Biographies of Musicians



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Alvin Pazant


Trumpet and Band Leader


Born in Beaufort, SC and graduated from Florida A&M University. He did graduate work at City College, CCNY and New York University. He relocated to New York City and has played with Melba Moore, Blues in the Night, Della Resse and James Brown. Al Pazant has been Band Leader of the Cotton Club All Stars since the reopening of the Cotton Club in December 1977. His renditions are diverse and exciting as he performs Fats Waller, The Big Band Era, the Fabulous Fifties and Motown.




Ed Pazant


Woodwind Specialist


Born in Savannah, GA. Attended Virginia State College. He was the Band Leader with The Lionel Hampton Orchestra for eleven years and also played with The Dells, Kool and the Gang and Roberta Flack. He was inducted into the South East Coast Jazz Hall of Fame in 1994. Ed draws on his experience as the Cotton Club's Co-Band Leader of the Cotton Club All Stars




Floyd King


Alto Sax


Born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to New York City in 1993. He has performed with the greats – Luther Vandross, Idris Muhammed, Elvin Jones, John Hicks, The Manhattans and many others. He currently has released his own CD intitled "Sincerely" with Noriko Kamo and Jeff "Tain" Watts.




Michael Ridley




Michael is a versatile Performer/Educator. His early development began with the highly competitive U.S. Army 266th band at Fort Hood, Texas, that toured the southwest. This experience prepared him to become an influence in the shaping of the sounds of mnay great Rhythm and Blues Bands, which included touring and recording with Motown/Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Mary Wells. Others are James Brown and Reuben Phillips, Director of the Apollo Theatre House Band.




Wolf Johnson


Singer, Actor and Recording Artist


Perhaps you have heard the "Bass Voice" in the Chilli's Baby Back Ribs commercial or in the world-renown group, The Drifters. That is the voice of Wolf Johnson. He was born in Mississippi, and is the founder of the R & B group, Pure Elegance. He travels worldwide with the legendary Cotton Club All Stars 7 piece Blues and Jazz Band.




Ralph Williams


Saxophonist & Flutist

Has worked with Eddie Henderson, Buddy Montgomery, Bobby Hutchinson and Pharaoh Sanders, and the McCoy Tyner big band. He has also toured the United States, Alaska, Canada, Asia and Europe.




Clifford Salter


Baritone Saxophone

Born in Newark, NJ, he started playing with the A. Phillip Randolph Stage Band and the Harlem Renaissance Band. Led his own group throughout the city.




Joshue Levine



He has taught music at P.S. 241 in Harlem for the past 3 years. He graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 1998. He also plays and sings with his own band Los Acushlocos.




Tyrone Govan



He played for BT Express, Kinky Foxx, Pucho and the Latin Soul Band, Carol Douglas and many more.




Timothy F. Williams


Trombone, Arranger and Composer

Tim graduated from Berkley College of Music in 1982. His professional experience includes playing with The Manhattans, Sting, DeAngelo, Erica Badu, The Count Basie Orchestra, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and many more.




Brian Bonvissuto



Born in New York City and has been a freelance trombonist around the city his entire life. His father is also a professional trombonist who has been one of the top trombonists in New York for the last thirty years. Brian is a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and has played with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and for the Broadway show "Chicago". He has also performed with Al Martino, Jerry Vale, the Jambalaya Brass Band and the George Gee Orchestra. He has often performed for various heads of state, including Vice President Al Gore, Senator Hillary Clinton and the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.




Noriko Kamo


Piano and Vocalist

Noriko is a talented pianist from Japan and she performed in Tokyo for ten years, her vocal style reminiscent of Billie Holiday. She played with Art Blakey, who motivated her to move to New York City in 1986. She has also played with Sahib Shiha, Roy Ayers, Benny Powell, Frank Lacy, Dick Griffin, Stanley Jordan, Idris Muhammed, the Manhattans and she appeared on the TV program "Reading Rainbow" with The Bill Saxton Quartet.




Whitney Marchelle



Whitney is a very recognized accomplished singer in the Jazz world. She has performed on The Tonight Show and with Frank Sinatra, Clark Terry at The Village Vanguard, Donny Hathaway and Louis Armstrong. She plays piano and guitar and has a musical background of thirty years.

Marvin Horne



Born in 1953 in St. Louis, Mo, he attended the University of Missouri, and went on to play with Chico Hamilton from 1979 to 1983. He has also played alongside Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, The Dells, Nancy Wilson, Billy Eckstine, James Spaulding, Sarah Dash and Jack McDuff.

Tehrin C. Cole



Bassist and Educator

Tehrin has led a very successful career for over 30 years. He has played with Noel Pointer, Tania Maria, Bobbie Humphrey, and Phyllis Hyman. His Broadway shows include "Dream Girls", "Mama, I Want to Sing", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Sophisticated Ladies". He has also taught music in public and private institutions. He currently holds the bass chair with Pucho and the Latin Soul Brother

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