargrove, Donny McCaslin, Abraham Burton, and more.  Look forward to hearing a lot more from Rob Duguay soon.

Theo Hill — Piano

Theo Hill

As a pianist, bandleader, sideman and composer, Theo Hill is emerging as one of the top young voices in jazz piano. Born in Albany, NY, he began to study classical piano at the age of five with Mary Moran, then focusing on jazz piano studies with Lee Shaw at age 12. Theo graduated from the Jazz Conservatory at SUNY Purchase where he studied with Charles Blenzig and Hal Galper. Since moving to New York City in 2003 Theo has performed throughout the US and internationally working with artists as diverse as Ralph Peterson, Dave Liebman, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Gregory Porter, JD Allen, Roy Ayers, Frank Lacy, Logan Richardson, Joe Sanders and Marcus Gilmore. Theo performs in New York with his trio and as a sideman, tours around the world and is releasing his debut record in 2013.