Creole Syncopators Jazz Band
The Creole Syncopators
Jayna began singing jazz at the George Washington University in 1998. After receiving her BA in Music with a concentration in classical voice in 2003, she returned to her home town of New Orleans. Being a Swing and Charleston dancer and instructor, Jayna would frequent the jazz clubs dancing to every jazz band in the city, and ask the bands to sing a song or two. After studying jazz performance under the direction of famed New Orleans jazz musicians, Jayna has branched out to perform at various jazz clubs around the US. You can find Jayna performing with her band, the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band, around New Orleans, specializing in songs from the early 1900’s to the 1940’s, ranging from Traditional Jazz to Gypsy Jazz to Swing Standards.
Thomas Fischer was born in Chicago and moved to New Orleans in 1989. He received his formal training at Indiana University and his informal training in the jazz clubs of Chicago and New Orleans. Tom’s clarinet playing reflects his love for the great New Orleans clarinet tradition. He has performed everywhere from Preservation Hall to Carnegie Hall, Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Australia and has toured Japan with John Brunious and Wendell Brunious many times. Tom has been a featured performer at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Satchmo SummerFest, and many jazz festivals throughout the world. Tom has appeared on many recordings on the Jazzology and Stomp Off labels and has recorded with many New Orleans artists including Al Hirt, John Brunious and Don Vappie. Tom teaches jazz clarinet at the University of New Orleans. Jazz Times Magazine called Tom “one of the best”.
New Orleans native Steve Pistorius specializes in ragtime and early jazz piano styles, Jelly Roll Morton being his favorite. He has been a professional musician for over 37 years. Steve has toured extensively, performing in festivals and concerts all over Europe, Asia, South America, Middle East, Far East and South Pacific. Here in the States, he has played many jazz festivals and venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Village Vanguard. Steve can be heard on over 75 recordings on labels including Solo Art, GHB, Jazzology, Stomp Off, Island Records, and Basin Street Records. Wynton Marsalis, John Faddis, Leon Redbone, Claude Luter, and Bob Wilbur are among the artists with whom he’s performed. He met and played for the great Eubie Blake. Steve is currently a member of Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band, Duke Heitger’s Steamboat Stompers, Mark Braud’s Spirit of New Orleans Jazz Band, and Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Joymakers. He leads his own band on occasion, the Southern Syncopators. At home in New Orleans, Steve playes regularly at Preservation Hall, Palm Court Jazz Cafe, and the Steamboat Natchez.
Kerry Lewis has taken flying lessons, driven commercial busses, served as a law enforcement officer, enlisted in the marines and air force, became an officer in the army, toured four continents with his bass, conducted a big band, composed and coproduced several songs, and cofounded a record company. All State honors, membership in the National Collegiate Wind Band as well as the McDonald’s Jazz Band, and the selection as St. Augustine High School’s Drum Major all exemplified the musical talent that Kerry nurtured in his early years. He started his professional career as a bass player for the consummate performer Banu Gibson and her New Orleans Hot Jazz group. The thrilling Leroy Jones Quintet also kept Kerry very busy jamming to up-tempo jazz tunes into the late nineties. And in this decade, the very accomplished Michael White has utilized Kerry’s laid back style in his Traditional Liberty Jazz Band. In addition, Kerry has been recorded on numerous CD’s for various other noted musical artists covering the blues, country, rock, jazz genres.
One of the newest venture in Kerry’s professional career revolves around the musical group he cofounded, Abstract. With fellow members Gerald French, Joel Hamilton, Paul Longstrength and Marc Adams, the group generates musical tracks that are on fire with juicy grooves and tantalizing rhythms. Abstract is the first group on the 11th Commandment record label, which is a record company, cofounded by Kerry, Gerald, and Joel. A more recent venture Kerry is involved in is The DeJaVu Brass Band. Formed By Gerald French and Kerry Lewis in 2010, The DeJaVu Brass Band, which is comprised of some of the hottest talents New Orleans has to offer, bridges the gap of the Old style traditional Brass Bands and funky street bands of New Orleans.
Gerald P. French started playing drums at the age of 5. He is the son of George French, the Frenches being part of the pantheon of illustrious New Orleans musical families. Mr. French is known asthe Giant for his own original style of drumming. He has traveled and performed with hundreds of musicians, treating listeners all around the world to the many different genres of music he has mastered. Harry Connick, Jr., Leroy Jones, Dr. John, Dr. Michael White, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, are just a few of the many groups he has worked with. He has appeared on numerous recordings, movie soundtracks and television scores. For the past 12 years, Gerald has spent the month of August touring in Japan with the New Orleans Allstars. He has been heard on many occasions at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Montana Jazz Festival, Waiheke Island, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Since 2001, Mr. French has backed the legendary Ms. Charmaine Neville, the darlin’ of New Orleans. Mr. French is an admired vocalist, gifted barbecue master, and a member of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian Tribe.