Once Andrea turned 10, she became mesmerized by drums-their infinite sound variations, their look, even the smells of the store where her mother rented Andrea’s first kit (back when drum rentals were still a thing). Taking the pragmatist’s approach, she went the academic route and worked her way through high school drumline and jazz band into an undergraduate degree in jazz studies at the The University of North Texas. While studying drumset with Ed Soph, Andrea began working as a cruise ship showband drummer for Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Holland America Cruises.
Post-college, Andrea has had the privilege of playing with Kenny Aronoff at the House of Blues Dallas, opening for the EDM band Cause and Effect, and playing in the house band for Joan Rivers. While in Dallas, she regularly performs with local talents Anton Shaw, The Bad Habits, Ciao Bella, Rhymes for Ridley, Troy Cartwright, and several jazz combos.
Joey Carter is active as a jazz vibraphonist, drum set artist, percussionist, jazz pianist, organist, and arranger. He performs regularly as a piano soloist, with his own trio or quintet, Johnny Reno and the Bitchin’ Camaros, The Arts on 5th Avenue Jazz Collective, the Fort Worth Symphony Big Band, and as a recording session musician. Joey Carter teaches music theory, ear training, jazz history, jazz ensemble, jazz improvisation, and private lessons in percussion and jazz piano at Texas Christian University. Mr. Carter received his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance at Texas Christian University in May of 2000 and a B.M.E. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991.
Amazing Percussionist originally from St. Louis, Missouri who has been playing for a lifetime. Xylophone playing is his speciality. James Madison graduate class of 1984. Who believes Jazz is a universal language.
Dallas native Andrew Griffith is a product of the prestigious music program at the University of North Texas. His professional gigs, however, started much earlier — in fact, right after graduating from Dallas’ famed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. Mr. Griffith has performed with many great local and internationally-known musicians, including Joey DeFrancesco, James Gilyard, Roy Hargrove, David “Fathead” Newman, Sandra Kaye, and Roseanne Vitro. He credits his friend and mentor, the late great saxophonist Marchel Ivery, with helping him develop as a musician and person. Named the Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year in 2004, Mr. Griffith is a “go-to” drummer who balances a busy schedule of performing and teaching.
Shaun Martin has performed, created, and collaborated for most of his life, but his own description of his latest release, Seven Summers, is perhaps the best description of his fresh and innovative style: “As I grew over the last seven years, I experienced so much and I wanted to translate that through the music and lyrics.” His natural gift became evident when he started playing drums at the age of four, followed shortly by piano lessons. Despite winning several Grammys® from work with gospel powerhouse Kirk Franklin and jazz fusion phenomenon Snarky Puppy and performing with Yolanda Adams, Timberland, and other well-known artists, Shaun is humble and committed to giving back. He says, “If you give talented people a chance, there’s no stopping them.”