Exhilarating jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered recognition, including "Best Western Jazz Recording 2004" for her "Special Angel" duo with legendary guitarist Sonny Greenwich.
Lerner's work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer and 20th century classical music. She composes for film, theatre, radio and television. She produced "Birds Are Returning", the first contemporary Canadian jazz recording to come out of Cuba, playing her compositions with greats Dafnis Prieto, Yosvanny Terry and Jane Bunnett.
Filiano studied trumpet at Syracuse University from 1970, but switched to double bass in 1974 and graduated in 1978. After moving to Boston he worked with Mark Harvey and Arnie Cheatham, and formed a duo with Steve Adams[disambiguation needed]. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982, where he worked extensively with Vinny Golia. He played with Hafez Modirzadeh and studied under Bertram Turetsky in the mid-1980s, also studying at various colleges in southern California in the late 1980s. He played with Rob Blakeslee, Tina Marsh, Bob Rodriguez, John Rapson, Richard Grossman, Kim Richmond, Bonnie Barnett, Tad Weed, Don Preston, Bill Perkins, Marty Ehrlich, and Jimmy Cleveland in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1989 he toured France with Billy Mintz.
He moved to New York City in 1994, and studied at Rutgers (1994–97). He also studied under Michael Moore. Later associations include those with Steve Swell, Roswell Rudd, Lou Grassi, Paul Smoker, and Chris Chalfont. He has also worked as a freelance musician with Frank Morgan, James Newton, Milcho Leviev, John Heard, Joelle Leandre, Bobby Bradford, Warne Marsh, and Kenny Barron. In 1998 Filiano recorded Firstlight, a CD with the Frank Giasullo Quartet, headed by composer, arranger, pianist Frank Giasullo. His first session as a leader, Subvenire, apperared in 2002.
Lou Grassi is internationally known for his work in both the traditional and the avant-garde jazz worlds. He has literally played from Ragtime to No-Time - he toured with Ragtime pianist Max Morath and is the leader of the Dixie Peppers. He has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of outstanding artists including Marshall Allen, Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, Rob Brown, Roy Campbell, The Copascetics, James Garrison, Charles Gayle, Burton Greene, Urbie Green, Gunter Hampel, Johnny Hartman, Fred van Hove, Joseph Jarman, Sheila Jordan, William Parker, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, and Mark Whitecage.