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August 16, 2017

Evan Jagels, Bass
Evan is a versatile musician, and while he is most frequently performing in the area with the Hop City Hellcats and Mopar Cams, his foundation is in jazz.  Evan earned his Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from the City University of New York, Queens College, where he was the recipient of the Michael Feinstein Award. He has also studied with Ron Carter, Buster Williams and Nilson Matta. Some of his performance highlights include the Uni-Jazz Festival in the Czech Republic, the Oneonta Jazz Festival with Ray Vega, B.B. Kings Blues Club in NYC, Blue Note in Dresden, Germany, and Flushing Town Hall in Queens. Also an educator, Evan has taught for the New York Summer Music Festival and Jazz Connect at Flushing Town Hall and will be adjunct professor of bass and jazz ensemble at Hartwick College beginning this fall semester.
Charles Eubanks, Piano
Charles has played with Bobby Hutcherson-Harold Land Quintet, Dewey Redman, Kenny Clarke (in Dakar, Senegal), Woody Shaw (New York, Canada & US Tours), Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (The Village Gate, New York City), Frank Foster’s Big Band “Latin Meets Jazz” (Top of the Gate, New York City), Pharaoh Sanders Quartet (Spain, France and Italy Tours), Oliver Lake Quartet (European Tours, American Tours and New York City venues), Max Roach Ensemble (Brooklyn, New York venue), Archie Shepp Quartet (France Tour, American venues), David “Fathead” Newman Quartet (Boston and Washington D.C. venues), Sonny Fortune Quartet (European, African and American venues), Pony Poindexter Quartet (European venues), James Blood Ulmer Quartet (New York City venues), and David Murray’s Big Band (New York City venues).

From 1963-68, he was a studio musician at Motown Records, Detroit, MI, recording with various artists. From 1967-71, he was an accompanist to Modern Dance Classes at, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. From 1971-72, he was a piano teacher, teaching beginning and intermediate classes, for Project Music, Detroit, MI. In 1975, he was a piano teacher for the New York City Board of Education. In 1983, he was a National Endowment For the Arts Grant Recipient. In 1986, he performed at the Meet The Composer Concert, NYC Public Library. From 1986-91, he was music director for the City of New York, Parks and Recreation Department.  Charles currently teaches piano at SUNY Oneonta.

Ethan Cypress, Trombone
Ethan is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and educator.  Some of his highlights include

American Prize: Semi-Finalist in Chamber Music Composition, Student Division – 2014 & 2015

ASCAP Herb Albert Awards: Finalist in Jazz Composition – 2014

Charlotte New Music Festival: Commissioned Student Composer – 2014

US Air Force Band Of The Golden West: Finalist for full time Trombone Position – 2014

Crane School of Music: Chamber Music Competition Winning Performing Ensemble – 2015

ASCAP Morton Gould Awards: Finalist in Classical Composition – 2016

US Air Force Academy Band: Finalist for full time Trombone Position – 2016

American Prize: Semi-Finalist in Wind Ensemble Composition, Professional Division – 2016

Graeme Francis, Drums
A native of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Graeme Francis received an Undergraduate degree in Honors Music Education from the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, a Masters in Percussion Performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Francis is currently Adjunct Professor of Percussion at The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, as well as Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta. He has been featured with such jazz luminaries as vibraphonist Ed Smith, trombonist Bill Watrous, bassist Chris Thomas, trumpeter Pete Rodriguez, and pianist Brent Watkins. Dr. Francis has performed both in Canada and the United States as one half of the Schumann-Francis piano/percussion duo, whose live performances from the Victoria Bach Festival have been broadcast nationally on American Public Media’s Performance Today. The Austin Critic’s Table named the Schumann-Francis Duo one of the Top Ten Classical Musical Treasures of 2011.

As a highly sought after session musician, Mr. Francis has recorded a number of records for Austin recording studios including Star Seven Media, Congress House Studio, Church House Studio, Infinity Studios, 12th Street Sound, and Blue Rock Studios, in addition to major recordings for the Gasparo, Parma, Navona, and Naxos labels. Upcoming releases include a new commission by Revel from composer Stephen Barber, which was premiered and recorded in the summer of 2016. Additionally, a new record from the Doc Watkins Trio, Swingin’ From San Antonio is now available from iTunes, Google Play, and other online retailers.