James Allison is a musician, producer, and co-owner of Electraplay Productions and Marketing in Columbus. Allison has spent time playing in bands both in the studio and on the road, and has produced audio and video projects for other bands, and for commercials, music videos and video games. Allison graduated from the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business with a degree in marketing, and has studied under local producer Tony Stewart as an assistant producer and engineer for four years. He has had music featured on numerous radio stations; written and produced music for Nationwide Insurance, Titan Insurance and OSU; and, currently performs in the bands The Town Monster and Blastronauts.
BHB (Brother’s helping Bruthas) has been deejaying for over 20 years. While growing up on the north side of Columbus, BHB learned how to deejay from his babysitter at the age of 8 and began deejaying for various parties and high school functions. BHB relocated to the east side of Columbus and became involved with the community, founding the Hip Hop Expo which uses hip hop as a positive force to deter young people away from negative activities. BHB has worked with organizations such as Capacity, Directions for Youth and Transit Arts. He also founded the Hip-Hop Origins, traveling to various Columbus and suburban libraries to teach the youth about the origins of hip-hop.
BHB has had a series of live performances with people such as Foley, Mint Condition, Stretch Lefty, The Roots, Macy Gray, Cris Daddy Daves, Slum Village, Guilty Simpson, Murs, Jai Carey, Dominique Larue, and S.P.I.R.I.T. BHB has participated with Transit Arts at first night Columbus, the Arts Festival, River Fest and the Ohio State Fair. He has also performed at Comfest, Hot Times Fest, Labor Day Festival, Coming Home Festival, Juneteenth, and the Ohio Hip Hop Awards (finalist w/ Jai Carey). BHB performed at a plethora of colleges such as The Ohio State University, Cleveland State University, Wilberforce, Ohio Wesleyan, Ohio University, Ohio Dominican, Capitol University, Kentucky State University, DePaul University, and Central State University.
In addition, he has choreographed for the play The Adventures of Pan, rap group LNB, Comfest, Transit Arts, Capacity, Godman Guild, Directions for Youth, Taneal, The Academy of Urban Dance and Fitness and his very own dance crew Styles ‘n Moshun.
BHB has won the Honored Artist award for contributing in the community, Who’s Who in Columbus award, and Champion for the Cause award from Freedom Suite. He has been featured on the front page of Columbus Alive, in the Columbus Dispatch, The Other Paper, The Lantern, Flypaper, and Hot Times.
Sean Carney and the Sean Carney Band
A one-man ambassador for the blues, Columbus native Sean Carney has brought his music to such far flung locales as Switzerland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Hungary, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. He served three terms as president of the Columbus Blues Alliance, and promotes concerts as the creator of “Blues for a Cure,” an annual blues festival that has donated over $50,000 towards cancer research. He plays a mean hollow-bodied guitar, too.
In 2007, Sean and the Sean Carney Band won the International Blues Challenge (IBC), and Carney was awarded the Albert King Best Guitarist Award, presented by the Blues Foundation in front of an audience of 1,700 blues lovers from all over the world.
In his early twenties, Carney’s passion for the blues extended beyond the stage as he bolstered the scene in his hometown, organizing concerts, writing blues-related articles, co-hosting a radio program called “Spontaneous Combustion” on WCBE 90.5 FM, and organizing fundraisers for ailing artists.
Central City Recording – Andrew Dodson
Andrew Dodson is a producer, audio engineer, and co-owner of Central City Recording in Clintonville. He has supplemented over ten years of recording experience with time studying audio production at Ohio University, and earned an honors certificate from the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe. In addition to production, Dodson plays piano and guitar, and is also a vocalist with experience singing in rock bands as well as small and large choral ensembles.
Central City Recording – Maxwell Lewis
Maxwell Lewis is a founder, owner, engineer and producer at Central City Recording. He has worked on projects of all genres from both the engineer and producer’s chair. A graduate of The Ohio State University with a major in English, he has teaching experience in both the literary and musical field. His free time is often spent as a multi-instrumentalist and musician for various projects including film and television.
Guitarist Tim Cummiskey performs as both a leader and a sideman throughout the Midwest. Tim currently leads several groups ranging from solo jazz and classical guitar to larger group configurations. As a sideman, Tim has performed and/or conducted clinics with artists such as Michael Feinstein, Benny Golson, Hank Marr, Bucky Pizzarelli, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his busy performance schedule, Tim has conducted clinics at the annual convention of the International Association of Jazz Educators, Bowling Green State University, The Ohio State University, Capital University, Denison University and Kenyon College. Tim has two recordings on the String Jazz label: Alone Together and Redeeming the Time.
Tim’s first book released in 2005 by Mel Bay, Learning Tunes Workout, has received critical acclaim and popular appeal. His latest recording Kindred is in collaboration with jazz guitar Mater Jack Wilkins. Tim currently serves as a member of the jazz studies faculty of The Ohio State University School of Music and served on the music faculty of Kenyon College for six years. Tim serves on the music ministry team of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church under the direction and apprenticeship of renowned church and liturgical composer Craig Courtney. Tim is also a contribution writer to Downbeat magazine, Jazz Improv and Just Jazz Guitar magazine. Tim is a MelBay author.
From the moment Cedric Easton could walk, he was playing the drums. At the age of 4, Easton began playing in church and won his first regional music competition at age 8 through the FOX KIDS television network.
In his junior year of high school, while attending the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Performing Arts High School in Columbus, Ohio, Easton began his formal study of the drum set, including basic rudiments and music reading. His teachers included Dan Thress, Jim Maneri and Jeff McCargish. As a senior, Easton successfully auditioned for the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, his first experience with the art form.
After graduation, Easton began performing professionally with the Bobby Floyd Trio and other jazz ensembles, including the Matt Adams Quartet and the Chad Eby Trio. He has also had the opportunity to perform with internationally recognized jazz musicians such as Wess Anderson, WycCliff Gordon, and Kenny Banks, Sr.
While Cedric has been immersed in the music of jazz, he has always stuck with his instrumental roots — gospel music, and has had the opportunity to perform with nationally recognized gospel artists such as Detrick Haddon, Dorinda Clark Cole, and Marvin Sapp.
Currently as resident of Columbus, Ohio, Easton performs with the Pete Mills Quartet and national recording artist Christian Howes. Additionally, he serves as musical director of the New Covenant Believer’s Church is a faculty member of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy.
William Evans was an average corporate employee before wandering into a poetry open mic in August 2005. Since then, Evans has been on four National Poetry Slam teams out of Columbus, Ohio and crowned Grand Slam Champion twice. He’s been a member of three Rustbelt Regional Finals teams, including the 2009 Championship team where he finished 3rd overall as an individual. Evans has produced two CDs: Living in the Hour Glass (2006) and Measure (2007); released his first chapbook: Humble Shell Casings (2009); and published his first bound book: In the Event You are Caught Behind Enemy Lines (2009).
Currently, Evans is the host, founder and Slammaster of Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam in Columbus and the President of Projecting Murals, LLC, a non-profit engineered to nurture the artistic talents of high school students in the city of Columbus.
Carlos Fisher lends his style to a diverse repertoire of musical styles, ranging from swing, rock, hip-hop, jazz, funk and electronica. Fisher’s musical education began in church, providing his first captive audience and acting as a launch pad for the birth of Fisher’s stage persona, “Don Carlos.” Fisher has performed the U.S. with bands such as Kettle, Triggahappy, the Charles Cooper Quartet and Foley, Fisher shared the stage with artists like Prince, Eyraka Badu, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Goodie Mob, Busta Rhymes, Talib Quali, Lone Catalyst, Mos Def and Mood.
A 2005 graduate from Capital University, Fisher studied music technology in Brisbane, Australia at QUT (Queensland University of Technology) where he also played and toured with different artists. Fisher is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Special Education at the University of Dayton.
Don Carlos has created a newly formed band named, Ill Atmospherics, who are sure to ignite a fire surrounding the drum ‘n’ bass era of music. Additionally, you can find Don Carlos performing with Foley, the Charles Cooper Quartet, Flypaper, the Max Power Trio and Playhouse.
Dennis Hodges teaches guitar full-time in Columbus and performs regularly at churches, clubs and private events. A graduate from Capital University’s Conservatory of Music, Hodges teaches private, group and web-based lessons and assisted in the development of the curriculum for a Rock Band class, which he has taught for the past four years.
Ryan Jewell is a musician, improviser and sound artist living in Columbus, Ohio. He studied percussion and electronic composition techniques at Capital University, drum set with Susie Ibarra and tabla with Dr. Lowell Lybarger. Jewell has toured extensively as a soloist in Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia and has performed at a number of international festivals including the SOWIESO 1 and Les Sciences Bruitistes festivals in Paris, France; the International Noise Conference in Miami, FL; and, the Kraak Festival in Brussels. He has taught privately for over a decade and has been invited as a guest artist at Oberlin Conservatory, Columbus State in Ohio and Queensland University in Australia. From the age of fourteen Jewell has played and recorded professionally with independent rock and punk bands, jazz musicians and songwriters. More recently, Jewell has had the honor to perform, collaborate and record with a diverse array of forward thinking artists such as Greg Kelley, Nate Wooley, Christine Sehnaoui, Bhob Rainey, Mike Shiflet, Vic Rawlings, Fossils, Rafael Toral, Wasteland Jazz Unit, Terribly Empty Pockets, Brett Burleson, Derek DiCenzo and Grammy winners Jay Demarcus and Jason Lehning.
Columbus native Mary McClendon has been a regular on the central Ohio jazz scene since the late 1970s. Her smooth vocals and scat singing have made her an audience favorite as she has shared the stage with many jazz greats…Benny Carter, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison and the great Sarah Vaughan, to name a few. Mary has often worked with the Jazz Arts Group as a vocalist and she continues to build her resume to include acting, gaining roles in movies such as The Jesse Owens Story.
Jay Miglia is an active member of the Columbus jazz community as a teacher, saxophonist and composer. He currently holds teaching positions at Capital University and Otterbein College, where he serves as Jazz Studies Coordinator, and has taught classes for the Jazz Academy since 2005. Jay regularly appears around the Midwest in clubs and concert settings, as a sideman on recordings, and as a backup musician for an array of jazz and popular music celebrities. He is a long-time member of the Famous Jazz Orchestra and subs often in the Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo Jazz Orchestras. Jay’s music has been performed by colleges and high schools around the Midwest and has recently been recorded by the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band.
Rebecca Ogden “The Music Lady”
Rebecca Ogden, “The Music Lady,” is a career music educator with an emphasis in elementary and early childhood music education. Her 30-year public school teaching career focused on general music for grades K-6. During that time she developed curriculum materials for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Young People’s Concerts and the “Symphony Search” Saturday morning program for pre-school children and their parents. As owner of Columbus Music Hall and arts presenter, she supported music in the community, including multi-cultural workshops for families and a series of concerts for young children and their families known as PBJ and Cookies concerts. During the last three years the concerts were called PBJ & Jazz, presenting working local jazz groups to young children and their families.
Ogden has taught and developed materials for college courses for both music education majors and future early childhood teachers. She created the Jazz 4 Kids program for young children with local musicians – a program now under the umbrella of Jazz Arts Group, and authored the pre-concert curriculum, All That Jazz for upper elementary students who attend the Columbus Jazz Orchestra concert at the Southern Theatre. She is currently developing pre-concert educational materials for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Young People’s Concerts for grades K-2, 3-5, and middle school and teaching in several area pre-schools.
Eric “The Fish” Paton
Eric “The Fish” Paton is a musician, performer, and educator specializing in percussion from the African diaspora and Japan.
Paton grew up in Tokyo, Japan where he attended a Nishigahara Elementary School and the Nishimachi Kokusai Gakko representing thirty-four nationalities. He moved to the United States to attend Capital University and graduated from the Conservatory of Music in 1989. Currently, Paton is an assistant professor at Capital University where he has been a member of the faculty since 1990. He has taught percussion, conducted the Concert Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Percussion Ensemble, and founded the Ethnic Percussion Ensemble, a student performance ensemble that features the music of Cuba, Haiti, and Japan. Paton also teaches the World Music Lab, an experiential learning requirement for all incoming music majors that explores the musics of the world through percussion. Paton continues as music director of Yumbambé, music director for Hiuchi Taiko, and performs with Magia Tropical (Brazilian Axe music). Additionally, he has performed with national and international artists like Aretha Franklin, Sir Roland Hannah, Bobby Shew-Salsa Caliente, Milano La Scala (Italian National Opera), and Eitetsu Hayashi.
Paton and his groups have presented for professional conferences and organizations including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Music Education National Conference, International Kodaly Conference, National Association of State Arts Agencies, and Remo, Inc. Paton is a member of the Ohio Arts Council Arts in Education and GCAC Artists-In-Schools programs. He has worked with recreational drumming as an evidence based protocol for wellness through the James Care for Life –Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Ohio Health. Eric Paton plays Remo World Percussion.
Rachel has been a featured vocalist with the Mark Flugge Trio and Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra. She has sung on the New York City club scene, but makes her home singing in central Ohio. She has performed at major Ohio festivals including Columbus’ own Jazz and Ribs Fest and Red White and Boom. In 2006, Rachel toured European jazz festivals and was a featured vocalist at the Montreux and Umbria Jazz Festivals. She was selected as the featured vocalist for both the 2006/2007 Ohio Music Educators Association Jazz Ensembles and in 2005 was awarded outstanding achievement for her performance at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.
Sepulveda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice and Jazz Studies from the Capital University Conservatory of Music and currently has a private studio in Columbus where she teaches voice and music theory.
Sepulveda strives to uphold the historical traditions of jazz while bringing a unique artistry and energy to the music. Just a few of the musicians and stylists she credits as her influences include: Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Blossom Dearie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Joaõ Gilberto, and Gal Costa. She has studied with professional artists such as Mark Flugge, Nancy Marano, Stan Smith, and Michael Cox.
Stan Smith is an associate professor of music in the Conservatory of Music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio where he has been the head of the jazz/contemporary guitar curriculum since 1978.
Recordings under his own name include Pathways and No Discussion on the COJAZZ label. He is featured as guitarist, composer, and co-producer on Madrugada’s self-titled debut CD also on COJAZZ.
Smith’s book Jazz Harmony on the Guitar; A Linear/Structural Approach is published by Hal Leonard. As a guitarist he was a member of the Moacir Santos band in Los Angeles, and has accompanied various artists such as Ali Ryerson, David Amram, Mark Vinci and David Ornette Cherry performing in clubs, concerts, and festivals.
Smith is also the guitarist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as well as pit orchestras for Broadway Series productions.
As a composer he has received Fellowship Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His compositions have been performed internationally and recorded by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Spectrum, The Afro Rican Ensemble and Nova Madrugada. His CD Silent Memory is available for digital download at www.artofliferecords.com/silentmemory.html.
Bradley Sowash is an accomplished composer, educator, critically-acclaimed recording artist, and concert jazz pianist who has delighted listeners of all ages in concert halls and churches throughout the United States and Europe for over two decades. He has appeared frequently as a guest artist on the PBS series, The Piano Guy, and is the co-author of its accompanying book, Play Piano in a Flash: The Next Step. Other publications by Sowash include music education books published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company including the jazz piano method, That’s Jazz, and several volumes of jazz hymn arrangements published by Augsburg Fortress Press.
An experienced clinician, Sowash often leads teacher training workshops nationwide and is a frequent guest artist for outreach programs in Ohio schools. He also teaches privately to piano students ranging from ages 9 to 70 and is the director of the Jazz Workshop, a community-based organization that meets weekly to provide student jazz combos with professional coaching. Last year, he was a part-time lecturer at The Ohio State University Department of Dance, where he taught a course titled “Music Skills.”
Saxophonist Gene Walker, a native and resident of Columbus, Ohio, has toured since 1958 with some of the world’s greatest entertainers including the Beatles, King Curtis, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cook, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Jimmy McGriff, the Drifters, Chris Columbo and the Platters. Mr. Walker continues to perform with his own bands Gene Walker’s Generations Band and Gene Walker’s Cotton Club Orchestra. He also enjoys an impressive solo career.
Walker received a Bachelor of Music Arts degree from The Ohio State University in 1988. The following year he accepted a teaching position at OSU instructing jazz saxophone and combo classes. He participates with the OSU Jazz Ensemble camp each summer teaching jazz history and saxophone. It is Mr. Walker’s great pleasure to bring the jazz tradition into schools through the American Jazz Experience with Jim Masters, and the Jazz Professors Performing Septet. He has served in artist residencies with the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council and continues to instruct jazz saxophone and combo during the summer at the prestigious Jamey Aebersold jazz camps.
Vaughn Wiester’s performance experience began in high school under the tutelage of Robert H. Bechtel. While in high school, he played and arranged for the Riley Norris Band. After a hitch as a navy trombonist, Vaughn Wiester came to Columbus in 1968 to attend The Ohio State University and to join the Dave Workman Blues Band.
In 1972 he became a member of the Jazz Arts Group led by Ray Eubanks. Wiester was invited to join the Woody Herman orchestra in 1974. After two years on the road with Herman, Vaughn returned to Columbus to accept a position at the Dave Wheeler Contemporary Music Workshop and to resume his activities with the Jazz Arts Group as a bass trombonist and arranger.
In 1977, Wiester was invited to join the faculty at Capital University as part of their pioneering Jazz Studies degree program. Throughout this 17-year association, he taught courses in jazz arranging and jazz history and directed the prize-winning Big Band Sound Big Band. In 1980, Wiester joined the Terry Waldo Ragtime Orchestra.
Wiester’s arrangements can be heard on recordings by Woody Herman, Waldo’s Ragtime Orchestra, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and the Keith Henson Octet. Wiester’s current activities include his 21-piece Famous Jazz Orchestra, appearing weekly at the Columbus Mannerchor.