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One Breath Rising is a non-profit organization committed to providing opportunities for diverse artists working in the African American tradition to collaborate, and to present and document their work.

Our vision is to live in a world where arts in the African American tradition – such as poetry, jazz, and dance – are incorporated into every day life, where its creators are held in the highest esteem, and where its traditions are passed along from generation to generation.



Board of Directors


Darryl Alladice

Darryl Alladice is a performance poet/storyteller who grew up in both Harlem and Brooklyn as well as spending some time in Boston, MA. His work has been performed at many venues, including Schomburg Research Center, Boulevard Books in Brooklyn, Barnes and Noble, Queens Public Library, City College of New York, Dwyer Cultural Center, Bowery Poetry Club, Dark Room Writers Collective, Columbia University, Black Box Theatre in Boston, Central Library of Boston, and Trinity Repertory Theatre, Providence, RI.  His latest collection of poetry, Measuring in Liters, focuses on learning to live with Sickle Cell Anemia and end-stage renal disease. He is also a founding member of One Breath Rising, a Jazz/Arts collective.

E. J. Antonio

E.J. Antonio is the author of two chapbooks, Every Child Knows (Premier Poets Chapbook Series 2007) and Solstice (Red Glass Books, 2013). She has received fellowships in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts; the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the Cave Canem Foundation. Her work has appeared online at, and has been published in various Journals and magazines; including, African Voices Literary Magazine, Terra Incognita, Black Renaissance Noire, Mobius: The Poetry Magazine, The Encyclopedia Project, The Mom Egg, and One Word/Many Voices: A Bi-Lingual Poetry Anthology. She is a founding member of the Jazz & Poetry Choir Collective. She is the author of two chapbooks, Every Child Knows (Premier Poets Chapbook Series 2007) and Solstice (Red Glass Books, 2013), and a CD, Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session. –

Jasper Cain

Jasper Cain is a veteran bass guitar player who has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. After a long and successful career as a public school educator, he’s returned to his first love of making music. Accompanied by members of The Rhythm Collective, Cain has played at numerous venues in and around the New York City area. Not only is he is interested in performing but through One Breath Rising he now has the opportunity to promote/support other artists.  Jasper also serves on several boards which all support youth or other artists. Whether playing jazz, funk, R&B or original compositions, Cain and the Rhythm Collective’s music is the real deal. Straight, no chaser, their music is stirring, soulful and sure to make you smile.

Joy S. Rosenthal

Joy S. Rosenthal, Esq. is the principal of Rosenthal Law and Mediation in New York City, and trustee of the William J. (Count) Basie Trust. Joy was one of the principals of the Contemporary African American Music Organization (CAAMO) from 2000-2015, during which she produced two albums by CAAMO’s founder, Dr. Makanda Ken McIntyre (1931-2001), A New Beginning and In the Wind, and produced several concerts of his music. She also helped to establish The Makanda Project, a Boston based big band that performs Dr. McIntyre’s music regularly. Joy has partnered with her husband, Darryl Alladice, since 2012 to produce jazz and poetry events in Park Slope, Harlem, and on the Lower East Side.