A native New Yorker, bassist father, Reggie Workman (J. Coltrane) and uncle, Arthur Harper (J.Johnson). Nioka is the founder of Firey String Company and of the Firey String Sistas! Nioka has film/TV credits on Saturday Night Live, PBS and NBC. The Blues Series, Firey String Sistas! "That's What She Said", Blues Series and State of the Union CD releases are her latest achievements. As a composer, Nioka has received commissions for solo performances, collaborations with Alvin Ailey II Co., Joffrey Ballet Co. and yearly work with Marlies Yearby. Ms. Workman was awarded a grant from the American Composer’s Fund for Live Music For Dance. Nioka tours with various projects including her own Firey String Sistas! (Photo credits: Hollis King)
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. (Photo Credits: Hollis King)
Currently featured in Strings Magazine, Ms. Slocum has performed worldwide with Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones. She has recorded with Kevin Mahogany, Ralph Peterson, Howard Johnson, Dakota Staton, Charli Persip and DIVA. Ms. Slocum performs with orchestras and Baroque ensembles, holds a DMA in double bass performance and is the bassist for Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
Camille Gainer Jones
A native New Yorker with a rich established career. She 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)
Violinist Marlene Rice has traveled around the world, from the month she visited and performed in Japan in the early 1990's, to her performances in France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Ireland, Trinidad and into 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. (Photo Credits:Arthur Cooper)