Yusef Lateef - and Ralph M. Jones III

Yusef Lateef, Tenor Sax, C Flute, Alto Flute, Bamboo Sax. Duckaphone, Bamboo Flute, Shannie. and voice.

Ralph Jones has been active as an artist in the African-American improvisational tradition for over 25 years. During that time, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe with several masters of that tradition including Pharoah Sanders, Ahmed Abdul Malik, Yusef Lateef, Ella Fitzgerald and Kenn Cox, and has appeared on numerous recordings. Ralph holds a Bachelor's degree in Ethno musicology from U.C.L.A. where, in addition to his academic research, he studied the Hichiriki with Japanese Gagku master Togi. He has received the Cannonball Adderly Memorial Scholarship, the Clifton Webb and the Joel Miller Music Awards, and several student research grants. Ralph is afounding member of Eternal Wind and has recently performed with Kobla Ladzepko, De Candombe, Foday Musa Suso, and the Balkan group Romske Tnube. He has recorded for the Columbia, Island, Flying Fish, and Capitol record labels. "There is no contemporary flutist as resonantly lyrical as Ralph Jones." Nat Hentoff VILLAGE VOlCE."Ralph Jones' hauntingly beautiful flute conjures up visions..." DOWNBEAT. "This is as engaging a sound as you'll ever hear. His plaintive, haunting tone that hints of the Karma Sutra. The I Ching. Rig Veda and conversations with Ogotemali. " Herb Boyd, DETROIT METRO TIMES.

Adam Rudolph Hand DNms. Udu drum, Bendir, Digiridoo, percussion (cymbals, bells, gongs, whistles, voice, etc.) • Adam Rudolph, born in Chicago in 1955, composer/hand percussionist. has been in the vanguard of the development of Cross Cultural improvisational music for over 15 years. He has perfommed at festivals and concerts throughout the United States. Canada, Europe, and South America with Don Cherry, Yusef Lateef, L. Shankar, Jon Hassel, Herbie Hancock, and Hassan Hakmoun, among others. Rudolph is the cofounder of the Eternal Wind ensemble. Rudolph is currently leading his own ensemble, "MOVING PICTURES." "Get familiar with his name, because this "is one extraordinary debut." (Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures--Flying Fish label-1993) SUNDAY JOURNAL. Edmonton. Alberta. Years of performance and research into the music forms, languages, instrumentation and cosmologies of Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the African diaspora have given Rudolph the background and experience to create a unique improvisational art form. He performs on a wide range of instruments. including hand percussion (congas, djembe, bendir, dumbek, tabla, talking dnum, bata, claypot drums), didjeridoo, MIDI samplers and electronics. "A Percussion Wizard." DOWNBEAT.

Andrew Hollander Piano ~ Andrew is currently completing his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has studied composition with Lewis Spratlan and Martin Bresnick and improvisation with Yusef Lateef. He has many compositions to his credit including "Color" for large orchestra and has done numerous arrangements including Flute Book of the Blues for Saxophone Quartet (published by Fana Publishing Co.) Among the artists he has performed with are Mary Wilson, The Marvelettes, and The Shirelles. His influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Magnus Lindberg and Charles Ives.

Avery Sharpe Bass Avery has worked with McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, Art Blakely, Wynton Marsalis, and Pat Metheny. Tyner states unequivocallythat Sharpe is "of the young guys, one of the major people out there. " He was recently selected for the Young Lions concert held at Carnegie Hall during the Kool Jazz Festival. Leonard Feather has cited Sharp's "brilliantly empathetic" playing–a giant among giants. a technical wizard whose solos, whether in rapid single string lines or guitar-like chords, never fail to astonish.