Jazz On The Mountain 2017 is the 18th annual Mohonk jazzfest for artistic director Michael Bourne. "I first came in January 2000 and was asked to answer the question 'Where is jazz going in the new millennium?' I answered that I don't know, but wherever jazz goes is cool. And it's been very cool every year since then at Mohonk, especially being able to bring some of my favorite musicians." He's been an actor, travel journalist, and jazz journalist, but Michael is best known as a disc jockey for WBGO, weekdays in the afternoon and Sunday mornings with "Singers Unlimited" on WBGO 88.3FM and/or WBGO.org.
Allan Harris Over the past 20 years, Allan has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based, he has forged his sterling credentials through ten albums, covering a broad range of contexts, all netted together within the rich territory of the jazz tradition. In addition to his recordings, he has performed on a worldwide stage that has taken him to prestigious international festivals and halls in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as the 2012 Olympics in London. At home, he has toured nationally at festivals and top venues, including New York's Lincoln Center and D.C.'s Kennedy Center. He has received numerous awards, including the New York Nightlife Award for "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" (which he won three times), the Backstage Bistro Award for "Ongoing Achievement in Jazz," the Harlem Speaks "Jazz Museum of Harlem Award," and the DownBeat Critic's Poll Award for "Rising Star Vocalist.”
Tomoko Ohno, born in Tokyo, began piano studies at the age of 4. As a teenager, she played professionally in the Tokyo area jazz scene. She moved to the United States and entered the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University, where she studied with Harold Mabern and Rufus Reid. During this time she had the opportunity to perform with such artists as Jerome Richardson, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, and Joe Henderson. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note, and Birdland, in addition to appearng on live radio broadcasts by WBGO and WNYC, and ABC TV's Good Morning America. She has performed and/or recorded with Slide Hampton, James Moody, Frank Wess, Houston Person, Rufus Reid, Ann Hampton Callaway, Catherine Russell, Marlena Shaw, The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and The New York Pops, as well as working as a member and composer for the Englewinds Chamber Ensemble. Her musical tours have included England, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Monaco, Portugal, Croatia, Canada, Suriname, Urguay, Argentina, Vietnam, Japan, and the US.
Allen Farnham has been active in the New York City jazz scene as a pianist, composer/arranger, producer, and teacher since the early 1980s. He has performed and/or recorded with Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Eddie Henderson, Frank Wess, Tom Harrell, Arthur Blythe, Special EFX, the John Fedchock NY Big Band, and Charlie Byrd. He has also accompanied a wide range of vocalists, including Mel Torme, Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, Liza Minnelli, Susannah McCorkle, Roseanna Vitro, and Helen Merrill. A graduate of the Oberlin Music Conservatory, Mr. Farnham has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment For The Arts and the Meet The Composer Foundation. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging from William Paterson University, and has been commissioned to write works for the CUG Orchestra (Nagoya, Japan), NPO Glovill (Tokyo), the RIAS Big Band, and the Englewinds Chamber Ensemble. He is presently an adjunct faculty member of the jazz department at New Jersey City University.
Ingrid Jensen, born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, she went on to record three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, soon becoming one of the most in-demand players on the global jazz scene. After a teaching stint in Europe in her early twenties—as the youngest professor in the history of the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria—Ingrid settled in New York City in where she joined the innovative jazz orchestras of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue. More recently, Ingrid has been performing with the Grammy-winning Teri-Lyne Carrington and her Mosaic Project, and is a featured soloist on Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra’s Juno-award-winning album, Treelines (2011), and its successor Habitat (2013).
Christine Jensen has been described as “an original voice on the international jazz scene . . . [and} one of Canada’s most compelling composers,” by Mark Miller of the Globe and Mail. Jensen is equally at home performing in small and large ensemble settings. Her opus, Treelines, won her a 2011 Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. She has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, including Geoffrey Keezer, Lenny Picket, Brad Turner, Karl Jannuska, Donny McCaslin, and many, many more.
Jon Wikan Drummer, percussionist, and composer Jon Wikan was born in Petersburg, Alaska and raised in Seattle, Washington. Jon spent summers in Alaska engrossed in the fishing industry while working out his drum technique on the back of a fish boat rail, using the money he made fishing to purchase his first drum set. His skills and sounds on the drums go beyond that of most ordinary drummers, perhaps due to his unique upbringing. Beginning with his teenage heavy metal obsession, followed by years of Soca band playing in Seattle, and finally resolving into the jazz idiom upon discovering the deep pocket swing of Jeff Hamilton, Jon has emerged as a true individual on his instrument. From backing the most illustrious jazz singers in the biz, to swinging hard in highly modern hard-hitting formats, Jon has created a niche for himself that makes him one of the most flexible and in demand drummers on the New York scene.
Martin Wind, bassist and composer, has become a regular at all major jazz clubs in New York and is also in demand as a session player. His credits include movies such as The Alamo, Intolerable Cruelty, Mona Lisa Smiles, and Fur. He has recorded and/or performed with the following artists, among many others: Guidon Kremer, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, Slide Hampton, Toots Thielemans, Jim McNeely, Buddy DeFranco, The Metropole Orchestra, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Curtis Fuller, Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Johnny Griffin, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Stern, Terell Stafford, Larry Goldings, and Village Vanguard Orchestra.
Jay Leonhart has been recognized as a very accomplished bass player for a long time now. He has been named the Outstanding Bassist In the Recording Industry three times. Jay has been privileged to play with the likes of Judy Garland, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Buddy Rich, Jim Hall, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Marian McPartland, Kenny Barron, Sting, James Taylor, Papa Joe Jones, Roy Eldridge, Jim Hall, Louie Bellson, Dick Hyman, Luciano Pavoratti, and many more.
Dave Stryker Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 26 CDs as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine and Jack McDuff, you know why Gary Giddins of The Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was recently voted once again as one of the top Jazz Guitarists in the 2016 Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls. His most recent CD Eight Track II reached #2 for three weeks on the JazzWeek chart. His last CD, a tribute to Stanley Turrentine called Messin’ with Mister T (Strikezone Records) reached #1 on the JazzWeek Radio chart and was picked as one of the top CDs of 2015 by Downbeat. Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, moved to New York City in 1980, and joined organist Jack McDuff’s group (1984-85). From 1986 to 1995, Stryker played with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. He has also performed with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and many others.
Scott Robinson, one of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists, has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton’s band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton’s quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D’Rivera’s clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. His discography now includes more than 190 recordings. Scott has performed in some thirty nations, in such diverse venues as Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, the Library of Congress, and the Vienna Opera House. Scott’s group was selected to be the closing act at the Knitting Factory’s Sun Ra Festival in New York City. Scott has also written magazine articles and liner notes, and was an invited speaker at the Congressional Black Caucus Jazz Forum in Washington, D.C.
Janis Siegel Over the past three and a half decades, the voice of Janis Siegel—a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee—has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer's diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a member of this 36-year musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned more than a half dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base, and garnered consistently high critical praise.
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet (The BBQ) is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck (drums,) and Chris Brubeck (bass and trombone.) Guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet. They have performed at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe, including the Newport, Detroit, Ravinia, Las Vegas, Sedona, Spokane, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. Their hour-long concert at Sierra Nevada Brewery has been broadcast on the nationally syndicated program: Sierra Center Stage. The BBQ was chosen to kick off the New Year with an hour -long, coast-to-coast live broadcast on Toast of the Nation on National Public Radio.
Hilary Kole Hailed by critics as a “musical marvel!” (Rex Reed, NY Observer), Hilary Kole continues to engage audiences throughout the world. She began her professional career at the legendary Rainbow Room as the youngest singer ever to grace that stage. She has appeared to sold-out audiences at the famed Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, at Lincoln Center as part of the “American Songbook Series” with Jonathan Schwartz, and at Carnegie Hall for the tribute to Oscar Peterson alongside Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Nancy Wilson. Ms. Kole had the privilege of being the last singer to record with Oscar Peterson, and the first singer since Ella Fitzgerald to record a duet with that jazz legend.