Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quintet featuring Feya Faku

Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quintet featuring Feya Faku

 Shokan, New York, USA

This is a high energy, spiritual, straight-ahead post-bop group featuring virtuoso musicians - each with a personal sound and identity. The band plays original, exciting music and connects deeply with the audience. With the addition of trumpet master Feya Faku, the band's direction bridges the musics of Africa and Jazz.


The Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quintet will be touring in the U.S.10/13-22, '17 in support of their new CD "King of Xhosa" featuring special guest, South African trumpet player Feya Faku.  The band is also available for bookings as a quartet or sextet. For 12 years, the group has been making a name for itself touring Europe 4 times while performing at jazz festivals, live radio concerts, concerts and club venues. 

JEFF "SIEGE" SIEGEL - drums, percussion, composer

 A member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from 1994-‘99, Siegel’'s diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record w/ Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Shiela Jordan, Helen Merrill, Mose Allison,Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Ravi Coltrane, Ryan Kisor, Arturo O'Farrill, Arthur Rhames, Wadada Leo Smith, Baikida Carroll, Tony Levin & more. He has co-led several touring/recording projects over the years. Siegel teaches at The New School, SUNY New Paltz and WCSU. He has performed clinics throughout Europe, South America, China, South Africa and the United States. He holds a M.A. in Jazz from Queens College where he studied composition with Jimmy Heath and has  been the recipient of several grants from Meet the Composer. 


Fezile ‘Feya’ Faku a trumpeter, was born in New Brighton, a South African township in Port Elizabeth.  He completed a Performers Diploma in Jazz Studies at the University of Natal, South Africa. He has been associated with some of South Africa’s classic jazz musicians including Barney Rachabang, Thandie Klaasen, Duke Makasi. and Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi, Abdullah Ibrahim, and is featured in Abdullah’s latest CD; “Made in South Africa”.He has recently completed the recording of a CD for the Mahube project.  Feya’s involvement is a demonstration of his dedication to Jazz as an evolving art form, based on the understanding and appreciation of its classic form.  He also tours with the group of Johannesburg All-Stars known as “Uhadi” thoroughout the U.S.

ERICA LINDSAY - Tenor Saxophone/composer

Erica Lindsay is an Artist-in- Residence at Bard College where she teaches  and is an active performer, arranger and composer. She has performed with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers,  Melba Liston Co.,Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Al Grey, Britt Woodman and Mary Lou Williams, McCoy Tyner, Clifford Jordon, Sumi Tonooka, Ted Curson, George Gruntz, Amira Baraka, Oliver Lake, Baikida Carroll, Howard Johnson and Jeff Siegel. Notable recordings from that time include her first recording, Dreamer, on Candid Records as well as recordings w/  Baikida Carroll, Jeff Siegel and Oliver Lake.  She was selected to compose a piece for the American Composers Orchestra (Inner Dialogue) and then the Detroit Symphony (Mantra).   Recent recordings include, Initiation, a collaboration with Sumi Tonooka, featuring Rufus Reid and Further Explorations (The  Alchemy Sound Project).


Francesca has performed w/ such notable groups as the Billy Harper Quintet, the Erica Lindsay Quintet, the Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet throughout Europe, East and Southeast Asia, Scandinavia and South America as well as in the U.S.  She appears on numerous CD releases of these groups. Other leading musicians with whom Francesca Tanksley has performed include David Newman, Reggie Workman, Cecil Payne, Nick Brignola,  Slide Hampton, Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Cobb, Clifford Jordan, Charles Davis and more.  Born in Italy as a U.S. citizen, she grew up in Munich, Germany. Following her studies at Berklee she returned to Munich and began her professional career performing w/ various European jazz groups. She then moved to New York City and joined Melba Liston's group, Melba Liston & Co., appearing at major jazz clubs and festivals in the U.S., including the Kool Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall with Dizzy Gillespie. Soon thereafter she became an integral member of the Billy Harper Quintet, as well as the Erica Lindsay Quintet, Howard Johnson’s HoJo5, and the Jeff ‘Siege’ Siegel Quartet.  Ms. Tanksley is a full-time Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. 


Rich Syracuse has  performed with John Mehegen, Joey Calderazzo, Ted Rosenthal, Nick Brignola, Mose Allison, Kurt Elling, Dave Liebman, Brubeck Brothers, Warren Bernhardt, Sumi Tonoka, Bernard Purdy, Jeff "Siege" Siegel, Dena DeRose, John Medeski. For was the bassist for Pianist Lee Shaw for 22 years. Rich has for many years been touring throughout Europe, South America, and Southern Africa. Rich’s latest cd as a co-leader with guitarist Michael Musillami “Of the Night” is on Playscape Records.Rich is the Professor of Bass at Skidmore College in Saratoga, New York.




Written By: Jeff Siegel

Will we ever see, the peace that's meant to be?
Struggle all around, peace is still not found.
What will set us free, lift humanity?
So much pain to feel, hate seems so unreal.
Peaceful light abounds, life's beauty's all around.
From love we cannot hide - our hearts.
Live as one, find the way...
Help from up above, thoughts we change to love.
Rights for all mankind through light which is divine.
To fate we cannot leave, this world's destiny.
Work for what is right, darkness change to light.
Individually, seek commonality,
Unite the world with prayer, enough for all to share.
Peaceful light abounds, life's beauty's all around.
From love we cannot hide - our hearts.
Live as one, find the way...
Times demand we change, for difficulties reign.
Stand for what's most dear, the love we seek is here.


"Magical Spaces" - CAP Records
"Live in Europe - ARC Records

Set List

Set 1

Elvin's Circle - Lindsay
Peaceful - Siegel
Dance in the Question - Tanksley
M Song - Siegel
Threads - Siegel

Set 2
Africa - Siegel
Rag Tag - Siegel
Stealth - Siegel
Remembering Shirley - Siegel
Magical Spaces - Siegel

Sets are typically 70 minutes long. We generally play
two sets.