Howard Wiley

Saxophonist Howard Wiley is a member of Lavay Smith's Red Hot Skillet Lickers - with a busy schedule of over 250 performances per year, including Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, and The Santa Barbara Jazz Festival. Prior to that he was active with Marcus Shelby's Jazz Orchestra.

He has four recordings as a leader. "The Businessman" was produced shortly after his fifteenth birthday. "Twenty-First Century Negro" was released in 2002. In 2007, Wiley released "The Angola Project", inspired by African-American spirituals and slave chants recorded in Louisiana's Angola Prison in the 1950's. He followed this up with "Twelve Gates to the City".

Howard was heard here previously with Faye Carol and Marcus Shelby.

Trombonist Danny Armstrong was born and raised in San Diego.

Danny has performed and recorded with many greats, including Rufus Thomas, Archie Bell and the Drells, Pete Escovedo, Elvin Bishop, Elouise Laws, Ann Peebles, The Legendary Sy Klopps Band, The Coasters, Bobby Freeman, and Lee Oskar.

He was in Johnny Otisí working band for several years in addition to his work with Lavay Smith.

Born in February 1966, Marcus Shelby was bandleader of Columbia Records and GRP Impulse! Recording Artists "Black/Note" and is currently the artistic director and leader of The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, The Marcus Shelby Septet and the Marcus Shelby Trio.

In addition, Shelby holds an instructor position at the Berkeley Young Musician Program, San Francisco State University and the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and is the 2006 Fellow in the Resident Dialogues Program of the Committee for Black Performing Arts at Stanford University.

Marcus appeared here previously with Faye Carol and Julian Pollack.

Drummer Sly Randolph has performed with Lavay Smith, Ed Kelly, Robert Stewart, Rhonda Benin, Glen Pearson, Ron Belcher, Warren Gale, Khalil Shaheed, and Joe Warner, among many others.