Lynn Riley and the World Mix
Meet the Band
Lynn Riley, Saxophonist, Flutist, Composer
As the leader of The World-Mix, Lynn has been described more than once as "Superwoman" of the sax. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pa., Lynn received a B. A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii. Since her return to Philadelphia (after 5 years in Kansas city on the Board of Directors of the Women's Jazz Festival where she had the opportunity to play with luminaries like Carmen McRae, Marian McPartland, and Shirley Scott), she has performed with great artists like Grover Washington Jr., Philly Joe Jones, David Bromberg, Peter White, Rachelle Farrell, Charles Earland, David Murray and Johnny Pacheco, as well as leading her own groups.
She was chosen to perform at the Painted Bride Arts Center for their series Women Leaders in Jazz in 2000. She has opened for artists such as Najee, Spyro Gyra, Nelson Rangell, Nester Torres, Andy Narell, the Indigo Girls, Brenda K Star, the Mahotella Queens and Compai Segundo of the Buena Vista Club. She has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.
More recently Lynn has been expanding her composing vocabulary, traveling and performing in Ghana, Cuba, South Africa, Bolivia, Brazil and Columbia, adding fresh material to The World-Mix repertoire.
Lynn has released two albums as leader, Lynn Riley and The World-Mix Say What (2014) and Too Cool (2009).
Aaron Graves, Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Conductor
Aaron has been blessed to perform and/or record with many greats that include Stanley Turrentine, Oscar Brown, Jr., Dakota Staton, Houston Person, Marlena Shaw, Cassandra Wilson, Antonio Hart, Greg Osby, Grady Tate, Kenny Burrell, Frank Foster, Grover Washington, Jr., Vanessa Rubin, The Blackbyrds, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Maceo Parker, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Donald Byrd, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany, and many others.
His television credits include The award-winning documentary “Eyes on the Prize with Sweet Honey and the Rock”, The Bill Cosby Show, and The Lou Rawls Show.
Rubin Edwards, Bassist, Producer, Composer, Arranger, Musical Director of The World Mix
Rubin produced Lynn Riley’s CD Too Cool and"Say What, Lynn Riley and The World Mix,"
Harry “Butch” Reed, Drums
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Butch has worked with many wonderful artists including Gerald Veasely, John Blake, Roy Hargrove, Valerie Pomerov, George Coleman, Gary Thomas, Lou Tabackin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, James Moody, Benny Golson, and Jimmy Heath.. He has recorded with Mike Boone, Pearl Williams, The Onus, and The Electric Mingus Project.
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