Bassist Bhagwan Khalsa is one of the most sought-after acoustic bassists in the DC area. The list of musicians he has performed with is quite extensive: Sonny Fortune, Eric Alexander, Gary Thomas, Cecil Payne, David “Fathead” Newman, and Kenny Drew, Jr., are just a few to employ his impressive musical services.
After completing studies at the prestigious Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, CA, Khalsa has continued to forge a successful sideman career for the last 20 years, and his original arrangements are essential to shaping the sound of the trio. He co-owns B&B Music World, a company that provides music education to the Washington, DC area.
Named by URBANITE Magazine as one of 10 “Movers and Shakers” in the Baltimore area, pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd has been playing professionally for over 30 years. Along with the principles of swing and be-bop, rousing gospel-tinged chords and trilling blues lines are fundamental elements of his performance style. His improvisations are intense, soulful and romantic; he takes listeners on a joy-ride as his fingers create magical works of art.
Respected By Peers
Byrd has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Tim Green, Warren Wolf, harpist Jeff Majors, Charlie Byrd and Yolanda Adams to name a few. Along with his own recordings as a leader, he also guests on over 15 CD’s by other artists. He is an in-demand leader and sideman, active in both the jazz and gospel worlds. He is the primary composer of the group.
No one – no one – plays quite like Drummer/percussionist Alphonso M. Young, Jr. His versatile and imaginative style of performance has not only charmed audiences around the world, but has led such noted artists as Vanessa Rubin, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, George Colligan, Buck Hill, Ira Sullivan, Othello Molineaux, Rebecca Parris and Jon Secada to acquire his talent. He was also the percussionist for the European tour of the Broadway show “Sophisticated Ladies”.
A music instructor with Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia and on the faculty of Shenandoah University he and his brother Tim lead the Young Brothers Trio and released their own CD. His energetic swing style can only be described as breathtaking. If Bruce Lee played percussion, he would want to play like Alphonso Young.