Since 2003, Tyler Azelton, Troy Reigleman and John Graves have been finding subtle ways of creating a modern, original sound in jazz by blending their rich and diverse backgrounds into a cohesive musical vision.
Hailed by The New York Times as “particularly agile,” vocalist Tyler Azelton has been involved in opera, musical theater, vocal jazz ensembles, madrigals, and concert choirs since the age of 3. She began taking piano lessons at age 10, and studied both jazz voice and classical piano at Sarah Lawrence College. Betweeen 2001-2003, she performed extensively around the Manhattan area with jazz trios/quartets, singer-songwriters, and an original rock band, Miss Palisades. Tyler has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the United Nations, and at the Festival of Lights in Bulgaria. Currently, she is composing, teaching and performing around L.A. with her rock band, Deep 6 Holiday.
A performer since the age of 5, Troy Reigleman was playing organ for audiences before his feet could reach the pedals. At 12, he took up the guitar and began playing both guitar and keyboard in several professional rock and country bands throughout Pennsylvania. Later, Troy gained experience in various Motown and top 40 bands in Cleveland. In the L.A. area, Troy has performed acoustic sets with singer-songwriters, has worked in jazz duo/trio/quartet formats and is the leader of his own group, zenbop. Virtuoso guitarist John Stowell became an inspiring teacher, influencing his modern jazz approach. Currently, he works as a product specialist for Kawai, and is available for teaching and MIDI consulting.
Bassist John Graves began his musical development singing in a local children’s choir. He began studying electric bass at age 13, and took up the acoustic bass at 17. A composition major, John received his B.M. from U.C.S.B., where he studied classical bass with Nico Abondolo. He then went on to study North Indian classical music at the Akbar Khan College of Music. Upon leaving the College, John furthered his education in the Extension Program at U.C.L.A. It was there that he had the opportunity to work with Harold Land, Billy Higgins, Roberto Miranda and Kenny Burrell in jazz studies. Additionally, John studied film scoring and has since been commissioned for various projects. As a bassist, John has a prolific background in pop, gospel, jazz, rock, reggae, hip hop, classical, and Indian fusion. More on John’s music at www.JohnAllenGraves.com.