Charles Turner & Uptown Swing
Live recording, LA BELLEVILLOISE
April in Paris
Charles Turner & Uptown Swing , bringing that Swing and Spirit of Harlem to dancers and music lovers around the world. Vibrant Swing , Virtuosic Bebop & Vital Blues, Uptown extends music from the swing era to present. Music played from the 1930’s to original tunes set to keep you dancing and that spirit lifted. Mr. Turner leading the band with the smoothness of Nat King Cole, that power of Joe Williams , and dexterity of the Rudy Valle. Turner’s voice expresses every color and tone of swing from uptempo hot jazz to sentimental ballads, a diverse Pallet of music showcased to ensure an incredible night of swing . Be prepared to feel free to express yourself fully , as that band blows and billows. Charles Turner & Uptown Swing is a communal experience, dance and music come together as one to create that unforgettable night and long lasting memories under the spirit of swing . Bring that swag because swag is swing and swing is swag! And remember “ It Don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got “ THAT” Swing!!!!
Charles Turner, vocal
Lawrence Leathers, drums
Grammy Winning Drummer Lawrence Leathers, is one of the most respected musicians of his generation today. Born in Lansing, MI November 23rd 1981, drums became his love at the age of 10. At the age of 15 his professional career started, and he hasn't looked back since. After moving to New York (2007) to attend The Juilliard School, he quickly began to rise among the ranks to perform/record with some of musics greats including, Wynton Marsalis, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist Steve "Guitar" Miller, Roy Hargrove, Mulgrew Miller, Cyrus Chestnut, Rodney Whitaker, Christian McBride, and Wycliffe Gordon. Lawrence is currently the drummer for Grammy winning vocalist Cecile McLorin Savlant, and rising star, Aaron Diehl's Trio. Together, they perform and give workshops & masterclasses on tour around the world. His love for music is most apparent through the sensitivity in which he approaches every sound that he plays while communicating with his bandmates. "Drummer Lawrence Leathers is a percussionist of subtle tone and nuance, who seems mystically at one with his instrument" ~ Marilyn Lester
Christopher Mc Bride, alto sax
Superb Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now Christopher is gaining respect amongst fans, critics and his peers as one of the most versatile musicians in the world. His 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley’s post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is very rigorous and cogent.
Starting his professional career in Chicago in 2007, Christopher has been in high demand as a musician and clinician, performing and teaching primarily in New York, Illinois, Missouri and various states throughout the country. Christopher has shared his musical gift with audiences across the globe, performing in China, England, France, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland. In addition, since moving to New York in 2013 his group The Whole Proof has played venues all over New York such as Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Ginny's Supper Club & Fat Cat. Throughout his career, Christopher has played with musical greats including Billy Preston, Antonio Hart, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Guy Sebastian, Solange, Alice Smith, Brandon Flowers, Jennifer Hudson, 88 Keys, Milton Mustafa, Winard Harper, and the Marquis Hill Blacktet. He now currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Noah Jackson, bass
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Noah Jackson is a bassist, cellist, and composer playing a wide variety of music from jazz and classical, to funk and soul. A graduate of Michigan State University (B.M.) under the direction of Rodney Whitaker, and Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) with Dr. Larry Ridley, Noah Jackson has been performing internationally and across the US with many top acts in music. Known for his infectious time, support, and creativity, his distinct sound is a presence that compliments nearly any musical situation.
Noah has performed with world renowned artists such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Branford Marsails, The Marsalis Family, Hugh Masekela, Jazzmeia Horn, George Burton, JD Allen, Terrence Blanchard, Keyon Harold, Ravi Coltrane, Gloria Gaynor, and Winard Harper. Additionally, he's performed in many prominent venues and jazz festivals including, but not limited to, Radio City Music Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Royal Albert Hall, The Library of Congress, Musical Instrument Museum, The Royal Conservatory (Toronto, ON), SFJAZZ, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Joy of Jazz (Johannesburg, South Africa), London Jazz Festival, Cape Town Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Nice Jazz Festival.
As a member of Abdullah Ibrahim's quartet, Noah has recorded an improvised soundtrack for the John Irwin film- Mandela's Gun which won a 2018 Harlem Film Festival Award for Best Soundtrack. As a bandleader, his jazz group Full Circle has performed in many venues around New York City and Detroit to well received audiences. His group recorded an album, "Contemplations: A Suite", which has garnered critical praise. As a leader of the Ase string quartet, he was commissioned to compose and direct the quartet in a multidisciplinary collaborative art project- Practicing: Silence at Grace Farms under the direction of Kenyon Adams as part of their Practicing series alongside featured dancers from the American Ballet Theater.
Additionally, through his curation of workshops in Harlem- Uptown Composer's Circle- Noah aims to expand musical possibilities for any creative to use in their craft and spread the joy of composing.
Noah currently resides in Harlem, New York City.
Björn Ingelstam, Trumpet
Björn Ingelstam has, despite his young age, established himself as a top name on the European jazz scene with his powerful sound and versatility in the Jazz tradition. The trumpet player and singer has toured all over the world both as soloist and with his own group. After relocating to New York five years ago he continues to pursue his career both in Europe and America. Björn has already played with some of the top names in the world including Wycliffe Gordon, Jason Marsalis, Bob Wilbur, Gordon Webster and Anat Cohen to name a few. Now living in Paris Bjorn has already established himself as one of the top trumpet players in the citys jazz scene and his group of musicians consists of some of the greatest in Europe.
Jeffery Miller, Trombone
YOUNG NEW ORLEANS-BRED TROMBONIST AND SINGER, JEFFERY MILLER HAS NO SHORTAGE OF BELIEVERS WHO RECOGNIZE HIS TALENT.
At the age of 19, Mr. Miller stepped onto the stage of the famed Apollo Theatre, and he brought the house down. He was introduced by Irvin Mayfield of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) who proudly announced that Jeffery was a recently admitted student on a full scholarship at The Juilliard School. Not his first performance on a great New York stage, when he was just 15, Mr. Miller performed at Carnegie Hall at the celebration of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 50th anniversary. He also performed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for their sold out show at Madison Square Garden, while on tour with Arcade Fire.
The now-22-year-old's resume already reads like the resume of an old jazz cat.
There are gigs with seasoned veterans including studio sessions with Donald Harrison Jr., Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Delfeayo Marsalis, and Herlin Riley. He played trombone in the 2014 Grammy Band. Jeffery has performed with Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra since he was 14, and he even went on their 2013 New York Tour. He can be heard on the big band's debut album Make America Great Again! Jeffery Miller has been featured with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (2017 Opus Ball) and the Wynton Marsalis Septet (Abu Dhabi Festival 2017). He was also selected to be a part of the 2016 Disneyland Resort All American College Band. He's played the New Orleans VooDoo Fest, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Satchmo Summerfest, French Quarter Fest, Vail Jazz Festival and Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival. Mr. Miller has opened for songstress Patti Austin in 2012 at his alma mater, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). He's done tour dates with the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra in 2015, and performed with Christian McBride's Big Band in Philadelphia. He was featured on International Jazz Day 2016 at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a special event curated by Jonathan Batiste.
Jeffery has been recognized with numerous awards and scholarships – among them, the 2014 and 2015 Young Arts Merit Awards in Jazz Trombone and he was the recipient of 2013 ASCAP Louis Prima Award. In May of 2018, Jeffery graduated from The Juilliard School with his Bachelor's in Jazz Studies. And he received one of the first-ever Joseph W. Polisi “Artist as Citizen” awards from the man himself, Joseph Polisi, who stepped down as President of The Juilliard School that year.
He’s also begun an acting career. For 3 years he played a music student of Antoine Batiste (portrayed by Juilliard Alum Wendell Pierce) on David Simon’s critically acclaimed HBO series Treme. He has appeared on local New Orleans television stations and on New Orleans’ Jazz Heritage Station WWOZ. He can even been seen in the April 2017 issue of the Wall Street Journal, featured in the 12-page spread on Juilliard students, Juilliard Students Photographed in Their Element. Jeffery is currently a proud Performing/Endorsing Artist for Denis Wick Products and Best American Craftsman (BAC) horns. He plays a custom Jeffery Miller model trombone.
Jeffery is grateful for the accolades and the great opportunities. “I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many teachers.” He has been mentored by Wycliffe Gordon, Ellis, Delfeayo and Wynton Marsalis, Reggie Young, Steve Turre, Curtis Fuller and so many more.
Making music is Jeffery’s primary focus. He intends to eventually earn an advanced degree in music, make albums, develop a global fan base and tour the world playing music.
He also is looking out for the one who has looked out for him and who is his biggest supporter. His grandmother, Patricia, raised Jeffery and his twin sister, Justice, since they were a year and three months old.. She has sacrificed so much for them, and Jeffery's priority always is to make her comfortable. Jeffery would readily admit that he would not be where and who he is today without his grandmother. We know she is proud and that she, like so many others, believes in Jeffery Miller.