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New Orleans-born Herlin Riley is a renowned drummer, composer, and founding member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York City. He has been a veteran member of the bands of Ahmad Jamal and Wynton Marsalis, and his latest album as a bandleader, New Direction, was released in 2016.

Peter Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator who's performed, toured, and recorded with Chris Botti, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, and Dianne Reeves, as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. He attended Juilliard School of Music, and is a former member of the faculties of Northwestern University and Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville).

The New York Times calls New Orleans native Courtney Bryan "a pianist and composer of panoramic interests." Currently serving as an assistant professor in the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane, Bryan previously was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Her compositions, ranging from jazz and experimental music to gospel and spirituals, have been presented at Lincoln Center in New York City, the National Gallery of Art, and Bethany and Abyssinian Baptist Churches, to name a few.