2006 Summer Jazz Colony participants
Drummer, Adam Arruda, 17, will be attending Humber College Community Music School , in Ontario , Canada this fall as a junior. Adam says his objective is to obtain a position in the music industry which will enable him to make an artistic contribution in the performing art of jazz, and to continue to grow as a musician. His honors and awards include the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Big Band, MusicFest Canada Honour Award, MusicFest Canada-Zildjian Outstanding Young Drummer, Kincardine Summer Music Festival Scholarship, and the MusicFest Canada Zildjian Outstanding Combo Drummer Award. He says his interests in music are to attend concerts, camps, clinics, workshops and to take lessons so he can continue to improve. Outside of music, he likes photography, art, theatre, sports and spending time with his family and friends. Adam also finds time to do volunteer work.
Trumpeter, Aaron Bahr, 18 , will be a junior this fall at Camplindo High School in Moraga , CA where he plays for his high school wind ensemble and jazz band. He is an award-winning musician, who is dedicated to the study of music composition and trumpet performance. In 2005, Aaron participated in the Stanford Summer Jazz Residency in California , and in 2004 he studied at Aebersol Summer Jazz Camp, Louisville , Kentucky . For three years he participated in the Lafayette, CA Summer Jazz Camp. He has studied with Mike Olmos, Mary Fettig, former member of the Stan Kenton Big Band, and Mike Zilber. Aaron has also performed with Airtime, a five-piece combo. His awards include Outstanding Soloist - Rising Star Concert Series, Jazz School in Berkeley; member of the Contra Costa County High School Honor Jazz Band; and recipient of a DownBeat Award in 2003 for jazz combo performance.
Saxophonist, Edwin “Eddie” Barbash, 18, will be a junior this fall at North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem . One of Eddie's private teachers and mentor is Jeff Clayton of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He has also studied at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Workshops. He has performed at the Rialto Theatre in Atlanta as part of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Grammies in the Schools program, recorded four solos on an 11-track CD with Inman Jazz Band, and earned first chair in the Georgia All-State Middle School Concert Band. Eddie performed in a 10-piece ska band at Municipal Palace , Oaxaca , Mexico , and in 2005 he was a recipient of a Vail Jazz Workshop Scholarship. He also plays lead alto in his high school-college big band, and jazz quintet.
Drummer, Tim Carr, 17, will be a senior this fall at San Marin High School in Novato , CA. Tim attended Stanford Jazz Camp in 2003 and 2004 on full scholarship where he received the 2003 Outstanding Solo Achievement Certificate. In 2005 he received a Gold Performance rating for drumming at the New Orleans Jazz Festival with the San Marin Jazz Band. He has also received outstanding soloist awards for his performances at Santa Cruz , Columbia College and Folsom Jazz Festivals. Tim received the “Best Overall Performance” awards at the 2003, 2004, and 2005 RAVE Festivals, and his performances at the Santa Rosa Jazz Festivals and San Francisco Jazz Combo Festival earned him superior ratings. Tim also plays guitar, piano and bass. Elvin Jones, Steve Smith, David King and Art Blakey are his inspirations.
Saxophonist, Ben Flocks, 18, now a Brubeck Fellow, will begin his senior year this fall at Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz , CA . He played tenor saxophone in the SFJAZZ All Star High School Ensemble, won Outstanding Soloist awards at The Santa Cruz Jazz Festival in 2003-2004 and Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2004. Ben has studied with Ray Brown, Scott Nordgren, Dee Spencer and Dale Mills, and currently studies at the Stanford Jazz Workshop with Charles McPherson. He has performed at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Stanford Jazz Festival, Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, Herbst Theatre, De Young Museum, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Museum of Art, and The Catalyst Nightclub, and has performed with artists such as Charles McPherson, Kevin Hays, Carl Allen, Javon Jackson, Luciana Souza, and Dayna Stephens.
Drummer, Adam Gertner, 17, will attend the Denver School of the Arts next fall as a junior. Adam started playing the drum set at age eight, and started playing with professional jazz musicians at twelve. His goals are to compose jazz, perform in big bands, and to be able to play hundreds of jazz standards. His mentor is jazz/funk musician Stanton Moore from New Orleans , and he regularly studies with master drummer Paul Romaine. Adam has attended The Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts evening program for three years, attended Purchase College and Loyola University Jazz Camps, and the Jazz in the Sangres Festival. He has received several outstanding performance awards at the Mile High Jazz Festival, Greeley Festival, Chatfield Jazz Festival and Grand Junction Jazz Festival. Adam also gives back by teaching the drum set, and he also went to New Orleans as a member of the Habitat for Humanity Project, working with homes in flooded areas in March of 2006. Adam is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Saxophonist, Grace Kelly, 15, will be a freshman next fall at Brookline High School in Brookline , MA . Grace is currently in her third year of the Jazz Certificate Program at the New England Conservatory Prep School where she studies music theory, saxophone with Jeremy Udden, jazz and vocal ensemble with Rick McLaughlin, and voice with Rebecca Shrimpton. She also studies sax with Lee Konitz and Jerry Bergonzi. Grace is also currently in her fourth year of a BMS Certificate Program at Brookline Music School . She has performed at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston with the Grace Kelly Quartet, Boston Harbor Hotel with James Montgomery Band and the Uptown Horns, East Coast Jazz Festival, Remington's with Al Vega, and has made numerous TV and radio appearances.
Trombonist, Rustom “Rusty” Jehangir, 19, will be a senior this fall at Downers Grove North High School in Downers Grove , IL . He has been a member of the “Trojan” Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble since his freshman year, and lead trombonist in his school jazz band from 2003 to 2006. He was a member of the 2006 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble and performed with Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Barry Harris, Kirk Whalum, and Allen Toussaint. He played under Justin DiCioccio, Director of Jazz Studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Rusty was named the Outstanding Soloist at the Purdue Jazz Festival for 2005-2006. He has played with the Youth Jazz Ensemble in DuPage since 2003, and has been the lead trombonist in the Chicagoland High School Honors band since 2004. Rusty has also played at the Essentially Ellington Festival.
Bassist, Garret Lang, 18, will be returning to Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a senior this fall. Garret is influenced by everyone from Ray Brown and Paul Chambers to Christian McBride and Bob Hurst. He enjoys playing a wide variety of styles and is currently in his sixth year of studying jazz and classical bass performance with Josef Zimmerman and Dan Lutz. He has performed in LACHSA's Advanced Combo and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He has toured with Bobby Watson, attended the Stanford Summer Jazz Workshop and won an Outstanding Soloist Award, as he did at the Monterey High School Jazz Festival. Garret has taught middle school jazz band in Pasadena , and says he feels the obligation to help the younger classes at his school just as he has been helped.
Trombonist, Ivan Malespin, 17, will be a junior this fall at the New World School of Arts in Miami , FL where he is a member of both the jazz ensemble and jazz combo. He has studied jazz theory for the past two years, loves to improvise and compose, and studies trombone with John Kricker and Dante Luciani. Ivan says he spends time every day listening to the masters, and is always transcribing solos by Frank Rosolino or J.J. Johnson. Ivan has performed throughout South Florida , participated in the 2005 Essentially Ellington High School Competition and the 2006 IAJE convention. He has performed with great jazz artists such as James Moody, Jason Carder, Wycliff Gordon, Duffy Jackson and Terell Stafford.
Vocalist, Luke Marantz, 16, will be a sophomore this fall at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas , Texas . Luke's objective is to continue to study music and become an excellent performer. He has won many solo awards since 2003, and has received scholarships to the summer camps at University of North Texas , Berklee College of Music, and the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony. Luke's parents are both active musicians and instructors, and his dad is his mentor. Among his awards are the All Region XX Band, 2004-2005, Region XX Solo and Ensemble, one rating for solos from 2003-2005, best Jazz Vocalist 2004-2005, and best Jazz Vocalist – Middle School Division 2004 and 2005. Luke has studied sax with Don Fabian, voice with Wes Moore, and piano with Roger Boykin.
Bassist, Jeff Picker, 18, will be a senior this fall at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton , Oregon . He is a member of the award-winning ACMA Jazz orchestra, attended Centrum Port Townsend and WOU/Mel Brown Jazz workshops for three years, and studied with bass virtuosos John Clayton and Chuck Deardorf, saxophonist Rickey Woodard, pianist Bill Mays, and jazz arranger Bob Florence. Jeff was a member of the 2006 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble and performed with Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Barry Harris, Kirk Whalum, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Coolio. He has toured Korea with the ACMA Jazz Orchestra and is a bassist for Pacific Crest Sinfonietta, a chamber group in Portland , and for the renowned African Master Drummer Obo Addy's band, Kukrudu. He has won awards for outstanding solo performance at the Lionel Hampton
Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center , Reno Jazz Festival, and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival.
Pianist, Sam Reider, 18, will be a senior this fall at the Urban School of San Francisco in San Francisco CA , where in 2004-2005 he was a member of the SFJazz All Star Youth band and performed at the Herbst Theatre with Terrence Blanchard. He played solo piano at the University of North Texas Jazz Festival , where he won the Outstanding Soloist Award, and was chosen to perform at the nighttime headliner concert with the UNT One O'clock Lab Band. He is a member of Berkeley 's Jazz School advanced combo class lead by Mike Zilber. He has attended the Stanford Jazz Camp for three years, and performs in San Francisco .
Guitarist, Charlie Stanford, 17, of Portland , Oregon will be a junior at Cleveland High School in the fall. He is a 5-year student of jazz and studies at Centrum Jazz Workshop. The Charlie Stanford Quartet performed at the Portland Jazz Festival in 2006. He was the solo guitarist featured at the 2005 Cathedral Park Jazz Festival and performed in the Ben Medler Quintet at the 2005 Bones and Brew Jazz Festival. Charlie has been a member of the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Jazz Band for several years.
Bassist, Gary Thomas, 18, will be a senior this fall at Buchholz High School in Gainesville , Florida . Gary started piano lessons when he was four years old, saxophone lessons at ten, and at twelve developed his interest in the bass. He attended the University of North Florida 2002 Jazz Camp and won bass positions in the top combo and big band. In 2003 he attended the Florida State University Honors Jazz Camp, met Rodney Jordan, Director of Jazz Studies at FSU, and began studying bass with him. As a freshman, Gary was selected to play bass in the 2004 Florida All-State Jazz Band. He currently plays bass in his high school's Jazz Ensemble and Wind Symphony, and is the leader of the Buchholz Jazz Combo. Gary has performed with artists such as Bill Kennedy, Gary Langford, Bill Prince, and Dave Steinmeyer.
Pianist, Yuma Sung, 18, will be a junior this fall at Valley Christian High School in San Jose , California . He began studying classical piano at age six and was attracted to jazz at age nine. Two years after he started jazz piano he won first place in the San Jose Youth Jazz Competition and began composing when he was ten. One of his compositions was submitted to DownBeat Magazine and won first place in its 25 th Original Composition Contest. The following year he won Best Arranger and Best Soloist awards from DownBeat . In August of 2003, Yuma was honored to be part of the Three Generation Concert with Dave Brubeck and David Benoit. Yuma was the third generation. He has performed with other jazz masters such as Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Barry Harris, James Moody, Phil Woods, Dave Koz, and Jon Faddis. Yuma was selected as the 2006 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Combo pianist. He has released two CDs, the latest one from Columbia Music Entertainment.
Pianist, Sam Yulsman, 17, will be a sophomore at Niwot High School , CO this fall. He has studied classical and jazz piano at Michael Peterson Studio since 2000, and started playing in ensembles with other jazz musicians in 2004 under the direction of instructors at the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. When Sam was in the eighth grade he attained highest RACE rating – First Class Honors with Distinction in the piano category. He has performed at the Telluride Jazz Festival under the direction of John McNeil and Bob Montgomery, Colorado All-State Jazz Band under the direction of Fred Strum, and in Snug Harbor with Charmaine Neville at New Orleans' premiere contemporary jazz club. He plays a weekly gig at the popular Vic's Café in Boulder , CO and appears regularly with leading Denver jazz musicians Paul Romaine, Mark Diamond, and others. Sam placed second at the Longmont Symphony Concerto Competition performing Grieg's “Piano Concerto, op. 16.”
He is also a composer, and this year has written two big band pieces.