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Event details:

P.S. 76 A . Philip Randolph
Thu., May 13, 2010 – 3:30 PM
P.S. 76 A. Philip Randolph
220 West 121st Street, New York, NY 10027
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Lineup: Jason Stewart, Jeremy Pelt, Marc Cary, Ulysses Owens,  

About the venue:

P.S. / I.S. 76 “a shining light in the heart of Central Harlem” is located at 220 West 121st Street, New York, NY 10027.  Our teaching staff is a vibrant mix of young and experienced teachers from diverse backgrounds, all of whom are fully committed to the academic growth and well-being of their students.  P.S. / I.S. 76 has  a strong work ethic committed to  working in collaboration with parents, teachers, support staff and our local community to create a nurturing and supportive atmosphere for learning.  This “teamwork approach” is self-evident by the cordial atmosphere of our students and staff which is reflected in their outstanding improvement in test scores and exemplary work proudly displayed in classrooms and bulletin boards. 
 In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum we provide our students with a recently renovated gymnasium and playground equipped with four chess tables utilized by our students to intellectually challenge their opponents.  The adjoining race track is where our children rally to chant our P.S. / I.S. 76 slogan, “P.S. 76 is R E D  H O T!!!!  We are proud of the team spirit that surrounds our community.  The encouragement and motivation felt by our students is what drives their competitive spirit. 

Performer Details:

Jason Stewart — Bass

Jason Stewart

Jason Stewart started playing the bass at age 17 in his hometown of New Orleans. He was introduced to jazz at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, where he studied with trumpeter Clyde Kerr Jr. and bassist Bill Huntington.  After high school, he performed regularly with many New Orleans musicians including trumpeters Leroy Jones, Nicholas Payton; pianist Ellis Marsalis; drummers Jason Marsalis, Shannon Powell; trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis; and saxophonist Victor Goines, while also completing a degree in Communications from Tulane University.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in music.  From 2001-2005, Mr. Stewart moved back to New Orleans to freelance and play with Ellis Marsalis and Nicholas Payton. After Hurricane Katrina hit the crescent city, he spent six months helping his family pick up the pieces and then moved back to Brooklyn, where he lives now. He continues to play in the Ellis Marsalis Quartet.

Jeremy Pelt — Trumpet

Jeremy Pelt
Photo by Philippe Levy-Stab

Jeremy Pelt arrived in New York in 1998 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Once he got there, it wasn't long before he started being noticed by a lot of top musicians in the city. His first professional jazz gig was playing with the Mingus Big Band. That gig lead to many long lasting associations with many of the talent in the band, and a great opportunity for growth. Since his arrival, he has been fortunate enough to play with many of today's and yesterday's jazz luminaries, such as Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess,Charli Persip, Keter Betts, Frank Foster, John Hicks, Ravi Coltrane, Winard Harper, Vincent Herring, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Cliff Barbaro, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Short, Bobby "Blue" Bland, The Skatalites, Cedar Walton, and many, many more. Jeremy has also been featured in a variety of different bands, including the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Big Band. Currently, he is member of the Lewis Nash Septet, and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes.

Jeremy Pelt's website
Marc Cary — Keyboards

Marc Cary

Cary’s foray into music began with playing drums and trumpet.  As a youth in Washington, D.C. he paid dues as a member of the Hi Integrity Band and Show, one of the many Go-Go bands that defined the D.C. musical scene. His family carries a musical tradition: his great-grandmother played piano at local movie houses, her partner was Eubie Blake; his mother is a visual artist and father played trumpet. Cary received a formal education from Duke Ellington School of Art. As an emerging artist, his circle of mentors included John Malachi, Mary Jefferson, Nat Turner. By age 18, he found himself playing with the Dizzy Gillespie Youth Ensemble at Wolf Trap. In the spirited style of D.C.  jazz pianists like Duke Ellington, Shirley Horn, John Malachi, Cary continues in that tradition of innovation composition. Cary has played and recorded with an impressive roster of musicians: Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Arthur Taylor, Abbey Lincoln, Erykah Badu, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Carmen McCrae, Milt Jackson, Curtis Fuller, Eddie Henderson, Arthur Taylor, Frank Foster, Wynton Marsalis, Max Roach, Shirley Horn, Ani Difranco, among a host of other talents.

Marc Cary's website
Ulysses Owens — Drums

Ulysses Owens

In May 2006, Ulysses S. Owens Jr. completed a Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School in New York City. His interest in percussion began at the tender age of two when he began experimenting with the drums from his beginnings in church. His youth and inability to read music made it difficult to secure an instructor to enhance what had been identified as a "natural ability." While opportunities to study other instruments were given, it was no doubt that the drums were and are his true love.

Ulysses is currently touring with multi Multiple Grammy nominated artists Christian Mcbride, and Kurt Elling; which have been performing in venues nationally and internationally. Through his experiences he's obtained endorsements from Yamaha Drums, Craviotto Snare Drums, Evans Drumheads, and Vic Firth Inc.

Ulysses has just released his new debut project, "It's Time For U", which is displaying his performance abilities, as well as compositions with his new five piece band, The U.O Project. This Album was produced by Greg Knowles, and is an eclectic mix of Straight Ahead Jazz, and contemporary arrangements of some popular classics. Ulysses' vision is to continue operating in the area of philanthropy and combining all of his talents, furthering his vision of healing the world with the wonderful gift of music, and education. With his humble attitude, charisma, and vast knowledge, Ulysses will continue in great success.

Ulysses Owens's website