Diane Richardson holds a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from The University of Southern California, an M.M. in Jazz Studies from The Boston Conservatory, and a B.M. from Berklee College of Music. Richardson is a member of The Makanda Project, a 13-piece band performing the music of jazz musician and educator Makanda Ken McIntyre. Richardson’s recordings, performances, and presentations include A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln, hosted by Friends of the Dudley Branch Library, Inc.; Abbey’s Road: Abbey Lincoln’s Vision of Life; Berklee Sun Ra Arkestra; Ella in the Classroom Master Class; Portrait: The Music of Charles Mingus; SingusMingus: A Jazz Lieder Program; The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington; and African American Spirituals and Arts Songs. Richardson is also a spoken-word artist with the national touring company of the Langston Hughes Project: Twelve Moods for Jazz. She is assistant chair and professor in Voice Department at Berklee College of Music.
Acoustic and electric bassist John Lockwood has toured the U.S. and Europe with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, the Mel Lewis Big Band, and The Fringe. He has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, MIT Symphony, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Toots Thielemans, Stan Getz, and Art Farmer. John also teaches at Berklee College of Music as well as the New England Conservatory.
Yoron Israel is a drummer, percussionist, vibraphonist, and composer. A native Chicagoan, Israel holds a B.M. from Roosevelt University and an M.M. from Rutgers University. Bandleader of the groups High Standards, Connection, and Organic, he performs internationally with David Fathead Newman, Jay Hoggard, and Bill Mays. He has also performed extensively and recorded over 100 recordings with such renowned artists as Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Ahmad Jamal, Abbey Lincoln, Art Farmer, Tony Bennett, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, James Williams, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, Shirley Caesar, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. Israel is the assistant chair of the Percussion Department at Berklee College of Music.
Jiri Nedoma is one of the most talented and versatile piano players of his generation. During his music studies he became a member of the Czech Radio Big Band and performed with many jazz and popular artists across Europe. After receiving considerable scholarships from Berklee College of Music's World Scholarship Tour, Jiri left Prague and made his way to Boston where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance. Jiri is currently a recipient of a Presidential scholarship at the New England Conservatory and working towards his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies. Jiri has studied with such jazz
greats as Fred Hersch, Jerry Bergonzi, Joanne Brackeen, Jason Moran and Phil Wilson. He has recorded numerous albums as a sideman, and collaborated with the Grammy Award Winner Terri Lyne Carrington and Berklee faculty Gabrielle Goodman, Donna McElroy, Steve Santoro, Jeannie Gagne, Nadia Washington and others. His recording with the Polish/Cuban vocalist Yvonne Sanchez entitled “My Garden” was nominated for the “Album Of The Year 2008” in the Czech Republic. Jiri also works as an accompanist at the Berklee College of Music.