With the ability to say more with less, the New World Jazz Project create simple yet meaningful melodies that are simultaneously introspective and communicative. The music of New World Jazz Project is multifaceted, combining edgy arrangements of song classics and thoughtfully crafted originals, all soulfully performed.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the members of New World Jazz Project:
Niall McGuinness, on saxophones, flute, and percussion--
Cutting his Latin jazz teeth in Miami, Florida, Niall graduated from the University of Miami School of Music immersed in the rhythms and sounds of Afro-Cuban music; his ample use of many hand percussion instruments is a reflection of that strong cultural influence. His sound on saxophone is immediately identifiable, warm and personable. Niall’s flute is always a crowd pleaser.
George Tavoularis, on piano--
The most recent addition to the NWJP, George's first experience playing music started in the mid-sixties with bands in Southern California. A recent emigre from Maui, George has had the opportunity to work with some of Hawaii's best jazz musicians, and he credits Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Joe Sample as some of the strongest influences in his playing.
Kyle Rothchild, on bass--
Another talent tapped from the University of Reno jazz program, Kyle plays both upright and electric bass. A great talent with tremendous energy, Kyle is affectionately known as the poster child of the band.
Eric Finkelstein, on drums--
Eric brings tremendous time feel and experience to the band. A native of New York, Eric has been “around the block” playing all over the U.S. for over 25 years. Latin and funk grooves are his specialty.
Eric Middleton, on congas, bongos and percussion--
This exemplary musician holds down the principal percussion chair with the Reno Philharmonic, and rounds out the band with his fiery hand percussion work. Listen to his great conga playing on the album!
The New World Jazz Project continues to carry the banner of America’s indigenous and ever-evolving musical art form, and with them comes a new voice and following in the jazz genre. We invite you to experience the journey.
The NWJP is based out of South Lake Tahoe, California.