A Berklee College of Music faculty member since 1987, saxophonist Daryl Lowery was born and raised in the Metropolitan New York area. After coming to Boston to study at New England Conservatory he has recorded and/or performed with such notables as immortals Dizzy Gillespie and Jackie Byard, the eclectic Ran Blake and Boston’s funk legend Ellis Hall. He has been a member of Al Kooper’s band since 1999 and is featured on his latest releases "Black Coffee," and "White Chocolate." His group Instant!Groove released its highly successful first recording in 2004 of which Jazziz magazine wrote “[Daryl Lowery and Instant!Groove] specialize in the funky soul-jazz grooves commonly referred to as “acid-jazz.” …The rhythm section is elastic, mid-tempo patterns aid excellent solos…, resulting in a sound akin to guitarist John Scofield’s “A Go Go” CD, on which he was backed by organ trio Medeski, Martin and Wood.” The band's current release "Let It Go" features Ra-kalam Bob Moses on drums and the late T Lavitz on B3.
Keyboardist T Lavitz is best known for his work with the "rock, jazz, and everything else" instrumental band, the Dixie Dregs, which he joined in 1978. "Bring 'em Back Alive" and the subsequent "Full Circle" studio disc each garnered Grammy nominations (bringing the total to six), and earning T the coveted "Jazz Keyboardist of the Year" award in Keyboard Magazine's readers poll. In addition to being a member of Jazz Is Dead, , an instrumental exploration into the music of the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, and the Steve Morse Band, he has recorded with Jeff Berlin, Pat Benetar, Jefferson Starship, and many other artists.
Drummer Rakalam Bob Moses grew up surrounded by musicians such as Charlie Mingus, for whom his father was press agent. He appeared with Rahsaan Roland Kirk in the mid-60s and formed Free Spirits with Larry Coryell, one of the first jazz rock bands. After a short stay with Dave Liebman's Open Sky he joined Gary Burton. In the early 70s he formed Compost with Harold Vick and Jack DeJohnette and toured the UK with the Mike Gibbs Orchestra before returning to the groups of Gary Burton and Pat Metheny. In the 80s he played with the Steve Kuhn/Sheila Jordan Band (1979-82), George Gruntz Big Band and his own quintet. Moses makes personal use of a wide range of influences to create colorful, complex yet swinging music. Bob teaches at New England Conservatory of Music.
Rick Peckham is an internationally known jazz guitarist, composer, writer and clinician. He has performed with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Gibbs and Tim Berne, and recorded the album Stray Dog as a member of the highly original jazz ensemble Um, led by trombonist Hal Crook and featuring organist John Medeski. Assistant chair of the guitar department, Peckham has been a Berklee faculty member since 1986. He is also a prolific and accomplished writer, and a frequent contributor to DownBeat and other music magazines.
Sought after bassist Bruno Råberg has performed/recorded with numerous internationally known jazz artists including Sam Rivers, Jerry Bergonzi, Billy Hart, Dave Mann, Rachel Z, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Dick Oats, Bruce Barth and Bob Mintzer. After leading his own group for several years Råberg released his CD "Pentimento" in 1992 and "Orbis" in 1998. Originally from Sweden, Bruno currently lives in the Boston area where he teaches at Berklee College of Music.