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Event details:

P.S. 46 Spring 2014
Thu., May 08, 2014 – 1:30 PM
P.S. 46 The Arthur Tappan School
2987 Fredrick Douglas Boulevard, New York, NY 10039
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Count Basie Tribute 

Lineup: Essiet Okon Essiet, James Weidman, Steve Williams,  

Performer Details:

Essiet Okon Essiet — Bass

Essiet Okon Essiet

Essiet Okon Essiet began his musical studies at age 10 on violin after some prompting from his mother. 4 years later he switched to the bass. Since then Essiet has performed & recorded with a who's who of musicians including Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Jackie McClean, Billy Higgins, Louis Hayes, Cedar Walton, and the list goes on!!!!

James Weidman — Piano

James Weidman

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Weidman spent his formative years playing organ both in church and in his father's band. "My first paying gig was in a church. In an African-American community especially you'd end up doing a church gig, especially if you could play the sacred music." Through his adolescence he played B3, learning to improvise and accompany, and digging through his dad's record collection, heavy on bebop and post-bop sides from the 1940s through the 1960s. "I became engrossed in learning about all the great pianists and horn men even though I was playing organ. Bud Powell, Bird, and Miles were greater than Spider-Man & Fantastic Four to me." He credits mentors such as James Williams, who preceded Weidman at William Patterson University, and Bob Neloms (the pianist in Charles Mingus' final band), with providing guidance towards a career in jazz.

James Weidman's website
Steve Williams — Drums

Steve Williams

Williams was born in Rochester, New York and grew up in Washington, DC. He continued his music education at the University of Miami. There he joined Monty Alexander's band, with whom he started to perform on the international scene. He furthered his music education in New York, with Billy Hart and for twenty-five years he has collaborated with jazz pianist and singer Shirley Horn.  Back in Washington, Williams played locally with Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Williams, Woody Shaw, Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, John Hicks, Larry Willis, Mulgrew Miller and many others.