GINJA LOW MAIN
GINJA LOW MAIN
GINJA LOW MAIN planted its roots in Northampton, MA as a progressive jazz/funk group with influences across many genres, such as classic rock, fusion and blues. Since founded in 2015, Ginja Low Main has been writing originals that both emphasize each of the members individuality, while stretching the limits of their influences. Each of the band members have a background in studying jazz, as three are currently students at Holyoke Community College studying jazz performance and one with a degree from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. John Phillips, Joey Sicard and Rob Fontana comprise the writing force for the group, drawing upon their own unique tastes in music while displaying distinct perspectives within their own studies of music. While Ginja Low Main is also proficient in contemporary jazz standards, you will often find that their interpretation of the tune is just as much a part of the piece as the piece itself.
KIMAYA DIGGS AND FRIENDS
KIMAYA DIGGS AND FRIENDS
Hailing from Great Barrington, Lizzie Meier has been a regular at the Luthier's open mic here in Easthampton for over a year now. Lizzie sings covers of artists ranging from Andrew Bird to Tiny Tim, as well as the standards. By day, you can find her working at Gary Dolgoff Comics in the Eastworks building, or in Springfield as a teen librarian.
Stephen Kerr is an Amherst, MA based musician dedicated to a diverse array of musical pursuits. He has been active as a bass player in the Pioneer Valley area since 2013. Along with his involvement in the jazz community, Kerr also contributes to the Pioneer Valley DIY music scene, hosting cooperative shows at his Amherst residence and playing drums for local group Spirit Ghost. Under the pseudonym Cooney Thatcher, Kerr also writes and performs his original music. He is always interested in collaboration, and would love to be contacted with ideas at email@example.com.
Mike Caudill studied Jazz Arranging and Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He currently writes for and performs with groups across New England, including his own quartet, which released the album "Pictures Around Us" last year to accompany a tour of the Mid-Atlantic and Nashville, TN area. Mike's compositions have received recognition from several groups including ASCAP's Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer program. Mike teaches saxophone, woodwinds, and music theory privately, as well as at the Cushing Academy college preparatory high school.
DARRYL KNIFFEN SEXTET
DARRYL KNIFFEN SEXTET
Darryl Kniffen is one of the most exciting and innovative artists of today’s jazz scene. Darryl’s music is wonderfully refreshing, lyrical and imaginative. Darryl and his group of all star musicians will be performing pieces from the upcoming album Dreamland, an exciting debut release that pushes the boundaries of jazz/fusion. From the explosive and uplifting “Peace Journey” to the dreamy and hypnotic “Midnight Drive,” this group takes the audience on a wild ride. Featuring the talents of Matthew Steckler- saxophones/flute, Franz Robert- piano/keyboard, Jason Schwartz- upright bass, Dylan Canterbury- trumpet, and Darryl Kniffen- drums/composer.
After 30 years in NYC, Wayne Roberts now resides in Western Massachusetts. He is currently Visiting Lecturer and bass professor at Westfield State University. He is alsothe director of Ellingtonia Youth and Adult Jazz Workshops where student have the opportunity to rehearse and perform his transcriptions from recordings of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. In 2015, Wayne was a member of the faculty for “Jazz in July” at UMass Amherst. Among the most notable musicians Wayne has worked with are Kirk Lightsey, Hal Galper, Howard Alden, Vic Juris, Warren Vache, Billy Childs, Atilla Zoller, Chuck Wayne and Jaki Byard. Wayne attended the Juilliard School where he received his Masters Degree in Performance. From 1992-96, he spent much of his time touring in Europe and lived in Berlin, working as sideman and leader and bassist for Hungarian guitarist, Fenenc Snetberger. In 1998, he formed the Onyx Club Sextet which featured the music of the John Kirby Sextet (1937-43) which gained him international acclaim.
Western Massachusetts native, Miro Sprague, is a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader known for his dynamic performance style and inspiring creativity. A recent graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, he has toured the United States, Europe, and Japan and has performed with Jerry Bergonzi, Matt Wilson, Greg Osby, Adam Cruz, Linda Oh, Karrin Allyson and Reggie Workman among others. Miro leads his own trio and quintet and is a member of the cooperative septet “Holophonor.” He is a skilled vocal accompanist and performs frequently with Karrin Allyson, Samirah Evans and Evelyn Harris. As a teenager, he won several awards in Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards including best original composition in 2002 and 2004. He performed extensively in New England before moving to New York City in 2003 to attend the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Gary Dial, Jason Moran, and Chris Rosenberg. He graduated from MSM in 2008 with a degree in Jazz Piano Performance. Miro currently resides in NYC.
Michael Zsoldos is a saxophonist, teacher, composer, and arranger whose stylistic ... composer, and arranger whose stylistic influences bear strong traces of the great master saxophonists Lester Young, Don Byas, and Coleman Hawkins. Michael attended the Eastman School of Music where he studied classical and jazz saxophone with Ramon Ricker. He later studied with Andrew Speight and Branford Marsalis at Michigan State University and has a master's degree in music theory. Michael’s debut CD "Off the Cuff" with drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Martin Wind, and pianist Miro Sprague was nominated in four categories for the 2011 Grammys. Since 2004, Michael has been a performer and instrumental arranger for the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir and Dartmouth Idol, featuring Walt Cunningham. He is currently on the teaching faculties of the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, Interplay Jazz Camp, and Festival Internazionale Del Sassofono, in Faenza, Italy.