SAGE, the all-women’s jazz, blues and contemporary ensemble, is a collective of talented musicians that has dared to rise to this historic place in music with a sound that transcends time and generation. Part contemporary, part sassy, part nostalgic, these ladies deliver what every music audience is looking for, the best in the art.
SAGE features Lakecia Benjamin and Chelsea Baratz on saxophone, Yayoi Ikawa and Miki Hayama on piano, Mimi Jones and Kim Clarke on bass, Charisa The Violin Diva on violin/vocals and Kersten Stevens on violin with Shirazette Tinnin and Taylor Moore on drums. The group has also featured many other talented musicians, namely; Tia Fuller, Mala Waldron, Bernice Brooks, Ragan Whiteside, Camille Thurman, Endea Owens, Luciana Padmore, Barbara Merjan, Caylen Bryant and Dinah Vero. SAGE members have opened for and appeared with Ray Charles, Denzel Washington, Regina Carter, the Duke Ellington Show Choir and many others. This unique group has headlined at major Inaugural Balls honoring President Obama, Major League Baseball All Stars Games and World Classic in San Diego, JAZZMOBILE, The Waldorf Astoria, The Schomburg Center and the Martha's Vineyard Jazz and Blues Summerfest.
A former street musician, James has produced 9 CD projects for andjam, co produced 5 CD projects for 13 stories records, 2 performances for US State department, Musical director for African American churches Inaugural ball for president Obama 2013. Musical director for the “COMPANY FREAK BAND”. James has also worked with Hip Hop rapper producer, Heavy D, and Jazz violinist Regina Carter.
James “Jimbo Ro” Rohlehr, (pronounced Rolair) is a gifted guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer and producer, with West Indian roots. He’s received 2 National Endowment for the arts Fellowships, and studied with John Lewis, John Corigliano, George Morel, and Jack Wilkins. James is the Winner of the 1997 President’s Award for songwriting from the Songwriters Guild of America for excellence in the Art and Craft of songwriting.
Sounds of A&R aka S.O.A.R., winner of the Jazzmobile/Hot House Magazine 2019 Best New Jazz Ensemble of the Year award, is the brainchild of vocalist April May Webb and Trumpeter Randall Haywood. Partners in music and life, April and Randall have come together creating a distinct sound.
Sounds of A&R has been making their mark in the New York scene, wowing audiences on stages such as Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Birdland Jazz Club, Minton’s Playhouse and the legendary Apollo Theater. In 2015, their single “Horizon” peaked at #17 on The Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. Also, Their self-titled debut album, made the Jazz Week top 20 Chart and ended up on Jazz Week’s top 100 albums of the year 2017. In 2019 S.O.A.R. released their single “The Road To Love’s Destiny” which landed on Billboard’s chart climbing to #32.
The Soul Synergy Orchestra is an eight - twelve member ensemble, featuring horns and strings, that is taking the east coast by storm appearing at the Inaugural Ball with Hugh Masekela, The Martha's Vineyard Summerfest with Nicholas David of NBC's The Voice and the marvelous Yonkers Riverfest. The music of Prince, Chaka, and Luther comes to life and rocks you back to the sound of real R&B
Vibraphonist, Composer Jay Hoggard’s music has touched the hearts and souls of listeners around Planet Earth for 40 years. Jay Hoggard has long ranked with the greatest vibraphone innovators. Jay’s music is positive, spiritual, uplifting, and happy. He masterfully draws on traditional and contemporary musical vocabulary to develop new directions for the vibraphone. Jay seamlessly blends jazz and gospel roots with African marimba rhythms. His performance repertoire represents the three B’s of the jazz tradition (Blues, Bop, Ballads) with original innovations.
Base Camp has been one of Hudson Valley's best kept music secret, but after an audience of 800 witnessed their electrifying performance on the Yonkers Waterfront this summer the word is out, BASE CAMP is one of the best R&B bands in the region. Fronted by vocalist Shorty Rose and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Billy Badd, this seven member ensemble covers the universe of R&B hits with the music of Sam Cooke, Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire, Mary J. Bilge, Prince and more! Every event and appearance is packed wall to wall and sold out. Earth Shaking, Move Making Soul Explosion with Base Camp, The Ultimate R& B Experience. The group has been featured at the Omega Psi Phi Gala, The African American Heritage Festival, Beanrunner Cafe, with upcoming events that include the Sister to Sister International NYC Conference, The South by Southwest Music Festival and so much more.