JAZZnJAM2018 Performer Bios

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Charles 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 India 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. Joining him will be Long Island’s own,  Circus Mind, who recently celebrated 15 years of mixing up all things funk – cross pollinating sounds of Sly Stone, The Meters, Dr.John, Little Feat, Steely Dan, Traffic, and The Band to create some original “Jammy Funky Hybrid Funkenstein music”.

Gary Smulyan,  gifted multi-instrumentalist and GRAMMY winner started his music career by first learning alto saxophone with Michael Blueweiss at Gardiners Ave Elementary School in Levittown. While attending Hostra University, Gary was invited to join Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and today he is critically acclaimed around the world and recognized as the 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. His trio includes David Wong on bass and Peter Green on drums.

Eric Wollman is a master jazz guitarist played  lead guitarist in Michael’s electric band at JFK High School in Bellmore. Eric then moved with his family to Paris where he started playing jazz and came back to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. 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. His trio includes Jim Donica on bass and Peter Green on drums.

 

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, a fourteen-year old guitarist/singer/songwriter has already played with some of the most prominent rockers of our time. These include members of the Allman Bros.(Gregg, Butch & Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes) as well as Lady Gaga, Buddy Guy,Slash, Robert Randolph,Dweezil Zappa, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John,Gary Clark Jr. and countless others. It all started when he watched the movie School of Rock at 8 years old and asked his father for guitar lessons. Three years later, he was cast as the principal role of guitarist “Zach Mooneyham” on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s School of Rock the Musical. Brandon lives on Long Island with his family and recently entered the 9th grade!

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