Calvin “Koco” Brunson
(piano, Music Director)
Koco went to De Paul University as a composition major and has worked as pianist and/or musical director for: The Great Nitty Gritty (2002, 2003, 2004) by Oscar Brown Jr; Gallery 37; Ain’t Misbehaving 1990: Clock Tower Theater, Rockford, IL; Sophisticated Ladies 1991, ETA Theater, Chicago IL; Journey through Forever 1986 ,ETA Theater, Chicago IL as pianist, composer and musical director; In De Beginning 1978 The Body Politic in Chicago and Orpheum Theater in Philadelphia. Koco has toured with: Sun Percussion Summit with Don Moye, 2002, 2000 & 1997, Italy, Sardegna and Sicily; Roots Rock Society (Reggae) US tour 1994; Morse Jazz Festival, Germany, 1989, with Kahil El Zabar; Nickelsdorff Jazz Festival ,Austria, Nîmes, France, and Amsterdam with Hanah Jon Taylor “Everyday Heroes” 1988. He has worked closely with Oscar Brown, Jr. throughout his career and was musical director and co-producer for My Window with Maggie Brown.
Kwame Steve Cobb
Master Drummer, Percussionist, Songwriter, Producer and Music Entrepenur, Kwame Steve Cobb is an icon in the Chicago musical community. During the early 70’s, and on into the mid 90′s, Kwame, then known as, Steve “The Cobb-Orator” Cobb, was one of Chicago’s most in demand session drummers. He performed and recorded with recording artists Phil Upchurch, Ramsey Lewis, EarthWind and Fire, Roy Ayers, Stanley Turrentine, Anita Baker, Jerry Butler, Bill Withers, Jean Carne, Tyrone Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Charles Earland, Lonnie Liston Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Oscar Brown Jr. and others to numerous to mention.
Conscious music became the focus of Kwame’s creative efforts with the 70’s, self-contained funk‘n’social consciousness band, Boscoe. As co-founder Cobbala Productions,Y2Kwanzaa.Org and TEPCO Media Group, Kwame’s companies promote several annual Cultural events and provide Prevention programs for Youth and Community around the country. Their ” Harambee Pre-Kwanzaa Festival”, production features, Kwame and wife, vocalist Chavunduka, based on their ‘Seven Principles” recording, which features a complete suite of original songs for Kwanzaa. Their other programs are Harambee Na Nguzo Saba Community Kwanzaa Celebration, “Music Saved My Life”/AfroFlow Tour , “ Education is the New KOOL” and “Culture is the Cure” TV magazine.
Ted started his musical journey playing the trombone while attending grammar school and by the time he finished high school, his interest shifted to playing bass. Fascinated by the size, look, and sound of the bass violin, Brewer pursued a music degree, concentrating on jazz and classical bass. He also played electric bass in his home church and with local bands. In college, Brewer befriended another musician, saxophonist Art Porter and because they shared similar interests, they performed together at nearly every club and venue in Chicago. Their musical journey spanned 11 years, until Porter’s sudden death in 1996. Brewer’s credits include performances with other famous artists such as Von Freeman, Kirk Whalum, Najee, Lala Hathaway, Teresa Griffin, the Neville Brothers, Bradford Marsalis, and Jerry “The Iceman” Butler. Brewer has been a music staff member of the Trinity United Church of Christ for more than 20 years. He also performed with the South Side Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and in several musical plays including, “The Billie Holliday Story,” “Nina Simone,” and “Dinah Washington.” He also has performed abroad, touring in Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, United Arab Imirates, Finland, Canada, Thailand, and the Netherlands. These include performances at the Mecca, Pori (Finland), and North Sea (Den Haag) Jazz festivals. Brewer holds a bachelor of music degree from Roosevelt University and a masters of arts degree in music education from Chicago State University. He is currently the orchestra director at Curie High School in Chicago.
Enoch is a musical and artistic partner in Telling Our Stories with Gwen Hilary which infuses African instruments and culture into performances for public schools, libraries, museums cultural centers, universities and other institutions. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at the Center for Inner City Studies, Chicago, Illinois in African drumming, instruments and cultural institutions and practices. Enoch was also Musical Director for the Black Fairy (1982-83); Muntu Dance Theatre (1986-89); and S.P.I.R.I.T.S. Ensemble (1996-98). He has performed with: Nina Simone, Gene Ammons, Ari Brown, Phil Cohran, Von Freeman, Luba Rasheek, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Roscoe Mitchel, Malachi Thompson, Jodie Christen, Willie Pickens, Oscar Brown Jr., and his son, Oscar Brown III, Don Moye, Herb Walker, Hannibal Petersen, Sweet Honey In the Rock, Don Myrick, just to name a few.