Featured Artist

Curtis Lundy

World-Renowned Bassist | Composer | Arranger | Grammy Nominated Recording Artist

From his mother’s womb, Curtis Lundy has experienced the rhythm of music. From a musical family well known in the Miami, Florida area, Lundy has been around music all of his life. He was born in 1955 and is brother to Jazz vocalist Carmen Lundy. Lundy is a Double Bassist, Composer, Producer, Choir Director, Arranger and Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist.

Mr. Lundy began his musical career in the All Miami Youth Jazz Band at the University of Miami.  He was classically trained under the tutelage of renowned bassist Dr. Lucas Drew. He has studied privately with Cecil McBee, Linda McKnight, Rufus Reid, Jaco Pastorius and Ron Carter.

Curtis made his debut on the New York Jazz scene dating back to 1978. Lundy is best-known for his long tenure as part of jazz vocalist Betty Carter’s band, through who’s ranks several renowned musicians have passed including: fellow rhythm section partners drummer, Kenny Washington and pianist, John Hicks. His appearance on The Audience with Betty Carter – BetCar 1979, bought him instant recognition as a player with “something special to say”.

Lundy’s remarkable sense of jazz time allows him to play the most difficult of all jazz songs for musicians. From the start of Lundy’s professional career to the present time he has performed with an impressive list of musical wizards including: Art Blakey, Johnny Griffin, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, John Hicks, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, George Coleman, Clark Terry, Sam Rivers, the Savoy Sultans, Bobby Watson, Stanley Turnentine, Idris Mohamed, Steve Nelson Quintet, Mulgrew Miller, Hammiet Bluiet, Don Pullen, Elvin Jones, Hank Jones, Sonny Stitt, Jon Faddis, Hilton Ruiz, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Phyllis Hyman, Lionel Hampton, Phineas Newborn, Johnny Hartman, Charlie Persip, Louis Hayes, Bobby Hutcherson, Barry Harris, and Frank Morgan.

In the late 1980’s he briefly stepped out of the background and issued “Just Be Yourself (1988)”. A decade later, with Justin Time Records, he released “Against All Odds (1999)” and “Purpose (2002).” Both albums feature pianists John Hicks and Anthony Wonsey.

With two successful solo releases (Against All Odds, Purpose – Justin Time) Curtis Lundy remains one of the most spiritually uplifting bassists on the jazz scene today. He is features on the G-THREE recording “Swift” with Billy Robinson on saxophone, Stacie McGregor on piano, and Billy Hart on drums.

Curtis Lundy’s arrangement of “Walk with Me”, recorded by the ARC Gospel Choir was sampled by rapper Kanye West and became the Grammy Award-Winning, groundbreaking hit “Jesus Walks”. This arrangement was also sampled in “This Is Why I’m Hot” by Shawn Mims.

Jazziz calls him “an exceptionally supportive and powerful voice on the acoustic bass.” But his abilities as bandleader and songwriter are perhaps even more impressive.” He is a natural leader whether the group is under his name or not.”

His unique ability to make the music “swing” so effortlessly in the tradition of the great bassists of the past along with his beautiful tone and lyrical soloing has made him a much sought after sideman.

Lundy’s recordings are currently available on iTunes and Spotify. Visit www.curtislundy.com

Featured Artist

Wallace Roney

Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He was one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis.

Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute.

My goal is to make the best music I can. I enjoy, listen and can play ALL types of music I filter my expression through the jazz experience.

Discography

Just Be Yourself

Curtis Lundy

 

Purpose

Curtis Lundy

 

Against All Odds

Curtis Lundy

 

Beatitudes

Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy

 

Project

Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy

 

Love Remains

Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

 

Jewel

Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

 

Live & Learn

Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

 

The Year Of The Rabbit

Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

 

From The Heart

Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

 

From Johnny Griffin With Love

Johnny Griffin (Lundy on Bass)

 

Bush Dance

Johnny Griffin (Lundy on Bass)

 

In Copenhagen

Johnny Griffin & Lockjaw Davis (Lundy on Bass)

 

On The Battlefield For My Lord

(Arrangement by Lundy)

 

Jazz Masters

Lewis, Watson, Bergonzi, Barron, Fink & Lundy)

 

Clark Terry Live in Concert

Clark Terry (Lundy on Bass)

 

Discography

What Ever Happened To Love

Betty Carter (Lundy on Bass)

 

The Audience With Betty Carter

Betty Carter (Lundy on Bass)

I’m Your You’re Mine

Betty Carter (Lundy on Bass)

Jazz And The New Songbook

Carmen Lundy (Lundy on Bass)

This Is Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy (Lundy on Bass)

Something To Believe In

Carmen Lundy (Lundy on Bass)

Good Morning Kiss

Carmen Lundy (Lundy on Bass)

Night In The Life

Frank Morgan (Lundy on Bass)

Raising The Standard

Frank Morgan (Lundy on Bass)

BOP!

Frank Morgan (Lundy on Bass)

Vietnam: The Aftermath

Billy Bang (Lundy on Bass)

Vietnam: Reflections

Billy Bang (Lundy on Bass)

Sweet Love Of Mine

John Hicks (Lundy on Bass)

Piece For My Peace

John Hicks (Lundy on Bass)

Big Bang Theory

Billy Bang (Lundy on Bass)

Zaius

Jeri Brown (Lundy on Bass)

Discography

I’ve Got Your Number

Jeri Brown (Lundy on Bass)

 

Together Again For The First Time

Jerry Bergonzi (Lundy on Bass)

Woman On Fire: Mujer Ardiente

Mayra Casales (Lundy on Bass)

New Wonderland: The Best Of Jeri Brown

Jeri Brown (Lundy on Bass)

The Cosmosamatics 11

Michael Marcus, Curtis Lundy, Jay Rosen & Sonny Simmons

Africa

Pharoah Sanders (Lundy on Bass)

Everything Must Change

Johanne Blouin (Lundy on Bass)

Walk With Me

Arc Gospel Choir (Lundy, Director)

Naima’s Love Song

John Hicks (Lundy on Bass)

Swift

Billy Robinson (Lundy on Bass)

Thank You Lord

Arc Gospel Choir (Lundy, Director)

Gumbo

Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

In The Mix

John Hicks (Lundy on Bass)

Everlasting

The Jazz Tribe (Lundy on Bass)

The Next Step

Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

Awards

Sundance Film Festival Winner

THE FARM
Jonathan Stack – Director,
Liz Garbus – Director,
Wilbert Rideau – Director,
Mona Davis – Editor,
Mary Manhardt – Editor,
Gayle Gilman – Executive Producer,
Michael Cascio – Executive Producer,
Curtis Lundy – Composer (Music Score),
Samuel Henriques – Cinematographer,
Bob Perrin – Cinematographer,
Jonathan Stack – Producer,
Liz Garbus – Producer

BMI Award Winner

JESUS WALKS

by Kanye West, Curtis Lundy, Rhymefest

& Miri Ben-Ari (as Miri Ben Ari)
Performed by Kanye West
Courtesy of Roc-A-Fella Records, L.L.C.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of “WALK WITH ME”
by Curtis Lundy
Performed by The Arc Choir
Courtesy of Mapleshade Records

THIS IS WHY I’M HOT

Written by Shawn Mims, Albert Johnson, Curtis Lundy, Danny Schofield, Darryl McDanielsJoseph Simmons, Earl Stevens, Jonathan Smith, Kejuan Muchita, Leon Haywood, Thomas Simons,
Winston Thomas and Charles Williams
Performed by Mims (as MIMS)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Contains the sample “Walk With Me”
Performed by The Arc Choir (as The ARC Choir)
Courtesy of Mapleshade Records

Filmography

Jesus Walks featured in
Due Date by Robert Downey, Jr.
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
Four Brothers – Mark Wahlberg
Jarhead
Drinking Apart:Families Under the Influence
(Curtis Lundy, Music)

TV Special Alternate Title:
America Undercover (8/1/00)

Television Appearances

American & European

Tom Snyder Show – WNBC, NY
Madrid Jazz Festival, Madrid, Spain
Lisbon Jazz Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
Over East – WQED, San Francisco, CA
Betty Carter Live – WCBS- Cable
This is Betty Carter Live from Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Live from MT Fugi – NHK TV, Japan

Plays

“Suicide in B Flat”
“Angel City”
“Back Bog Beast Bait”

Curtis has performed and collaborated with Max Roach in the award winning play by Sam Shepard.
“Aint Mis’ Behavin – Fats Waller Musical

Films

Harlem Diary
The Farm (all compositions by Lundy)
Drinking Apart (HBO Special) Original music
Jar Head – Jesus Walks, Original music
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (HBO) Jesus Walks
Four Brothers – Jesus Walks

Jackie Jones

Vocalist | Flutist | Composer |Arranger | Recording Artist

Jackie Jones, delivers a brand of performance excellence and professionalism that places her among an elite category of vocalists of exceptional caliber and unsurpassed capability.

Her presence on the greater Newark/New Brunswick/New York Metro jazz scene is nothing short of prolific – it speaks volumes about what she has achieved since her emergence in the late 70’s and early 80’s — a musical journey that has carried her to destinations near and afar.

A product of the Jazz program at Rutgers University – she studied with a coalition of legendary talents led by bassist Dr. Larry Ridley, pianist Kenny Barron, alto saxophonist James Spaulding, vibraphonist Steve Nelson and drummer Kenny Copeland who established a program of world renown during the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Jackie received a solid foundation in composition and performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts while earning a degree in psychology. A Newark native, she is a graduate of the fabled Arts High School where she studied flute and vocals – her fellow alumnus, a few decades her senior, is none other than the legendary vocalist Sarah Vaughan.

Among her career achievements, Jackie has been blessed to establish musical associations with many noteworthy talents including: appearing as the opening act for Lou Rawls, as well as performing with a host of jazz luminaries such as — saxophonist Houston Person, vibraphonist Roy Ayres, trumpeter Nat Adderly, guitarist Jimmy Ponder, Bassist Christian McBride and drummers Winard Harper and Cecil Brooks, III. Her abundant talents have carried her overseas to perform at festivals in Russia, Berlin and Switzerland while at home, she makes regular appearances at local music festivals.

Jackie is imbued with a generosity of spirit that evokes humility, grace and poise – she shares a mutual affection and cordiality for her audience who respond in – kind to her seasoned — well – balanced repertoire – she brings to her artistry a constantly refreshing youthful vitality – simply put, she has established an intimate rapport with audiences and is poised to soar to greater heights of acclaim and wider recognition.

Jackie has earned her place among the ranking vocalists of the day — it is precisely because her music informs and empowers — engaging and elevating the listener with her warm, charismatic, spirited delivery – her fresh interpretations of standard, popular and original material enthralls audiences and leave them eager for more – Her signature tune “My Funny Valentine” speaks to a singer willing to bear her soul without reservation —  she’s a “singer’s singer” whose heartfelt treatments of jazz and popular songbooks – echoes  upon the legacies of the legendary constellation of vocal royalty — her artistry commands the listener’s attention and establishes her art as uniquely ubiquitous and distinctive.

Jackie Jones independently produced CD “Part of Me” which is available on her website www.jackiejones.com.

Suzzanne Douglas

Vocalist | Composer | Arranger | Recording Artist | Producer | Award Winning Actress

Suzzanne Douglas, Suzzanne Douglas, is an award-winning actress whose work on stage and in film and television spans four decades. In the theatre Suzzanne has performed on Broadway, starring opposite Sting in The Three penny Opera as well as The Tap Dance Kid and It’s a Grand Night for Singing. Additional theater credits include Shakespeare’s Henry V, Maggie Edson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Wit, where she was the first African American women to perform the role of Dr. Bearing. She also starred in Arthur Laurent’s, Hallelujah! Baby which Laurent’s re-wrote for Douglas, 42nd Street, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, American Son, Cinderella, In This House, Drowning Crow, Crowns, and Old Settler.

Suzzanne is widely known for her starring role in the long-running Warner Brothers show, The Parent ‘Hood. She has appeared in such highly-acclaimed shows as Bull, Bones, The Good Wife, Law and Order – Criminal Intent, NYPD Blue, Touched by an Angel, I’ll Fly Away, the ABC remake of the classic film Sounder (Black Reel Award) and Whitney for Lifetime.

In film Ms. Douglas’ work can be seen in How Stella Got Her Groove Back (Black Oscar), Jason’s Lyric, Tap (NAACP Image Award), Jason’s Lyric, The Inkwell, Changing the Game (Cannes Film Festival), School of Rock, Chain of Desire, Happy Yummy Chicken for which she wrote the title song and the film Black N’ Blue, an independent film which addresses the Black Lives Matter Movement.

As a producer, Suzzanne won the award for Best Short film at the Hollywood Black Film Festival Awards for The Last Weekend. She also co-produced Theresa Rebeck’s Love on the Rocks.

Suzzanne, sings regularly with her jazz trio, performing re-imagined jazz standards as well as her original compositions. She has traveled the United States and internationally performing with many renowned musicians including Jon Faddis, Nate Adderley, Don Braden, T.S. Monk, Helen Sung, Stanley Turrentine and Gene Harris.

Suzzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree at Illinois State University and a master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music.

Suzzanne is a dedicated patron of the arts and an advocate for teaching artistic expression in the educational system. Through her advocacy in the arts, she hopes to engage and empower individuals and communities. She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of America, The National Council of Negro Women, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She is an Honorary Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves on its National Board.

Wallace Roney

Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He was one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis.

Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute.

My goal is to make the best music I can. I enjoy, listen and can play ALL types of music I filter my expression through the jazz experience.