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2005 Summer Jazz Colony participants

Kyle Athayde Kyle is a trumpet and vibraphone player who just finished his junior year at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California. He has performed with the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco and the Generations in Jazz Contra Costa County Honor Band. In both 2004 and 2005, he was selected to the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble, California Music Educators association/IAJE All-State Jazz Band, and Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. He has garnered seven DownBeat Student Awards and has appeared with jazz greats Chick Corea, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Potter, Poncho Sanchez, Clark Terry, and Steve Turre.

Julian Bransby Julian is a pianist who just finished his junior year at Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Indiana. He began playing at age six and has studied with artists such as Lynne Arrial and Luke Gillespie. In addition to playing piano in the BHSN Combo and Big Band, he played trumpet in the Symphonic Band and bass in a rock band. He has won awards for outstanding musicianship at the Ball State, Bloomington, Eau Claire, Illinois, Louisville, and Purdue Jazz Festivals. Julian was awarded first place in the high school division of the Margaret A. Guthman Keyboard Competition and was named the Outstanding Piano Soloist at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

Brian Crutchfield Brian is a saxophonist who just finished his junior year at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston where he plays in the top jazz combo and big band. In 2004 he was selected to the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Ensemble as well as the top combos at the American Festival for the Arts and University of North Texas Summer Jazz Combo Workshops. He was also recognized for outstanding musicianship at the 2004 and 2005 North Texas Jazz Festivals, winning solo awards in both the big band and combo divisions. Brian has been featured with the HSPVA jazz ensembles with artists David Caceres, Conrad Herwig, and David Sanchez.

Ismael Cuevas Ismael is a trombonist who just finished his junior year at Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles, where he was a member of the ERHS Big Band, Jazz Combo, and Orchestra. He has been selected to be a member of the LA Unified School District Honor Marching Band, Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Junior and Senior All-Star Jazz Bands, Monterey Jazz Festival Next generation Jazz Orchestra, and California band Directors Association All-Star Big Band. Ismael has also received several IAJE Outstanding Soloist awards and has appeared with artists such as Alex Acuna, Regina Carter, and Jon Faddis.

Gregory Diaz Gregory is a trumpet player why has just finished his junior year at the LA County High School for the Arts. In addition to performing with the school’s top combo and big band, he performs with the Cerritos Community College wind Ensemble, Big Band, and Jazz Combo. He won outstanding soloist awards at the Berklee High School, Essentially Ellington, and Monterey and Reno Jazz Festival Competitions, and placed second in the jazz category at the prestigious LA Music Center Spotlight Awards hosted by Paula Abdul. Gregory was also selected for the 2005 Monterey Jazz festival next generation Jazz Orchestra and Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble.

Woody Goss Woody is a pianist who just finished his sophomore year at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois, where he plays piano in the jazz band and vocal jazz choir, and saxophone in the concert band. He has played piano since age seven and has concentrated on jazz since age twelve. He has studied with Barbara Anderson, Joan Hickey, and Alexandra Pecanac, and has been a member of the Midwest Young Artists since 2001 playing in both the jazz combo and big band. Woody has won awards for outstanding musicianship from the Illinois Music Educators Association, Western Michigan University Vocal Jazz festival, and the Jazz in the Meadows and Milliken University Jazz Festivals.

Nick Jozwiak Nick is a bassist who just finished his sophomore year at Naperville Central High school in Naperville, Illinois. He won “best Bach” honors in the 2003 International society of Bassists’ Young bassists Competition, 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. Nick served as principal bassist for the Youth Symphony of DuPage in Wheaton, Illinois for three years and currently works professionally in the Chicago area with small orchestras, jazz combos, and rock bands. He has studied with artists such as Eric Alexander, John Clayton, Andy Laverne, David Murray, and Rufus Reid, and currently studies bass with Robert Kassinger of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Graham Keir Graham is a guitarist who just completed his junior year at LaSalle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. He began his musical studies at age four on violin and switched to guitar at age eight. As a vocalist, he served as section leader for the Philadelphia Boys choir from 1996 to 2002. With them, he performed in China, Cuba, Germany, Korea, and Russia. Graham was selected for the 2004 and 2005 Philadelphia Tri-State All-Star Grammy Band. He has studied with Jimmy Bruno, Tom Giacabetti, Larry McKenna, and Bob Snider.

Noah Kellman Noah is a pianist who will be a freshman in the fall of 2005 at Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt, New York. He started playing piano in kindergarten and began working with jazz at age 10, studying with Michael Copps, Sue Larson, Rick Montalbano, and Richard Smirnoff. He has also played clarinet, bass, and tenor saxophone with the MPHS Symphony. Noah has won an IAJE scholarship at the Syracuse Youth Jazz Festival, a silver medal with thee Manlius High Jazz Band at the Syracuse Jazz Fest, and two DownBeat Student Awards for best instrumental soloist and original song. He also leads his own trio and performs in the jazz sextet, Mood swings, in the central New York area.

Isaiah Morfin Isaiah is a saxophonist with will be a sophomore in the fall of 2005 at the Bakersfield Christian High School in Bakersfield, California, where he is a Presidential Academic Achievement Award recipient and a member of thee BCHS concert and jazz bands. He has been a member of honor bands of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, California Band Directors Association, and Kern County. He has won numerous outstanding musicianship awards at jazz festivals, and scholarships to other jazz camps. Selected by Unison Saxophones as its Young Saxophone Artist for 2005, Isaiah was recently a featured artist at the NAMM show in Anaheim. He currently studies with Jeff Clayton.

Harvel Nakundi Harvel is a drummer who has just finished his junior year at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. He plays in the NWSA jazz combo and wind ensemble, and is a member of the NWSA Jazz Ensemble that recently won first place in Lincoln Center’s 2005 Essentially Ellington Competition in New York. He also garnered the Ellington award for most outstanding drumset soloist. The band, with Harvel at the drums, has performed at two IAJEE conferences and has featured guest artists Seneca Black, John Fedchock, Wycliffe Gordon, Wynton Marsalis, and Bill Watrous. Harvel also plays gospel music with Baptist and Haitian churches in Miami and has toured Brazil playing Afro-Haitian music. He is currently studying drums and percussion with Debrah Ibanez, Einar Schving, and Peter Webster.

Steve Renko Steve is a drummer who will begin his sophomore year in Fall 2005 at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been recognized nationally for his achievements, which include receiving an IAJE Award for Outstanding Musicianship, placing second at the national Guitar Center Drum Off Competition, receiving an honorable mention as Modern Drummer magazine’s “Best Undiscovered Drummer,” being selected to the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble, and winning Ohio’s Hank Marr Competition. In 2001, Steve joined the Tri-C JazzFest High School All-Stars and has appeared with artists Terence Blanchard, the Clayton Brothers, Wynton Marsalis, and Bobby Watson. He is a member of Ernie Krivda’s Fat Tuesday Big Band and was recently featured on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight as part of the “America’s Brightest Stars” segment.

Katie Thiroux Katie is a bassist and vocalist who has just finished her junior year at Hamilton High Music Academy in Los Angeles where she is a member of the vocal jazz ensemble, the “A” Big Band, and top jazz combo. She has been selected three times to the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Choir, has twice won scholarships to perform with the Idyllwild Festival Orchestra, and is currently the principal bassist in the Colburn Orchestra da Camera in LA. In 2005 she was featured in the California Music Educators Association All-State Honor Jazz Choir and California Band Directors Association All-State Honor Jazz Band, garnered both the LA Jazz Society Shelly Manne New Talent and Valley cultural center Jazz awards, received a scholarship to the Vail Jazz Workshop, and won a DownBeat Student Award for outstanding jazz vocal performance. Katie studies voice with Seth Riggs and Kay Montgomery, classical bass with Francis Senger, and jazz bass and voice with Kristin Korb.

Ben van Gelder Ben is a saxophonist and is a student at the Amsterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands where he studies with Albert Beltman, Dick Oatts, and Ferdinand Povel. He began playing sax at age 11 and has since performed with numerous jazz groups including the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgbouw in Amsterdam. He has appeared at the Breda and North Sea Jazz Festivals in Holland, the Guarda Jazz Festival in Italy, and the Monterey Jazz Festival in the U.S. With his brother Gideon at the piano, Ben won three first place awards at the 2004 Dutch National Princess Christina Competition and was selected to the 2005 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts/IAJE Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship All-Star Sextet that included Brubeck SJC alumni Eldar Djangirov and Peter Reardon-Anderson and Brubeck Fellows Dominic Thiroux and Colin Stranahan.

Nadia Washington Nadia is a vocalist who is entering her senior year in Fall 2005 at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas where she is a member of the Lab Singers and the MIDI Ensemble. She has won two DownBeat Student Awards for best jazz vocalist, the University Interscholastic League State Solo/Ensemble Competition’s Classical Vocal first place medal, and two National NAACP/ACT-SO Competitions’ Contemporary vocal medals. Nadia performs throughout the Dallas area and has opened for artists such as David Sanborn and the GRAMMY award winning jazz vocal group, Take 6. She has studied with Kim Frie, Kent Ellingson, and Bart Marantz.

Max Wrightson Max is a drummer who will enter his senior year in Fall 2005 at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where he is a member of the jazz combo and big band. He has studied with Kenny Dennis, Sherman Ferguson, Tootie Heath, Billy Higgins, and Bill Wysaske. Recent performances and awards with the LACHSA Jazz Combo include the 2005 Jazz Festival High School Competition where he wan an outstanding musician award, the Berklee College of Music Festival, where he won first place in the combo category, and an appearance at the LA Jazz Society Annual Benefit. Max currently performs in several groups and plays throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Charlie Zuckerman Charlie is a bassist who will be a senior in Fall 2005 at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. He began musical studies playing French horn at age 12 and switched to bass two years later. He currently is the bassist in the award winning NWSA Jazz Ensemble, Combo, and Wind Ensemble. Recently, he was part of the Outstanding Rhythm Section at the Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition in New York. Charlie has performed with artists such as Seneca Black, John Fedchock, Wycliffe Gordon, Wynton Marsalis, and Bill Watrous, and has appeared at the IAJE Conferences in New York and Long Beach, and the Disney National Concert Band and Orchestra Festival in Orlando.