Carla Cook is a native of Detroit, MI and started singing as a young child in her church choir, though jazz has always been her primary focus. During her formative years, Cook studied privately voice, piano, and string bass. Cook moved to Boston to earn a degree in Speech Communication from Northeastern University. In 1990, she moved to New York where she became active on the Manhattan club scene. In 1999 Cook recorded her debut album, It’s All About Love. The album enjoyed favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000.
Marcelle Davies-Lashley, Brooklyn native and baby of seven children born to West African parents, she is a psalmist extraordinaire. She began singing in the church choir at the age of 5 and never stopped. Marcelle played the role of the Queen of Sheba in the national and international tour of Robert Wilson’s opera The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert. Marcelle has lent background vocals to BeBe Winans, Angelique Kidjo, Liz Wright, Bono, and Macy Gray. She has toured internationally to Nigeria, South Africa, London, Italy, Germany, Australia, France, Portugal, and New York City. She just completed and released her first EP titled Easy to Love on iTunes and CD Baby for your listening pleasure.
Helga Davis starred in the 25th anniversary remount of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s seminal work Einstein on the Beach. In addition she is also featured in works by Shara Worden (You Us We All), Paola Prestini (Oceanic Verses), Missy Mazzolli (Elsewhere), Ann Hamilton (The Event of a Thread), and Peter Greenaway (The Blue Planet). She starred in The Temptation of St. Anthony, also by Robert Wilson with libretto by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. She is the recipient of the BRIC Media Arts’ Fireworks grant and presented her evening-length work, Cassandra, in April 2014. She is also a host on Q2 Music, and has conducted special live interviews with Judd Greenstein, Krzysztof Penderecki, the Kronos Quartet, and John Luther Adams.
Gintas Janusonis is an NYC-based, Grammy-nominated, internationally acclaimed drummer, composer, producer, and vocalist who has worked with a diverse range of world class artists, groups, and producers during his career including Angelique Kidjo, Branford Marsalis, Lee Scratch Perry, Ghostface Killah, Wu-Tang Clan, Bill Laswell, David Murray, James Spaulding, Melvin Rhyne, Joe Blaney, Otis Clay, The Revelations, Ursula Rucker, and Bilal among others. The wide range of musical styles and concepts that he is fluent in is a reflection of the depth and breadth of his creative vocabulary. He has developed a truly unique voice as a drummer and percussionist that has been deeply informed by his work as a producer and composer, his interest in the artistic possibilities of coalescing electronics and acoustic instruments, and his love for the use of sonic manipulations in his musical palate.
Gregory M. Jones was born and raised in Boston and did his undergraduate studies at New England Conservatory. While in Boston, Gregory performed with Bo Didderly, James Montgomery, James Cotton, Tavares, Armstead Christian, Ayden Esen, Bill Frisell, Tommy Campbell, Alex Taylor, Karl Berger, and Ed Blackwell. He moved to New York City in 1988 and began performing with Leni Stern, Mike Stern, Lenny White, Onaje Allen Gumbs, and Michael Urbaniak, and joined the house band for Amateur Night at The Apollo. He has recorded and toured with Astrud Gilberto, Carly Simon, Sophie B Hawkins, Ben E King, Richie Havens, Jon Lucien, Bobby Watson, and Ute Lemper. Gregory was featured in the April 2001 issue of Bass Player Magazine. He is one of the founding teachers of the “Bass Collective School.” He still performs with Nat Adderley Jr, Andy Narell, Javon Jackson, and Les McCann.￼
Adam Klipple (piano, keyboards, MD). In addition to performing, Klipple is also a composer, producer, and arranger. He recently worked on Ghostface Killah’s latest 36 Seasons. Adam has been involved in stage and recording projects with Lauryn Hill, Craig Harris, Graham Haynes, Joseph Bowie and Defunkt, Ron Affif, Vinny Valentino, Jason Marshall, and Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe. His credits also include performances with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Sekou Sundiata, Marc Ribot, John Medeski, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Carla Cook, Dave Fiuczynski, David Gilmore, Josh Roseman, Vincent Gardner, Peter Apfelbaum, Groove Collective, and Smokey Robinson.
Josette Newsam-Marchak, a New York native, has performed on The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Live with Kelly and Michael. She has also performed with amazing artists such as Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Lou Reed, Macy Gray, Toshi Reagon, Angelique Kidjo, Nona Hendricks, Billy Bragg, and Ben E. King. Her theatrical performances include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Ragtime (Sarah), A Christmas Carol, Zinnias, and The Temptation of St. Anthony. She currently serves as Associate Pastor of New Light Baptist Church and is the Director the Performing Arts Department alongside her wonderful husband Aron Marchak.