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Jeff King Band with Vanessa Ruben

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          Yoichi Uzeki
Dwayne Cook Broadnax
Bryce Sebastien
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The Jeff King Band is a jazz band with an "indie mindset." These four Brooklyn NY musicians have carved their own path, honoring the jazz tradition by bringing their own passions and personalities to bear on the music. He is an exciting tenor player who is capturing the jazz world with his fresh approach. Jeff has studied with Frank Foster, Sonny Redd, Billy Mitchell and majored in the Jazz program at Queens College. He has recorded and performed with, Richard Davis, Mike Maneri, Laura Nyro , Abdullah Ibrahim Dollar Brand, Craig Harris, TK Blue, Albert Dailey, John Hicks, Reggie Workman, Renee McClean, Duane Eubanks just to name a few. 

The current version of the band brings back all that was good about Jazz sextet swinging hard with great new arrangements and originals. Close your eyes and you are listening to the Messengers at the Old Blue Note.

The Jeff King Band has released one critically acclaimed CD’s and played most of the top venues in greater New York.

The Jeff King Band performs at Restoration Plaza
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The Jeff King Band with Vanessa Rubin at Coney Island Aquarium
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Jeff King Band Performs at Solomon's Porch

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Meet the Band

Jeff King Leader - Saxophone
Jeff King
Jeff is an exciting tenor player who is capturing the jazz world with his fresh approach. He has studied with Frank Foster, Sonny Redd, Billy Mitchell and majored in the Jazz program at Queens College. He has recorded and performed with, Richard Davis, Mike Maneri, Laura Nyro , Abdullah Ibrahim Dollar Brand, Craig Harris, TK Blue, Albert Dailey, John Hicks, Reggie Workman, Renee McClean, Duane Eubanks just to name a few.  The current version of the band brings back all that was good about Jazz sextet swinging with great new arrangements and originals, the new jazz standards. Close your eyes and you are listening to the Messengers at the Old Blue Note.

 Born and raised in Brooklyn, He grew up in a Neighborhood full Of Musicians. Freddie Hubbard, Reggie Workman, Cal Massey and Cedar Walton all lived in walking Distance. His First professional job took him on the East Coast Chitlin Circuit. After he returned home he enrolled at Queens College Jazz Performance Program ran by Frank Foster. While there he received Calls from the Last Poets, Laura Nyro, and Dollar Brand. Back on the road again .He now Leads The Jeff King Band featuring some of New Yorks finest Musicians. He continues to spearhead “Jazz” in its purest form , his band in is constant demand, playing The New Jazz Standard! He has recorded with Cecil McBee, Carlos Ward, John Tropea, Richard Davis, Dollar Brand, Abdullah Ibrrahim and Laura Nyro'. He has performed at Massey Hall, Seattle Opera House, Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall,  CBS, ABC, NBC, He is currently The Artistic Director for the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium and leads The CBJC All Star Band.

Bryce Sebastien - Bass
Bryce Sebastien was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and has been a musician and educator for over thirty years. He has had the distinct opportunity to perform in the first Virgin Islands Jazz Festival with jazz legends Bobby Hutcherson and Richie Cole. He relocated to New York City in the early 1980s where he had the honor to work with a host of great musicians including Duke Jordan, Hamiet Bluiett, Jackie Byard, Danny Mixon, Mauricio Smith, John Stubblefield, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith. He was also a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Jack Jeffers. Recordings he can be heard on include Ray Rivera’s “Night Wind”, featuring the great jazz pianist Dr. Billy Taylor and world acclaimed Japanese jazz guitarist Ryo Kawasaki’s “Love Within the Universe”. Loretta Divine, Dionne Warwick, Vanessa Rubin, Dakota Staton, Freda Payne, and Mari Toussaint are just a few of the vocalists he has accompanied.

Bryce graduated magna cum laude from the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico with a Bachelor of Arts in Double Bass Performance and also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands. He also earned a Masters of Arts
Dwayne Cook Broadnax - Drums
Dwayne Cook Broadnax was born in Philadelphia Pa. He attended and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Performance Comp.  He moved to NY and started touring with people like blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, Bill Doggett, Terrance Blanchard, Illinois Jacquet Big band, Vanessa Rubin and Jimmy Scott to name a few.

Dwayne recorded with Vanessa Williams, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Scott and a host of others. Dwayne is an Adjunct professor at Long Island University (LIU) where he has been teaching for the last 15 years. Dwayne is also a part of the music ministry as the drummer for Concord Baptist Church and he is the father of two children.
Yoichi Uzeki - Piano
A native of Tokyo, Yoichi Uzeki has received his bachelor's degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his master's degree and the Sir Roland Hanna Award from Queens College, City University of New York. Yoichi was a part of the historical recording session with Ornette Coleman in 2010. This CD "For The Love of Ornette" was organized and led by a bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma. This Jamaaladeen's "For The Love of Ornette" recording includes Tony Kofi of England, Wolfgang Puschnig of Austria, Jamaaladeen and Justin Faulkner of Philadelphia.

Currently, Yoichi is a music faculty at York College, City University of New York, and he has involved with number of undergoing projects including Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Coltrane Configurations, Brotherhood Collective, Oliver Lake's Big Band, Jeff King Band, Webb Thomas and New Standard, Hot Crescents (Co-led by Satoru Ohashi) to name a few. In addition to musicians mentioned above, he has performed with are Pharoah Sanders, Terell Stafford, Luis Bonilla, Dick Oatts, James Spaulding, Tim Warfield jr.,  Antonio Hart, Bobby Porcelli, Michael Phillip Mossman, Bobby Porcelli, Alex Foster, Najee and many more.
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