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2010 Summer Jazz Colony Participants

2010 SJC Colonists


Aden Kailin, 17, will be a senior in the fall at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, OR. He has played tenor saxophone in the John Bliss X-Tet, Sideways Portal, The Minors Jazz Quartet, and the Mel Brown B3 Organ Group. His major influences are Don Byas, Lester Young, Charlie Rouse, Hank Mobley, and Stan Getz. His major teachers include Rob Birdwell, Carl Woideck, and Renato Caranto. He has taken master classes with Ken Peplowski and Tom Scott. Aden's favorite courses are recording engineering, history, and photography. He hopes to become a performing jazz artist.

Tom Kelly, 16, will be a junior this fall at Canton High School in Canton, CT, where he plays alto saxophone in the jazz ensemble, jazz combo, symphonic band, and saxophone quartet. He has studied classical piano for many years and is the organist at his church. He has been in the Connecticut All-State Jazz Band and All-State Concert Band for the past two years. Tom has won Outstanding Musicianship Awards for two years at the Berklee HS Jazz Festival, and the Judges' Choice Award for his performance in both the Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble. He was a finalist for the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble, and has attended the Skidmore Jazz Institute. Tom has studied with Bobby Shew, Pat LaBarbera, and Mark Beaubriand, has taken lessons from Joel Frahm and Dave Santoro, and currently studies classical sax with Bruce Haynes, and jazz sax with John Mills.

Rane Roatta, 17, will be a senior in the fall at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, where he plays tenor saxophone in the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. He has also played in the Thelonious Monk Combo, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and the NWSA Wind Ensemble. Rane has received the Essentially Ellington Outstanding Soloist Award in 2009, numerous musicianship and soloist awards in his school, and was nominated for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars. His private instructors include Julian Santacaloma, Tom McCormick, David Fernandez, Tivon Pennicott, Jason Kush, Matt Vashlishan, and Joel Frahm.


Cory Boris, 17, will be a senior in the fall at Kingston High School in Kingston, NY, where he plays trombone in the Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. He studies trombone with Dave Bargeron, jazz ensemble with Robert Shaut, and has also worked with Curtis Fuller, Gerry Zaffuts, Scott Wendholt, Jim Snidero, Terell Stafford, Pat LaBarbara, Bobby Shew, Ron Carter, and Vincent Gardner. He was selected for the 2009 NY All-State Jazz Ensemble, 2009 NY All-State Symphony Orchestra, and the 2009 NY Band Directors All-State Honors Band for Jazz Ensemble. Cory was a finalist for the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble, and was given the Outstanding Trombone Soloist Award at the Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center in NY.

Thomas Dover, 17, will be a senior in the fall at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, where he plays trombone in the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Combo. He has had lessons with Lasim Richards, Chad Bernstein, Matt Vashlishan, John Kricker, John Normandin, Steve Davis and Tim Coffman. He has won Outstanding Soloist Awards at the Essentially Ellington competition in NY in 2009, attended the Jamey Aebersold Workshop, and has been a member of the 2010 University of Miami Frost School of Music Honor Band. Thomas has performed with John Fedchock, Shelly Berg, Wycliffe Gordon, Wendy Pederson, and Ira Sullivan.


Tree Palmedo, 16, will be a senior in the fall at the Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, OR. He currently plays trumpet in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Jazz Band, PDX Jazz Project, and the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. 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 others. He has won DownBeat awards for outstanding performance, was a GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles finalist in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and has participated in numerous other honor bands and organizations. Tree's teachers include Terell Stafford, Randy Porter, Alan Jones, and Brian Lynch, 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.


Antonio Madruga, 16, piano, will be a junior 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 has also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Princeton's Taplin Auditorium, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Steinway Gallery, and Dizzy's Coca Cola Club in NY.

Kyle Matsuda, 16, piano, will be a junior at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, HI in the fall. He has studied jazz and classical piano for many years and has performed numerous times in local venues for the past two years where he has played with Slyde Hyde, Ollie Mitchell, Volcano Choy, David Choy, Dean Taba, Azure McCall, Pauline Wilson and others. He has attended the Stanford Jazz Residency for three years, and most recently worked there with Ray Drummond. Kyle has also performed with the Kamuela Philharmonic. He received first place in the Hamakua Music Scholarship Competition, and the Outstanding Soloist Award in 2007 at the Stanford Jazz Camp.

Shane Simpson, 17, piano, will be a senior in the fall at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL, where he plays piano in Jazz Ensemble I and alto saxophone in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He has performed at the Midwest Young Artists Concert at Ravinia, Symphony Center in Chicago, Pritzker Pavilion, and many other venues. He has performed with Victor Goines, Dick Oatts, Rufus Reid, Jeff Coffin, and Sean Jones. Shane has attended the School for Improvisational Music in NYC, Chicago Jazz Workshop, and other summer programs where he has studied with Ralph Alessi, Drew Gress, Fred Hersch, Andy Milne, Clay Jenkins, and others. He was in the IMEA All-State Honors Jazz Band, and has received the Kiewitt-Wang Mentorship Award from the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and awards for outstanding performer at the Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival.


Martin Jaffe, 16, will be a junior at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, MA in the fall where he plays bass in the Northfield Mount Hermon School Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Northfield Mount Hermon Chamber Orchestra. He has studied classical bass with Lynn Lovell and Yasu Suzuki, and jazz with Avery Sharpe. He has studied at the Jazz in July summer camp in Amherst, MA with Chip Jackson, Jeff Holmes, Winard Harper, Avery Sharp, and Bruce Diehl; at the Litchfield Summer Jazz Camp in CT, in master classes by Dave Santoro, Luques Curtis, Don Braden, Andy Jaffe, and Winard Harper. He has performed on the Berks Jazz Festival in PA, on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and in many other venues.

Jared Mulcahy, 17, bass, will be a senior 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 2006-2010 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, Steve Wilson, 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 won DownBeat magazine's 2007 Student Award for best junior high jazz soloist.

Zachary Ostroff, 17, bass, will be a senior this fall at The Branson School in Ross, CA. He is involved with many jazz groups in the Bay Area and has played with musicians such as George Cables, Taylor Eigsti, Jaz Sawyer, Howard Wiley, and Terrence Brewer. He has studied with Ken Miller, Larry Grenadier, Richard Davis, Matt Penman, Jorge Roeder, and Harish Raghavan. Zachary received the Eli M. Nadel Award from the Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2008 and was a finalist for the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensembles. He has performed at Yoshi's SF and Oakland, the Fillmore, and Slim's. He has been a member of the Berkeley JazzSchool Studio Band, has played internationally in France, Italy, and Switzerland, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and other European venues. Zach is currently a member of the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra, Berkeley JazzSchool's Advanced HS Workshop I, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, and was a member of the 2010 Jazz Band of America.


Hayden Hamilton, 17, drums, will be a senior 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, Akira Tana, Rick Lotter, and Sebastian Whittaker, and has attended master classes with Chris Dave, Willie Jones III, Ray Drummond, Rodney Green, Mulgrew Miller, Jason Moran, 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 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 festivals 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 artists 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.

Evan Sherman, 16, drums, will be a senior in the fall at Millburn High School in Millburn, NJ where he plays in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Stage Band. He was in the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, and has been in numerous honor bands in NJ. He has performed at the Grammy events in Los Angeles, in NY at the Jazz Standard, Smalls, Smoke, Fat Cat, and Cleopatra's Needle, in NJ at Cecil's Jazz Club, Crossroads, Novita Bar and Bistro, Samurai Sushi, and at the Litchfield Jazz Festival in CT. Evan's instructors include Neal Smith, Lewis Nash, Willie Jones III, Billy Drummond, Steve Johns, Winard Harper, and Justin DiCioccio. He has played with jazz notables such as James Moody, Kenny Burrell, Hubert Laws, Roy Hargrove, Steve Wilson, Jeremy Pelt, Robert Glasper, John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Don Braden, and many others.

Malachi Whitson, 17, drums, will be a senior in the fall at Vista High School in San Pablo, CA. He has studied at the JazzSchool in Berkeley, the East Bay Performing Arts Center in Richmond, and the SF Jazz Organization in SF, CA. Malachi's principal teachers include Alan Hall, Erik Jekabson, Paul Cantos, Israel Sims, Babatunde Lea, and David Flores. He has done workshops with Erik Harland, Nicholas Payton, Ron Carter, and Mike Clark. Malachi's numerous awards include outstanding jazz composition from DownBeat in 2010, best drummer at Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2009, best overall musician at San Jose Jazz Workshop in 2009, outstanding drummer award at the Folsom Jazz Festival in 2008 and 2009, and outstanding drummer award at the Reno Jazz Festival in 2005 through 2009.


Kai Devitt-Lee, 16, guitar, will be a senior in the fall at Healdsburg High School in Healdsburg, CA. He has studied piano for several years and discovered guitar five years ago. He is a fan of classical and Flamenco guitar, but jazz is his main focus. He has studied jazz with Randy Vincent, Toninho Horta, and Julian Lage, and classical with George Sakellariou and Robert Brown. Kai was the guitarist with the 2010 California Band Directors Association All-State Jazz Band, and the 2010 CMEA Northern California Honors Jazz Band. He has performed with the Santa Rosa Symphony Advanced Jazz Combo, and been in the residency program at Stanford Jazz Workshop. He has performed on the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and in many other California venues.

Justin Poon, 17, guitar, will be a senior at Langstaff Secondary School in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada in the fall. He has been playing guitar for seven years and jazz for three, and wants to become a professional musician. His earliest inspiration to pursue jazz came from a band whose members were Berklee School of Music alumni, and motivated him to follow in their footsteps. Justin has studies with Joe Manzoli, Jack Pezanelli, Tim Miller, Jon Damian, and played with John Baboian and Avi Rothbard and their rhythm sections. Two years ago he joined the Humber College community program for jazz, and a year later was placed in the Senior Enriched Ensemble at Humber. He has since studied and played with Kirk MacDonald, Barry Romberg, Jim Vivian, Geoff Young and Dave Neill. Justin's best playing experience has come from the guitar sessions at Berklee where he as met and played with many great musicians.

Gabe Schnider, 17, guitar, will be a senior in the fall at Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie, NY. He studies guitar with Matthew Finck, attended the Litchfield Jazz Camp in 2008 and 2009, and the National Guitar Workshop in 2008. Gabe has been a member of the Poughkeepsie Day School Jazz Ensemble since 2003, has performed at the Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club in NYC, with the Empire State Youth Orchestra, the "Three Generations of Guitar" Concert at Tin Pan Alley in Red Hook, NY, and at many other venues in the New York area. He was a member of the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensemble and performed with Justin DiCioccio, Kenny Burrell, Hubert Laws, Anthony Wilson, and James Moody. Gabe is also involved in public service, having composed and performed works in concert settings where the proceeds go to benefit organizations such as St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the Center for Creative Education.