2011 Summer Jazz Colony Participants
Sapphire Adizes, 17, will be a senior in the fall at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He is principal saxophonist in the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and lead sax of the Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble. He has been awarded the 2010 "Stan Getz" and "Shape of Jazz to Come" awards at Stanford Jazz Workshop. He has both classical and jazz studies under Bill Sears and Laurie Sears. He has studied with educators such as Dave Douglas, Joshua Redman, Dave Friesen, David Baker, and Jerry Coker. In addition to saxophone, he also plays piano, accordion and clarinet.
Tom Kelley, 17, will be a senior this fall at Canton High School in Canton, Conn., 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 the All-State Concert band. Kelley has won Outstanding Musicianship Awards at the Berklee HS Jazz Festival and the Judges Choice Award for his performance in both Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble. In 2011 he was selected to the Grammy Jazz Band, MENC All-Eastern Jazz Band, and selected as the U.S. Coast Guard Young Artists Solo Competition winner. His private instructors include John Mills and Bruce Haynes. He has also had educational opportunities with Bobby Shew, Todd Coolman and Curtis Fuller.
David Milazzo, 17, will be a senior this fall through the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School-New Hampshire's first statewide on-line virtual public school. He has attended the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp, Berklee College Summer Program, and performed with the Bow High School Jazz Band. He has been awarded the Judge's Choice Award at the Clark Terry UNH Jazz Festival. Milazzo has performed with Richie Cole, Cercie Miller, Ted Casher, Greg Abate and Jeff Harrington. His current teacher is Harry Skoler, associate professor at Berklee College of Music.
Matt Bumgardner, 17, will be a senior this fall at Mt. Si High School in North Bend, Wash. He is trombonist in his high school Jazz Band I and the Mill Creek Jazz Orchestra. His awards have included Outstanding Soloist in the 2011 Bellevue Jazz Festival, Essentially Ellington Certificate of Merit for Distinguished Performance and lead trombonist in Jazz Band of America. His private instructors are David Ritt and Bill Anthony. He has performed with Shelton Berg, Ronald Carter, Alan Vizzuti and Wayne Bergeron.
Christian Marrero, 17, will be a senior this fall at A.W Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Fla. He has participated in numerous Florida state bands including All-State jazz, symphonic, and orchestra. He has been principal trumpet of the Florida Youth Orchestra and was given the prestigious Lois Deicke Award. In the summer of 2008, he toured Europe with the Make-A-Wish Foundation Charity Band. Marrero has had the opportunity to work with Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash and Jason Marsalis.
Max Boiko, 16, will be a junior this fall at Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is an honor roll student and has attended the Essentially Ellington Competition, Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp, and University of Michigan summer jazz camp. He has performed with the Florida All-State Orchestra, All-County Jazz and Concert Bands, and received first place in the 2010 Swing Central Jazz Band Competition in Savannah, Ga. Boiko has studied with Wycliffe Gordon, Jim Catch, Sean Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Jim Rotondi and Dave Stryker.
Paul Bloom, 17, will be a senior this fall at Needham High School in Needham, Mass. He has been playing the piano since he was 7 years old and studying jazz with Steve Sussman since age 11. Bloom performs in the Needham High School Jazz Ensemble and helps teach the Middle School jazz band. He has attended the Litchfield Jazz Camp and the Berklee Summer Jazz Program. His awards include being a finalist for the 2010 Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Ensembles, Massachusetts AllState Jazz Band, and won the Outstanding Soloist Award at the 2010 Festivals of Music Competition in Schlesinger Hall. He has received instruction from Tiger Okoshi, Doug Johnson, Joanne Brackeen, Greg Hopkins, Wayne Naus and Bob Kaufman. Bloom recently won two DownBeat Student Music Awards.
Omree Gal-Oz, 16, will be a senior this fall at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, Calif. He is a member of the Gunn High School Jazz Band, SF Jazz High School All-Star Big Band, and the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble. His awards include 2011 DownBeat Magazine-Best Combo with the Berkeley Jazzschool Combo, Outstanding Soloist at the 2010 Monterey Next Generation Festival, and Outstanding Musicianship Award at the 2010 Chabot College Jazz Festival. His teachers have included Joshua Redman, Taylor Eigsti, Shelly Berg and Dann Zinn. He has performed at various venues including Yoshi's Jazz Club, Napa Valley Opera House, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif.
Kyle Matsuda, 17, will be a senior in the fall at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, Hawaii. In 2010, he was selected to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. He has attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop and was selected to their top combos in 2009 and 2010. He has extensive jazz performance experience as a sideman and leader including numerous concerts and gigs in Hawaii. He has studied jazz and classical piano privately for nine years, most recently with Dean Taba, Randy Porter and Alex Czerny
Connor Schultze, 17, will be a senior this fall at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Mass. He is a current member of the school's Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, String Orchestra, String Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Choir. He also participated in the New England Conservatory-Preparatory School Certificate Program. He has served as a member of the 2010 and 2011 Massachusetts All-State Jazz Ensembles. His awards have included the Dennis Wrenn All-State Music Scholar Award, Outstanding Bass Performance-Essentially Ellington Competition 2010, and Outstanding Soloist-Charles Mingus High School Competition. He has worked with guest artists Sean Jones, Ron Carter, Vincent Gardner and Rodney Whitaker.
Adam Goldman, 17, will be a senior this fall at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, Calif. His performances have included appearances at the 2011 Panama International Jazz Festival and Catalina Bar and Grill. He has been a member of the Crossroads Community Orchestra and the Colburn School Monday Night Jazz Band. His awards include Dolo Coker Scholarship Recipient, Grammy Band Finalist, and Distinguished Soloist awards from the Stanford Summer Jazz Workshop. His private instructors have included John Clayton, Steve Dress, Christoph Luty and David Young.
Martin Robert Litalien Jaffe, 17, will be a senior this fall at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Mass. He has participated in the Springfield Symphony Youth Philharmonic and Springfield Youth Orchestra between 2004-2008. He currently performs with his school's symphony and chamber orchestras and jazz ensemble, and leads the World Music Choir. He has studied with Avery Sharpe, Marcus McLaurine, Chip Jackson and Herman Burney, as well as his father, Andy Jaffe, who is a composer, pianist, and educator. Martin was the only high school participant in the 13th annual Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program in 2010. He has worked under the tutelage of jazz legends Curtis Fuller, Dr. Billy Taylor, Nathan Davis, Don Braden and George Cables.
Jeremy Alfred Dutton, 17, will be a senior this fall at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas. He has attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute, American Federation of the Arts Jazz Camp, and the All That Jazz Combo Workshop. His awards have included Stanford Jazz Workshop-Shape of Jazz To Come Award, Outstanding Soloist at the Crescent City Jazz Festival, and the H-E-B Summer Jazz Workshop Conrad Johnson Improvisation Award. Dutton has studied and performed with Clarence Penn, Bobby Shew, Bill Cunliffe, Pat LaBarbara, Eric Harland and Todd Coolman.
Michael Mitchell, 16, will be a junior this fall at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, Texas. He participates in Jazz Combo I, Mid Ensemble, and Pop Ensemble at Booker T. Washington. His performance experience includes the Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star Jazz Sextet, Jazz Educators Network Conference in New Orleans, La., and the Texas Ballet Theatre. His awards include Texas High Schools Regional Jazz Drummer Competition and winner of the Area Guitar Center Drum-Off Competition.
Andrew Sneed, 17, will be a senior this fall at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas. He is a member of the HSPVA Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Combo. He has performed for Theatre Under the Stars, Young Sounds of Houston, and attended the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp, Skidmore Jazz Camp and Texas Music Festival Summer Jazz Institute. He was a 2009 Finalist in the Grammy High School Competition and a member of the 2010-2011 Texas All-State Jazz Ensembles. His private teachers include Joel Fulgham, Brian Del Signore and Gary Norian.
Christopher Harley Basadre, 17, will be a senior this fall at New World School for the Arts in Miami, Fla. He is a member of the New World School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble. His performing experience includes the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition and the University of Miami Frost School of Music-Young Musician's Camp Honors Jazz Ensemble. He was awarded Outstanding Soloist at the 2011 Essentially Ellington Competition.
Lucas del Calvo, 17, will be a senior this fall at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, Calif. He is a member of the Menlo-Atherton High School Advanced Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. He has performed at the Sacramento Jazz Festival, Delta Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and Folsom Jazz Festival. He has received numerous Outstanding Soloist and Musicianship Awards, while also taping an interview with Bill Cosby for promotional use at the Playboy Jazz Festival. His instructors have included John Abercrombie, Peter Bernstein, Alan Pasqua and Ed Johnson.
Parker Carl Speirs, 17, will be a senior this fall at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz. He has achieved Regional and All-State recognition for three consecutive years on bass and guitar. He is a member of the Highland High School Symphony and Jazz Band. Parker studies privately on bass with Dr. Dan Swaim and guitar with Jeff Libman, Professor of Jazz Guitar at Arizona State University.