Saxophonist and composer, Hailey Niswanger (pronounced “NICE–wonger”), graduated in December of 2011 with a B.A. in Jazz Performance from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, on a full scholarship. Born February 12, 1990 in Houston, Hailey grew up in Portland, Oregon, and now currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Hailey has shared the stage with Esperanza Spalding, DeeDee Bridgewater, George Duke, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Harvey Mason, Phil Woods, James Moody, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Maceo Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Ralph Peterson Jr., and other jazz greats. Hailey leads her own quartet that has performed at the Portland Jazz Festival (2015), Cathedral Park Jazz Festival (2015), Northampton Jazz Festival (2013), Saratoga Jazz Festival (2012, 2010), Red Clay Jazz Festival (2011), Salem Jazz Festival (2011), Beaches International Jazz Festival (2010), Elkhart Jazz Festival (2010), Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival (2009), Tri-C Jazz Festival (2009), The Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, Jimmy Mak’s Jazz Club, other venues around Portland and the Northeast, and has given clinics to jazz students of all ages. Hailey was part of Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society, touring the United States, Europe, Asia, Curaçao, and Cape Verde. Hailey has also appeared with the Ralph Peterson fo’tet and sextet, performing at the Pittsburg Jazz Festival, the Side Door Jazz Club, and Smalls Jazz Club in New York City. She is a member of the Wolff & Clark Expedition, a band formed by pianist, Michael Wolff, and drummer, Mike Clark, and was featured on their latest album, Wolff & Clark Expedition 2. Hailey has been a reoccurring guest soloist with The Soul Rebels Brass Band, and has performed with Demi Lovato on Saturday Night Live, and noise pop duo Sleigh Bells on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Late Show with David Letterman. Hailey has released 3 albums as a leader, Confeddie (2009), The Keeper (2012) and PDX Soul (2015), and has been featured in articles for the Wall Street Journal, DownBeat Magazine, and NPR. Hailey has been listed among the DownBeat critics poll for rising star on alto and soprano saxophone for three consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015).
Hailey Niswanger debuts her new project MAE•SUN. A fusion of sounds inspired by a variety of genres and artists such as Alice Coltrane, Weather Report, and Radiohead. This project is about spreading the light and love that is inside each of us, and bringing our focus to the present moment with the freedom of improvisation.
Featuring, Hailey Niswanger on soprano saxophone, Nikara Warren on vibraphone, Axel Tosca on keyboards, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Aaron Liao on key bass and electric bass, Ian Barnett on drums.