Stacy Dillard (allaboutjazz.com)
Stacy Dillard, raised in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, started playing the saxophone at a rather late age. In his hometown, there isn't much music happening, but only Robert Moore, Stacy's band instructor, and a host of close friends. Athletics was a big part of his life, leading to the late start on the instrument. Stacy attended college at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio to study with Dr. William Denza, Jim Smith, Chris Berg, and Lenard Moses. Very quickly, Dillard acquired the necessary knowledge that would soon put his name out on the local scene. It was a run-in with Wynton Marsalis in Dayton, Ohio that would turn his attention to the New York Scene. After graduation, Stacy took the act to Cincinnati, where he stayed for a short time and made his first recording appearance with Mike Wade on trumpet, drummer Melvin Broach and pianist William Menefield. Maturation was very rapid, finally leading the way to New York.
Kyle Poole (www.kylepooledrums.com)
Hailed by Jazz Speaks as a "young prodigious drummer", Los Angeles native Kyle Poole has been residing in New York City since 2011 and continues to impress wherever his drums take him next. Along with his band of fellow NY jazz upstarts aptly titled "Poole & the Gang", Kyle has performed in New York's most esteemed jazz clubs, notably Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola & SMOKE Jazz, culminating in a weekly residency at Small's Jazz Club lasting nearly 3 years. One of Poole's chief missions, is to expand jazz's audience by incorporating all dance styles of music, reaching back to ragtime & bebop, while forging ahead all the way to funk, hip-hop & beyond. With the constant fluctuation of genre, rhythm & harmony, "Poole & the Gang" connects these musical dots in a uniquely improvised fashion, while audiences worldwide are delighted to simply, "go with the flow".
Alexander Claffy (www.claffy.me)
At 30 years old, Alexander Claffy is one of the most in demand bassists in NYC. Claffy was raised in a very musical household (his father is a pianist from the American songbook tradition, and his mother a vocalist and talent agent). After a career in children's television acting, he moved on to have many of his earliest lessons on bandstands in the heart of Philadelphia. As a teenager, Claffy was fortunate enough to find a mentor in many Philly natives, and has continued his study of the double bass with some of the world's finest musicians, including Ron Carter, Dwayne Burno, and Orin O'Brien. Since moving to New York City in 2010, he has had the honor of working with many of his living heroes, including Jimmy Cobb, Seamus Blake, Louis Hayes, Harold Mabern, Kurt Rosenwinkel, George Coleman, Chris Potter, David Kikoski, Orrin Evans, Christian Scott, Chris Botti, Joey Alexander, Eric Alexander, Melissa Aldana, Wallace Roney, Veronica Swift, JD Allen, Bruce Harris, Mike LeDonne and many more. In the past 3 years he has recorded for the Verve, HighNote, Positone, RopeADope, Venus, Cellar Live and LaReserve record labels as both a supporting artist and a bandleader.
Every day of the week in the evenings, and often multiple times per day on weekends, The 1905 plays host to the exquisite jazz community that Portland has to offer. In addition to keeping a finger on the pulse of the local scene, The 1905 has hosted internationally recognized musicians such as 5 time Grammy award-winner Antonio Sanchez, and Jazz greats like Ralph Peterson Jr.