“The Sugar Hill Trio” comprised of multi-instrumentalist Chris Torkewitz, drummer Austin Walker and bassists Leon Boykins and Dylan Shamat, is a modern day innovative/avant-garde jazz combo whose wide breadth of musical repertoire extends and expands popular music from a time once forgotten. The musicians are actively continuing to work as internationally recognized freelance musicians performing around the world basing themselves out of Harlem New York City. “The Drive” has been recorded in two very spontaneous sessions at the Samurai Hotel Studios in Astoria/Queens. Many of the tracks are rst takes and capture the moment.
Chris Torkewitz (tenor sax, flute, composition) firmly rooted in the traditions of Western music and home-based in Modern jazz, Chris Torkewitz took up studies in Cuba at the age of 18. Re-settling to NYC in 2007 and being a part of the scene enabled him to merge his prior in uences and nd his voice. Mr. Torkewitz draws his in uences from the contemporary NYC jazz scene, Afro-Cuban rhythm culture, and European music traditions. In 2013, he established his NYC-based jazz orchestra and the chamber project ”Vista“ showcasing his large ensemble compositions. Torkewitz shared the stage and recorded with many renowned world-class artists and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (D.M.A) in performance, composition, and education from Manhattan School of Music.
Austin Walker (drums) Austin Walker is a drummer/percussionist that hails from Massachusetts. His style of drumming captivates with an uncanny ability to be explosive while supportive at the same time. Austin is now a modern drummer currently based out of New York City. In the past ten years, Austin has distinguished himself as a musician who has shared the stage with artist such as: Chris Potter, Luis Bonilla, Shai Maestro, Joe Sanders, Matt Clohesy, Kurt Bacher, Gilad Hekselman, John Raymond, Sullivan Fortner, Tony Malaby, and Dan Tepfer.
Leon Boykins (bass) Leon Boykins has developed a reputation for tastefully blending musical tradition with innovation. With several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances under his belt, bassist/composer/educator Leon Boykins is an established figure in the next generation of creative musicians. As an in-demand sideman, Leon prides himself in interpreting the artistic vision of each artist that he makes music with.
Dylan Shamat (bass) Dylan Shamat is a bassist, composer, and educator based in New York City. Dylan was born and raised in St. Paul, MN where he began his musical studies on the violin at the age of 4. He moved to New York in 2005 where he studied at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. In 2010 Dylan was selected to participate in the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Academy to learn from jazz greats Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Russell Malone and Terrence Blanchard. He can be found performing in New York with Lea Delaria, Allan Harris, Cyrille Aimee and countless others as well as in the off-Broadway production ‘Sleep No More’.