William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City, heralded by The Village Voice as, “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.” In addition to recording over 150 albums, he has published six books and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists. His current trio includes another two great musicians from different generations. Ava Mendoza is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Born in 1983, she started performing her own music, and as a side woman and collaborator in many different projects. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most ongoing work is as leader of experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Gerald Cleaver was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and is a product of the rich music tradition found there.Inspired by his father, John Cleaver, also a drummer, he began playing the drums at an early age. He also played violin in elementary school and switched to trumpet during high school. While in his teens, he gained early working experience with Ali Muhammad Jackson, Lamont Hamilton and later with Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, Rodney Whitaker. He has performed or recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitous, Michael Formanek, Tomasz Stańko, Craig Taborn and many others.
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