Nico Segal, formerly known by his stage name Donnie Trumpet, plays trumpet and produces for The JuJu Exchange. He is from the North Side of Chicago. In addition to The JuJu Exchange, Nico performs in the band The Social Experiment with Chance the Rapper. In 2019 he released a new project, Intellexual, in collaboration with Nate Fox. Nico has won a Grammy for his work with Chance the Rapper on the mixtape Coloring Book.
Julian Reid, the biological brother of Nova Zaii, plays piano & keyboards, composes, and produces for The JuJu Exchange. He hails from the South Side of Chicago and holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a Bachelor's from Yale University. In his art he explores how music can cultivate faith. Julian is also a writer and teacher, with focus in Christian theological education and music education. He and his wife Carmen live in Chicago.
Nova Zaii (oka Everett Reid) plays drums, Nova Portals, and produces for The JuJu Exchange. He is from the South Side of Chicago and moved to Detroit after graduating from the University of Michigan with two degrees in Jazz Studies and Performing Arts Technology. While at school, he invented an instrument (now patented) that doesn’t require physical touch to make sound — the Nova Portals. He’s performed it with The JuJu Exchange on Tedx Chicago as well as a host of jazz festivals around the country, and it is a significant force behind his solo act. Check out Zaii’s solo sonic experiences, as it will likely enhance your understanding of The JuJu Exchange’s DNA!