Called “Mr. Beautiful” by legendary alto saxman Art Pepper, pianist George Cables has emerged as a major voice in modern jazz. In addition to composing and arranging for his own albums, Cables has contributed to recordings by Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson and many others. He is noted for his fresh interpretations of classic compositions and for his innovative style of writing.
Bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, who settled in NYC after stints with the Famoudou Don Moye Quartet, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, continues to tour and perform nationally and internationally.
One of jazz’s busiest drummers who’s been called “a master of shading and color, and the kind of timekeeper that could teach a clock new ways to tick,” Victor Lewis is a touring and recording veteran who has also been a faculty member of Rutgers University since 2003.