Ralphe Armstrong, performer, composer, producer, educator...is Excited to tour his latest project, Fusion Reunion!
Jazz bass legend and phenom, Ralphe Armstrong, began his classical bass training at Interlochen School of Fine Arts in Michigan. While still a teenager, he was hired by John McLaughlin to perform in the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Since then Ralphe has done countless gigs, tours and recording sessions with Frank Zappa, Jean-Luc Ponty, Carlos Santana, Geri Allen, Larry Coryell, Lenny White, Narada Michael Walden, Aretha Franklin, Earl Klugh, Eddie Harris, Don Sebesky, the London Symphony Orchestra and many, many others.
Gayelynn McKinney, born into the Detroit- based McKinney family of eminent musicians and an active Detroit scene, multi-award-winning drummer with a diverse drumming style that has given her the opportunity to play at many famous jazz festivals including Montreux-Switzerland, the 1996 Olympics, the Woma Jazz Fest in Italy and the Kennedy Center. Check out her impressive list of “side musician” gigs: Aretha Franklin, Freda Payne, Geri Allen, Chaka-Kan, David “Fathead” Newman, Steve Turre and Sonny Fortune to name a few.
Carlos McKinney, Grammy award-winning producer and pianist, born into the Detroit based McKinney family of eminent musicians. He’s studied classical and jazz piano since the age of 4 and has toured extensively, performing many prominent jazz festivals since 1992 with Acts such as Elvin Jones, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove, to name a few. As a record producer, he’s worked with Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Rhiannon, just to name a few! He’s an amazing talent both on and behind the musical scene.
Rick Margitza is a Detroit born saxophonist now residing in Paris France, who has long been regarded as one of the « Young Lyons » of the International Jazz Scene. Excellent tenor and soprano saxophonist, mostly inspired by John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Wayne Shorter, he has managed to expand and develop his unique voice, highly poetic and sharply incisive. Between 1989 and 1991, Margitza released three sessions for Blue Note Records and has recorded copiously thereafter, including with Eddie Gómez, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson, Maria Schneider, McCoy Tyner, and Chick Corea.
Regi Wooten is Louisiana-based, Grammy- award-winning guitarist-extraordinaire. When Regi was nine he started teaching his younger brothers Victor, bass guitar and Joseph, keyboards. Immediately the Wooten Brothers Band was formed. He’s known to them as ‘the Teacha’. Regi’s Guitar playing is very unique, coming from his ‘funk perspective’...he developed what he calls, “Funkamonics”. Regi is the real deal. You’ll feel this at his live performances.
Ralphe Armstrong- bass
Gayelynn McKinney- drums
Carlos McKinney- piano
Rick Margitza - saxophone
Reggie Wooten - guitar
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