AZA Jazz Collective

ZA A Jazz Collective (201) 965 2585

Hailing from Northern New Jersey, AZA was conceived just one year ago, following numerous collaborations between guitarist Anand Krishnamurthy and drummer Zach Honoroff, currently students at Princeton and McGill Universities, respectively. The group also includes recent Princeton graduate, pianist Julia Brav, winner of ?Outstanding Performance? honors in Down Beat magazine and member of the 2008 IAJE Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Star Quintet; bassist Adrian Moring of William Paterson Unviersity?s jazz program; and tenor saxophonist Steven Salcedo, a student of McGill University?s jazz program and one of the founding members of the up-and-coming New York band, The Element. Performing both original compositions and unique arrangements of timeless standards, AZA never ceases to exhibit a certain versatility and innovation, distinguishing the group?s compositions, interpretations, and executions from those of its peers. The music of AZA can be described as contemporary jazz, with roots deep in the classical music tradition, and is permeated by metric, rhythmic, and harmonic complexities, drawing influence from such trailblazing artists as Joshua Redman, Vijay Iyer, Brad Mehldau, Adam Rogers, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and The Bad Plus.  Collectively, the members of AZA have studied with such artists as Joanne Brackeen, Geri Allen, Charlie Lagond, Ed Xiques, Clarence Penn, Andy Watson, Adam Rogers, Rez Abbasi, Bill Moring, and Vinny Valentino. They have performed at a number of renowned venues, including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, NJPAC, Catalina Jazz Club, 55 Bar, Knitting Factory, and Trumpets in Montclair, NJ. Additionally, AZA?s members have played alongside such greats as Jimmy Heath, Ralph Bowen, Conrad Herwig, Darmon Meader, Bill Watrous, Rave Tesar and Denis DeBlasio, and have extensive experience touring both cross-country as well as internationally.  AZA eagerly awaits any and all opportunities to share its music.