Freddie Bryant with Master drummer Edson "Cafe" DaSilva

Freddie Bryant received a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the Yale School of Music and is in demand in the New York jazz and Brazilian scenes, where he has worked with Elaine Elias, Tom Harrell and many others. He currently is a member of Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet, the Mingus Orchestra and leads his own group, Kaleidoscope. His new CD, Monk Restrung, celebrates the music of Thelonious Monk, comes out this Fall. He has seven other CDs as a leader: Dreamscape: Solo, Duo, Trio featuring Chris Potter and Scott Colley (GJKSounds), Live Grooves...Epic Tales with his band Kaleidoscope (HiPNOTIC records), Brazilian Rosewood, Boogaloo Brasileiro, Live at Smoke (Fresh Sound Records); and Take Your Dance into Battle (Jazz City Spirit) as well as Trio del Sol (Twinz Records) with MishaPiatigorsky and Gilad.

He has toured 52 countries and collaborated with musicians from a variety of backgrounds, including Indian classical musicians, African singers, oud players, traditional Arab groups and klezmer bands. In 2006, Bryant spent a week in Cuba, performing and working with other musicians. As an impassioned educator, he has taught jazz to all ages around the world. Bryant is on the faculties of Berklee College of Music and Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland. 2017 saw the World premier at the London Human Rights Watch Film Festival of Complicit with his music score. His website is www.freddiebryant.com.

Sonya Hensley Duo

This awesome R&B/Jazz singer has regaled audiences in over 50 countries as featured headliner, principal performer or co-lead singer – including a 14 country tour of “Sophisticated Ladies” - Sonya Hensley is equally at ease singing jazz, R&B, Broadway, pop, Latin and blues – and has long been driven by her desire to keep expanding her horizons and bring a fresh twist to the world’s most beloved songs.

She has worked with Les Paul, Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, Gladys Knight, Jimmy Buffett and Ricky Martin and her resume includes appearing in films (“The Cotton Club,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Park Day,” “Glitter”) and on TV (“The Stranger Beside Me,” “Sisters,” “The Sopranos,” “Weird Science”). In addition to being a popular performer in Asia and the U.S., Sonya has performed her cabaret nightclub act everywhere from Amsterdam and Munich to Paris, Puerto Rico, Istanbul and Madrid. She has headlined at some of the world’s most prominent venues, including The Iridium in NYC, The Cirigan Palace in Turkey, Trisara in Phuket, Thailand and CJW in Shanghai.

“I started listening as a young girl to Billie, Ella, Dinah, Sarah, and the first song I learned was ‘Satin Doll,” Sonya adds. “The first one I ever sang on stage was ‘Sweet Georgia Brown. Wherever I travel, I can always share my joy, my heart and my artistry on the stage,” Sonya says, The love they share with me tells me that I am truly giving them what I am meaning to give. It’s not just about singing songs but touching people’s hearts with love. That is a gift that fulfills me!

"I'VE GOT CHILLS RUNNING UP AND DOWN MY SPINE, I FELT THE SAME WAY THE FIRST TIME I HEARD ELLA FITZERALD" -SHARMANE BILLINGSLEY | SOCIALITE

Lynette Washington

LYNETTE WASHINGTON has an extensive music career in jazz, r&b, and gospel, An established songwriter and arranger, Lynette has worked with well-known artists such as, Aretha Franklin, U2, Celia Cruz and a host of respected jazz icons such as Clifford Jordan, Alex Blake, George Coleman, Dave Grusin, Dave Valentin, Tom Browne etc. She was featured lead singer with New Voices of Freedom, the group who appeared in U2, Rattle & Hum, Scrooged, BBC/Virgin Records world-wide telecast and album One World, One Voice, the Give Peace A Chance video with Lenny Kravitz, NY at Night, The Joan Rivers Show and the MTV Video Music Awards with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown and comedian Jimmy Fallon. She has appeared regularly at New York metropolitan area venues which include Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The River Room, Creole Jazz & Supper Club, The Schomburg Library, The Apollo Theater, BB Kings, The Brooklyn Museum, The White Plains Jazz Festival in 2013 & 2014, The Sculpture Garden in Yonkers, PJS Jazz Society, Westchester Performing Arts Center, ArtsWestchester’ New Urban Jazz series, Blues Alley in Washington D.C., Kean University, the Winters Eve Festival at NYC’s Broadway Apple Store, Lincoln Center, 966 Jazz,  Jazzmobile Summerfests at Grants Tomb, Jackie Robinson Park, & Riverbank State Park in 2014 and Jazz at Kitano. A consummate singer in every sense of the word, Ms. Washington is also highly regarded, by musicians, as a “singer’s singer.”  

Lynette is accompanied by Dennis Bell, Pianist.  DENNIS BELL is a gold and platinum award-winning pianist, producer, arranger, composer, conductor and music educator. He has produced records by Doug E Fresh/Slick Rick, Dave Valentin, New Voices of Freedom, U2, Touché, Lynette Washington and others, was musical director/conductor/re-arranger for the international tour of the B’way musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

King Solomon Hicks

KING SOLOMON HICKS  HAS BEEN CALLED ‘LIL’ B.B. KING, EAST MONTGOMERY, AND KING SOLOMON BY HIS FANS FROM NYC, NATIONALLY AND NOW INTERNATIONALLY.

He is the real deal…the next best thing out of New York City. Solomon has been in the biz since age 13 as the lead guitarist and performer at the Cotton Club, with a 13-piece band. He recorded his first CD, Embryonic, at age 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band. Solomon is already a regular on the scene, playing at B.B. King’s, Minton’s Playhouse, Terra Blues (in the Village), The Garage, Red Rooster, Shanghai Jazz (in New Jersey), Jazzmobile (Jazz Shrines), Settepani, Iridium, Gran Piatro (Jazz on the 5th), Ginny’s Supper Club, Harlem Arts Alliance events and many other clubs in the Tri-State Area.

From October 30 – November 3, 2015, Solomon opened for the band KISS on the KISS Kruise V from Miami to Jamaica.

 He has 2 CDs and is touring Europe and performing at national festivals. His latest CD Carrying on the Torch of the Blues has many original songs written, arranged and composed by Solomon. This includes a big band/swing anthem for the Cotton Club, “Jukin’ at the Cotton Club”.

Solomon is a jazz and blues guitarist, singer, and composer. An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock. He studied jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban guitar at Harlem’s School of the Arts, Boys Conservatory, Brooklyn Music Academy, Opus 118 Jazzmobile and Barry Harris’ Bebop workshops.

Several newspapers and magazines have written about Solomon’s extraordinary talents, including The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Amsterdam News, Montana’s Bigfork Eagle, Hartford, Conn., and the New Jersey Jazz Society News.

His story also received coverage on the PBS and CUNY TV series American Music, ABC, multiple public access programs, and radio stations like WBGO 88.3 Jazz and WHCR 90.3.

Solomon and his mentor Melvin Sparks played at the Blue Note. Solomon has worked with and played with many artists such as Ne-Yo, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Russell Malone, Stanley Banks, the B.B. King Blues Band (with Junior Mack, led by Jerry Dugger), Lonnie Youngblood, Winard Harper, Danny Mixon, Antoinette Montague, Roger Anderson, Elvin Bishop, the Cotton Club All Stars, JC Hopkins Big Band, Alex Blake, and more.