Jerry’s true passion in music is Jazz and R&B. In addition to being a member of the Max Weinberg 7, he can be heard playing with his brother Jimmy in the Vivino Brothers Band. He also is the leader of a really fun group with bass player Mike Merritt, drummer James Wormworth, keyboard player Brian Charretteand frequent guests, trumpet player Lew Soloff and guitarist Melvin Sparks.
Jerry’s saxophone influences include Ben Webster, John Coltrane, King Curtis, Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderly, Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon. Clarinet influences include Benny Goodman, Buddy deFranco, Aker Bilk, Pete Fountain, Sidney Bechet and Eddie Daniels. Flute influences include Jean Pierre Rampal, Hubert Laws, James Galway and Ian Anderson. However, Jerry’s favorite musician is his wife, flutist Laura (Renino) Vivino.
Keyboardist, Composer, Producer, Engineer. Rave Tesar began playing piano at an early age, and developed an affinity for all styles of music. He began his career working on the Jazz scene in and around New York with numerous groups and leaders. His reputation soon led to national and international tours as a side man with singer Frankie Randal, rock and roll hall-of-famers “The Shirells” and the minimalist pop group “Tirez Tirez”, led by Mikel Rouse. Rave is, perhaps, best know for his long-standing collaboration with singer Annie Haslam and her progressive rock band “Renaissance”. Serving as a co-writer and producer, Rave worked on several of Haslam’s solo projects as well as the 2001 Renaissance “live” from Japan CD, “The Land of the Rising Sun”, and the most recent Renaissance studio album, “Grandine il Vento”, on which he also served as primary producer. In addition to his work in jazz and pop music, Rave has written and recorded numerous works for film and television. He is also an educator, and is featured as such in the public television series, “Exploringthe World of Music”.
Tony Jefferson, a New York native, is an accomplished drummer and has been a fixture on the New York
jazz scene for many years. He has toured around the globe playing both festivals and clubs with world
Tony has performed and recorded with many jazz artists and groups including: Eddie Harris, Kenny Drew
Jr., Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson, Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Don Friedman, Cyrus Chestnut, Mark
Whitfield, Jerry Bergonzi, Joey Calderazzo, Freddy Cole, Hank Jones, Benny Golson, Cedar Walton,
Vic Juris, Steve Slagle, Charles McPherson, Gary Smulyan, John Abercrombie, Marc Copland, Kevin Hayes,
Rick Margitza, Cameron Brown (Danny’s Calypso and The Here & Now), Paul Beaudry and Pathways
(Jazz Ambassadors Tour for Jazz at Lincoln Center), Don Byron (Ivey Divey Trio), James Weidman, Harvie S,
Sheila Jordan, Nancy King, Ernestine Anderson, Annie Ross and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra.
Tony Jefferson attended the Berklee College of Music in 1984 and in 1992 placed third in the Thelonious
Monk International Drum Competition. He has taught workshops and Masters classes in the USA and
Although specializing in jazz, Tony Jefferson is a versatile musician who’s inventive playing is influenced by
his diverse musical experiences. Tony’s passion for woodwinds and his melodic approach on the drums has
lead him to doing singing gigs in recent years.