MEET THE MEMBERS:

JEFF “SIEGE” SIEGEL – drums, percussion, composer

A member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from 1994-1999, Siegel’s diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record with Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Shiela Jordan, Helen Merrill, Mose Allison, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Ravi Coltrane, Ryan Kisor, Arturo O’Farrill, Arthur Rhames, Wadada Leo Smith, Baikida Carroll, Levin Bros. and more. He teaches at The New School, SUNY New Paltz and WCSU. He holds an M.A. in Jazz from Queens College where he studied composition with Jimmy Heath and has been the recipient of several grants from Meet the Composer.

FEYA FAKU – trumpet, flugelhorn

Fezile “Feya” Faku a trumpeter, was born in New Brighton, a South African township in Port Elizabeth. He completed a Performers Diploma in Jazz Studies at the University of Natal, South Africa. He has been associated with some of South Africa’s classic jazz musicians including Barney Rachabang, Thandie Klaasen, Duke Makasi and Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi, Abdullah Ibrahim. He has recently completed the recording of a CD for the Mahube project. Feya’s involvement is a demonstration of his dedication to jazz as an evolving art form, based on the understanding and appreciation of its classic form. He also tours with the group of Johannesburg All-Stars known as “Uhadi” throughout the US.

ERICA LINDSAY – tenor saxophone, composer

Erica is an Artist-in-Residence at Bard College where she teaches and is an active performer, arranger and composer. She’s performed with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Melba Liston Co., Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Al Grey, Britt Woodman and Mary Lou Williams, McCoy Tyner, Clifford Jordon, Sumi Tonooka, Ted Curson, George Gruntz, Amira Baraka, Oliver Lake, Baikida Carroll, Howard Johnson and Jeff Siegel. She was selected to compose a piece for the American Composers Orchestra (Inner Dialogue) and then the Detroit Symphony (Mantra). Recent recordings include, “Initiation”, a collaboration with Sumi Tonooka, featuring Rufus Reid and Further Explorations (The Alchemy Sound Project).

FRANCESCA TANKSLEY – piano

Francesca has performed with the Billy Harper Quintet, the Erica Lindsay Quintet, the Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet throughout Europe, East and Southeast Asia, Scandinavia and South America, as well as in the US. Other leading musicians with whom Francesca Tanksley has performed include David Newman, Reggie Workman, Cecil Payne, Nick Brignola, Slide Hampton, Jay Clayton, Melba Liston & Co., Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Cobb, Clifford Jordan, Charles Davis and more. She’s appeared at major jazz clubs and festivals in the US, including the Kool Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall with Dizzy Gillespie. Francesca is a full-time Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

RICH SYRACUSE – bass

Rich Syracuse has performed with John Mehegen, Joey Calderazzo, Ted Rosenthal, Nick Brignola, Mose Allison, Kurt Elling, Dave Liebman, Brubeck Brothers, Warren Bernhardt, Sumi Tonoka, Bernard Purdy, Dena DeRose and John MedeskRi. Was the bassist for Pianist Lee Shaw for 22 years. Rich has for many years been touring throughout Europe, South America and Southern Africa. His latest CD as a co-leader with guitarist Michael Musillami “Of the Night” is on Playscape Records. Rich is the Professor of Bass at Skidmore College in Saratoga, New York.

FRED BERRYHILL – percussion

Performed with Diana Ross, Ben Vereen, John Stubblefield, Rashid Ali, Second Sight, James Spaulding, Arthur Rhames, Bernice Johnson Dance Co., Chuck Davis Dance Co., Akyene Baako Ensemble and many others. Currently teaching music in the NYC school system.