In the early ‘90s, Paradigm Shift was born in Rochester, NY to bring the spirit back to neo-jazz with organic, funky grooves and street-level ambiance. Bandleader Melvin Henderson and co-founder Gerry Youngman grew up in the golden age of jazz clubs: simmering hotbeds of grit and soul. In an era of turmoil and enormous social change, Henderson and Youngman spent their formative years watching and listening to the great jazz legends. After attending Berklee School of Music, Youngman toured with classic R&B icons like The Drifters, The Platters, Martha Reeves, and St. Louis soul legend Walter Scott. Also out of Berklee, Henderson has recorded or shared the stage with Al Jarreau, Roy Ayers, Cheryl Lynn, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and legendary organists Jack McDuff and Dr. Lonnie Smith. In the mid-2000s, Drummer-composer Sean Jefferson was added to the mix, completing the trio with an orchestral sensibility and fresh perspective. Jefferson has performed alongside prominent musicians such as Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Jeff Tyzik, Marcus Printup, Wycliffe Gordon, Huston Person, and Bobby Militello. After almost thirty years, Paradigm Shift’s seasoned performers still keep it raw and vibrant in an ever relevant and evolving art form.
THE PSHIFT HORNS Jared Sims and Brian Thomas
Jared Sims is a musician and recording artist specializing in saxophone, woodwinds, jazz and funk music. Jared has played music on four continents. He performs regularly under his own name and with several other groups. Jared has more than thirty different albums crossing several genres, and his studio work has been featured on American and Japanese television as well as several video games. He performs regularly in Pittsburgh, New York City, Boston, and beyond and is currently the Director of Jazz at West Virginia University. Boston based trombonist/composer/educator Brian Thomas began playing trombone at the age of 10 in his hometown of Rochester, NY. Through hard work and dedication, Thomas now leads his own jazz quartet, big band, and funk powerhouse Akashic Record. Each of which features his original compositions. As a freelance trombonist, Thomas has performed with Soulive, Lettuce, Maceo Parker, Melvin Sparks, Sam Kininger, John Brown’s Body, Alan Evans Playonbrother Band, Eric Krasno, The Boston Horns, New England Jazz Educators Orchestra, Brass Force, The Hurricane Horns, Night Rhythm, and Pressure Cooker. Brian Thomas is widely regarded as one of the leading Funk/Jazz artists in the Northeast. His melodic, lyrical and funky style has gained him recognization in the funk-jazz scene creating his own unique musical voice.