Les Ingenues jazz quartet came together as a collaboration of four, very different musicians.
Beginning with Lisa Broderick on tenor sax .....
Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lisa Broderick began playing saxophone at the age of 6. She played intermittently throughout high school until attending and graduating from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. After earning her Masters in Business from Duke University Fuqua School, she worked in business for15 years. Lisa recently began performing again after a many-year absence. Lisa is a melodic performer who yearns to sing through her instrument. She and Roy Assaf recently played together in May, 2005 with the Wes Anderson Trio at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola located at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
And then Lisa and Roy met ....
Roy Assaf is a native of Tel Aviv who began his formal classical training at the Tel Aviv Conservatory at the age of 8. He moved to New York in 2006 to study at The Manhattan School of Music.
A pianist with dazzling technique and a composer who expertly weaves jazz harmonies, Roy was named the ASCAP Foundation’s Young Jazz Composer in 2008. He made his New York Blue Note debut with the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band in 2007, followed by a European tour consisting of 13 cities.
Roy’s other awards include the 31st Downbeat Student Award for Outstanding Performance, 2nd place in the Charlie Palmieri Memorial Piano Competition, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute Award, America-Israel Cultural Foundation Prize for Young Israeli Musicians and the 30th Downbeat Student Award for Best Jazz Arrangement.
Over the last few years, Roy has performed with Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, Joe Lovano, George Garzone, T.S. Monk, Steve Davis, John Lee, Dave Samuels, Claudio Roditi, Victor Mendoza and Giovanni Hidalgo, in addition to such jazz legends as Jimmy Heath, James Moody and Slide Hampton.
Roy is currently also part of the John Lee Quartet, Charlie Christenson Quartet, Alex Terrier Quartet, Chris Dempsey Quartet and Roy Assaf & Eddy Khaimovich Project.
In 2003, after being awarded several scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, Roy moved from Israel to Boston to pursue his undergraduate studies there. While at Berklee, he studied with such distinguished musicians and teachers as Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Perez, Kenny Werner, Michel Camilo, Richie Beirach and Sonny Bravo.
Roy graduated from Berklee in 2005 and was awarded a BA cum laude.
In May of 2005, Roy was invited to perform at the Promising Artist of the 21st Century Performance Series in Costa Rica. Shortly thereafter, he performed with his jazz quartet at the Phoenix Jazz Festival in Kobe, Japan.
In May 2008, Roy graduated from a two-year program at the Manhattan School of Music, earning a Master's degree in Jazz Performance. He was fortunate to be mentored by pianists Kenny Barron, Jason Moran and Phil Markowitz, and great saxophonist Dave Liebman.
Roy was born in Israel in 1982, and started his formal classical training at the Tel Aviv Conservatory. In 1999, he graduated from the three-year jazz program of Thelma Yellin – Israel’s premier high school of the arts – and won the International Red Sea Jazz Festival competition for young musicians. The acclaimed jazz musician Opher Brayer served as his mentor during that time.
Adding the talents of another woman to the group ....
Linda began playing piano at four, then classical bassoon in high-school. At fifteen, Linda began playing the electric bass and in 2002 she was accepted into the jazz program at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and started taking lessons on double-bass.
Linda was one of six chosen to compete for the prestigious James Morrison Scholarship in 2003. In 2004 Linda was the winner of the IAJE Sisters in Jazz collegiate competition where she was one of five females selected to form a quintet and perform at the IAJE Convention in Manhattan.
She has also completed an invitation-only honours program at W.A.A.P.A, Edith Cowan University graduating with first class honours and the award for the best graduation recital. Her honours thesis is titled, "A New Approach to Rhythmic Bass Improvisation: an exploration of rhythmic devices used by Dave Holland and the rhythmic aspects of North Indian Classical Music."
In April 2006 Linda was invited to attend the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in Washington DC.
She is now in her first year of her Masters Degree at the Manhattan School of Music studying with Jay Anderson and John Riley, and is an active bassist and composer of small group and big-band music.
And rounding out the group with Nick on drums ...
Nick Falk is from Portland, Maine and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in performance. He has studied with Bob Gulloti, Jamey Haddad, Dave Samuels, Ian Froman, and Hal Crook. He has performed with George Garzone, Hal Crook, John Lockwood, Frank Tiberi, Vardan Ovespian, Eli Digibri, and has performed all over the world, including Equador, Japan, Korea, and Portugal. He has also performed in venues such as the Blue Note New York and at the Monterey Jazz Festival in California.