Earl Hazell (Zuniga)
Bass-baritone and native New Yorker, Earl Hazell, is a creative artist and Renaissance man whose multi-faceted career encompasses opera, literature, and modern jazz on the world stage. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic including their landmark performance of Britten’s War Requiem under Kurt Masur in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Beethoven Ninth Symphony under Zubin Mehta at the United Nations in Manhattan, Beethoven Choral Fantasy with pianist Alfred Brendel and conductor James Levine for the One Hundredth Anniversary of Carnegie Hall.
As a featured soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble founded by Dr. Everett McCorvey, Earl Hazell worked with Opera Ebony of New York on several productions including Gounod's Faust and the landmark Jessye Norman Sings for the Healing of AIDS with Jessye Norman, Max Roach, authors Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison, choreographer Bill T. Jones, host Whoopi Goldberg, special guest Elton John, and director George C. Wolfe. Inspired by the jazz legends Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd and under the mentorship of Conductor Dr. John L. Motley, Mr. Hazell performed with the legendary Max Roach Ensemble for Jazz at Lincoln Center and at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. Earl Hazell is a graduate of La Guardia High School of the Arts at Lincoln Center, Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and studied under Everett McCorvey at the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.