Gerald Watkins, Jr.
Gerald Watkins Jr is a drummer/percussionist originally from Norfolk, Va and is now residing in New Orleans, LA. He has degrees in music from both Norfolk State University (B.S) and Florida State University (M.M). He performs locally with many of the areas finest musicians and also tours abroad. He has performed with members of Marsalis family (Ellis, Delfeayo, and Jason), Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eric Benét, Ledisi and many others. Aside from performing, Gerald loves to teach and mentor many of New Orleans young creative minds.
Alex Dyring is an active freelance multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and educator based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Best known as a doubling upright & electric bassist, Dyring has found success using the influences of his cultural and musical upbringing to create a rhythmically-driven and melodically-supportive approach that maintains a strong basis in the common ancestry of the traditions of jazz and Afro-Caribbean music.
Alex has performed as a bandleader and sideman throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America—sharing stages with the likes of Victor Wooten, Robin Eubanks, Victor Mendoza and has been billed alongside hip-hop legends such as Slum Village, Warren G, Salt n' Pepa and members of the Pharcyde.
Born in Boston MA, Ryan Hanseler has performed with many artist including The Branford Marsalis Quartet, Herlin Riley, Rene Marie, Nnenna Freelon, Philip Harper and many more. A resident of New Orleans, Ryan is the pianist for Delfeayo Marsalis's Uptown Jazz Orchestra and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra's NOJO 7, under the direction of drummer Adonis Rose. A first call pianist in New Orleans, Ryan performs with many other notable artist in the area including Nicholas Payton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roger Lewis of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more. Mr. Hanseler is the former head of Jazz Piano Studies for East Carolina University and holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging from North Carolina Central University where he studied with Pianist Joey Calderazzo
Alexander Geddes is a New Orleans based saxophonist. In 2013 he graduated from Indiana University in Jazz Studies and was invited to the Ravinia Jazz Camp where he studied with David Baker, Nathan Davis, Rufus Reid, and Curtis Fuller. After moving to New Orleans in January 2015, he found full time work with various bands, immersing himself in many different styles. Notably, Alexander performed with Rick Margitza, of Miles Davis fame, and recently recorded on the 2019 New Orleans Jazz Orchestra album. He teaches private woodwind lessons at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. Though he performs in a variety of musical contexts, Alexander is most proud of his work with the Jonathan Bauer Project.