Contemporary Jazz Guitarist and Warwick resident, Jeff Ciampa has recorded and toured with some of the most demanding practitioners, including Harry Belafonte, Jon Lucien, Dave Matthews, Mark Egan, Bill Evans, Al MacDowell, Ornette Coleman, Lew Solof, Pete Levin, Tony Levin, Lenny White, to name a few. His fluid melodic style, steeped in the jazz tradition, continues to inspire fellow musicians and listeners worldwide.
There may not be another performer quite like keyboardist Pete Levin
, who has not only played a wide range of sounds in and out of popular music, but made his mark as a substantial jazz player. Levin
was born December 20, 1942, in Boston, and his parents were not musicians but loved music and shared that. His brother is Tony Levin
, a renowned jazz and rock electric bass guitarist and master of the Chapman stick, who has also played with many well-known artists. The Levin
siblings came up through a public school system in Brookline, MA, that was very supportive of music. Early influences included Julius Watkins
, Art Tatum
, Spike Jones
, Stan Freberg
, Bill Evans
, Richard Tee
, Herbie Hancock
, Billy Preston
, Ray Charles
, Larry Young
, and Jimmy Smith
. Pete Levin
came into music playing the French horn, and his school department head, John Corley, also directed the concert band at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and played with the MIT band as a ringer for two years. Corley and Osbourne MacConathy, the second horn with the Boston Symphony
and conductor with the Sarah Caldwell Opera Company, inspired Levin
to enroll at the Juilliard School of Music and begin a professional career. The Levin
brothers produced an early claim to fame along with drummer Steve Gadd
with the Top 40 hit single “Close to You” by the Clams
, a Spike Jones
Alex Foster is an American jazz
musician who plays alto and tenor saxophone
. He has recorded for record labels since the early 1970s. He is known for playing alto sax in the Saturday Night Live
house band. He is also the musical director for the Mingus Big Band
(which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005), Mingus Orchestra and Mingus Dynasty
Lenny White has played with virtually everyone in the music business and has co-created some of the most influential music over the past 3 decades.
He has also expanded and reinvented his career by becoming a producer. Lenny has been continually pushing the musical envelope.
He has collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson and Chick Corea, to name a few.-
Ira Coleman was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Raised in Southern France, Ira thereafter lived in Germany for fourteen years. While in Germany, Ira Coleman studied double bass at Cologne’s “Hochschule für Musik” and subsequently came a move to the US to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Ira’s resumé tells the story. Over the years, Ira has worked with such well-known figures as Cab Calloway, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo and Sting. He was musical director for vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and toured with her internationally from 2002 until 2009.