Jamie Ousley has been one of the most in-demand bassists in south Florida since he moved to Miami in the fall of 1998 from his native home of Tennessee. After earning his doctorate from the University of Miami in 2008, he is now Assistant Professor of Jazz Bass at Florida International University and continues to teach and perform world-wide.
(Bass, AJPC 2014, 2017)
John Yarling (drumset, jazz percussion) is a lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. His flawless musicianship and commitment to his art make him the drummer of choice for many South Florida performers such as Ira Sullivan & the Inter-Outer Continental Quintet, The Shack Daddys, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Brian Murphy Trio, The Nicole Yarling 4-Tet, the Jeff Taylor Band & Diane Ward. John Yarling is at ease playing in many styles including Modern Jazz, Blues, Funk and Rock. In past years he has performed with jazz luminaries Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Lou Donaldson, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Forrest, Mark Murphy, Mike Stern, Pete Minger, Larry Coryell and Dave Liebman as well as rockers Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins and Bobby Keys (The Rolling Stones). He has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Curtis Fuller, Pepper Adams, Joe Williams, Ernest Ranglin, Kevin Mahogany, and most recently, Pink. Yarling attended Florida State University (classical percussion) as well as the University of Miami (jazz performance, drum-set). Earlier in his career he taught general music and percussion at North Broward Preparatory Schools, and established a percussion program at the Florida Youth Conservatory.
Alexander Claffy hails from the greater Philadelphia area. His father a club date pianist and his mother a singer, he was exposed to music early on. Claffy has studied with such great bassists as Ron Carter, Dwayne Burno, Ben Wolfe, and Gregg August. He has also had the honor to work with many incredible musicians such as: Johnny O’Neal, Louis Hayes, Russell Malone, Wallace Roney, Christian Scott and Sean Jones. Claffy resides in Harlem. (Bass, AJPC 2015)
Billy Williams is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. He has had the opportunity to work professionally with the likes of Larry Willis, Cyrus Chestnut, Warren Wolf, Christian McBride, Jon Faddis, Ellis Marsalis, Benny Golson, and Steve Davis amongst others. He has performed worldwide in prestigious venues such as the Village Vanguard in New York City, Duc Des Lombards in Paris, France, the A-Trane in Berlin Germany, Porgy and Bess in Vienna, Austria, Jazz At Lincoln Center Doha in Doha, Qatar and Umbria Jazz in Perugia, Italy. As an educator, Billy has been featured as an Artist-in-Residence at Duke University and JazzSTL, A St. Louis, MO-based non-profit organization specializing in Jazz Education. (Drums, AJPC 2015)