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A prolific song-writer, producer, performer and bandleader, Will Calhoun brings his cutting-edge mastery of technology and musicianship to a diverse range of projects. Famous for his Grammy-winning work with Living Colour, Will has recorded, toured and performed with such diverse artists as Living Colour, Mick Jagger, Oumou Sangare', Mos Def, and Wayne Shorter to name a few. In the late ‘90s, Will formed the groundbreaking band Jungle Funk with Doug Wimbish and Vinx, followed by a Grammy-nominated solo jazz CD in 2000. Native Lands was released in 2005, marrying Will’s far-reaching interests in a genre-bending collection that taps key expressionists from various backgrounds. His forthcoming CD, set to be released in 2013 on Motema Music (www.motema.com), explores his jazz roots and includes Ron Carter, Donald Harrison and Wallace Roney. Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy winners and contribute to so many genres: jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, et al, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films and continually pushing the envelope. Will Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life.

John Benitez earned a Grammy for Best Latin Performance, on Habana, with Roy Hargrove. In 2001 he released his first album as leader, Descarga in New York. Benitez has performed or recorded with many well-known American and Latin artists including Lucecita Benitez, Justo Betancourt, Wynton Marsalis, Tito Puente, Hilton Ruiz, Chucho Valdez, David Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri and Roy Hargrove's Grammy award-winning Crisol Band. Benitez has performed as sideman and featured special artist in all of the major jazz festivals and venues, and has recently released a second CD, Purpose. A prolific composer, arranger and producer, he's also the man Eddie Palmieri dubbed "The greatest bass player in the world.”

Robert Rodriguez has recorded on Jam Miami alongside Chick Corea on Arturo Sandoval’s Trumpet Evolution and on Ray Barretto’s 2005 Grammy-nominated recording Time Is Time Was, which featured Robert’s composition “One for Ray”.

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