The Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra is an 18-20 piece jazz orchestra that performs original, unique, and sometimes quirky musical landscapes in the New York City area. In addition to the traditional big band instrumentation, their orchestra employs many woodwind colors, euphonium, voice, and sometimes vibraphone. Their music crosses genres from jazz, to classical, to rock, to world.
Erica Seguine, originally from Albany, NY, is a composer, arranger, and pianist currently living, writing, performing, and teaching in the New York City area. She has penned over 15 charts for Jazz Ensemble, in addition to several charts for Studio Orchestra, Jazz Combos, Chamber Groups, Vocal Groups, and Film. Seguine's composition expertise has won her a few awards, including 1st Place in the International Zurich Jazz Orchestra Composition Competition, a 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, and a 2012 ASCAP Plus Award. In 2012, Erica was invited to the Netherlands for the Metropole Orchestra Arranger's Workshop, led by Vince Mendoza, where she wrote an arrangement for Kurt Elling and the Metropole Orchestra. Her pieces have been performed by her own jazz orchestra, her own chamber group "Community of the Spirit," the Zurich Jazz Orchestra, Todd Coolman's Quintet, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Studio Orchestra, Bernie Williams and the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra, Weapons of Jazz Destruction, and others. She is a current member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.
Composer, arranger, saxophonist/reed player Shannon Baker made the move from warm Tampa, FL to the New York City area in 2009. Since her move, she has performed in several different ensembles in the city while also writing inventive, original music for various instrumentations. Her compositions/arrangements have been performed by her co-lead jazz orchestra, Bernie Williams and the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra, and the University of North Florida’s top jazz ensemble. Baker graduated with a BM in Jazz Performance from the University of North Florida and earned an MM in Jazz Arranging from William Paterson University. Over the years, her teachers have included Jim McNeely, Bunky Green, Rich DeRosa, Laura Dwyer, and Rich Perry.