Nioka Workman is an innovative multidisciplinary cellist who comes from a family of celebrated bassists (uncle Arthur Harper, J.J. Johnson; and father Reggie Workman, John Coltrane). She has developed a distinct sound and style on both acoustic and electric cello and has performed and recorded with numerous Grammy-award winning artists including India Arie, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Joe, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Common. Nioka has toured within the US and Europe, appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and performed with the New York Women's Ensemble, Opera Ebony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Trilogy Opera Company, the Avery Brooks/Craig Harris Project, Cassandra Wilson’s Traveling Miles Orchestra, David Murray’s ‘A Salute to Duke Ellington’ Orchestra, the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, and the revival of Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster. She recorded on the soundtrack for Maid of Manhattan and has had her string arrangement recorded by Grammy-nominated artist Bettye LaVette; her TV and film credits include appearances on Oxygen, Good Morning America, and Saturday Night Live. Nioka has been commissioned by the Joffrey Experience, Alvin Ailey ll solos, the Errol Grimes Dance Company, and Marlies Yearby (Rent) and, in 2013, she received an American Composer’s Forum Award (Live Music for Dance). Her works have premiered at the Joyce Theater, Late Nite in Minneapolis, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Rush Arts Gallery, Blue Heron Theater, Symphony Space, and Martha Graham Studios. www.niokakworkman.com
Has traveled around the world from the month she visited and performed in Japan in the early 19ß0s to her performances in France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Trinidad and Central South America. One of her personal highlights took place at the Kennedy Center with her mentor jazz violinist John Blake during the performance of his “Celebration Of The Fiddle From Africa To America". Ms Rice is currently a teaching artist in residence and string department director at the Cecily Tyson School of Music.
Detroit native Endea Owens, is a vibrant up and coming bassist. She has been mentored by the likes of Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, and Ron Carter. She has toured and performed with Jennifer Holliday, Jazzmeia Horn, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Steve Turre, and Lea DeLaria from the Netflix Original Series “Orange is The New Black.’
Endea has done music exchange programs in Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago and has performed in London, India, Australia, Ukraine, South Korea, and many other countries. She is also Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2019 Emerging Artist.
Recently, Endea has been featured on ABC7 News (New York) with Sandy Kenyon, as well as ABC7 “Here and Now”. These episodes aired in over 6,500 taxis in the New York area. She has also been featured on “The Indie Beat” with the Manhattan Neighborhood Network. This year Endea graced the cover of Japan’s “The Walker’s” Magazine and was featured in The Wallstreet Journal and Billboard Magazine.
A native of NYC whose first paid gig was at the Elk's club with a local R&B band at age 15. Later, enrolling at SUNY - Old Westbury she studied jazz piano, voice & composition with Makanda Ken McIntyre, Richard Harper, Warren Smith and Amina Claudine Myers, earning a B.A. Degree. She currently balances local performances with regular tours in Europe and Asia. Career highlights include opening at the Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival (JALC) for Patrice Rushen, being guest arranger/vocalist with James “Jabbo” Ware's “Me, We & Them Orchestra,” and appearing in the documentary, “The Girls in the Band.” CDs featuring Mala's work are “ Lullabye,” (solo debut and tribute to godmother, Billie Holiday), “He's My Father,” (duo project with fath er, pianist/composer, Mal Waldron) and “ Always There,” named one of Jazz USA's Top 10 CDs of 2006. A new solo project entitled, “Deep Resonance,” is Mala's new 2016 CD release.
CAMILLE GAINER JONES
A native New Yorker with a rich established career. Camille has studied drums, guitar, violin and piano at the age of 11. Later training with master drummer Michael Carvin,Ms. Jones earned a full scholarship to Long Island University (Brooklyn). Camille has gone on to work with such luminous artist as Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, Roberta Flack, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Chuck Mangione, Marc Cary, Kelis, Les Nubians, Cyndi Lauper, Alicia Keys, Wayne Brady and numerous others. As a producer she is credited with several recordings including: Nikki “D” “Up the Ante for the Pante” (Def-Jam Recordings), Camille Gainer "Girl From Queens” (Inner Circle Music), Steve Coleman "Drop Kick" and "Scoop" with Joan Jett. Camille has appeared on BET Jazz, the BET Jazz Awards, Yo MTV Raps, NY Lottery commercial and Black Girls Rock "An American in Hollywood". Camille is currently an instructor at The Collective in NYC. (Photo Credits: Hollis King)