Asheville Jazz Collective

Asheville Jazz Collective

Inspired by the Asheville area’s rich art history and the open-mindedness of its music audiences; drummer-composer Alan Miguel Hall formed AJC as an outlet for both his varied creative influences and for collaboration with the musical peers he’s met since moving to Asheville in 2019. Consisting of a rotating group of 9 diverse musicians, AJC is a flexible unit by design in order to enable maximum creative freedom within each performance, as well as from performance to performance. The AJC quintet coming to Tryon Fine Arts Center features violinist Christian Howes, multi-reed-man Will Boyd, vibist Jason DeCristofaro, bassist Josef Butts and Hall on drums.

Chris Howes

Chris is a master of his craft, a world-class jazz violinist who’s played all over the world, including headlining Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, guest performance with Seattle Symphony and touring with The Caribbean Jazz Project.

Will Boyd

Will has released numerous albums of his own, and is one of the busiest multi-reed players in both the Tennessee and North Carolina jazz scenes. He just moved to Asheville and is on faculty at UNCA and Warren Wilson College.

Dr. Jason DeCristofaro

Jason is one of the busiest musicians, composers and teachers in the southeast. He’s a triple threat, playing vibes, piano and drums, with everyone, seemingly all the time. A community focused musical entrepreneur and busy professor with duties at AB Tech, Warren Wilson College and East Tennessee State University.

Josef Butts

Josef is a recent transplant from the busy New Orleans music scene and, outside of his full time day gig in the hi-tech world, one of the busier bassists in the greater Asheville area. Formerly Joe taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and various schools in New Orleans and Opelousas.

Alan Hall

Alan has performed and/or recorded with and/or toured with Lee Konitz, Eddie Harris, Geoffrey Keizer, Rebecca Harris, Kate McGarry, Paul McCandless, Ed Simon and Art Lande. He taught at Berklee College of Music for 7 years and has recorded two album of his material with his California based sextet, “Ratatet” (Ridgeway Records). Alan was the drummer with “Cirque Du Soleil” for three Autumn residences at Madison Sq Garden, as well as for productions of “Wicked” and “Teatro Zinzanni” in San Francisco.

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