George Russell One of jazz and modern music’s most innovative and influential composer/arranger/theoretician/educators and conductor of the famed Living Time Orchestra, George is a recipient of the prestigious McArthur award and a National Endowment for the Arts American Jazz Master who recently retired as Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Jazz Studies and Improvisation and Jazz Orchestra at the New England Conservatory of Music. The second volume of his Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization was published in 2001.

Makanda Ken McIntyre – World-renowned multi-instrumentalist, composer, orchestrator and educator who was a tireless musical innovator for nearly half a century. He founded and chaired the American Music, Dance and Theatre Program at SUNY-Old Westbury, which was one of the country’s first departments dedicated to the arts in the African American tradition. He retired as a professor emeritus in 1995 and passed away in 2001.

Steve Rowland Peabody award-winning radio documentarian whose credits include The Miles Davis Radio Project and documentaries on Frank Zappa and George Clinton, his five-part series on John Coltrane entitled Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone aired across the 2001 in celebration of Coltrane’s 75th birthday.

Craig Harris – Trombonist/composer/educator/conceptualist/performance artist and artistic director, Craig is the founder of Nation of Imagination, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to the development of large-scale multi-media collaborative works as well as educating and creating new opportunities for emerging artists.

Joseph Daley – Composer/educator and low brass performer. Whether performing with his large ensemble; with his evocative Ebony Brass Quintet; or in the sparer solo, duo or trio contexts; sheer musicality, deeply-hewn emotion and jubilant innovation are always at the core of Joseph’s most singular musical expression.

Arts & Education Continuum  – Under the leadership of Director Darrell Bridges,  its mission is to support all aspects of the performing and visual arts.  Its vision is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the music which is indigenous to North America: blues, jazz, gospel and all genres which derive from our African American heritage.