Anna M. Sala
- Director and artist manager, AB Artists
Anna M. Sala is the co-founder of AB Artists Management. She has over twenty years of experience as an arts professional in the fields of music, dance, theatre and music production. Born and raised in Miami, Anna spent her formative years studying classical dance. While still a teenager, she joined the cast of Pennsylvania Ballet, and later became a member of American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. She performed major leading roles with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and was chosen as a representative of the USA for the International Dance Competition (the Olympics of Dance) in Moscow, Russia, but a broken ankle prevented her from competing.
Anna retired from ballet and joined the staff of Elias Arts, a renowned audio production company serving the broadcast, advertising and entertainment industries. She handled daily operations and booked talent such the then unknown, Chris Botti, and legend Ron Carter, among others.
While at Elias, Anna went to work with legendary jazz manager, Mary Ann Topper. Though still an apprentice, Anna became a forceful advocate for Diana Krall who was just starting out. After acting as the singer’s booking agent for several years, she secured the chanteuse her first major record deal with GRP/Verve Records. Anna also worked with Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Geoffrey Keezer, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Cedar Walton, Herbie Hancock, Billy Higgins, and many other notable artists.
After five years with the Jazz Tree, Anna co-founded a new booking and management company where she served as the booking agent for The Grammy winning Dave Holland Quintet, and manager for Tony nominated singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway, among others. During that time bassist Ray Brown hand-picked Anna to co-produce five recordings for a Japanese imprint featuring up-and-coming jazz artists this began the expansion of Anna’s career as Record Producer.
In 2003, Anna decided to devote herself exclusively to personal management, opening AMS Artists Management. In addition to Callaway, Anna signed Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Benny Green, Robin Eubanks, Karrin Allyson, and more. Anna also provided client support, royalty administration, and consulting services to non-exclusive clients. During that time, Anna supervised the creation of a new label and became label manager for Paytone Records, the major enterprise by client Nicholas Payton.
Throughout her career Anna has been a champion of the arts, and a dedicated student of Eastern Philosophy and Yoga. She is a Summa cum laude graduate of New York University, with a degree in International Studies and Political Science, and an additional certification in Intellectual Property Law. She is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Grammy® Awards.
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Ryan Paternite - Artist Manager , AB Artists
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During his 25-year career in the entertainment business, Ryan Paternite has been the director of programming and media for the famed Blue Note Clubs franchises, Birdland and Birdland Theatre, a record producer signed to Koch Jazz, and an artist manager. He studied music composition as an undergraduate at Berklee College of Music and philosophy in graduate school at New York University. He has taught visual arts, critical theory, and music & entertainment business at Fairleigh Dickinson and New York Universities.
Eli Windau - Associate Artist Manager, AB Artists
A native of Ohio, Eli Windau celebrates an early career as a performing artist, both as a vocalist and as a multi-instrumentalist. After investing in classical studies at the world-famous College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Windau went on to also study jazz and commercial music as a collegiate scholarship award winner before founding, performing in and managing such acts the Cincinnati Frequency Band, Sidewalk Soundtrack Project, the Windau Jazz’tet, and Happy Hour Heroes. Windau boasts performance and recording credits with blues legend Carl Weathersby, jazz giant Jeff Coffin, funk icon Bootsy Collins, and more.
Refocusing on arts administration, Windau relocated to New York City and was granted an internship with Unlimited Myles before joining the AB Artists team as an assistant, and was quickly named an ABA associate artist manager. Windau specializes in backline and artist relations and currently maintains a part-time performance schedule in the NYC area, in addition to working as a Teaching Artist for the New York Pops Orchestra.
Eric Hanson - Director of Booking, AB Artists
Eric Hanson has been involved in the business of live music since 1989 in capacities ranging from tour manager to manager and booking agent to talent buyer. His first agency, Steppin' In Artist Development, represented Art Ensemble of Chicago, World Saxophone Quartet, Don Pullen, Nina Simone, David Murray, Sex Mob, Matthew Shipp. Stroke 9 and Steve Tibbetts.
Originally based in Brooklyn, NY., Steppin' In made the move with him to New Haven, CT in 1993 while he earned a masters degree in African-American Studies from Yale University.
Eric moved to San Francisco in 1996 and joined The Rosebud Agency in the management division, working with John Lee Hooker (whom he also tour managed), Robert Cray, John Hammond, Duke Robillard, Loudon Wainwright III and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. During this time and for three more years, he continued running Steppin' In on the West Coast.
He left Rosebud in February 1997 to run Steppin' In full-time, adding management duties for drummer Leon Parker to his regular booking regiment. In January 2000, an agent position at Ted Kurland Associates in Boston opened up. Eric headed back east and joined the agency, bringing Nina Simone with him as a client.
Eric booked artists including Sonny Rollins, Ramsey Lewis, Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis while at TKA and remained there through December 2006, when he left to start his second booking agency, Tree Lawn Artists. The agency's clients included the Yellowjackets, Eliane Elias, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, Nicholas Payton, Groove Collective, Charlie Hunter, Chuck Brown and Marco Benevento. In 2010, he co-founded Masquerade Artist Management as a side business with Dean Riopelle, owner of the Atlanta rock club The Masquerade, and managed Evan Dando of The Lemonheads during his reunion tour with former collaborator Juliana Hatfield.
At the end of 2011, Eric was named Artistic Director of Yoshi's San Francisco. While there, he presented artists as diverse as Alan Parsons, Keith Sweat, Christopher Cross, Pat Metheny and Kenny G. Next he returned to Rosebud, this time as an agent, and booked artists including Trombone Shorty, Mavis Staples, Jim Lauderdale and BeauSoleil. When Rosebud closed at the end of 2013, Eric briefly served as Midwestern agent for Baylin Artists Management and was also a European agent for International Music Network with clients Wayne Shorter, Brad Mehldau and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Since 2015, he has been Director of Booking for AB Artists in NYC.