Brian Shaw is the Julian & Sidney Carruth Associate Professor of Trumpet/Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and Visiting Professor of Baroque Trumpet Studies at the Eastman School of Music. He is also Principal Trumpet of the Baton Rouge Symphony, Co-Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Winds, and enjoys an international performing career as a modern and historical trumpet artist. Shaw has won prizes in four international trumpet competitions and is the dedicatee of several new works, including Brett William Dietz’s concerto Redshift and Joseph Turrin’s Two Images.
Willis Delony is the Virginia Martin Howard Professor of Piano and Professor of Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University, where he has been a member of the School of Music faculty since 2000. In 2012, Delony received the Edith Kirkpatrick Arts Leadership Award given by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. In a career spanning over three decades, Delony has won acclaim as one of the nation’s leading classical/jazz crossover artists. His concert explorations of the two musical worlds are showcased in a series of solo piano recordings on the Centaur label.
The voice of jazz vocalist Phillip Manuel is described as smooth, soothing, sophisticated, and soulful. It is all that and more. The elegant style of Phillip Manuel fits in well with the venues where listeners tend to find him: classy hotels and clubs in his native New Orleans and around the world, as well as events such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Satchmo Festival, gigging with jazz greats like Terence Blanchard and Bill Summers.
Manuel has brought that elegant touch to many a performance with Blanchard, culling musical gems from jazz standards to gospel tunes. With Summers, he worked on an Essence of Kwanzaa CD, and has joined the percussionist's wildly popular Los Hombres Calientes as a backup vocalist.