Members of the Arts Club and guests will enjoy the musical artistry of Mike Cemprola and James Collins at a Membership Open House Reception on Friday, November 22, 2019.
James Collins is a Philly-Bred, Washington D.C. based pianist and organist. James received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Temple University, where he had the privilege of studying with masters such as Terell Stafford, Bruce Barth, Dick Oatts, Elio Villafranca and many more. James regularly performs between his hometown of Philadelphia and DC, as well as Baltimore. In his travels, he’s played with the likes of Steve Wilson, Victor Lewis, Rodney Green, Eddie Daniels, Ben Allison, David Wong, and Scott Tixier. James takes joy in performing a versatile array of jazz styles, from 1940s swing to the modern jazz of today. He is also a member of the United States Army Band, where he performs regularly with different jazz, classical and chamber ensembles.
Award-winning saxophonist Mike Cemprola recently relocated to the Washington, DC area after being based in Philadelphia for 15 years. He has performed/recorded with The Mike Cemprola Quartet/Quintet, Norman David and the Eleventet, the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Fresh-Cut Orchestra, the co-led quartet Gunshow, and a host of other creative ensembles. Most recently, Mike became the jazz alto saxophonist for the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. In addition to being a member of these groups, he has performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Christian McBride, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Barron, Larry McKenna, and many other jazz icons. Mike attended the University of the Arts from 2002-2007, earning a BM and MM in music, and was on the faculty from 2007-2016, teaching lessons, classes, and coaching performing ensembles.