Bill Tiberio

In addition to being an accomplished and versatile saxophonist and woodwind player, Bill Tiberio is a music educator. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of public music education, and has been at Fairport (NY) high school since 1988.   At Fairport, Bill conducts the top Concert Band, two jazz ensembles, jazz combos, pit orchestras, chamber ensembles, and teaches woodwinds throughout the district. He is the former president of the NY State Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators, and is on the summer jazz faculty for the Eastman Community Music School high school program and the founder and director of the Hochstein School of Music summer jazz camp.  Bill is also a regular faculty member for the Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps, held in Rochester in the summer. He is the founder and conductor of the Eastman Community Music School High School Chamber Winds, and is the conductor of the University of Rochester Wind Symphony and the University of Rochester Jazz Ensemble.  During the 2010-11 school year, Bill started the Eastman Community Music School Jazz Educators Ensemble, and also taught the Thursday Night Jazz Lab Band at Ithaca College.  He will continue to lead those two ensembles in 2011-12.

 Mark Russell

An accomplished Bassist, well sought after Session Player, Composer, Engineer and Studio Owner, Mark Russells talents span several instruments and multiple genres. Mark’s life
has been a whirlwind of continuous musical experiences including studying composition and theory with Hank Levy at Towson State University.

As a musical chameleon Mark has worked in many types of musical environments.  This has been anything from international road tours of Broadway musicals like, Chorus Line, Dreamgirls and Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ to the 3 Mo’ Tenors and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  

Mark is the bassist for Cabo Frio, the Midnight Movers and smooth jazz charting artist Miles Stiebel in addition to Collaboration.  In the past he has also performed with Chante Moore, Ronnie Laws, Ken Navarro, Dave Valentine, Stephanie Mills, Cab Calloway, Lloyd Price, Kim Waters, Melba Moore, Kevin Toney, Della Reese, Alexander O’Neal, Dennis Chambers, Ethel Ennis, Bernard Purdie, Gary Thomas, Maysa, Pamela Williams, Cyrus Chesnut, Ben E. King and many more.

Be sure to check back to read about many of Mark’s accomplishments and to “click to listen” to his many musical offerings.

Curtis L. Kendrick

When most young men were playing with toy soldiers and reading comic books, Curtis was captivated by a sound and feeling that would become a driving factor in his life. The words of the famous “Little Drummer Boy” written by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone seem to capture the essence of who Curtis is, “Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, On my drum.”

Music came to him early in life when he began playing at the age of eight. He became involved with the Mighty Liberators Drum & Bugle Corps, which gave him fundamental training in percussion. Curtis went on to study formally at the Hochstein music school in Rochester, NY, where he studied drums and piano. Curtis soon earned a reputation as one of the hottest young drummers in the area and quickly caught the ear of Glen Cummings and Terrance Bruce, well known jazz musicians who played at a local jam session frequented by some of the area’s top musicians. Glen Cummings gave Curtis his first big break and invited him to start a professional jazz group. Curtis and his dream was on the way.

Curtis developed his writing abilities early on in his young life and and became a prolific songwriter for Cabo Frio. The jazz group Cabo Frio, started playing big concerts and opening for national jazz acts for the first few years. During that time, the group was introduced to Ricky Schulz, head of Zebra Records, who later signed Cabo Frio to MCA records. The band started touring and reached #11 on the Billboard Jazz Charts with their recording Right on the Money. Curtis owned and operated National distributed Record Label, Kezia Records in which he released four CD projects..


Marlowe Ware

Rochester native, Marlowe Ware, is unquestionably one of Rochester, NY notable musicians. As an accomplished Percussionist, Marlowe grew up playing congas at the age of 13, and playing with various bands in the area. Marlowe has performed with Parliament Funkadelic, Tough Enough, and many more. Well-known for his versatility and professionalism, he is one of the few percussionists equally comfortable in a multitude of styles, from R & B to rock to pop to bebop to Latin to Brazilian to New Age