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Oscar Williams II was born in Mississippi and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. While in Kansas City, Oscar began to develop his style informed by the important aspects of old gospel, blues, and funk. Oscar applies all of these influences in his conception of the jazz style. He has performed with Bobby Watson, Paquito D' Rivera, Joe Chambers, Bill Goodwin, and Vincent Herring among others. In 2013, he began an apprenticeship with the late pianist Mulgrew Miller. Though his time with the legendary pianist was brief, the effects of the relationship have been long lasting. When asked to reflect on his experiences, Oscar would simply reply, "The journey has hardly begun."

Gene Perla was raised in New Jersey where he studied classical piano and trombone.  After attending Berklee School of Music he moved to New York and began his musical career as a jazz bassist.  He has performed and/or recorded with Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Joni Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Stone Alliance, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and others.  In the early 1970's he formed music publishing and record companies, and his group “Stone Alliance” traveled to South America and Europe which gave him experience in management and booking.  Other efforts include Broadway sound design (Tony Award for “City of Angels”), and recording studio operations.  He is currently playing his basses, producing records, running an Internet design and hosting company, is Webmaster for the Jazz Education Network, and teaching music business and other subjects at Lehigh University and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Nic Cacioppo is an American drummer. As a teenager, he had his first professional performance experiences in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Upon graduating high school Cacioppo moved to New Jersey to study Jazz Performance at William Paterson University. There he was mentored by world renowned musicians including (but not limited to) Mulgrew Miller, Bill Goodwin, Kevin Norton, and Harold Mabern. During college, Cacioppo started performing in New York City and North Jersey in a variety of settings. After graduating in 2013, Cacioppo has had the honor of performing with Johnny O’neal, Gene Perla, Alexis Cole, and many other great musicians. Cacioppo still resides in North Jersey, and is most commonly found playing Jazz, Funk, and Blues in New York City and North Jersey.