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SULA is a 6-piece NYC-based jazz group lead by drummer/composer Diego Joaquin Ramirez. The group formed in April 2016 and has since been refining their sound with performances at Fatcat Jazz Club in The West Village NYC. The group’s members hail from Ireland, Israel, Portland, L.A, Syracuse, and are also alumni of Berklee College of Music, The Thelonious Monk Institute, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, The New School, and SUNY Purchase along with receiving the 2017 ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composition award for Diego’s original composition performed by the group.

Ernest Turner Trio

The Ernest Turner Trio has been active on the music scene in Durham, North Carolina.  They have toured nationally and internationally (State Department Rhythm Road 2009 alumni). In addition to his performance schedule he has been very active in Jazz education, doing numerous music clinics/educational performances and serving on the faculty at East Carolina University from 2006-2010. The Ernest Turner Trio has been involved in various musical projects in the North Carolina area, including a recently released live album of trio and quartet music, as well as an upcoming studio album.

AMP Trio Featuring Tahira Clayton

Pianist Addison Frei, drummer Matt Young, and bassist Perrin Grace met as students at the prestigious University of North Texas jazz program. Now in their 5th year as a band, AMP Trio, is preparing to release their third full length record, Three, later this spring. AMP Trio brought vocalist Tahira Clayton into the fold with their second album, m(y)our world, In the last year AMP Trio and Tahira Clayton have been heard at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville, MD, the Kitchen Café in Dallas, TX, and Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI among others.

Nicole Saphos Trio

For as long as she can remember, jazz bassist and singer-songwriter Nicole Saphos has always gotten lost in the elegant emotionality of The Great American Songbook. This treasure trove of stories resonated deeply with her from a very young age. To get closer to the music, she dedicated her life to studying and performing it.

Now, as a young songstress and seasoned musician, Saphos shares her vision of that timeless slice of culture with her debut album, Tiptoe; a collection of imaginatively arranged standards, and originals organized around a journey of personal revelation.

Marshall Keys

A native of Washington, DC, Marshall began playing in the DC Youth Orchestra Program, then flirted with Jazz Studies at Howard University, all the while gigging with the notorious Blackbyrds, and the great blues artists Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy Witherspoon.