peter evans - trumpet | joel ross - vibes
max jaffe - drums | JORDAN MORTON - bass
Max Jaffe is a drummer and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a versatile musician with a particular dedication to the grey areas between established genres. Originally hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, he began learning how to play drums from his father by the age of 6 and was performing in the Bay Area by the time he was an adolescent. Jaffe descended upon New York City in 2007 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he studied with Amir Ziv, Gerry Hemingway, John Hollenbeck, Jane Ira Bloom, Reggie Workman, and Tyshawn Sorey, among many other esteemed educators. After earning his B.F.A., he committed himself to engaging with the thriving and creative musical community in Brooklyn. He is a founding member of JOBS, with whom he composes and sings, as well as plays drums, and is a founding member of CHIVES, who also use all caps. He has also been fortunate to collaborate and tour with Man Forever, Normal Love, Leverage Models, Unnatural Ways, Pulverize The Sound, The Dreebs, Brandon Seabrook, Brandon Lopez, In One Wind, David Wax Museum, and Steven Lugerner. He is currently a member of Amirtha Kidambi's quartet called Elder Ones, and is a touring member of Delicate Steve.
Chicago native Joel Ross has performed with historic and seasoned artists - Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris - as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, and Marquis Hill. Twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and a 2013 YoungArts Jazz Finalist - he's also had the opportunity to perform at the Brubeck, Monterey, Seattle, and Chicago Jazz Festivals -and- at internationally-celebrated venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, SF Jazz in San Francisco, and Club Vibrato in Los Angeles.
Double bassist Jordan Morton, 23, grew up in Syracuse NY, with strong family ties in central Maine. After beginning on violin at age 7, she was haphazardly drawn to the double bass in her teens, and entered the Ithaca College School of Music in 2008 under the diverse instruction of Nicholas Walker. She has attended the Domaine Forget Institute of Music and Dance (’10, ’11) Colorado College Summer Music Academy (’10) the Wabass Institute (’12) and spent one semester on exchange at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands (Fall ‘11). She is is currently teaching double bass at Cornell University and the Opus School of Music in Ithaca, NY. She is also in the process of recording a full-length album of original pieces for voice and double bass. Jordan performs with the NYC-based klezmer-folk-jazz-mash-up group Ljova and the Kontraband, as a solo artist, and with a wide variety of projects in an unpredictable array of genres and venues.
Peter Evans is a trumpet player, and improvisor/composer based in New York City since 2003. Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions. Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works with an ever-expanding group of musicians and composers in the creation of new music. His primary group as a leader is the Peter Evans Septet. In addition, Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2002 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the field, having released several recordings over the past decade. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the Jerome Foundation's Emerging Artist Program, and the Doris Duke Foundation. Evans has presented and/or performed his works at major festivals worldwide and tours his own groups extensively. He has worked with some of the leading figures in new music: John Zorn, Kassa Overall, Jim Black, Weasel Walter, Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Levy Lorenzo, Nate Wooley, Steve Schick, Mary Halvorson, Joe McPhee and performs with both ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. He has been releasing recordings on his own label, More is More, since 2011. 2016 saw the release of the highly acclaimed solo album "Lifeblood" and "Genesis", the third last record by the Peter Evans Quintet.