Paul Bollenbach – Guitar
Atri Dixon – Drums
Yayoi Ikawa – Piano
Ken Giofree – Sax
James Cammack – Bass
About Paul Bollenback
Paul Bollenback started his career in music in 1981, and has performed as a sideman with a wide range of jazz luminaries, including artists as diverse as Stanley Turrentine, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, David “Fathead” Newman, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Joe Locke, Jack McDuff, James Moody, Jim Snidero, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Paul Bley, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike LeDonne, Carol Sloane, Chris McNulty, Gary Thomas, Grady Tate, and in the group East Meets Jazz with the renowned tabla virtuoso Sandip Burman, to name a few.
He is known for his versatility, and also for an influential 20 year stint with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco.
Bollenback performs on over 80 recordings as a sideman, and has released 8 CD’s as a leader.
A busy performance schedule has been augmented since the late ’90’s by steady jazz education duties at Columbia University, Peabody Conservatory, and Queens College, and some at the New School and CUNY. Bollenback is also a composer, who’s pieces have appeared on Joey DeFrancesco’s “Reboppin’” and on the “Jazz Times Superband” CD.
His most recent recording, “Portraits in Space and Time” (Mayimba Music), with his trio, was released in 2014. Paul Bollenback resides in the New York City area.
About Yayoi Ikawa
Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised musically in New York, Yayoi is an experience in ingenuity and compassion. Being exposed to diverse music scene in New York, Yayoi plays Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hiphop, Classical, African and Caribbean music. Using music as a powerful communicational tool, Yayoi strives to lift up humanity through understanding and encouraging herself and others. After a Nippon Crown release “Angel Eyes” in 2004, she self produced “Color of Dreams” displaying her original compositions. In 2008, Yayoi started “The Bridge Project” to create musical dialogue between different cultures. Yayoi has worked with Reggie Workman, Michael Carvin, Howard Johnson, Michal Urbaniak, Emeline Michel, Daniel Bernard Roumain, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company etc. Yayoi holds a master’s degree in Jazz composition from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from The New School University Jazz and Contemporary Music Studies department. Her musical activities can be seen on www.yayoiikawa.net
About James Cammack
Whomever hears James Cammack play the bass they marvel at his originality and virtuosic approach to the instrument. And it’s no wonder. For over 30 years, James Cammack has been a regular member of and performed continuously with the legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal. Cammack has visited more than 30 countries backing Jamal and has also toured with singer Nancy Wilson, tubist Howard Johnson, and singer Vanessa Rubin. He has performed in some of the world’s most famous jazz clubs such as the Village Vanguard in New York City and Yoshi’s in San Francisco; and major jazz festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Italy’s Umbria Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.
Cammack has several recordings with Ahmad Jamal under his belt, including Rossiter Road (Atlantic), which reached the number-five position on the jazz chart billboard and the last release is It’s Magic(Dreyfus). There is also a dvd out called Ahmad Jamal Live In Baalbeck featuring the great drummer Idris Muhammad. He has also recorded with pianist Chris Neville, Russian actress Natalia Nazorova, tubist Howard Johnson, young jazz pianist Joe Alterman and Senegal super star Youssou N’dour, to name a few. And recently, he was Deon in the off broadway hit,”LADY DAY” with Dee Dee Bridgewater. The last few years, James has been leading his own band and a high in demand sideman in the New York City scene. James Cammack is a master bassist who honed his skills under the wings of the great Almad Jamal. Please visit www.jimcammack.com