Vocalist/Keyboardist Jennifer Justice (http://www.jane4justice.com)has been performing since she was 5 years old. A talented and versatile musician, she has been on stage and a piano/violin/viola/voice teacher in Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area and NYC professionally for 15+ years. Her creativity has flourished as a stand-up comedienne, has created an original rock musical and a one woman show: “Jeneration X.” Jennifer has dazzled scores of fans across the world with her original wit, style and sassiness and creates a memorable performance you won’t forget.
Guitarist Tristan Clark (http://tristanclark.ca) originally from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada started playing guitar at the age of 11. In 2001, he relocated to Toronto and completed his degree in Jazz Performance at Humber College in 2005. In 2014, Tristan moved to New York City to further pursue his career in the music industry. Currently, Tristan teaches guitar lessons for New York University’s Music Program.
Bassist John Lang (http://johnlangbass.com/) has a diverse background in performance, arranging and composition. He is a familiar face to audiences in New York City and across America. As an in-demand sideman and leader, Mr. Lang was the house bassist for the Broadway premiere of “Fat Camp” and has written and arranged music for many of New York’s top singers and bands including Porgy & Bess’ star Norm Lewis.
Raised in Brooklyn, New York, keyboardist Julia Chen began studying both jazz and classical piano at an early age. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the the Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. Her previous teachers include Marco Benevento, Roberta Piket, Billy Hart, and Dan Wall.
She has led, composed, and arranged for groups in New York and Oberlin, performing at venues including the Cutting Room in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She accompanies ballet, modern, and kids dance classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and Marymount Manhattan College.
Tokyo-native Arei Sekiguchi (http://www.whosdatjapanesekid.com)took up drums after early studies in classical piano and marimba. His first exposure to international performance came through tours of the U.S. and Europe with Up With People at the age of 18. Later he moved to NYC to further study music.
He received a BFA from the New School University under the guidance of jazz Legends such as Bobby Sanabria, Chico Hamilton, Reggie Workman, and Charles Tolliver. He has also studied privately with some of the most sought after drummers in the world: Michael Carvin, Jorge Alabe and Antonio Sanchez. He has performed at various festivals and venues all over the United States including River to the River Festival (NYC), New York Anime Festival, Whitney Museum, and the National Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Arei has recorded for labels such as Sony Japan, and Clean Feed (Portugal). Besides performing and touring, he actively teaches in Schools as well as privately throughout New York City. He has also been a regular accompanist for the Afro-Brazilian Dance Class (led by Quenia Ribeiro) at Alvin Ailey for the last seven years.