2Ron Blake

Ron Blake

    Program Director

Saxophonist Ron Blake has been an integral part of the New York music scene, performing and recording worldwide, since 1992. Blake has performed internationally as a member of the Roy Hargrove Quintet, Art Farmer, Roy Haynes, the Christian McBride Band, Meshell NdegeOcello & Spirit Music Jamia, Yerba Buena, and the Juilliard Jazz Quartet. He is currently in his 12th season as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band on NBC.


Dion Parson

Dion Parson

Dion Parson is one of New York’s finest, Grammy Award Winning, drummers. he quickly became part of the jazz scene playing with such greats as the late Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander, Jon Faddis, Steve Grossman, Gary Bartz, Terence Blanchard, Geri Allen, Donald Harrison, Don Byron, David Sanchez, Ray Anderson, Stephen Scott, Marc Cary, Lee Konitz, Ernest Ranglin, Ron Blake, Terell Stafford, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, Babatunde Olatunji, Baaba Maal, Joanne Brackeen, Dianne Reeves, Freda Payne, Allan Harris, Victor Goines, Bill Salter, Bill Saxton, Steve Turre and many more.


1Rashawn Ross

Rashawn Ross

A versatile trumpeter and arranger, Rashawn Ross, was born on the island of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Member of the Dave Matthews Band, Rashawn is also an accomplished freelance trumpeter and arranger.


2Reuben Rogers

Reuben Rogers

Imbued with both groove and spirit from birth, Reuben Rogers combined the calypso and reggae rhythms of his native Virgin Islands with the gospel sounds of the church and the freedom and improvisation of jazz to create the unique chemistry that would make him one of the most distinctive and in-demand bassists in modern jazz.


Victor Provost

Victor Provost

Victor Provost is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading voices on the unique, and often misunderstood, steel pan (or steel drum). Through appearances at concert halls, clubs, and stages throughout the world, he has been meticulously developing a reputation as a “dazzling” soloist, crafting an improvisational voice and style to be reckoned with.