The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble (NYSJE) is an internationally renowned recording and touring group. Since the band’s inception in 1994, they have released five CD’s and they have performed regularly throughout Europe, Canada, USA, and South America. NYSJE’s 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 (Germany), Rototom Sunsplash (Italy), Rock For People Festival (Czech Republic), Pohodo 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, MTV’s “Road Rules”, as well as two nationally airing Campbell’s 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 36 shows in 17 countrys (Hungary, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Lithuania, Serbia). NYSJE’s new studio album (Step Forward) will be release in NYC/USA during spring 2008. The band puts on an incredible live show so check the tour dates page for upcoming shows in your area.
The New York Ska Jazz Ensemble is :
Fred Reiter – Saxophone, Flute
Yao Dinizulu – Drums
Malcolm Gold – Bass
Alberto Tarin – Guitar
Earl Appleton – Keyboards
Mark Paquin – Trombone