About Bernard Linnette:
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Bernard's fascination with the resounding thunder of the drum set began at an early age. His legacy of playing percussion is rooted in his childhood, where he was the drummer for his church choir at age 9. Bernard reflects on such greats as Elvin Jones and Jazz Messenger phenomenon Art Blakely and attributes Steve Ellington and Billy Higgins as major influences in his style.
While studying at Rutgers University, Bernard formed invaluable and lifelong associations with some of the most respected names in Jazz, including Kenny Barron, Grady Tate, Michael Carvin, Larry Ridley, Paul Jefferey and Ted Dunbar. A proven and articulate clinician, Bernard served as part of a clinic conducted by the legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt.
After serving in the Armed Forces, Bernard began another life long association while working with pianist and vocalist Freddie Cole. Bernard credits his foundation for his understanding of the classic standards, swing arrangements, ballads and the art of voice performance to his work with Freddy Cole. Bernard has also performed with such greats as Little Jimmy Scott, Junior Cook, Cedar Walton, Donald Harrison and Abbey Lincoln. Through his energetic yet defined style, Bernard has won many well-deserved accolades in the world of Jazz. His sextet, inspired by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers strives for a well arranged blend of straight-ahead, latin and avant-garde grooves.
About Aimee Allen:
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, vocalist Aimée Allen's intimate connection with music began as a child. Her childhood was scored with classic jazz, because her mother kept selections from the tradition on the family turntable. Though singing was a part of her childhood, Aimée first began singing professionally with jazz a cappella groups in college. After graduation, Aimée moved to Paris where she performed regularly in jazz clubs and festivals. The deep relationship between the francophone audiences and Brazilian bossa nova, led Aimée to form Les Bossa Novices, a Paris-based group dedicated to bossa and jazz.
Aimée now performs regularly in New York City and abroad, having toured in France, Italy, Russia, and Senegal. Standards and bossa are part of her repertoire, but now an accomplished songwriter, she also sings her original compositions, many of which have become audience favorites. Her original music has been licensed for feature film and network television. She has sung with many renowned musicians including Romero Lubambo, Ron McClure, François Moutin, Rozwell Rudd, Ari Hoenig, and Yomo Toro.