This year marks TONY MARTUCCI’S fiftieth year in music. During that time Tony has performed and recorded on stages at home and abroad with some of the greatest names in music. A short list of those collaborations include John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Paul Bley, Michael and Randy Brecker, Rusty Bryant, Gary Burton, George Coleman, Marc Copland, Eddie Daniels, Dave Douglas, Tommy Flanagan, George Garzone, Danny Gatton, Joe Henderson, Fred Hersch, Lee Konitz, David Liebman, The Jose Limon Dance Company, Joe Lovano, Hank Marr, Donny McCaslin, Grachan Moncur lll, James Moody, Don Patterson, Dewey Redman, Joshua Redman, Sonny Stitt, and Kenny Werner.
Martucci continues to cultivate an original and interpretive drum style that is both supportive and interactive, reflecting his deep understanding of the jazz tradition and his vast stylistic influences. Tony is a skilled accompanist and a soloist of unusual melodic depth.
Tony’s extensive discography includes four critically acclaimed recordings under his own name: “EARTH TONES” (which earned a spot on the Jazz Times Critics Pick Best of the Year), “COLLAGE”, “LONG STREET CHARM” (rated four stars in Down Beat magazine), and the most recent, “LIFE IN HAND,” included by The Washington Post in its list of the best recordings of 2011. In addition to leading his own ensembles, current projects include The Jazz Update, The Victor Haskins Group, Glenn Wilson, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Mary Morton Parsons Jazz Masters.
Martucci has been a professor of music at The College of William and Mary and The University of Maryland. Tony currently is an adjunct professor of music at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches drum set, Latin percussion, and small jazz ensemble. Tony is also a teaching artist for the Washington Performing Arts Society, The Capitol Jazz Project, and the Kennedy Center Jazz Outreach program in Washington D.C.
Jamal R. Moore is a native of Baltimore Maryland whom is a multi-instrumentalist, composer/performer and educator.
His background include California Institute of The Arts (M.F.A. 2012), Berklee College of Music (B.M 2005), Eubie Blake Jazz Orchestra (2000) under the direction of Christopher Calloway Brooks and historical acclaimed Frederick Douglass Sr. High whom notable alumni Thurgood Marshall, Cab Calloway, and Ethel Ennis graduated from.
Some notable luminaries Jamal has worked with are Wadada Leo Smith (2013 Pulitzer finalist) whom he studied with at California Institute of The Arts, Nicole Mitchell, Sabir Mateen, Roscoe Mitchell, David Ornette Cherry (Organic Roots Nation), Dr. Bill Cole the late George Duke and Sheila E.
He is a long-‐term member of KREation and Conference of The Birds ensembles directed by Kevin Robinson. A member of The Pan African Peoples Arkestra of the late Horace Tapscott, Calvin Gant ensemble directed by Calvin Gant and Nicole Mitchell; and Joyful Noise Band under the direction of Luke Stewart.
Jamal currently leads his own groups, Akebulan Arkestra, Napata Ensemble, Black Elements Quartet, and Organix Trio.
“As musicians we are healers of humanity and have a responsibility to
cleanse dis-‐ease through positive tones, frequencies and vibrations. Music
is the nucleus and universal language of the oversoul, mind, body and
spirit.” Jamal R. Moore
Michelle Acton enjoys an active music life of many styles, including wind band, big band, chamber ensembles, and rock. Her primary job is as a member of the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” She also is a member of Great Noise Ensemble, a DC-based group that champions the performance of contemporary music. In addition to these commitments, she has performed on numerous occasions with the Washington Saxophone Quartet and the Chesapeake Orchestra and Big Band, and she has played with Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and others. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University and a Master of Music Performance from the University of North Texas.