Michael K. Howell Originally from Kansas City, MO, Michael Howell was inspired and taught by his father and by noted KC guitarist Herley Dennis. Michael has performed and recorded with his own group, as well as with a stellar list of musicians that includes Bobby Hutchenson, Hampton Hawes, Art Blakey, Gene Ammons, Woody Show, and George Duke. He recorded three solo albums, "Alone" on Catalyst Records, and "Looking Glass" and "In The Silence" on Mile Stone Records. He has toured with the Boys' Choir of Harlem, and for five years toured with Dizzy Gillespie. He performed as a special guest at the Monterey Jazz Festival Guitar Summit which also included guitarist Joe Pass, Mondell Lowe, Jim Hall, and Lee Riteniur. Michael has performed on a number of television shows including the PBS show, "From Jump Street: The Story of Black Music," hosted by Oscar Brown, Jr. Michael has taught at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Lucy Moses School for Music, and at the JazzMobile Workshop (1990 - present).
§ Ken Filiano Native New Yorker Ken Filiano is one of the most versatile and in-demand bassists working today. Credits in jazz, improvised music, classical music, tango, and interdisciplinary performance include performance and/or recording with Steve Adams, Anthony Braxton, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, Connie Crothers, Bill Dixon, Ted Dunbar, Giora Feidman, Vinny Golia, Frank London, Tina Marsh, Dom Minasi, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Roswell Rudd, Fay Victor, Pablo Zeigler, and many more. His extensive discography includes his solo bass CD, "subvenire" (Nine Winds) and "Dreams From a Clown Car" (Clean Feed), which presents his compositions for his quartet, Quantum Entanglements, with Tony Malaby, Michael Attias, and Michael T.A. Thompson. Ken teaches double bass and improvisation.
§ Michael TA Thompson Hailing from St. Thomas, Michael T.A. Thompson calls his work "soundrhythium"; much more than a drummer, Michael plays as he breathes, hearing everything and playing in a way that's ever inventive and responsive. Michael has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists including Joe McPhee, Oliver Lake, Kid Jordan, Matthew Shipp, Roy Campbell, Jr., Uri Caine, Barbara Sfraga, Marc Ribot, William Parker, Sherry Winston, the legendary Clypsonians, The Mighty Sparrow, The Shadow, Beckett, reggae artist Owen Gray, and artists from classical to rap and beyond. Thompson produces New York-based artists who are pushing the musical envelope and making an impact on today's jazz performance scene. He has recorded for television shows such as "Blue's Clues" (Nickelodeon), and for commercials and film scores.
§ Village Voice 2009 Jazz Poll: Tom Hull's Alternate, Unsettled Top 10: I'd also like to point out that anything with Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Ellery Eskelin or Tony Malaby on tenor sax, Ken Filiano or John Hebert on bass, and/or Tom Rainey or Michael TA Thompson on drums is practically guaranteed to be superb.