Here is who performed in 2014:
Sonny Fortune - saxophone; George Colligan - piano
Jeff Johnson - bass; John Bishop - drums
When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, Young, Bechet, Hawkins and Parker are mentioned.
Born in Philadelphia in 1939, he was 18 years old before deciding to pursue a career in jazz. In 1967 he moved to New York. After a brief stint with Elvin Jones and Frank Foster, Fortune toured with Mongo Santamaria's group before joining McCoy Tyner with whom he played for 2 1/2 years.
During this period, he cemented an already solid reputation as an instrumental innovator with his contributions on several of Tyner's albums.
Fortune then went on to work independently with his own ensemble and with drummer Buddy Rich, and was featured on the live recording at Rich's Manhattan nightspot, Buddy's Place. In September 1974, Miles Davis offered Sonny a job in his fusion group. By now accomplished on all the woodwinds, stayed with Miles for a year, recording four LPs - Big Fun, Agartha, Pangaea and Get Up With It.
Sonny has also recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Oliver Nelson, George Benson and Nat Adderly, to name a few. In 1975 Sonny formed his own group, marking his debut as a leader with two critically-acclaimed LPs for A&M Horizon. He's had many albums released since then including three titles on Blue Note Records in the '90s.
Chano Dominguez - Piano
Marina Alber - Vibes
While already a star in his homeland, Dominguez won an international following with his appearance in Calle 54, the award-winning 2000 documentary about Latin jazz.
Born in Cadiz in 1960, Dominguez started playing flamenco guitar around age 8 before moving on to the piano. In his twenties he formed the progressive Latin rock ensemble CAI who released three albums for CBS. Later pursuing a solo career, he was attracted to jazz by fusion pioneers like the Mahavishnu Orchestra & Weather Report, and then inspired by the works of Bill Evans & Thelonious Monk.
The incendiary keyboardist quickly became a dominant force in European jazz, leading an acclaimed trio and collaborating with artists including Paquito D'Rivera and Wynton Marsalis, with whom he recorded the stunning Vitoria Suite alongside guitar genius Paco de Lucia. His 2012 Blue Note Records release "Flamenco Sketches," received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year.
Marina Albero has played with some of the most important artists of early, flamenco and latin music including l'Arpeggiata, Barbarito Torres (Buenavista Social Club), Glen Velez, Pepe Habichuela, Carlos Saura, & Sara Flores. She plays hammered dulcimer, piano & vibes and has studied music in Spain & Cuba.
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