A Tokyo native, Meg Okura is a Grammy-nominated violinist and award-winning composer based in the Bronx, New York. As a teen, Ms. Okura toured Asia as the soloist and concertmaster of the Asian Youth Orchestra. At 19, she made her U.S. solo debut at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She earned B.M. and MM degrees from the Juilliard School as a violin performance major, only to make a difficult switch to jazz upon graduation. She has toured internationally as a violinist, appearing at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Barbican Hall in the U.K., Madison Square Garden, Village Vanguard, Blue Note Tokyo, Hollywood Bowl, and numerous jazz and Jewish music festivals worldwide with many jazz greats such as Lee Konitz, Michael Brecker, Tom Harrel, Steve Swallow, Sam Newsome, Diane Reeves, as well as David Bowie, Pharaoh’s Daughter, Cirque du Soleil, Emilio Solla, and many others.
Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist, composer, and singer/songwriter Kevin Hays’s many recordings have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine and Jazz Times, as well as the “Coup de Coeur” award from the Académie Charles Cros (France). Kevin has appeared on numerous albums as a guest artist, recording with Chris Potter, Bill Stewart, Joshua Redman, Jeff Ballard, Nicholas Payton, and Al Foster, among many others. Notable collaborations include a piano duo project with Brad Mehldau (Modern Music – Nonesuch), world tours with James Taylor, Sonny Rollins, John Scofield, Joe Henderson, and Roy Haynes.
Shea Derrick, a Texas native, has been singing for the past twenty years. With a soulful, rock, funky flair- this songstress captures her audience with each flawless note that will have you singing or dancing along. You can see her on Maui with one of her two talented and funky bands, Shea Butter and the Cream or Shea Derrick and the Full Flavor Band.
Gibran Vicente is a vocalist and guitarist with a love for bossa nova, jazz and funk.
Pianist Brent Elberg founded Bayside Music School in the Bay Area of California in 2020. He holds multiple degrees in music education and performance from Laney College, and Cal State East Bay. He performs in a variety of genres including rock, jazz, funk, and musical theater.
Hailing from Haiku, Tadashi Thomas is an up-and-coming jazz trumpeter, composer and arranger on the New York City music scene. A recent graduate of SUNY Purchase, Tadashi refined his craft under the mentorship of legendary trumpet virtuosos Jon Faddis and Ingrid Jensen.
Tadashi Thomas’s musical journey is marked by an unwavering passion for innovation and a profound commitment to the art form. He seamlessly navigates the realms of bebop, swing, latin, and contemporary jazz, blending technical prowess with emotive storytelling.