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Born in Flint, Michigan, Alicia has been performing on stages since the age of 2. Alicia honed her vocal talent and love of all genres of music from Opera to Classical, Blues to Jazz and R&B to Country Music at the Flint Institute of Music, also studying piano, flute, clarinet and trumpet.
From her nomination by the BBC Worldwide Music Awards for Best Tune of 2005, “Black Land of the Nile”, to performing in front of music legends such as Quincy Jones, George Duke and Grace Jones, she has shared the stage with top artists such as Indie Arie, Destiny’s Child and Roy Hargrove.
Internationally-renowned saxophonist Roderick Paulin is an accomplished composer, arranger, producer, and educator. Roderick has collaborated with artists such as Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, Delfeayo Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, making him a highly sought after artist of impeccable musical standards for the last 25 years. In the summer of 2015, Roderick received the esteemed honor of being selected to serve as a faculty member for The LOUIS “Satchmo” ARMSTRONG JAZZ CAMP led by Artist Director and former college music professor Edward “Kidd” Jordan. Roderick also taught at The ELLIS MARSALIS MUSIC CENTER and currently serves as the Director of Bands at Martin Behrman Charter of Arts and Sciences School in New Orleans, LA.
Roderick, a New Orleans native, began studying the saxophone at the tender age of eight-years old. Shortly afterward, while only in the 6th grade, he began performing with his father, legendary traditional jazz musician Ernest “Doc” Paulin. Roderick and his five older brothers were the core of his father’s band, The Doc Paulin Dixieland Jazz Band, performing brass band music across the globe. Roderick readily acknowledges his father instilling the importance of preparation, musicianship, timeliness, flexibility, and fortitude to be successful in the entertainment industry and in everyday life. Those attributes are the center of Roderick’s character not only as a musician but also as a person, and it shines clear on his sophomore recording of classic jazz standards SLOW, BUT STEADY. The Slow, But Steady recording showcases 30+ top- tier musicians from New Orleans and surrounding areas, displaying Roderick’s talent in configurations ranging from an intimate duo up to a 70-piece orch