Pianist Jon Mayer was influenced by Charlie Parker and recorded with legendary saxophonists Jackie McLean, and John Coltrane in the late 50’s. Jon is a hard – bop and lyrical player, composer, and educator. Mayer has 11 recordings as a leader, and has toured or recorded with jazz and pop vocalists, instrumentalists, and jazz big bands. Jon cites pianists Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Carl Perkins, and Horace Silver as influences.
Saxophonist Ralph Moore attended Berklee School of Music and was a member of The Tonight Show Band for 15 years. Ralph has performed on 14 recordings, and 6 as a leader. Moore has played with Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, The Mingus Dynasty, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Brown, Roy Hargrove, J.J. Johnson,
Bobby Hutcherson, Oscar Peterson, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Brian Lynch, and Bill Mays.
Drummer Roy McCurdy attended Eastman School of Music. In the early to mid 60’s, Roy performed or recorded with The Mangione Brothers, Sonny Rollins, and The Art Farmer – Benny Golson Jazztet. For 10 years, McCurdy performed with The Cannonball Adderley Quintet, making 18 recordings, and 7 more with Brother Nat Adderley. In total, Roy has performed on 40 recordings. A hard – bop player, McCurdy has played with great vocalists and musicians, and credits as influences Louie Bellson, Shelly Manne, Sam Woodyard, Buddy Rich,
Papa Jo Jones, Philly Jo Jones, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Lunceford, and Lionel Hampton. Roy currently teaches at The USC Thornton School of Music.
Bassist Will Lyle attended The Berklee School of Music and is an outstanding arranger, teacher, and performer.