The Artists

Combo Nuvo

Combo Nuvo was created to explore the diverse experiences of musicians who have traveled across the globe, bringing their influences back home to New York City where they work and play at iconic venues including the Blue Note Jazz Club, Birdland and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Their unique blend was created using instruments such as the Mongolian ever buree, chromatic harmonica & blues harp, acoustic guitar, cello, Middle Eastern percussion, piano, jaw harp, penny whistle, flutes, clarinets and saxophones. Combo Nuvo has appeared around the globe with orchestras including the Costa Rica Sinfonica Nacional, Peru National Symphony (Lima), the United Arab Emirates Philharmonic in Abu Dhabi, the i Solisti dell Orchestra del Teatro Verdi (Florence, Italy) and the Morin Khuur Ensemble; the National Symphony of Mongolia. In 2010, Combo Nuvo performed before 100,000 people (broadcast to over a billion) at the 60th Gala Celebration for East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. By 2003, Schroeder accepted the position as Director of Jazz Studies at NYU Steinhardt. Combo Nuvo has been the NYU Jazz Studies Artist-in-Residence Ensemble since 2003.

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Dave Schroeder, multi-reed player

Dave Schroeder has mastered a broad range of instruments, adding to Combo Nuvo’s sound palate including the Mongolian ever buree, chromatic harmonica, alto clarinet, alto and bass flutes, soprano saxophone, blues harp and penny whistle. For over a decade, his main musical focus has been dedicated to Combo Nuvo, but, he has also has performed and/or recorded with such iconic jazz artists as Tony Bennett, Tom Scott, Teo Macero, Toots Thielemans, Airto Moreira, Oscar Castro-Neves and Lenny White, to name a few. As Director of Jazz Studies at NYU Steinhardt since 2003, Schroeder has attracted a diversity of internationally acclaimed artist/faculty, many of whom have been featured with Combo Nuvo over the years. As a music producer, he is the creator and host of the NYU Steinhardt Jazz Interview Series, viewable on YouTube.



Lenny Pickett, multi-reed instrumentalist

Lenny Pickett began his career playing saxophone and clarinet in bars and on the street in Berkeley California. He toured through the 70’s with the legendary Oakland based R&B group Tower of Power and worked in the 80s as a saxophonist and an arranger for David Bowie, The Talking Heads and Laurie Anderson, among many others. Pickett is currently musical director and bandleader for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, where he has been playing since 1985 and leading the band since 1995.



Tom Scott, multi-reed instrumentalist

Tom Scott is a veteran composer, arranger, producer, musical director, band leader and saxophonist, having earned three Grammy Awards and 14 Grammy nominations over four decades. Scott’s career as a guest artist spans more than 500 recordings by such diverse artists as Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Thelonious Monk, the Blues Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Aerosmith. His numerous contributions as a player and arranger include Joni Mitchell’s Court And Spark, Steely Dan’s Aja; hit singles like Carole King’s “Jazzman,” Paul McCartney’s “Listen To What The Man Said,” Rod Stewart’s “Do You Think I’m Sexy”Blondie’s “Rapture,” Captain & Tenille’s “Do That To Me One More Time,” Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love For You,” and on movie soundtracks including Taxi Driver, Bladerunner, Heaven Can Wait, to name a few. Scott’s other career achievements include composing film scores, among them Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Uptown Saturday Night, and Stir Crazy. His television composing and conducting credits include the themes for Family Ties, Starsky & Hutch and background scores for Baretta, Cannon, Barnaby Jones and Streets Of San Francisco. Tom also continues to perform with his Jazz Fusion band The L.A. Express.

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Billy Drewes, multi-instrumentalist

Billy Drewes has been creating music, composing, performing and recording since the mid 1970s. His main instruments include soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, clarinets, flutes, drums, percussion and piano. Featured on over one hundred CD’s, with performance credits worldwide, he continually searches out new avenues for creative expression. He shares the stage with Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian and Toninho Horta at venues from Egypt to Cuba, Israel to Africa, New York’s Carnegie Hall to Albert Royal Hall in London. He continues to record and record with artists including Herbie Hancock, Bill Frisell, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Toninho Horta, John Abercrombie, Fred Hersch, Peter Erskine and the Vanguard Orchestra.



Matt Sullivan, oboist

Matt Sullivan has performed extensively on four continents and is recognized internationally as both a virtuoso performer and teacher, as well as being an important advocate for the modern oboe. The New York Times has praised his “gorgeously lyrical playing” and the New Yorker has called his inventive performances “the cutting edge”. As composer, his innovative works created for oboe, English horn and digital horn, along with his solo and chamber music performances and Compact Discs, have been featured on National Public Radio and on Voice of America. In addition to his active teaching and solo recital schedule, he is a member of Musicians’ Accord, the Richardson Chamber Players (Princeton University), the Westchester Chamber Orchestra, First Avenue – the electro acoustic trio and The Weekend of Chamber Music Festival in Sullivan County New York.



Brad Shepik, guitar

Guitarist, composer Brad Shepik was born in Walla Walla, Washington and raised in Seattle. He moved to New York in 1990, joining several bands including Dave Douglas’ Tiny Bell Trio, Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio, Pachora w/Chris Speed, Jim Black and Skuli Sverrisson, and BABKAS. Concurrently, the guitarist deepened his interest in world music, performing with Yuri Yunakov’s Bulgarian Wedding Band and Simon Shaheen’s Quantara. As a sideman, Shepik appears on more than 70 recordings and has performed with Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Carla Bley’s Escalator Over the Hill, Bob Brookmeyer, Simon Shaheen, and Joey Baron’s Killer Joey.

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Rick Molina, acoustic guitar

Rick Molina is the guitarist for the smash Broadway musical Wicked in addition to having composed the underscore music for The Electric Company and Prankster Planet, both on PBS. Molina is the leader of The Rick Molina Group that began in 1988 with the release of Current Events on the Verve Forecast label.



Rich Shemaria, pianist and composer of One World Suite

Rich Shemaria is a prolific composer and has orchestrated much of Combo Nuvo’s music for the symphony, jazz orchestra and chamber groups. He has written music for Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Michael & Randy Brecker, Lenny Pickett, Teo Macero and Wayne Krantz. Shemaria served as the director of the UMO Jazz Orchestra in Helsinki, Finland from 1994-96. He holds the position of Composer-in-Residence at NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies since 2003.



Mike Richmond, bassist and cellist

Mike Richmond has been featured on over 300 recordings (12 solo) with artists/ensembles including Dizzy Gillespie, Ravi Shankar, Stan Getz, Charles Mingus Dynasty/Big Band/Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny, Horace Silver, Bobby McFerrin, Joào Gilberto, Henry Mancini, Hubert Laws, Michel Legrande, and the CBS Orchestra in Los Angeles, winning Grammy Awards through his work with Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mike has also performed as a soloist with the Bratislava Philharmonic and Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, and he has toured extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and South America since 1973. Appearances include documentaries produced in the United States, Germany, Poland, Israel, Japan, and China.



John Hadfield, drum set/world percussion

Bringing together distinct domains of expertise and traditions, including jazz, classical western music, Carnatic music and electronic music. His varied expertise as a percussionist and drummer has allowed him to perform with a broad range of ensembles and artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, The Silk Road Ensemble, The Saturday Night Live Band on NBC, Kinan Azmeh’s City Band and Combo Nuvo. He has also collaborated on more than eighty recordings as a guest artist, including the GRAMMY award winner Yo-Yo Ma and Friends, Songs of Joy and Peace (Sony BMG 2008). John Hadfield currently serves on the Jazz faculty of New York University, where he teaches drum set and world percussion.



Jeremy Warren, drumset

Jeremy Warren, born and raised in North Little Rock, AR was heavily exposed to music growing up. His mother is an organist/pianist where she played at his grandfather’s and now currently his father’s church in Little Rock & North Little Rock, AR. Memphis is where he credits his musical growth as a musician performing with many local/national artists as well as leading his own band whom performed every Saturday night on the famous Beale St. for two years. He has performed with artists such as Deanna Martin, Andy Milne, Lenny Pickett, John Scofield, Luis Bonilia, Antonio Hart, to name a few.



Tim Keiper, world percussion

Tim Keiper has spent the last 15 years touring the world, playing and recording with such diverse artists as Cyro Baptista, Vieux Farka Touré, John Zorn, Matisyahu, Dirty Projectors, Hazmat Modine, and Skeleton Key. Equally at home rocking explosive rhythms in the West African desert, laying down grooves in a jazz club, or constructing an avant-garde sound experience bordering on performance art, Keiper has a deep knowledge of an eclectic set of music traditions and genres. His ability to speak each musical language so authentically, yet imprint the music with his rich experience and canny sensibility, defines his inimitable playing. Keiper moved to New York City in 1999 to play music. It was here that he was able to open his musical universe by immersing himself in the thriving downtown music scene while at the same time studying the music of Brazil, West Africa, and India. This was the beginning of his ongoing pursuit to embrace a multitude of cultural and musical traditions and assimilate them into his own pioneering approach to drumming.



Mary Scott, producer of One World Suite

Mary Scott is an internationally recognized jazz impresario and artist manager who worked alongside her husband Ronnie Scott OBE, tenor saxophonist and founder of the premier British jazz venue, Ronnie Scott’s. At the club, she developed close ties with such jazz greats as Ben Webster, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Oscar Peterson, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, Benny Bailey, Johnny Griffin and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. As an artist manager, her clients have included Tom Scott, Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Louis Hayes and Combo Nuvo. As the producer for One World Suite, Scott’s dedication to social, political and environmental justice regarding climate change along with her connection to the expressive nature of jazz music makes her the perfect advocate to promote music designed to help heal the planet.

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Ellen Colcord, multi-media artist

Ellen Colcord

Ellen Colcord is an internationally recognized fine artist and educator who has taught and exhibited her work internationally for over 25 years. She holds a Master of Arts from New York University and has extensive Master’s studies at Yale University and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Urbino, Italy. She has also been active in Central and South America, sharing her talents with disadvantaged children in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Peru. Curating an exhibition/fundraiser called “GIRLS” at the Rogue Gallery in Chelsea in 2015, she donated the proceeds to La Alianza, a girl’s homeless shelter in Guatemala City supporting battered and abused teens in Guatemala. Colcord also created an art programs for homeless youths for Covenant House and founded the first arts program for women for the New York City Rescue Mission.

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