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Riyel's debut CD will be released internationally on Summit Records in early March 2010. Summit's library is exclusively distributed by Allegro Corporation.

Due to the unique nature of Riyel's brand of jazz, Allegro Corp. & Summit Records will also likely be collaborating with a major distributor in the French Caribbean, thus making the “Kreyol” CD widely available in Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, French Guyana, St. Lucia, Aruba, Haiti, etc... Despite the added distribution to these key territories, this title will always remain a Summit release.


Born of a long-running musical relationship & friendship that developed during their still-active tenure with Haitian supergroup Tabou Combo, trumpeter Ken Watters, bassist Yves Abel & trombonist / vocalist Andre Atkins formed the Caribbean / Roots inspired jazz ensemble RIYEL (pronounced ree-YELL, meaning “backstreet” or “alley” in Haitian Creole) roughly a year ago....
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”Riyel’s album is an expression of the diversity existing in the rich Haitian cultural heritage & an innovative collection of jewels that will also delight jazz aficionados. We want to commend these “three musketeers” (Watters, Atkins & Abel) - and the band as a whole - for this great project. Riyèl is the ultimate meeting at the crossroads of real jazz & ground-level Haitian music that explores, expands & illustrates the limitless possibilities of our musical heritage. Thumbs up!”

- Alphonse Piard, Jr. / Karijazz

”Here’s another reason to send attention towards Haiti and it has nothing to do with disaster. Riyel is a Haitian jazz group composed of Andre Atkins, Yves Abel and Ken Watters. Their brand of jazz feels very liberated & flows together with ease... I read that the word riyel means “backstreet” or “alleyway.” I am not from Haiti and don’t know the complete connotation of the word. All I’ll say is that even if you heard these guys in an alleyway somewhere it would be a worthwhile experience.”

- Gray Hunter /

Self-titled debut CD by Riyel was released April 13 on Summit Records

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Huntsville, AL

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Advanced students only.

Both frontmen for the band are Jupiter Artists / Clicians. Between the two of us, we speak 5 languages fluently, enabling us to conduct master classes overseas as well as domestically. Trumpeter Ken Watters received his formal education from University of North Texas & Manhattan School of Music; Trombonist Andre Atkins received his BA from Berklee College of Music (Boston) Both are accomplished clinicians & are about to work with students of all levels & musical styles. Emphasis is on horn section work & jazz improvisation.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
"Jazz Musicians' Protocol" AND: "From Buddy Bolden to Wynton - A General History of Jazz Trumpet" *RIYEL horn players / frontmen Ken Watters & Andre Atkins collectively speak five languages, thus enabling them to conduct workshops in many countries outside of the continental US... They are both Jupiter Artists / Clinicians.

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