Zacchae’us Paul is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. During his high school years, he excelled in the chorus and Jazz band. He has toured the US and Canada with Puerto Rican singer-songwriter “ILE” and has worked with “Music in the Park ATL” music festival from 2015 till present day. In 2017 he started his own festival called “Come Back Jazz Festival”. After high school, he studied Latin music in San Juan, Puerto Rico at Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico and now Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. In late 2017 he founded a company entitled “WETHEHANG LLC”. With this company, he started monthly jam sessions and midnight shows with his big band that featured local artists/bands. Inspired by the likes of The Black Panther Party and Marvin Gaye, Paul self-released his debut EP “TWLG” in late 2016, followed by a few singles in 2017 thru 2019, such as GMM, Autumn Leaves, Might Not Get it, Hadiya’s Idea and Colored Girls World.
Melanie Charles is a Brooklyn-born singer, songwriter, bandleader, producer, actress and flautist of Haitian descent, with a creative fluidity spanning jazz, soul, experimental and roots music. Charles was raised by a Haitian mother in Brooklyn where the sound waves in their home were filled with artists like Johnny Hodges, Frank Sinatra, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, John Coltrane and Nat King Cole. As a teen, she attended the famed LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts where she studied flute and vocals. Eventually, she landed at the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at The New School where she met artists like singer, songwriter and record producer Jesse Boykins III and alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin.
Charles’ genre-bending style has been embraced by a wide range of artists including Wynton Marsalis, SZA, Mach-Hommy, Gorillaz and The Roots. Throughout her career she has remained committed to making music that pushes listeners to consider new possibilities, both socially and politically. “Make Jazz Trill Again,” a project that she launched in 2016, demonstrates her allegiance to everyday people, especially the youth and is focused on taking jazz from the museum to the streets. Earlier this year, Charles’ Tiny Desk (Home) Concert debuted on NPR Music, who proclaimed, “Melanie Charles takes us on a journey that embodies the soul of jazz: exploration.”
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