WHAT IS MUSAE?
Musae, the goddesses of Music, Dance, and Arts. The myths that ancient Greeks and Latins would praise and call for help when in need of inspiration. The beautiful female divinities from whom the name music comes from.
The all female project MUSAE is a celebration of all the muses that throughout the years have inspired each individual member. It is a fusion of Jazz, Soul, and Country music. From Billie Holiday to Patsy Cline, from John Coltrane to George Duke, with no discrimination for genre and gender.
WHO ARE THE MUSAE?
MUSAE are seven jazz female musicians based in the Baltimore and Washington, DC area.
WHEN & WHERE WILL MUSAE DEBUT?
FRIDAY, MARCH 28th, 2014 8pm and 9.30pm
AN DIE MUSIK LIVE!
409 N. Charles st, Baltimore (MD)
MEET THE MUSAE
Jazz vocalist, composer, arranger and educator Jessica Boykin-Settles began her musical journey at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts under the tutelage of Davey Y.Yarborough. She went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance at The New School University in New York City where she had the opportunity to study with great musicians and legends such as Reggie Workman, Buster Williams, Sheila Jordan, and many more. Jessica continued her jazz education at Howard University where she earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies. While there, she was a member of Howard’s premier vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue, under the direction of Connaitre Miller.
“Her warmth and strong stage prensence allow her to communicate the essence, power and importance of jazz.” ~Bob Cranshaw Having grown up in an Italian family of musicians, her vocal sound has been compared to icons such as Nina Simone, Cassandra Wilson and Betty Carter, but her most powerful influence has been her father. He introduced her, at an early age, to the beauty of jazz and, together with her mother, always supported Irene’s musical aspirations. In 2006 Irene studied Jazz Performance at the prestigious Italian institution of Siena Jazz. This experience gave her the courage to travel through Italy, France and United States, and eventually to Maryland to perfect her musicianship at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with vocalist Jay Clayton and saxophonist Gary Thomas. She is now a member of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance and is performing actively in Washington and New York.
Flutist and educator, Delandria Mills is a native of Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of Houston's High School for the Performing Arts and earned both her Masters in Classical Flute and G.P.D. in Jazz Studies from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore where she now teaches in the Preparatory Department. Along with Peabody, she also teaches Flute at The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York and her annual Summer Camp, "Kingdom Flute Works" which she began in 2010. She has won national as well as international competitions and has seven recordings under her own name. Delandria has recorded and toured with many artists including Fertile Ground, Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett, Israel New Breed, Billy Harper, and Hubert Laws.
Native of Baltimore, Maryland, is an up and coming Saxophonist in multiple genres of music in her senior year as a saxophone performance major at the Peabody conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. Her interest in music began in elementary school at age of 8 and she began taking saxophone lessons at the age of 13. Upon her acceptance into The Baltimore School for the Arts, she began her journey into becoming a professional saxophonist. Rachel Winder is a Baltimore’s Scholar and the recipient of the Noble Levi Jolley, Sr. Scholarship for Jazz Studies. Rachel Winder performs in numerous ensembles such as the Peabody Jazz Orchestra, Whit Williams Big Band, Peabody Institute multimedia ensemble and her own jazz group as well as sharing the stage with many of her mentors in jazz such as Dontae Winslow, Nate Jolley, Noble Jolley, Warren wolf and more.
Janelle Gill’s musical path began at the age of 5 when she began taking piano lessons based on the popular Suzuki method of piano instruction. As a middle school student, Janelle was introduced to jazz by Delfeayo Marsalis during a workshop he performed at her school. She continued her studies at the famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts under the guidance of saxophonist Dave Yarborough and obtained her high school diploma in 1997. Upon graduating, the pianist attended Howard University enrolling in their Jazz Studies program while further honing her piano skills under the tutelage of Dr. Raymond Jackson and Charles Covington. During this time, she was a member of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble led by Fred Irby and regularly performed with them for approximately 3 years. Janelle has performed with Oliver Lake, The Blackbyrds, Delfeayo Marsalis, David Murray and many local artists such as Marshall Keys, Kenny Rittenhouse, Nasar Abbadey and Will Smith, just to name a few. She can be heard on recordings by Kenny Rittenhouse, C. Anthony Bush, Mauro Marcondes and Will Smith. At the present time Janelle is working on writing and preparing music for her debut recording. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her 3 children.
“If you have a high-resolution audio system, the power and depth of Amy Shook's Bass on "Just You/Just Me" will remind you why you spent all that money.” ~Thomas Conrad, Jazztimes Magazine Since moving to the east coast in 2003, Amy Shook has become one of the most in-demand upright bassists in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. She is an incredibly versatile musician, and is sought after not only as a premier performing and recording artist, but as a music educator as well. She is also an accomplished composer, and her personality truly comes through in her writing. Amy co-leads the Shook/Russo 5tet with her husband, Pat Shook, and drummer Frank Russo, as well as the FAB Trio with Frank Russo and pianist Bob Butta. Amy has shared the stage with such notables as Lionel Hampton, Bobby Watson, Larry Willis, Tim Warfield, Terrel Stafford, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Greg Gisbert, George Mesterhazy, Valery Ponomarev, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Jim Snidero, Walt Weiskopf, Bruce Barth, Steve Nelson and Lewis Nash, to name a few. She has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Strathmore Mansion, Blues Alley, Centerstage, Birchmere, and Arena Stage and many festivals such as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, and the Cape May Jazz Festival. She also performed at the White House twice in December of 2009 with the Eli Yamin Quintet by specialinvitation. For more information, please visit www.amyshook.com.
Savannah Harris, 20, studies both journalism and music at Howard University. She plays drums for the Howard University Jazz Ensemble and is a recipient of a Zildjian percussion scholarship. She has been passionate about drums since she started playing at age four, and draws her inspiration from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian styles, as well as Jazz.
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