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2009 Summer Jazz Colony participants

2009 SJC Colonists


Ben Lusher, 17, will be a senior at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY in the fall. He was born and raised in Bermuda. At age 4, he began private piano instruction and has been working as a singer and pianist since age 12. In 2007 he was awarded the Student of Distinction Scholarship given by the Bermuda School of Music. Ben has taken part in summer programs such as the Litchfield Jazz Camp, Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Stanford Jazz Residency, where he has studied with singers Dena DeRose, Karrin Allyson, and Madeline Eastman, and pianists Rachel Z, Jason Moran, and Barry Harris. In February 2009 he toured Cuba and performed in the Havana International Jazz Festival as a member of the Bermuda-based band, The UNIT. He was also a member of the 2009 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles Choir. As a member of the GRAMMY Choir, he performed with jazz greats Joe Lovano, Cassandra Wilson, and Herbie Hancock. Ben moved to NY in 2008 and in addition to his regular high school, he is enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music pre-college jazz program.

Michael Mayo, 17, will be a senior this fall at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival and numerous venues in the Los Angeles area, including Catalina's Bar & Grill in Hollywood, and Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club. He won first place in the National Association of Negro Musicians annual scholarship competition. Michael is currently in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble at LACHSA where he also studies jazz theory and improvisation. He has also been a featured soloist with the school's award-winning Big Band. In February 2009, he was one of eight vocalists selected to participate in the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles Choir, where he performed with Gerald Albright, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, and Herbie Hancock. Michael's main jazz influences include Wynton Kelly, Miles Davis, Mel Torme, Cannonball Adderley, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Freddie Hubbard.

Caitlin Quinlan, 17, will be a senior this fall at The Dalton School in New York, New York. She is a vocalist, cellist, and composer. She has studied voice with Robin Connell, composition with Anna Clyne, and cello with Astrid Schween, and has studied jazz with Paul Brewer, Paul Johnston and Matthew Warnock. Caitlin has been part of workshops and master classes with the Shanghai Quartet, Sanford Allen, Ani Kavafian, Daniel Phillips, Joel Krosnick, Gilbert Kalish, Ben Zander, Yee Sun Kim, Borromeo Quartet, Steve Reich, Robert Beaser, Phillip Glass, Derek Bermel, ETHEL String Quartet, and many others. She has performed as a singer in several high school plays and musicals, with the New York Youth Symphony Singers, with Sweet ‘N Low Acapella group; as a cellist with the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, Children's Orchestra Society, at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and others. She has performed in New York at Symphony Space and Carnegie Hall, and in Cape Cod, Paris and Nice, France. In 2009 Caitlin had an original composition premiered and performed by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and will have a new work for voice and jazz combo premiered at Symphony Space this year by the New York Youth Symphony's Jazz Band.


Sam Crowe, 17, will be a senior at the Denver School of the Arts in the fall. He is a saxophonist, woodwind doubler, and composer. Sam has been playing music since age 8, starting on alto saxophone. His teachers include jazz drummer Paul Romaine and many others in the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, and other jazz greats including Dave Liebman, Ron Blake, Jeff Coffin, Eric Gunnison, Terri Lynn Carrington, John McNeil, Greg Gisbert, Jeff Clayton, and Bob Montgomery. He has performed at the Telluride Jazz Festival, UNC Greeley Jazz Festival, and Vail Jazz Festival, the IAJE annual conference in 2008, and the 2009 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles, and as principal clarinet in the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. He has performed with Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Winard Harper, Ellis Marsalis, and Edgar Meyer.

Kevin Sun, 17, saxophone, will be a senior at Montgomery Township High School in Skillman, NJ in the fall. He currently plays with the Montgomery High School Jazz Ensemble that performs in the central New Jersey area. In 2007 and 2008, he played in the University of the Arts High School GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble, and in 2008 he also joined the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble and New Voices Collective. Kevin began studying at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008 in the pre-college jazz program and plays there with the Big Band and Combo. As part of that experience he has performed in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ; Chris's Jazz Café in Philadelphia; Trump Plaza Theatre in Atlantic City; Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, NJ; Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in Montreal, Canada; and at the Charles Mingus High School Combo Competition in New York where he won an outstanding soloist award. He was a finalist for the 2009 GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble. Kevin has studied with Donny McCaslin, Felipe Salles, Ron Kerber, Chris Farr, and Laurie Altman.

Maximilian Zooi, 17, is going to be a senior at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he studies with Walter Smith III, Jason Goldman, and Bill Wysaske. He has also studied with Terry Lynn Carrington at Berklee. Max plays saxophone and clarinet. He has performed at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival, the 2009 Playboy Jazz Festival, and will perform at the 2009 Monterey Jazz Festival. He is very involved in the Los Angeles jazz scene and has played numerous places there, including Catalina's Bar & Grill.

Trombone & Trumpet

Jon Hatamiya, 17, will be a senior in the fall at Davis High School in Davis, CA. He plays trombone in his high school jazz band and combo, the SFJazz High School All-Stars Big Band, and other groups, and is the trombonist and leader of the Jon Hatamiya Quintet. He has competed at the 2008 Next Generation Jazz Festival, 2009 Reno Jazz Festival, the Delta Jazz Festival, and the Folsom Jazz Festival. He has also been part of numerous symphonic and jazz honor bands in California. He was the lead trombone in the 2009 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra which toured in Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC, and will play the 2009 MJF with Wynton Marsalis. Jon has won outstanding soloist awards three times at the Folsom Jazz Festival, and has participated in the Stanford Jazz Residency, California State University Sacramento Jazz Camp, and the University of the Pacific Jazz Camp. Jon has studied classical trombone with Joel Elias, James Desano, Ron Barron, Norman Bolter, and Joe Alessi, and jazz trombone with Scott Whitfield, Paul McKee, and Robin Eubanks.

Tree Palmedo, 16, will be a junior in the fall at the Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, OR. He currently plays trumpet in the Oregon Episcopal Jazz Band, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Jazz Band, and the Portland State University Jazz Band and Combo. He has won numerous awards including outstanding soloist at the NW Jazz Band Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, University of Portland Jazz Festival, and many others. He has won DownBeat awards for outstanding performance, was a GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles finalist in 2008 and 2009, and has participated in numerous other honor bands and organizations. Tree's teachers include Terell Stafford, Randy Porter, Alan Jones, and others, and he has studied with Terri Lynn Carrington, Rick DiMuzio, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Lewis Nash, and Bill Cunliffe. Tree plays throughout the Portland area and teaches trumpet through the Portland Youth Philharmonic Peer Mentor Program.

Cody Rowlands, 17, will be a senior in the fall at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, AZ. He has played trumpet in his high schools ensembles, Young Sounds of Arizona, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Youth Band, Arizona Jazz Academy - Ellington Band & Blue Note Combo, and the Arizona All-State Jazz and Concert Bands, and the Arizona All-State Orchestra. He has performed throughout Arizona, and at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, WA, the IAJE annual conference in Toronto, Canada and at numerous jazz festivals. Cody has performed with jazz artists including Mike Kocour, Pete Christlieb, Ron McCurdy, Rebecca Mauleon, Joel DiBartillo, Wayne Bergeron, Carl Saunders, Mike Vax, Tony Monaco, Jesse McGuire, Dennis Rowland, and Brice Winston.


Luke Celenza, 17, will be a senior next fall at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, NY. A pianist, Luke has attended the Manhattan School of Music pre-college jazz division for the past six years, studying with Jeremy Manasia, and performing with the MSM Combo and Big Band. At 14, he became one of the youngest members of the prestigious scholarship program, The New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band Classic, appearing at Symphony Space, Knitting Factory, and the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, playing with jazz greats Steve Turre, Warren Vache, Rich Perry, and Joe Lovano, and working with clinicians Joe Magnarelli, Dave Pietro, Dick Oatts, and Maria Schneider. He has also studied with Joanne Brackeen and Ray Santisi, and has had master classes with Michel Camilo. Luke has received the NY Youth Symphony Jazz Band Classic Director's Award, was a member of the 2009 GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble, and has attended the Stanford Jazz Residency.

Nicolas Hetko, 17, piano, will be a senior in the fall at Cambridge High School in Cambridge, NY. He currently studies with jazz pianist and composer Lee Shaw. During high school he has attended the NY State Summer School of the Arts School of Jazz Studies at Skidmore College in 2007, 2008, and 2009 where he has studied with Bill Cunliffe, Todd Coolman, Curtis Fuller, Clayton Cameron, and Bobby Shew. He was the pianist for the 2008 NY State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Ensemble under Jim Snidero. He has been recognized for his achievements with the Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Musical Achievement from the NY State Assembly, was a prize winner in the L'Ensemble 2008 Student Music Competition, received an ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer award in 2009 for his composition Snowflakes, and was chosen to participate in the 2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in Washington DC.

Antonio Madruga, 15, piano, will be a sophomore in the fall at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, where he is a member of the Jazz Ensemble and Combo 1. He is a past winner of DownBeat magazine Student Awards in both jazz and classical piano performance. Tony has performed both nationally and internationally as a soloist, guest artist, and with his own trio and quartet in the following venues: Premios Veo Veo, Spain; Miami International Piano Festival; Panama Jazz Festival; Uruguay Punta Del Este Jazz Festival; Cocoa Beach Jazz Festival; Hollywood Jazz Festival; Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, DC; Golandsky Institute; 92nd St Y in NY and Birdland in NY; and Carnegie Hall in NY as special guest of Paquito D'Rivera. He has appeared as a guest artist with Danilo Perez, Arturo O'Farill, Bill Charlap, Paquito D'Rivera, and Ira Sullivan. Tony had future engagements this year at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Princeton's Taplin Auditorium, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Steinway Gallery, and Dizzy's Coca Cola Club in NY. He hopes to be a professional jazz pianist and be a positive role model.


Giulio Cetto, bass, is from Stockton CA. He has performed with numerous groups including the University of the Pacific Faculty Quintet, Arlen Anderson Trio, Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, and the Delta College Jazz Combo and the Delta College Monday Night Band directed by Brian Kendrick. He has attended summer jazz programs including the Berklee College Five-Week Program, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Stanford Jazz Residency were he played in a quintet led by Joshua Redman, and studied with jazz greats Larry Grenadier and Richard Davis. He teaches privately and now attends Delta College. He performs regularly in Stockton, Lodi, Modesto and Sacramento. Giulio has played with many notable musicians including Joe Gilman, Brian Kendrick, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Robert Glasper, Dave Pietro, Eric Moore, Rick Lotter, Patrick Langham, Eric Arellano, Gina Loring, Madeline Eastman, Rick Russell, Arlen Anderson, and many others.

Jared Mulcahy, 16, bass, will be a junior at Skaneateles High School in Skaneateles, NY in the fall. He has studied classical bass with David Perry and jazz bass with Phil Flanigan and Kevin Dorsey, and he performs in the Skaneateles High School Jazz Band and the Skaneateles Madrigal Singers. Jared was in the 2009 NY State Band Directors Honor Jazz Band, was the 2008-2009 CNY Jazz Arts Foundation Select Student Performer for Michael Davis and Dennis Mackrel, was in the 2006-2009 All-County Jazz Band/Orchestra, and since 2007 has played in the Lemoyne College Jazz Ensemble where he has performed with Matt Wilson, Danilo Perez, Marion Meadows, and Sam Newsome. He was the 2006 winner of the Outstanding Student Musician award at the Syracuse Jazz Festival, has received outstanding ratings for 5 years at the NYSSMA Solo Festival, and has won DownBeat magazine's 2007 Student Award for best junior high jazz soloist.

Bill Vonderhaar, 17, bass, will be a senior at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX in the fall. He has studied jazz with Joe Locascio at Houston Community College, at the Skidmore Jazz Institute, in workshops at University of North Texas, and Berklee College of music summer programs. He has performed with the HSPVA Combo and Big Band, University of Houston Downtown Civic Jazz Orchestra, Young Sounds of Houston Youth Jazz Orchestra, and Matt Lemmler's Trio. He performed at the IAJE Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada, and with the Houston Symphony. Bill has been awarded an Outstanding Soloist Award for performance with the HSPVA Jazz Combo with the Thelonious Monk Institute, an Outstanding Soloist Award for performance at the North Texas Jazz Festival, and an All-Star Trophy at the Moores School of Music Jazz Festival at University of Houston. Bill has performed with many jazz artists including Dennis Dotson, Tony Campizi, Warren Sneed, Wood Witt, Richard Cruz, Matt Lemmler, Joe Locascio, Ted Wenglinski, Chris Cortez, Make Nase, Joel Fulgham Daleton Lee, Tiana Hall, Diane Landry, Dan Strba, and many others.


Hayden Hamilton, 16, drums, will be a junior in the fall at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. He has studied with Ed Soph, Mike Drake, Joel Fulghum, and Sebastian Whittaker, and has attended master classes with Chris Dave, Willie Jones III, Reggie Quinerly, Dave King, and others. He has also studied combo work with JB Dyas, Jon Faddis, Bob "Doc" Morgan, Mike Moreno, Helen Sung, Lynn Seaton, Freddy Mendoza, Bobby Shew, Bill Mays, Marvin Stamm, and many others. Hayden has performed throughout Houston in venues such as The Shell One Plaza, Club Houstonian, Jones Hall, and the Houston Contemporary Arts Museum. He's performed at many festival including IAJE 2008 in Toronto, Trinity Jazz Festival in Houston, Moore's School of Music Jazz Festival, and the University of North Texas Jazz Festival where he received an Outstanding Soloist Award. He has performed with the HSPVA Jazz Combo 1 and Big Band, and in the Thelonious Monk Institute/HSPVA Septet. Hayden has performed with jazz artist such as Helen Sung, Jon Faddis, Pat LaBarbera, Dennis Dotson, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Matt Lemmler, Dennis Dotson, Tony Campise, Carol Morgan, Warren Sneed, Bobby Shew, and Mike Moreno.

Colin McDaniel, 17, drums, will be a senior in the fall at Davis High School in Davis, CA. He's been playing drums since age 2 and jazz since the 4th grade. He plays in the Berkeley JazzSchool Advanced Jazz Workshop, which received the 2009 DownBeat Student Award for Best Performing Arts High School Jazz Group. He's played in the SFJazz All-Star High School Band and Combo, several Berkeley JazzSchool combos, Sacramento Youth Symphony Jazz Bands and Combos, California All-State High School Jazz Band, and others. Colin has studied with Jason Lewis, Rick Lotter, Mike Zilber, Akira Tana, and Jeff Alkire, and has taken master classes with Allison Miller, Bill Stewart, Peter Erskine, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Carl Allen, Albert "Tootie" Heath, and Scott Amendola. He has performed on the Monterey Jazz Festival, Davis Jazz Festival, Berkeley Jazz Festival, Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, and the International Jazz Las Casas Festival in Mexico. Colin has performed with Mike Zilber, Jeff Alkire, Wayne Wallace, John Santos, Ambrose Akinmusire, Bill Douglass, Frank Martin, and Gilbert Castellanos.

Clint Mobley, 17, drums, will be a senior at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art & Performing Arts in New York in the fall, and he attends the jazz division of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program. He has studied drums with Richard Huntley, Gene Jackson, Matt Hankle, and Billy Kilson. Clint has performed in the LaGuardia High School Jazz Band and in the orchestra for several of the school's musicals, in the ISO Symphonic Band, and with the Thelonious Monk Institute. He's performed at the New York Summer Music Festival, Berkeley Carroll Summer Arts Camp, and throughout NYC. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Soloist Award and Outstanding Rhythm Section Award at the 1st Annual Mingus Competition in NYC.


Gregory Uhlmann, 17, guitar, will be a senior at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, IL in the fall. He has attended the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies Program, Northwestern Classical Guitar Program and the Stanford Jazz Residency. He has studied jazz guitar with Bob Palmieri at DePaul University, classical piano with Michael Drusinky, classical guitar Mark Maxwell, and with Jeff Parker. He has performed throughout the Chicago area including at Pete Miller's Steakhouse, Tresidder Hall, Pick Staiger Hall, Lutkin Hall, Reggie's Rock Club, and others. Greg has also taken lessons and master classes with Pat Martino, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gene Bertoncini, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Marcus Gilmore, John Abercrombie, Mike Stern, Lee Konitz, Barry Harris, Julian Lage, John Scofield, Eddie Gomez, Kenny Barron, and many others.