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2004 Summer Jazz Colony participants

Kyle Athayde Kyle is a trumpet and vibraphone player who has just finished his sophomore year at Acalanes high School in Lafayette, California. He plays trumpet in the wind ensemble, and vibes, trumpet, and drums in the jazz band. He was a member of the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco and the Generations in Jazz contra Costa County Honor band. He was selected to the National GRAMMY High School Jazz Ensemble, the CMEA/IAJE California All-State Jazz Band, and the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band. He has received three DownBeat Student Awards for outstanding soloist and has appeared with jazz greats such as Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Potter, Poncho Sanchez, and Steve Turre.

Hans Bernhard Hans is a bassist and is beginning his senior year at Pacific collegiate High school in Santa Cruz, California. As a member of the Pacific collegiate Combo, he placed among DownBeat magazine’s top student bands in 2003 and 2004, performed at the 2004 IAJE Conference in New York, and won first place in the 2004 Monterey Jazz Festival National High School Competition. He was a member of the California Music Educators Association All-State Symphony, California Band Directors Association Orchestra, CMEA/IAJE California All-state Jazz Band, and SFJAZZ all-star High School Ensemble. Hans has studied with Bob Hurst and Rufus Reid, and has opened for artists such as Paco de Lucia and Etta James, and has appeared with saxophonist Eric Alexander and jazz legend Jay McShann.

Brian Chahley Brian is a trumpet player and is going to be a senior at the Earl Haig Secondary School in Toronto, Canada. In 2004 he soloed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, was selected to the National GRAMMY High School Jazz Ensemble, and as a member of Toronto’s Humber Community Music School Jazz Combo, performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Atlantic Jazz festival in Nova Scotia. He also performed at Toronto’s Distillery Jazz Festival and Montreal’s Musicfest Canada. Brian has appeared with jazz notable such as Kurt Elling, Jim Galloway, Clark Terry, and Gerald Wilson.

Cory Cox Cory is a drummer and is going to be a junior at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, where he is a member of the big band and combo. He has studied since age nine, and enjoys playing a wide variety of styles from bebop to funk. He attended the 2001 and 2003 Houston Summer Jazz Workshops, winning the Ellington award for most outstanding musician and Conrad O. Johnson Award for improvisation. He has performed with the HASPVA band with jazz artists Victor Goines, Conrad Herwig, Conrad Johnson, Charles McPherson, and Pamela York.

Eldar Djangirov Eldar is a pianist and is going to be a senior at the Francis Parker School in San Diego. He was born in Russia and began taking classical piano lessons at age five. Eldar performed in concert with Marian McPartland at the Eastman School of Music and on her National Public radio show “Piano Jazz.” He has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., was featured on the “42nd Annual Grammy Awards Show” and “CBS Sunday Morning” with Billy Taylor, and won first prize in the 2001 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and 2002 Peter Nero Piano Competitions. Eldar has recorded three CDs, the most recent on Sony, featuring Michael Brecker on saxophone and John Patitucci on bass.

Victor Gould Victor is a pianist who is entering his senior year at thee LA County High School for the Arts where he’s a member of the A Combo and the Big Band. He has won numerous outstanding soloist awards at events such as the 2002 Royal High School Jazz Festival, the 2004 Reno Jazz Festival, and the 2004 Berklee Jazz Festival. He won the Vernon T. High Award at the Charles “Dolo” Coker Competition in 2003 and 2004 and took first place in LA’s 2004 spotlight Awards. Victor is a member of the Colburn School of Performing Arts Monday Night Jazz Band.

Nick Jozwiak Nick is a bassist and is beginning his sophomore year at Naperville Central High school in Naperville, Illinois. He won the “Best Bach” honors in the 2003 International Society of Bassists’ Young Bassists Competition. He also won the jazz division first chair at the 2004 Illinois Music Educators Association State Convention and Outstanding Jazz Musicianship honors at the 2004 New Trier Jazz Festival. He has studied with Eric Alexander, Rufus Reid, and J.B. Dyas. Nick is also the principal bassist with the Youth symphony of DuPage in Wheaton, Illinois.

Dustin Kaufman Dustin is a drummer and is beginning his senior year at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. As a member of the HSPVA Combo and Big Band, he won top honors at the 2003 and 2004 North Texas Jazz Festivals. He won outstanding musicianship awards at the University of Houston’s Moore School of Music and the 2003 Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp. He has appeared with jazz artists such as Conrad Herwig, Art Landy, Charles McPherson, Jason Moran, Chris Potter, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Shaun Lowecki Shaun is a drummer and is a senior at Libertyville High school in Libertyville, Illinois. He’s been a member of the Jazz Combo I, Big Band, and Wind Ensemble, and has won first place at Chicago’s 2003 and 2004 North Shore Jazz Festivals and the 2004 Superstate Competition. He is a member of the Midwest Young Artists Senior Jazz Band. Shaun has studied with Mike Kocour, Don Owens, and Joel Spencer.

Joe McDonough Joe is a trombonist entering his senior year at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, where he participates in all the school’s instrumental ensembles. He was a member of the 2003 and 2004 Pennsylvania Music Educators All-State Jazz bands, the 2004 Philadelphia University of the Arts GRAMMY All-Star Jazz Band, and the National GRAMMY High School Jazz Ensemble, performing with artists including Chick Corea, Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Clark Terry, and Gerald Wilson.

Matthew O’Grady Matthew is a guitarist and is beginning his senior year at Preble High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He won first place with his group Trifactorite at the 2004 Jazz in the Meadows Festival in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, with additional first place awards at the 2003 and 2004 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Jazz Festivals. He was also selected to the 2003 and 2004 Wisconsin State Honors Jazz Ensembles. Matthew has received Outstanding Soloist awards at the UWGB Jazz and Jazz in the Meadows festivals. He has his own professional jazz quartet and works as an acoustic guitar singer/songwriter and blues musician.

David Palma David is a saxophonist beginning his senior year at the New World School of the Arts in Miami where he plays in the Wind Ensemble, Big Band, and Combo 1. David performed with the NWSA Big Band and Combo and the 2002, 2003, and 2004 IAJE Conferences in Long Beach, Toronto, and New York. He also performed at the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competitions in New York, where he won an Outstanding Soloist award on sax and clarinet. David also garnered a 2004 Down Beat Student award for outstanding soloist and has appeared with John Fedchock and Wynton Marsalis. He currently studies with saxophonist Ed Maina and pianist Jim Gasior.

Lucas Pino Lucas is a tenor saxophonist beginning his senior year at Thunderbird High School in Phoenix. He is a member of thee Thunderbird’s Jazz band I and combo, Mesa Community College’s Latin Jazz Band, and the Young Sounds of Arizona. During 2001-2004, Lucas received eleven solo awards from the Northern Arizona University, Mountainside, and Anaheim Jazz Festivals, as well as eight music education scholarships. He was the lead tenor sax player in the 2003 and 2004 Arizona All-state Jazz Bands and performed at the 2004 IAJE conference in New York with his high school big band. Lucas also enjoys composing and arranging and has presented original music at the NAU and Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Jazz Festivals.

Peter Reardon-Anderson Peter is a saxophonist entering his senior year at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland where he performs with the Big Band and Combo, both of which placed first at Virginia’s 2003-2004 Chantilly High School Invitational Jazz Festivals. He has played lead tenor sax and clarinet in the Maryland All-State Jazz and Symphonic Bands for the past two years. He has performed with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Ritchie Cole, Eric Lewis, Winard Harper, and Nestor Torres.

Earl Travis II Earl is bassist and is beginning his senior year at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston where he’s a member of the Jazz Combo and Big Band. He has performed and won outstanding performance awards in small group and big band categories at the 2003 and 2004 North Texas Jazz Festivals. Travis performs and records in Houston with Solange Knowles and has shared the stage with artists such as Chris Dave, Robert Glasper, Conrad Herwig, Charles McPherson, Stanley Turrentine, and Sebastian Whitaker.

Nadia Washington Nadia is a vocalist who attends Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas where she is a member of the Lab Singers and the MIDI Ensemble. In 2004, she won the down Beat Student Award for Best High School Jazz Vocalist, thee Classical vocal First Place Medal at the University Interscholastic League State Solo/Ensemble Competition in Austin, the Contemporary Vocal Gold Medal for the Dallas NAACP/ACT-SO Competition, and thee Bronze Medal at the National NAACP/ACT-SO Competition. Nadia has also opened for the GRAMMY award winning jazz vocal group, Take 6.

Glenn Zaleski Glenn is a pianist entering his senior year at Tahanto Regional High School in Boylston, Massachusetts. He plays both classical and jazz piano. As a member of Tahanto’s Big Band, he has won five IAJE Honorable Mention Awards, the IAJE MVP award in 1998, and was selected to the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-state Jazz Band in 2004. He performs professionally in the Boston area with the Worcester Jazz Orchestra. Glenn has performed or studied with artists such as Ray Brown, Benny Green, Rufus Reid, and James Williams.