About the band:
Award winning drummer, composer, educator, and bandleader, Jesse Kramer is one of the most exciting and promising young musicians in the mid-west. Kramer studied jazz at the University of Michigan, where he worked with Ellen Rowe, Michael Gould, Marion Hayden, Andrew Bishop, and Geri Allen. During his time at U of M he represented the University at the 2011 International Association of Schools of Jazz meeting in Sao Paulo (directed by David Liebman) and he received a Student Music Award from Downbeat Magazine in the Jazz Arrangement category. Kramer’s talents have taken him around the country and the globe. He has performed with Vincent York, Ellen Rowe, Paul Keller, Claude Black, Dwight Adams, Barbara Morrison, Anat Cohen, Ingrid Jensen, and countless others. Kramer has developed a unique style that is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but with a fresh approach that is modern, creative, emotional, spiritual, funky, and always swinging. jessekramerdrums.com
Glenn Tucker is a jazz pianist from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied privately with Geri Allen. During high school, he studied with Tad Weed and Vincent York. Glenn has also been mentored by Detroit-area piano greats including bebopper Claude Black, early jazz historian James Dapogny, and modern jazz stalwarts Roger Jones and Gary Schunk.
Glenn learned the ropes early on from singing in the Ann Arbor Boychoir from ages 8-13. His professional jazz career started with subbing for Dapogny and Black at age 15 and gigging at the now-defunct Firefly club regularly with Paul Keller, Los Gatos, and the Easy Street Jazz Band while in high school. He has since worked with area greats Marcus Belgrave, Andrew Bishop, Vincent Chandler, Mike Karoub, Larry Smith, George “Sax” Benson, and Greg “Vibrations” Williams. Glenn is a favorite of singers, having accompanied jazz great Jon Hendricks, Toledo’s Ramona Collins and Kelly Broadway, and LA’s Barbara Morrison when she is in town. He is also sought-after by his peers, playing with young saxophone wizard Rafael Statin, the hip hop collective Tree City, and appearing on saxophonist/composer Marcus Elliot’s debut CD “Looking Forward.”
Originally from Southeast Michigan, Jordan Schug studied music at the University of North Texas on scholarship from 2000-2005, studying under Lynn Seaton. He then returned to Michigan and has been continuing his music career here ever since, almost exclusively playing professionally. Aside from playing the double bass, Jordan is also a jazz cello player, his website is www.jazzcellist.com. For the past 2 years, Jordan has played bass in 5ths tuning, following in the footsteps of bassist Red Mitchell. He has performed at the Detroit Jazz festival 5 different years. He has shared the stage with many world class musicians, including Richie Cole, John Clayton, Gerald Clayton, James Carter, The Hot Club of Detroit, Jon Hendricks, Cyrille Aimee, Dwight Adams, Rick Rowe, Andrew Bishop, Laith Al-Saadi, Rob Avsharian and Scott Gwinnell and has lots of experience playing a variety of music. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Music in 2014 for his graduate degree on scholarship where he studied under Robert Hurst.