Chris Ziemba

Pianist, Composer, Educator

Cowboys & Frenchmen

Cowboys & Frenchmen has emerged with a distinctive force of raw energy and blazing talent. This contemporary acoustic jazz ensemble displays inspired improvisation, dynamic collaboration, and a vast array of refreshing compositions, both new and revisited, drawing on their wide spectrum of interests in Jazz, Rock, and R&B. The convergence of these five individual artists produces music that is expressive and fiercely creative, taking co-improvisation to new heights. The band features saxophonists Owen Broder and Ethan Helm, bassist Ethan O'Reilly and drummer Matt Honor. Check out our chart-topping debut album, Rodeo, which has been receiving great reviews!

Aubrey Johnson Sextet

Aubrey Johnson is a New York-based vocalist, composer, and educator who specializes in jazz, Brazilian, and creative contemporary music with and without words.  She holds a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory and is set to release her debut album under saxophonist Greg Osby’s new record label Inner Circle Music within the next year.  In 2011 she joined the voice department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, becoming their youngest current voice teacher.   In 2012, she joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory as the director of the school’s vocal jazz ensemble.  In demand as both a side-person and a leader, Aubrey has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats Bobby McFerrin, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, Mark Walker, Paul McCandless, Fred Hersch, and Jimmy Cobb. Her Sextet showcases beautiful compositions and arrangements written for a unique instrumentation, also featuring: Michael Sachs (woodwinds), Tomoko Omura (violin), Chris Ziemba (piano), Matt Aronoff (bass) and Jeremy Noller (drums). The Sextet frequently performs in venues all around NYC and Boston, including Jazz at the Kitano, Whynot Jazz Room, and Regattabar.

Tammy Scheffer Sextet

Born in Belgium, raised in Israel and currently residing in Brooklyn, vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer’s music combines influences of contemporary jazz with her own expressive voice and a strong sense of melody. Her Sextet is featured on her debut recording, "Wake Up, Fall Asleep," on Inner Circle Music, an innovative label led by renowned saxophonist Greg Osby. A forward-thinking vocalist and composer, Ms. Scheffer makes an imaginative use of her sextet to create new textures and a personal, fresh sound. She puts her own spin on the well known "When You Wish Upon A Star", and fully expresses a wide musical world in her original wordless compositions. In the words of Osby, who attended the recording session: "The music was vibrant, personal and exceptional. It was an amazing session." Its other members include saxophonists John O'Gallagher and Dan Pratt, bassist Daniel Foose and drummer Ronen Itzik. Since its conception in 2010, the Sextet has performed all over NYC and Boston, including Jazz at the Kitano, Smalls Jazz Club, and the Beehive. Check here for an excerpt from a 2011 gig at Smalls.