ABOUT

Talented, Dynamic, Excellent

The members of the musical group Collaboration personify a sense of purpose and vision that will propel them into the realm of success and stardom.  If you’re looking for the same old tired and whiny saxophone driven sound too prevalent in this smooth jazz driven era, then look elsewhere.  This group has put the “soul” back into jazz with its sexy and supple sound.

“… the members of the band Collaboration… have a cohesive sound, smoothly anticipating each other’s musical ideas and drawing complementary melodies and rhythms.” – Prince George’s Gazette

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THE BAND

His talents have also been featured on Black Entertainment Television’s BET on Jazz Series as an up and coming new talent.

Kenneth Dickerson

DRUMMER, BAND LEADER, SONGWRITER, PRODUCER, AND ENGINEER

Dr. Kenneth D. Dickerson is the leader of the Washington based jazz ensemble Collaboration. He received his Bachelors in Music Education from The University of the District of Columbia, his Master in Educational Leadership from The George Mason University and his Doctorate in Human Development and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University. He has worked in the Washington, DC Public Schools since 1993. Starting in the classroom as a Music teacher became Music Department Chairperson at Wilson Senior High School. After that he was invited join the administrative team where he served as Assistant Principal at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School for a number of years. Currently, Dr. Dickerson is the Director of Music at Theodore Roosevelt SHS School. He has an extensive background in the performing arts. His group Collaboration performed for the Inauguration Galas of both President Bill Clinton (1997) and President Barack Obama (2008).

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Dr. Dickerson has performed and shared the stage with many nationally-known recording artists such as Patty LaBelle, Eric Benet, Miles Jaye, Stanley Turntine The Blackbyrds, Keith Kilgo and Crosswinds, Norman Brown, Layla Hathaway, Peabo Bryson, David Dyson, Al Johnson (The Unifics), Allyn Johnson, Julia Nixon, Vesta Williams. The Manhattans, Pieces of a Dream, Betty Carter, Lee Ritenour, War, the Delphonics and the late great Phyllis Hyman. He also has done extensive studio recording and commercial work in Television and film. His talents have also been featured on Black Entertainment Television’s BET on Jazz Series as an up and coming new talent. BET also featured Dr. Dickerson and Collaboration along with Vesta Williams in a national television advertisement. Unafraid to cross into all facets of the music industry, Dr. Dickerson has produced broadcast music including co- writing themes for Video Soul, Unreal, Caribbean Rhythm, BET Talk, BET Tonight, Comic View and Lead Story. Writing and performing a mixed repertoire of jazz, R&B, popular, traditional and inspirational music.

As an educator, Dr. Dickerson has been acknowledged for his excellence in education. In 1994 he was recognized by Barbara Streisand, Sony Music and Mayor of the District of Columbia Sharon Pratt Kelly with the Mayors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Education, 1994 Granted $25,000 from Barbara Streisand and $25,000 in music equipment from Sony Music. Dr. Dickerson was recognized by Parent’s United as Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1995. In 1995 Dr. Dickerson received of a private donation for a $30,000 to develop a Digital music- studio at Douglas Junior High School. In 1996 he received The Principals Award for Outstanding Service. He was the recipient of the 2001 Superintendent’s Award Excellence in Education for his work as a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in West Africa (Ghana, Senegal and the Gambia).

As a school administrator he received the Leadership and Guidance Award Woodrow Wilson SHS Class of 2006, Recipient of the Wells Foundation Scholarship, George Washington University 2005-06, Member of The International Association for Jazz Educators, were he received a Special Citation For Outstanding Leadership in Music “IAJE” (International Association for Jazz Education” recipient 2007, In 2012 Dr. Dickerson was the On-site Director and Producer in Rio de Janeiro Brazil for the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz for the inaugural year of the International Day of Jazz around the World featured on CBS This Morning and CNN News. Dr. Dickerson has also taught and performed at Festival de Musica de Ourinhos in Sao Paulo, and the IX Festival Musica na Ibiapaba Fortaleza Brazil. In 2012 he was honoured at the Mayor’s Arts Awards in 2012 for Excellence in Education Teaching Performing Arts, this award was given on behalf of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Public Schools, and the DC Arts. Additionally, this year Dr. Dickerson was awarded a Fund for Teachers Fellow where the studied and performed Brazilian samba music throughout Brazil. Dr. Dickerson is affiliated with the following organizations: Member, BMI (songwriter/composer/producer). Member Phi Delta Kappa 2004 and IAJE.

He also enjoyed 4 years as the keyboardist for the smooth jazz saxophonist/vocalist Walter Beasley.

Glenn Douglas

KEYBOARDIST, SONGWRITER, PRODUCER, AND ENGINEER

Glenn is a native of Washington D. C., who has studied jazz, classical and latin piano for over 34 years. He has performed and recorded with such national artists as Lloyd Price, Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Ben E. King, Yolanda Adams, Al Green, Jean Carn, Eric Benet, Monica, Monifah, international blues guitarist Memphis Gold, Marcus Johnson, and Jr. Walker and the All-Stars. He has served as the music director for The Flamingos, and also Phil Flowers Jr., and was selected to be the music director for the Ghana Jazz Festival, which featured Freddie Jackson, Angela Bofill and Marcus Johnson in Ghana, Africa. Glenn was also chosen as the Music Director for the Capital Jazz Festival New Artist Competition. He also enjoyed 4 years as the keyboardist for the smooth jazz saxophonist/vocalist Walter Beasley.

On the local scene, He has performed and recorded with Marshall Keys, Sendy Brown, Miriamm Wright, Earl Carter and has enjoyed an eighteen year (18) tenure with the contemporary jazz group Collaboration. He has also performed with Phase II (who won the Capital Jazz Festival New Artist Competition in 2006) on the Capital Jazz Cruise. Glenn has just finished composing two songs for Earl Carter’s upcoming smooth jazz recording project. He also arranged and recorded all of the music for Tyrone Lumpkin’s new project.

…international road tours of Broadway musicals, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ to the 3 Mo’ Tenors and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mark Russell

BASSIST, SESSION PLAYER, PRODUCER, AND ENGINEER

An accomplished Bassist, well sought after Session Player, Composer, Engineer and Studio Owner, Mark Russells talents span several instruments and multiple genres. Mark’s life has been a whirlwind of continuous musical experiences including studying composition and theory with Hank Levy at Towson State University.

As a musical chameleon Mark has worked in many types of musical environments.  This has been anything from international road tours of Broadway musicals like, Chorus Line, Dreamgirls and Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ to the 3 Mo’ Tenors and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mark is currently bassist for Cabo Frio, The Midnight Movers and smooth jazz charting artist Miles Stiebel in addition to Collaboration.  In the past he has also performed with Ronnie Laws, Chante Moore, Ken Navarro,Stef Scaggiari, Dave Valentine, Stephanie Mills, Cab Calloway, Lloyd Price, Kim Waters, Melba Moore, Kevin Toney, Della Reese, Alexander O’Neal, Dennis Chambers, Ethel Ennis, Bernard Purdie, Gary Thomas, Maysa, Pamela Williams, Cyrus Chesnut, Ben E. King and many more.

Passionate, stirring, reflective, soulful…these words and many others describe the music of Tracey Cutler.

Tracey Cutler

SAXOPHONIST, SESSION PLAYER, EDUCATOR

Passionate, stirring, reflective, soulful…these words and many others describe the music of Tracey Cutler. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Tracey is a highly respected and requested saxophonist and educator who brings the era of classic jazz, by way of his sweet, soulful, and identifiable sound, to the 21st Century music scene. Tracey’s humble start in the District of Columbia Public Schools on clarinet has evolved into a musical path as a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, clinician, producer, arranger, and administrator. Tracey graduated from The University of the District of Columbia where he received undergraduate degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Education. He also holds a Master’s in School Supervision & Administration from Bowie State University and currently serves as the Creative & Performing Program Coordinator at the Benjamin D. Foulois Creative & Performing Arts Academy and as an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College-Germantown.

Tracey has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Bruce Williams, Benito Gonzalez, Miles Jaye, Yolanda Adams,Tom Schuman (Spyro Gyra), Origem, Lori Williams, Michael Bowie, the BlackByrds, Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, David Dyson, Mark Prince, the late Nathan Heathman, William Hubbard, Al Johnson (former lead singer of The Unifics), Allyn Johnson, Ben E. King, Dave Valentine, Julia Nixon, Lloyd Price, Spur of the Moment, Sylver Logan Sharp (former lead singer of Chic), Kim Waters, Vanessa R. Williams, Vesta Williams, Jeanne Carne, and the late great Phyllis Hyman.

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