JAZZnJAM2018 Performer Bios

CHARLES NEVILLE with jamband CIRCUS MINDCharles Neville, the second oldest Neville brother, has the most diverse musical background. His experience on saxophone has included rhythm & blues, funk, jazz, be-bop, popular and even American Indian music. He cites as influences Louis Jordan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Professor Longhair. He is also the only brother that lived away from New Orleans for long periods of time, making places like New York, Memphis and Oregon his home.


GARY SMULYAN & FRIENDS Baritone Saxophonist born April 4, 1956, in Bethpage, New York. The gifted multi-instrumentalist started his music career by first learning alto saxophone during his teenage years on Long  Island. Today he is critically acclaimed across-the-board and recognized as a major voice on the baritone saxophone. His playing is marked by an aggressive rhythmic sense, an intelligent and creative harmonic approach – and perhaps most importantly – a strong and incisive wit.

The baritone saxophonist, who is capable of doubling and tripling on other reed and wind instruments, is a four-time winner of the Down Beat Readers Poll and a multiple winner of numerous other official polls including the Jazz Journalists Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year. He is a five-time GRAMMY® award winner for his work with B.B. King, Lovano, Holland and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. At press time the group was up for a third GRAMMY® for its Monday Night at the Village Vanguard release.


ERIC WOLLMAN is a master guitar player and composer of jazz and jazz-fusion.

He has toured extensively with Mike Clark and performed with some of the most prominent names in jazz-fusion including Kenwood Dennard, Delmar Brown, Adam Holzman and Zack Danziger.  He has also played with many of the top names in jazz including John Handy, Rufus Reid, Jim McNeely and Ron McClure.

Eric’s original band has performed and headlined the New York area colleges and clubs including Smalls, Trumpets, The Knitting Factory, The Village Gate, Visiones and 55 Bar.  In Los Angeles, the trio has performed at The Baked Potato, Le Café, Comeback Inn and Catalina Bar & Grill.  The band was featured at the Elkhart, Indiana Jazz Festival, the Port Jefferson American Music Festival, Omega Institute and headlined the Crystal Cruises Jazz Series.  Mr. Wollman has performed clinics at Sam Ash Guitar Club and The Jazz School in Berkeley, CA (with Mike Clark).

“East Coast Shoes,” Eric’s first jazz-fusion CD under his own name, was released by Impression Records.  His second CD, “Mood Euthymic,” featuring the Eric Wollman Trio, is a mixture of standard and original jazz compositions.  He has recently finished another jazz-fusion CD entitled “Stealth Compromised.”

Eric can be seen performing in venues all over the New York metropolitan area with his jazz and jazz-fusion groups, featuring Jim Donica on bass and Peter Grant on drums.  His most recent collaboration is with saxophonist Woody Witt, adding his originals to the mix.