Possessing a powerful sound, an authoritative beat, and an intense, unrelenting swing, bassist George DeLancey is known as a formidable musician, from his hometown of Cambridge, OH to the New York City jazz circuit, and to audiences around the country. He is active as a bandleader and composer, and has appeared as a sideman with noted jazz musicians Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Christian Howes, Johnny O'Neal, Winard Harper, Philip Harper, Tia Fuller, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars. He has performed for and taught students around with the country as a bandleader, as well as with programs such as JALC's Jazz for Young People and Christian Howes' Creative Strings Workshop. George began studying bass with Dr. Jacque Gray of Muskingum College, and later with Dr. Mark Morton of the Columbus Symphony. He received many accolades and scholarships as a student, and continued his studies under Rodney Whitaker, Distinguished Professor and director of the esteemed Jazz Studies Program at Michigan State University. He has resided in New York City since 2011.
Seth Ebersole is a saxophonist and educator from the Philadelphia area. He has shared the stage with with some of the finest musicians in jazz including: Christian McBride, John Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Cobb and many others. A 2015 graduate of the Jazz Studies department of Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, Seth is currently in his second year of graduate studies at Michigan State University where he works as the Jazz Woodwind Teaching Assistant. Seth maintains a busy work schedule teaching and performing both jazz and commercial music in addition to his academic pursuits.
Rufus Ferguson is a pianist based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and is currently a jazz piano Graduate Student at Western Michigan University where he studies under Jeremy Siskind. Rufus got his start studying classical piano while also being a gospel church organist. He later began playing jazz piano. During his tenure at WMU, Rufus has studied with Jeremy Siskind, Andrew Rathbun, Fred Hersch, Edward Simon, Roger Jones and Barry Harris. He has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with world renown jazz artists such as Terrell Stafford, Deborah Brown, Joe Lovano, Billy Drewes, Randy Brecker and Miguel Zenon. Rufus is a member of Keith Hall’s Homecookin band, Nashon Hollaway and Stereo Garden, and the current Downbeat award winning group for best Graduate jazz quartet in the U.S., The Lasse Grunewald Quartet.
Nicholas Bracewell is a Jazz Drummer from Essex, Ontario. He began playing drums at a very young age, initially playing on pots and pans and small drums his mother bought as toys. By the age of 8 he received his first drum kit which sparked his love for the drums. At the age of 11 he was accepted intothe Civic Youth Ensembles jazz program in Detroit,Michigan under the direction of Rodney Whitaker. Through this program he received mentorship from Rodney Whitaker, Diego Rivera, Sean Dobbins and Kris Johnson. With the presence of the Michigan State Professors at Civic, the transition to MSU seemed natural. In 2015, he received his Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Performance at MSU, and is currently studying for his Master’s with Randy Gelispie. He has played at festivals around the U.S. and Canada including the Detroit Jazz Festival, East Lansing Summer Solstice Festival, Lansing Jazz Festival, the Windsor Blues Festival and most recently South by Southwest. He has played with artists such as Randy Napoleon, Rodney Whitaker, Diego Rivera, and Rick Roe.