The Executive Team
Co-FOunder and composer - Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, Vocals, PROGRAMMING
Born in Los Angeles, California, Benjamin has worked for 24 years to become a formidable bassist, composer, band leader, musical director, and educator. After studying under bassists Louis Allen, Dave Culwell, John Heard, and Ivan Johnson, Benjamin moved to San Diego in 2008, continuing his musical education by pursuing a B.A. in Jazz Performance at UCSD, studying under legendary pianist and sax player Kamau Kenyatta.
After 7 years on the scene in San Diego, Benjamin made the move to Oakland, CA in 2015. Since then, he has put together an impressive track record of live performances, studio recordings, original compositions, and educational work. Notable projects include his own group The TOaG Quartet, as well as The Orbital Quintet, The Apollo Trio, The Open Art Quintet, Individúo, Rabbit Quinn, MarQue, Pacific Standard, and Felipe y Las Estrellas del Mar, spanning genre’s from "Jazz" to Bachata, Motown to Pop, Folk to Chamber-music and beyond. As a dedicated studio musician Benjamin has recorded more than 25 albums during his time in Oakland, as well as a myriad of single sessions - working at studios like Fantasy (rip), 25th Street Studios, the one and only Airship Laboratories, as well as satellite from his home studio in Oakland. As an instructor Benjamin has held faculty positions at Oakland Public Conservatory, The East Bay Center for Performing Arts, serves as a clinician for Oakland Unified school sites, directs the The TOaG Quartet’s jazz clinic program at Oakland High School, and maintains a private student practice. A fierce advocate for the artistic community, Benjamin is ceaselessly involved in community development projects at the city level.
Co-Founder and Composer - Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute, EWI, Trombone, Trumpet, Keys, Programming (yes, for real...)
Eli Maliwan is a transgender Asian American performing musician, composer, educator, activist, who was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA. He performs, records, and tours with multiple local projects including his own: Saxreligious. Debut album Elysia Marginata released in 2022 represents rebirth, growth, healing, and joy, during a time of historic anti-trans legislation and anti-Asian violence. It celebrates intersecting marginalized identities and is a self care love letter to himself, the BIPOC community, LGBTQI folks, and other quirky children of the 90’s. He has a Bachelor's of Music from Portland State University and a Master’s of Fine Arts from The California Institute of the Arts.
Eli is honored to have been a 2021 California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellow, in the 3rd cohort of Mutual Mentorship for Musicians 2021, have played at prestigious jazz festivals such as SF Jazz 2020, Winter Jazzfest 2020, Portland Jazz Festival 2019, Uberjazz in Hamburg Germany opening for Sun Ra Arkestra 2019, Bric Jazz Festival 2019, The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland Oregon 2010, The Oregon Brewers Festival 2009, The San Jose Jazz Festival in San Jose, CA 2004, as well as several dates with Salami Rose Joe Louis Quartet opening on Flying Lotus’s 2019 tour. Eli has had the honor of performing with Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, James Moody, Slide Hampton, and Alphonso Johnson.
Co-Founder and Composer - Drums, Percussion, Guitars, Vocals, Keys, Programming
Dup Crosson is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and prolific “studio rat.” A Maine native, he has lived primarily in Asheville, NC and the East Bay, CA. Formative experiences with a series of Tascam 4-tracks in high school led to a lifelong pursuit of recording and production, and he’s since written and produced 7 albums for his longstanding, shapeshifting project Saint Solitude.
Dup studied percussion at University of North Carolina – Asheville and has focused on freelance percussion work in recent years, playing in countless bands, musical theater productions, and touring nationally with Lady Lamb and Spouse. Dup’s original music continues to be licensed worldwide in films, advertisements, and TV through the CMT, Telemundo, and Viceland networks.
Production Lead - Mixing, Mastering, Sound Design
Neil Godbole, born and raised in the bay area, grew up surrounded by music. He began playing at a young age, and discovered his passion for the recording process after seeing how his father composed, arranged, and produced his own records in the 80s and 90s.
Neil holds a B.S in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he specialized in Psychoacoustics and Object Perception. In 2009, Neil switched gears and moved away from a career in Tech and took over engineering and production work at the world famous Studio D at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco.
In 2011, Neil was named successor to the long enduring Bayview Studios in the East Bay. After renovations and updates were complete, the studio reopened in mid-2011 as Airship Laboratories. At The Airship, Neil brings his interdisciplinary experience and background to production and engineering. Over the years, Neil has collaborated with top producers, songwriters, film directors, dance companies, and many wonderful musicians both local and from afar.
Composer - Piano, Keys, Drums, Programming
Originally from New Jersey, Mr. Green has always been determined to do the one thing that has always made life simple: play music. At the age of 7, Lamar picked up a pair of drumsticks and immediately consummated his love for that thing called gospel music. It was through the rhythm of the drum that Green saw a world of possibilities open up. By age 16 he was playing the piano and composing the music he heard singing in his soul. That eternal song inspired Green to pursue his B.A in Music and Music Theory, thus paving the way for all the work he would go on to do as a band leader and instrumentalist.
Currently, Green has his hands in many areas of the music industry, overseeing his on company Lamar Green Music LLC - which composes music for both Top 40 and up and coming artists - as well as working as a musical director for multiple ministries through the Bay Area.
Born and raised in Los Angeles and currently living in Oakland, Deborah is an experienced partnerships and operations manager who provides the practical grounding for all these artsy musicians and producers. Deborah has managed partnerships in over 30 countries, and has worked with everyone from family businesses to celebrities and enterprise clients. As a huge music lover with razor sharp ears, Deborah provides crucial content quality control for the entire EDBL catalog. She also manages the operational databases and client relationships - all while being an avid nerd and outdoor adventurer!
CHoral Advisor, Vocals, Piano
Born and raised in Oakland California (and proudly still here), Alexander Taite commands a diverse set musical skills in Opera, Choral, Spiritual, Barbershop, Jazz, Blues, Renaissance/Baroque, Vocal Percussion and Hip-hop. Having studied classical and jazz piano since the age of 8 - with a Bachelor’s Degree from Pepperdine University in music theory and composition, a minor emphasis in jazz piano, and a stint studying opera in Germany with accomplished tenor Dr. Henry Price III. Alexander brings a lifetime of expertise to his craft.
With a tenor voice for the ages and a spirit that brings joy to all around him, Alexander has sung with the San Francisco Opera Chorus (every season since 2007), The Berkeley Opera Company, San Francisco Parlor Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Virago Opera, Opera Parallèle, Island City Opera, Walnut Creek Festival Opera, and The Berkeley Chamber Opera, to name a few. Far more than a gifted vocalist, Alexander maintains a steady private student practice, spent 4 years as Vocal Faculty at Oakland School for the Arts, and currently serves as Director for Chorus Eclectic. He is also finishing up publishing and recording a songbook of his own arrangements of Negro Spirituals in two volumes – one for solo voice with piano, and one for acapella chorus.