2011 Awardee Biographies

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Claudius Agrippa

Claudius Agrippa is eleven years old and attends Brooklyn Friends School where he is currently in the 6th grade. He has studied the Suzuki violin method for six years and the piano for three years at Henry Street Settlement. He currently performs with the ISO Concert Orchestra where he is currently the youngest member. During the 2009/2010 concert season he held the position of Concert Master with The ISO Carnegie Hill Orchestra. In January 2010 Claudius became a member of The Boys’ Club of New York where he is a member of the All Star Band. He plays on an 1879 Mathias Neuner Geigenmacher from Mittenwald, Germany donated by a benefactor.

To give thanks for all the blessings he has received Claudius performs voluntarily at senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City during the summer months.

He has been the recipient of the following scholarships/awards:

•    Brooklyn Friends School – Tuition grant for the 2010/2011

school year to present

•    Henry Street Settlement - The Sammy Cahn Music Scholarship from 2007/2008 semesters to present

•    On May 2, 2009 –Key Women of America - The Jessica B.

Davis Music Scholarship

•    May 3, 2009 the New York City Council Citation from Council Member Mathieu Eugene of the 40th District for exemplary

service through participation in voluntary programs.

•    May of 2010 a Certificate of Recognition for outstanding

musical performance the New York City Council.

On August 31, 2011 at the Guyana Cultural Association of New York, 10th Anniversary, 2011 Awards

Ceremony Claudius was presented:

•    New York City Council Citation from Council Member Mathieu Eugene of the 40th District for exemplary service through participation in voluntary programs.

•    The Youth Award for the Arts and Scholastic Achievements.

•    Citation from New York State Senator John L. Sampson for his commitment to excellence and the embodiment of strength and courage – doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

Claudius auditioned, was accepted and offered a slot at the Lucy Moses Special Music School at the Kaufman Center in 2010. Over the past two years he has performed at over eighty events, below are a few notables:

•    July 13, 2011 he provided ambiance music at the opening reception of Kendall Shaw - Surabstract Paintings from The Bible “Let there be light” at the Narthex Gallery.

•    July 13, 2011 a segment aired on CBS – The Early Show about The Boys’ Club of NYC. Claudius was selected to have his lesson recorded, interviewed and perform a group piece.

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•    June 19, 2011 The ISO Trinity Florentine Youth Orchestra invited Claudius to perform with them in the congregational opera by Benjamin Britten, Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood) featuring the singing of the Trinity Youth Chorus with help from the Trinity Choir and the Family Choir at Trinity Church Wall Street

•    April 9, 2011 The NYC Mets baseball team invited The InterSchool Orchestra of New York to play at CITI Field for the opening season game.

•    February 13, 2011 he performed for The Metropolitan Black Bar Association during their Black History Month event.

•    December 3, 2010 a review was written in The New York Times of The Urban Ballet Theater production of Nutcracker in the Lower of which Claudius was a cast member. Excerpt: Apparently this production has undergone a few changes over time, including my favorite one this year: in Act 1 party scene, the action stops while the little boy onstage takes up his solo violin and play the Grossvater dance.

•    On October 23, 2010 members of The Boys’ Club of NYC were invited to provide ambiance music for The Clinton Foundation Benefit at The Cathedral of St. John the Devine. Claudius performed seven solo pieces for The Former President Bill Clinton, Foreign Dignitaries and friends.

•    June 3, 2010 ISO, The InterSchool Orchestras of New York held their Spring Gala Concert at Lincoln Center – Alice Tully Hall. Claudius was the Concert Master for the ISO Carnegie Hill Orchestra.

Claudius loves playing music because it entertains’, calms and bring peace to people. He plans to be the best violinist in the world.

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Dylan Jenet Collins

A 13 year old Montaukett Indian Nation member and Quadruple Threat from the Hamptons, NY is a member of SAG, AFTRA, AEA, NARAS (Grammys), NAMA and ASCAP and has been a featured soloist for President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, Co. as well as the Neighborhood Ball in Washington, DC with the Ray Chew Orchestra (Musical Director for American Idol). Dylan has performed on many stages nationally and appeared in the Disney’s Broadway Production of The Lion King as “Young Nala”. Other theatre credits include “MYTH” at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, Ct. A Wonderful Life at the Shubert Theatre, NYC but she got her professional start in “Once On This Island” at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.

An Apollo Star Of Tomorrow Award Winner, she has appeared in movies and also on TV. Dylan is currently being considered in 9 Categories for the Native American Music Awards being held at the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino, Niagara Falla, NY on Oct. 7,2011.  Categories nclude: Best Song Single, Best Female, Best Debut Artist and Best Record. “Hear Our Prayer” can be heard on their website at www.NAMMYS.com. The general public can VOTE until Monday 9/12/11. Dylan will also be performing at this years’ Award Show. Dylan is also Ranked #1 on the ReverbNation Pop Charts.

Dylan is one of the new voices on the current remake of the PBS Sesame Street theme song, worked commercially and danced in music videos. Over the years, Dylan has been nationally trained and studied acting with Dennis LaValle, Bob Luke, the Company Acting Studio, and John Robert Powers. Dylan has been trained vocally by Ray Chew, Betty Wright (The Cleanup Woman), Debra Barsha and Bob Marks and is currently training at the Vocal Workout Studio in NYC with Ilana Martin. Additionally, Dylan has studied dance with Shane Sparks, CA. as well as Southampton Ballet, Studio 3 and Redancers on Long Island, NY and currently is studying Artist Development with Robin Dunn.

The former Miss New York State Junior Pre-Teen Queen, Dylan was awarded the Urban League Legacy Award for philanthropy and volunteers for several charities. Dylan is also a NAACP Junior Life member.

Dylan believes that by staying humble and working hard at what she loves, there is nothing that is beyond her reach. Please visit her at:  www.ReverbNation.com, www.Facebook.com/DylanJenetCollins, www.DylanJenetCollins.com.

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The Michael Jazz Trio

The Godfrey Brothers: Matthew, David and Jordan are The Michael Jazz Trio.  And the Trio grooves with the subtle finesse required to make jazz alluring in all of its incarnations. 

The Godfrey Brothers hail from Central Islip, on the South Side of Long Island.  If you become introduced to The Michael Jazz Trio through their music, you could be stunned when checking out their bios.  Oldest brother Matthew, and keyboardist, is 17years old.  Sax player, David, is 15 years old and Jordan, 10 years old, is keeping the beat on the drums. These young gents look to have a long and storied career ahead of them. 

The Michael Jazz Trio’s musical roots come from the great jazz family of familiars like Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane.  But there are deeper family roots in their music.  Jordan’s cousin, Michael Graham, gave his drum set to Jordan to help further his career and keep the family energy alive.  And there is serious inspirational nostalgia in David’s saxophone.  Ms. Godfrey’s grandfather, William Wright, originally played this horn.  With their natural talent, and the family inspiration of the past and present, these guys have no place to go but up.

Like most great musicians, The Michael Jazz Trio began their stage career from humble beginnings.  Most musicians of their age are debuting in living rooms and backyard barbeques.  But The Godfrey’s realized their sons had talent that should be experienced.  They asked a local convenience store owner if the guys could use the 7-Eleven location as their outdoor venue.  The MJT was an instant hit and they took their show on the road to play other venues around the community.   Since then, they have also played the Apollo Theater, City of New York Correctional Department Annual Fund Raiser, The Long Island Breast Cancer Cabaret Showcase and numerous other venues.

As mentioned above, The Michael Jazz Trio’s music has its own delicious magic.  “Helena’s Blues” and “Sunset” are hypnotic, sustained rhythms that lay the bed for sax riffs speaking in tasty, melodic tongues ever so smooth.  MJT goes up tempo, and toes start tapping, with “MG” and “Mom’s Expression.”  And a dash of brash is sprinkled on the upbeat of “Diana.”  We get the feeling the tune is looking over its shoulder at us, giving us a wink and a slight smile, cause we’re hooked on the beat and we’re going to follow where “Diana” takes us.

The Michael Jazz Trio stands shoulder to shoulder (figuratively, if not literally) with exceptional jazz artists.  The musical sway of sensual, seductive rhythms and the masterful moderation of upbeat tempos make us comfortable to surrender our sensibilities to The Michael Jazz Trio.  We’re pleased to share this experience with you.