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2007 Summer Jazz Colony participants

Travis Antoine, trumpet, 17, will be a senior at LaGuardiaHigh School in New York, New York in the fall.  He plays in the LaGuardia High School Senior Jazz Band, which has performed at Jazz at LincolnCenter, the All-Borough Symphonic Band, which has performed at Carnegie Hall, and the LaGuardia Arts Jazz Sextet, which covers all styles of jazz, from its inception to the present day.  He has also been in the Thelonious Monk High School Combo.  Travis has performed with Slide Hampton, Bobby Watson, Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Wess “Warm Daddy” Anderson, Scott Robinson, and Wynton Marsalis. 

Adam Arruda, drums, 17, will be a senior at Humber Community College Music School in Ontario, Canada this fall.  His objective is to be involved in the music industry in a way that will enable him to make an artistic contribution in performing jazz.  Adam has been a member of the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Band, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, has received numerous awards and honors from Music Fest Canada in Ottawa, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario; Richmond, British Columbia; MontrealQuebec; and Calgary, Alberta.  He has performed with the Dave Restivo Quartet, Mike Ruby Quartet, John Mahraj Quartet, Yamaha All Stars Big Band, and has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Atlantic Jazz Festival in Nova Scotia, and at IAJE.

Eliana Athayde, bass, 16, will be a junior this fall at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California where she plays in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and sings in Chamber Singers, Women’s Octet, and Vocal Jazz.  She is also currently bassist with the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, bassist with SFJazz High School All Star Band, and a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.  She has performed at IAJE in Long Beach in the combo “Airtime” with guest artists Steve Turre, Akira Tana, and John Santos, and at Monterey Jazz Festival with Stanley Jazz Messengers, coached with Jimmy Heath though SFJazz, and won a DownBeat Outstanding Soloist Award. 

Aaron Bahr, trumpet, 18, will be a senior this fall at CampolindoHighSchoolHigh School in Moraga, California.  He plays in his high school ensembles and plans to study music composition and trumpet performance.  Aaron has been a member of the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble, Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (Monterey, CA), CBDA/IAJE California All-State Jazz Band, SFJazz All-Star High School Ensemble, and many others.  He has studied at Stanford Jazz Residency, Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Workshop, and the JazzSchool in Berkeley.  Aaron has played at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, International Music Festival in Croatia, IAJE in Long Beach, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival.  Aaron has studied or performed with Phil Woods, James Moody, Mulgrew Miller, Joshua Redman, Steve Turre, Miguel Zenon, John Santos, and many others. 

Bryan Carter, drums, 17, will be a junior this fall at Sycamore High School in Sycamore, Illinois where he plays in the Symphonic Band and the Jazz Band.  He has been a member of Illinois All-State Honors Jazz Combo, CSA Jazz Orchestra, South Shore Jazz Ensemble, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Northern Illinois University Jazz Combo, Reggie Thomas and OGD, and the Birch Creek Ambassador Jazz Combo.  Bryan has performed at the Lima Peru Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, South Shore Jazz Festival, African Jazz Festival, and the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and has won an IAJE Leadership Award.  He has played or recorded with Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Ronald Carter, Terell Stafford, Bobby Watson, and studied with Carl Allen, Rodrigo Villanueva, Winard Harper, Ed Soph, Louie Bellson, and Ed Thigpen. 

Kate Davis, bass, 16, will be a junior at West Linn High School in West Linn, Oregon, where she is not only a bassist, but a violinist and jazz singer.  She has played bass in the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Jazz Ensemble, and the West Linn H.S. Jazz Ensemble, violin in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and the West Linn H.S. Orchestra.  She has been a Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Band finalist, has received bass soloist awards at the Clackamas Jazz Festival and the Bellevue Jazz Festival, and has been a member of the Oregon All State Orchestra and the All Northwest Orchestra.  Kate has studied bass with Dave Captein, John Clayton, and Edgar Meyer. 

Maddie Deutch, vocalist, 16, will be a junior in the fall at the Los AngelesCountyHigh School for the Arts in Los Angeles, California, where she sings in the Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and studies theory and jazz improvisation.  She has been singing the blues since age 10, has done musical theatre, and now is focusing on jazz.  Maddie has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and in benefit performances and jazz concerts in the Los Angeles area.  She is influenced by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, and Anita O’Day, and has studied and performed with Jason Goldman, Lisa Henry, Ingrid Jensen, and Ron Carter. 

Noah Kellman, piano, 16, will be a junior in the fall at Manlius Pebble Hill H.S. in DeWitt, New York where he plays with the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo.  He has performed at the Berklee H.S. Jazz Festival, Vail Jazz Festival, Berklee College David Friend Recital Hall, Jazz on the Square in Syracuse, and others.  His honors and awards include DownBeat student music awards for Outstanding Performance as Jazz Soloist, and Outstanding Original Composition, Berklee College Outstanding Musicianship Award, and numerous scholarships to camps and festivals such as Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, Berklee College of Music summer program, and the NY State Summer School of the Arts at SkidmoreCollege.  Noah has studied or played with artists such as John Clayton, Lewis Nash, Terri Lynne Carrington, Rick Dimuzio, Bobby Watson, Geoff Keezer, Joe Gilman, Curtis Fuller, Randy Brecker, and Ed Shaughnessy.

Grace Kelly, saxophone, 15, will be a sophomore next fall at Brookline H.S. in Brookline, Massachusetts, and has completed the Jazz Certificate Program at the New EnglandConservatoryPrep School.  Grace has won numerous awards including five DownBeat awards in the categories of arranging, original composition, jazz instrumentalist, pop/rock/blues instrumentalist, and jazz vocalist, ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, International Songwriting Contests, and was judged top woodwind soloist and top vocal soloist at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.  She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Birdland, KennedyCenter, Blues Alley, Boston Symphony Hall, and elsewhere, and has performed with Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Frank Morgan, Cedar Walton, Jerry Bergonzi, Dianne Reeves, Dave Brubeck, Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, and with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.  Grace has also produced three CDs as a leader.    

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, saxophone, 17, will be a senior next fall at Horseheads H.S. in Horseheads, New York.  He has won seven DownBeat awards in the categories of best blues/pop/rock soloist, best jazz instrumental soloist, and in the best jazz small combo area.  He has been in the N.Y. All-State Jazz Ensemble, in his Horseheads H.S. Concert and Jazz Bands, and has performed regularly with the finest jazz musicians in central and south central N.Y. for seven years.  Chad has studied with Curtis Fuller, John LaBarbara, and Todd Coleman, and has performed with Josh Groban, Bobby Watson, Marvin Stamm, Steve Brown, and many others.

Christian Li, piano, 17, will be a senior at Horseheads H.S. in Horseheads, New York.  He has won three DownBeat awards including the 2007 award for most outstanding jazz group with Chad Lefkowitz-Brown. He has played classical piano since age six and jazz for the last four years.  He attended the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute where he studied with Bill Cunliffe, Renee Rosnes, John LaBarbera, Pat LaBarbera, Bobby Shew, and Curtis Fuller.  Christian has been in the N.Y. State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Ensemble, the N.Y. State Music Association All-State Jazz Ensemble, and plays regularly with a diverse array of groups including the George Reed Trio, the Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Quartet, and his own piano trio. 

Luke Marantz, voice, 16, will be a junior this fall at Booker T. Washington H.S. for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.  He has won seven DownBeat solo and ensemble awards, numerous regional and state awards for solo and ensemble performance, scholarships to summer camps and institutes at University of NorthTexas, Berklee College of Music, and the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony.  Luke has studied  with Kerry Marsh, Rosana Eckert, Michelle Weir and Paris Rutherford, and has performed with Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Gilman, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Elling, Ingrid Jensen, Lisa Henry, and many others.

David Meder, piano, 17, will be a junior this fall at C. Leon King H.S. in Tampa, Florida, where he plays in the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and is accompanist for the jazz and show choirs.  He also plays locally with the Steve DiBella Quartet, Impressions Jazz Band, John Diaz Latin Music Project, and the David Meder & Trey Daniels Duo.  David’s awards include winning several classical piano competitions, selection to the Hillsborough County Jazz Band, the Florida All-State Jazz Band, and as alternate for the National Jazz Band of America.  He has attended the University of North Florida Jazz Camp, Florida State University Honors Jazz Camp, and the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop.

Paul-Eirik Melhus, saxophone, 16, will be a junior this fall at Ironwood H.S. in Glendale, Arizona.  He has performed with the Deer Valley H.S. Jazz Ensemble, The Young Sounds of Arizona, the Jazz Band of America, and the Arizona All-State Jazz Ensemble.  In these various ensembles and others he has performed at IAJE, Arizona Music Educators Convention, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, The Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival, Chandler Jazz Festival, and the Phoenix Jazz and Blues Festival.  He has also played a Latin jazz series for the Smithsonian Magazine with the Charles Lewis Sextet. 

Daniel Nadeau, drums, 17, will be a senior at WaylandHigh School in Wayland, Massachusetts.  He has had scholarships to the Berklee Summer Performance Program in Jazz, Berklee Percussion Festival Week, and has attended the New EnglandConservatoryPreparatory School.  He has studied privately with Milo Beuhler, Rick Considine, and Bob Gullotti, and has had additional studies with Terri Lynne Carrington, Bob Moses, Ralph Alessi, Jackie Santos, Kenwood Dennard, and others.  Daniel has performed at Jordon Hall, BerkleePerformanceCenter, The Lizard Lounge, the Lily Pad, and many other venues.  He has performed with Rick Dimuzio, Jamie Stewardson, Dave Zoffer, Ben Monder, Oscar Stagnaro, Andy Milne, and Donny McCaslin.

Kale Scherler, trombone, 17, will be a senior in the fall at Booker T. Washington H.S. for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.  He has studied trombone with Tony Baker and Brian English, jazz studies with Bart Marantz, and has performed in the Thelonious Monk Institute Peer to Peer Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo I at his high school, and in venues such as Dallas Museum of Art, CBS Morning Show, Highlander/Wesleyan Jazz Festival, and the Blue Room in Kansas City.  He was a member of the Texas Music Educators All-State Jazz Band and has won outstanding performer awards at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Competition and the Northeast Symphony Young Artist Auditions. 

Charlie Stanford, guitar, 17, will be a senior at ClevelandHigh School in Portland, Oregon and says he lives and breathes to play jazz.  He has studied with John Stowell, Randy Porter, and Dan Balmer.  He has been a member of the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony where he won the Most Outstanding Musician award in 2005.  He has played in the Portland, CathedralPark, Bones and Brew, Rogue Brewery, and Portland Seafood jazz festivals. Charlie often plays with his own trio and quartet at Portland jazz clubs like The Blue Monk and Jax. 

Jonathan Stein, bass, 17, will be a senior in the fall at SkylineHigh School in Oakland, California, where he is a bassist and composer.  His diverse and multi-directional sound comes from influences such as John Patitucci, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, Kai Eckhardt, Bill Dickens, Klaus Debault and Aaron Copland.  He has performed with artists such as Joshua Redman, Miguel Zenon, Andre Hayward, Dave Douglas, Phil Lesh, Dan Zinn and Ira Stein.  He has played in groups such as the CBDA California All-State Band, SFJazz All-Stars Big Band, SFJazz Gala Band, SFJazz Miguel Zenon Group and the JazzSchool’s Autogrill and High School All-Stars, both of which won DownBeat awards for best ensembles.  He composes both for jazz ensembles and symphony orchestra.  Jonathan currently studies with Kai Eckhardt, Dan Zinn, Pat Klobas, and Mike Zilber.