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Stephen Gauci – tenor saxophone 

Stephen Gauci is recognized as one of the leading saxophonists on the New York City improvised music scene.

Musicians he’s performed with include William Parker, George Garzone, Sabir Mateen, Tony Malaby, James Emory, Karl Berger, Kenny Wessel, Kris Davis,Tyshawn Sorey, Herb Robertson, Ben Allison, Marc Helias, Matt Maneri, Roy Campbell Jr., Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, Mike Bisio, Jay Rosen, Lou Grassi, Whit Dickey, Kirk Knuffke, Kenny Wollesen, and Graham Haynes.

In the past six years Stephen has released twelve records as a leader, as well as appearing as a prominant side man on three “Mike Bisio Quartet” releases. Gauci has performed at the Creative Improvised Music Festival (Austria), Rochest
er International Jazz Festival (New York), High Seirra Festival (California), Bumbershoot Festival, Folk Life Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival (Seattle, WA), and the Vision Festival (NYC). He has toured throughout Europe including Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Hungary, and Portugal.

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Kirk Knuffke – cornet

One of New York City’s “Busiest Musicians” (NY Times) Cornetist Kirk Knuffke has been based in New York City since 2005.  A largely self-taught musician, Kirk has also studied improvisation with great jazz artists such as Ornette Coleman, Art Lande and Ron Miles. He leads  his own groups, including the Kirk Knuffke Quartet and trio, which play at venues across New york City including Le Poisson Rouge, Cornelia street cafe and The Iridium among others . As a leader or Co-leader Knuffke has 10 recordings for labels: Cleanfeed, SteepleChase, Not Two, Relative Pitch, and No Buisiness.Kirk stays very busy as a member of the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet, touring the US, performing and teaching.  Recent concerts with Mr. Wilson brought Kirk to play at the New Port Jazz Festival and Jazz at the Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall with guest saxophonist Marshall Allen. The Matt Wilson Quartet plus John Medeski recorded a new CD for release in early 2014 on Palmetto Records. For 6 years Kirk enjoyed a fruitful and educational collaboration with the late Butch Morris resulting in 4 recordings and several European tours. As a sideman Knuffke also plays in The Mark Helias Quartet, the Andrew D’angelo Big Band, Josh Roseman’s Extended Constellations, The Jeff Davis Band, Ideal Bread, Brian Drye’s Bizingas Kenny Wollesen’s Wollesonic, Allison Miller’s Boom tic Boom, and Bill Goodwin’s Orntette. Kirk has also made appearances in venues outside the traditional New York jazz scene, including work with pop artist Josh Ritter on Sony Records.
Since arriving in New York, Kirk’s prolific work has included recordings and gigs with groups featuring, among others, Roswell Rudd, William Parker, Uri Caine, Myra Melford, Karl Berger, Jeff Lederer, Jamie Saft, Bob Stewart, John Tchicia, Graham Haynes, Mark Helias, Allison Miller, Vijay Iyer, Chris Speed, Jim Black, Tim Berne, Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, John Zorn, Tony Malaby, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Michael Formanek, Trevor Dunn, Angelica Sanchez, Joe Bonner, Chris Lightcap, Ted Nash, Steven Bernstein, and Mary Halvorson. Internationally, he has played with ensembles at jazz festivals in Saalfeldan Austria, Willisau Switzerland, The North Sea Jazz festival in Holland, The Moers festival as well as festival dates in Canada, Mexico, Italy and France.

Art Bailey- Piano/Accordion

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Pianist, accordionist, producer, composer and arranger, Art Bailey maintains a busy schedule playing improvisations, Latin jazz, traditional Cuban music and new classical music. He leads his own piano trio with bassist Michael Bates and drummer Owen Howard, which recently released its debut album Quiet as a Bone on HRL Records, and he leads the avant-chamber group Rare as Radium, with violinist Sam Bardfeld, bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and saxophonist Catherine Sikora. Since his arrival in New York City, Art has performed or recorded with dozens of stellar musicians and ensembles, including Guy Klusevcek, David Krakauer, Marty Ehrlich, Kirk Knuffke, Andy Gonzales, the Atlanta Symphony and the Grammy Award winning Klezmatics. He teaches both piano and accordion, and his website is

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Michael Bisio -bass

Michael Bisio invariably astounds audiences with the beauty of his tone and the intensity of his very personal musical language. His music has received 4 1/2 stars from DownBeat, Jazz Times states his music “resonates with intelligence, emotional depth and probing virtuosity.”Michael appears on over 60 cds, he is leader on 11 cds and co-leads 10. His recorded output has consistently met with critical praise. Michael’s first international release, In Seattle, (Silkheart), was chosen as one of the “Best Jazz Records of the 1980’s” in the Village Voice. Connections, (CIMP), 2005, as reviewed in Cadence Magazine. “…this is another important disc from Bisio and company that highlights Bisio’s talents as a musician, composer and bandleader.” Fourteen new releases in 2009 included two MBQ cds for CIMP and Not Two, two cds by Tomas Ulrich’s Cargo Cult, and Old Dog, By Any Other Name, (Porter Records). 2010 saw the release of Session at 475 Kent, duets with the highly acclaimed pianist Connie Crothers (MutableMusic) and Scanner with The Post Modern Jazz Quartet Blink of an Eye (Thirsty Ear). 2011 releases include Michael’s first solo effort Travel Music (MJB) and the highly lauded Matthew Shipp trio recording Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear).


Jeremy Carlstedt – drums

New York City based drummer/songwriter/vocalist Jeremy Carlstedt, known for his dynamic style, organic feel on the drums and musical intuition, has performed with some of the most forward thinking artists in jazz, rock, electronic and world music.

As a protege of the legendary Chico Hamilton, Jeremy has absorbed music history in the best possible classroom: on the bandstand as a member of Hamilton’s group Euphoria as well as Vincent Chancey’s Phat Chance, Brian Settles and Central Union and a new duet with Tim Motzer, which have put him on some of the world’s most prestigious stages including, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Syracuse Jazz Festival and Roulette.

With more than a dozen releases to his credit, Jeremy’s first solo recording, ‘When I Wake Up,’ an art-rock EP featuring his drumming, vocals and compositions, was released in October 2012 on 1k Recordings.