Workshop Alumni Happenings March 12 – March 15, 2024

By Vail Jazz

22-year-old Summer Camargo (2018 trumpet) graduated just last year from the Juilliard School in NYC. But in 2022, as a senior at Juilliard, she became the youngest-ever member of the Saturday Night Live Band as well as the first person born in the 21st century to start working at SNL in any capacity! And now she has released “JP Shuffle,” the first single from her debut album, To Whom I Love (due out on March 15). Listen to the track here




1999 trumpet alum Maurice “Mobetta” Brown performs at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Mills River NC on March 12.


Drummer Cindy Blackman Santana and her band, which includes Zaccai Curtis (1999) on piano, are on tour, with a March 14 stop at South Jazz Kitchen in Philadelphia, and a two-night stay at The Carlyle Room in Washington DC on March 15 and 16. Then, on March 22, Curtis performs in the Las Vegas themed production of “Pops ‘n Jazz!” at the William H. Hall High School in West Hartford CT.


2004 saxophone alum Khris Royal performs with The Point at d.b.a in New Orleans on March 14. He then leads the musical arrangements as Music Director for a March 16 memorial tribute to New Orleans singer Jean Knight, at Tipitina’s. Additional performances in the Crescent City include March 17 and 24 with The New Sound at The Spotted Cat, and March 21-22 with The Point at d.b.a.


Pianist Robert Glasper (1997) is at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa AZ on March 15.


The Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents offering of “Sing and Swing: Our American Songbook,” with trumpeters Benny Benack III (2008) and Bria Skonberg, makes several stops this period: it’s at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, in Potsdam NY, on March 14 and 15; at Cary Hall in Lexington MA on March 21; at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA on March 22; at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Barrington MA on March 23; and at PepsiCo Theatre in Harrison NY on March 24.


2007 drums alum Bryan Carter leads his Jazz at Pride Orchestra in a “Rustin in Renaissance” performance, a four-movement meditation on the legacy of singer/activist Bayard Rustin, at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Appel Room in NYC on March 15 and 16.


Sullivan Fortner (2002 piano) is on the Kennedy Center Stage in DC for back-to-back National Symphony Orchestra performances of “Symphony Swing,” the music of Duke Ellington, on March 15 and 16. The following week, Fortner and Ambrose Akinmusire (2000 trumpet) team up for a duo tribute to Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines on March 22 at the Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor MI.


A March 16 performance by guitarist Michael-Louis Smith & Friends, at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan CT, includes special guest Josh Evans (2002) on trumpet.


Jose Andre Montano (2023 piano) performs during his March 19 birthday celebration at Blues Alley in DC.


Grace Kelly (2008 saxophone) leads her quartet in a March 21 performance at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium during the 2024 Sarasota Jazz Festival in Sarasota FL.


1998 trumpet alum Jumaane Smith performs on March 21 at Mississippi State University’s Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts in Starkville MS. Smith also headlines a “Louis Armstrong and More!” performance at the Oconee Performing Arts Society’s Festival Hall in Greensboro GA on March 22; and a “Louis! Louis! Louis” performance at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta on March 23.


Saxophonist Owen Broder (2007) and his quintet, which includes Bryan Carter (see earlier listing in this section) on drums, presents a “Hodges Front and Center” show (a tribute to the late saxophonist Johnny Hodges) at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz CA on March 21; at The Royal Room in Seattle WA on March 22; and at the Jack London Revue in Portland OR on March 23.


The Brandon Goldberg (2023 piano) Trio performs on March 22 at The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach FL. That’s the same date that Goldberg and his trio expect to release the album Live at Dizzy’s. The tour continues beyond then, so check future editions of Alumni Happenings for the dates and locations.


1997 saxophone alum Terrace Martin performs at The Novo in LA on March 22.


You can catch Anthony Hervey (2014 trumpet) in a quintet performance at Chris’s Jazz Café in Philadelphia on March 22.


The Karl Denson Project, with Workshop alumni Keyon Harrold (1997 trumpet), James Francies (2012 piano), and Blaque Dynamite (aka Michael Mitchell, 2011 drums), performs at Blue Note Napa (CA) on March 22 and 23.




Trumpeter Summer Camargo (see lead item, above) releases her debut album, To Whom I Love, on March 15.


Trumpeter Caleb Hudson’s March 15 release of Nothing Less includes compositions by 2005 trumpet alum Kyle Athayde.


Pianist Brandon Goldberg (see Performances, above) and his trio release the album Live at Dizzy’s on March 22. Listen here to “Circles,” from the new album.


Trumpeter Riley Muherkar’s recently-released debut album as a leader, Riley, includes Russell Hall (2010) on bass. Listen here to “Ride or Die,” from the album.


Pianist Jeremy Siskind (2003) recently released a duo album, Duo Tones, with trumpeter Tony Guerrero. Listen here to “A Child Is Born,” from the album. 


Sullivan Fortner (see Performances, above) joined bassist Rufus Reid on the latter’s recent duo recording release, It’s the Nights I Like. Here’s the title track.


A forthcoming (May 10) album by Morgan Guerin, titled Tales of the Façade, includes the track “Peace of Mind,” on which Guerin plays keyboards, reeds, bass, and percussion, and you can listen to that track here.


Pianist Zaccai Curtis (see Performances, above) plays on baritone saxophonist David Larsen’s new album, Cohesion. Here’s the title track.


Elena Pinderhughes (2011 saxophone) is featured on “Cripple,” from rap singer Lupe Fiasco’s newly-released DROGAS Wave. Listen to the song here.


Pop star Ariana Grande’s new album, Eternal Sunshine, includes writing and production credit for Nick Lee (2014 trombone), including for this song, “ordinary things (feat. Nonna).”


Recognitions, Awards & Other Items of Note


Jazziz Magazine has named Grace Kelly with Strings: At the Movies, the newest album release by Kelly (see Performances, above), among its “10 Albums You Need to Know for March 2024.” Congratulations, Grace!


Congratulations, as well, to Ambrose Akinmusire (see Performances, above), who has been named Artistic Director at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA! The program offers an immersive experience for young jazz musicians, providing full scholarships for a Master of Music in Jazz Performance degree.


Music creation platform Splice has partnered with Terrace Martin (see Performances, above) to showcase the creative potential of Splice Mobile, a new mobile experience allowing users to browse, audition, and craft music directly from their iOS and Android phones


Condolences to Bryan Carter (see Performances, above) and family, on the passing of Bryan’s father, saxophonist and jazz clinician Ronald Carter.


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