Ira Sullivan, Saxes, Trumpet, Flute
Nicole Fasco, Oboe
Ed Maina, Sax, Flute, Clarinet
5 time Grammy-nominated, jazz legend Sullivan is that rare thing, a true multi-instrumentalist, capable of improvising statements of worth on all his instruments. He was taught trumpet by his father, saxophone by his mother and played both in 50s Chicago with such seminal figures as Charlie "Bird" Parker, Lester Young, Wardell Gray and Roy Eldridge, garnering a reputation as a fearsome bebop soloist. After playing briefly with Art Blakey (1956), and mastering alto and baritone saxophone, Sullivan moved south to Florida and out of the spotlight in the early 60s. His reluctance to travel limited his opportunities to play with musicians of the first rank, but Sullivan continued to play in the Miami area, often in schools and churches. Contact with local younger players, notably Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny led to teaching and to a broadening of his own musical roots to include the lessons of John Coltrane's music and elements of jazz rock. With the addition of flute and soprano saxophone to his armoury, Sullivan moved to New York and in 1980 formed a quintet with legendary bop trumpeter Red Rodney. Resisting the temptation to follow current trends and play the music of their youth, Sullivan and Rodney worked on new material and fostered young talent to produce some fresh and stimulating music. see irasullivan.com
Nicole Fasco earned her Bachelor Degree in Music Education from the University of Miami. She teaches in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and has participated as conductor and oboist in Coral Park Baptist Church.
ED MAINA, Instrumentalist / Educator
(Woodwinds, EWI) Ed Maina Music, Do It Again Records. 1969 ‚Äì Present, Ed Maina is very active as a woodwind soloist and clinician as well as an educator. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Music and Jazz Studies and a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami. For the past 11 years, he's been the Associate Director of Bands, as well as the Orchestra Director at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines. Prior to teaching at Flanagan, Ed Maina was the Director of Bands at Lawton Chiles Middle School for seven years and thirteen years at Westview Middle School, both in Miami-Dade County. While there, he earned the coveted "Louis Armstrong Fellowship Award", awarded by the International Association of Jazz Educators for excellence in Jazz Education (1992).
While fulfilling his duties as an educator, Ed travels several times a year performing concerts and clinics to various schools in the tri-county area. He also was one the coordinators of the Superintendent's Honors Jazz Band (Miami-Dade County), and has also been the guest conductor/ clinician for Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach County Honor bands. He was also a selection adjudicator for F.B.A., Middle School All-State bands for two years.
Some of his performing and recording credits include The Maynard Ferguson Orchestra*, Linda Eder*, Frank Wildhorn*, Will Lee*, Michael Feinstein*, Broadway Musical Soundtracks- "Jekyll and Hyde"* and "The Scarlet Pimpernel"*, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Jon Secada, Chaka Khan, The Funk Brothers (Motown), Pebo Bryson*, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Charytin* (Univision), Ednita Rosario, Linda Ronstadt, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Chubby and Duffy Jackson*, Mike Gerber, Ira Sullivan*, Nester Torres, Randy Bernsen* with Jaco Pastorius* , Mike Lewis*, Louie Bellison, Oscar Peterson, Mel Torme, Johnny Mathis, Vic Damone, Kenny Rogers, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Bob Hope, Rick Krive*, Mike, Nicky and Debbie Orta*, Garry Campbell, Toni Bishop, University of Miami's Concert Jazz Band* (with Ed Calle*, Rick Margitza*, Michael Brecker, Pete Minger*, Dave Liebman*, Bob James), Tom Brooks, Abraham Laboriel Sr.*, Darlene Zschech (Hillsong), Steve Reed (The Rippingtons'. percussionist), The O'Jays, The Temptations, The Spinners, The Stylistics, Deana Martin*, 14 Jazz Orchestra*, Barry Gibb*
Ed Maina still performs, records, private teaches and resides in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He is happily married (35 yrs) and very proud of his two sons, Michael and Justin, and daughter, Priscilla who is an accomplished flute player, Frost Young Musicians Camp alumnus, and is retired from the USMC Band. She is also featured playing Bass Flute on Amazing Grace on her dad's debut CD/album..." In the Company of Brothers". It also features Abraham Laboriel Sr., Ira Sullivan, Kemuel Roig, Oskar Cartaya, Gaby Vivas, Rick Krive, Jim Gasior, Gustavo Eraso and many others!