ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Michael K. Howell (Guitar)
Michael Howell began playing guitar in Kansas City, Missouri. He studied classical guitar at the Music and Arts Institute of San Francisco and later received a degree in Music from Lehman College in New York. Michael has performed and recorded with musicians such as Bobby Hutcherson, Art Blakey, George Duke, Gene Ammons, Woody Shaw, Paquito D’Rivera, and Dianne Reeves. He performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival Guitar Summit with Joe Pass and Jim Hall. Michael also worked for five years with the great bebop innovator, John “Dizzy” Gillespie.
Michael currently works with his own group, freelances and teaches at the Jazzmobile Workshop. He also works with the Jimmy Owens Group. They have toured Central America and recently returned from a music festival in Asunción, Paraguay. This past summer Michael played and recorded with Jazz Violinist Michael White & Orbits at the California Plaza in Los Angeles. Michael recorded three solo albums: “Alone” on Catalyst Records, and “Looking Glass” and “In the Silence” on Milestone Records. He recently recorded a CD to be released this year, “Live at El Taller.”
Ed Stoute (Piano)
Ed Stoute is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and is a composer of original music and an arranger of standards. His repertoire ranges from traditional jazz (Bebop) to Brazilian. He works with his own trio and quintet as well as performing with many artists and vocalists. The host includes “The Illinois Jacquet Big Band” and currently “The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra.” Ed was also chosen to receive the Dr. Barry Harris award. He is a member of the Brooklyn Arts Council, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium and the Creative Jazz Organization.
Leroy Williams (Drums)
Born in Chicago, Leroy moved to New York playing with Judy Roberts. He played with Booker Ervin in 1967. In 1968 he played with Archie Shepp and Clifford Jordan, Barry Harris, Hank Mobley, Wilbur Ware and Thelonious Monk with whom he toured Japan. Later in the ’70s he played with Yusef Lateef, Ray Bryant, Charles McPherson, Stan Getz, Andrew Hill, Sonny Stitt, Junior Cook, Al Cohn, Buddy Tate and Bob Wilber. He recorded with Anthony Braxton, Al Cohn, Ted Dunbar, Barry Harris, Andrew Hill, Hank Mobley and John Patton and has recorded his own release “Time is…”
Bertha Hope (Piano)
Bertha Hope was born and raised in Los Angeles. She was the wife of the late pianist Elmo Hope and collaborated and transcribed many of his compositions. In her work in perpetuation of these compositions she has developed a group called “ELMOllennium” consisting of Walter Booker, Leroy Williams, Virgil Jones, Charles Davis, Roni Ben-Hur and guest vocalist Amy London. She was an artist in residence under the auspices of the The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, creating spinoff workshops statewide. Bertha has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Foster, Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. Also, as the leader of “The Bertha Hope Trio,” she has extensively toured throughout Japan. As a composer and arranger she has recordings of her own such as “In Search of Hope,” “Elmo’s Fire,” “Between Two Kings” and “Nothing but Love.” She currently teaches advanced jazz ensemble at The Lucy Moses School and an Introduction to Jazz Program at Washington Irving H.S., and works regularly with the Jazz Foundation of America.
Mike Camoia (Sax)
Mike Camoia plays tenor sax. He was born in Brooklyn and began playing sax in 1960. He went on to study sax with Joe Henderson throughout the 1960s. He performed with the Larry Elgart Big band in the early 1970s. He has accompanied such artists as Chet Baker, Cecil Payne, Jimmy Owens, Jo Jones Jr., Rahn Burton, Don Moore, Jimmy Vass, Charles Davis, Jimmy Lovelace, Alex Layne and Clifford Barbaro as well as Joe Henderson on occasion. He also participates in the Musicians Union Jam Sessions.
Hilliard Greene has been studying music for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally over twenty. His emphasis is in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B, Tango as well as the music of other continents and US regions, and solo performances. Greene studied at the University of Northern Iowa and at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been teaching private students and classes for over 25 years. He is currently a faculty member at the Bass Collective in New York City. He continues to teach privately and to do workshops and master classes in upright and electric bass for both children and adults. He performs widely in the New York City area: recitals, nightclubs, concert halls (including Carnegie Hall), recording studios, radio and television. Also performs in major cities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe east and west, Asia, the West Indies, and South America.
Greene performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott for 20+ years, serving as his Musical Director from 1995 to 2011. Greene was also Cecil Taylor’s Concert Master for his group “Phtongos”.