Marius Tilton (Bassist)
Marius Tilton, a New Orleans native was exposed to music at a very young age. He knew very early the impact it would have on his life. He polished his musical gift at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts during his high school years. He then went on to perform and lead bands professionally while earning a B.A. in Music Education from Southern University at New Orleans. Marius has toured extensively around the United States with such acts as Digable Planets, George Clinton and the Parliament, ... Bill Summers to name a few.
With a love for music in every aspect, Marius has performed in and musically directed many theatrical productions such as, "Amanda's Song", "Little Ham", "Crowns", "Eubie", "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God", "Smoky Joe's Cafe", "Bye Bye Birdie", and "Dream Girls" to name a few.
Since then, he has begun his teaching career, and despite a demanding schedule, he still manages to perform regularly with such acts as National Recording Artists Tonya Boyd-Cannon, National Recording Artist Jordan Dorsey, Grammy Award Winning Musician Derrick Shezbie and Troy Sawyer in his spare time. Marius feels blessed to be able to give back what he was once given; the priceless treasure of music.
Woody Rinker (Sax)
Woody Rinker grew up in Seattle, WA where he was taught saxophone from an early age by New Orleanians and St. Augustine high school graduates Wadie Ervinand Clarence Acox. Upon graduation he followed in their footsteps and came to NewOrleans where he studied music at Loyola University where he had the opportunity to play with jazz greats such as Ingrid Jenson, Rufus Reid, and Brian Blade. He since has been a performing musician playing at venues around the city.
Edward Lee Johnson Sr. (Percussionist)
Edward Lee Johnson Sr. was born to the parents of Elmer Lee Johnson and Gwendolyn R. Johnson (Willis). At the age of eight he received his first drumming job where he later became the main drummer at the age of eleven. He attended Sarah T. Reed Sr. High School where he played football and played in the marching band. After graduating, Edward continued playing for the local churches and doing gigs around the U.S. He made the decision to attend college at Southern University at New Orleans where he started his studies in music.
Gospel music is just one of the types of music that he has played for over twenty years. Some of the major influences in his life are Gwendolyn R. Willis, Michael E. Robinson, which he learned from, and a host of other musicians such as his teachers Edward Kidd Jordan and August Fluery. He has also played for various artists such as Bishop Paul S. Morton, Rance Allen, Tremaine Hawkins, Blessed, Chief Monk Boudreaux, Corey Henry and The Youngfellas, Kirk Joseph, Shaon the Girls and Success and The Troy Sawyer Band.
Eduardo Tazzatto (Piano)
Eduardo Tazzatto is a pianist from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Danny Abel (Guitarist)
Danny Abel grew up in Jackson, MS where he was first exposed to the jazz and blues, entering a performing arts school program in 8th grade. Two years later he moved with his family to New Hampshire where he began taking guitar lessons from Berklee instructor Dave Newsam.
In 2001 he came to New Orleans and studied jazz performance at UNO under the instruction of Hank Mackey, Steve Masakowski, Ed Petersen, and many others. Over the years Danny has played with artists such as guitarist Peter Bernstein, South African Bassist Musa Manzini, and local New Orleans artists including Big Sam, Trombone Shorty, and Groovesect.