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Jelani Bauman and Hip = Consciousness / The Bridge Trio
Jelani Bauman and Hip = Consciousness
Jelani Bauman was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He began his musical journey at the age of 13 when he began playing the trumpet. Jelani comes from a long lineage of musicians that spans five generations: His great-great grandfather, Professor J.B. Humphrey, taught music and established some of the very first brass bands in southeast Louisiana as early as 1880. Jelani's grandfather, the phenomenal and renowned trumpeter, Emery Humphrey Thompson (Umar Sharif) played in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra with Clifford Brown, Benny Golson and Quincy Jones and was also highly regarded by greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Ahmad Jamal. Jelani's enriched training and passion led him to being accepted into the one of the country's top performing arts high schools, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), which is known for developing some of the world's top musicians, such as Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton. At NOCCA, Jelani studied with legendary jazz educator Alvin Batiste. After attending NOCCA, Jelani attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York and later received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating with a B.S. in Professional Music in May 2011. In May of 2013 Jelani received his Master's of Music in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University under the direction of world renowned bassist, Rodney Whitaker.
In January of 2011, Jelani performed for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with his Quartet in a musical performance that presented traditional jazz works and featured an original jazz composition inspired by "Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition." Jelani has also performed with his Uncle, trumpeter Jamil Sharif, at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as performed at various venues in New York City, such as the Jazz Standard, and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. In 2009, Jelani was a NFAA (National Foundation in the Advancements for the Arts) Regional Award Winner for Jazz Trumpet in the State of New York. Jelani has also performed at the Domaine Forget Jazz Festival in St. Irene, Quebec, Canada and the Detroit International Jazz Festival. In Spring 2011 he traveled to Italy with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the direction of pianist, Danilo Perez and in May 2013, he participated in the Banff Centre Jazz Workshop in Banff, Alberta, Canada to work with such people as Vijay Iyer, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Greg Osby and Ravi Coltrane. Jelani has had the honorary privilege of been taught or appearing with: Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Belgrave, Ralph Peterson, Donald Harrison, Dave Liebman, Charlie Lewis, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Wayne Shorter, John Pattitucci, Sean Jones, Mark Whitfield, and Christian Scott.
The Bridge Trio has its roots deeply entrenched in the New Orleans Jazz tradition. Drummer Joe Dyson, pianist Conun Pappas, and bassist Max Moran came together as a group at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) under the direction of their mentor and former teacher, the legendary clarinetist and jazz educator Alvin Batiste. These young musicians performed with Batiste as the Jazztronauts while still in high school and played with him on his last gig. Their stirring musical tribute of his music at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2007, on the day of his passing, is regarded by many as one of the most moving performances in the festivals' history.
The trio today enjoys increasing professional recognition and success in the jazz world as members of saxophone master Donald Harrison's band. All three are composers of innovative, original compositions that electrify audiences at their live performances.
They have performed on the international stage in prestigious festivals, performance halls and nightclubs in places such as Paris, Morocco, St. Croix, French Guiana, Brazil, Spain, Greece, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and many others. Each are graduates of two of the country's most distinguished music schools; Joe Dyson and Max Moran received degrees from Berklee College of Music in Boston and Conun Pappas is a graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. They are a very unique trio of young musicians who stand strong as members of the next line of jazz virtuosos to come out of the thriving music traditions of New Orleans