at Trumpets Jazz Club, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, New Jersey
Vibraphonist, drummer and percussionist Warren Smith’s rich and varied background ranges from classical to stints with Nina Simone, Charles Mingus, Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, and Janis Joplin. He made history, along with Max Roach, as one of the founders of the incomparable percussion unit M’Boom and operated the acclaimed loft space, “Studio Wis” throughout the 70’s and 80’s. His playing on vibes, drums or percussion can be heard on thousands of recordings.
While a high school student in Montclair, bassist Max Johnson toured nationally and internationally with progressive rock artists Jon Anderson and John Wetton, played locally with artists such as Adrian Belew and Vernon Reid, and has since gone on to work alongside artists such as Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Tyshawn Sorey, William Parker, Candido Camero and countless others. His musical career, has taken him to Germany, Italy, Switzerland, England and Canada; to the stages of Lincoln Center, the United Nations and festivals including the Bern Jazz Festival, Quebec City International Summer Festival, Lollapalooza, and Zappanale.
Guitarist John Ehlis fully embraces the creative side of music throughout a wide range of diverse and varied artistic collaborations.
Drawn to traditional and folk music from around the world, Ehlis blends the sounds of many cultures into his own style. As a multi-instrumentalist, he learned the mandolin busking on the streets of Denmark, Germany and Italy and has studied various woodwind instruments and percussion, including the Balinese Gamelan. While in Zimbabwe he met local musicians and performed with Motsi Uruka at the Amakhosi Theatre in Bulawayo. He also performs and studies the music of the Basques.