New York City’s original all-female brass band, a world premier and commission by The Hum
Friday, June 28 @ Hudson River Park Pier 45
Performance from 7:00PM - 9:00PM ✰ FREE!
Part of Hudson River Park’s Sunset on the Hudson Concert Series
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ABOUT BELLE BRASS
ALISON SHEARER, saxophone/bandleader
Alison Shearer is a saxophonist with tremendous style, lyricism, and intuition whose talents have brought her around the world. Alison has performed at The Blue Note NYC, Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Merkin Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, Joe's Pub, Brooklyn Bowl, National Sawdust, Google Zeitgeist Conferences, Nectar’s in Burlington and Seattle, Rockwood Music Hall, and Summerstage among many other venues. Alison was a founding member of PitchBlak Brass Band, a ten piece hip-hop brass band that received critical acclaim from DownBeat Magazine, NPR, Live for Live Music, Brooklyn Vegan, The Wall Street Journal, and The Source Magazine. During its tenure, PitchBlak collaborated with Pharoahe Monch, Tauk, and the Snarky Puppy horn section. Alison's formed her own fusion quartet in 2015, united by a love of genre bending, melodic music. Alison has toured extensively with this ensemble and plans to release a record with the group in Fall 2019.
CHANELL CRICHLOW, sousaphone and flugelbone
Chanell Crichlow aka tubafresh has fronted Brooklyn based PitchBlak Brass Band for several years after graduating from Penn State and Manhattan School of Music. Along with playing tuba with Solange, Andy Grammer, Shamir and other high profile artists, she creates lo-fi R&B in the hills of Sunset Park, Brooklyn using vocal falsetto, effected flugabone, drum machines and jazz-pop structures.
CAMILLE TRUST, vocals
Camille Trust is a NYC based soul/pop artist who released her debut EP – No Other Way – in May. Her debut single, “Move On,” gained the interest of Billboard & TIME Magazine passing over 100k streams within a few months. Trust, who COOLS describes as having “a deep and throaty purr that escalates into a uniquely progressing riff,” has developed a loyal following through her live performances in New York City. A total package designed for pop-stardom, her dramatic and commanding stage presence channels that of Janis Joplin, while her soulful ambiance is reminiscent of Amy Winehouse. Destined for greatness, Trust possesses the potential to take over the world, breaking the heart of new listeners one song at a time.
CHLOE ROWLANDS, trumpet
Chloe Rowlands is a trumpet player, composer, and music educator living in New York City. Born in Seattle and raised in Phoenix, Chloe moved to NYC in 2010 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. She is a member of The Westerlies, a brass quartet described by NPR music as "folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous." Chloe also plays flugelhorn and sings background vocals in Indie-Rock band Cape Francis. She has performed across the world on stage with Fleet Foxes, Theo Bleckmann, Durand Jones and the Indications, and Wynton Marsalis.
DIZZY SENZE, emcee
ELENA BONOMO, drums and percussion
Elena Bonomo is a drummer, percussionist, bandleader and music educator based in the NYC area. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Performance.
Elena has shared the stage with Tony-award winning actress Patina Miller (Pippin, Sister Act), Nikki Renee Daniels (Book of Mormon), Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black), Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), and jazz vocalist Jaqui Naylor. In addition to her US appearances, Elena has performed in the Caribbean, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe while working as a bandleader for Holland America Cruise Lines. Most recently, Elena held the drum chair for the 1st National Tour of the musical, Waitress (music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles). She originated the drum book for two Off-Broadway shows including The Hello Girls and Chix 6. An active sub in the NYC Theatre scene, her credits include: Waitress, Cagney, and A Taste of Things to Come.
KALIA VANDEVER, trombone
Kalia Vandever is a trombonist, composer, and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. Music has taken her to Austria, Italy, and Australia as well as many cities throughout the US. She has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Preservation Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, SMOKE Jazz Club, the Blue Note, and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Kalia moved from Los Angeles, CA to New York City in 2013 to study at the Juilliard School and has thrived and grown as a creative musician, improviser, composer, and educator since being in the city. Kalia’s current project is a jazz quartet comprised of trombone, piano, bass, and drums in which she writes all of the music. Her debut album, “In Bloom” comes out May, 2019. Kalia has played with the following musicians whom she admires greatly, Ingrid Jensen, Herbie Hancock, Tyshawn Sorey, Darcy James Argue, Fabian Almazan, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Postmodern Jukebox, and others. She's also performed on Saturday Night Live with Demi Lovato and on Samantha Bee's Full Frontal with Lizzo.
LESSIE VONNER, trumpet
A Grand Prairie, TX native, Lessie Vonner’s love of music began at a young age when she picked up the trumpet at eleven. Lessie’s passion encouraged her to pursue a music education at the renowned Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX. With aspirations to pursue a career in the music industry primarily as a professional trumpeter, composer, and educator, Lessie chose to continue her education at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. Since arriving to New York, she has had the privilege of studying under many outstanding and experienced musicians, some of which including Cecil Bridgewater, Charles Tolliver, Jimmy Owens, Tanya Darby, Ingrid Jensen, and Reggie Workman. Currently, she performs in many venues throughout New York City and has performed at other music scenes across the world. She also performs in numerous groups around the city, and Lessie has worked with many musicians such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, the BET Black Girls Rock All Star Band, Jessica Care Moore and Black Women Rock, Kathy Sledge, Space Captain, and many more. Lessie recently just finished the On The Run II World Tour (OTR 2) with the Carters, as well as performed and co- arranged on their Grammy award winning album “Everything Is Love”.
MELISSA GARDINER, trombone/music director
Trombonist Melissa Gardiner has been described by Curtis Fuller as technically creative and emotionally powerful. Her improvisation is inspiring and motivating for the listener, and she draws you in with a raw expression that directly relates to life experience. Throughout her career she has worked with several notable musicians including Aretha Franklin, The Tempatations, Geri Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Turre, Gerald Wilson, Patti Austin, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Vulfpeck, who she will be joining next when they headline at Madison Square Garden in September 2019. As a bandleader, she performs regularly with her SAMMY Award winning New Orleans style Brass Band, Second Line Syracuse, and her jazz organ trio, MG3, which won the Grand Prize at the 2018 International Jazz Competition in Bucharest, ROMANIA. Joined by special guests Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, and Weedie Braimah, Gardiner is set to release her second album, EMPOWERED, on June 21, 2019.
MIRANDA JOAN, vocals
Miranda Joan is a songwriter and singer born in Montréal and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Both the English and French Canadian cultures have left their mark on her artistry. Coupled with a love of soul music and its many shades, Miranda Joan find herself somewhere between genres along the edges of soul, jazz, and singer-songwriter. Her debut EP “Still”, available online, was released in 2017 and fuses retro soul with an electronic edge, blurring the lines between old school and contemporary. Miranda dropped her latest single “Free” in February and is preparing to continue to release new music throughout the year. She has toured in both Canada and the US, is a co-host of the monthly Femme Jam (NYC’s first all-female led jam session), and performs regularly in New York City.
MELISSA MCMILLAN, vocals
Melissa is a singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn NY. Beside her own project, Melissa is also a co-founder of Femme Jam, an all female led monthly jam session in Brooklyn and a proud member of the Resistance Revival Chorus, a chorus of over 60 women who come together to sing protest songs in the spirit of collective joy and resistance.