Negative Press Project

With their ravishing second album "Eternal Life | Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds," Negative Press Project takes a revelatory instrumental journey into the heart of the singer/songwriter's music. The expansive electro-acoustic ensemble brings a supple textural palette to Buckley’s material, transforming his emotionally wrought, show-stopping vocal vehicles into strikingly beautiful instrumental settings. Erasing distinctions between jazz and chamber music, rock, and instrumental pop, NPP expands Buckley’s legacy by tapping into his beatific lyricism. Negative Press Project’s "Eternal Life | Jeff Buckley Songs and Sounds," which was produced by bass master Jeff Denson, is slated for release on Ridgeway Records on November 17, 2017.

Bassist/composer Andrew Lion performs as a freelance in jazz, pop, and rock settings, and co-leads the Oakland based Negative Press Project.

A native of Northern California, Andrew came to music through his parent's record and reel to reel tape collection, and soon found himself immersed in the sounds of The Beatles, Duke Ellington, J.S. Bach, and Led Zeppelin, and taking up the electric bass.

A founding member of the San Francisco rock band, Spoke, Lion later performed with OONA led by Oona Garthwaite and Dave Tweedie. Recently, Andrew has been a performing and touring member of the Jeff Campbell band, including a performance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Amidst journeyman touring and sideman work, Lion graduated from Berkeley's California Jazz Conservatory with a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies and Performance, studying double bass with Glenn Richman and Jeff Denson.

Pianist/composer Ruthie Dineen explored her own creativity through music, studying and playing both jazz and classical music throughout her childhood and into adulthood.

After completing her graduate studies in Social Work (grad. 2009), Dineen decided to focus professionally on music performance and community arts (she is currently the Deputy Director of Programs at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA). In 2012, Dineen graduated from the California Jazz Conservatory with a performance degree in Jazz Studies, where she received the Jamey Aebersold Scholarship. Dineen’s principal teachers have included Susan Muscarella (jazz), Katrin Arefy (classical), and Elinor Armer (composition).

Dineen is a founding member and co-leader of two original music ensembles, RDL+ and Negative Press Project, with whom she performs, arranges, and composes.

In addition to her work with RDL+ and Negative Press Project, Dineen performs with a wide range of jazz, Latin, and classical musicians, including vocalist Amie Cota, members of the Amaranth String Quartet, Bululú, and salsa groups N’Rumba, Candela, and Somos el Son.

Saxophonist and flautist Lyle Link recently relocated to the Bay Area from Washington, DC.

He has played with jazz artists Patti Austin, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, George Duke, Curtis Lundy, Ralph Peterson, and the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, and pop icons Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, and Prince. He has also performed with the Richmond Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

He has shared his musical gifts in festivals and concerts in Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and throughout North America.

He performed at Chez Hanny previously with Grant Levin.

Tony Peebles is a busy saxophonist, currently residing in Oakland. He is a founding member of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, performing on every track of its 2014 Grammy Award-winning debut album.

Tony has performed in many different genres with such artists as: Katchafire, Fred Wesley (James Brown), The Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Karl Denson, Don Carlos, Lenny Williams (Tower of Power), Prince "Blkmagic" Damons, Wil Blades, Tommy Igoe Big Band, Andy Bey, Nnenna Freelon, Geri Allen, Oliver Lake, Brian Jordan (KDTU), John Lee Hooker Jr., Karl Perazzo (Santana), and Antoine Roney. Tony is a seminal member of Negative Press Project, and leads his own group, Illy Bogart, with Lyle Link, Isaac Schwartz, and Ian McArdle.

Tony has toured Europe, Africa, North and South America with reggae legend Don Carlos, and played numerous major music venues and festivals including SFJazz, Yoshi's (Oakland, SF), The Fillmore, Montreux Jazz Festival, Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival, and San Jose Jazz Festival.

He holds a BA in Music Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MM in Jazz Saxophone Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Trumpeter Rafa Postel is a mainstay of the Bay Area music scene, a seminal member of Negative Press Project, equally at home performing Hip Hop, Afro-Cuban, Funk, Reggae, Soul, Hard Bop, Bebop, and modern jazz. Known for a deceptively understated approach, Postel delights listeners with a supple sound along with bursts of excitement and melodicism.

Notable collaborations include Valerie Troutt, Myra Melford, and a performance with the legendary Tony Bennett. He is presently touring nationally and internationally with Reggae band, Katchafire.

He has taught at Oaktown Jazz Workshop, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and remains busy with session work throughout the Bay Area.

With his first exposure to guitar being surf rock and pop music of the 90's, once in high school Luis Salcedo began looking beyond to the jazz scene for a better understanding of how music functions.

As the recipient of the Jamey Aebersold Scholarship and graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory, he has studied with Jeff Massanari, Randy Vincent, Bruce Forman, Steve Erquiaga, and Jeff Denson. He has performed at Yoshi's Oakland, the Fillmore Jazz Festival, and other venues from California to Colombia.

Today he is drawn to the guitar because of its cultural omnipresence, and he continues to draw inspiration from a wide range of musicians and composers including Andres Segovia, Arnold Schoenberg, Charlie Parker, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and the movements they represent. No matter what the setting is, Luis always aims to tell a story. His process includes writing songs with words, even when the words will never be heard by anyone, allowing the words to inform the content, phrasing and melodicism.

Drummer Isaac Schwartz is one of the most in demand percussionists in the Bay Area. He's currently a member of seven working bands as well as countless other projects and freelance work. He has performed with musicians including Paul Branin, Fred Randolph, Ian McArdle, Kalil Wilson, Chase Jackson, Giulio Cetto, Terrence Brewer, and Steve Heckman.

Isaac has toured the U.S. and has performed at notable Bay Area venues including Yoshi's, The Independent, The Mezzanine, and The New Parish.