with guest vocalist Opal Staples
Opal Staples - vocals
Pharez Whitted - trumpet
Eddie Bayard - saxophone
Andrew Toombs - piano
Xazavian Valladay - drums
Johnathan Wood - bass
Pharez has performed throughout the United States and overseas, he has performed on The Arsenio Hall Show, The Billboard Music Awards, Carnegie Hall and major jazz festivals throughout the country to name a few.
Whitted studied music at Depauw University and went on to earn a master’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has taught at prestigious colleges and universities such as Wabash College, The Ohio State University and most recently Chicago State University. He is currently the Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) Jazz Orchestra.
Whitted has performed with such notable musicians such as Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Elvin Jones, Kirk Whalum, John Mellencamp, Nancy Wilson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chaka Khan and his uncle Slide Hampton.
Pharez is a performer, educator, composer, producer, clinician and was nominated for Independent Jazz Artist of the year in 2011. He has two CDs that were released on the MoTown Jazz Label (MoJazz) and three other recently released CDs on various labels. Pharez was recently named Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz for 2016.