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Roberta Piket - Piano

After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, composer/pianist Roberta Piket returned to her native New York and worked with an array of Jazz luminaries, including Benny Golson, Ted Curson and Lionel Hampton. But these days her primary focus is her own trio. Performing at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, the Texaco-New York Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center, Ms. Piket’s trio recently completed a month-long tour of Japan, and their latest CD, 'Live at the Blue Note,' was named one of 1999’s five best by 'JazzTimes' Magazine.

Ms. Piket placed second in the 1993 International Thelonious Monk-BMI Composers’ Competition and has been a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s 'Piano Jazz' on NPR. In addition to performing, Ms. Piket is an Artist-in-Residence for the Flushing Council on the Arts and has been a clinician in many schools in the U.S., Europe and Japan, including Duke University and Rutgers.

Jamie Baum - Flute and Saxophone

With her unusual approach and original flute sound, Jamie Baum has impressed critics, fans and musicians alike. A resident of New York City for the past ten years, the Connecticut native received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music, her Masters from Manhattan School of Music and has studied privately with some of the top artists in Jazz, including Jaki Byard, Dave Liebman and Hubert Laws.

A three-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts awards and a composition grant from Meet The Composer, Ms. Baum won the 'DownBeat' Critics’ Poll Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition flute category in 1998 and 1999. She’s performed in clubs, concerts and festivals throughout the U.S. and has also worked with such high-profile notables as Randy Brecker, Billy Hart, Kenny Barron, Kenny Werner, John Abercrombie, Dave Douglas and the legendary George Russell.

In 1999, as part of the Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador Program, Ms. Baum went on a six week trio tour, performing and providing master classes in Colombia, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile and the Dominican Republic. Her latest album as a leader, 'Sight Unheard' is available on Gunther Schuller’s label, GM Records.

Virginia Mayhew - Saxophones

In her native San Francisco, saxophonist/composer/arranger Virginia Mayhew worked in a variety of musical settings, from Earl Hines to Frank Zappa. Moving to New York City to study at the star-studded New School for Social Research Jazz Program, she was awarded its Zoot Sims Memorial Scholarship. Since then, the tenor/soprano/altoist has worked in most of the prestigious concert halls and clubs in New York, and all over the U.S., with such notable artists as Slide Hampton, Joe Williams, Leon Parker, Kenny Barron, Toshiko Akiyoshi and many more.

Ms. Mayhew’s arrangements have been prominently featured in Lincoln Center’s "Battle Royale: Trombones and Alto Saxophones" concert and on 'Centerpiece,' a CD by trombonist Al Grey, with whom she worked for several years.

Her first CD as a leader, 'Nini Green' on Chiaroscuro has received rave reviews and was selected by 'Cadence Magazine' as Best New Release of the Year (1998).

Nicki Parrott - Bass

Australian Nicki Parrott came to the U.S. in 1994 to study with the great bassist Rufus Reid through a grant from the Australian Arts Council. Since her arrival, she has performed with a slew of artists, including Clark Terry, Warren Vache, Norman Simmons, Marlena Shaw, Gloria Coleman, Al Grey and the Jimmy Dorsey Band. She has also played with Broadway shows like 'Jekyll and Hyde' and 'Swingtime Canteen.'

Born in 1970, Ms. Parrott began her musical training on piano and switched to bass at 15 years of age, studying at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. Before departing for the U.S. she worked regularly with top Australian groups like Ten Part Invention and Mike Nock’s group and with visiting American artists, including Bobby Shew and Chuck Findley.

Allison Miller - Drums

Playing drums since the age of ten, Allison Miller was awarded a full music scholarship to West Virginia University in 1992. Graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, Ms. Miller moved to New York City and began to work as a freelance musician.

She’s performed and recorded with a diverse array of musicians, including Kenny Barron, Kevin Mahogany, Oliver Lake, Leon Parker and Natalie Merchant, touring the U.S. and Europe. Ms. Miller was recently chosen to tour East Africa as part of the 1999-2000 Kennedy Center-USIA Jazz Ambassadors Program.

At only 25 years old, Allison Miller is one of the most exciting and proficient young drummers on today’s scene.

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