Misha Adair – piano, composer
Misha grew up in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Gonzaga University he played piano on cruise ships for two years. Misha graduated with his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he studied piano with Alan Pasqua and Sara Gazarek. Rather than holding his master’s recital at school, Misha and Sophisticated Lady made their debut performance at Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. For more about Misha please visit www.mishaadair.com
JJ Kirkpatrick – trumpet
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Trumpeter/Composer/Producer JJ Kirkpatrick, began his diverse musical career at the tender age of 9 when he scored the opening sequence to a 10-minute film he co-directed with his brother. JJ began playing trumpet that same year, studying with Portland legend Thara Memory. Now based in Los Angeles, JJ has had the opportunity to perform with Wynton Marsalis, Tootie Heath, Beyonce, Craig Robinson, Louis CK and many others.
Andrew James Boyle – drums
Andrew James Boyle, drums, lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to study with his mentor, the legendary drummer Peter Erskine at USC. Andrew also studied with the wonderful Aaron Serfaty in Los Angeles, and before that with Tim Metz in Sacramento. Andrew maintains a busy schedule teaching and performing, locally and overseas. In addition to receiving multiple prestigious awards from USC, Andrew also earned theOutstanding Soloist Award from the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Andrew was Yarlung’s introduction to Sophisticated Lady quartet. Please visit andrewboylemusic.nubook.com
Gary Wicks – bassist, composer
An in-demand upright and electric bassist in Los Angeles, Gary has been the bassist for Grammy award winning vocal group The Manhattan Transfer (TMT) for over 5 years. With TMT, Gary has been featured at many notable international music festivals around the globe as well as on their most recent recording. Despite this busy touring schedule, Gary earned a MM in Jazz studies at USC where he met the other members of Sophisticated Lady. Originally from Albany, NY, this second generation bassist has been a part of the vibrant music scenes of London, UK, Albany, NY and Boston, MA where he earned a BM in Double Bass Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. As an educator Gary has been on faculty at the Silver Lake Conservatory of Music and is currently on faculty at The Musician’s Institute. Gary has had much studio experience in all these major cities but has never before been a part of such a unique, artistic and gratifying recording project as Sophisticated Lady’s recording with Yarlung Records. Please visit http://www.garywicks.com/