'' Once again these incredible musicians have shown that music is
an universal language which has no barriers.....
is a blessing to work with you guys ...thanks!! ''
Jesse Joaquin Parker - Percussion & vibraphone
Jesse Joaquin Parker specializes in jazz vibraphone and Afro-Cuban percussion. He has performed with diverse ensembles at such renowned venues as the Telluride Jazz Festival, DROM in Manhattan and the Nuyorican Club in Puerto Rico. He has a Bachelors of Music Education from New Mexico State University and his Masters of Percussion Performance from Arizona State University. Jesse is currently the director of instrumental music at the Tesseract School, on the faculty at Paradise Valley Community College and Arizona State University, and is an Artist in Residence with the Phoenix Conservatory of Music.
Shea Marshall - woodwinds & accordion
Shea Marshall (Saxophones/Bass Clarinet/Accordion) has cultivated a multi-instrumental sonic herb garden through extensive work in the most disparate of musical settings: from the cacophony of improvised free music to the mellifluous rigor of baroque organ playing, with a heavy dose of blues, hard bop, and Balkan rhythms to expand the palate. The only things about which Shea Marshall knows nothing are those which he believes himself to be studied in: the rules of the dance, the French language, good taste, the way of the world, savoir vivre. It is only his comedies which are not funny, only his philosophical works which lack philosophy—all the rest are filled with it; there is always something weighty, new, piquant, profound. He is a well of knowledge, harmonic and otherwise, and here he lends his auditory spices to the tasty dishes served by Marcos Crego's Latin Union.
Emerson Laffey - drums
Emerson Laffey is a 13 year veteran of the Phoenix jazz and latin music scene. He has played and toured internationally with a variety of bands including CPR orchestra, Novo Mundo, Mosaico, and Chris Jacome Flamenco Ensemble. He is currently playing with Flamenco Por La Vida and Latin Rhythm amongst others.
Thomas Williams - Bass
Bassist Tom Williams’ musical experience is vast and varied. He has appeared with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Bellson, Slide Hampton, and such jazz notables as Diane Schurr, Claudio Roditi, Arturo Sandoval and James Moody. He has performed at many of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Toronto Jazz Festival. His show experience includes performances with Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Little Anthony and the Imperials and the Drifters. A former member of the prestigious U.S.A.F. Airmen of Note, Thomas was a featured soloist with the band, and many of his compositions and arrangements were performed at major music and jazz festivals, including the Detroit Montreux Kool Jazz Festival.
Mike Ozuna - Guitar
Born in Yuma, Arizona, Mike began playing the trumpet at the age of 10. In high school he started playing jazz, got serious about improvising and switched over to guitar as his main instrument. Mike graduated with a Jazz Peformance/Music Education Bachelor's degree from ASU where he studied with Chuck Marohnic and Chris Champion. He has played on several radio jingles, performed several concerts with the Phoenix Symphony and played for more than a dozen national touring Broadway shows including The Lion King, Chicago and High School Musical. Mike has been a guitar clinician for AAJE and has served as an adjudicator for AMEA. He also has 7 years of experience as a band director and guitar teacher in the public school system.