Don Braden's Earth Wind and Wonder
Don Braden's Earth Wind and Wonder


Don Braden is known around the world as an exciting and interactive jazz soloist, a creative and prolific composer, a passionate and energetic educator and as a specialist at arranging and performing classic popular songs in the modern jazz style.

Having spent years as the saxophonist with greats like Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard and Roy Haynes, he has developed an extensive knowledge of every aspect of Jazz performance.

He is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising as well as composing and arranging.  Most important of all: he has a beautiful sound, and he swings!  All this combines with his joyous yet disciplined personality to make him one of the most important musicians working today.

Once again, Don Braden and his groups explore this classic EW&F and Stevie Wonder music in a truly modern jazz way: with creativity, passion and groove! This collection of tunes continues to augment the “contemporary standards” repertoire Braden has built over the years — jazz interpretations of the “American Songbook” of his generation. Check it out and hear these wonderful songs with “new ears”!

What People Are Saying About Earth Wind and Wonder Volume 2:
— ”…the ensemble erupts in powerful cohesion and Braden burns.” – Herb Boyd, Downbeat magazine (**** 4-stars)

— “Bravo, Don! The music is fabulous, strong and pays tribute to important music by American composers long overlooked by many black and white jazz artists. Hopefully that will change.” – Mark Myers, JazzWax

— “Braden and his ensemble swing hard… applying authentic jazz to the originals and nary a hint of smooth jazz or overtly commercial gestures. Call it 21st Century soul-jazz. As it should be. Amen.” – Jim Hynes, Making a Scene

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom


Allison Miller and her band, Boom Tic Boom, is a set you do not want to miss. The massively talented drummer, whose style blends free and straight-ahead jazz, keeps busy with not only her own solo work, but has worked with artists like Ani DeFranco and Natalie Merchant, and has toured with Brandi Carlisle.

As a woman in a male-dominated field, Allison holds dear the importance of being a role model for female musicians. “One of my dreams is to have a school for young girls. I love teaching and if I can pass on the tradition to young girls, that’s more important to me than anything,” she told All About Jazz.

She’s also forged creative alliances with pianist Myra Melford, guitarist Wendy Eisenberg, bassist Scott Colley, and saxophonist Dayna Stephens. She toured and recorded widely with Hammond B-3 legend Dr. Lonnie Smith and bassist Ben Allison, and composed music for Showtime’s cult series, The L Word. On top of releasing more than a dozen albums as a leader or co-leader, she’s the engine powering the acclaimed Blue Note recording group Artemis.

“Miller is simply bolstering her reputation as one of our most exacting and exhilarating drummers now working in the jazz tradition — as well as a composer who truly understands the assignment.”
– Nate Chinen

“Perhaps the strongest set of the festival’s first week, for example, was delivered by Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom. Leading the most powerful band of her career, Miller attacked her drum kit with as much as ferocity as McCraven, with as much musicality as Wilkins and as much history-defying originality as Salvant. Her bandmates (pianist Myra Melford, saxophonist Dayna Stephens and bassist Scott Colley) followed her lead in a triumphant set that reconfirmed her as one of the giants of modern jazz.”
– Paste Magazine

“Ms. Miller is a drummer, bandleader and composer with an aesthetic of limber poise, drawn at once to brisk maneuvers and deep grooves.”
– The New York Times

Patrick Bartley


Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Patrick Bartley, Jr. is a musician with experience in a wide range of situations, most notably for appearing on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and being featured in the Emmy-nominated HBO special Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts Masterclass, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Although a South Florida native, Patrick is a has spent the majority of his professional music career in NYC prior to graduating from the Manhattan School of Music. As an on-demand sideman, he has performed and recorded with musicians such as Louis Hayes, Jonathan Batiste, Mulgrew Miller, Jeff Coffin, and Wynton Marsalis, and has performed at world-renowned venues such as The STAPLES Center, Madison Square Garden, and the Black Sea Jazz Festival.

Born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, Patrick owes much of his success to his primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. While in middle school, under the tutelage of Melton Mustafa, Jr.—son of world-renowned trumpeter Melton Mustafa, Sr.—Patrick became the youngest musician to perform at the Jazz In The Gardens jazz festival in Miami Gardens, Florida, as well as the only musician to have performed on the stage twice. It was with Melton Mustafa, Jr. and Sr. that Patrick also got his first professional recording opportunity, this time at age 17. The recording session included Mulgrew Miller, Essiet Essiet, Ray Mantilla, Jason Jackson, and Victor Lewis. While attending high school, after making the Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles for two consecutive years, Patrick was given the opportunity to perform with the Dave Matthews Band live on the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, and was also a YoungArts Gold Award recipient in Jazz.

lolivone de la rosa


Lolivone de la Rosa is a guitarist, composer, producer and educator from Puerto Rico based in New York City since 2021.

Although new to the New York City scene, de la Rosa has already headlined and performed some of the city’s leading venues, such as The Jazz Gallery, Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club and Ornithology Jazz Club. Upon her arrival to the city, de la Rosa held a 2-year residency at Casa Mezcal NYC, where she featured a stellar lineup including Akiko Tsuruga, Pat Bianchi, John Benítez, Pablo Menares, Dan Martínez, Alvaro Benavides, Marvin Diz, Edsel Gómez and many more. She has also performed alongside NEA Jazz Master and mentor Terri Lyne Carrington, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Paquito D’ Rivera, Frank Vignola, Steve Cardenas and Pedrito Martínez.

De la Rosa currently occupies the guitar chair in the Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) blues workshop band, led by Seton Hawkins, and collaborates with a number of artists including Willerm Delisfort, Roxy Coss and Goussy Celestine. She has traveled to Chicago, Connecticut and Washington, DC to represent the JALC on the road educational program.

De la Rosa is currently the program manager of Next Jazz Legacy: a program that supports emerging women and non-binary artists in jazz, under the Artistic Directorship of NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington and major funding from the Mellon Foundation.

With a deep and versatile voice, rising star vocalist Jamile is leaving her mark wherever she goes.

Originally from Brazil, she has been a working vocalist from a young age and was a featured singer in the musical ‘Eu Sou Maria (Nativitaten)’, the largest outdoor Christmas project in the world, for an audience of 500,000 people throughout the season.

Currently based in New York City and one of the most sought-after vocalists on the scene, Jamile has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in NYC including Birdland, Mezzrow, Minton’s Playhouse, Smalls Jazz Club, and Jazz At Lincoln Center.

Jamile has also received high praise for her performances internationally and she’s a part of the project ‘Don’t Let Go’, led by Grammy nominated pianist and composer Mike Holober.

Jamile regularly performs with many of NYC’s current jazz luminaries such as Miki Yamanaka, Benny Benack III, Yotam Silberstein, to name but a few. She captivates audiences with her unique phrasing and heartfelt tone, and impresses listeners with her virtuosity. Influenced by the vocal jazz and blues tradition, and rooted in the Brazilian rhythms, Jamile’s talent shines on any style or genre.


The Capital City Big Band is a 20 piece big band playing jazz hits from the big band era as well as contemporary jazz arrangements. Currently, Dr. Mitch Butler is at the wheel helping to make the band swing harder than ever. Roger Pemberton founded the band in 1997 and the great Dick Goodwin was at the helm for many years. The band regularly performs at churches and retirement centers.