Sharif Kales – Trumpet
Juanga Lakunza – trombone
Alexis Marcelo – Piano
TBA – Bass
Russell Carter – Drums
plus special guest Spoken Word/Vocal Artist Jessica Golden
First picking up the trumpet in the seventh grade at the age of thirteen Sharif’s music teacher switched Sharif from trumpet to baritone horn because Sharif couldn’t get a sound out of the trumpet. So he played baritone horn for his first year, but being as determined as he was to play trumpet Sharif took a trumpet home over the summer to practice. By the time he returned to school within weeks Sharif was playing the first chair on trumpet and also when on to make the borough and city wide bands.
Graduating from The New School Jazz program, Sharif is mainly versed in jazz, but his musical abilities are diverse. He plays many different styles of music such as funk, R and B, and Latin to name a few.
Sharif has worked with the likes of Charli Persip, The Valery Ponomarev Art Blakey big band, The Ray Arbans big band, The Harlem Renaissance big band, Charles Tolliver, Buster Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Joe Chambers, and Wallace Rodney.
Sharif is currently working with Legendary bassist John Benitez as well as freelancing and leading his own group. Sharif is also currently working on his debut album.