Patrick Bartley (20): Influenced by Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, Bartley was just one of many young talents featured in HBO’s Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts Masterclass
Ben Williams (28): Williams had already worked with a stellar list of artists prior to his 2011 debut, State of Art
. A member of Pat Metheny Unity Group, the DC native’s prowess on bass allowed him to share a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.
Russell Hall (19): This Jamaica native began playing double bass at the renowned Dillard School of the Arts jazz ensemble. His talent has already been sought out by trumpeter Terence Blanchard and saxophonist Joshua Redman.