“Jeremy Siskind is a swinging and gifted young composer and pianist. He has the kind of thoughtful, lyrical approach that echoes players like Fred Hersch and Keith Jarrett. At the same time he is developing his own musical signature. Jeremy Sisking has a truly poetic expression.” – Kurt Elling
“With a nimble, grooving, ‘melodic’ touch, Hall knows how to tell a story.” -Jeff Potter - Modern Drummer Magazine
Jeremy Siskind is the winner of the 2012 Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition and the second place winner of the 2011 Montreux Solo Piano Competition. As a pianist, he’s performed both jazz and classical music at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, in Japan, Switzerland, Thailand, England, India, France, and China. His 2012 CD, Finger-Songwriter, was placed in emusic.com’s Top 100 CDs of 2012 (in any genre) and hailed as “the most exciting musical project I’ve heard in a long time” by the weblog Jazz Police. His upcoming CD, Housewarming, features Grammy-winning vocalists Kurt Elling and Peter Eldridge. He's been the chair of the Piano Department at Western Michigan University since 2014.
As a pedagogue, Siskind has six publications with Hal Leonard, including a new instructional book, The Jazz Band Pianist. He’s a frequent contributor to Clavier Companion magazine and has presented workshops at the Music Teacher’s National Association conventions in New York, Anaheim, and Chicago.
Siskind was recently named the Artistic Director at the brand-new American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida. A proud Yamaha Artist since 2013, he holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Jazz Performance and Music Theory) and Columbia University (English and Comparative Literature). His primary teachers include Fred Hersch, Sophia Rosoff, Harold Danko, Tony Caramia, Tamir Hendelman, and Scott McBride Smith.
Drummer Keith Hall has established himself as a passionate educator and joyful performer. He currently tours the globe playing concerts, festivals and appearing on numerous television and radio shows with singer/saxophonist and Concord Recording Artist, Curtis Stigers. Keith spent 8 years in New York City where he played drums on Broadway’s ‘Lion King for 3 years and served as the Director of Music at Faith Exchange Fellowship in Manhattan. He has performed with Marcus Belgrave, Betty Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Sir Roland Hanna, John Hicks, David Kikoski, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Phillip Mossman, Claudio Roditi, Hilton Ruiz, Luciana Souza, Terrell Stafford, Joe Wilder and Steve Wilson. He recently toured Eastern Europe with the Latin-jazz quartet Grupo Yanqui during a U.S. State Department tour, and has appeared on many recordings that include Curtis Stigers, Tom Knific, Ron DiSalvio, Mind’s Eye, Jeff Haas, and his own projects The Groov’tet, Skyline and most recently TRI-FI.
Keith holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University and Queens College in New York and has taught at New York University. He has given clinics and master classes around the world as an endorser for Regal Tip drumsticks, Taye drums, Istanbul Agop cymbal, Remo drumheads and Protection Racket drum cases. According to JazzPolice.com “He has the chops and fuel to hit the afterburner zone”, and Modern Drummer Magazine says “Hall has a nimble, grooving, and ‘melodic’ touch.”
Keith now lives in Michigan where he teaches at Western Michigan University and is the director of the Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive. He is the author of Jazz Drums Now! Vol. 1 and the radio host for Jazz Currents on WMUK.
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George DeLancey studied classical bass under Dr. Jacque Gray and Dr. Mark Morton while growing up in Cambridge, OH. He began intensive study of jazz as a member of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra under director Todd Stoll, and continued his studies with Rodney Whitaker at Michigan State University, where he performed as a sideman with Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Diego Rivera, Etienne Charles, as well as Detroit jazz mainstays Sean Dobbins, Vincent Chandler, Dwight Adams, and Steve Richko, and co-lead the acclaimed Sailors/DeLancey Jazz Orchestra with trumpeter/composer Michael Sailors.
A busy performer in the New York City jazz circuit, George has performed with the likes of Winard Harper, Johnny O’Neal, Christian Howes, Richard Galliano, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars. He has performed and taught at Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Workshop, as well as elementary schools, secondary schools, and universities across the United States