The DC Jazz Composers Collective is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to increasing the performance of original jazz compositions in the Washington, DC metro area.
The founders are:
A winner of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, bassist Kevin Pace is gaining the attention of the straight-ahead jazz scene. He has performed with musicians such as Gretchen Parlato, David “Fathead” Newman, Jon Metzger, Freddie Redd, Jon Ozment, Steve Fidyk, Steve Abshire, John Jensen, and Greg Hyslop, a four-star recording artist in Downbeat Magazine. Pace has toured throughout Germany and Austria as well as in his own area, including a several spots at the East Coast Jazz Festival, where he returned as an assistant clinician for the 2002 festival and as a member of the Adam Janjigian Quartet in 2004 and 2005.
A student of Jon Metzger, Tom Baldwin, and Charles Gambetta, Pace has an explosive, earthy, solid style that can be heard on several recordings. He is also active as a composer and arranger. Among other projects, Pace has completed the soundtrack for Elon University’s Global Studies CD-Rom (Carpe Viam Press, 2001) and “How To Carve A Pumpkin” (Beardog Productions, 2004), an independent film by Rady Large. As well as being an active jazz musician Pace has become one of Maryland and central North Carolina’s most reliable freelancing bassists performing in the orchestra of the Long Leaf Opera Company of Durham North Carolina and in pit orchestras for musicals such as “Urinetown”, “A Chorus Line”, “The Music Man”, “Company”, and over thirty more throughout the East Coast. Pace earned his B.A. in music from Elon College and has completed a MM in jazz performance at the University of Maryland.
Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Miami, Florida, Robert Muncy was 11 when he began studying the clarinet, then moved to the tenor saxophone in school and at 16, began playing with several groups in South Florida. Over the next 16 years Robert Muncy has played professionally along the east coast and toured internationally with several bands. He has performed with The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Platters, The Drifters, The Spinners, Skip Mahoney and the Casuals, Joe Piscopo, Nestor Torres, Bobby Parker, Tabou Combo, D’Zine, Wayna, Joe Herrera, Anthony Pirog, Thad Wilson Big Band, Matt Rippetoe, Will Rast, Rodney Richardson, John Lee, Chick Hall, The Funkark and many others. Robert has performed at such venues and events such as Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, The Blue Note (New York), Bohemian Cavern, The Van Dyke Cafe, Mobile Jazz Festival (Mobile, AL), Abruzzo Jazz Festival (Italy), Notre Dame Jazz Festival (South Bend, IN), The National Zoo – Zoofari, Calle Ocho (Miami, FL), Bogarts in the Fan (Richmond, VA), The Birchmere (Alexandria, VA), The American Visionary Arts Museum (Baltimore, MD), Osyrus Fest, Bossa Bistro (Washington, D.C.), The Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Art Sculpture Garden, just to name a few. Robert Muncy received his bachelors degree in jazz studies from Florida State University, masters degree in jazz saxophone performance from The University of Maryland.
Gene D’Andrea holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a M.M. in Jazz Performance from the University of Maryland. He has performed with David “Fathead” Newman, Gretchen Parlato, Jon Metzger, the Washington Symphonic Brass and M-Theory as well as poet Lawson Inada and has performed at places like the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, Blues Alley, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Cave 54 in Heidelberg, Germany. Additionally, he has played in opening acts for Maynard Ferguson, Maceo Parker, Parliament-Funkadelic and Deep Banana Blackout. He has taught at Hartford Conservatory, the Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts and has been a guest speaker/performer at Eastern Connecticut State University.