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Event details:

P.S. 76 A. Philip Randolph School 2011
Sat., March 12, 2011 – 3:30 PM
P.S. 76 A. Philip Randolph School
220 West 121st Street, New York, NY 10027
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Lineup: Abdou Mboup, Calvin Jones, Clarence Penn, Esther Frances, Miho Nobuzane, Rob Duguay, Stirling Taylor, Wayne Escoffery, Wycliffe Gordon, Yvonne Simon,  

Performer Details:

Abdou Mboup — African Percussion

Abdou Mboup

Abdou Mboup was born in the small town of Kebemer, Senegal to a family of oral historians and musicians. Having studied traditional drumming under the tutelage of his family, Abdou soon became a key figure in the development of the Mbalax style (Senegalese dance music). In fact in the early 1970s, he was the first musician to incorporate various traditional instruments into Senegalese popular music. A few years later, he joined the renewned Dakar based group Xalam, which he toured Europe and Africa under the patronage of south African trumpeter, Hugh Masekela. By the 1980s, Abdou was living and working in Paris, There he attracted the attention of the American trumpeter Jon Hassell, with whom he recorded and performed at the 1982 Womad festival in London, England. Soon therafter, he became the percussionist of Eddy Louiss’s band with whom he toured and recorded for the next ten years. Concurrently, Abdou taught percussion at Loisirs et Culture music school in France and founded the jazz fusion band Sixun. In the years to come, Abdou’s career has only expanded. He has toured and recorded in Africa, Europe, America, Southeastern Asia, Japan, Nepal and India. From the 1990s until now, Abdou has written original composition for Jean Luc Ponty, Pharoah Sanders Tom Tom Club and Randy Weston.

As a player, he has collaborated with Manu Dibango, Michel Petrucciani, Richard Galliano, Nina Simone, Toots Thielemans, Jon Lurie, Africa Bambata, Chico Freeman, Craig Harris, David Murray big band, Joe Zawinul Syndicate, Bob Stewart, Joe Chambers, Buster Williams, Harry Belafonte, George Cables, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, Billy Higgins,Tom Tom Club, Ronny Jordan, Carla Cook, Kenny Barron, Jason Moran . Abdou Mboup currently teaches at the New School University, NY and lives in Union City, NJ. He is the leader of his own band WAAKAW, meaning « country boys » in his native Wolof.

Calvin Jones — Bass

Acoustic and electric bassist Calvin Jones was born in North Carolina.  His recording resume numbers over 40 c.d.s and he has toured and performed with Ray Anderson, Patti Austin,  Don Braden, Cecil Brooks, Tom Brown, Alex Bugnon, Donald Byrd, Steve Coleman, Carla Cook,Ted Curson, Chico Freeman, Darrell Grant, Craig Harris,Jon Hendricks,Andrew Hill,Javon Jackson, Angela Johnson, Ronny Jordan, Eartha Kitt,Dave Koz, Les McCann, Greg Osby, Max Roach, Pharoah Sanders and James "Blood" Ulmer .  Mr. Jones has performed on Broadway with  "Bring 'N Da Noise, Bring 'N Da Funk (including the first national tour),  "Aint Nothin' But The Blues" and "All Shook Up".  Touring and performing has taken Mr. Jones to some 31 countries and 43 of the 50 U.S. states.

Clarence Penn — Drums

Clarence Penn

Clarence Penn ranks high among drummers who are versatile and savvy enough to play any style of music. Having played in a semi-professional capacity since the age of 15, Penn has toured, performed and recorded with a veritable who's who of musical stars, including Betty Carter, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jacky Terrasson, Roberta Flack, Dizzy Gilespie, Dianne Reeves, Cyrus Chestnut, Stephen Scott, Steps Ahead, Mike Stern and Rachel Z. He is probably one of the most sought after drummers of his generation on the scene.

Esther Frances — Dancer

Esther Frances

Esther Frances is originally from Miami, FL and has been creating her own style of dance since she was three years old. She trained in classical ballet for 12 years in Alabama and Florida. She has been performing and teaching ballroom dance for over 6 years and has recently relocated to New York to further her training with Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin. At Dance Times Square she is able to use her business and dance skills as their manager and marketing director. She has years of experience as a state and marketing manager for one of America's largest beverage distributors. Esther received a BM from the University of Miami in Music Business and Entertainment Industries with a minor in marketing.  During her time at the university she concentrated on classical piano, jazz vocal studies and dance.

Miho Nobuzane — Keyboard

Miho Nobuzane

A stellar pianist, keyboardist, composer, and vocalist Miho Nobuzane was born in Osaka, Japan, where she majored in classical piano during college. She arrived in New York in 1996, where she began playing in wide variety of styles, including jazz, Brazilian, R&B, African fusion, and latin jazz. These days you can find her in major New York City venues such as Blue Note, Kitano NY, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, SOB's - as well as touring the world.  In March.2007, Miho released her debut album MAKE YOU HAPPY - Brazilian Jazz - for making everyone happy! Her music has been played on radio stations in Australia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States (including WBGO 88.3FM) "La gua gua" radiomix 89.1FM in Buenos Aires, Argentina aired the Miho Nobuzane Brazilian jazz special broadcast and played Miho's music for 30 minutes. In December 2007, MAKE YOU HAPPY was named one of the Top 10 CDs of the year by Saul Zavarce, the on-air presenter and producer of "Fiesta Jazz" (PBS FM106.7 in Australia), and by New York jazz writer Joe Bendel on the blog, J.B. Spins. 
Jazz Improv magazine’s March 2008 issue reviewed her CD, with jazz critic Clive Griffin writing: “MAKE YOU HAPPY” is an impressive release, in which Nobuzane deftly demonstrates well-honed skills as a pianist, composer, and arranger. No doubt she would be a powerful contributor as soloist and accompanist in almost any situation. With the wealth of well-crafted music on this album . . . the door has been opened … we can look optimistically toward the abundance of music yet to come from Miho Nobuzane.” In the same issue, her upcoming Blue Note NY show was also selected by the magazine as the noteworthy performance of the month.
In September 2009, Miho and her own trio "Miho Nobuzane Brazilian Jazz Group" was invited as a musical guest of a music TV program "The Jump" which was broadcast by Time Werner Cable in New York. She played and sang some of her original tunes.
As a sideperson, she has played and/or recorded with the legendary drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Grammy Award winner and Paul Simon’s bassist Bakithi Kumalo, COLOR PURPLE Tony Award nominee and Blue Note recording artist Elisabeth Withers, the award winning Brazilian band Grupo Saveiro, Cafe,  Sergio Brandao, and many more. 
As a Transcriber, she prepared the music sheets for Elisabeth Withers, the Rhythm Nation band, Burt Conrad All Stars, Jerry Elcock, Abdou Mboup & Waakaw, Raquel Lima, Nanny Assis, and many more.
Currently, Miho is recording two of Bernard Purdie’s albums, and also planning for her second album.

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.

Stirling Taylor — Dancer

Stirling Taylor

Stirling Taylor was born in Dallas Texas where his passion for the limelight and dance started at a very early age. Learning Salsa, Bachatta, and Merengue from his Latin friends was only a start for the passion that would drive the rest of his future. After high school Stirling moved to Florida to pursue an education in broadcasting journalism at the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and the University of Carolina at Charlotte. While attending school he was approached at a dance event to be a dance Instructor and fell in love with the world of ballroom and Latin dance. Since than Stirling has won numerous awards for his dancing as well as his talent to teach. He has been recognized as a top instructor for his skill to share his passion and knowledge with his students, gaining them first place at several dance events. Through his years as an instructor Stirling specializes in the ability to transfer the knowledge he possesses to the student or students in a fast fun and easy manner.

Wayne Escoffery — Tenor Sax

Wayne Escoffery

Since moving to New York City in 2000, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has become one of the Jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. He has recorded five CDs as a leader and been on numerous recordings as a sideman.  In 2006 Wayne secured one of the most coveted gigs in jazz: a frontline position in Tom Harrell’s working quintet. He is currently a member of the quintet and to date has recorded two CDs with the group, even co-producing Harell’s latest release “Prana Dance”.

Wayne Escoffery's website
Wycliffe Gordon — Trombone

Wycliffe Gordon

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an extraordinary career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his prodigious technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation. In addition to a successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's "Jazz at the Kennedy Center" Series. Gordon’s extensive performance experience includes work with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present. Gordon’s recordings are a model of consistency and inspiration, and his musical prowess has been captured on numerous recordings, including thirteen solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs. Wycliffe Gordon is also a gifted composer and arranger. He is commissioned frequently by renowned jazz groups and organizations and has an extensive songbook of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz music.  Gordon is rapidly becoming one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators, and currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music. His work with young musicians and audiences from elementary schools to universities all over the world is extensive, and includes master classes, clinics, workshops, children’s concerts and lectures — powerful evidence of his unique ability to relate musically to people of all ages.

Yvonne Simon — Vocalist

Yvonne Simon

Yvonne Simone is an up-and-coming, award winning jazz vocalist from Denver, Colorado who is quickly emerging as a standout on the New York City music scene.  Yvonne's strength lies in her ability to tell a story, articulation and rhythmic interpretation.  She has played with such luminaries as Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Gunnison, Aaron Diehl, Roy Hargrove, Miki Hayama and Greg Gisbert.  She has also graced the stages of Jazz Standard and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.  Yvonne won Downbeat Magazine's 2007 Student Jazz Vocalist of the Year Award.

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