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Island Close By Jazz
Founded in 2007 by John Valerio and Chris Lee, ICB Jazz has remained dedicated to mixing the innovative tradition of American jazz music, performing and reinterpreting the classics with an island twist, while promoting the continuing evolution of the art form. As a professional jazz ensemble, ICB Jazz is equally committed to education and building new audiences with school performances and master classes. Jazz with a Caribbean Twist
Dr. Chris Lee
Chris Lee (BM -University
of Maryland - MM and DMA - University of South Carolina) is
co-founder of the Island Close By Jazz and Island Close By Steel
Band and performs solo pan throughout North and South Carolina and
Northern Georgia. His love for the pan and music of many cultures
has Inspired him to study in New York, Trinidad (the home of the
steel drum), Puerto Rico and Guinea, West Africa.
Dr. John Valerio
John Valerio is a pianist, composer, and author from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has performed with several outstanding jazz artists including: Lee Konitz, Jon Faddis, Stanley Clarke, Chris Vadala, John Swana, Gerald Veasley, Winard Harper, Ralph Bowen, Steve Gilmore and Jan Metzger.
He earned a doctorate in Music
Composition from Temple University and has written numerous works
for a variety of voices, instruments and ensembles in classical and
jazz idioms. His works are performed throughout the United States.
Valerio has played in many concerts and clubs as well as for
numerous headliners in Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York
including Robert Merrill, Jerry Vale, Maurice Hines, Robert Klein,
Eddie Fisher, Chita Rivera, The McGuire Siters, Susanne Sommers,
Bobby Rydell and Charo. He has published six internationally selling
books on jazz piano for Hal Leonard Corporation including Stride and
Swing Piano, Bebop Jazz Piano, Post Bop Jazz Piano and is currently
writing Latin Jazz Piano. As a clinician, he gave a clinic on jazz
piano at the 2004 International Association for Jazz Education
Annual Conference in NYC. His piano playing combines the organic
approach of Bill Evans with the rhythmic suppleness of Keith Jarrett
and the unabashed swing of Ahmad Jamal into an original but highly
Studied Percussion at the
University of South Carolina. Performed in USC's Left Bank Jazz Band.
He has performed on stage with jazz artists such as Marian
McPartland, Bill Watrous, Rick Stone, Bucky Pizzarelli, Chris
Potter, Louis Bellson, and Randy Brecker.
Reggie Sullivan is a bassist residing in Columbia, SC. He has performed with Marion McPartland, Olivia-Newton John, Yuseef Latif, Wycliffe Gordon, Chris Potter and Joe Sample. Reggie received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of South Carolina.