Ken Filiano


Andrea Wolper


Vinny Golia


Michael TA Thompson






A Tribute to Connie Crothers

  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Ken Filiano, bass
  • Andrea Wolper, voice
  • Vinny Golia, reeds
  • Michael TA Thompson, SoundRhythium
  • Other artists TBA

Event Details

Join us as we celebrate and pay tribute to the life and music of the late pianist Connie Crothers, led by TranceFormation band members Ken Filiano and Andrea Wolper. 

The Edgefest schedule and line-up are subject to change. Please check back for continued updates.

Tickets to Edgefest are $10-$15 for individual ticketed events, with a limited number of student tickets ($5) available for most performances. An Edgepass ($160) is available, which allows for admission to all events, as well as a special dinner with our Edgefest artists.

Daily passes are available too:
Thursday only Edgepass for $45

Friday only Edgepass for $45

Saturday only Edgepass for $60

See our Edgefest page for more information about the festival.

Edgefest 20 is made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, in honor of Maurice and Linda Binkow on the occasion of her 80th birthday and their 60th wedding anniversary.
Edgefest 20 is honored to receive a matching grant on ticket sales from the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation, including double for every new attendee.
Additional support for Edgefest is made possible in part by an awards from New Music USA, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.
Additional support for the festival is also provided by The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

Ken Filiano

Ken Filiano studied trumpet at Syracuse University from 1970, but switched to double bass in 1974 and graduated in 1978. After moving to Boston he worked with Mark Harvey and Arnie Cheatham, and formed a duo with Steve Adams. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982, where he worked extensively with Vinny Golia. He played with Hafez Modirzadeh and studied under Bertram Turetsky in the mid-1980s, also studying at various colleges in southern California in the late 1980s. He played with Rob Blakeslee, Tina Marsh, Bob Rodriguez, John Rapson, Richard Grossman, Kim Richmond, Bonnie Barnett, Tad Weed, Don Preston, Bill Perkins, Marty Ehrlich, and Jimmy Cleveland in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1989 he toured France with Billy Mintz. He moved to New York City in 1994, and studied at Rutgers (1994–97). He also studied under Michael Moore. Later associations include those with Steve Swell, Roswell Rudd, Lou Grassi, Paul Smoker, and Chris Chalfont. He has also worked as a freelance musician with Frank Morgan, James Newton, Milcho Leviev, John Heard, Joelle Leandre, Bobby Bradford, Warne Marsh, and Kenny Barron. In 1998 Filiano recorded Firstlight, a CD with the Frank Giasullo Quartet, headed by composer, arranger, pianist Frank Giasullo. His first session as a leader, Subvenire, apperared in 2002.

Andrea Wolper

Andrea Wolper has been described as "a giant singer" (In Tune International) and "a highly original performer" (Contra Costa Times) who "brings songs to life, whatever their source, working in a milieu that begins with jazz and reaches out to embrace an expressive area that is uniquely her own" (International Review of Music). As accomplished and at home with the Great American Songbook as she is with unusual repertoire and spontaneous improvisation, she is one of the "great jazz singers" in Scott Yanow's book, "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide."

Andrea appears in clubs, festivals, and concert spaces in the U.S. and internationally. Performance credits include the New York Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, JVC New York Jazz Festival, Kitano, 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Café, Zinc Bar, Iridium, Arts for Arts Evolving Series, Donne in Musica Festival (Italy), Centro Cultural de Belem (Portugal), South African Broadcasting Center concert hall (South Africa), A-Trane (Berlin), Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Jazz on the Plazz (CA), Dizzy's (San Diego), Blue Whale (Los Angeles), and numerous other stages. Read more.

Andrea's repertoire travels from re-imagined standards and pop songs to originals that run the gamut from "new standards" to explorations interweaving text, poetry, improvisation, and composition. "Easily superior to the ever expanding population in the singer/songwriter category" (Cadence), one of her songs is among the top ten most downloaded songs of all time at

Andrea’s third CD, "Parallel Lives" (Jazzed Media) received rave reviews, and was included on several Top Jazz CDs and Notable Releases lists for 2011. Co-produced by Todd Barkan, it features her group with guitarist Michael Howell, pianist Kris Davis, bassist Ken Filiano, and drummer Michael T.A. Thompson. Her previous release, "The Small Hours" (VarisOne.Jazz), built around her trio with guitarist Ron Affif and Ken Filiano, was produced by Barkan, and features drummers Victor Lewis and Jamey Haddad, as well as guest artists Lou Marini (flute) and Frank London (trumpet and flugelhorn). Andrea's 1998 self-titled debut CD was praised in music industry journals and has been the subject of radio feature presentations.

In addition to leading her own groups, Andrea is one third of the improvising trio TranceFormation, with Filiano and renowned pianist Connie Crothers. The trio's "TranceFormation in Concert" (New Artists) was a best vocal CD selection in the 2012 Downbeat critics' polls.

Andrea also appears with ensembles including Jay Clayton's “Different Voices” and the late Will Connell's Horace Tapscott/Eurydice project. For several years, she's held one of two vocal chairs in Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band; for that group's 2015 recording, with an all-star vocal line up, she was called “the pick of the vocalists” (musicweb-international).

Andrea curates the "Why Not Experiment?" series at Whynot Jazz Room in New York city. She is a past President of International Women in Jazz, and served on the Advisory Board of the Jazz Vocal Coalition. She is a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation fellow.

Andrea offers singing lessons in her private studio, and conducts clinics in jazz vocal performance, and workshops on releasing music with freedom and spontaneity (all instruments). See less.

Vinny Golia

As a composer Vinny Golia fuses the rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. Also a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Mr. Golia has won numerous awards as a composer, including grants from The National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace Commissioning Program, The California Arts Council, Meet the Composer,Clausen Foundation of the Arts, Funds for U.S. Artists and the American Composers Forum. In 1982 he created the on-going 50 piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber orchestra and jazz ensembles. Read more.

A multi-woodwind performer, Vinny's recordings have been consistently picked by critics and readers of music journals for their yearly "ten best" lists. In 1990 he was the winner of the Jazz Times TDWR award for Bass Saxophone. In 1998 he ranked 1st in the Cadence Magazine Writers & Readers Poll and has continually placed in the Downbeat Critic's Poll for Baritone & Soprano Saxophone. In 1999 Vinny won the LA Weekly’s Award for "Best Jazz Musician". Jazziz Magazine has also named him as one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century. In 2006 The Jazz Journalists Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Golia has also contributed original compositions and scores to Ballet and Modern Dance works, video, theatrical productions, and film. As an educator Vinny has lectured on music & painting composition, improvisation, Jazz History, The History of Music in Film, CD & record manufacturing and self-production throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and Canada. He currently teaches at California Institute of the Arts. In 1998 Golia was appointed Regent's Lecturer at the University of California at San Diego. In 2009 Vinny Golia was appointed the first holder of the Michel Colombier Performer Composer Chair at Cal Arts.

Vinny has been a featured performer with Anthony Braxton, Henry Grimes, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Joelle Leandre, Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, John Zorn, Tim Berne, Bertram Turetzky, George Lewis, Barre Phillips, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, Patti Smith, Harry "the Hipster" Gibson, Eugene Chadburne, Kevin Ayers, Peter Kowald, John Bergamo, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennick, Lydia Lunch, Harry Sparrney and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others. See less.