Eliza Salem – drums
Darianna Videaux Capitel – bass
Jordan Anderson – piano
Kaleigh Wilder – baritone sax
Eliza Salem is an up-and-coming young jazz drummer. She is currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she is pursuing a jazz degree from the University of Michigan. Part of the next generation of improvisers, she is always working to expand her traditional and modern jazz repertoire and find ways to play “outside the box.” Salem is a Metro DC native who learned her craft in the Washington area’s vibrant musical and cultural scene under the guidance of mentors Paul Carr and Chris Allen. She draws inspiration from the broader East Coast community’s jazz tradition, and has performed at historic DC and Baltimore jazz venues such as Columbia Station, An Die Musik, the Keystone Korner, Twins, and Jojo’s. For the past two years, Salem has studied under Michael Gould and Sean Dobbins at U-M’s School of Music, and worked closely with professors Ellen Rowe, Dennis Wilson and Robert Hurst. She has performed with the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble, the Newport Foundation’s Generations Jazz Assembly Band, and various other student groups in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Salem is the new concert coordinator at Ann Arbor’s renowned music venue Canterbury House, and she will be debuting her original music at the Ann Arbor Jazz Festival this year with her quartet.
Darianna Videaux Capitel
Darianna Videaux Capitel is a bassist, vocalist and educator. She discovered the bass at the age of 10 in her home province, Guantanamo, where she attended the Arts School. She continued her musical education and earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of the Arts in Havana, Cuba. As a trained classical bassist, she got a position in the National Radio and Television Orchestra of Cuba as well as she alternated as a guest with the acclaimed Camerata Romeu. While living in Havana, she was introduced to traditional Cuban music. Darianna enjoys playing everything from Son, Salsa, Timba cubana to the whole array of Afrocuban and Afrocaribbean genres. From traditional agrupations to salsa orchestras, she has performed in acclaimed scenarios along the island of Cuban as well as in East Europe. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
Jordan Anderson is an exceptional pianist from Minneapolis, MN. Anderson’s musicality, dynamic range, outstanding swing feel, and commitment to jazz history has distinguished him as an irresistibly good musician. A true MSP jazz product, Anderson was trained at Walker West and various iterations of the Dakota Combo. He is now a Jazz Studies major at University of Michigan, currently studying with Andy Milne. Anderson has studied with Benny Green, Peter Schimke, Bruce Gertz and Richard Johnson. Anderson has performed with Anthony Cox, Adam Linz, Billy Peterson, Irv Williams, Robert Hurst, Justin Robinson, Andrew Bishop, and Adam Larson, to name a few.
Kaleigh Wilder is a saxophonist, bass clarinetist, improviser, and educator based in Michigan. She performs primarily as a free improviser, but she also performs jazz and contemporary classical music. Her most active current project is Virago—a contemporary classical sextet that improvises and commissions new works for their unique instrumentation of saxophone, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion. She is also a member of Outer Nebula, a free jazz collective that incorporates electronics. Wilder has performed with notable musicians such as Marion Hayden, Ellen Rowe, Allison Miller, Ingrid Jensen, Andrew Bishop, James Cornish, Marcus Elliot, Rafael Statin, Michael Malis, and more. She received her master’s degree in improvisation from the University of Michigan with a graduate certificate in World Performance Studies and her bachelor’s degree in performance from Ball State University. Wilder has performed throughout the United States, Central Europe, Costa Rica, and Ghana.
The Eliza Salem Quartet will be playing at 5.30pm on September 19 (Day 1 of the A2 Jazz Fest)