The first show of the 2019 series, scheduled for January 26, will be a trio featuring pianist, Tomoko Ohno, with Marcus McLaurine on bass & Samuel Martinelli on drums. Tomoko Ohno, born in Tokyo, began piano studies at the age of 4. As a teenager, she began playing professionally in the Tokyo area jazz scene. After graduating from Rikkyo University in Law and Politics, Miss Ohno moved to the United States and entered the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University in New Jersey, where she studied with Harold Mabern and Rufus Reid. During this time she had the opportunity to perform with such artists as Jerome Richardson, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson and Joe Henderson. She also performed for Brazilian drummer Samuel Martinelli’s debut album ” Crossing Paths” with Claudio Roditi and Marcus McLaurine, which was released in spring 2018. Miss Ohno is also active as a composer, and has been the recipient of a grant from The Meet The Composer Foundation. Commissioned works include pieces written for the Englewinds Chamber Ensemble. Composer, leader and sideman, bassist Marcus McLaurine has become one of the most sought-after artists in jazz, sharing bandstands with Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Lou Donaldson, Dame Cleo Laine, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Abbey Lincoln, and the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones. For the past twenty-five years, Marcus has toured with legendary trumpeter Clark Terry. Marcus began traveling the world as a child and never stopped. Samuel Martinelli is a drummer, composer and educator based in New York City. Since 2017 Samuel has performing as part of the multi-Grammy nominated trumpet player Claudio Roditi’s group. He has also performed with Latin Grammy Awarded Brazilian singer Alcione in her USA tour in 2017, awarded German singer Misha Steinhauer, one of the most important harmoncia e vibe players in jazz today Hendrik Meurkens, Clarke Terry’s former bass player Marcus McLaurine, awarded Japanese pianist Tomoko Ohno, Grammy Nominated bassist Nilson Matta, former Dizzy Gillespie bass player John Lee, world renowed choir composer Dr Andre Thomas, Maestro Maurice Peress who worked directly with Duke Ellington, great Brazilian bass player Itaiguara Brandao, jazz guitarrist Rob Block, among others.