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MEET THE BAND

Heard is a collective of musicians that bring their skills and passion for world music, jazz and improvising together to create irresistible grooves set in a unique sonic tapestry. Together for a decade, their vibrant sound incorporates influences from West Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and beyond. Their debut CD Karibu reached #15 on the WorldJazz charts and 2018's daring Flyway is similarly garnering much critical acclaim. 

Heard is a 3 time Eddy Music Awards nominee in the World Music category. 

Energetic & upbeat, Heard will open your ears & hearts..and get you up and dancing! 

 

Our core quintet includes Jonathan Greene (woodwinds),  Bobby Kendall (bass), Brian Melick (drums), Zorkie Nelson (percussion/vocals), and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius (keyboard/vocals). We also often feature amazing special guests, including: Augustina Nelson (dance/percussion/vocals), and Fosino Nelson (dance/percussion/vocals) Melora Creager (cello),

Aston “Robot” Ellis (steel drums), Nate Giroux (woodwinds), George Muscatello (guitar),  Lou Smaldone (bass) and Rich Syracuse (bass).

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Recent shows/venues of note: Albany Jazz Festival, Burlington Jazz Festival, Music Haven, Caffe Lena, Troy Music Hall, Mohonk Mountain House, Origins, Silver Bay, The Mount, Keene Arts, The Strand Theatre...

 

FROM THE PRESS

"Heard has achieved an amazing work with Flyway - a great and powerful collection.”

—  Pierre Bensusan

World Guitarist