Fred Reiter Saxophone, Flute
Yao Dinizulu Drums
Wayne Batchelor Bass
Alberto Tarin Guitar
Earl Appleton Keyboards
Mark Paquin Trombone
Support band: Yoga Grossist
The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble (NYSJE) is an internationally renowned recording and touring group. Since the bands inception in 1994, they have released five CDs and they have performed regularly throughout Europe, Canada, USA, and South America.
NYSJEs recordings and performances have garnered them critical acclaim for their high energy, creative originals, kinetic ska interpretations of jazz standards, as well as their potent mix of dance hall, reggae, rock steady and jazz. Performance highlights include: The North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Dour Festival (Belgium), Printemps de Bourges (France), Summer Jam & Reggae Jam (Germany), Rototom Sunsplash (Italy), Rock For People Festival (Czech Republic), Pohoda Festival (Slovakia), Mare de Agosto (Portugal), Augustibuller Festival (Sweden) The Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), The Quebec Festival de Musique (Canada), Musiques en été (Switzerland), The Bob Marley Reggae Festival with Israel Vibration and Sister Carol, and The Discover and Bell Atlantic Jazz festivals in the U.S. In addition, NYSJE has the singular distinction of being the first American Ska band to play in Poland after the wall came down.
The band had been featured in Downbeat, Reggae Nucleus, The Beat, Ragga Magazine and Jazziz magazines. NYSJE s music can be heard regularly on television-- on the Nickelodeon network, MTVs Road Rules, as well as two nationally airing Campbells Soup Commercials. In Italy, their video, Properly, airs on MTV.
NYSJE s albums are distributed by Stomp Records in Canada, Megalith Records in U.S.A, Grover Records (Germany), Alternative (Italy), Brixton Records (Spain) & Mosaic Music Distribution (France) in Europe. The past summer (07) the band stormed through Europe once again playing 43 shows in 19 countrys (Hungary, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, England, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, Serbia, Croatia & Italy).
NYSJEs new studio album (Step Forward) have been released in NYC/USA during in July 2008.