“That’s a lovely voice there…like melted chocolate” —Grace Black, K107fm
“Singular mastery with buttery gravitas and sheer elegance” —Raul de Gama, Jazz da Gama
“A voice smooth as, well, velvet” —Geno Thackara, All About Jazz
A solid, big-voiced jazz baritone (à la Hartman or Eckstine), E.J. Decker has performed nationally and played nearly all of NYC’s top jazz rooms, gliding easily from jazz through folk to '50s R&B and blues, while standing among today's strongest male interpreters of ballads. His albums have garnered uniformly strong critical praise and continue to receive worldwide airplay. From 2005 to 2014, E.J. brought together a revolving cast of more than 160 of NY’s top jazz artists in the annual The September Concert: The Heart of Jazz for 9/11, a free concert that honored those we lost on NY's most fateful day, created an ongoing prayer for peace, and offered the gift of solace and healing through music from NY's jazz community to our fellow New Yorkers.
Freddie Bryant is a brilliant guitarist and composer; a versatile musician, skilled both in jazz and classical music, he’s highly in demand on the New York jazz scene, where he's worked with nearly every player and singer of note, including Ben Riley, Chris Potter, Roseanna Vitro, Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Max Roach, Lonnie Smith, Donny McCaslin, Sheila Jordan & Andrea Wolper, among others. Critic Bill Milkowski praised his “inherent soulfulness and the element of surprise … marked by his ability to seamlessly traverse the classical-jazz divide.” A noted educator, he has lectured about jazz to audiences around the world. In 2004, he was chosen to be a Copeland Fellow at Amherst. He received his BA from Amherst College and Master's degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music. He's currently on the faculty at both the Berklee College of Music and the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland. He was previously a professor in the Africana Studies and Music Departments at Williams College.
Hilliard Greene performs widely in recitals, nightclubs, concert halls (including Carnegie Hall), recording studios, radio and television throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, the West Indies and South America. Hilliard performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott for 20+ years and was his Musical Director from 1995 to 2013. He was Cecil Taylor’s Concert Master for his group, “Phtongos,” and served a long-time residency at the legendary Minton’s Playhouse as house bassist. He’s played with Kenny Barron, Cindy Blackman, T.K. Blue, Joanne Brackeen, Oscar Brown Jr., Jon Hendricks, Gloria Lynne, Vanessa Rubin and Bobby Watson, among others. Hilliard has produced three CDs with his own ensemble The Jazz Expressions, a solo bass CD entitled “Alone,” and a new CD this month, featuring Negro Spirituals related to the Underground Railroad.
Expected Run Time is 120 minutes