The Lost Tribe
The Lost Tribe is an ensemble that plays jazz/funk interpretations of traditional West African songs and rhythms, with traditional percussion, rhythm section, and horns.
Organized by percussionist Jocelyn Pleasant, the group includes Seny Tatchol Camara, Grey Freeman, Matt Belliveau, Joel Hewitt, Nathan Davis, Karim Rome, and Richard III McGhee.
Jocelyn Pleasant is a percussionist and educator from Bloomfield, CT. She received her first formal training from the Hartt School Community Division in classical percussion at age 10. In addition, she studied African percussion and jazz drum set the Artists Collective, Jackie and Dollie McLean’s community arts center in Hartford, CT. Some of her teachers at the Collective included Alan Palmer, Raymond Williams, and Steve Davis. Both institutions afforded Jocelyn the opportunity to perform throughout New England.
Jocelyn continued her music studies at the George Washington University in Washington DC, as a Presidential Arts Scholar and American Studies major. Her primary teachers were Ricky Loza and Alejandro Lucini, with whom she studied Latin (Afro-Cuban and Brazilian) drums and percussion.
Jocelyn now resides in Middletown, CT and teaches and plays in a variety of genres and settings. She is currently on staff at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and teaches a residency program at Goodwin College Early Childhood Learning Center as a teaching artist for Backbeat City Performing Arts. She has also been on staff at the Artists Collective and Green Street Arts Center.
Dingonek Street Band
The Dingonek Street Band is a raucous, improvisatory brass band fusing Afrobeat and Ethio-jazz with post-bop, funk, and New Orleans parade music.
From the ashes of the phoenix that was the Underground Society Band rises a stronger primal force in avant-brass funkiness. Shaped by the music of Cryptozoology and our exploration of the universal roots of human jubilation, the Dingonek will serve to fuse Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, post-bop, and New Orleans second line into a potent improvisatory musical brew.
Bobby Spellman, trumpet & slide trumpet; Emily Pecoraro, soprano saxophone; Tyler Burchfield, baritone saxophone; Greg Blair, tenor saxophone; Josiah Reibstein, tuba; Marco Frey, drums
Nick Di Maria - trumpet
Josh Walker - saxophone
Andrew Kosiba - keyboards
Andrew Zwart - bass
Eric Hallenbeck - drums
Nick Di Maria is a trumpeter, composer, bandleader, educator and community activist based in New Haven, CT.
A graduate of the WCSU school of music, Nick has performed across the country in various bands and musical projects including the New Haven Jazz Festival, Warped Tour, NYC jazz clubs and more.
He leads his group WiRED, that keeps one foot in the jazz of the 1970's and the other in music beyond, which blends the hard driving grooves of funk with jazz melodies. The music is explorative, original and simply danceable.
Di Maria’s most recent album, Bomb Shelter Music was released in 2018.
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