2019 JCS Presenters (Final List for Program)
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GurriaJosé GurriaUP AGAINST A WALL
Jose Gurria, holds a DMA in Jazz Studies from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Jose Gurria was awarded a Best Large Ensemble Composition award by the Jazz Education Network for the year 2013, and has written commissioned-pieces for the Los Angeles Jazz Society and Don Byron, the Angel City Jazz Festival, the Arturo O’farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and his own 24-piece ensemble Gurrisonic Orchestra. In 2018, Jose Gurria was guest composer and guest conductor for the Fandango At The Wall project, alongside Regina Carter, Antonio Sánchez, and Akua Dixon.
LaskySimon LaskyClose To Ecstasy
Simon’s composition ‘Close To Ecstasy’ won the 2018 British Composer Award in the 'Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble' category. His band – The Simon Lasky Group – have released two albums of Simon’s compositions on ‘33Jazz’ records and have performed at London’s leading jazz venues. Simon’s music has been broadcast on BBC radio and NPR, the BBC describing Close To Ecstasy as “a joyous exuberant piece, brilliantly crafted on all levels with great textural and melodic writing.” Beginning in Fall 2019 Simon has been awarded a Fellowship to study jazz composition with Chuck Owen at The University of South Florida.
RoutenbergScott RoutenbergSecret Neighbor
Dr. Scott Routenberg enjoys a versatile and prolific career as an award-winning jazz pianist, composer, arranger and orchestrator. Awards include the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest Maxell Song of the Year (2004) and the The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize (2016). Commissions include multiple arrangements for the Grammy-winning Metropole Orkest. Dr. Routenberg is Associate Professor of Jazz Piano at Ball State University and served on the jury for the American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition Premiere Series 2018-2019. The Scott Routenberg Trio has two critically acclaimed releases on Summit Records, the latest being SUPERMOON (2018).
SelvaggioBobby SelvaggioVanishing Thought
Bobby, who grew up in the Cleveland area, earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Kent State University. He eventually moved to New York City and earned a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to his work in jazz education as Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State University, Bobby continues to expand his discography. His most recent recording is Quantum Man which features a Jazz Quartet, String Quintet, Voice, and Percussion. Quantum Man was also chosen “Best of 2017” by Downbeat.
StarkBrian StarkMyself When I Am Mingus
Brian has earned a reputation for writing charts enjoyed by dancers, listeners, and players alike. His charts have been recorded by the UNT One and Two O'Clock Lab Bands and Chicago's Shout Section Big Band, and performed by guest artists Danilo Pérez and Tony Kadlek and on the WGN Morning Show. He has also composed a cantata, a children's choir piece, and several eclectic rock albums. Brian has taught at UNT, Brookhaven College and Tarrant County College, and is currently a DMA Jazz Saxophone student at the University of Illinois, where he is the inaugural recipient of the Helgesen Fellowship.
VilchisTonatiuh Vazquez VilchisAyotzinapa
Tonatiuh is a Mexican arranger/composer. In 2011, he concluded his Bachelor in Jazz and Afro-Caribbean Music at the Conservatorio of Puerto Rico (Magna Cum Laude). In 2015, he finished his Master’s Degree in Jazz Arranging and Composition at William Paterson University (NJ), under the mentoring of Pete McGuinness and Jim McNeely, he also received the 2014 - 2015 “Music Scholar Graduate Award”. Since 2016, he is a full time professor at the Centro de Estudios de Jazz of the Universidad Veracruzana. NinYolkokol is his album debut and he has written two books: Manual de Armonia Moderna and Escala Pentatonica.
AlcocerAndrew Watkins AlcocerWhat Else Can I Tell You
Andrew Watkins Alcocer was born in 1996 in Des Moines, Iowa. Alcocer received a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno, where he was fortunate enough to study with Richard Giddens and Les Nunes. Currently, he is pursuing a master’s degree in jazz performance at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, he has had the privilege of studying with Dave Rivello and Mark Kellogg for both composition and trombone.
BernerChristopher BernerHorizon
Christopher Berner is a trumpet player and composer who hails from Cochrane, Alberta, and recently completed the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies Program at Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia. During his time at Capilano University, Christopher performed with artists such as Maria Schneider, Bria Skonberg, Wycliffe Gordon, Brad Turner, Ineke Van Doorn, and Marc Van Vugt. He currently works as a freelance trumpeter, composer, teacher, and copyist around the Lower Mainland. Christopher has studied trumpet with Brad Turner, Johnny Summers, Gareth Jones, and Andre Wickenheiser, and composition with Fred Stride and John Korsrud.
BhateJaelem BhateWeeping Skies
Jaelem Bhate is a conductor, composer, and bandleader from Vancouver, B.C. whose musical diversity has come to define his career. Equally comfortable in the jazz and classical worlds, he has been hailed as one of Canada’s most promising emerging artists. Jaelem obtained his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting in May, 2019 from UBC in Vancouver, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance also from UBC. As a composer, Jaelem has been praised for possessing “a personal and highly effective voice” (Canadian Music Center, 2018) and has written music for a wide array of ensembles and soloists.
BornheimerZachary BornheimerHaunted Lullaby of the Forgotten
Jazz composer and saxophonist Zachary Bornheimer’s lyrical improvisations and melody-driven compositions have sparked international intrigue with performances on radio and internationally. Bornheimer was a 2017 Fellow at RSMI’s Program for Jazz and a Y2K Fellow at the University of South Florida. Bornheimer’s small and large ensemble works are noted with accolades. He won Ravinia’s Bridges competition and is the first 2x winner of the Owen Prize in Jazz Composition. Bornheimer has performed professionally with Chick Corea, Hassam Ramsey, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and worked as a copyist for Tom Brantley, Chuck Owen, Rufus Reid, Maria Schneider, and others.
CarsonNeil P CarsonListen
Neil Carson is a Chicago-based saxophonist and composer/arranger whose love of both jazz and pop music has lent him a uniquely accessible voice as a composer of instrumental music. Neil received his master's in jazz composition and arranging from the Frost School of Music University of Miami, and is the recipient of numerous awards including first prize in the 2017 ASMAC Bill Conti Big Band Arranging and Composing Competition. In April 2019 Neil's band New Nostalgia released its debut album, playing original compositions and instrumental interpretations of classic 1980's pop songs.
ChichibuEri ChichibuCrossing Reality
Eri Chichibu is a Japanese composer, arranger, and pianist/keyboardist. She currently studies at Berklee College of Music on a full-tuition scholarship. She dual majors in Jazz Composition and Film Scoring, and minors in Video Game Scoring. She has been studying composition under Greg Hopkins, Bob Pilkington, Ayn Inserto, Claudio Ragazzi and Sheldon Mirowitz, and has studied performance with Tiger Okoshi, Bruno Raberg, and Billy Kilson. Eri has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award and a finalist of the Creative Composers 2018. She aims to collaborate with various arts and interactive media.
CohenEstar CohenKnowing You
Estar Cohen is an award-winning composer/vocalist and the recipient of the 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award by the ASCAP Foundation. In addition to receiving a grant for her creative work, Cohen was invited to present a set of her original music at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival in recognition of the award. Following the festival, Cohen was featured as an emerging artist on the acclaimed Vocal Mania series in NYC and received honorable mention in the 2019 NYYS First Music Commission Series. As an educator, Cohen has presented clinics in composition, improvisation, and voice throughout the US.
ConradMichael ConradOut of the Swamp, Into the Sky
Mike Conrad is a composer, improviser, and teacher from Iowa. He has been recognized for his arranging and composing with four ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards and seven DownBeat Awards, as well as awards and commissions from organizations like the Bundesjazzorchester of Germany and the West Point Jazz Knights. Some recent career highlights include his participation in the 2017 Metropole Orchestra Arrangers Workshop with Vince Mendoza, and winning 2nd Prize in the “Spheres Of A Genius” composition competition through the Vienna Radio Symphony. Dr. Conrad currently serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz at the University of Northern Iowa.
CorcellaMichele CorcellaDear Lord
Michele Corcella is one of the most sought-after italian jazz composers and arrangers. Besides winning many prizes in international composition competitions, he has worked as arranger/conductor with David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Swallow, Tom Harrell, John Taylor, Norma Winstone, WDR Big Band, Glauco Venier, Enrico Pieranunzi and Mario Brunello. He is also a specialist on Duke Ellington’s composition techniques and has given lectures 
at the Duke Ellington International Conferences in Amsterdam (2014), New York (2016), Birmingham (2018) and at the International Jazz Composers’ Symposium in Tampa (2017). He teaches jazz composition at the conservatories in Bologna and Adria (Italy).
GillisRichard GillisFrom Far and Wide
Richard Gillis studied at The Banff Centre and The University of Michigan (M.Mus.; DMA), as well as with Armando Ghitalla, Vincent Cichowicz and James Stamp. Dr. Gillis is brass chair at the University of Manitoba, and is artistic director of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, which he co-founded in 1997. Richard has recorded 19 albums as a leader and sideman; his most recent projects include Devotion, a collection of original solo and chamber pieces for trumpet, and Suite 150: A Big Band Portrait (see suite150.ca), an eleven movement WJO recording commissioned from composers across Canada.
HirshEric HirshTo Comfort A Shadow
Eric Hirsh is a jazz pianist and composer living in Durham, North Carolina where he creates music as a member of hip hop quartet The Beast, as co-director of large-format Afro-Cuban ensemble Orquesta GarDel, and as a leader of his own jazz group, The Eric Hirsh Quartet. Hirsh is a 2012 recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Composer Fellowship, and a four-time winner of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. He has been in residence at the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and the School for Improvisational Music.
HoranzyMatt Horanzyinit 1
Matt Horanzy is a jazz composer based in Washington DC. Having recently completed his Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition, Matt has performed alongside Nick Finzer, Danny Gottlieb, Frank Greene, John Clayton, John Beasley, and Steve Allee. Matt has performed the at the Edinburgh, Liverpool, and Birmingham Jazz Festivals. Recently, Matt won first prize in the ASMAC Big Band Competition, USF Owen Prize, National Band Association Competition, and the New York Youth Symphony First Music Award. Matt's music has been performed by several university ensembles as well as the Airmen of Note. More about Matt can be found at matthoranzy.com.
JanakAndrew Janak
Midwestern Portrait Mvt. 3: The Search (Chicago)
Andrew Janak is an active young saxophonist/composer/arranger currently based out of Lincoln, NE. Some of Andrew’s compositions have been performed/recorded by groups around the United States including the UNL Jazz Orchestra, DePaul Jazz Ensemble, Bob Lark's Alumni Big Band, and Tom Matta Big Band. He has also been commissioned to arrange big band music by jazz legends Randy Brecker and Victor Lewis. Andrew recently graduated with a DMA in Jazz Studies/Composition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently the adjunct instructor of saxophone at Doane University in Crete, NE.
KennardBryan KennardLet the Wild Rumpus Start
Composer and flutist Bryan Kennard has performed his music across the US and in Europe. His recent compositions include works for big band, small jazz ensembles, chamber groups, and full orchestra. Bryan is currently pursuing a DMA in Jazz Composition from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music serving as a Henry Mancini Institute Composition Fellow. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (MM), Youngstown State University (MM), and Mercyhurst University (BM). He has studied jazz composition with Gary Lindsay, Stephen Guerra, John Daversa, John Mills, and Dave Morgan.
KozhevnikovaEvgeniya (Jane) KozhevnikovaBehind the Stage
Evgeniya “Jane” Kozhevnikova, a Fulbright Scholar, is a candidate for the Master of Music degree in composition–jazz, studying at Western Michigan University. Evgeniya received her bachelor’s degree from the Russian State Professional Pedagogical University. She has been working as a musician in drama theatre, performing original music with her jazz band and teaching piano in music schools. Though Evgeniya mostly works on jazz composition, she writes chamber music, as well. Her compositions are often inspired by classical composers like Rachmaninov, Chopin, Brahms, and Scriabin.
LarsonTom LarsonThe Prince
Tom Larson is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he teaches private composition and digital arts classes. He has extensive experience writing music for film, with credits including scores for The American Experience (WGBH, Boston), American Masters (WNET, New York), and the PBS series NOVA. He has also written many works for large and small jazz ensembles. In June 2019 he will travel to Tokyo, Japan where he will be the featured performer with the Tokyo Brass Arts Orchestra and record a CD for jazz quintet of new original compositions.
LeeJihye LeeDissatisfied Mind
Jihye Lee, the 2018 BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize winner, is a New York-based jazz composer, bandleader, and vocalist. She released her first orchestra album, April, in February 2017, garnering global praise as a fresh original voice on the jazz composition scene. Lee has presented her music in many places including DC JazzFest. Lee graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, learned from world-renowned faculties, such as Jim McNeely, received numerous scholarships, awards and commissions including from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Carnegie Hall.
NickelsonLaRue NickelsonFort Hodor
LaRue Nickelson is a jazz guitarist and composer. LaRue has played in the U.S, Italy, South Africa, and Switzerland as well as staying busy doing festivals and clubs in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Orlando, and Sarasota, Florida areas. LaRue has performed with Rich Perry, Peter Erskine, Ira Sullivan, Ingrid Jensen, Don Braden, Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, Hank Marr, David Leibman, Chick Corea, Conrad Herwig, Robbie Ameen, Giovanni Hildalgo, Gary Versace, Walt Weiskopf, Frank Foster, Mike Maineri, Adam Nusbaum, Steve Davis, Bobby Floyd, Paquito D'rivera. His has released two solo projects, Dark Water and Labyrinthitis, featuring his original compositions.
OkuraMeg OkuraKinderspiel
The New York Times described her music as "grandiloquent beauty that transitions easily from grooves to big cascades to buoyant swing," formerly a concert violinist, the Tokyo-native Meg Okura moved to New York after making her solo debut at Kennedy Center as a teenager. After Juilliard, she switched to jazz and toured with the likes of Michael Brecker, Steve Swallow, and Tom Harrell and recorded with David Bowie, Lee Konitz, Dianne Reeves, and others. She recently won Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works Grant while placing No. 6 in the 2018 International Jazz Critics Polls as a jazz violinist.
PhangFelix PhangLight A Thousand Candles
Singaporean composer/musician Felix Phang grew up playing symphonic band music and discovered jazz at Berklee College of Music. An independent artist navigating tradition, change and a confluence of cultures, he seeks to make sense of his surroundings by experimenting with ethnic, western and new instruments. Inspired by The Silk Road Project, Phang is motivated to share culture through composition, performance and education. Phang’s work has been presented at international music festivals and the 2017 International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers Symposium. Phang leads the Music & Drama Company and holds an adjunct position at LASALLE College of the Arts.
RichZach RichCommunity
Zach is a composer, trombonist, and educator from Wichita, Kansas. Currently based in Northern Colorado, he performs with and writes for many ensembles in the Front Range area. His work has been recognized by organizations such as the New York Youth Symphony, ASCAP, the Jazz Education Network (JEN), and the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC). Zach will release his debut album, "Boundless", in the fall of 2019.
SabattiniMatteo SabattiniFootprints
Matteo’s musical studies began at the Conservatory of Bologna, where he studied Classical Saxophone. Matteo completed with honors his undergraduate degree at the New School University in the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and his Master’s degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. In New York, he formed the Matteo Sabattini New York Quintet. Matteo is a Fresh Sounds New Talent artist. With MSNYQ, his Duo and as a sideman, Matteo has performed in Asia, Europe and North America. Matteo with Zach Rich formed the group Boundless soon featured in a new Fresh Sounds CD.
SazimaMatt SazimaComing Clean
Matt Sazima is a Portland based pianist, composer, and educator. He received his B.M. in improvised music from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, his M.F.A in Jazz Keyboard from California Institute of the Arts, and was also a fellow at the 2016 Ravinia Steans Music Institute Jazz Program. Matt has been recognized as a composer by Downbeat (2013/2014) and by ISJAC as a 2017 SONIC composer. Currently, Matt is the Director of Education at Hoffman Academy. Matt has studied under David Roitstein, Joe Gilman, James Miley, Billy Childs, Rufus Reed, and Joe Labarbera
SeokJueun SeokA Walk in the Forest
Jueun Seok is a pianist and composer originally from Seoul, Korea. She studied Jazz Composition in Berklee College of Music. After she graduated, She is working as a church music director and a private piano instructor in Massachusetts. Her recent big band piece "A Walk in the Forest", which will be presented at ISJAC 2019 symposium, has won 2019 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award.
SmithDaniel W. SmithMimo Provoz
Daniel W. Smith (b. 1993) is a composer and arranger based in Muncie, IN. His music focuses on topics of mental health advocacy, seeking to bring people together through their shared adversity. Dan writes in both contemporary classical and jazz idioms, and his music has been recognized nationally by conferences and organizations such as ISJAC, N_SEME, Tutti Festival, SEAMUS, Root Signals, and the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference. Dan is a connoisseur of cheap whiskey, and he has made over fifty Dungeons and Dragons characters in his lifetime (it's a problem).
SpiegelRuss SpiegelThe Turn
Russ Spiegel is a commissioned composer, arranger, guitarist, bandleader, writer, and producer. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston then spent over a decade living and performing in Europe before returning to New York City in 2001. Russ earned his master’s degree in jazz performance from the City College of New York and his doctorate in Jazz Composition at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami as a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow. Russ has released several CDs, scored music for film, and performs and leads masterclasses, workshops and seminars around the world.
StallingsJonny StallingsLearning Suite
Jonny Stallings is a Los Angeles based pianist and composer whose compositions have been premiered in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Salamanca, and Amsterdam. His backgrounds in jazz, salsa, and improvisation intersect with experimental approaches to composition of the 20th and 21st centuries. His paper “Open Instrumentation and Nonhierarchical Forms of Social Organization: Christian Wolff's Exercises 1-14 (1973-74),” forthcoming in Perspectives of New Music, analyzes the rhizomatic nature of Wolff’s Exercises as they enmesh composition with performance, experimentation, and improvisation. Jonny obtained his BMus at Snow College and his MM in Composition at BYU School of Music.
WeisGreg WeisBohemia After Dark
Greg Weis is a doctoral student from St. Louis, Missouri at the University of Northern Colorado. In 2019, he received the grand prize in the New York Youth Symphony First Music Jazz Commission. His music has also received awards and honors from the Jazz Education Network, the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, and Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards.
WybengaTijn WybengaHydra
Tijn Wybenga is an Amsterdam based composer, conductor and arranger. Wybenga’s music is inspired by various forms of classical and jazz music, but fused with influences of South African, Turkish and Indian styles. In 2018, Tijn directed and composed a modern opera consistent of text, dance and music, called "Prikkel". Wybenga is Artist in Residence at the BIMHUIS jazz-club in Amsterdam and last summer Wybenga won the Rogier van Otterloo Award 2018, for the best young composer/conductor/arranger. Wybenga works regularly as a composer/arranger for the Metropole Orkest, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble and Orchestra AM.OK, which he founded in 2016.
ZarembaDrew ZarembaHope Endures
Drew Zaremba is quickly earning a worldwide reputation as a passionate conductor, award- winning writer, and fiery performer. He has composed and arranged pieces for the BBC Orchestra, Metropole Orkest, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Randy Brecker, Chuck Findley, and Eddie Gomez. At the age of twenty-seven, Mr. Zaremba joined the esteemed faculty of the University of Northern Colorado in 2018 to teach jazz composition and arranging. In 2015, Drew was awarded 1st prize of $10,000 in the Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Award at the UNT for his premier concert with his orchestra, the Unity Orchestra, which featured Eddie Gomez.
CorcellaMichele Corcella
GIL EVANS & TEN: The art of orchestration in a large jazz ensemble
Michele Corcella is one of the most sought-after italian jazz composers and arrangers. Besides winning many prizes in international composition competitions, he has worked as arranger/conductor with David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Swallow, Tom Harrell, John Taylor, Norma Winstone, WDR Big Band, Glauco Venier, Enrico Pieranunzi and Mario Brunello. He is also a specialist on Duke Ellington’s composition techniques and has given lectures 
at the Duke Ellington International Conferences in Amsterdam (2014), New York (2016), Birmingham (2018) and at the International Jazz Composers’ Symposium in Tampa (2017). He teaches jazz composition at the conservatories in Bologna and Adria (Italy).
GriffithSamuel Griffith
How Many Slash Marks Is Too Many? What Jazz and Drum Pedagogy Say About Writing For Drums
Sam is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri. Prior to this appointment, he taught at the University of California, Davis and American River College. In addition to being a freelance trombonist in Missouri, Sam is an active composer and arranger. His works have been premiered across the US and in Brazil. Sam received a BFA in Jazz Studies from the New School, an MM in Trombone Performance from California State University, Sacramento and a DMA in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
HendersonDaniel Henderson
Harmony in Jobim: His Later Years (1974 - 1994)
Dr. Daniel Henderson teaches Songwriting, Jazz Improvisation, and the World Jazz Orchestra at BYU-Hawaii. Before moving to Hawaii, Daniel taught Jazz Harmony and Jazz Improvisation at Harvard University, where he was an 8-time recipient of the Harvard Certificate of Teaching Excellence. He holds DMA and MM degrees in Jazz Composition with Academic Honors from New England Conservatory, where he studied with Bob Brookmeyer and Ken Schaphorst. He taught on NEC’s Jazz Studies, Musicology, and Music Theory faculties and graduated with NEC’s highest honor, the Gunther Schuller Medal. Daniel’s primary research area is the music of his early mentor, Billy May.
ViannaCassio Vianna
Brazilian Samba: Bringing Authenticity to your Composition
Cassio Vianna is the Director of Jazz Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vianna’s work as a composer and educator reflects his broad range of musical and cultural influences. He has been featured at festivals and conferences in the U.S., Brazil, Paraguay, and China, and his compositions for jazz ensemble have received national recognition. Vianna holds music degrees from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Western Oregon University, and University of Northern Colorado. His recent album Infância (Teal Creek Music, 2017), features his original compositions for jazz orchestra.
BaileySebastian BaileyRocking Chair in 3 Sittings
Following six years in Berlin and the release of duo albums, Silhouettes of Silence (Fresko Music, 2012) and Love Song for the Nation (Vineyard Music, 2016), Canadian saxophonist, composer and arranger, Sebastian Bailey (M.Mus) returned to his hometown of Montreal in 2016 to study with internationally acclaimed composers, John Hollenbeck and Christine Jensen at McGill University. A recipient of awards for performance, composition and leadership, (Student Excellence, Jean Lessard Big Band, Calder Spanier Prize, a.o.) Bailey combines skill sets with his most recent release - a self-titled EP of original music composed for his chamber jazz group, Ensemble de Magnac.
BeasleyRobert BeasleySidewalk Flowers
Robert Beasley is a trumpeter, composer, and educator in the Seattle area. A regular on the Seattle jazz and salsa scenes, Robert performs frequently with The New Triumph, Cambalache, and Charly Hernandez. He has backed up many touring artists, most notably Ahmad Jamal, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Maelo Ruiz, and Frankie Negron. Robert composes big band music for professional and student level groups, and has most recently published an etude book for intermediate trumpet. He holds a Master of Music from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado. More info at robertbeasleymusic.com.
BertiniDuccio Bertini
Black Poker: an example of String Quartet writing for a “Free Jazz” group
Duccio Bertini is a recognized composer and arranger working in Italy and Spain, both with jazz and classical orchestras. Winner and finalist of various Competitions for Arrangement and Composition, Bertini leads “Rainbow Jazz Orchestra” and “Duccio Bertini Big Band”, recording CDs. His works were performed and recorded by artists and ensembles such as Bobby Watson, Scott Hamilton, Jesse Davis, Ben Van Gelder, Barcelona Jazz Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica de Campinas (Brazil), Royal Big Band (Sweden). Bertini is also a versatile conductor working with symphonic orchestras in studio and live productions, such as La La Land in Concert American Production Italy Tour.
BinkleyDavid M. BinkleyBefore Spring
Jazz pianist, composer, and arranger David Binkley is a Knoxville, Tennessee native. Pianist and composer Donald Brown has said, “The first time I heard David play in the late 80’s, I became an instant fan of his music. David writes amazing originals – compositions that are musical, innovative, and deeply respectful of the jazz tradition.” David has performed extensively in the Knoxville and Charlotte areas and has presented original compositions at the 2nd and 3rd International Jazz Composers’ Symposia. In addition to being a jazz musician, David maintains a parallel career in science and engineering.
CassanyesAlex Cassanyes9 Pieces - extraction for the organic arranging
Alex has been recognized with international awards on three different occasions: the 1st Place in “The 1st European Bigband Composer Competition” in Copenhagen. In 2014, the 1st Prize in the "Concorso Internazionale de Composizione per Orchestra Jazz" and the 1st Prize in the arrangement competition of the "XXXVth Festival Internacional de Jazz de Granada". Nowadays, his main project is centered leading his own band called “Alex Cassanyes Big Band Project.” Currently, Alex is a teacher and the Big Band's conductor at the School of Music of Vilafranca del Penedes (Barcelona). http://www.alexcassanyes.com
CordobaDerick Cordoba
The Intersection of Avant-Garde Music and Liturgical Jazz in the 1960s
Dr. Derick Cordoba is the Unit One Music Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is currently focused on sacred and liturgical jazz in America. Derick’s dissertation, “Liturgical Jazz: The Lineage of the Subgenre in the Music of Edgar E. Summerlin,” was on the origins of liturgical jazz and its evolution during the 1960s and 1970s. He has presented his research at Jazz Education Network conferences, College Music Society conferences, and Rhythm Changes Conference in Graz Austria. He holds degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA), Florida International University (MM), and University of North Florida (BM).
ErionMatt Erion
Falling Upward - How I Share My Story Through Music
Matt Erion is a composer and bassist from Illinois. Matt is passionate about presenting music in the community. He is currently the leader of a twelve piece large jazz ensemble. The Matt Erion dodecaband presents free community concerts in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) every year on international Jazz Day. A food drive in conjunction with 2018’s performance brought in 200 pounds of food for the local food pantry. He has performed with Grammy Winners and NEA Jazz Masters, and was commissioned to write an arrangement for Scott Hamilton.
HedenstromAaron Hedenstrom
Saxophonist and composer Aaron Hedenstrom has performed across the United States as a jazz saxophonist, clinician, and composer. Aaron has written numerous big band works, string arrangements, small group pieces, and chamber works. Some of his collaborations have included saxophonist Bob Reynolds, the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, vocalist Marlene Verplanck, vocalist Don Most and S. Carey. As a saxophone performing artist, Aaron has been featured as a guest artist by universities such as University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Wichita State University and Eastern Washington University. Aaron exclusively plays and endorses Keilwerth saxophones.
HinesClarence HinesWhat's Up With That
Clarence Hines is a trombonist, composer, arranger and educator currently living in Jacksonville, FL. He was recently appointed as the Interim Director of the School of Music at the University of North Florida, where he has been teaching jazz studies since 2007. His most recent commissions were for the Ukranian Chamber Orchestra, UNF Wind Symphony, and saxophonist Bunky Green. An upcoming performance of his composition Peña Amaya will take place this summer at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference in Spain. Several of Clarence’s works are available at UNC Jazz Press, Really Good Music, and eJazzLines.
JerromSarah JerromThe Magpie Suite Part I: The Road
Sarah Jerrom is a Toronto-based vocalist, composer, arranger, and songwriter specializing in jazz and creative music who takes her inspiration from lyric-driven melodies, genre-defying instrumentation and experimental soundscapes. “The Yeats Project” (2017), her first all-original album, features W.B. Yeats’s poetry set to music and orchestrated for a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble, achieved critical praise and international airplay. A graduate of the University of Toronto jazz program (2005), Sarah has studied composition under renowned Canadian composers Andrew Downing and Rick Wilkins (O.C.). Her upcoming third album is a collection of original songs recorded by her contemporary jazz quartet, “Dream Logic”.
LawnRick Lawn
JAZZ SCORES & ANALYSIS: A close look inside scores by Argue, Fedchock, Hollenbeck, McNeely, Mendoza, and Mintzer
For 20 years Richard (Rick) Lawn served as Director of Jazz Studies at UT Austin where he established graduate jazz degree programs. He has performed extensively with artists such as Lionel Hampton, Chuck Mangione, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, and numerous others. Rick has published over 60 compositions and his four books, including the most recent Sher Music release Jazz Scores and Analysis, have become staples among jazz educators.
MayhewVirginia MayhewLester, Parts 1 & 2
"Downbeat" award-winning saxophonist/ composer/arranger Virginia Mayhew has been consistently praised by both the industry and Jazz fans as one of the leading classic-modern saxophonists of her generation. In the course of her 30+ year career, she has performed globally with her own groups and as a side-person with many Jazz giants including Clark Terry, Al Grey, Kenny Barron, Earl Hines, Nnenna Freelon and many others. Virginia has seven recordings as a leader and is on many others. Her compositions and arrangements for big bands have been performed in colleges when she has been a guest artist, as well as by some professional groups. groups. www.renmarecordings.com
MolacekDerek James Molacek
Dr. Derek J. Molacek is a trombonist, composer and arranger currently based out of Omaha, Nebraska. Derek was previously a member of The USAF Band of the Golden West. Derek earned his Bachelor’s from the University of Denver, and his Master’s from the University of North Texas, both with an emphasis in jazz studies. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Nebraska. Two of his pieces appear on the The Good Life, UNL Jazz Orchestra album. Derek is on the faculty at Iowa Western Community College where he teaches applied low brass lessons and music appreciation.
PaulsonJohn C. PaulsonTangoed
John Paulson earned his B.M. and Master of Music degrees from the University of Utah and his D.M.A. in music education from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has produced 7 original jazz CD's and 5 Master class CD's for the Saxophone Journal. His 2012 release “The John Paulson Big Band Project,” features 10 originals recorded live and in the studio. He has received numerous grants in support of his concerts, clinics and recordings from the McKnight Foundation & regional arts councils. His 2nd big band CD, “5 Years On” was released in 2018.
Alison Poteracke is a jazz composer and arranger from Sonoma County, California. She has been writing for big band since she was eighteen years old. Poteracke graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and recently received her Masters of Arts in Jazz Composition from Washington State University. Poteracke has had many premiers of her big band compositions performed by the Sonoma State University Jazz Orchestra and the Washington State University Jazz Big Band’s I and II, including a premiere at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
PuddickEd Puddick17 years of the Ed Puddick Big Band
Ed Puddick teaches jazz composition and arranging at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music in London. He has been writing for the 14-piece Ed Puddick Big Band since 2002 and has become one of the UK's most highly regarded jazz composers. Ed's music has been performed at the Royal Albert Hall (Secret Music, 2014), Manchester's Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham's Symphony Hall (as well as many of London's finest jazz clubs) and has featured international artists including James Morrison and Eric Marienthal. Ed's debut album "Guys & Dolls" was released in 2010.
RunionsGreg RunionsSuite Vincent: New old music for big band.
Greg Runions is a Canadian composer/arranger from Kingston, Ontario. His original works have been performed by his big band, septet, the Kingston Symphony and other ensembles in Canada, the U.S., the Netherlands and Italy. His compositions were featured at the Jazz Composers Symposium in Tampa, Florida in 2006, the ArtEz Composition Contest in Enschede, Netherlands in 2013 and Scrivere in Jazz 2018. Greg’s big band has featured outstanding guest artists Brian Dickinson, Tim Hagans, Bret Zvacek, Don Thompson, David Braid, Joe Sullivan, Andrew Rathbun, Quinsin Nachof, John MacLeod, Paul Tynan, Yoon Choi and Kenny Wheeler. He teaches at Queen’s University.
SimmonsJamey SimmonsRumour Mill
Trumpeter and arranger Jamey Simmons is the Director of Jazz Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. He earned his Bachelor of Music at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and his Master of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Simmons keeps up an active freelancing career around Nashville as a jazz trumpeter. He has written arrangements and compositions for numerous high school and university ensembles, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra and the Buffalo Pops. For more information about his publications and recordings, see www.jameysimmons.com.
SussmanRichard Sussman
Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age
Richard Sussman is a jazz pianist, composer, educator, and author. He has performed with many jazz greats including Lionel Hampton, Lee Konitz, Houston Person, and Randy Brecker, and has written arrangements for Hank Jones, the Metropole Orchestra, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music, and many more. Richard has recorded five albums of original music as a leader including Free Fall and The Evolution Suite. He co-authored, with Michael Abene, the book Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age (Oxford, 2012). Richard has been on the jazz faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1986.
UrquhartStephanie UrquhartPrecursor
Known for her imaginative and genuine writing, Stephanie Urquhart is Canadian jazz pianist and composer quickly gaining an international presence and recognition having been featured at numerous venues and festivals such as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Yardbird Festival of Canadian Jazz, and the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival. Her works were also performed by the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra in Seattle, Washington in 2017 as the Honourable Mention of the 5th Annual Jazz Composition Contest for Women Composers. Her debut album “Concealment” will be released May 23, 2019
VilchisTonatiuh Vázquez Vilchis
Tonatiuh is a Mexican arranger/composer. In 2011, he concluded his Bachelor in Jazz and Afro-Caribbean Music at the Conservatorio of Puerto Rico (Magna Cum Laude). In 2015, he finished his Master’s Degree in Jazz Arranging and Composition at William Paterson University (NJ), under the mentoring of Pete McGuinness and Jim McNeely, he also received the 2014 - 2015 “Music Scholar Graduate Award”. Since 2016, he is a full time professor at the Centro de Estudios de Jazz of the Universidad Veracruzana. NinYolkokol is his album debut and he has written two books: Manual de Armonia Moderna and Escala Pentatonica.
WenglinskiThomas Wenglinski
Repurification (Laura, Ryan, and the Thunderstorm)
Hailing from suburban Houston, Thomas Wenglinski is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, DIY producer, and third-year Jazz Composition major at the University of Texas at Austin. In his time at UT, he has composed and/or arranged almost two dozen works for the school's big bands, in addition to freelance work for various artists and ensembles (including the São Paulo-based Banda Urbana). In the summer of 2017, the UT Jazz Orchestra performed his composition "AustiNite" at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. He recently completed his second year as the orchestra's pianist.
YangTracy YangA Step To My Compositions
Born and raised in Taiwan, Tracy Yang was first exposed to music at the age of five, learning classical piano and violin. She studied jazz composition at Berklee College of Music before moving to NY, where she obtained her Master at Queens College. Tracy was part of the 2019 Young Composer Showcase selectees from Jazz Education Network. She was also awarded both the 1st prize and honorable mention of the 2018 jazz composition contest for women composers from Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra. Tracy is currently a member of the BMI jazz composers workshop.
BleilClint BleilIt Matters
Clint Bleil is a saxophonist and composer from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Clint received degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from Slippery Rock University. He performs regularly in the Pittsburgh area, and has performed with Troy Roberts, Randy Brecker, Wayne Bergeron, Richie Cole, and The Temptations. Clint currently resides in Miami where he will be finishing the Studio Jazz Writing Program at the University of Miami. He has composed for the Henry Mancini Institute, The Seyon Sax Quartet, and the Frost Concert Jazz Band.
FangS'yo FangOne whose name written in the water
S'yo Fang, from Taiwan, is a pianist, arranger and composer based in the Netherlands. He has attained to a unique place among the performers of his generation, with his contemporary large ensemble《S'yo Fang Octet》, the mix of music genres ranging from modern classical music to jazz. They had performed in the venue such as: Bimhuis Amsterdam, So What's Next Jazz Festival, Jazzycolors Paris...etc. As an arranger and composer, he has worked with Metropole Orkest & Vince Mendoza, David Kweksilber and other ensembles in NL and Taiwan.
MillsJohn MillsRound and Round the Sun
Dr. John Mills is a saxophonist and composer/arranger based in Austin, Texas. His ten-piece fusion ensemble Times Ten features exclusively his compositions and the band’s first CDs, Caffeine Dreams and Flying Blind are available on Fable Records. Another recent CD, Invisible Designs, is a collection of original music and lyrics featuring premiere jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford. John was awarded First Prize at the 2008 ArtEZ International Jazz Composition Contest in the Netherlands for If Memory Serves, and in 2009 he collaborated with fellow UT Professor Jeff Hellmer to score the first full orchestration of Duke Ellington’s unfinished folk-opera, Queenie Pie.
WhitePaul G. WhiteLeia's Theme
Dr. White received his B.M. from Appalachian State University, and his M.M. and D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2008 Dr. White was awarded the position of Baritone Saxophonist with The US Army Field Bands Jazz Ambassadors. As a member of the Jazz Ambassadors he played concerts across the entire United State for hundreds of thousands of people each year. In 2011 Dr. White was awarded the position of Staff Arranger for The U.S. Army Field Band and has had his arrangements/composition played by The Concert Band, Soldiers Chorus and The Jazz Ambassadors all across the U.S.