Alicia Rau on Trumpet and Vocals, Sarah Jane Cion on Piano and Jim Cammack on Bass.
Known for her sultry tone and intuitive rhythm, female trumpeter and vocalist Alicia Rau has fashioned a notable reputation on the New York music scene. Rau connects with audiences worldwide and has become internationally recognized by her world music influences and organic approach. Taking the East Coast by storm, she performs and composes on trumpet, flugelhorn, voice, African percussion, and kalimba, drawing inspiration from a diverse musical upbringing
The youngest of six girls in a musical family, this Iowa farmer’s daughter began playing music at an early age. As a toddler, Alicia would mimic TV jingles and familiar tunes on the piano. By age 7, she started piano lessons, and by age 10, she latched onto the trumpet. After much involvement in music in high school, she double majored in Music and Anthropology at the University of Iowa. Rau moved to New York after graduating college and now leads two of her own jazz projects, aRAUz and Sugah Rush. aRAUz, her jazz project, features bassist Marcus McLaurine, guitarist Adam Lomeo, and drummer Bruce Cox. With sultry vocals in French and English, original African compositions, bebop-funk fusion, and innovative pop arrangements, aRAUzcaptivates audiences with catchy tunes both familiar and new. Currently residing in Manhattan, New York, Rau teaches private lessons on trumpet, piano, trombone, and flute. She conducts concert band and brass sectionals at Public School 29 with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Additionally, Rau teaches French, group piano, flute, and recorder in Murray Hills, Public School 116.
Sarah Jane Cion has performed with young and older jazz legends such as Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Anita O’Day, Della Griffin, Ralph Lalama, Alan Harris, Carmen Leggio, Dr. Lyn Christie, Bucky Pizzarelli, Don Braden, and many others.
“Sarah is a marvelous, marvelous, marvelous jazz piano player. She is young, talented, creative and imaginative. Watch out!” —Clark Terry
Sarah Jane Cion is a 1st Place Winner of the internationally acclaimed 17th Annual Great American Jazz Piano Competition. The judges were Horace Silver, Kenny Barron, Ellis Marsalis, Benny Green and Bill Charlap.
When you hear James Cammack play the bass you will marvel at his originality and virtuosic approach to the instrument. And it's no wonder, for over 30 years, James Cammack has been a regular member of and performed continuously with the legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal. A piano and trumpet student in his early years, Cammack is largely self-taught. He became interested in playing the bass through an uncle who was also a professional musician. Later, by the recommendation of a high school teacher, Cammack was accepted into the West Point jazz band following an audition. During his stint in the military, Cammack had ample opportunity to play weddings, shows, and jazz gigs in the New York area and learned his trade. A great music associate, pianist and mentor, the late Frank Richmond, mentioned Cammack’s name to Ahmad Jamal, who snapped him up right after West Point.